The summer has officially arrived.
We’ve made it half way through the year, from a frigid winter to a warm (but still snowy spring). Let’s hope it’s finally time to put that snow behind us and join us in welcoming summer to Denver. This is going to be the greatest summer since 2019 with festivals in full swing as well as new restaurants, cool cultural events, and more. Here are 71 fantastic things you can do in Denver this June.
1. Check out an enchanting candlelight concert
Fans of classical and pop music alike will get a kick out of these unique candlelit concerts coming to Denver. This month has got some interesting concerts in the line up, like a string quartet playing popular hits by Fleetwood Mac, popular R&B legends, and epic music from your favorite fantasy and sci-fi series’.
2. Be swept away by your favorite 9os sitcom, Friends, at this immersive experience
If your life’s a joke, you’re broke, and your love life’s D.O.A then this Friend’s Experience Pop-Up is for you. This one-of-a-kind immersive and interactive experience is coming to the capital, and it’s sure to charm superfans of the 90s sitcom. Bring your ‘lobster’ with you and get ready for hilarious activities, alluring merch, and a dozen nostalgia-packed rooms replicated from the cult series! You can even sit on the iconic orange couch, and don’t forget to leave without capturing a few selfies. Tickets are on sale now for this event that takes place in June.
3. Experience art like you’ve never seen before at this Holographic NFT exhibit
It’s 2022 and the newest versions of art galleries are going digital. Don your VR headsets and get ready to join the Metaverse at this truly unique experience. Don’t know what an NFT is? We’ve got you covered. As a warning, the gallery WILL be empty upon arrival, but that all changes as soon as you put the VR headset on, where you’ll be transported to another world.
4. Get your sweat on at this fitness and wellness fest
Strength in the City is a full day of fitness and wellness classes from bikes and rowers to dance and meditation, and everything in between! This year’s Fitness and Wellness festival is even bigger than last year’s and the options are endless! Enjoy over 20 fitness & wellness classes, vendors, food trucks, live music and activities to keep you moving and grooving all day long! Takes place on June 5th.
5. Enjoy a day of whiskey tasting at this awesome festival
Get your tickets to this awesome whiskey tasting experience. One ticket gets you
- 3.5 hours of tastings
- 20 tasting cups
- Exclusive whiskey samples
and much more! Get your tickets here.
6. Catch a Dive-In Movie at the Water Park At Elitch Gardens
Elitch Garden’s theme park has been open, but since its June, the water park has officially opened as well! Grab your floaties and, with the purchase of a ticket to the theme park, get free access to the water park. After closing, you can get access to this refreshing perk. The wave pool will stay open after hours and films will be screened for your enjoyment!
7-17. Spend your Saturdays and Sundays at one of these Farmers’ Markets
Farmers’ Market season is in full swing, and we’ve got a whole list of some of our favorite in the city for purchasing locally sourced food, trying new ingredients, and enjoying beer gardens and live music.
- Southwest Plaza Farmers’ Market
- Cherry Creek Saturdays
- Highlands Farmers’ Market
- People + Produce
- South Pearl Farmers’ Market
18-28. Visit one of these stunning rooftop bars for great skyline views
There’s nothing like a good rooftop bar on a hot summer day, and Denver has got you covered with some stunning mountain and skyscraper views. They do call it the Mile High City after all. Indulge in some elevated views, cocktails, and food from one of these 10 rooftop bars.
29. Watch movies outdoors at one of these two venues
Catch some outdoor movies with the family at one of these outdoor venues: ‘Film on the Rocks’ at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Avanti F&B Summer Movie Series. The whole schedule is linked here.
30-40. Enjoy a hike at one of these state parks
If you’re living in Denver, chances are you really enjoy the great outdoors. The Mile High City is known for being a nature-y city, and it’s no wonder, Colorado is home to some of the most beautiful landmarks and state parks. Here are some of our favorites.
- Horsetooth Resevoir
- Roxborough State Park
- Devil’s Head
41. Enjoy a jazz concert in the park
City Park Jazz has officially returned with an outdoor jazz concert taking place every Sunday. The festivities start June 13th and carry over into July so you’ll have no shortage of jazz tradition to fill your weekends.
42-52. Enjoy one of these amazing bottomless brunch spots
The weekend just got better. When you think of brunch what’s the next thing that comes to mind? Mimosas. And if the word bottomless is included then even better. Well good news. Denver has got a variety of delicious bottomless mimosa spots for you to enjoy during the weekends. We’ve even featured a place that’s running specials all week long.
53-63. Visit one of these stunning Denver restaurants
People go to restaurants for three things: the food, the drinks, and the decor. Although food may be the main reason, there’s nothing quite like stepping into a beautifully designed restaurant, and Denver has got quite a few of those. We rounded up the most unique and beautiful interiors to spend an evening surrounded by atmosphere.
64. Enjoy this brand new summer food festival happening in 3 special locations
The festival is dedicated to support small businesses and communities while also giving you the chance to engage yourself in a vote for your favorites. They’ll be popping up in 3 different neighborhoods around Denver so you can check out whichever is closest to you, or all three. The first location will be lovely Sloan’s Lake at 16th and Raleigh every Saturday between June 11th and September 24th from 11am to 8pm. Downtown Lakewood will host Street Food Social on Fridays, 5pm-9pm, between June 3rd to September 30th. The festivities will take place at S. Teller St. and W. Virginia Ave. Finally, you can hit up Park Hill at Oneida and E. 23rd Ave on Thursdays on four special dates: May 26th, June 23rd, July 28th, and August 18th.
65-70. Do go chasing one of these 5 stunning waterfalls
We would be crazy not to have a waterfall roundup of one of the most diverse and beautiful states in the country, and you might be a little crazy if you haven’t already visited all of them. We’ve linked them all and how to get to them above.
- Bridal Veil Falls
- Hanging Lake
- Adrenaline Falls
71. Travel back in time to the Old American West at this Dude Ranch Resort, voted one of the best in the world
Established in 1919, The C Lazy U Ranch was named one of the best resorts in the world by Condé Nast Traveler in 2021. This summer is the perfect time to go experience it! From horseback riding for adults and kids of all ages and leisurely activities for the parents, there’s plenty to do and see, all while staying in premium rooms and dining on fantastic food.
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