The quintessential summer month!
Maybe our favorite month of summer, July offers plenty of opportunities to soak in the sun and hang by the water before the brutal heat of August kicks in (because like it or not, it’s coming!).
Check out glorious rooftops, cool off at beaches and pools, traipse through fields of sunflowers and lavender, and much more with our recommendations of things to do this month: Here are 74 super fun ways to spend the month here in Denver that we think you’ll enjoy!
1. Be dazzled at one of these gorgeous summertime candlelit concerts
Catch a stunning outdoor concert right here in Denver, where you can listen to beautiful classical renditions of fantastic artists. A few popular Denver venues will be bathed in candlelit for this intimate evening concerts and depending on your mood, you can go with classics or concerts dedicated to contemporary favorites like Fleetwood Mac or Amy Winehouse. Don’t miss out on the stunning open-air concert where you can listen to movie soundtracks underneath the stars and candlelight.
2. Explore your favorite moments from the series FRIENDS
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.
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.
4-13. Get a scoop (or two) of ice cream
We’re big on ice cream here in Denver. Whether they be homages to vintage carnival towns or modern retellings of classic flavors, there’s a little something for the whole family to enjoy. We’re sure we don’t have to convince you too hard (who doesn’t love ice cream) so go and check them out!
14-21. Cool down at Denver’s hottest rooftop bars
22. Float in a wave pool while catching a movie
Ever wanted to watch a Blockbuster film while atop a floatie in a tranquil pool? Well, you can at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park this summer at their special, Dive-in Movies event that takes place after dark, when the rest of the park closes. Tickets for ‘Dive-in Movies’ are free with a purchase of a day pass to the theme and water park.
23-33. Spend your weekend at one of Denver’s Farmers Markets
Get the greatest and most delicious local fruit and veg at one of Denver’s farmers markets, and don’t forget to bring extra cash if you want to indulge in beer gardens or food trucks. Choose which farmers market is closer to you and indulge in the fun.
34-39. Create your own sparkling cider tour
Want to drink something truly refreshing? Then enjoy one fo Denver’s various cider spots for a sparkling and unique drink to cool you off this July in Denver.
40. Pick peaches in Palisade
If you’re ready to make the most of your weekend, why not spend it in the charming small town of Palisade? The summer destination is known for its abundance of fresh, juicy peaches, and they’ve even got their own festival dedicated to summer’s favorite stone fruit. The perfect activity for the whole family this July.
41-51. Go away on a getaway trip to one of these exciting and nearby destinations
52. Head to Chatfield Farms for their annual Lavender Festival
Lavender season is a favorite for those who like their drinks, food, and house decor flavored or scented with the popular herb. This year, Denver Botanic Garden’s is bringing back their Lavender Festival, taking place a little outside the city at Chatfield Farms, in the month of July when the lavender will be at its peak bloom. This July 16th and 17th, indulge in lavender everything at this beloved festival. Tickets for the festival start at $11 for adults who are members and $13 for non-member adults. Kids range from $7 to $9 depending on if you’re a member or not as well. If you’re interested in signing up to become a member, check out their website.
53-63. Take a dip at one of these 10 natural pools
- Grand Lake
- Paradise Cove
- Rainbow Hot Springs
- Adrenaline Falls
64. Be transported to Barcelona at this wine bar
What if we said you could visit Spain for a fraction of the price (and whoah is international travel expensive right now.) For now, you can visit Barcelona Wine Bar and indulge yourself in tapas and glasses of cold, crisp wine straight from Catalunya. The menu is incredibly extensive. First, and this is important, you choose the type of wine you’d like–and from where. Do you like reds and want to try one from Spain? Then you may want to try a glass of rioja in either modern or traditional. But BCN Wine Bar also has delicious wines straight from France, Italy, and Portugal as well. Check it out, and we hope you enjoy!
65-74. Head to RiNo for a brewery crawl
The RiNo neighborhood is one of our favorites, and so we decided to do a nifty guide highlighting all of the amazing breweries there (and you’ll want to go to each one, especially because a lot of the buildings are covered with stunning murals). Here’s just a few from the list.