It’s the dawn of a new year. The linger of the holidays is still in the air even as we transition into new starts and new plans for the upcoming 365 days. We want to make sure you use them wisely, so we’ve gathered a list just to get you started for the first 27 (we’re a little late). Eat your way through Denver, take a little road trip, or see a cultural performance or show to get your mind off your day-to-day and unwind a bit. With that being said, here’s 52 things to do in Denver this January.
If you haven’t already seen one of these enchanting concerts, now’s your chance. The series, Candlelight has a ton of new and exciting concerts to kick off the new year, from classical tributes to beautiful jazz performances, like a concert dedicated to the Queens of Jazz like Billie Holiday to Coldplay. Candlelight has even created some intimate and romantic evenings from their Date Night Jazz to their Candlelight “Romeo and Juliet” special with aerialists dancing alongside the music. While these last two shows are specials for February, you should book tickets now since they’re selling out pretty quickly.
The Denver Zoo is partnering with Let’s Roam, the #1 scavenger-hunt app, to bring you a fun evening filled with clues, mystery, and rewards. Purchase your tickets and head to the zoo, where you can start the game anywhere, as long as you have your smart phone. Then be led across the different zones to engage with clues, sightsee the different animals, and hopefully find the prize at the very end.
Skiing, snowboarding, restaurant dining with views of snowy mountain peaks? You can enjoy all this and more throughout Colorado’s snowy mountain towns. With the snow season fully upon us, we thought we’d give a little reminder of just how stunning Colorado is when it’s snowy at these 10 snowy cities.
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While not all of these breweries will be hitting the town in January, BATCH Slapped will definitely be gracing us with their presence this month, so make sure to head over to try this new spot out. You can also keep some of the other breweries on your radar, as most will be opening sooner rather than later.
If you’re a fan of donuts that are almost too pretty to eat, you’ll love this independent bakery that’s run completely online and ships nationwide. Chana is a baker and entrepreneur who, without any formal education, taught herself how to read, write, and bake the most delicious and beautiful looking donuts full of amazing flavor and color. Try one of her cake donuts in the flavor Italian Rainbow or the limited edition Fruity Pebbles.
While Denver doesn’t have the biggest reputation of being a “late-night eating spot,” but there’s still a few delicious contenders that we had to tell you about. French Dips, pizza, and burgers are just some of the goodies on the menu past 11pm that are so good you’ll leave the bar early just for a taste.
You can get a taste of Dairy Bock with an overnight stay and a special dinner that celebrates the tastes and makers of the LoDo micro-district. Start the evening out with a charcuterie board and wine from Blanchard Family Wines, continue with a five-course dinner at Foraged, then end the evening with a cupcake flight and two cocktails at Deviation Distilling. You can make a reservation here.
String lights, mountain views, and some of Denver’s amazing beer is all you need for an amazing al-fresco evening. Since Denver is in the works of adopting outdoor dining permanently, we put together a list of our top favorite spots to enjoy a meal al-fresco.
As a special feature for the end of the year, we decided to do a roundup of our staff writer, Jessica’s, favorite new restaurants in Denver that opened in 2021. Try out some of the ones you may not have gotten a chance to check out yet, or hit up some of your old stomping grounds. Either way we’d recommend checking out the article to see if Jessica included your favs or missed the mark.