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Summer 2017

Red Rocks is world-famous for its summer concerts – and take time to see the museum below the venue, too.

Red Rocks is world-famous for its summer concerts – and take time to see the museum below the venue, too.

If a real vacation wasn’t in the cards this summer, or you’re just looking for a few days away, consider a trip to Denver. You can drive an hour, get a room, and find lots of fresh, new things to do with your loved ones. 

“Our vibrant culture and outdoor lifestyle are on display, along with special events and family-friendly attractions. (Denver) boasts plenty to see, eat and experience.” says Richard Scharf, President and CEO of Visit Denver, the Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Here are just a few of the attractions and events happening over Denver’s mid-summer holidays. 

Elitch Gardens 

 Elitch Gardens is America’s only downtown theme and waterpark. All summer, visitors can experience more than 50 rides and attractions, including the new Star Flyer thrill ride, 14 pint-sized adventures, exhilarating roller coasters, cool water slides, Dive-In Movies, free concerts and more. And on July 4, there’s a fireworks extravaganza. 

Water World 

Located just north of downtown, Water World features more than 45 water adventures on 64 acres of land – the largest variety of water attractions in the U.S. Families can enjoy everything from a lazy river to speed slides to Colorado’s only magnetic water coaster, the Mile High Flyer. The park has food vendors, but picnics are also welcome and parking is free. 

Independence Eve Fireworks, July 3

The annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park will feature a free patriotic concert, an innovative light show on the Denver City & County Building and a stunning fireworks finale. Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and lawn chairs, blankets and picnics are welcome. Concessions also will be sold on site. 

Cherry Creek Arts Festival, July 1-3

Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a world-class, award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary and performing arts, and gets more than 350,000 visitors over three days. The event gives patrons the opportunity to meet and talk with international visual artists, sample fine cuisine, visit special exhibits and artist demonstrations and entertain their families with interactive art activities and exciting performing arts.

City Park Jazz

Denver’s City Park is home to some of the best views of the city skyline and Rocky Mountains; and on Sunday evenings through August, the park hosts a free jazz concert starting at 6 p.m. Visitors can come enjoy free jazz, multiple food trucks, sunset views of the city and more.

Red Rocks Summer Concert Series

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is a world-famous outdoor concert and recreation venue located approximately 30 minutes from Denver. The only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world, Red Rocks is recognized for its star-studded concert roster and ambience, as well as its awe-inspiring hiking and biking trails.

All these, together with the Mile High City’s al fresco and rooftop dining, walkable downtown and outdoor, active atmosphere – plus plentiful hotel deals – encourage visitors to make the most out of their summer holidays by visiting Denver. 

For more information on things to do and places to stay (including summer lodging deals), go to the www.denver.org website.