Top 10 Reasons to Visit Denver This Summer

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There’s so much going on in Denver this summer, where do you begin? See world-class art exhibitions, experience cultural festivals, catch live music at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre and get a taste of Denver’s thriving food scene. 

Here are some top ways to have an unforgettable time. Check out special hotel deals for great weekend getaways.

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1~Arts & Culture

Take your pick of blockbuster museum exhibitions. At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, experience the global sensation The Art of the Brick (June 19, 2020–Jan. 24, 2021), artist Nathan Sawaya’s original artworks and reimagined versions of famous masterpieces made from thousands of LEGO® bricks; and learn to spot patterns in nature, music, art, architecture and even the human body in the immersive experience, Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze (May 15–Aug. 30, 2020). See renowned illustrator Norman Rockwell’s depictions of everyday war-era domestic and community life in the 1940s at Denver Art Museum‘s Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom (May 2–Aug. 23, 2020); and hear the stories of the Ute, Colorado’s longest continuous residents, told through their own art, photography and video at History Colorado Center‘s Written on the Land: Ute Voices, Ute History (now through Sept. 2, 2021). Discover the visual, culinary and performing arts at the three-day Cherry Creek Arts Festival (July 3–5, 2020; free); celebrate African-American art and culture at the Colorado Black Arts Festival (July 10–12, 2020; free); and explore Denver’s vibrant creative community at First Friday Art Walks

2~Music & Nightlife

The holiday weekends — Memorial DayFourth of July and Labor Day — are packed with exciting events like Denver Day of Rock (May 23, 2020; free), Denver Arts Festival (May 23–24, 2020)Cherry Creek Arts Festival (July 3–5, 2020; free), Denver Pop Culture Con (July 3–5, 2020)A Taste of Colorado (Sept. 5–7, 2020; free), cultural festivals and urban adventures for all ages.   

6~Sports

Denver will host several world-class sporting events this summer. Be there as Colorado rides with pride at the Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo (July 10–12, 2020); and experience the excitement of professional bicycle racing combined at the Colorado Classic (Aug. 27–30, 2020; free), North America’s only stand-alone women’s professional stage road bike race. 

7~Outdoor Fun

Join legendary pitmasters as they serve up world-class barbecue at the Denver BBQ Festival (June 19–21, 2020; free) on Father’s Day weekend; Slow Food Nations (Sept. 11–13, 2020; free) is returning with a unique street festival that offers a world of good, clean and fair food for all; enjoy offerings from more 50 area restaurants, 275 marketplace artisans and vendors at A Taste of Colorado (Sept. 5–7, 2020; free); celebrate the city’s famous craft-beer scene during the nine-day Denver Beer Week (Sept. 18–26, 2020), which culminates in the largest collection of beer ever served at the Great American Beer Festival® (Sept. 24–26, 2020). Find a new favorite eatery by checking out our Must-Try Restaurants, Romantic Restaurants and Outdoor and Patio Dining pages. Get a taste of Denver’s famous craft beer scene by following the Denver Beer Trail, a self-guided sampling of top breweries. If you’re in the mood for wine, check out Denver’s urban wineries or relax and have a mixed drink at various sophisticated, sleek and chic cocktail lounges.

9~Performing Arts