7 Fun Activities To Do In or around Denver Colorado This Summer

Summer is just around the corner! I am a Colorado native and have lived in the Denver area my entire life. There are so many fun, and family friendly activities, fairs, festivals, and events going on in Denver every summer and I thought it'd be helpful for me to share some of the best ones with you! Each of these events is absolutely worth attending and a perfect way to spend a summer day with your friends and family. 

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Film on the rocks is where they play a movie in the outdoor amphitheater at Red Rocks. Admission starts at $15. I've attended this several times and it's always an amazing experience. We've seen Almost Famous, Jurassic Park and The Sandlot, they typically play classics that almost everyone enjoys. The movie starts at dusk, I recommend getting there early to watch the sun go down, it's one of the most beautiful sights, Red Rocks Amphitheater is just as breathtaking to me as the Greco Theater in Sicily (and that's saying a lot, trust me). 

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This event has food, drinks, entertainment, culture, and dragon boat races you can watch. It's a free event and this year it'll be July 28th and 29th at Sloan's Lake Park in Denver. 

There are a number of farmers' markets in the Denver area, just click the link above to see locations and schedules. I of course love getting fresh produce and shopping from local farmers at these markets, but they are also just a fun social event too. You can eat, drink, shop and wander around in the gorgeous summer weather. They are wonderful events for families and the best part is they are free and create an amazing sense of community. 

This is unique because you get to see artists in action. You get to enjoy the food, wine tasting and music while the artists sit on the ground working on their chalk art. There is also an area where kids will have the opportunity to create some of their own chalk art. It's a family friendly event. and the kids will have a blast.

For me personally, hiking is one of my favorite Colorado activities. We are blessed by such beauty in this state and until you hike you don't really get a taste of it. There are an unbelievable amount of trails and paths you can take, ranging in different difficulty levels (make sure to look into that before starting a trail). I have linked above an article that the Denver Post did on 10 hikes to do this summer, it's worth checking out. 

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From 5:30-9:30 pm you get to enjoy the art district on Santa Fe on the first Fridays of the month. There are hundreds of artists that participate, so if you are into art this is a great community event to join in on! Oh and there;s also food trucks (always fun). 

Above I have linked another Denver blogger's post, she did an amazing job covering where to watch outdoor movies in Denver. There are several options to choose from, all around town. I've attended the movie and music in the park in Golden, CO and it was a blast. They have food trucks, music, and of course when the sun goes down they show a movie. It's the perfect summer night activity for family night, date night or girls night out. Anyone would have a blast attending movie in the park. 


 
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Ice Castle Dillon Colorado

With a new baby and our life being very different these days, we are loving local adventures. So, when we heard there was an Ice Castle being built in Dillon, Colorado (about an hour from us) and we got invited to check it out before it opened to the public, we had to go! Dillon is west from Denver in the mountains, and we lucked out with clear roads on our way up there. My husband and I went, and we took my sister and her three kids. My niece is five years old and was thrilled to see "Elsa's Castle". I can't even imagine how magical that was for her, to be a little girl who loves the movie Frozen and to get to see an ice castle that is super similar to what Elsa built in the movie, too fun!

We left the baby with my mom in Denver, and honestly I wouldn't say this is a baby friendly outing... even with boots on it could be easy to slip and fall which with a baby could be very bad (obviously). On top of that, it is unbelievably cold which probably isn't ideal for a baby. If I'm being honest though, Giulian probably would have liked this adventure more than Mexico, he hated the heat and humidity (he is a Colorado baby 100%).  And it was really cool to see parents bring their little ones (most slightly older than Giulian, like 1 year and older) to the castle on sleds and slide them around. 

The castle was a blast! They had ice tunnels you could climb through, slides for the kids, lights under the ice to light up the castle and create a magical ambiance, and the icicles were beautiful. Because we were there early, and Colorado has been slightly warmer this year, the castle wasn't completely finished. They are working on making the castle bigger and better as we speak and they even have bigger slides, more of a maze to go through, and lots more ice to put on. So as much fun as we had, and as cool as it was it is only getting better as they continue to add to it.

They  also served hot cocoa and cookies after wandering the castle to warm you up, which was much needed. If you are lucky enough to have an ice castle being built near you (I think there are currently only six in the US), you should totally go check it out. It's a fun winter outing that is perfect for the whole family. I'm so grateful that Colorado was one of the locations for an ice castle this year. It's a great winter bucket list adventure! 

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