Here in Colorado, we’re used to spring showing up on a delayed schedule as compared to other climates around the US. Did you know that year after year, March is consistently Colorado’s snowiest month?! This year has tested even the biggest winter lover’s patience, but temperatures are finally starting to shift…
We would not be surprised if it dumps one final blizzard over the next few weeks, but the feeling around Cheesman Park these days is that spring has sprung. Spring and summer of 2021 will feel different than last year, with more opportunities for fun activities happening in and around Denver. Get excited for warm days again with this list of Denver spring activities! Know of something we missed? Leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list.
The Rockies winning their season opener to the Dodgers was a great way to relaunch in person baseball here in Colorado. The game was by far the largest public gathering in Colorado since the pandemic, allowing 21,000 fans to once again fill seats at Coors Field. We know we’re looking forward to this pastime returning and bringing fans across CO together.
It’s hard to believe we are writing this at all, but after what feels like an eternity without big, live music shows, Red Rocks announced last week that it would be allowing 2,500 people to enjoy shows throughout the Spring and Summer concert season. Music fans across the state are rejoicing at this partial return for our beloved Red Rocks, check out the 2021 schedule here.
After postponing its 30th year in Cherry Creek North in 2020, the famous arts festival is really switching things up for its grand return this year. For the first time, the festival will be hosted in the large mall parking lot across the street from Cherry Creek North, in order to accommodate for more social distancing and more vendors. Also new, we can all look forward to this Colorado summer staple happening in early September, as opposed to the blazing heat of mid-July.
What: Happening May 1st and 2nd, this live music event also has craft beer and cocktails, festival shopping, and a mobile food cart. Decide which music session you’d like to see, and bring a friend and a lawn chair to this super fun event. If you opt for the more expensive “Open Bar” ticket, some food and beverages are included in your ticket.
What: South Platte Park is a sprawling sanctuary with 880 acres of open space along the South Platte River. From fishing to kayaking, you can also take classes, hire a naturalist for custom presentations or training, or rent space in the park for a family event. Not far from home, this hidden gem is a great spot to visit all year long.
What: We absolutely love Denver Botanic Gardens, a city staple for tourists and locals, but try visiting the more intimate Hudson Gardens in Littleton. Explore their newly finished River Integration project, which added a new entry point and connecting trails near the South Platte River along a beautiful boardwalk. Whatever floats your boat, they have everything from painting classes, to outdoor yoga, to live concerts.
Where: Follow Wadsworth Boulevard (Highway 121) south of C-470 past Chatfield Reservoir
What: If you have not been before, Waterton Canyon is known for having some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife of any area close to Denver. Hop on the bike for a ride through the canyon up to the Waterton Dam, or pack a picnic and enjoy the sounds of birds and water rushing by.
Where: Several locations throughout Denver (see link above)
What: If hitting the trails to beat the summer crowds is not exactly your cup of tea, Denver has a rich history of local farmer’s markets that are open all Springs & Summer long. We love the South Pearl Street Farmer’s Market, which starts up again in May and usually runs through early October every Sunday. Grab a fresh smoothie, local goods, or as much produce as your heart desires and call it a day.
What: Happening July 16th-18th, the Boulder Creek Festival touts live music, a marketplace, local culinary vendors, and activities for the whole family. Enjoy spreading out on the grass or walking the path along the river. Boulder really knows how to have a good time, and the Boulder Creek Fest is no exception to that. Take a quick yoga class, ride the Ferris wheel, or make your way down the river in a giant plastic floating ball!
Where: Larkspur, Colorado (Just south of Castle Rock in I-25)
What: A classic Colorado event, the Renaissance Festival is re-opening this year starting on June 12th. Bring sunscreen, an appetite, and a medieval disposition to get the most out of this jolly festival, with shopping, live shows, traditional festival food, and more. Pro-tip: go to any King Soopers and ask the customer service desk for tickets to the festival and you can get a slight discount for you and yours.
Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Take a look at this list of other Denver festivals and events happening throughout the Spring and Summer.
What: Mark your calendars, April 23rd- May 2nd is Denver restaurant week, and with over 192 menus on the list, we don’t know where to start! Takeout and delivery are still options for most places, but many will have outdoor and indoor seating available. Starting from $25, you can make a night out for restaurant week casual, or really celebrate and get exquisite offerings from some of Denver’s top restaurants.
Where: 5 Locations Across the Greater Denver Area (Baker, Boulder, Golden, Englewood, and RiNo)
What: This modern, all inclusive climbing gym has walls to accommodate beginners to experts honing their climbing craft. Re-opening with safety measures in place, you can make a reservation for you and a few friends and check out everything they have to offer.
What: Follow this link to see all of the free days this year for museums and places around Denver including the Denver Zoo, the Molly Brown House, and the Colorado Railroad museum. Need more details on museum visits in CO? Read our full post on all of the fantastic museums in the area.
Where: Estes Park, event happening virtually again in 2021
What: Estes Park has hosted its annual river duck race every first Saturday in May since 1989. In order to support the local charities of the Estes Valley, the event has grown into a beloved Colorado tradition. Sponsor a duck on the water, or sign up to watch the event and support CO non-profits on Saturday, May 1st!
Where: Downtown Denver
What: Though we may have to wait until later this year, keep your eye out for updates on Meow Wolf Denver. You can sign up to receive email updates on tickets and opening dates here. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, Meow Wolf creates “immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration.” Including art installations, video and music production, and extended reality content, Meow Wolf Denver is an interactive museum and art space, and the latest installation to join Meow Wolf Santa Fe and Meow Wolf Las Vegas.
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