Things to Do in Denver in August

Things to do in Denver in August include sporting events, festivals, music, and shopping. You can catch a Colorado Rockies game or a pre-season Broncos game.

Other highlights in August include theater productions, outdoor concerts, and fun summer tours.

Elitch Gardens in August

Read on for more details about all the Mile High City has to offer this month!

August Events Calendar

Denver Days

If you're coming to Denver in August, check out my full events calendar for the month. Here you'll find several things to do in Denver in August both in and around The Mile High City.

Some annual events that happen in August include a film series at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, free outdoor concerts in City Park, and the Colorado State Fair.

>> Click here for this month's calendar of events

Top Summer Tours

Denver's City Tours

Another one of the fun things to do in Denver in August is to head out on a tour. You will find a variety of tours this month.

If you want to explore Denver, then head out on a guided city tour. You can explore on bus, by Segway, on foot or by motor scooter. All offer you the chance to learn more about the Mile High City.

Denver is becoming known as a destination for beer lovers. While you are here, make sure to take at least one of our beer or brewery tours.

You can also enjoy some local wines. You can visit local wineries on your own or head out on a tour where you will visit several wineries in one day.

Broadway Shows & Theater Performances

Phantom of the Opera

Denver is fortunate to attract many big-name Broadway shows such as "The Phantom of the Opera," "Beauty and the Beast," and "The Sound of Music." It also has a thriving theater scene that puts on many Tony- and Pulitzer-winning plays.

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is home to many venues, so if you're looking for more things to do in Denver in August, start your search there. You'll find many of its shows listed on my theater calendar.

>> Find this month's theater calendar here

Sporting Events in August

Denver Broncos

Denver football fans rejoice in August, because their 2015 NFL Super Bowl champion Broncos kick off their pre-season games at Mile High Stadium.

Colorado Rockies fans have reason to be happy, too: The MLB team usually plays a lot of home games at Coors Field in August. Over at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the Colorado Rapids host regular season MLS games.

>> Additional sports information in Denver here

Weather in August

Denver Weather in August

Temperatures in Denver in August are warm — typically in the mid- to upper 80s. On the flipside, lows are usually in the mid- to lower 50s. Average rainfall for the month is two inches. 

Because of Denver's high altitude, you'll want to take extra good care of your skin. Essentials to pack include sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. 

Bring shorts, skirts, and lightweight shirts for the day. A sweater or light jacket will be appreciated on cool evenings and mornings. There are occasional short, unexpected downpours, so pack a light raincoat or poncho.

>> More on the weather this months and tips on what to wear

Best Outdoor Shopping

16th Street Mall

Another one of the fun things to do in Denver in August is shopping. Whether you're looking for something unique made by a local artisan or wanting to score a deal at an outlet mall, you will find everything you need here.

Since it's summertime, why not get some vitamin D while shopping at an outdoor shopping district? Downtown you'll find the pedestrian-friendly 16th Street Mall and Larimer Square, both outdoor shopping areas that have fun boutiques. 

Cherry Creek North is another good destination on nice summer days. Here you'll find blocks and blocks of luxury brands, boutiques, and spas.

>> Discover a list of my favorites places to shop

Festivals in August

Denver Burger Battle

If you love festivals, you'll have more than a dozen in and around the city to choose from this month. Top festivals in August that beer and burger lovers should check out include Oktoberfest, Blues & Brews, Denver Burger Battle, and Denver Beer Olympics. 

Music festivals are always a best bet. This month you can listen to high-octane bluegrass at the Evergreen Bluegrass Festival or jazz from the 1930s and '40s at the Vintage Jazz Festival. 

>> Dates, times, and more information about Denver's festivals in August

Top Museums & Attractions

Waterworld

One of the best things to do in Denver in August is to visit our top outdoor attractions. Here are a few of my favorites.

Water World: Set on 67 acres, Water World is one of the country's biggest water theme parks. The park has nearly 50 attractions including slides, rides, and wave pools.

Water World offers something for every member of the family. Younger water lovers can splash around in separate play areas and older thrill seekers will get their adrenaline pumping on the many adventurous, high-speed attractions. 

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park: This is another great family-friendly summer attraction to check out during your stay. It's located in downtown Denver and convenient to many hotel options.

In addition to water rides, Elitch Gardens offers all the amusement park favorites that you grew up loving such as roller coasters and arcade games. The park also schedules many special events such as free concerts, family-friendly movies, brew festivals, Halloween Fright Fest, and a pet parade. 

Denver Botanic Gardens: The renowned Denver Botanic Gardens has two locations — York Street and Chatfield Farms — that showcase a wide range of plants from both Colorado and around the world and provide a beautiful setting for a popular outdoor summer concert series.

York Street features a variety of Colorado ecosystems covering 24 acres. Chatfield Farms includes 750 acres of native plants, a wildflower garden, a butterfly house, a lavender garden, and a working ranch.  

>> More top attractions in Denver

Things to Do in Denver in August With Kids

Children's Museum in Denver

There are also plenty of fun things to do in Denver in August with kids. Make sure to spend at least a few hours enjoying the theme and water parks mentioned above.

Your entire family will also enjoy spending time exploring other top attractions such as the Children's Museum, the Denver Zoo, and Denver's Nature and Science Museum. Treat them to a free tour of Hammond's Candy Factory or to one of this month's many family-friendly festivals.

>> My top recommendations on what to do with kids in Denver

Nightlife: Comedy, Concerts & More

Comedy in Denver

Denver has a ton of attractions that will keep you busy during the day, but some of the best things to do in Denver happen at nighttime.

In the Lower Downtown (LoDo) district, you'll find some of the best bars and restaurants. Larimer Square has elegant cocktail lounges and wine bars. All over town, you'll find craft breweries — one of the things for which Denver is famous.

Denver comedy clubs are a popular stop for the nation's top stand-up performers. More fun things to do in Denver in August at night is to check out live music at Grizzly Rose, Fillmore Auditorium, and Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, to name a few. Click here for this month's concert calendar

Beyond Denver

Red Rocks

You can also head to many fun places just beyond Denver. The city of Golden is a nice stop for those looking for a quiet and historic retreat from the Mile High City. You can also spend some time exploring Red Rocks.

You can also head up to Rocky Mountain National Park, visit Mount Evans (one of the closest 14ers by Denver), or head south to visit Pikes Peak or Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. You can visit all of these places on your own or with a guided tour.


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