Denver events in July 2019 include festivals, concerts, sporting events, and theater. Top picks include The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Performing Arts Center, Colorado Rockies baseball at Coors Field, and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Other highlights include symphony performances and films & yoga at Red Rocks.
And, of course, July is the month of America's birthday. We have great suggestions for fun Fourth of July parades and perfect locations for watching fireworks.
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This year the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday and there are plenty of fun things to do this year in Denver. Get into the patriotic spirit at a parade, watch a Colorado Rapids or Rockies game, and top off the holiday watching one of Denver's spectacular fireworks displays.
The month of July offers one amazing award-winning Broadway show. The much beloved Charlie and The Chocolate Factory come to Denver during the month of July (7/9 - 7/28).
Roald Dahl's Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is a favorite for kids of all ages. Charlie Bucket is a cute boy who wins the Golden Ticket to visit The Chocolate Factory. The weird and wild Willy Wonka has decided that someone will take over the factory and everything in it. Not only is this musical famous for its story, but also for songs such as "The Candy Man", "Pure Imagination", and "I've got a Golden Ticket." This show has one intermission and all shows are at The Buell Theatre.
If you are looking for a variety of music during the month of July, we've got you covered. There are many great venues in Denver including The Pepsi Center, Fiddler's Green, The Denver Botanic Gardens, The Bluebird Theater, and the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Just a few of the bands coming this year include Ariana Grande, Michael Buble, John Mayer, Gipsy Kings, Khalid & Clairo, The Psychedelic Furs, and many, many others!
Make sure to book your tickets early as July is the perfect month to see concerts and many of the venues are outdoors and you don't want to miss out!
One of my favorite Denver events in July is Colorado Rockies baseball. They take on the Cincinnati Reds, the San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Dodgers this month. In total, they will play 10 home games (including a double header against the Giants) this month at Coors Field in the Lower Downtown District (LoDo).
The Colorado Rapids take on the Arsenal FC and New York FC. Both games are at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
The Denver Outlaws also have one home game this month. They take on the Denver Rattlers at Mile High Stadium. Both of these teams are some of the most popular family-friendly Denver events in July.
In addition to these great Denver events, you will also find some fun things to do at a discount. These are just a few of my favorites right now.
Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show: Most Saturday nights at 6pm, find tickets at a discount on Goldstar
Elitch Gardens: Buy two or four vouchers for entry to Elitch Gardens, find them at a discount on Groupon
Colorado Cannabis Tours: Spend a couple of hours on this cannabis tour around Denver, find tickets at a discount on Groupon
Location: Denver Marriott in Westminster
Billed as one of the country's best fall wine festivals and one of the biggest Denver events in November, this international wine festival is worth the trip here for wine lovers. With more than 80 wineries, distilleries, and importers, it's the largest tasting festival in the region.
Special events include the Grand Vintners Dinner and Pairsine Chefs Fine Food & Wine Pairing Competition. Festival guests can attend seminars, participate in guided tastings, and bid in a silent charity auction. Food, fine art, and wine accessories will also be available.
The Colorado Symphony has an amazing line-up of performances this month. Some of their top Denver events in July include the Brett Mitchell - Lunar Landing Anniversary Celebration at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver. The Colorado Symphony will also showcase the two time Grammy award winning John Prine. This show is not to be missed as it will be held at the incredible outdoor Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.
You will find a lot of great places to stay in Denver. Here are some of my top recommendations.
You will also find a great selection on Booking.com and through TripAdvisor. Click the links to learn more about each one.
Dates: Friday, 7/19 - Sunday, 7/21
Location: National Western Complex
Described as "the craziest county fair in America," the Denver County "Fair-ly Weird" Fair, mixes traditional county fair with Denver's urban flair. This is one of the Denver events in July at the National Western Complex that showcases the city's creativity through attractions such as zombie and drag queen beauty pageants, unicorn rides, a flea circus, and magic shows.
If you're feeling competitive, enter one of the dozens of blue-ribbon competitions including best homemade robot, best molded gelatin dessert, grumpiest cat, bug eating, speed texting, and Peeps dioramas. You can also explore 17 different pavilions featuring kittens, freaks, geeks, political games, cornhole tournaments, and more.
The Denver area hosts many great summer festivals, so save some time in your schedule to check out a few. These Denver events in July include some of the best music, arts, crafts, culture, and entertainment the area has to offer.
Top festivals in July include the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, the Colorado Black Arts Festival, and the Denver Summer Brew Festival. Other highlights include Cheesman Park Art Fest, Colorado Irish Festival, and Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.
Calling all beer lovers! Make sure to spend some time in the Rino District this July. It's the heart of our local brewery scene and is home to more than a dozen local breweries.
One of the best times to visit is during their First Friday event. The event runs from 6 pm to 9 pm on the first Friday of the month (7/5) and features live music, art openings, and other special activities you can enjoy as you sample our amazing craft beers.
You can also head out on your own or join a guided tour. On these tours, you will sample brews in the district as you learn the history of this up and coming area. My favorite is the 3-hour tour that includes three 45-minute stops at local breweries. You also get to sample a beer at each location.
This tour runs three times a day, so you can select the time that is right for you. Tour times are at 10:30 am, 2 pm, and 6 pm.
Scratch your funny bone at one of Denver's great comedy clubs. Venues such as Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Comedy Works, Denver Improv, and Backstage at Beryl's host both talented local and national acts most nights of the week.
Save money during your trip to Denver by taking advantage of free days. Local attractions offering free days include the Denver Art Museum (first Saturday of the month), Children's Museum of Denver (third Friday 4 to 8 p.m.), and Clyfford Still Museum (Fridays 5 to 8 p.m.).
If you aren't able to make it on the free admission days, then check out the savings available with the Mile High Culture Pass. This discount card offers admission to several top Denver museums for one low price.
With this pass, you can visit the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Clyfford Still Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature and Sciences. You can also visit the History Colorado Museum, the new location for the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and the Molly Brown House. You will also receive discounts to additional museums and activities around town.
You will find a variety of top traveling exhibits on display this July in Denver. Here are a few of the top exhibits this month.
Denver Art Museum: Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America. Using the work of over 40 artists this exhibits looks at the playful side of designers such as Ray and Charles Eames, Eva Zeisel, Paul Rand, and many more.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius. This is the most comprehensive display of da Vinci's work in the world.
History Colorado Museum: Without Borders: Arte Sin Fronteras. Numerous artists explore what it means to live on the border between Mexico, and the USA, and what it means to have a homeland.
Dates: Thursday, 7/18 - Sunday, 7/21
Save money as you shop at this year's Cherry Creek North Sidewalk Sale. For four days, you will get the chance to pick up some great deals on clothing, food and this year's top fashions. More than 90 businesses are set to offer their best deals all weekend long.
You will find savings on Thursday - Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.
Dates: Saturday, 7/6 - Sunday, 7/7
The Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden is where you will find this year's Rocky Mountain Rodeo. Some of the Denver events in July at this rodeo include Bull Riding, Goat Dressing, Wild Drag Racing, Steer Riding, and more. The event starts on Saturday, July 6 and runs from 10 am to 5 pm. On Sunday, July 7th, the events run from 10 am to 5 pm with the ceremony at 8 pm. It's another one of the great family-friendly Denver events in July.
One of the best places to catch an outdoor film is at the gorgeous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison. This month they will show one film: Top Gun (7/1).
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Local bands will perform live before each film starting at 7 pm. The film will begin at dusk.
Date: Saturday, 7/20 and Saturday, 7/27
Close out the month of July with Yoga on the Rocks. This is one of several Denver events in July at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. All you need to bring along is some water to stay hydrated and your yoga mat.
The yoga sessions will run from 7 am to 8 am and this sessions teachers are Jordan Smiley (7/20) and Dhyan Bhakti Karu (7/27). Make sure to arrive a little early to grab your spot.
Date: Friday, 7/19 - Sunday, 7/21
Larimer Square will be transformed on July 19th through July 21st into a pop-up food and drink festival. This event will feature locally crafted beers and spirits. You will also find a variety of cuisines from top local chefs all around Denver and Colorado. It's free to enter, but you must pay to sample each goody. The hours for the event are as follows: Friday from 7 am to 9:30 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 9:30 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.
For those looking to explore the area, two of the best Denver events in July lie just outside the city in Boulder and Golden.
Pearl Street Arts Fest (7/20 & 7/21): The Pearl Street Arts Fest features sculptures, oil paintings, and more along downtown Boulder's Pearl Street Mall.
Buffalo Bill Days (7/25 - 7/28): Buffalo Bill Days in Golden features a parade, car show, golf tournament, music, and Cody's Wild West show.