Labor Day Weekend in Denver 2018

Labor Day Weekend in Denver 2018 features three days of events and other fun things to do. Highlights this weekend include A Taste of Colorado, craft beer tasting in RiNo, and Colorado Rockies baseball.

Other fun things to do this holiday weekend include spending time with the kids at Elitch Gardens, attending a concert, and the Rocky Mountain Showdown (CU vs CSU football) at Mile High Stadium.

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A Taste of Colorado

A Taste of Colorado

Dates: 9/1-9/4

Location: Civic Center Park in Downtown Denver

One of the favorite Labor Day weekend in Denver festivals is A Taste of Colorado. Here you can eat lots of food, listen to lots of music, go shopping, and have family fun with your kids. 

If you are a foodie, you are in luck as you will have over 50 different restaurants to choose from. If you'd rather do some shopping, then check out over 275 booths that have everything you'd desire.

As for kids, there are activities galore! Lastly, if you are looking for some tunes, you will love it because many local acts perform here. They range from rock 'n' roll to country.

Brews & Views Beer Fest

Brews and Views

Dates: TBD

Times: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: The Hudson Gardens & Event Center, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

The annual Brews & Views Beer Fest is a beer lover's dream. At this beer fest on Labor Day Weekend in Denver, you will have your choice of over 40 different craft brews to taste and enjoy. 

If you want to relax with your brew, you can enjoy live music from local bands as you eat some yummy food. Then, if you want to work off some of those calories, you play lawn games and take in some of the gorgeous views from Hudson Gardens.

All in all, a perfect way for beer lovers to spend the day!

Elitch Gardens on Labor Day Weekend in Denver

Elitch

Dates: September 2, 3, & 4

Times: Saturday & Sunday from 10:30am to 10pm and Monday from 10:30am to 8pm

Location: Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver

Elitch Gardens is well-known as a great getaway from the summer heat on Labor Day Weekend in Denver. Not only is it a wonderful water park, it is also a theme park in case you don't want to just get wet and play in the water.

If you are looking for a bit of a different thrill while at Elitch, make sure to check out the fireworks that are on Sunday night just after the park closes. You can watch from their parking lot or any location nearby.

So make sure to bring your bathing suit, sunglasses, and willingness to become a kid again no matter what age you are!

Rockies at Coors Field

Colorado Rockies

Dates: 9/3

Times: 1:10pm

Location: Coors Field, Lower Downtown Denver

If you are a baseball fan, Labor Day weekend in Denver is the place to be! With the incredible views and easy proximity to downtown Denver, you will be happy that you decided to hang out and watch some home runs at Coors Field.

If you want a hot dog or beer, don't worry because there is great food and drinks at Coors Field. However, if you want to eat a bit before or after the game, you will be well taken care of because there are many wonderful restaurants close to Coors Field.

The Rockies will be playing the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

>> Colorado Rockies schedule and tips to attend a game

Rocky Mountain Showdown

Rocky Mountain Showdown

Date: Friday, 8/31

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Mile High Stadium

Labor Day weekend in Denver is the place to take in some hard-hitting college football. It also gives you the chance to watch one of the great college football rivalries in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Showdown is an annual game between the Colorado Buffalo and the Colorado State University Rams.

This highly charged football competition is played at Mile High Stadium, so you are sure to have a great seat to see all the hard hitting plays. 

Don't miss this clash of the Titans in Colorado during Labor Day weekend.

Concerts on Labor Day Weekend in Denver

Another fun way to celebrate Labor Day Weekend in Denver is at a concert. This weekend, you will find both indoor and outdoor options.

Indoor concerts include Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Yes at the Levitt Pavilion, and Bad Bunny at the Bellco. Top outdoor shows this weekend include Boz Scaggs at the Hudson Gardens & Events Center and both Griz and both Jason Mraz and Jason Isbell with The 400 Unit at Red Rocks.

>> Find a full line-up of concerts this weekend in Denver

High-Altitude Bracketnationals at Bandimere

Bandimere Speedway

Dates: 8/31-9/3

Location: Bandimere Speedway, 3051 S. Rooney Road, Morrison

Get your engines revving and your heart pumpin during Labor Day Weekend in Denver by attending the Bandimere Speedway races.

This is a quarter-mile dragstrip, where racers can get reach speeds of up to 320 mph, is also known as Thunder Mountain. That gives you an idea of what to expect when you see these speedsters.

There are a number of different ticket options, so make sure to take your time and find the right one for you and for your family.

Sample Local Brews in the Hot Rino District

Mockery Brewing

Head over to the River North (RiNo) District this Labor Day Weekend in Denver. This high-energy neighborhood is home to more than a dozen breweries. You will find everything from ciders to IPAs and a chance to meet hundreds of other beer lovers. 

Some of my top picks here include Stem Ciders, Mockery Brewing, and the Great Divide. You can head out on your own or on a guided tour. My favorite guided tour is the 3-hour tour around the district that stops at three breweries. You will get a chance to sample a beer at all three. In addition to the stops, you will also learn more about the history of brewing in Denver and how it became such a hot spot!

>> Visit Viator to learn more about the 3-hour guided tour

Spend Time with the Family

Denver with kids

All weekend long, you will find dozens of fun things to do with the kids and your entire family. This weekend, you can visit the Denver Zoo, spend the day at the Museum of Science and Nature, or stroll around Four Mile Historic Park. 

You can also see how candy is made at Hammond Candy, check out the Butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion or see some of Colorado's wildlife at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Refuge.

This Labor Day Weekend is the perfect time to enjoy these and other family-friendly activities.

>> Find 25 things to do this weekend with the family

Free Things to Do

Free Colorado Things to Do

I've also pulled together a list of all of the fun free things to do around Denver. You will be surprised at the number of interesting things do to that won't cost you a dime.

Top picks include visiting Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, going on one of several brewery tours including the most popular one, Coors Brewing Company in Golden, and admiring the items on display at the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

You can also check out the newly remodeled Union Station, enjoy a free walking tour, and learning all about the dinosaurs that called this area home at Dinosaur Ridge.

>> Check out my full list of the best free things to do

Beyond Denver

Aspen Snowmass Experience

Colorado's State Fair - Pueblo

Dates: 8/24-9/3

Location: 1001 Beulah Avenue, Pueblo

There are a number of other events out of town during Labor Day weekend in Denver. One of these is the always family fun Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. This fair is well-known for great food, music, shows, and times for everyone. Make sure to check it out if you can't spend Labor Day weekend in Denver.

JAS Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience

Dates: 8/31-9/2

Location: Snowmass Town Park (Softball Fields by the Gold Course), Snowmass

The Jazz Aspen Snowmass, aka JAS, is well-known for jazz music and many related styles of music. This three-day event includes world-class performers, events, and education programs. If you are a lover of music, and aren't able to enjoy Labor Day weekend in Denver, check out JAS. Headliners include bands such as Train, Stevie Wonder, and The Killers. 

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival

Dates: 9/1-9/3

Location: Central Park in Boulder

Spend this Labor Day weekend at the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival. It's a celebration that includes live entertainment, a 5k run, a Classic Car & Motorcycle Show, and the Rocky Mountain Pizza & Pints Festival (on Monday).

It's three full days of fun near downtown Boulder.


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