Things to Do in Denver in July

Things to do in Denver in July include top Fourth of July celebrations, festivals, and sporting events. You will also find recommendations for this month's best tours, concerts, and nightlife to check out during your stay. 

Things to Do in Denver in July

Other highlights on this page include how to entertain your kids, what to pack for your visit, and where to go shopping.

July Events Calendar

Cherry Creek Arts

Our detailed calendar is the first place to check when mapping out your schedule for your July visit. 

It highlights the dates for the top festivals, concerts, arts events, and more in and around Denver. You'll also find info for free museum days, comedy shows, and professional sports games. 

>> Find the full July events calendar

Fourth of July Celebrations

Fourth of July

During this popular holiday, you'll find all kinds of ways to get into the patriotic spirit. 

Check out annual traditions such as Fourth of July parades, the Blues Traveler concert at Red Rocks, and the Colorado Rapids soccer match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park followed by Colorado's largest fireworks display. 

>> Get the full list of Fourth of July activities

Top Tours in July in Denver

Denver tours

One of the best things to do in Denver in July is head out on a guided tour. Make sure you start your day with the free history walking tour of the city. It starts at 10 a.m. in Civic Center Park.

You can also head out on a guided city tour or enjoy some of Denver's famous brews. Wine tasting tours are also a great option. 

Other fun tours this month include cruising around town on a Segway or a Scooter.

Broadway Shows & Theater

Finding Neverland

One of my favorite things to do in Denver in July is to head to the theater. Denver is well known for bringing in big name productions such as Hamilton, An American in Paris, and Finding Neverland.

You can also catch a more intimate performance at theaters all around town.

>> Read the full theater calendar

Sporting Events in July

Colorado Rockies in July

The Colorado Rockies hit the field against MLB teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, and the L.A. Dodgers, at Coors Field during July.

The Colorado Rapids take the field against teams such as the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas. The Outlaws, Denver's outdoor lacrosse team play teams such as the Florida Launch, Atlanta Blaze, and Charlotte Hounds. 

>> See all sports events this month here

Weather in July

Weather in July

July is the warmest month of the year in Denver. Days typically start out in the mid-50s, then top off in the upper 80s and sometimes 90s. With average rainfall at only 1.7 inches, July is one of the drier summer months.

Pack summer clothes for sightseeing during the day, but bring along a light sweater or jacket for those evening outdoor concerts. Whatever activity you choose, it's best to have several layers available during your Denver stay. And don't forget your sunglasses — Denver has more than 300 sunny days a year.

>> More details and what to expect on the weather in July

Best Places to Shop

Denver Shopping

No trip to Denver would be complete without finding the perfect memento to take home. Denver has some great shopping districts with shops featuring gifts made by local artists as well as nationally known stores. 

The pedestrian-friendly 16th Street Mall and Larimer Square shopping districts in downtown are great to check out on nice summer days. Another good option is Cherry Creek North, which covers 16 blocks and is home to high-end shops, galleries, and spas. Shopping should definitely be on your list of things to do in Denver in July.

>> Find out about more Denver shopping areas

Denver Festivals in July

Lavender Festival in July

With nearly two dozen festivals to choose from, it's obvious that festival season is in full swing this month. It's another one of my favorite things to do in Denver in July!

Four different beer festivals serve up some of the best craft brews in the area. There are also diverse festivals such as the Colorado Irish Festival, Colorado Black Arts Festival, Lavender Festival, and Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. 

>> Check out the full list of festivals

Top Attractions & Museums 

Black Sculpture Outside the Denver Art Museum

Another one of the fun things to do in Denver in July is to check out our top attractions and museums. Outdoor favorites include the Botanic Gardens, Four Mile Historic Park, and the Denver Zoo.

You can also cool off in some of our top museums. The most popular is the Denver Art Museum with thousands of pieces from all around the world. You can also learn more about our history at the Molly Brown House or Byers-Evans.

Many of our museums also offer free days and feature top traveling exhibits.

>> More about our top 20 attractions

Things to Do in Denver in July with Kids

Elitch Garden's Brain Drain Ride

You will also find plenty of things to do in Denver in July with the entire family. You can head over to Elitch Gardens for a day of fun in the sun or head to the Denver Science and Nature Museum for some hands on learning.

Other family favorites include Movie Night in the Park at Skyline Park at Arapahoe and 15th Streets, the water activities at Waterworld, or a free tour at Hammond's Candies. 

You will also find a variety of family-friendly festivals and events this month all around Denver.

>> More fun things to do with kids and the entire family this month

Nightlife: Comedy, Concerts & More

Fiddler's Green

After you've done the touristy stuff during the day, check out what Denver nightlife has to offer. This month, you will find a variety of indoor and outdoor concerts.

The city is also known for its great comedy clubs, such as Comedy Works in downtown and Greenwood Village. Some of the biggest concerts of the year are in July, including two shows by Adele at the Pepsi Center. Some downtown drink and dining options include Wynkoop Brewing Company, Jazz @ Jack's, Corridor 44, and The Crimson Room.

Beyond Denver

Mountains in the Summer Near Denver

With the warm weather this time of year, another one of the popular things to do in Denver in July is head up to the mountains. You can head up on your own or with a guided tour.

As you head higher up in elevation, you will find cool days and even cooler nights. You will also find a variety of fun summer activities in the Rocky Mountains such as festivals, hiking, water sports, spa treatments, and so much more!

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