It’s 2020 and this is what Red Rocks looks like – at least for Visibles “Red Rocks Unpaused”. (Provided by Visible)


No tour guide? No problem. Tourists and locals alike can now take a free “guided” tour of downtown Denver or Civic Center Park that sheds light on more than a century of the city’s architecture and cultural history. With just a smartphone (or other mobile device) and headphones, you can easily take the tour. The Denver Architecture Foundation is running two audio tours of 24 locations historically significant to Denver and Colorado. Combining historical facts and preservation, the audio trips tell an interactive story about Denver’s past, better explaining the present, and helping envision the future. Tours can be explored locally or remotely. Rides are walking or cycling apart and are centered on downtown Denver and the Civic Center, titled “Downtown Denver: A Game of City and Empire Builders” and “Civic Center Park: A Speerian Game.”

Early bird

Hungry bargain hunters can wake up with huge savings at Wendy’s. The hamburger chain launched its breakfast menu earlier this year. To encourage customers to give it a try, they are serving a special breakfast for a limited time. Buy a breakfast bacon, honey butter chicken biscuit, sausage, egg and Swiss croissant or frosty ccino and get a second for just $ 1. Combine the offer to create the perfect breakfast for your taste. And if you’re a frequent customer, join the chain’s new Wendy’s Rewards loyalty program. Members earn 10 points for every dollar spent that can be redeemed for free menu items.

Housing options

Whether you’re in the market to buy a home or just looking for design inspiration, the 2020 Parade of Homes is a wonderful way to spend the day experiencing all types of homes, from the budget to the new to luxurious show stoppers. The event includes several redesigned and bespoke homes, from Windsor to Castle Rock, Arvada to Aurora and neighborhoods in between. The annual event is free and open to the public from Thursday to Sunday from 12pm to 5pm from September 10th to 27th. Experience the event this year without leaving your own home thanks to a virtual tour. Discover online or in person unique houses and floor plans, the latest trends in interior design and home technology, various exterior furnishings, outdoor living options and modern landscaping.

Sharp edges

Anyone with a passion for stones and sparkling gems should settle into the Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show at the Crown Plaza DIA Hotel & Convention Center (15500 E. 40th Ave.) in Denver. From September 11th to 15th, the event will showcase a variety of mineral and fossil specimens for collectors, novices and veterans. Almost 50 top notch retailers and wholesalers with fine minerals, fossils, meteorites, gemstones and jewelry will be on site. The show times are daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry and parking are free. It’s the perfect opportunity to find some unique gems (literally) and support lots of small local businesses.

Red rocks not stopped

There will be plenty of music in the air when live music returns to the Red Rocks Amphitheater with a three-day “Red Rocks Unpaused” digital concert series. From September 1st to 3rd, performances start every evening at 8 p.m. and fans can tune in for free. Actors include Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, Phoebe Bridgers, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Hengst, Sam Hunt and Brett Young. The special experience will push the boundaries of live-stream concerts as every single performance brings together artists and fans in unprecedented ways through new technological integrations, including the viewer’s ability to control the show’s lighting and send chat messages based on the Face the icon will appear amphitheater monoliths, and choose the final encore song.

CONNECTED: Megan Thee Stallion, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sam Hunt and Phoebe Bridgers will be playing Red Rocks next month

Creative possibilities

Castle Rock is getting more and more colorful. The 31st annual Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock will once again be staged downtown along Perry Street (between 3rd and south) and Festival Park on September 12th and 13th. Look forward to the artistic impressions of more than 140 artists from all over the country. Popular musicians provide a musical backdrop for the event on the main stage. Kids will love the interactive exhibits and walking entertainers. There is also an Artfest store on-site, as well as food and drink for sale. Free entry. The festival times are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park in the Douglas County Fairgrounds parking lot and take the free shuttle to the family-friendly event.

Cornucopia of savings

For cheesy family fun, head to the Fall Festival at Fritzler Farm Park (20861 CR 33) in LaSalle for plenty of outdoor activities, including a 15-acre corn maze. The seasonal fun accumulates from September 19 to October 31 (selected dates and hours; see website). There is a jumping cushion, a slide hill, a coaster, a pumpkin patch, pig races, pedal go-karts, an amusement arcade and a pumpkin cannon. New for 2020 is a wonderful sunflower field to explore. Since 2000, the Fritzler family has been creating a new and unique corn maze design every year, from greetings to heroes at the forefront to football fever. No word on what’s in store this year but expect to love it. The attraction is holding an autumn flash sale with online single tickets from September 14th to 18th for only USD 11.95 (40 percent discount on the regular admission price). There are no limits so families can really use the savings. Tickets can be used on any day the attraction is open for the 2020 season.

All aboard!

The long-awaited N-Line of the Regional Transportation District finally hits the rails on September 21. The new line offers even more public transport connections to the Denver metropolitan area. The first 13 miles of the proposed 18.5-mile line provide connections from Union Station via Denver, Commerce City, Northglenn, Thornton and finally North Adams County. At Union Station, passengers can take light rail lines C, E, and W, the University of Colorado A line to the airport, the B line to Westminster, the G line to Arvada / Wheat Ridge, local and regional buses, and the Free MallRide and Free MetroRide. The first week of the N Line is free for drivers from September 21-27. From September 28 to March 27, 2021, RTD is offering a $ 3 local fare on the entire N line as part of a pilot program for special prices. If the trip includes transfer to additional zones by bus or train, a higher tariff may apply.

Everyone loves selling plants

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Seasoned gardeners know it’s never too early to plan beautiful blooms. Check out a wide variety of bulbs and unique plants while supplies last at the Denver Botanic Gardens Annual Fall Plant and Bulb Sale from September 25-27. The online shop is open on September 25th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (There is no sale on site, only online.) Orders can be picked up in person in the gardens. 1007 York St. Location on the upper deck of the parking garage from October 1st to 3rd. New this year are pre-made onion pockets, custom seed mixes and a wider range of Plant Select items.

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