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As early as March, Coloradans were looking forward to a summer with warm weather and an abundance of seasonal events. Then the coronavirus pandemic rocked the entertainment industry, postponing everything from art shows to wine nights online. But cultural institutions are slowly opening up again and festivals and some special events are moving offline and into the real world … in compliance with new security protocols, of course.
The following is still on the calendar for Summer 2020. Have fun … and be careful out there!
Affordable Arts Festival: Beginners, bargain hunters, and just plain cheap skates will love this art fair, where all pieces are less than $ 100. Aug. 30, 9 am-3pm, $ 10-11, Arapahoe Community College, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-330-8237, affordable arttsfestival.com.
The Ladies Fancywork Society celebrates the installation of work at the Denver Art Museum.
Courtesy Art in Vail
Boulder County Farmers’ Markets: Get local meat, dairy, produce, and flowers at weekly markets in Boulder, Longmont, and Denver. Days and hours vary, free entry with reservation, 303-910-2236, bcfm.org.
Butterfly Pavilion: Reserve your timed ticket online to enjoy the tiny and surprising world of invertebrates. 9 am-5:30pm, $ 8-12, 6252 West 104th Avenue, Westminster, 303-469-9201, butterflies.org.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo: Get Lions, Tigers, and Bears. Timed entry with online ticket sales is required. $ 19- $ 24, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, 719-633-9925, cmzoo.org.
Colorado Fresh Markets: The market offers products and groceries from Colorado. Saturdays through November 14, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., free entry, First Avenue and University Boulevard, 303-442-1837, coloradofreshmarkets.com.
Colorado Rapids: Major League Soccer Resumes Its 2020 Season; Visit the Rapids website for details on scheduled games. Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, coloradorapids.com.
Colorado State Fair: A scaled-down version of the fair features limited vendors, fair food, and carnival rides. Free until September 7th, Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Avenue, Pueblo, 800-876-4567, coloradostatefair.com.
Commonwheel Arts Festival: Enjoy the longstanding arts festival in a picturesque mountain setting. 5th-7th September 10 am-5pm, free entry, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com.
Denver Bazaar: The former pop-up bazaar has reinvented itself as a weekly farmers market. It offers online orders and roadside collections Thursday through Sunday, and in-person purchases on Friday and Sunday. Dates and times vary, free admission, denverbazaar.com.
The Denver Botanic Gardens is open to the public again.
Courtesy Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens York Street: Reserve a seat in advance to see the gardens’ lavish summer displays. On-site events include the Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society Show, September 5-6. Admission 9 am-5pm $ 15, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Chatfield Farms in the Denver Botanical Gardens: Reserve a spot in advance to tour the native plant shed and working farm of the Botanical Gardens. 9 am-5pm, $ 7, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Denver Mart Drive-In: See a dual function every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Labor Day. Online ticket sales only. 8 p.m., $ 10 per person, 451 East 58th Avenue, denvermartdrivein.com.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science: The museum is now open to the public with timed entry. Buy tickets on his website. Current exhibits include The Art of the Brick and After the Asteroid, and (extremely) limited personal events like illustration classes and museum-led float trips can also be found on the website. $ 13.95 and up, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-6000, dmns.org.
Denver Zoo: Buy timed tickets up to seven days in advance online only. No ticket sales on site at the moment. 8:30 am to 7:00 pm, $ 14 to 20, Denver Zoo, 2900 East 23rd Avenue, 720-337-1400, denverzoo.org.
Aquarium in the city center: While the 4-D theater is still closed, the exhibits and the restaurant of the aquarium are now open to visitors. Daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., $ 17.50 and up, 700 Water Street, 303-561-4450, aquariumrestaurants.com.
Fetch Market: Shop for an eclectic mix of goods and services at the weekend long pop-up flea market. Dates vary, free entry, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, thisisfetch.com.
Foothills Art Center: Wrong Choice Now Open. Free entry, Foothills Art Center, 809 15th Street, Golden, 303-279-3922, foothillsartcenter.org.
Four Mile Historic Park: Currently, the 12-acre park and historic home (oldest in Denver!) Is open Friday through Sunday with advance ticket sales. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $ 5, 715 South Forest Street, 720-865-0800, fourmilepark.org.
Handmade in Colorado Expo: The judged show, which includes works made from metal, paper, glass, fiber, clay, gemstones, and more, opens in both Denver and Estes Park. Dates and locations vary, free admission, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Denver Historic Walking Tours: Explorers can book Dial-A-Docent tours and phone a guide or arrange a personal private tour for groups under eight. Tour locations include Capitol Hill, LoDo, Quality Hill, Five Points, and Curtis Park. Virtual tours are also available. Dates and times vary, $ 15 and up, various Denver locations, 303-534-5288, Historicaldenver.org.
Historic Elitch Theater (online): An ongoing virtual celebration of the 130th anniversary of Elitch Gardens with a virtual live music series, a family FunFest for Children’s Day, a virtual silent auction and much more. Historicalelitchtheatre.org.
History Colorado Center: Game Changers: 100 Years of Negro League Baseball, through September 1st. Forty Years on the Fax: Colfax Avenue, 1926-1966, now open. Hecho en Colorado, now open. You need to make a timed reservation online or by phone. $ 14, History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, 303-866-2394, historycolorado.org.
K Contemporary Art: Kuzana Ogg: Sugarcube, until September 12th. Free entry with reservation, K Contemporary Art, 1412 Wazee Street, 303-590-9800, kcontemporaryart.com.
Lake Dillon Arts Festival: The open air jury show includes arts and crafts. September 4-6, Free Entry, 104 Village Place, Dillon, 720-941-6088, coloradoartshows.com.
Lake Dillon Boat Tours: Opt for daytime, sunset, historical, or women-only boat tours until the end of summer. Dates and times vary, from $ 40, Dillon Marina, 150 Marina Drive, Dillon, 970-468-5100, townofdillon.com/marina.
Let’s roam: don’t you care what you end up doing as long as you get out of the damn house? Sign up for this city scavenger hunt to go with friends however you like and get a wide variety of Denver locations and events. $ 13 per person, various Denver locations, 720-340-3264, letroam.com.
McNichol’s Civic Center Building: Lavender Mist: Gay Men in Contemporary Art and the Queer City of the Plains, Expanded. Free entry by appointment, 144 West Colfax Avenue, 720-865-5570, mcnicholsbuilding.com.
Metro Denver Farmers’ Market: Markets include Southwest Plaza, Lakewood, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, and Commerce City. Days and hours vary, free entry, 303-887-3276, denverfarmersmarket.com.
Museo de las Americas: Rhythm and Ritual: Music of Ancient America, until October 17th. $ 8, 861 Santa Fe Drive, 303-571-4401, museo.org.
Parker Arts Drive-In Series: Instead of taking a seat in the theater, stop in a spot in the parking lot and listen to live entertainment on your car radio. Days and hours vary, $ 30 per vehicle, PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org.
Republic Plaza: Art installations Then the Story Goes by Olive Moya and Passing Through by Scottie Burgess are currently on view in the office building. Free, 370 17th Street, artsbrookfield.com.
The Unicorn Festival rides again … but with some delays.
Unicorn Festival: Let’s hope the mythical unicorns, mermaids and wizards are immune to real viruses at this festival. 5th-6th September 11 am-6pm and 11 am-5pm, $ 25 and up, Clement Park, 7306 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton, unicornfestivalcolorado.com.
Urban Market: The open-air marketplace offers everything from clothing to antiques to furniture. Dates vary, free entry, Skyline Park, 16th Street and Arapahoe Street, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Walker Fine Art: Common Ground now on display. Free entry, Walker Fine Art, 300 West 11th Avenue, 303-355-8955, walkerfineart.com.
Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum: The museum is not yet open to the public, but you can now book a private behind-the-scenes tour for up to 10 people. $ 300, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard, 303-360-5360, wingmuseum.org.
These listings were created for our guide for the summer, the June 25th edition of Westword. While the deadline is up, you can send event information to [email protected] for future stories to consider.
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