Lucky for you, there are lots of things you can do around town that will save you the expense of traveling and allow you to return home in time to take care of some chores.
1. Free Concerts at City Park
It’s the 29th season of this series, and there are 10 free jazz concerts scheduled between June 7 and August 9. This year’s lineup includes local favorites such as Nelson Rangell, The Messers and the Sam Mayfield Blues Review, just to name a few.
Bring a blanket, a picnic dinner and your friends or family. The shows run from 6 to 8 p.m., but you may want to show up a little early to get a good seat. See all of the rules and this summer’s schedule here >
Whether you are a jazz enthusiast or just want to relax on the grass while the kids chase the ducks around the lake, these concerts are always a good time and, again, they’re free!
There are a ton of sights to see and memories to be made within a short drive of Denver. If you’re looking for something stimulating for the kiddos or just a fun reason to get out of the house, you’re guaranteed to find something that fits the bill.
Check out this website for ideas ranging from mountain museums and hiking trails to botanic gardens and wildlife viewing areas.
3. Culture Yourself
Living in one of the only big cities in the West has its advantages. One of them is the quality of attractions and performers Denver draws. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts will host the Cirque de Soleil, and the Broadway plays “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon.” John Mellencamp and Harry Connick Jr. will be among the many big musical acts featured at the DCPA this summer.
Or maybe you want to see if you have what it takes to perform yourself? If so, the Performing Arts Complex also offers classes for all ages and skill levels. Click here to learn more.
4. Seek a Little Adventure
If you feel like taking some risks and revving up your heart rate, there are lots of options for you at a reasonable price and distance. Take a guided tour of the Front Range (complete with door-to-door pickup service,) climb a 14er or give ziplining a whirl. If you want to explore a new hobby or just break out of a rut, there are activities for every price range and experience level at Lonely Planet.
5. Get Lost in the Big City for a Day
Living in (or close to) Denver makes it easy to take the quirks of our Mile High home for granted. When was the last time you went downtown just to walk around and take it all in?
Hop on a bus, light rail or bike and rediscover some of the coolest aspects of our unique metropolitan hometown. Walk over the “Sonic Sidewalk” on the 16th Street Mall, have coffee and take a break with a book at the Tattered Cover, or have brunch in Capitol Hill and walk it off while enjoying the architecture and atmosphere.
Visit Denver.org and get a fresh perspective on an old friend.
Ready? Your turn. Use this list to plan some fun-filled excitement while keeping you close to home. Happy staycationing!