9 Things You Absolutely Must Do in Denver This June

We’ve already given you 15 reasons Denver summers dominate all other summers, but if you’re still not convinced... um, you may have problems with reading comprehension. Or you just need to check out these sweet June events:

Green Russell

#NegroniWeek Kick-Off Party

The talented bar keeps at the Green Russell are doing something big for Negroni Week: they're hosting a kick-off party where they will unveil the world’s largest barrel-aged version of the classic gin-and-Campari-based cocktail. Just $10 dollars will get you some and benefit charity.

Cook Street: steak and whiskey

The eats teachers at Cook Street Culinary School are showing you the sweetest way to prepare different types of steak, while a representative from a local distillery educates you about whiskey. And more importantly, they'll give you some.
Flickr/Dave Bledsoe

Culture Jam

The folks at Left Hand are throwing a party that also doubles as a charity event at the Longmont brewery with Grammy Award-winning artists, La Santa Celcillia, and a number of other bands performing on the main stage. Local food vendors will provide the eats, and guess which brewery will be pouring suds, all to help earthquake victims in Nepal.
Flickr/Ed Donahue

Denver Chalk Art Festival

For the 13th year in a row, artists from around the world will be taking their art to the streets, literally. Over 200 professionals and amateurs will be descending on Larimer Square and creating massive 12ftx12ft masterpieces that are totally okay to look down upon.
Colorado Rapids Soccer Club

World Cup of Wine and Beer

Get to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the Colorado Rapids’ 7th annual suds-/vino-themed throwdown. Attendees of the event can expect a heavy sampling of local wine and beers supplied by Rapids' partners and area businesses. The event, hosted by players, coaches, and team executives, will kick off at 6pm.

Taste of Fort Collins

With summer pretty much in full swing, it’s time for Ft. Collins to host the bash everyone has been waiting for: TFC will kick off Friday and go all weekend long with tons of food trucks, breweries, and live musical performances from Atlas Genius and 2000s anthem singers, Smashmouth.
Great Divide Brewing Co.

Great Divide 21st Anniversary Party

Going down at its new location, Great Divide’s 21st Anniversary will be one of the top parties of the summer. $40 for a ticket gets you access to all the live music, food trucks, and special-release beers you can handle.
The Greenway Foundation

South Platte RiverFest

Hosted by Coors Light, the third annual version of this two-day event will feature the very best riparian rec activities, including paddleboard lessons and demos, kayaking, beer gardens, and food tents. The event, held in the shadow of the REI Downtown, is completely free to the public, so you have no excuse to not get down.
The Big Wonderful

The Big Wonderful

Blending food, a flea market, and entertainment, this weekly outdoor event features a craft beer garden made out of a storage container, beach volleyball, food trucks and live music, this time from the Jaden Carlson Band. It’s going down around noon.