Everything You Have to Do in Denver This Weekend

Updated On 06/11/2018 at 02:53PM EST Updated On 06/11/2018 at 02:53PM EST
Thursday - Sunday
Jun 14-17
Not much beats a brew with view… except maybe a tasting with Colorado’s best breweries paired with food from the chefs at Vail Resorts, all enjoyed at 10,350 feet following a gondola ride to the top of Vail mountain. This three day event also features other ticketed options including a brewer’s dinner, Hike & Hops -- which pairs beer and a healthy dose of fresh air, and a Father’s Day Beerunch.
Cost: Tickets to the grand tasting “Sip at the Summit” are $65
fibark whitewater festival
FIBArk Whitewater Festival
Thursday - Monday
Jun 14-18
This event is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, so expect a party. Whitewater fans from across the country will gather in Salida for four days of races, a raft rodeo, parades, mountain biking, and more. There will also be live music from acts like the Devon Allman Project and North Mississippi Allstars along with a breakfast booze bar on Saturday and Sunday.
Cost: Registration for individual events starts at $10
Friday - Saturday
Jun 15-16
Sample BBQ from dozens of competitors, all vying for awards and the title of Grand Champion. In addition to plenty of smoked meats, sides, and desserts, the event also features live music and ticketed events like the Whiskey Tour from Breckenridge Distillery and the Bacon Burner 6k.
Cost: Free to attend but you must purchase “hogbacks,” the official currency of the festival, for all food, drinks, mech, etc.
Jun 15
Follow the Montbello Drumline as you tour five alleys that have each been transformed by an artist into a space that’s so much more than just a place to stash dumpsters. The tour will conclude at the Skyline Beer Bargen where you can enjoy a frosty cold one while waxing poetic about the efforts being made to bring art to every corner of the city.
Cost: Free to attend
Friday - Sunday
Jun 15-17
Colorado Convention Center
Every year the Mile High’s very own Comic Con seems to get bigger and better -- and this year is no different. There are some huge names expected that you won’t want to miss. Highlights include a trio from Game of Thrones --  Khal Drogo (aka Jason Momoa, aka Aquaman), Hodor (Kristian Nairn), and Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) along with David Tennant of Doctor Who fame, and the queen of 80s flicks herself, Molly Ringwald.
Cost: Single day tickets start at $44
Denver BBQ Festival
Friday - Sunday
Jun 15-17
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Ten of the world’s best pitmasters, 18,000 lbs of meat, and three days to sample as much as you can handle. That’s what you can expect at the very first edition of this event where you’ll also find BBQ classes, live music from a lineup that includes local legend Hazel Miller and the John Weeks Band, ping pong, giant board games, and more. Proceeds will go to the Food Bank of the Rockies, so open those wallets (and mouths).
Cost: Admission is free but you’ll need money for the eats; VIP and preview passes are also available
Jun 16
Boulder Airport
It’s the 10th anniversary of this event that truly embraces the retro spirit. Attendees will go all out with outfits so definitely don’t slack when it comes to your attire. Once you’re decked out in your best ‘40s era garb, get ready for an evening of Big Band entertainment featuring The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, a pinup contest, a WWII aircraft flyover, swing dance performances, and more. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, and Carmen Miranda... you may just spot them partying with the crowd.
Cost: General admission tickets are $75
Jun 16
Park Burger RiNo
It’s a musically charged block party and everyone’s invited. This family-friendly event features a full lineup of music healined by Robert Randolph and the Family Band, along with live street art and a beer garden. Oh, and Park Burger grub, of course. It’s all to support the Love Light + Melody organization.
Cost: Single general admission tickets are $20
Jun 16
Lowry Beer Garden
Six years in business is one great excuse for a party, and that’s exactly that Lowry Beer Garden has planned. Your ticket includes a BBQ plate and unlimited beers from a selection of 25 options on tap from local favorites like Ratio, Avery, and Dry Dock. And of course, no party would be complete without a bit of live music so they’ve got the surf rock stylings of The Royal Aces Surf Band lined up. Hawaiian shirts optional (but totally recommended),
Cost: Tickets are $30
denver pridefest
Denver Pridefest
Saturday - Sunday
Jun 16-17
Civic Center Park
This annual celebration of the LGBTQ community is packed with energy and positivity throughout the two-day festival capped off by the PrideFest Parade on Sunday morning. Entertainment can be found all weekend at the Latin Stage, the DanceWorld stage, and the Center Stage with a lineup that includes The Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band, the Big Booty Shake Off, and a RuPaul Drag Race Surprise.
Cost: Free