Denver, Colorado,population 600,000, was once considered part of the Old West. The Cowtown of 40 years is now the New West. The largest city in Colorado, Modern Denver is the financial, business, administrative and transportation center of the Rocky Mountain region.
City Park's with a view of Downtown
A skyline of gleaming glass graces downtown and even the historic areas shine with fresh varnish. Hip LoDo—Denver's Lower Downtown District—is where warehouses have been renovated into classy jazz clubs, bookstores, restaurants and art galleries.
'Denverites' consider the natural environment precious, and many spend their weekends skiing, snowshoeing, biking, hiking, climbing and camping due to our proximity to the gorgeous mountains nearby.
Downtown Denver is exciting with a 1.25 mile/2 kilometer-long outdoor pedestrian mall. Denver's downtown is conveniently home to three sports stadiums for football, hockey, baseball and basketball. More than 300 restaurants, office towers, century-old churches, grand hotels and modern museums are all within walking distance. Start your walking tour at the gold-domed Colorado State Capitol Building, the most prominent structure downtown, then visit Civic Center Park and move on to the art district in the south and the shopping and historic areas to the northwest.
Some of the city's loveliest and most noteworthy old buildings can be found in the 16th Street area of Downtown. The remarkable Brown Palace Hotel is a sumptuous Gilded Age landmark and a point of special pride for 'Denverites', represented by Colorado-Vacations. Enjoy a stroll on the old Larimer Square and Writer Square. The historic district ends at the amazing Union Station. The station is newly remodeled, turning a landmark into a bustling, eclectic, transit-oriented hub with its own hotel and restaurants.
Downtown Union Station
Beyond downtown, you'll find an oasis of parks and recreation areas. City Park is home to the Denver Zoo and our acclaimed Museum of Nature and Science, with a planetarium and IMAX theater.
First held in 1906, The National Western Stock Show is 16 days of rodeos, horse shows, trade shows, livestock competitions from chickens, sheep to prize bulls. We've even kept our holiday-lights up in our homes and businesses around Denver just to welcome everyone to the celebrated Stock Show. http://www.nationalwestern.com
Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'Marade' - Celebrate the largest Martin Luther King, Jr. march and parade (thus Marade) in the United States. Participants gather at City Park and march to Civic Center Park where a large rally commemorates the great life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Denver Pow Wow - More than 700 dancers and musicians from 70 tribes make this event one of the nation's largest Native American gatherings. Arts, crafts and Native American food also are featured while watching the tribes dance. For information, call 303-934-8045. http://www.denvermarchpowwow.org.
Legally celebrate and partake of your Cannabis in Civic Center Park on April 20.
Civic Center Park
Cinco de Mayo - This celebration of the Mexican holiday features a downtown parade, mariachis, a margarita garden with more than 150 exhibitors, a carnival, an artists' market and of course, Mexican food. Six stages showcase entertainment by Aztec dancers and strolling mariachis, as well as salsa dancing, Latin jazz, Nortena, Tex-Mex, R&B and oldies music. For information, call 303-534-8342.. http://cincodemayodenver.com.
Early-June—Denver Chalk Art Festival More than 200 professional, amateur and student artists transform Larimer Square into a gallery of street chalk-art. There is also food, sweets and entertainment for all to enjoy while watching stunning art displayed on the walkways. For information, call 303-534-2367. http://www.denverchalkart.org.
Late-June—Denver Polo Classic is the largest professional-polo spectator event in the Rocky Mountains lures top players from across the country and around the world. For information, call 303-832-8390. http://www.denverpolo.com.
Late-June—Cherry Blossom Festival by Denver's Japanese community celebrating its cultural heritage with flower arranging, Bon Odori ceremonies, traditional folk dancing and taiko drumming, martial-art displays and a sharing of Japanese food. http://www.tsdbt.org/cherryblossom.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival- Known as the Cherry Creek North area of Denver, hosts its annual art festival showcasing more than 200 artists from around the States. There is nightly music, movies, meet-and-greets with the artists and interactive workshops. For information, call 303-355-2787. http://www.cherryarts.org.
Mid-August—Colorado Scottish Festival is made up of Celtic music, pipe bands, Scottish athletic competitions, Highland dancing and folk music, drumming competitions, a genealogy tent, parade of clans, British-car show and children's activities. http://www.scottishgames.org.
Late-September/Early October -The Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served in a public tasting event plus a private competition. Life is good! http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com
Late-October—Denver Marathon; include a full marathon, half marathon and a four-person marathon relay. The course winds through popular downtown sights. For information, call toll-free 800-311-1255. http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/denver.
Denver Arts Week - Six of Denver's vibrant art districts transform into an art lover's frenzy, with more than 300 events located in Denver's intimate galleries and theaters with drama, comedy, dance, music and free nights at the museums. http://www.denver.org/arts-week
Denver Zoo Lights - Light up your holiday with the Zoo Lights celebration at the Denver Zoo in City Park. More than 150 animated animal sculptures will swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes and appear in places that are least expected. http://www.denverzoo.org 720-337-1400
To check schedules of various events throughout the year:
Music and Theatre
|The Denver Center Theater Company||
303-893-4100, or toll-free 800-641-1222
|The Colorado Ballet||
|The Colorado Symphony||
303-623-7876 or toll-free 877-292-7979
|Denver Museum of Nature and Science||
|Denver Art Museum||
|Museum of Contemporary Art||
|Denver Botanic Gardens||
For more information about events in Denver, call the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. Phone 303-892-1505. Toll-free 800-233-6837. http://www.denver.org.
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