Denver Days Reimagined This Weekend!

July 30, 2020

The city-wide block party that has become the highlight of summer in Denver is re-imagined for this most unusual summer. Eight years ago, Denver Days was introduced to the Mile High City during the first week of August as a way for neighborhoods to celebrate and a chance for neighbors to get to know each other. This year, in order to maintain social distancing, Denver Days will take place with one scaled-down parade per day, each in different neighborhood!


Southlands’ own mini-camp for kids winds down the series with the always-popular Soccer Session! This FREE workout of drills and skills will split kids into two groups by age: 4-7 and 8-10. This week’s final Cub Club sports event will help your little athlete become a star soccer player. Group sizes are limited, so be sure to sign up early to reserve your spot!

Southlands Aurora Family YCMA, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 303-627-5000

The Sounds of Southlands Drive-In Edition brings you a way to hear your favorite bands safely this summer! Join your friends and neighbors in the best place to hear live music in Aurora. Remember to purchase your ticket in advance, and then drive to Southlands where you can enjoy the concert from your car.

This week’s concert features Soul School, Denver’s premiere eight-piece soul and funk band. Groove to the sounds of Motown, old school funk, classic and current R&B, oldies, rock, and today’s hit tunes.

Southlands Parking Lot, S. Southlands Pkwy. & E. Plaza Ave., Aurora
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 per vehicle

Join wine experts who have chosen a great selection of local Colorado wines that you purchase and have delivered to your home, just in time for the Zoom event online! Winemaker Eric Wilson from Vinnie Fera Winery and wine expert Grant Harmsen will be guiding you through the tasting.

You have a choice of buying two bottles or four bottles to accompany the online tasting. Wines include 2017 Hogback Chardonnay, 2017 Hogback Pinot Noir, 2017 Vinnie Fera Chardonnay, and 2017 Vinnie Fera Pinot Noir.

Stapleton MCA Online
6:00 p.m.
Cost: $53.98 (2 bottles) – $107.96 (4 bottles)

With Sunset Safari, it’s date night at Denver Zoo! Enjoy the cooler evening temperatures and the wide open spaces of the beautiful zoo property, while you explore and unwind. Food, cocktails, beer, and wine will be available for purchase throughout the Zoo. Make sure you purchase your ticket online—tickets will not be available onsite.

Denver Zoo, 2900 E. 23rd Ave., Denver
4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE (Members) – $20 (Non Members)
Phone: 720-337-1400 

Thursday-Sunday, July 30 – August 2

A world-renowned LEGO artist brings his exhibit of LEGO sculptures to the Museum of Nature & Science—and you won’t want to miss it! Nathan Sawaya has created works of art made from LEGO bricks, like his signature life-sized Yellow Man with thousands of LEGOs cascading from his chest. There’s even a T. Rex skeleton made out of 80,000 LEGO bricks that rivals the real T. Rex down the hall!

A separate dated and timed ticket is required for both The Art of the Brick and General Admission. However, the Museum and LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya are supporting the community by offering The Art of the Brick FREE with general admission through Labor Day. 

Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
Thurs./Sat./Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Fri., 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Timed-Entry Tickets: $14.95-$17.95
Phone: 303-370-6000

Friday, July 31

Make it an Art Night at home when artists Ramon Bonilla and Brenton Weyi bring you this exciting FREE livestreaming event from the Denver Art Museum! Focusing on the Norman Rockwell: Imagining Freedom exhibition, the livestream event will feature local Denver creatives addressing the theme of “Re:viewing.” 

Dress up for the event! You’ll have a chance to interact with performers, learn a new art-making practice, and connect with the creative community when stories of freedom are revisited.

Denver Art Museum’s YouTube or Facebook
7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Friday-Sunday, July 31 – August 2

Looks like the new normal is drive-in tickets selling out a week before the screenings. This weekend’s double feature sold out again, so if you want to see Kung Fu Panda and Karate Kid NEXT weekend, get your tickets NOW!

Denver Mart Drive-In, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver
NEXT Fri./Sat./Sun., 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10/person (over 7 years old) in your car

Saturday, August 1

August is a great month to make a different salad for dinner every day! You can get all the fresh ingredients from local farmers, chefs, and makers at the Southlands Farmers’ Market. You’ll find the best produce grown on nearby Colorado farms, as well as all kinds of homemade goodies, breads, jams and more!

Bring your mask and make sure you observe social distancing.

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-627-5000

The re-imagined Denver Days celebration kicks off with a neighborhood parade that begins and ends in Raza Park (Columbus Park). The idea is that instead of big crowds gathering, a parade will come to each smaller neighborhood without blocking off streets or putting up barricades. So if you have friends in the Columbus Park neighborhood whose lawn you can hang out in, you’re in luck! 

Brothers of Brass horn-and-drum band will be entertaining along the parade route, and artists Pat Milbery and Santiago Jaramillo will be painting a mural on the back of a truck.  

Columbus Park (Raza Park), 1501 W. 38th Ave., Denver
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

The Oriental Theater has begun a VERY scaled down live-concert series called The O’s Safe Sound Series. In order to comply with all of the city and state orders concerning COVID-19, audience size will be limited to 50. There will be two shows per night, with a full cleaning of the theater in between. Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory.

Tonight’s concert is an intimate duo performance by indie rock favorite, The Yawpers. If you’ve been yearning for a fix of live music, don’t wait to grab your tickets!

The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver
7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Saturday-Sunday, August 1-2

The Stanley Marketplace is the place to flea market this weekend—with fantastic local handmade items and the finest curated finds in Aurora, you can spend all day browsing this boutique market. Whatever you fancy— unique jewelry, antiques, furniture, one-of-a-kind treasures, and more—you’ll find at this charming shopping event!

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Sunday, August 2

The Southern brass sounds of horn-and-drum band, Brothers of Brass, will fill the air in the neighborhood surrounding La Alma Rec Center when Denver Days’ second parade of the week strolls through the neighborhood! It’s not meant to be a big gathering, but if you happen to be in the area, you might want to check it out.

La Alma Recreation Center, 1325 W. 11th Ave., Denver
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Sunday afternoons in the summer are made for outdoor concerts! Check out this FREE concert in the park next to Stanley Marketplace: it’s one of Denver’s rising stars, Wes Watkins, the band leader of Other Black. 

Watkins plays a mix of original music with roots in old-school soul and funk, inspired by Sly Stone and Sam Cooke, as well as 90s-style hip hop. Masks and social distancing are required.

Stanley Marketplace, The West Patio, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Mid-Summer in Southshore!

Summer is a great time to live in the lakeside community of Southshore with its year-round access to plenty of things to do every weekend! If you’re new to Life at the Lake, drive around and check out the beautiful model homes from Taylor Morrison, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s to the $700s.