Room for a Brew at Outdoor Bars!

July 23, 2020

Celebrate summer at a festive outdoor brewery patio or downtown outdoor bar! With plenty of space and air for social distancing, Denver’s and Aurora’s breweries and outdoor bars are the perfect places to gather for safe summer entertaining. Up and coming Denver bands are back, too, with live performances at Southlands and streamed-from-rooftop concerts in Downtown Denver!


Get the kids ready for hockey this fall with this FREE athletic session of drills and skills! Kids in two age groups, 4-7 and 8-10, can participate in an activity that will have them moving. This week’s Cub Club centers around hockey—and kids will even get to make a special hockey craft! Group sizes are limited, so be sure to sign up early to reserve your spot! Next week…SOCCER!

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

If you’ve never heard of them, the band Set Sail has an amazing origin story from Colorado to Australia and back. Now they are performing live (as best they can in the midst of a pandemic) in the Denver area. The Sounds of Southlands Drive-In Edition brings them to you safely, with a new way to see and hear live music in Aurora. Just purchase your ticket in advance, and then drive to Southlands where you can enjoy the concert from your car. This is a band worth seeing!

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

Did you ever wonder why Hong Kong is referred to differently than China? The answer lies in Hong Kong’s recent history: it was once a British colony, but when Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, there were very specific conditions that accompanied it.

The conflicts that have erupted between Hong Kong and the Chinese government are specifically about the promises made back in the 90s. Learn all about the history and why the protesters are objecting to increased government controls in this fascinating Active Minds discussion.

Active Minds Online
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Register: FREE

Thursday-Sunday, July 23-26

Not only is the Denver Museum of Nature & Science now open for timed-entry admission, but the beloved Planetarium is back as well! You can now watch fascinating presentations about the cosmic world such as Black Holes, Cosmic Journey, Imagine the Moon, and Big Bird’s Imagine the Sky. Buy your Planetarium Tickets in addition to General Admission tickets (below).

If you are still inspired to find out more about the cosmos, visit the exhibit After the Asteroid (included in price of admission). This is a newly-discovered display of remarkably preserved fossils, found at Corral Bluffs near Colorado Springs, and it helps us understand how Earth recovered after the devastating asteroid impact 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs. 

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

Did you realize that many of your favorite breweries with outdoor patios are open for you to enjoy even in this time of social distancing? One of the great things about the wide open spaces of neighborhood breweries is the natural space between you and other people. 

Aurora’s own Dry Dock Brewing’s South Dock location is a favorite neighborhood place to spend an afternoon. Family-friendly activities include bingo, board games and a shuffleboard table. On Fridays, there are also plenty of food trucks in the area!

Dry Dock Brewing South Dock, 15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora 
Thurs. – Sat., 12:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.

If you like an edgier, more urban, outdoor bar, you can’t beat Ratio Beerworks, a local favorite microbrewery in the RiNo district. Great music, colorful murals, industrial-chic decor, and artsy ambiance make this outdoor bar “the” place to hang out in this summer! With roots in the punk music movement of the 90s, Ratio features a plethora of picnic tables, plenty of outdoor art, fairy lights (great for evening drinking) and, of course, the best live indie music.

Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St., Denver
Thurs.-Sat., 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.; Sun., 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Friday, July 24

The Colorado Rockies are finally playing their first game! Hang out and watch right down the street from Coors Field. Bierstatdt will be showing the game on TV (limited seating for viewing the game), or you can celebrate pre- or post-game with giant beers, giant pretzels, sausages, and so many other favorites. All tables will be socially distanced with masks required when not seated.

Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 2875 Blake St., Denver
11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE

In the same way that Tom Hanks’ character was the grown-up version of his 13-year-old self in the classic 80s movie, Big, a successful young businesswoman transforms into her 13-year-old self in the new movie, Little.

The movie will begin at dark, but cars are welcome to arrive as early as 7:00 p.m. This is a free event and open to the public, but there is limited space available. An FM transmitter will be used to broadcast audio directly into your car’s radio.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Parking Lot G, Central Park Blvd. at 59th Pl., Commerce City
7:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Details: FREE
Phone: 303-388-0724

One of the biggest rising stars in Denver Indie music is The Yawpers—and they are premiering a live concert on the roof of MCA Denver this weekend! Tune in for the exciting performance of this Bloodshot Records’ New Act to Watch!

MCA Denver Online
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Friday-Saturday, July 24-25

Your kids will love painting portraits of their favorite Zoo animals at this safe, socially-distanced evening of creativity and wonder! Instructors from Sipping N Painting Highland will guide you through a two-hour painting session with wild and wonderful animals as your subject!

On Friday evening, your subject will be the magnificent Flamingo, and Saturday’s session features Elephant Moms and Babies. You’ll work at a reserved, socially distanced table with seating. Ticket price includes art supplies and instruction, as well as the opportunity to experience an exclusive animal feeding.

Denver Zoo, 2900 E. 23rd Ave., Denver
4:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $50 per person
Phone: 720-337-1400 

Friday-Sunday, July 24-26

Shoppers have something to do on weekends again, now that Denver’s biggest flea market has reopened! Be sure to bring your mask to the Mile High Flea Market because they are practicing social distancing and require masks of both buyers and sellers.

Mile High Flea Market, 7007 E. 88th Ave., Henderson
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Fri., $2; Sat./Sun., $3
Phone: 303-289-4656

Saturday, July 25

It’s the Second Anniversary of Westword’s Best New Brewery Taproom of 2019. Dos Luces specializes in naturally gluten-free Chicha and Pulque and will be celebrating with special releases throughout the day and night, as well as streamed live entertainment. Each event will be staggered to allow for physical distancing. and you will need to reserve your spot for one of the special tastings or the small plates dinner in advance.  

Dos Luces Brewery, 1236 S. Broadway, Denver
12:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 – $20

Sunday, July 26

You’ll find the best produce grown on nearby Colorado farms at the Stapleton Farmers’ Market! All of your favorite veggies are in season—mouth-watering tomatoes, juicy cucumbers, the most flavorful corn on the cob. Specialty items like cured meats, gourmet food items, and delicious baked goods are also available.

Remember, masks are required!

The Green at Stapleton, 29th & Roslyn, Denver
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

The Drive-In Double Feature has become the big hit of the summer—this weekend is already sold out. But you can go online NOW to buy tickets for NEXT weekend when the double-feature show of the summer will be screened: ET and Back to the Future!

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

Plenty to Do Near Southshore!

Away from it all, but close to everything, the lakeside community of Southshore offers 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.