The County Fair Comes to Town This Weekend!

July 22, 2021

For an old-fashioned summer event that’s fun for the whole family, head over to the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds in Aurora and take part in the County Fair! One admission ticket gets you unlimited carnival rides and a chance to visit all the 4H livestock exhibits and competitions. For a separate entry price, you can also take part in the Colorado Brew Fest and taste samples of more than 10 local craft breweries!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, July 22

I scream, you scream, everyone screams for ice cream on National Ice Cream Day! Head over to the park for a free ice cream treat (while supplies last) and cool down at the spray station!

Great Plains Park, 20100 E. Jewell Ave., Aurora
1:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

One of the best rock bands of the 20th century, The Police produced hit songs that are still fresh and relevant today. Relive the sounds you love with this talented tribute band, Message in a Bottle. They’ll play all your favorites like Roxanne, Don’t Stand So Close to Me, Every Breath You Take, and more!

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5 (1 to 4 tickets)
Phone: 303-627-5000

For a cool vibe, the MoJaBlu Outdoor Concert Series can’t be beat! Hang out on the lawn and groove to the sounds of the Jacob Larson Band. A great selection of food trucks will be on site, including Mile High Kona Ice, Pozzetti Gelato & Coffee, WeChef Kitchen, Dos Gringos, Hecho En Colorado, and Original By Greeks.

North Green, 49th Ave. & Valentia, Denver
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Thursday – Sunday, July 22-25

What kid wouldn’t love to check out a Minecraft-themed playhouse? This is just one of the unique playhouses on display at Stanley Marketplace, where you can bring your children to view the houses for FREE!You can also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the playhouses.

All proceeds benefit Junior Achievement programs, and you don’t need to be present to win when the drawing is held on August 7.

Stanley Marketplace, Southeast Plaza, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora
Tickets: FREE to view; Raffle tickets starting at $10 for 10 tickets
Phone: 303-260-6295

It’s county fair time! Spend some great family time together at an old-fashioned summer classic event! Your fair admission ticket gets you unlimited carnival rides, access to entertainment on the main stage, concerts, rodeos, 4-H exhibits, public competitions, tractor pulls, and more! There are even nightly fireworks displays!

Children under 36” get in free but are not allowed to ride the carnival rides. They can, however, enjoy the Homestead, Petting Farm, and Kids Corral for no charge.

Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora
Thurs., 4:00 p.m. – Midnight; Fri./Sat./Sun., 11 a.m. – Midnight
Tickets: $15; kids under 36” are FREE

This eerie circus is too disturbing for kids—no one under the age of 13 will be admitted, and kids 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult. If that disclaimer has you intrigued—you should be! This fusion of circus, theatre, and cabaret revolves around the theme of the uninhibited fear of the supernatural. 

Under a black and red big-top tent, you’ll see acrobats, illusionists, freaks, mysterious creatures, and all the elements of a “normal” circus but with a much darker side.You’ll be transported to a world of dreams—and nightmares. 

Town Center, 14200 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora
Thurs./Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.; Sun., 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$50

Friday, July 23

If you’re a fan of local craft beer, you’ll want to check out this special event at the Arapahoe County Fair—a separately purchased “Beer Passport” that gives you the chance to sample award-winning libations from more than 10 Colorado breweries. You’ll also enjoy grown-up lawn games, live music, and fun contests like pretzel necklace-making and “Guess the Bottle Cap” game for a chance to win prizes.

Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25 in addition to $15 Fair Admission ticket

The sequel to the hilarious and wildly popular Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle finds the same group of friends headed back to Jumanji again, but this time things are even more mixed up!

The outdoor screening is held in the park in the Stapleton neighborhood and FREE to attend!

South Green, 29th Ave. & Roslyn, Denver
8:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Information: FREE

Friday-Sunday, July 23-25

The Vintage Theatre is back with a production of Five Guys Named Moe, a jazz musical featuring the works of jazz legend Louis Jordan. The story is about a guy who’s down on his luck, contemplating his woes in the middle of the night when he’s visited by a series of apparitions—five guys by the name of Moe.

Entertaining and full of chart-topping tunes like Is You Is, or Is You Ain’t My Baby, Let the Good Times Roll, and Caldonia, this feel-good musical is sure to cheer you up along with the protagonist of the story! 

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, July 24

summerGrab plenty of shopping bags and head over to Southlands Farmers’ Market for the best selection of fresh local produce, fruit from the Western Slope, and a wide assortment of homemade jams, salsas, fresh-baked bread, and more!

Southlands, 6155 S Main St., Aurora
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

What a great way to start the weekend! This popular neighborhood coffee house is featuring a local music act in a live performance every Saturday morning. Grab a cup of coffee and chill as as the music puts you in a great mindset for the rest of the weekend.

Jubilee Roasting Company, 1452 Kenton St., Aurora
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE

As a way to remember and honor the survivors and victims of the Aurora Theater Shooting, this annual event is a great source of community and connection. The event is FREE for all ages, featuring a chance for participants to express themselves through chalk art.

This year’s theme is “Frontline Heroes”—a tribute to not only the heroes from 2012, but all of the frontline heroes who have helped through this pandemic.

7/20 Memorial in the Reflection Garden, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

Saturday-Sunday, July 24-25

For a true taste of summer, you can’t beat the Urban Market, an open-air marketplace in Skyline Park. Browse booths of local arts and crafts artisans for unique clothing, jewelry, antiques, furniture, and more! You can enjoy delicious bites and get in a festive mood at this outdoor shopping extravaganza. A free concert will be held at noon each day.

Skyline Park, 16th St. and Arapahoe, Denver
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

Sunday, July 25

You will not want to miss this sensational and unique musical pair! Roma Ransom is a local band who is influenced by music from all over the world.

By taking bits and pieces of music from other cultures and melding them into their own unique sound, the band captures the spirit of music in their own unique compositions.

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

The weekly summer series, Jazz in the Park, pays tribute to two legendary Jazz institutions that didn’t make it through the pandemic: El Chapultepec and Live at Jack’s. Both of these great jazz venues were shuttered in 2020, but the music lives on.

Today’s concert in the park celebrates these stages with a jam session led by Tony Black and some of the players who graced El Chapultepec’s stage over the years, including Freddy Rodriguez Jr., playing in tribute to his father’s legacy. 

City Park, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

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