As our beloved summer season begins to wind down, many of us are lamenting the fact that it feels summer just arrived! After COVID’s initial stay-in-place order, many were grateful for the release of an outdoor walk, or a socially-distanced romp at the pool or park.
So, what are we to do now that school is back in session, the temps are gradually falling and the leaves are changing?
Some comfort can be found in these end-of-summer events that allow us to engage in civic/community-centered activities and extend the summer season a little longer. Outdoor, onsite events allow you bask in the warm weather, while virtual events can remind us that are ways to have fun when you’re housebound!
10th Annual Colorado Beautillion-Cotillion Leading Ladies Tea and Debutante Recruitment Fair
- (in person and live-streamed)
- September 6, 2020
- 4pm – 6pm
- Park Hill Golf Course (on the green and under the white tents)
The Colorado Beautillion-Cotillion, Inc. committee has developed a rigorous schedule of events to enhance young men and women’s academic pursuits and provide positive social activities. The program participants will interact with the CBI/CCI committee, community leaders and program mentors/instructors to effectuate a smooth transition from high school to college and into their professional careers. This event is specifically for young females.
Colorado State Fair – Reimagined: Take a road trip! A scaled-back version of the Colorado State Fair will feature limited vendors, fair food and carnival rides in the lovely city of Pueblo. Going on through September 7th, admission is free. Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Avenue, Pueblo, 81004 719.561.8484 and 1.800.876.4567, coloradostatefair.com.
Annual Friendship Powwow – Virtual
- 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat. Sept. 12 , 2020
- Sponsored and hosted by the Denver Art Museum, dancers will be live but without spectators.
One of the Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) longest-running events, the 31st Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration will feature American Indian dancers, drum groups, artist booths, and more. The DAM’s Friendship Powwow is a celebration of the vitality of American Indian cultures. The event will be streamed live via DAM and YouTube.
Mexican Independence Day Celebration – Online event
- 9 p.m. – Midnight, September 15, 2020
- Hosted by Fiesta Latino, this online event can be celebrated vis the organization’s YouTube channel at
7th Annual 2020 Denver Taco Festival
- Noon – 4 p.m., October 3 – 4, 2020
This full weekend of fun and food is not to be missed. Bring your family and friends to enjoy the best tacos in the city. The 2020 Denver Taco Festival also features Lucha Libre Wrestling, High Speed Daredevil Chihuahua Racing, live music, games shows and their amazing Tequila Expo! New for this year, they will be introducing the Denver Taco-lypics! Stay tuned for more information on how to participate. Visit www.denvertacofestival.com for more information.
DRIVE-IN THEATERS ARE BACK IN A BIG WAY!
88 Drive-In Theater
8780 Rosemary Street, Commerce City
$9, free for children under 13
The 88 Drive-In Theatre is the last original drive-in in the metro area; opened in 1972, it’s been owned by the same family since 1976. The box office opens at 7 p.m. during the week and 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, but the first film — there are usually two, sometimes three — doesn’t start until it’s dark, at approximately 8:30 p.m. The place is dog-friendly, so bring your pooch (but you must keep it on a leash when you’re out of the car). The 88 Drive-In Theatre updates its movie offerings on its Facebook page every Thursday.
Denver Mart Drive-In
Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day
451 East 58th Avenue
$10 per person
The Denver Mart Drive-In made its debut in the parking lot of the large indoor marketplace just off I-25 back in 2015, but it’s ideally suited to this coronavirus-conscious summer. Because of social distancing restrictions, admission is capped at 140 cars a night, and ticket sales are online only. The lot opens at 7 p.m. and the movie begins around 8 p.m. — on the area’s largest outdoor screen. Bonus: Beer is available.
And if outdoor or online festivals aren’t your thing, here are nine simple and family-friendly things you can do to soak up the last bit of summer:
- Camp in the backyard (whip out that tent and lie under the stars (bears not invited)
- Backyard Movie Night (a family favorite with a projector and a sheet, oh and snacks!)
- Go fishing
- Go on a picnic
- Take a scenic train ride
- Make homemade ice cream
- Make one last trip to the beach (Yes! Colorado has spectacular beaches. Check out Chatfield State Park Reservoir, Grand Lake, and many more!)
- Bike to our favorite ice cream or yogurt shop (Menchie’s, Cold Stone anyone?)
- Have a water balloon fight (kids may love this, but the kid in you may love it even more!)