Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, here are 28 Things to do in August
August 9 - 11
Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest
As one of the largest music festivals “up there,” Bohemian Nights is nothing if not a Colorado mainstay. For years it has brought the best local music the state has to offer peppered in with national greats. This year the FREE weekend features Bonnie Raitt, Andrew Bird, Tank & The Bangas, ill-esha and dozens more! All hail the King in the North!
Downtown, Fort Collins
A Con growing so quickly it needed a bigger pad! Returning August 11, ThriftCon is Denver’s premiere collection of “Denver’s best vintage and nostalgia collections” from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Shop close to a hundred vendors with the most fire finds. Plus, bring in 5 items of clothing to donate and receive a free shirt! (while supplies last)
National Western Complex, Denver
August 15 - 17
Big Jay Oakerson
“Do you know how boring 13-year-old girl soccer is? The same exact boring as adult men’s professional soccer. Three hours for a 0-0 score.”
Comedy Works, Denver Downtown, Denver
“This homeless guy asked me for money the other day, and I was about to give it to him. Then I thought: he’s just gonna use it on drugs and alcohol. Why should I give it to him? Then I realized, that’s what I’m gonna use it on, why am I judging this poor bastard?”
Bellco Theatre, Denver
Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival
Premium cigars, brews, wine, spirits, food, entertainment!? Yes, yes and double hell yes! The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is back with multiple ticket tiers for your personal preference, including a “roll your own” experience with Michael Giannini, general manager of Ventura Cigar Company.
Omni Interlocken Resort, Broomfield
Random Thing to Do
Read: "This Is Not a T-Shirt"
Fashion was awkward as fuck in the 2000s. Baggy pants were getting lame, skate brands became heavily commodified by multinational brands, and MTV was a ghost of its former self — no one really knew what was going on. Except for Bobby Hundreds, one of LA’s pioneers in the streetwear scene. His new book runs through this time and many more — part historical tome, part advice textbook for enterprising youth.
Denver Back Alley 2019
Leather. BDSM. Fetish. If any of those three words tickled a single part of you right now, you might be headed to Back Alley 2019 — an event with vendors, demos, tasters, games and more for fetishists and kinksters alike.
Free Days in the National Parks
Only a few more of these bad boys left in 2019! August 25, September 28 and November 11 are the only days where every national park in Colorado that charges admission will be free, free, free! And judging by the massive lines to get in all summer, an early arrival wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
August 31 - September 2
A Taste of Colorado
Attracting over 500,000 people over the Labor Day weekend for the past 36 years, A Taste of Colorado is one of Denver’s longest and largest downtown festivals — bringing in hundreds of vendors, food trucks, games, rides, MFing TURKEY LEGS and national acts to wash it all down with.
Civic Center Park, Denver
Random Thing to Do
Listen: CPR's On Something
Journalist Ann Marie Awad knows full well that a new podcast about weed isn’t anything particularly groundbreaking. But she thinks that now is the time to grow the conversation and dive deeper than just a stoner surface many others tackle. On Something “explores how life has changed in the aftermath of marijuana legalization across the United States.”
CO Public Radio
September 2 - 8
After hearing the cries of the people saying it leaned too corporate, RiNo’s Crush Walls listened and this year boasts the thickest lineup of local street artists in its 10-year history. This is the event that changes the city’s vibe — see how it all goes down and support the people who make it happen.
Streets of RiNo, Denver
Random Thing to Do
Volunteer: @ PawsCo
PawsCo is a legitimate 501(c)3 animal welfare organization run completely by volunteer staff! Sure, your dumpy apartment might not let you keep animals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t lend a hand and experience the feels of volunteering with the organization anyway. Or donate. Or foster. Or do whatever you can to give these cute little suckers a better life.
September 4 - 8
Denver Food + Wine Festival
As a “multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits,” this particular event packs a sweet face punch unlike any other. With so many things in place, it’s hard to list them all, but you can be sure that you’ll not only leave with a full belly, but a head full of booze, too. Like God intended.
Multiple Venues, Denver
DMC USA Finals DJ Battle
For over 30 years, the DMC DJ Battles have been the most prestigious of its kind in the world. On September 8, the shit hits the fan and it all gets real. Watch as dozens of all-stars line up to claim the prize — hosted by Lord Finesse and featuring DJ Qbert.
Temple Nightclub, Denver
Random Thing to Do
Find: Rooster Art Boxes
We now have multiple distribution boxes strewn across the Front Range decorated with fancy art by local badasses — DINKC, Patrick McGregor, Rube Zilla just to name a few. So if you’re out and about in those city streets and happen to catch one, snap a photo for your social media, tag us in it, and tell us to send you some free swag. We’ll do it. Don’t tempt us with a good time!
All Over Denver
THINGS TO DO IN BOULDER, SPECIFICALLY
Science on Tap: Locked In Ice
If you’re both a beer nerd and science geek this is the spot for you. The Gunbarrell Brewing Company is hosting another installment of its “Science on Tap” night, with speakers who know what they know. Tonight’s is about a crazy Arctic adventure and what it can do for humanity. Sit. Drink. Learn.
Gunbarrel Brewing Company
Wait, wait, wait. Deviant Spirits is promising us “sweet moves, sticky beats, sizzling sounds and tasty birthday treats” and you’re not excited about it? What about “house grooves, aerialist extravaganzas, candy and glitter bar, sexy spectacles”? Don’t ask, just do!
Deviant Spirits Distillery
Boulder Craft Beer Festival
Now in its 6th year, the Boulder Craft Beer Festival doesn’t look a day over 5! Join over 30 breweries in the park with the gorgeous hills of Colorado as a backdrop. Each ticket includes a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited samples (DD tickets available too).
North Boulder Park
Laser Stranger Things
Sometimes it’s the boom boom bap of EDM bangers, other nights it’s the retro vibe of Netflix’s most popular series Stranger Things. The Fiske Planetarium brings it all home with fog machines, “oooh pretty” laser lights and the soundtrack that ties it all together. 10/10 would recommend to all people and Demogorgons.
THINGS TO DO IN DENVER, SPECIFICALLY
STUPID, DOPE, FRESH hip-hop party
The entire summary of tonight’s event is literally in the title. It’s a hip-hop packed night of stupid, dope and fresh hits pumping the speakers to max capacity. Featuring DJ A-L, DJ Wushu, DJ Ish, DJ Phil I Am, MC Dent and many more.
Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
Game of Trivia Bar Crawl
GOT trivia, bar crawl, costumes, drinks. It’s a recipe for either a glorious night or beautiful disaster — you decide! Grab your friends, study up on every episode and let your house flag fly. Side note: season 8 was fantastic. Don’t @ us.
Blake Street Tavern
Garth Brooks Singalong
Weeeeeeeell I’ve got friends in low places, where the whisky drowns and the something something my blue aces!! You know it, we know it, everyone knows it. Grab a sloppy pint of fun juice and join hundreds of others in a Garth Brooks singalong. Big hats and tight boots optional.
The Monkey Barrel
2019 Denver BrunchFest
Avocado toast, bottomless mimosas, Jenny puking in the bathroom. If it ain’t brunch don’t fix it. At the Denver BrunchFest, there’s all this and plenty more with all-inclusive tickets to experience the city’s scene. Brunch so hard muh’fuckas wanna fine me!
THINGS TO DO IN FORT COLLINS, SPECIFICALLY
Don't Tell Fort Collins
One listing says this show is, “For people who love laughing and despise overpriced drinks.” Mmmk … we’re listening! And what joy, the Don’t Tell events are held in a secret location with secret comedians. An adventure awaits! Hit up DontTellComedy.com for access to top secret information.
Awesome Toss'em Cornhole Festival
Billing itself as “Colorado’s Largest Cornhole Festival,” the Awesome Toss’em Fest is once again here to put the competition back in tossing bags into holes! And the grand prize, you ask? Free beer for a year! Select your favorite friend and get tossin’.
Civic Center Park
Maxline Brewing lives by a very simple code in life: drink, stretch and pet puppies. This lifelong secret to happiness shines at Puppy Yoga, an opportunity to meet adoptable puppies and support Bounce Animal Rescue.
Tour de Fat
From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. join New Belgium Brewing for the annual Tour de Fat — a rip-roarin’ good time celebrating beer, bikes, and bemusement. Bike parade early followed by food, drink and live entertainment. Instagramming the whole damn thing just to brag to your online friends optional.
New Belgium Brewing Co.