Summer in the City: Experience all the Excitement Downtown

This summer, join us in Downtown Denver for a summer season full of energy and activity. Whether it’s testing out the latest urban mini-golf course in Skyline Park, sampling new local food vendors  on the 16th Street Mall, enjoying the Garden Block greenery  or winding down watching a movie in the heart of the city, Downtown is the place to be this summer.

Your Keys to the City

16th Street Mall
Through September 30

The landscape – and soundscape – in Downtown Denver looks a little different this summer thanks to the outdoor installation of ten pianos available for the public to play at their leisure. Created by the Downtown Denver Partnership, Your Keys to the City was designed to encourage residents, employees and tourists in Downtown Denver to interact with their public spaces in new and spontaneous ways—while contributing to the vibrancy within our urban core.  All pianos are donated to the program and painted by Colorado artists. Pianos are covered during inclement weather.

Skyline Park Games

Skyline Park, 16th & Arapahoe
Through September 30

Challenge your colleagues during the lunch hour, bring the kids down during the weekend or grab a few friends and head over to Skyline Park to experience the new and improved mini-golf course.  This year, the course resembles a mini-Downtown Denver complete with iconic landmarks like the Historic D&F Clocktower, Coors Field and Denver Union Station.  In the heart of Downtown Denver, Skyline Park will also offer games such as ping pong, bocce ball, ladderball, board games and more! Open daily, weather permitting.

Summer Movie Series at Skyline Park presented by Southwest Airlines

June 20-  August 15

So you’ve snagged a few friends for dinner and now you’re looking for a place to stretch out under the stars. Or perhaps you’re taking the kids to see the sights Downtown and want to cap the evening off with one final treat. Either way, the Summer Movie Series at Skyline Park presented by Southwest Airlines are a great way to end a summer night! All eight movies are hosted by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District with musical entertainment before each show. The films start at dusk with plenty of pre-movie opportunities to play, shop or eat dinner. For the full movie schedule, visit the website.

16th Street Mall Garden Block

16th Street Mall, Champa to Curtis

Summer in the city is here and the 16th Street Mall is blooming with activity! The Garden Block is a mini oasis on the 16th Street Mall that creates a unique environment between Champa to Curtis Streets. Various small gardens are featured, similar to those featured at the Denver Botanic Gardens, including Japanese, Woodland, Tropical, Cactus and Native. The 16th Street Mall now has a living block that creates a beautiful place for visitors to mingle and enjoy the urban landscape. In addition to the gardens there will be a variety of programming and vending throughout the season at the Garden Block Showcase! Enjoy Downtown Denver on the Garden Block this summer!

Meet in the Street

June 28, July 5 & 19, August 2 & 9
16th Street Mall from Tremont to Lawrence

Around the world, cities are temporarily closing busy streets to vehicles for a day of free, healthy activites that promote community. Meet in the Street is a program launched by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District that encourages people to get outside, walk, bike, eat and enjoy the 16th Street Mall in a new and different way. For five Sundays this summer, the Free MallRide will be detoured onto 15th and 17th Streets all day to make room for more activities. Come join in on the fun on June 28, July 5 & 19, August 2 & 9! To learn more, click here.

A Taste of Colorado

September 4 – September 7
Civic Center Park

Have you ever wanted the chance to nibble on goat cheese, fried alligator, and an enormous turkey drumstick all in one day? A Taste of Colorado is your chance to try unusual food from all over the state while relaxing in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park, enjoying live music and entertainment. Year after year, this event stands proud as the end-of-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver area. More than 500,000 people attend this four day event, enjoying the offerings of over 50 area restaurants, 280 marketplace artisans and vendors, seven music stages and various educational programs. Be part of this celebration and join in the fun! To learn more, click here.