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. For a list of all Downtown summer happenings, click here.

Your Keys to the City

16th Street Mall
May 1- 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. To view this season’s piano artwork, click here.

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.

Southwest Movies in Skyline Park

June 21-  August 9

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, Southwest Movies at Skyline Park are a great way to end a summer night! All eight movies are sponsored by Southwest Airlines and 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!

16th Street Mall Creative Block

16th Street Mall

This summer, in an effort to support local art and small businesses, the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District will be highlighting the work of the Colorado creative community on the 16th Street Mall. Throughout the season, a variety of artists will be using the urban landscape of the Mall to show and sell their talent through various interactive and collaborative mediums.

16th Street Mall Food Block

16th Street Mall, between Stout and California

Do you often have a hard time deciding where to sit for lunch? This summer, we are making it easier and more convenient with a new food-centered block on the 16th Street Mall between Stout and California. This block will welcome you to a new, exciting space that offers seating, pergolas and highlights local food vendors and the food establishments on and around the block. For a complete listing of the vendors click here.

Meet in the Street

July 20 & August 10
16th Street Mall

For two Sundays this summer, on July 20 and August 10, the 16th Street Free MallRide shuttles will be temporarily detoured onto 15th and 17th Streets for the day to make more room for strolling, biking, ping pong, foosball, face painting, roaming musicians, entertainers, exercise classes, extended restaurant patios and more.

A Taste of Colorado

August 29 – September 1
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!