Psst… What to do with Kids in Denver this Weekend July 28 – 29, 20185 min read

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival | The Denver Ear

This weekend, Denver families can learn about and view tigers, experience petting zoos, enjoy carnival rides, watch fireworks, attend outdoor movie screenings, touch butterflies, listen to live music, see tiny houses, shop at local indie markets and more!


JULY 28 – 29, 2018

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

When: Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29, 2018

Where: Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 N Sheridan Blvd, Denver, CO 80212

Time: 8am – 5pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (CDBF) is a free family-friendly festival highlighting Colorado’s rich Asian Pacific American heritage at Sloan’s Lake Park in Denver. A window to the Pan Asian world, this diverse festival is the only one of its kind in the United States. It showcases an array of traditional and contemporary performing arts, cultural customs, cuisine and a marketplace of unique and hard-to-find arts, crafts and vendors, in addition to two days of action packed dragon boat racing.

Butterflies at Chafield Closing Weekend | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Denver Botanic Gardens

When: Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29, 2018

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128

Time: 9am – 4pm

Cost: $2 – $4; Free for Children 2 & Under

Purchase Tickets Online

Encounter native Colorado butterflies and plants in the one-­of­-a­-kind butterfly house at Chatfield Farms.
This seasonal habitat is home to hundreds of native Colorado butterflies, such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks and painted ladies.

Butterflies at Chatfield is presented to you through a partnership with Butterfly Pavilion & Denver Botanic Gardens.

Cheesman Park Art Fest | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Dash Events LLC

When: Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29, 2018

Where: Cheesman Park, 1599 8th Ave, Denver, CO 80218

Time: Saturday 9am – 6pm; Sunday 9am – 5pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

Cheesman Park Arts Fest, presented by Dash Events, will feature 130 juried artists and craftsmen from 30 different states showcasing their work. This colorful outdoor festival will also include live music and food trucks.

Cherokee Ranch & Castle | The Denver Ear

Photo: ©Cherokee Ranch & Castle

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018

Where: Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 Daniels Park Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135

Time: 9:30am – 11am

Cost: $

Purchase Tickets Online

Ages: All Ages

Enjoy a public tour of Cherokee Ranch & Castle! A guided Tour of the Castle offers an intimate look upon one of Colorado’s finest hidden gems and all of the treasures housed inside. The history of Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation, including the legacy of founder, Tweet Kimball gives guests a great understanding and appreciation for the arts, education and conservation.

Psst… Do your kids loves castles? Check out our article ‘Experience a Real Fairytale at these Colorado Castles’!

Downtown Aquarium Denver | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Downtown Aquarium Denver

When: Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29, 2018

Where: Downtown Aquarium Denver, 700 Water St, Denver, CO 80211

Time: 10am – 3pm

Cost: General Admission

Psst… Wear a Tiger Costume and/or Tiger Facepaint for 10% Admission!

Ages: All Age

Downtown Aquarium Denver is hosting a special Tiger Weekend this weekend. Activities include: animal appearances, animal show on stage, Tiger enrichment, training demonstrations and more!


Dog Days | The Denver Ear

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018

Where: Centennial Center Park, 13050 E Peakview Ave, Centennial, CO 80111

Time: 11am – 2pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

City of Centennial Government is hosting a special Dog Days event at Centennial Center Park. There will be a performance by the Spotlight Performing Arts Center, followed by live music from The Fever. Bring your own picnic or grab lunch from one of the many food trucks.

TLC Meals on Wheels will be collecting pet food and pet treat donations for the pets of their customers, so please consider bringing a donation for pets in need. Small pools of water will also be available for dogs to splash around and cool off.

City of Northglenn | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©City of Northglenn

When: Saturday, July 28 through Sunday, July 29, 2018

Where: E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park, 11800 Community Center Dr, Northglenn, CO 80233

Time: Saturday 5pm through Sunday 9am

Cost: $55 Per Campsite for Residents; $65 Per Campsite for Non-Residents

Register Online

Ages: All Ages

City of Northglenn is hosting a Family Camp Out at E.B Rains Jr. Memorial Park this weekend. Families are welcome to experience an outdoor overnight adventure. Enjoy pedal boat rides, fishing and other fun activities, including roasting marshmallows. Each campsite can have up to four people, which should include at least one youth and one adult. The fee includes a tent to use, full dinner and a light breakfast.

Denver Zoo | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Zoo

When: Sunday, July 29, 2018

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St, Denver, CO 80205

Time: 9am – 1pm

Cost: General Admission

Ages: All Ages

Celebrate Denver Zoo‘s resident Amur tigers and tigers all over the world this International Tiger Day. Find out what you can do to help these awe inspiring and endangered animals.

City Park Jazz | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©City Park Jazz

When: Sunday, July 29, 2018

Where: City Park, 1700 York St, Denver, CO 80206

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All Ages

City Park Jazz returns this Sunday with a special performance by The Sammy Mayfield Blues Band. This summer concert also features food trucks and family-friendly entertainment!

Psst… Check out our complete guide of ‘Free Outdoor Summer Concerts in Denver 2018‘!

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