While winter is always a fun time in Colorado, many of us jump with joy at the thought of spring arriving. Flowers, outdoor activities, and lots of family fun make spring in Denver a special time of year. Check out our round up of Denver spring activities to make sure your family does not miss out on any of the fun.
- Boulder Arts Week– Celebrate Boulder’s art community during the week of March 25th- April 2nd with exhibitions, performances, art walks, dance, theater, and artist demonstrations.
- Colorado School of Mines Edays– A fun spring tradition in Golden, Engineer Days includes fireworks, a cardboard canoe race, a soapbox derby, and a trebuchet launching competition. The competitions are entered by Mines’ students only, but watching it all is great family fun. There are also plenty of food vendors, games, and enough fun to keep all ages happy. This year the festival runs March 31st-April 2nd.
- Arvada Kite Festival– Scheduled for April 3rd this year, go fly a kite and enjoy this free family festival that includes music, food vendors, community booths, and other fun activities. This year the festival is being held at the Stenger Soccer Complex. Meet at 10:00AM at Van Bibber Trailhead to ride your bike with other festival goers.
- Colorado Rockies– Spring and baseball go hand in hand. Come cheer on your Colorado Rockies with the whole family. The Rockies home opener is Friday, April 8th.
- Earth Day At Garden of the Gods– Celebrate Earth Day on April 16th with free activities, including Native American dancer performances, live animal presentations, and nature walks.
- Jeffco Open Space Events– Jefferson County offers many different programs that are fun for the whole family and will get everyone excited about nature. Spring programs include “Have You Met Your Local Raptors” on April 10th, “The Magic of Apex” on April 12th, and “Just Jupiter” on April 30th.
- Cinco De Mayo Festival– Running May 7th and 8th, this celebration includes a green chile cook-off, taco eating challenge, chihuahua races, tons of entertainment, and the traditional parade.
- Five Points Jazz Festival– Spend the day celebrating jazz in the Denver Five Points neighborhood, once known for its jazz clubs. This year’s festival, held on May 21st, will include food vendors and, of course, plenty of live music.
- Boulder Creek Festival– Don’t miss the traditional rubber ducky race at this free festival with over 9 separate event areas, 500 vendors, 4 performance stages, and carnival rides. May 28th-30th
- Morrison Nature Center at Star K Ranch– Nature is fun for all ages and this spring’s nature programs are great learning experiences, too. Check out “Fishing with a Ranger” April 12th, “Great Horned Owls”on April 15th, and “Family Nature Games” on May 21st.
- City Park Ice Cream Social– June 2nd from 6-9pm, an annual event provided by the City Park Alliance and City Council District 8 includes free ice cream provided by Boulder Ice Cream, face painting, entertainers, and a concert with The Denver Municipal Band Running.
- Denver Day of Rock– Five stages of free music come to Denver every Memorial Day weekend, offering family friendly entertainment, while also raising money to support non-profits. Check out this years line up of bands for the May 28th performance.
- Denver Chalk Art Festival– Say goodbye to spring with some outdoor culture and fun for the whole family. Running June 4th and 5th, this festival turns Larimer Square into an art museum. Kids love checking out the fascinating drawings while parents can enjoy the wine pavilions and live music.
- Colorado Rapids– The Rapids kicked off their first regular season home game on March 12th and with the season running all the way until October, this is a great family activity for spring, summer, and fall. This season will be particularly exciting with the addition of goalkeeper Tim Howard, who most probably recognize from the U.S National Team. He will be joining the Rapids in July from the English Premier League.
- Botanic Gardens– Nothing says spring like flowers in bloom. Head to the Botanic Gardens to let the kids run off some energy. Also be sure to check out their family friendly concert series and their upcoming exhibit “Stories in Sculpture.”
There’s another Cinco de Mayo festival May 1st, it’s free but any proceeds during the event go to an awesome non-profit!