Denver

Every Outdoor Movie in Denver This Summer

Flickr/Kent Kanouse
Flickr/Kent Kanouse
Flickr/Kent Kanouse

Summertime in the Mile High is all about getting outside. Just like springtime, and autumn, and wintertime. Damn, it’s nice living here. Anyways, why not continue the trend for movie night? Don’t waste precious summer hours inside a packed theater with overpriced popcorn or splayed out on your couch rewatching Friends. Instead, head to one of these events where you can eat your own popcorn — and even whole picnics — under the stars while watching a ton of great modern and classic films. Bonus: many of these events are totally free‚Ķ and many offer food/drinks (read: alcohol).

Note: Many of these movies will start “at dark,” so plan to get there around 8pm or a little before to secure a nice spot.

Sony pictures entertainment
Sony pictures entertainment
Sony pictures entertainment

Triple Feature

April 19-Sept 2
88 Drive in Theatre

The city’s last remaining original drive in theatre is open rain or shine daily all summer long with a fully stocked snack bar for popcorn, candy and more. Tickets are $8 per person.
Time: The showings very, most start after dark

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

July 13
Founders Green Park at Stapleton

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to this free event where you can purchase snacks from the concession stand as well as ice cream and Asian fusion food from a selection of food trucks.
Time: At dark (so around 8/8:30pm)

Coco

July 13
Big Dry Creek Park

This free film is shown on a giant screen in the park with activities and concessions available before the show.
Time: 7pm

Coco

July 13
Island Kingdom Water Park at Elitch Gardens

Cap off your day at the water park with a “dive-in” movie night. This event is free with any park admission.
Time: 7:30pm

Hotel Transylvania 3 & Jurassic World

July 13-15 & 20-22
Denver Mart Drive In

Tickets are $10 for this classic drive-in double feature experience. Prior to the show, stop by the Mart Café for dinner and drinks including boozy beverages for those 21 and up. Kids under 6 are free.
Time: 7pm

Wonder

July 14
O’Brien Park in Parker

Free, family-friendly, and includes games, food vendors, and live music before the show. Picnics are also welcome.
Time: Get there early to secure your spot (6-9pm)

Coco

July 19 
Southlands Town Square

This free family-friendly event on the green starts at dusk. You can also purchase alcoholic beverages at participating Town Square restaurants to be enjoyed in the Town Square area during the film.
Time: Movies start around sunset

Cars 3

July 20
Island Kingdom Water Park at Elitch Gardens
Cap off your day at the water park with a “dive-in” movie night. This event is free with any park admission
Time: 7:30pm

Happy Gilmore

July 23
Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Featuring a local comedian and music from the School of Rock National All-Stars before the show, this is one of the best (and cheapest) ways to get in a Red Rocks experience this summer. Tickets are $15 and alcoholic beverages and food are available for purchase at the show.
Time: 7pm

Disney Pixar Studios
Disney Pixar Studios
Disney Pixar Studios

Coco

July 23
Infinity Park

Make Monday better with a free movie under the star in a stadium setting. You can bring blankets and chairs, and picnics are welcome as well. Food and beverages are also available to purchase on site.  
Time: Doors at 6:30, movie at 7:30

Beauty & the Beast

July 25
Southlands Town Square

This free family-friendly event on the green starts at dusk. You can also purchase alcoholic beverages at participating Town Square restaurants to be enjoyed in the Town Square area during the film.
Time: Movies start at sundown

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

July 25
E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park in Northglenn

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic (but no booze!) to this free, family-friendly event.
Time: Flicks will kick off at duck (between 7:30 and 8:30pm)

Hocus Pocus

July 27
Island Kingdom Water Park at Elitch Gardens

Cap off your day at the water park with a “dive-in” movie night. This event is free with any park admission.
Time: 7:30pm

Paddington 2

August 1
Southlands Town Square

This free family-friendly event on the green starts at dusk. You can also purchase alcoholic beverages at participating Town Square restaurants to be enjoyed in the Town Square area during the film.
Time: Movies start at sundown

Wonder

August 1
E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park in Northglenn

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic to this free, family-friendly event.
Time: Flicks will kick off at duck (between 7:30 and 8:30pm)

Honey I Shrunk the Kids

August 3
Founders Green Park at Stapleton

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to this free event where you can purchase snacks from the concession stand as well as ice cream and Asian fusion food from a selection of food trucks.
Time: Movies will begin at dark

Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures

A Wrinkle in Time

August 3
Parfet Park in Golden

Free and family-friendly with live bands before the movie screens at dusk on a giant inflatable screen. Food from local vendors will be available for purchase, and picnics are welcome as well. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
Time: Bands start at 7, movies around 8:30pm

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

August 3
Island Kingdom Water Park at Elitch Gardens

Cap off your day at the water park with a “dive-in” movie night. This event is free with any park admission.
Time: 7:30pm

Moana

August 3
Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch

This free show start at dusk, bring a lawn chair or blanket. Kids that come dressed as their favorite character will have the chance to take a photo with a princess so remember your camera too.
Time: 8:30pm

Batman Movie

August 4
O’Brien Park in Parker

Free, family-friendly, and includes games, food vendors and live music before the show. Picnics are also welcome.
Time: Show up early to claim a spot (6-9pm)

Black Panther

August 6
Infinity Park

Make Monday better with a free movie under the star in a stadium setting. You can bring blankets and chairs, and picnics are welcome as well. Food and beverages are also available to purchase on site.
Time: Doors at 6:30, movie at 7:30

The Goonies

August 7
Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Featuring a local comedian and music from Stelth Ulvang’s Fetching Band before the show, this is one of the best (and cheapest) ways to get in a Red Rocks experience this summer. Tickets are $15 and alcoholic beverages and food are available for purchase at the show.
Time: 7pm

Mary Poppins

August 8
Southlands Town Square

This free family-friendly event on the green starts at dusk. You can also purchase alcoholic beverages at participating Town Square restaurants to be enjoyed in the Town Square area during the film.
Time: Movies start at sundown

Coco

August 8
E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park in Northglenn

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic (but no booze!) to this free, family-friendly event. The film will be shown with Spanish subtitles and there will be pre-movie activities like games, a live DJ, contests, and food trucks.
Time: Flicks will kick off at duck (between 7:30 and 8:30pm)

Beauty & the Beast

August 10
Parfet Park in Golden

Free and family-friendly with live bands before the movie screens at dusk on a giant inflatable screen. Food from local vendors will be available for purchase, and picnics are welcome as well. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
Time: Bands start at 7, movies around 8:30pm

Despicable Me 3

August 10
Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for this free show that starts at dusk. Snacks will also be available for purchase from Cornzapoppin.
Time: 8:30pm
 

Black Panther

August 13
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Featuring a local comedian and music from RedRockAndA before the show, this is one of the best (and cheapest) ways to get in a Red Rocks experience this summer. Tickets are $15 and alcoholic beverages and food are available for purchase at the show.
Time: 7pm

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

August 15
E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park in Northglenn

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic (but no booze!) to this free, family-friendly event.
Time: Flicks will kick off at duck (between 7:30 and 8:30pm)

Coco

August 17
Parfet Park in Golden

Free and family-friendly with live bands before the movie screens at dusk on a giant inflatable screen. Food from local vendors will be available for purchase, and picnics are welcome as well. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
Time: Bands start at 7, movies around 8:30pm

Coco

August 17
Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch

Bring a lawn chair or blanket for this free show that starts at dusk. Snacks will also be available for purchase from Cornzapoppin.
Time: 8:30pm

Sing

August 18
Centennial Center Park

Family activities, free popcorn, and food and beverages for purchase will be available before the free show starts at dusk.
Time: 7-9:30pm

Coco

August 24
Founders Green Park at Stapleton

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to this free event where you can purchase snacks from the concession stand as well as ice cream and Asian fusion eats from a selection of food trucks.
Time: At dark (so around 8/8:30pm)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
August 24

Westminster City Park
This free film is shown on a giant screen in the park with activities and concessions available before the show.
Time: 7pm

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

August 3
Parfet Park in Golden

Free and family-friendly with live bands before the movie screens at dusk on a giant inflatable screen. Food from local vendors will be available for purchase, and picnics are welcome as well. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
Time: Bands start at 7, movie begins around 8:30pm

Emoji Movie

September 8
O’Brien Park in Parker

Free, family-friendly, and includes games, food vendors and live music before the show. Picnics are also welcome.
Time: Show up early to claim a spot (6-9pm)Sign up here for our daily Denver email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Molly Martin is a freelance writer in Denver, Colorado who is always on the lookout for fun things to do. Follow her Mile High adventures @mollydbu on Twitter and Instagram.

Denver

How to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Denver This Year

For a successful St. Patrick's Day, hit these parades, barcrawls, parties, and festivals.

VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER
VISIT DENVER

Grab your green and your Guinness-St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, and there’s fun to be had. In addition to being the first big celebratory holiday after New Year’s, St. Paddy’s is also a signal of spring; more hours of sunshine, T-shirt temps, and filling Blake, Market, and Larimer with drunken revelry make up a particularly Denver type of equinox. However you plan to celebrate-with family friendly activities or for those over the legal drinking age only-there are parades to be watched, playful drinks to be sipped, and a whole lot of shamrock-ing to do.

Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits
Photo courtesy of Mile High Spirits

Dance a jig or two at Mile High Spirits’ Shamrock Shenanigans

March 17
If you’re ready to put your dancing shoes to good use, wiggle your way on over to Mile High Spirits-doors are opening at 12 pm and there’s no cover ‚Äėtil 10. Enjoy MHS’ drinks, big dance floor, and even bigger outdoor patio for all the Irish pride and shenanigans you can handle.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

Whip up steak for a St. Paddy’s Date Night

March 17
Cook Street’s special St. Paddy’s Day class involves making the perfect steak while sipping on Irish whiskey. On Friday only, learn about proteins, cooking methods, and choosing side dishes carefully while cooking up traditional Irish cuisine.

Crawl around town. You know, figuratively…

March 17 – 18
Is it a drinking holiday in Denver if there aren’t a handful of bar crawls happening? Probably not. St. Paddy’s Day is no different; you can start crawling from a number of bars, but a few in particular have everything plotted out for you (for a small fee). Start at the Ginn Mill and receive a map of over 10 pub locations you’ll be crawling to either Friday or Saturday, plus drink special vouchers. There’s also a crawl departing from Nola Jane (Friday only) with its own food and drink specials, plus a scavenger hunt and some St. Paddy’s merch, too.

The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat
The Fainting Goat

Visit one of Denver’s Irish Pubs

March 17 – 18
If you can’t think of a better place to spend St. Paddy’s Day then at a local Irish pub, we salute you-just be prepared to throw a few elbows making your way to the bar. Denver’s got several good ol’ pubs from Broadway to Larimer Square that’ll be in full swing this weekend, pouring fresh pints as far as the eye can see. Check out Scruffy Murphy’s, Nallen’s, The Irish Rover, Finley’s, The Celtic on Market, or the Fainting Goat for that SPD revelry you know, love, and trekked out for.

Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square
Photo courtesy of The OG/McGregor Square

Sip and savour St. Paddy’s themed bevvies

Through March 17
Everyone pulls out the green food dye and mint flavouring for St. Paddy’s, but there are some other creative drink specials to sample, too. The OG’s got a boozy milkshake for the occasion, aptly named “Who’s Your Paddy,” a mix of vanilla ice cream, Cr√®me de Menthe, Tullamore Dew, Bailey’s, and whipped cream. BEZEL’s Irish Matcha Man is pretty unique, with Teeling Small Batch whiskey, lime, thyme-infused honey, and matcha powder. And then Slater’s 50/50 takes it to another level (unsurprisingly) with its Lucky Mint Green Shake: mint-flavored ice cream in a frosting-rimmed glass with Lucky Charm marshmallows, rainbow stripe sour strips, whipped cream and green sprinkles. Other notable specials can be found at Poka Lola Social Club, Dairy Block’s Moo Bar, and Seven Grand.

Sing along and cheers to live music

March 17
Denver’s The Monkey Barrel is known for its regular live performances, and this St. Patrick’s Day you can tune in to Elijah Petty & The Part-Times and other musical guests if you’re in search of a chiller spot to sip your Guinness. Or, have one of the best burgers in town while relishing the shenanigans and live music of Cherry Cricket Cherry Creek this St. Paddy’s Day. Food and drink specials will also be available through the holiday weekend, so leave extra room or wear your stretchy (green) pants.

HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series
HRCA Race Series

Show your St. Paddy’s spirit by‚Ķ running?

March 18
Feeling restless? Or maybe you’re itching to get a few laps in before hammering down several pints this Saturday? Either way, Highlands Ranch is hosting its St. Patrick’s Day 5K where finishing the race gets you St. Patrick’s Day merch, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, and of course, a complimentary pint courtesy of Living the Dream Brewing.

Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company
Holidaily Brewing Company

Drink and do good at Holidaily Brewing Co.

March 17
This St. Paddy’s Day, Holidaily and the Gluten Intolerance Group are putting on their Raise a Pint, Lend a Hand fundraiser. A special glitter and green Firkin tapping is happening at 4 pm at both taprooms, with special (and gluten-free) treats available at the Golden location, thanks to Farmhouse 5280 and Waive the Grain bakery. 10% of all St. Patrick’s Day sales will be donated to the Gluten Intolerance Group.

Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery
Talnua Distillery

Party at a local distillery

March 17 – 18
Talnua Distillery is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day bash to remember this year, featuring food trucks, live music, special themed cocktails, and more. Limited bottles of Talnua’s exclusive Olde Saint’s Keep whiskey will be available for purchase, which you can hang onto while you dance along to pipe bands or eat a brat or two from El Jefe’s.

Watch some Irish step dancing

March 17
Head on over to Stanley Marketplace to witness the talent and skill of the students at the Wick School of Irish Dance at 12 pm, and follow it up with a green cerveza at Cheluna Brewing Co. Of course, plenty of tasty lunch and dinner options are available around the marketplace so you can soak up a bit of that beer.

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Erica Buehler is a Denver-based freelance writer and editor. Follow her @e_buehler on Instagram and @e_buehler_ on Twitter for more updates on Denver food and other Mile High shenanigans.

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