Searching for things to do in Colorado in July with your kids? I did all the research so you don’t have to!
Summer in Colorado is full of outdoor adventures including fireworks, face painting and county fairs! Pack up the kids and get ready for a fun. There are so many kid friendly things to do in Colorado in July that you will be wishing July had an extra week.
July Farmer’s Markets
Farm fresh produce and summer go hand in hand. Most counties in Colorado offer at least one, if not multiple farmers markets throughout the summer. While Saturday is the most common day, there are actually farmer’s markets running Tuesday through Saturday up and down the front range. You can find a complete listing of Colorado Farmer’s Markets here. Many Farmer’s Markets offer more than for your kids to try than fruits and veggies including music, face painting, baked goods, and more!
When heading to the Farmer’s Market in July, expect to find a lot of fresh, vegetables including tomatoes, green beans, and beats. As far as seasonal fruits are concerned, farm fresh cherries, strawberries and blueberries should be available. The main star of Summer in our house are fresh peaches. Starting in July, you will find Colorado peaches at farmer’s markets, road side stands, and grocery stores. Fresh peaches are one of my favorite summer traditions- don’t miss out on it. If you find them freshly picked at the farmer’s market, buy at least a dozen, if not a case and let your family enjoy these sweet summer treats.
July is the perfect month to head to the drive-in movie theater. Colorado is fortunate enough to have nine operating drive in movie theaters. They are sprinkled throughout the state, with two in the Denver area and one in Fort Collins. Pack some pillows and blankets and share the nostalgia of a drive-in movie with your kids this summer.
Front Range Things To Do In July With Kids
The Front Range has a ton of things for kids to do in the Summer. In addition to your annual visit to the Denver Zoo, Denver Aquarium, Water World, and Rockies Game; you will find festivals, fairs and more to explore with your kids this month. And for reference,as a Colorado Native, I consider ” Front Range” Colorado Springs to Fort Collins (basically, 1-2 hours either way, depending on traffic from Denver).
- July 1-7: Greeley Independence Stampede, Greeley
- July 1: Outdoor Family Archery, Estes Park
- July 3: TriceraTOTs Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison
- July 5: Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Cherry Creek
- July 5: Noches en Familia / Family Nights, Fort Collins
- July 6: Universe of Colors Family Painting Event, Fort Collins
- July 6: Fairy Gardening with Succulents, Castle Rock
- July 6: Museum of Contemporary Art Free Day, Denver
- July 7: Museum of Boulder Free Day, Boulder
- July 8-13: Rooftop Rodeo Series, Estes Park
- July 9: Promenade Kid Day, Loveland
- July 10: Denver Botanical Gardens Free Day, Denver
- July 10-14: Pikes Peak Or Bust Rodeo, Colorado Springs
- July 12: Create a Crane or 1,000 (Origami Project), Boulder
- July 12: Four Mile Park Free Day, Denver
- July 12: Who Pooped In The Woods? A Mammal Mystery, Estes Park
- July 12-14: Black Arts Festival, Denver
- July 12-14: Irish Festival, Littleton
- July 13: Bugs & Butterflies, Colorado Springs
- July 13: How To Ride A Bike For Kids: REI Denver
- July 14: Boulder Market, Boulder
- July 14: Preschool Paleontology, Boulder
- July, 17: Children’s History Hour, Colorado Springs
- July 19: Free Night at Children’s Museum of Denver
- July 19-21: Pearl Street Arts Fest, Boulder
- July 19-21: Denver County Fair, Denver
- July 20: The Bluegrastronauts – A Family Space Adventure, Boulder
- July 20: LEGO® Creation Festival, Fort Collins
- July 20: Kids in the Creek July Event, Cherry Hills
- July 20: Annual Touch-a-Truck, Cherry Hills
- July 21: The Music Of Phish For Kids, Boulder
- July 24-28: Weld County Fair, Greeley
- July 25-28: Arapahoe County Fair, Aurora
- July 25-28: Buffalo Bill Days, Golden
- July 26: Bugs, Beetles & Butterflies: Tiny but Amazing Creatures of Rocky, Estes Park
- Kids Only WildNight, Colorado Springs
- July 27: Bubble Run, Denver
- July 27: Subaru Kids Obstacle Challenge, Arvada
- July 27: Dragon Boat Festival, Denver
- July 27-28: Cheesman Park Artfest, Denver
- July 30-31: Seedlings Fun In The Sun, Denver
- July 31- Aug.4: Adams County Fair, Brighton
Things To Do In The Mountains In July With Kids
While many think of heading to the high country in the winter, the Rocky Mountains offer family fun year round. Whether you take a day trip or make an overnight trip of it, check out the following Rocky Mountain family events this month.
- July 4: Breckenridge Arts Festival, Breckenridge
- July 4: Salida Fishing Derby, Salida
- July 12-14: Art On The Rockies, Vail
- July 13-14: Hot Air Balloon Festival and Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs
- July 16: Mountain Goat Kids Trail Running Series, Frisco
- July 20: Breckenridge Music – KidFest, Breckenridge
- July 27: Annual Mac & Cheese Fest, Copper Mountain
- July 27-28: Elevation Celebration, Conifer
Western Slope Things To Do In July With Kids
The Western Slope offers many family activities during the summer. If have are on the Front Range and have not taken I-70 west of Vail to explore, you don’t know what you are missing! In my unofficial opinion, the Western Slope is basically everything west of Edwards, including Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction and Gunnison. The Western Slope is a beautiful breath of fresh air and open space.
- July 4-5: Cherry Days Festival, Paonia
- July 4-6, Gunnison Balloon Rally, Gunnison
- July 4-14, Wildflower Festival, Crested Butte
- July 12-14, Cattlemens Days Rodeo, Gunnison
- July 17-20: Mesa County Fair, Grand Junction
- July 22-27: Montrose County Fair: Montrose
- July 25-28: Deltarado Days, Delta
- July 25: Kids Adventure Race, Telluride
- July 25: Rhythm & Brews Summer Concert Series, Grand Junction
- July 26-28, Mountain Fair, Carbondale
- July 29-Aug. 4: Garfield County Fair, Rifle
Do you know about any July events in Colorado that I missed? Please comment below!