No tour guide? No problem. Tourists and locals alike can now take a free “guided” tour through Downtown Denver or Civic Center park that highlights more than a century of the city’s architecture and cultural history. With just a smartphone (or other mobile device) and headphones, the tour is ready at your convenience. The Denver Architecture Foundation is hosting two audio tour journeys, featuring 24 locations historically significant to Denver and Colorado. Weaving together historic facts and preservation, the audio journeys tell an interactive story about Denver’s past, better explaining the present and helping to imagine the future. Tours can be explored on location or remotely. The journeys are in walking or biking distance from one another and concentrated in downtown Denver and Civic Center, titled respectively “Downtown Denver: A Game of City and Empire Builders” and “Civic Center Park: A Speerian Play.”
Hungry bargain hunters can wake up to big savings at Wendy’s. The hamburger chain launched its breakfast menu earlier this year. To encourage customers to give it a try, they’re serving up a breakfast special for a limited time. Buy a Breakfast Baconator, Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, Sausage, Egg & Swiss Croissant or Frosty-ccino and get a second one for just $1. Mix-and-match the offer to create the perfect breakfast pairing to your tastes. And, if you’re a frequent customer, join the chain’s new Wendy’s Rewards loyalty program. Members earn 10 points for every dollar spent, which can be redeemed for free menu items.
Whether you’re in the market to buy a home or simply looking for design inspiration, the 2020 Parade of Homes is a delightful way to spend the day experiencing all types of dwellings, from affordably priced to luxury showstoppers. The event features several newly designed and custom homes, from Windsor to Castle Rock, Arvada to Aurora and neighborhoods in between. The annual event is free and open to the public from Sept. 10 to 27, Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. This year, experience the event without leaving your own home, thanks to a virtual tour option. Online or in-person, discover unique homes and floor plans, the latest in interior design trends and home technology, different exterior finishes, outdoor living options and modern landscaping layouts.
Anyone who has a passion for rocks and sparkly gems will want to pick away at the Colorado Mineral & Fossil Show at the Crown Plaza DIA Hotel & Convention Center (15500 E. 40th Ave.) in Denver. From Sept. 11 to 15, the event showcases a variety of mineral and fossil specimens for collectors, newbies and veterans alike. Nearly 50 world-class retail and wholesale dealers will be on-site with fine minerals, fossils, meteorites, gemstones and jewelry. The show hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Admission and parking are free. It’s the perfect opportunity to find some unique gems (literally) and support many small local businesses.
Red Rocks Unpaused
There will be lots of music in the air when live music returns to Red Rocks Amphitheatre with a three-day digital concert series, “Red Rocks Unpaused.” From Sept. 1 to 3, the performances kick off each night at 8 p.m. and fans can tune in for free. Performers include Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats, Phoebe Bridgers, Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Sam Hunt and Brett Young. The special experience will push the boundaries of livestream concerts, as each unique performance will bring artists and fans together in unprecedented ways through new technological integrations, including viewer ability to affect the show’s lighting, send chat messages to be displayed on the face of the iconic amphitheater’s monoliths, and choose the final encore song.
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Castle Rock is getting more colorful. The 31st annual Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock is again on display downtown along Perry Street (between 3rd and South) and at Festival Park on Sept. 12 and 13. Delight in the artistic impressions of more than 140 artists from across the country. On the main stage, popular musicians provide a musical backdrop to the event. Kids will love the interactive exhibits and strolling entertainers. There is also an Artfest Store on-site, as well as food and beverages for sale. Admission is free. The festival hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park at the Douglas County Fairgrounds parking lot and take the complimentary shuttle to the family-friendly event.
Cornucopia of savings
If you’re looking for some corny family fun, head to the Fall Festival at Fritzler Farm Park (20861 CR 33) in LaSalle for lots of outdoor activities, including a 15-acre corn maze. The seasonal fun piles up from Sept. 19 to Oct. 31 (select dates and hours; check the website). There’s a jumping pillow, slide mountain, barrel coaster, pumpkin patch, pig races, pedal go-karts, arcade and pumpkin cannon. New for 2020 is a glorious sunflower field to explore. Since 2000, the Fritzler family has created a new and unique corn maze design each year from a salute to front line heroes to football fever. No word on what’s in store this year, but expect it to wow. The attraction is holding a Fall Flash Sale from Sept. 14 to 18 with individual tickets online for just $11.95 (40 percent off regular gate admission). There’s no limit, so families can really rake in the savings. The tickets can be used any day the attraction is open for the 2020 season.
The Regional Transportation District’s long-awaited N Line is finally hitting the tracks on Sept. 21. The new line adds even more commuter rail service to connect the metro Denver region. The first 13 miles of the proposed 18.5-mile line provides service from Union Station through Denver, Commerce City, Northglenn, Thornton and, eventually, North Adams County. At Union Station, passengers can connect to the C, E and W light rail lines, the University of Colorado A Line to the airport, the B Line to Westminster, the G Line to Arvada/Wheat Ridge, local and regional buses, the Free MallRide and Free MetroRide. The first week of the N Line will be free for riders, from Sept. 21 to 27. Then, from Sept. 28 to March 27, 2021, as part of a promotional fare pilot program, RTD will offer a $3 local fare for travel on the entire N Line. If the trip includes transferring to additional zones on bus or rail, a higher fare may apply.
Everybody loves a plant sale
Seasoned gardeners know it’s never too early to start planning for gorgeous blooms. Dig in for a large selection of bulbs and unique plants at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual Fall Plant & Bulb Sale from Sept. 25 to 27, while supplies last. The online store will be open from 10 a.m. on Sept. 25 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 27. (There will be no sale on-site, just online.) Orders will be available for in-person pick-up at the Gardens’ 1007 York St. location on the top deck of the parking garage from Oct. 1 to 3. New this year, pre-made bulb bags, custom seed mixes and a larger selection of Plant Select items will be available.
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