10 Best Things to Do this Labor Day Weekend

Eat, drink, and play your way across Denver this Labor Day Weekend! For a complete list of events happening around town in September, click here.

Frozen The Musical

When: Through October 1st
Where: Buell Theater
Cost: Tickets start at $30

This summer, Denver is home to Disney’s new Broadway-bound musical Frozen and you can be among the first to see it! Inspired by the hit award-winning film, Frozen will feature more music, incredible stagecraft, and the epic story you love – now told as a full-length Broadway musical.

Frozen The Musical | Labor Day Weekend

Colorado State Fair

When: Through September 4th
Where: Colorado State Fairgrounds
Cost: Adults – $10 / Kids – $7

This year, the Colorado State Fair kicks off its 145th annual celebration with more rides, food, competitions, prizes, music, and dancing than ever! Festivals goers may even have to make multiple trips to take in all that the fair has to offer. Indulge in a plethora of traditional fair foods from corn on the cob to corn dogs, turkey legs to funnel cakes, sweet, treats, and deep fried everything. Experience the carnival, rodeo, monster truck rally, and a demolition derby. The State Fair is a Colorado tradition and fun for all ages!

Colorado State Fair | Labor Day Weekend

Parade of Homes 

When: Through September 4th
Where: Across Denver
Cost: Free

The Parade of Homes, the hallmark event hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA), returns this summer for its 32nd year. Your home showcase summer tradition, the Parade of Homes is your go-to local home show and design houses tour. Go where and when you want and discover more than 60 newly designed model homes, custom homes, and luxury “Dream Homes” located in neighborhoods throughout the greater Denver metropolitan area. This free event is a wonderful opportunity for potential home buyers and anyone interested in home remodeling and design to get new ideas and inspiration.

Parade of Homes | Labor Day Weekend

Denver Tattoo Arts Convention

When: September 1st – 3rd
Where: Colorado Convention Center
Cost: $20 – day pass / $40 – 3 day pass

The sprawling exhibition has made over two decades of annual appearances nationwide. Among hundreds of internationally renowned tattoo artists are also unique vendors peddling rare and unusual merch for subculture enthusiasts and tattoo art collectors. The Convention traditionally includes a number of appearances by celebrities from movies and reality-TV tattoo competitions, like Ink Master, Best Ink, and Tattoo Nightmares. Visiting artist seminars for professionals in the tattoo industry are also a feature at the shows, and include topics on social media/marketing, technical tattoo application techniques for working artists, and Q & A’s with longtime tattooers and legends in the business. 

Denver Tattoo Art Convention | Labor Day Weekend

A Taste of Colorado

When: September 1st – 4th
Where: Civic Center Park
Cost: Free Admission

More than 50 of Coloradoans’ favorite restaurants and food establishments will gather at the Taste, featuring small portions to full meals. Enjoy carnival rides, games, play equipment, a great variety of free, hands-on craft activities, plus plenty of music, magic, clowns and puppets on KidzStage! Find unique arts and crafts, home and gift items, furniture, jewelry, imports, and more, in over 275 booths of the Arts & Crafts Marketplace.

Taste of Colorado | Labor Day Weekend

Bracketnationals / Pure Stock Shootout 

When: September 1st – 4th
Where: Bandimere Speedway
Cost: Varies by Day

This is a quarter-mile dragstrip, where racers can get reach speeds of up to 320 mph, and is also known as Thunder Mountain. That gives you an idea of what to expect when you see these speedsters. Get your engines revving and your heart pumping this Labor Day Weekend!

Bracketnationals | Labor Day Weekend

Thunder in the Rockies Bike Rally

When: September 1st – 4th
Where: Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson
Time: Varies by Date
Cost: Varies by Event

Thunder in the Rockies in Loveland will be going all weekend, Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5. Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson will be packed with over 100 food, drink, and merchandise vendors. Entertainment will include local and national bands, Harley-Davidson’s demo fleet, Miss Thunder in the Rockies Contest, and much more. The vendors and general admittance are free, but special events require tickets. 

Thunder in the Rockies | Labor Day Weekend

The Rocky Mountain Showdown

When: September 1st
Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Cost: Tickets Start at $24

This Labor Day Weekend experience some hard-hitting football as CSU and CU go head-to-head in the annual showdown! This is your chance to watch the greatest college football rivalry in Colorado.

Rocky Mountain Showdown | Labor Day Weekend

Third Annual Brews and Views Fest

When: September 2nd
Where: Hudson Gardens
Cost: Tickets start at $25

This popular, top-rated Littleton community event offers brews from over 30 Colorado breweries, eats from local food trucks, music games, and views over 30 acres of stunning botanic displays and open spaces.

Brews and Views | Labor Day Weekend

Denver Art Museum Free First Saturday

When: September 2nd
Where: Denver Art Museum
Cost: Free

Explore fun things for the family (creative corners, art-making, puzzles, and games), visit exhibitions throughout the museum, hear storytelling, and more! Admission to all the museum non-tickets exhibitions are free as well as it’s permanent, world-class art collection.

Denver Art Museum | Labor Day Weekend

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