To Market We Go

Spend a day sifting for everything under the sun at the Mile High Marketplace.

August 2010

If bargains and browsing are your thing, head to the gigantic Mile High Marketplace in Henderson, a 15-minute drive north of downtown Denver, for enough merchandise hunting to keep you occupied all day. Since 1986, the bazaar has been buzzing with more than 80 acres (streets are numbered and lettered) of antique booths, food stalls, craft vendors, and entertainment. Stop by any weekend—it's open year-round—but mark your calendars for August 7 and 8, when the second annual Mile High Blues Festival ($25 to $40 general admission) takes the stage with acts such as Rick Estrin & the Nightcats and Grammy nominee Ruthie Foster. What to do during intermission? Here, our guide to the best of the marketplace.

  • Snack time
    You'll need some fuel to cover the massive marketplace grounds, so grab a legendary turkey leg ($5.25) from Turkey's Last Stand (which hands out more than 7,000 drumsticks every weekend) or treat yourself to a sugar-topped funnel cake ($2.50) from Delectable's. find it: Turkey's: 3rd and L, by music stage; Delectable's: 1st and C
  • Film freaks
    Ramp up your DVD collection with a few minutes at one of the three Game Force locations. Find new movies and classics for around $5. find it: Various locations between 1st and 2nd
  • Take a spin
    Need a new two-wheeler? Colorado Cruisers carries a colorful array of GreenLine beach bikes for laid-back summer ridin'. find it: 1st and A
  • Throwback thrills
    Local collector Brandon Hamilton's set of 343 vintage metal lunchboxes is a flashback to Baby Boomer childhood. Check out the exhibit through the end of September to see old favorites such as Dick Tracy and Dr. Seuss. find it: 1st between C and D
  • Shop for dinner
    Colorado's only year-round outdoor farmers' market offers local and imported produce—think serrano chiles, bell peppers, and tomatoes—plus ready-to-plant herbs, fresh flowers, artisanal baked goods, and exotic finds like papayas and cactus leaves. Bonus: Get your green chiles roasted on-site. find it: 3rd to 5th, G to H
  • Oldies but goodies
    Indulge your inner interior designer and check out A Paris Apartment, the newest antique shop in the marketplace. The furniture and accessories, such as chandeliers and room screens, are shabby-chic at its best. find it: 1st and E
  • Browse the art
    Find the perfect Colorado-style artwork to complete your home at the Casa de Art stall. Search through nature and Native American watercolor scenes by painter Bev Doolittle, and don't miss Russell Houston's paintings if you're more of an American cowboy aficionado. find it: 3rd and I
  • For the fun of it
    When the kids get antsy, give 'em a break in the carnival area, where they can race down the three-story super slide, scream on the dragon coaster, or, for the little guys, drive their own colorful mini-cars. find it: L between 3rd and 5th

Getting There: Take I-25 north to I-76 east (Exit 216A). Exit at 88th Avenue and turn right. The marketplace will be on your left. Entry fee: $2 to $5/adults, free for kids under 12. 7007 E. 88th Ave., Henderson, 303-289-4656,