We don’t want to hear you say there’s nothing to do around here ever again. C’mon folks, we live in Colorado—there’s loads of great stuff to experience all year long. So, pull out your calendar and find a permanent marker. From must-see concerts and summer festivals to sporting events and holiday activities, we’ve got you scheduled for fun throughout 2012.
Never Never Grow Up: Children’s Museum’s 39th Birthday Bash. One of the city’s most enjoyable benefit parties, this year’s shindig has a Peter Pan–inspired theme. // 6 to 10:30 p.m., The Children’s Museum of Denver, mychildsmuseum.org; junior level (ages 34 and younger): $100; individual level (ages 35 and up): $150.
Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square. More than 200 artists from around the country descend on Larimer Square to make the pavement their canvas. // 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Larimer Square, larimerarts.org, free.
New Belgium Brewing Tour. // 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, newbelgium.com, free.
Art Students League of Denver Summer Art Market. This 20-year-old market is a great way to support up-and-coming local artists. //June 9 to 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Art Students League of Denver, asld.org.
Ride the Rockies. You’ll pedal more than 400 miles, slay six mountain passes, and jump the Divide five times—on two wheels. // June 10 to 15, Route TBD on February 5, ridetherockies.com.
Asian Tropics. Denver Zoo’s newest exhibit features the animals of Asia, including (yay!) elephants. // 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Denver Zoo, denverzoo.org, Adults: $13; Seniors: $10; Kids: $8.
Visit the History Colorado Center. Slated to open in April 2012, this 200,000-square-foot museum will be the new home of History Colorado and showcase its collections. // History Colorado Center, historycolorado.org
Food & Wine Classic. The granddaddy of all food festivals, this annual culinary extravaganza includes fabulous dinners, chef-led workshops, and wine tastings. // June 15 to 17, event times and venues vary, Aspen, foodandwine.com.
Kids Swim! Denver Parks and Recreation operates 16 outdoor swimming pools in the summer. We like Congress Pool, Harvard Gulch Pool, and Ruby Hill Pool. // denvergov.org/recreation
Father’s Day. Reserve a tee time at Fossil Trace Golf Club in Golden and make your dad’s day. // Fossil Trace Golf Club, fossiltrace.com, $75 to $79 with a cart.
Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The best bluegrass this side of the Mississippi. // June 21 to 24, event times vary, downtown Telluride, bluegrass.com.
Greeley Stampede. You’ll see mutton bustin’, live music, carnival rides, rodeos, parades, petting zoos, shooting demos, and more. // June 22 to July 4, event times vary, Island Grove Park, Greeley, greeleystampede.org, ticket prices vary.
Venice on the Creek. Take a romantic gondola ride on Cherry Creek. Bring a picnic to share while on the ride. // 8 p.m., veniceonthecreek.com, $100.