With less than three weeks until we kick off our summer events programming with the 17th annual Denver Chalk Art Festival (June 1st & 2nd), we thought we’d offer up some helpful tips to enjoying a fun summer season on Larimer Square with friends and family. You can also find a full schedule of our 2019 signature summer events at the bottom of this post.
Without further ado, here are our top five tips for planning your summer on Larimer Square:
First of all, if you’re thinking of coming downtown to view the chalk artists in action, see live music, and enjoy indulgent festival food, then you should plan ahead. Crowds approach 200,000 people each year and getting downtown among all those festival-goers can be challenging. Limited parking is available in the Larimer Square garage at 1422 Market Street, but there will also be a bike valet on-hand to store your bike while you enjoy the festival. We’re also near many major transit lines and easily accessible using ride-sharing apps.
Keep in mind that the festival can get most crowded during peak times (early to mid-day) so it’s best to come down in the evenings when the weather is cooler.
Dubbed the “South by Southwest of the culinary world,” Slow Food Nations is an international festival celebrating good, slow food and a connection to the farmers and purveyors that feed and nurture us. Much of the festival is free and open to the public (like the Taste Marketplace), but some of the workshops, lectures, and parties require tickets. Be sure to secure yours in advance!
Dining al Fresco, a one-of-a-kind experience dining under our signature canopy of lights, is one of our most popular events, so book your reservations well in advance for your preferred date as reservations fill up fast. If you’ve already missed the boat and your favorite spot is booked, you can always still visit the block for a beer or cocktail and enjoy the live music.
Larimer Square is one of the most photographed spots in Denver and there are so many great places around the block to snap that perfect picture. The overhead canopy of lights, flags, and banners throughout the summer are always excellent sources of inspiration, but there are also a few art installations right off the main street. Have you happened upon the cats in the alley? Visited one of the tucked-away courtyards?
Plan to give yourself extra time to explore and be sure to bring your camera. There’s always something new to discover and the warmer weather lets you linger longer.
Finally, we’ve been made famous by our chef-driven restaurants, which are absolutely worth a visit (try the rooftop at Tamayo for margaritas, Ocean Prime for world-class seafood, and Bistro Vendome’s old-world patio for unbeatable French cuisine), but did you know we are also home to some of the best shopping and services downtown?
Stop by Wax & Lash for a facial, then head to Eve to pick up your outfit for Dining al Fresco. Go to L Style Bar or AILLEA for a makeup consultation and pick up a new eye shadow palette or lipstick for your night on the town. While you’re here, you might as well try on those trendy new pumps at Scarpaletto Shoes.
Summer on the Square
- Dates: Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, June 2
- Time: Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Free and open to the public
- Dates: Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 15
- Time: Friday 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m; Sunday 10:00am – 8:00 p.m
- Free and open to the public with select ticketed events