W-A-L-K-I-N’ on Sunshine, Weekend-Style

Pup’s decided: “Walkin’ on Sunshine,” is her song of the summer. It’s also catchy AF, so we’re not complaining! We’ve sniffed out the pawfect opportunities for you to soak up Colorado’s famous sunny skies, so round up your pup, head to a cultural festival, rock out to live music, hit the trails, and sample some tasty brews this weekend in Denver.

1. A Day in Japan: Cultural Festival

The People’s Building, Aurora
Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; tickets required

Want to experience authentic Japanese culture? Head to Aurora for this action-packed festival. Beer and food hounds will love the Japanese beer garden and food trucks. Tickets are $10 and include admission, demonstrations, and classes. Check out their Facebook page for a full event schedule. 

2. TheBigWonderful at Belleview Station

Dog Park at Belleview Station, Denver
Saturday, August 6, 4–8 p.m.; tickets required

Boogie, booze, and nosh on yums at our fave Denver dog park. Local bluegrass bands Ghost Town Drifters open at 4, The Wrecklunds play at 5:15, and Meadow Mountain shuts it down starting at 6:30. Catch local food trucks including Tibet’s, Bits & Pieces Con Cerveza, and Eskimo Bros. General admission tickets are $20. Tickets for admission and unlimited sampling from breweries, wineries, and cideries are $45.

3. Saturday Night Bazaar

16th & Raleigh (One block from Sloan’s Lake), Denver
Saturday, August 6, 4–8 p.m.

If live music, craft cocktails, local brews, and handmade goods sound like your jam, get your paws to Sloan’s Lake this Saturday. This FREE bazaar features the Grown Ass Man Band. And with more than 40 local vendors, there’s something for everypuppy—home goods, fashion, jewelry, and artisanal food. Watch their IG for more info about this week’s vendor lineup.

4. Summer Concert Series

Bruz (Off Fax) and Bruz Beers Midtown, Denver
Saturday, August 6, 4–10 p.m. @ Bruz Beers Midtown; 6–8 p.m. @ Bruz (Off Fax)

Vibe to the beat this Saturday, as both Bruz Beers locations host FREE live music. A to-be-determined band will be playing Bruz Beers Midtown, while local indie outfit Occam’s Rose will be rockin’ at Bruz Off Fax. Plus, it’s just a buck for a 4-ounce pour with purchase of a full draft.

5. Tails on Trails

Staunton State Park, Pine
Sunday, August 7, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; tickets required

Kick off International Assistance Dogs Week this Sunday with a day of outdoor fun at Staunton State Park! It’s time to celebrate and honor beloved service dogs with outdoor activities, refreshments, prizes, games, and more. Tickets start at $35 and include free parking, trail access, a wag bag, tails on trails bandana, lunch, and ice cream for both hoomans and doggos. NOM.

6. City Park Jazz

City Park Pavilion and Bandshell, Denver
Sunday, August 7, 6–8 p.m.

Name a more iconic summer Denver event than City Park Jazz. We’ll wait. This Sunday, Colorado Mambo Orchestra is playing a FREE concert you’d be mutts to miss! Pup is sure to shake his fluff to Cuban salsa and American pop standard songs with a Latin tinge. Bonus points: the people watching is primo, too. 

Life’s Better With a Pup

No wet nose to boop? What a heckin’ tragedy. We want to help you fix that, so check out where you can adopt below! And who knows, you might just meet your new slobbery soulpup.

Soul Dog Rescue

  • This Saturday, August 6, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., Globeville River Art Center (GRACe) is teaming up with Soul Dog Rescue for an art and adoption event. Check out the pet-inspired art show, open studios, pet products, treatos, and—of course—puppies!

Check out more events on our calendar here and submit your own events for free here. And—as always—don’t furget to tag us @SidewalkDog in all your weekend adventures.

Featured photo: Agnieszka Boeske

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