The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
The Holiday Food & Gift Festival brings together exhibitors, food vendors, and a slice of Santaland. Artisans forge jewelry, crafts, sculptures, and photography that pile atop exhibition tables to form glittering mountains of potential presents or targets for hatchet-throwing practice. Handmade toys and the irrepressible sparkle of Christmas décor capture the attention of thousands of annual attendees. A vast food court dishes out sweet servings of chocolate alongside hearty heaps of pastas, meats, and specialty sauces.
Three professional sports teams. Five levels. Forty-five acres. More than 200 events per year. Although these numbers don’t define Pepsi Center, they certainly highlight the impact the entertainment emporium has had on the community since it first opened its doors in 1999. Here, visitors can attend a rousing NBA basketball game, watch Disney stars twirl on ice, or sing along as Madonna belts out her greatest hits and imparts the health benefits of drinking glow-stick juice. They can also dine at one of three distinct restaurants, and, during tours of the impressive facilities, marvel at backstage areas and the 2,000-pound statue in the Grand Atrium.
The annual Denver Country Fair brings to life an idea conceived in the 19th century: the people of Denver purchased a plot of land to host a county fair that would bring together merchants and revelers alike. Before their campaign could be fully realized, the nation was split in two as citizens began fighting in the Civil War. As a result, plans for a county fair were all but abandoned until new organizers took up the reins in 2011 to give the county a celebration all its own.
The three-day event invites fairgoers to explore 14 interlocking indoor pavilions, each with a different theme and activity. Inside the animal pavilion, audiences can watch dogs compete in a variety of games and agility courses. The kitchen pavilion entices revelers to get their fill of sweets and snacks, and while investigating the Denver History pavilion, visitors can learn local facts from the city's past, from its first railroads to how the town served as the world's last dinosaur sanctuary. Visitors can also try to win their own blue ribbon with more than 100 competitions.
It's fast. It's fun. It's for the kids. Dance Dash 5K participants can walk or run the race, but everyone stops along the way to learn a new way to move. It might be a swing dance, a line dance, a hip-hop dance, or the secret steps of the Hokey Pokey. At the end of the race, the whole group brings their brand-new skills together for a huge, flash-mob dance party. It's all to benefit Children's Specialized Hospital, a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. As they raise additional fund through their personal fundraising page, participants can unlock incentives at certain levels along the way.