31 Things To Do in Aurora This Summer

Summer isn’t over yet! With inspiration from the Aurora Sentinel, check these must-dos off your list.

Aurora Globalfest

Celebrate the cultures that make Aurora one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. at the annual global fest on August 17. Learn more about this admission-free event.

Aurora Pride Fest

Catch live performances, drag shows, and soak up the summer sun at the Aurora Reservoir during the annual Aurora Pride Fest happening on August 3. Read more about this event.

Summerfest at Gaylord Rockies

Bring the kids to explore an Alice in Wonderland themed-adventure inside Gaylord Rockies during Summerfest. Read more online.

Go Paddle Boarding

Explore the clear waters of Aurora! Visitors can rent paddle boards at the Aurora Reservoir and from the REI Boathouse at Cherry Creek Reservoir throughout the week.

Catch an Outdoor Movie

View family-friendly movies at the Square throughout July and early August. These admission-free movies are located at Southlands Lifestyle Center.

Go Horseback Riding

With miles of open trials, choose to explore them on horseback. Check out this blog to discover the best horseback riding outfitters in Aurora.

Aurora Arts Festival

Attend the annual Aurora Arts Festival during the weekend of July 20-21. This year’s theme, Arts on the Block will take place on the Fletcher Plaza. Read more online.

Arapahoe County FairExplore the Arapahoe County Fair from July 25-28. There will be craft beer competitions, rodeos, and a tractor pull. Read more online.

Denver Burger Battle

Enjoy unlimited burgers and vote for your favorite at the annual Denver Burger Battle happening on August 1. Grab your tickets before they sell out.

Enjoy Outdoor Patios

There are lots of ways to enjoy patio season in Aurora. Read more about our top 10 must-visits this summer.

Hops in the Hangar at Wings Over the Rockies

Partake in craft beer sipping inside the WWII-era hangar at Wings Over the Rockies on August 10. Grab your tickets before they sell out.

Stanley Arts Festival

Round out the summer with more than 100 artistic creations at the Stanley Arts Festival happening September 7-8. Read more about this admission-free event.

Eat Ice Cream

Enjoy something sweet on a sunny day. Bring the kids along to enjoy one of the dozens of locally owned ice cream shops in Aurora. Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Snowl, and Imagirifik are local favorites.

Sistine Chapel Exhibit

The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace is home to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel traveling exhibit from now until mid-August. Learn more about what to expect.

Square Dancing at the People’s Building

This inclusive square-dancing event is open to everyone. Don’t miss your chance to get out on the dance floor. Read more online.

See a Summer Concert

The city is alive with music this summer. Attend one of the many outdoor concerts on the beaches for Cherry Creek State Park or near Stanley Marketplace. Review all the listings in this blog.

Hit the links with Aurora Golf

With more than half a dozen courses to choose from, summer is the best time to play some of the city’s courses. Check out our top picks in this blog.

Aurora Craft Brewery Tour

Discover why Colorado is the craft beer capital of America as you take a self-guided tour of Aurora’s local craft breweries and cider locations. See who’s on the list.

Hike the High Line Canal Trail

Experience nature without ever leaving city limits on the Aurora sections of the High Line Canal Trail. Discover trail segments online.

Make your own Havana Street Food Tour

On Havana Street has the largest concentration of international eats in the city. From Ethiopian and Egyptian to Korean and Japanese, try a variety of dishes. Check out the Ethnic Eateries series to get started.

Enjoy Trivia Nights and Craft Beer

Take it easy with some friends and enjoy locally-brewed beer. Dry Dock Brewing Company and Peak to Peak Tap & Brew consistently have weekly trivia nights.

Discover Seasonal Beers

Summer brings out fresh and interesting flavors in craft beer. Try a fruity-IPA or opt for a shandy. Discover our list of craft breweries to get started.

Hometown Pride Exhibit at Aurora History Museum

Running now through late September, visitors can explore the sights and sounds of the city from previous generations. Read more online.

Sip on Cider at Haykin Family Cider

Take a break from beer and enjoy refreshing, award-winning cider inside Haykin Family Cider’s cozy taproom.

Farmer’s Market

Stock up on local goodies and freshly baked sweets at Farmer’s Markets hosted by Southlands and Stanley Marketplace.

Catch a Colorado Rapids’ Soccer Game

Attend a family-friendly major league soccer game just outside Aurora. The Colorado Rapids are playing a handful of home games throughout the summer. Check their schedule online.

Check out Art in Public Places

View some of the 240+ city-owned public works of art located throughout the city. Many are located off lightrail stations for on-the-go viewing. Read more online.

5th Annual Lobster Bake at Stanley Marketplace

Snack on tasty lobster, enjoy an open bar and live music inside The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace on August 16. Grab your tickets online.

Catch a Mountain Sunset

With 300 days of annual sunshine, watch the sun dip behind the majestic Rocky Mountains from a variety of local parks in the city.

Live Comedy Shows

Attend free comedy shows at Stanley Marketplace on Wednesday’s throughout the summer. Just leave the kids at home. Read more online.

Go Fishing

Make summer memories with the family catching fish in one of two reservoirs located right in Aurora. Read more about fishing permits at Quincy and Aurora Reservoirs.



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