Things to do in August

Festivals, tacos, and live concerts!

Enjoy Top Taco, live performances, golf, and kid-friendly concerts. Remember to follow mask-wearing requirements at some private businesses. View updated COVID-19 community resources to assist you in planning your visit.


Plan ahead. Buy tickets, sign-up online, or do a little research before attending these events and activities.

A man prepares the crowd for the Top Taco Festival in Aurora CO

Top Taco 2021 Festival
When: August 26
Where: Stanley Marketplace

Buy your tickets before they sell out for a fun night of taco tasting as 50+ restaurants compete for the title of Top Taco in Aurora. Described as a "culinary throwdown," attendees will have the chance to taste, try, and devour an unlimited number of tacos from metro area restaurants, including Aurora's own, Comida. Wander around the festival grounds to select your street tacos, often paired with unique flavor combinations alongside traditional spices. Find an unbelievably delicious one? Cast your vote for the best creative, traditional, and vegetarian taco to crown local business winners.

Live Music – Roberto Tapia at the Stampede
When: August 6
WHERE: Stampede On Havana Street

Live music is back at The Stampede On Havana Street! Roberto Tapia starts at 9 PM. This live music event is fantastic for exploring Aurora's unique artists. Don't forget to buy tickets before attending this 21+ event.

When: August 7
Where: Town Center at Aurora

School's almost in session; why not celebrate with Town Center at Aurora? Join them from 10 AM – 12:00 PM on Saturday, August 7, for crafts, games, and celebrations. The Aurora Public Schools Back-to-School Kick-Off is for students and families that attend K-12 grades in the Aurora School District.

Sarah Brunner in a field with her guitar

Sarah Brunner Live at The Stanley Marketplace
WHEN: August 11
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace

Enjoy live music on the Stanley patio. Feel free to browse and enjoy the food and drinks from your favorite Stanley businesses while Sarah Brunner entertains; get your items to-go! Experience an outstanding performance that is no-cost and family-friendly!

Movies on the Square
WHEN: Aug. 4 & 11
WHERE: Southlands Lifestyle Center

Enjoy a fun evening of movies in the great outdoors! Attendance is by reservation only, so do not forget to register. On August 4, watch Raya and the Last Dragon, and on August 11, watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Buy your tickets online now!

Traditional Mexican Dancers celebrate at City of Aurora's Global Fest

Aurora Global Fest 2021
WHEN: August 21
WHERE: Virtual through

Join the City of Aurora for the annual celebration of international cultures and traditions. Global Fest will be a virtual event in 2021, airing live on and the city's Facebook page. From the International Fashion Show and the Parade of Nations to performances representing cultures worldwide, Global Fest recognizes Aurora's diversity and how it makes the community stronger.


Don't just admire Van Gogh's paintings – immerse yourself in them at the most visited multi-sensory experience in the world. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Stephen Lindsay & Brett Sirota, and Andrew Kay Management, in partnership with Grande Experiences, present Van Gogh Alive, a large-scale, multi-sensory experience to entertain the whole family. Van Gogh's works have been displayed and enjoyed worldwide for over a century – but never like this. For a limited time only — July 9 through September 26 in The Hangar at Aurora's Stanley Marketplace — audiences have the unique opportunity to experience Van Gogh's artistry and indeed venture into his world. Get tickets now!


The following will be open throughout August, making it easy to plan your laid-back adventures in Aurora.

Three golfers enjoy lunch at the Saddle Rock Grill in Aurora CO

Hit the Course for National Golf Month

Golf at Saddle Rock Golf Course throughout August to celebrate national golf month. The long, high plains, the links-style course has a challenging combination of native areas, creek features, strategic trees, and diverse greens. After golfing on the beautiful course, head over to Saddle Rock Grill, a full-service restaurant located at the course! Aurora is home to 9 unique courses; find one that fits your style.

Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Head over to The Cookie Company, located in Southlands Lifestyle Center, to enjoy a delicious chocolate chip cookie for a sweet treat on August 4. Or make your way to Miette et Chocolat for a decadent chocolate chip cookie filled with dark chocolate chips sprinkled with flaky sea salt. Not loving cookies? Still indulge in a sweet treat in honor of August 4 with a collection of desserts in Aurora.