Things to do in July

Summer celebrations are here in Aurora, CO! We've included a jam-packed roster of fun activities and events for the whole family to enjoy and jumpstart your July!

Enjoy fireworks, live performances, great food, and kid-friendly festivals.

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4th of July Spectacular with the City of Aurora
July 4
Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012

Celebrate the 4th of July in classic American fashion with fireworks and hot dogs! At 6:30 pm, the City of Aurora opens its Great Lawn for everyone to enjoy snacks, treats, and company. Get there early to pick out the best spot for viewing one of the best fireworks displays in Colorado. Fireworks begin at 9:30 pm; until then, enjoy live music and experience great food with your friends and family!


Plan ahead and save the dates! Buy tickets, sign-up online, or research before attending these events and activities to make the most out of your summer.

Adventure Kids Clubhouse, Presented by LIFEWTR
July 1 – August 5
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, 6700 N. Gaylord Rockies Blvd, Aurora, CO 80019

Get crafty with LIFEWTR and unleash your inner artist all July at the all-new Adventure Kids' Clubhouse! Put on your imagination cap and craft your way through various inspired creations and bring your friends and family to experience your art come to life. Make sure to grab your tickets!

Sounds of Southlands
July 6 – August 3
Southlands, 6155 S. Main St. Suite 260, Aurora, CO 80016

Boogie down to Sounds of Southlands for an enchanting evening of live music, delectable food, refreshing drinks, and dancing every Thursday until August 3rd! This fun, music-filled experience awaits you at the Town Square.

Summer Concert Series at Pelican Bay
July 5 – August 30
Pelican Bay at Cherry Creek State Park, 4800 South Dayton Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Jumpstart your July with unique beats at Pelican Bay’s Summer Concert Series. Experience the delightful summer evenings accompanied by a lakeside perspective, relishing the balmy atmosphere. Gather your companions and loved ones. The concert series has something for everyone, featuring various musical genres, including R&B, rock, EDM, and more.

Colfax Art Jams - Taste the Fax
July 8
Fletcher Plaza, in front of the MLK library, 9800 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO 80010

Prepare your taste buds for an epicurean adventure! Join us for 'Taste the Fax,' an exciting event that invites you to embark on a delectable journey through the flavorsome wonders of our district. Immerse yourself in a world of flavors as you savor various dishes from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Sample local delicacies, uncover new taste sensations, and mingle with talented local chefs, delving into their tantalizing creations' rich history and cultural roots. Get ready to indulge in a culinary exploration like no other.

Stanley Summer Series
When: July 9
Where: The Field at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora, CO 80010

Come experience the Stanley Marketplace’s Summer Series on the second Sunday of every month this July. Shop for local produce, enjoy the work of local artisans, and remember to grab your friends and listen to live music for a fantastic summer-long event.

Summer Carnival
July 9
Town Center at Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Ave, Aurora, CO 80012. *Carnival will be located in the SW section of the parking lot, near JCPenny.

The Summer Carnival is back at the Town Center of Aurora. Remember to grab your friends and family for ultimate summer fun with the outdoor carnival! Enjoy various carnival rides and multiple food wagons, and get your game face on at each game booth! You don't want to miss out, so grab your tickets!

The Aurora Highlands Grand Opening Celebration and Model Home Tour
When: July 15 – July 16
Where: The Aurora Highlands, 3900 Colorado E470 Aurora, CO 80019

Experience the grandeur of The Aurora Highlands at its spectacular grand opening! Come visit on Saturday, July 15th, and Sunday, July 16th, for a weekend of excitement and exploration. Discover 31 stunning model homes on exclusive tours, seize the opportunity to win amazing prizes, including $25,000 towards a new home’s down payment, and indulge in complimentary culinary delights from renowned vendors like In-N-Out Burger and Dry Dock Brewing. Bring the whole family for a day of fun-filled activities, including delightful hayride tours, bouncing joy in the bounce house, and exhilarating rides on our brand-new carousel. Don’t miss this unforgettable event!

Summer 2023 Speaker Series: Chefs of Aurora
July 21 – July 30
Aurora History Museum, 1501 E. Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80012

Aurora is a hub of culinary excellence, and what better way to celebrate its local eateries and restaurants than discovering the secret ingredients behind the city’s culinary magic? Join the Aurora History Museum for a sizzling Summer Speaker Series: Chefs of Aurora this July! Delve into the minds of local chefs and learn more about how they find their recipes, get their inspiration, and even where they indulge on their days off, and maybe even learn a trick or two for your next adventure in the kitchen. Remember to reserve your ticket and prepare for a mouthwatering experience that’s too good to miss. Bon appétit!

Arapahoe County Fair
July 27 – July 30
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora, CO 80016

Step right up and experience the joy of the annual Arapahoe County Fair! From live music and a carnival setting to mouthwatering treats, immerse yourself in the joy and wonder of a fair that genuinely has something for everyone. Gather your loved ones and more to create lasting summer memories at the Arapahoe County Fair - where fun knows no bounds!

Aurora Gateway Rotary Club 2023 Scholarship Scramble Charity Golf Tournament
June 29
Meadow Hills Golf Course, 3609 S Dawson St Aurora, CO 80014

Summertime is in full swing! That means hitting up some links at the golf course. Join Aurora Gateway Rotary Club for their 2023 Scholarship Scramble Charity Golf Tournament! Proceeds from the tournament are channeled into various local and international humanitarian projects. If you’re looking for more tee time this July, bring some friends or the whole family and check out our list of fantastic golf courses to enjoy more fun in the sun.

Water Sports

Soak up the sun on a sailboat or head out for paddleboard yoga at dusk. Quincy Reservoir is best for kayaking and canoeing; bring your own. The Aurora Reservoir has on-site paddleboard, canoe, and kayak rentals. Visitors can also use non-motorized boats on the waters if you’re looking for tubing, water skiing, and more – head over to Cherry Creek State Park. They have on-site paddleboard, kayak, canoe, and boat rentals. Check out this blog for more water activities, including pools and lazy rivers.