Denver is full of singular experiences. Before you die (or leave Denver, which… is the same thing?), make sure you check off these 29 essentials:

1. See absolutely anything at Red Rocks

Whatever you’re planning — a concert, Film on the Rocks, a hard-core workout — you absolutely must go. Actually, this item should probably require a minimum of five visits before it’s complete, with some kind of punch-card system.

2. Get into the Great American Beer Festival

Lie, beg, or cheat your way in if you have to — it lives up to the hype and is a must for any beer fan… which, if you’re living in Denver, probably describes you.

3. Declare a favorite green chile

You would be hard-pressed to find a Mexican restaurant that doesn’t coat something in its signature green chile. Everybody has his/her own opinion on who has the best, so it’s on you to consume enough to confidently declare yours. Everything from eggs to burritos to burgers are better with it, so you’ll have no shortage of opportunities to indulge.

4. Catch a flick at the Mayan Theater

This historic theater has been around since 1930 and is only one of three in the US designed in the Art Deco Mayan style. The Mayan is on South Broadway, a fitting locale for a theater that only shows independent and foreign films. Important: the theater also has a full bar, so the moviegoing experience will be top-notch no matter what.

5. Spend a Sunday at Jazz in the Park

During the summers, jazz bands set up in City Park every Sunday afternoon to play a live show. People come from all over the city to sit in the sun, play volleyball, picnic with their dogs, and enjoy the free music. If you can’t be bothered with packing a picnic, there’s a load of food trucks at your disposal as well.


Which will you be putting on your Bucket List?