It’s hardly a secret that the primary reason people come to Denver is to enjoy the outdoors, as options for hikers, bikers, runners, and climbers abound. However, the city has plenty to offer those who’d rather relax and just hang out — not work their way up a 14,000 peak or tackle a 100-mile bike race.
Those looking for a low-key and free way to enjoy the summer weather and soak up some culture can head down to City Park on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. to enjoy the weekly jazz concerts that run from June until early August. There’s more to the festivities than just music, as you’ll find people sprawled out on blankets pretty much everywhere within earshot of the band, enjoying food and Denver’s relaxed open container laws. That’s right — alcohol is permitted in Denver’s public parks, and although glass is discouraged, police will turn a blind eye to a bottle of wine as long as you make a decent effort to keep it out of plain sight.
Like the locals, show up early on your bike (which volunteers will keep an eye on at the “Bike Corral”) to get a good place to enjoy your organic and environmentally friendly bag-in-box wine along with a gluten-free snack of your choice. But to each his or her own, we say.
Weekly lineups, maps, and other event details can be found on the City Park Jazz website.
[Photo courtesy of City Park Jazz]