Summer brings free concerts, festival, block party

Long list of events makes for fun season in Englewood

Staff report
Posted 6/23/18

If the faint sound of an outdoor concert is wafting into your yard, you know it's summertime in Englewood. Summer already unofficially kicked off with the May 27 Memorial Day celebration at Englewood …

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Summer brings free concerts, festival, block party

Long list of events makes for fun season in Englewood

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If the faint sound of an outdoor concert is wafting into your yard, you know it's summertime in Englewood.

Summer already unofficially kicked off with the May 27 Memorial Day celebration at Englewood High School, the annual run-walk in memory of Englewood police officer Jeremy Bitner on June 16 and the Celebrate Golf day at Broken Tee Golf Course June 20, with contests, games and barbecue.

And there's more where that came from, starting with the region's Fourth of July festival. Here's a rundown of this summer's events in the city.

South metro's fireworks and more

Backed by three cities, the 4th of July Festival and Fireworks at Cornerstone and Belleview parks will kick off at 3 p.m. Activities for kids and families, food trucks, and live music will pave the way to the fireworks at about 9:30 p.m.

Dragondeer, a blues-rock band based in Denver, will bring its wailing, harmonica-drenched sound to the stage at 7 p.m.

The Cities of Englewood, Littleton and Sheridan along with Arapahoe County and South Suburban Parks and Recreation District collaborate to present the event near South Windermere Street and West Belleview Avenue.

Down at the county fair

Just outside of Aurora's far east region sits the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, where the county fair takes place from July 26-29. A carnival, floriculture exhibit, petting farm, fireworks, tractor pull and a litany of other events will fill the four days.

Get to know the country side of Arapahoe County with rodeos, concerts and more. Some events, like the craft-brew fest, are ticketed. See arapahoecountyfair.com for more information. The fairgrounds sit at 25690 E. Quincy Ave.

Out on the town

When the cops come to this party, it's just getting started. Neighbors across the city can host block parties for National Night Out on Aug. 7, when residents can receive a hostess-party bag and visits from law enforcement and other city officials, according to the Englewood Police Department.

Last year, one of the larger events took place at South Broadway and Mansfield Avenue as Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church and Immanuel Lutheran Church joined forces, with more than 100 people in attendance, inflatables for children, tables of food and a live band.

To register your party, contact Toni Arnoldy at tarnoldy@englewoodco.gov.

Getting down, downtown

Englewood will shut down the historic 3400 block of South Broadway from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, to throw the second annual Englewood Block Party.

The event will feature vendors, food and an afternoon of crowds out on Englewood's downtown block. Last year, Moe's Original Bar B Que satisfied hungry customers at its food truck, the city's Parks and Recreation Department provided activities for kids and five music artists played, one after another, throughout the festival.

But first, be a tool

On the same day, Sept. 8, you can start off by serving the community. Neighborhood Rehab Project's Be A Tool Day addresses household needs, teaches maintenance skills and builds community relationships. Help out with home repairs and other household and yard maintenance in Englewood homes, get to know a neighbor, and support the community.

Volunteers will work in Golden, Arvada, Idaho Springs and Englewood. For more information, see beatool.org.

Free weekly concerts

Every Thursday June 14-28 and July 12-26, catch a free concert and food trucks at the Englewood Civic Center Amphitheater, on the north side of Civic Center near the RTD station at 1000 Englewood Parkway. The Sounds of Summer concerts kick off at 6:30 p.m. on those Thursdays.

Chris Daniels and The Kings, a blues band based in Denver, rocked the house on June 14, and disco-tribute band Boogie Machine, also based in Denver, played June 21.

The remaining lineup — all bands and artists from Denver and other Colorado areas:

• June 28: Buckstein (country)

• July 12: Groove a Licious (funk, soul)

• July 19: Chain Station (bluegrass, Americana)

• July 26: Face (all-vocal rock band)

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