Five fun ways to celebrate the summer solstice around Denver

It's time to embrace the longest day of the year, to celebrate the first day of summer and the fact that it's still light enough to ride your bike at 8:30 p.m. and warm enough to eat ice cream all freaking night long. So let's all work together to create a mystical pathway for all the witches out there traveling to their midsummer meetings. No matter your style or tastes, we've got a way for you to welcome summer with arms wide open.

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BikeDenver's Solstice ride through the Botanic Gardens.
Bike Denver's Summer Solstice Ride
Thursday, June 20, 5 p.m.

It only happens once in a blue moon solstice: the park-to-park Summer Solstice Ride from BikeDenver and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Meet up with fellow cyclists at the MLK statute in City Park, then ride around town, stopping off at the Denver Botanic Gardens before parking at the Dos Chappell Bathhouse at Washington Park where the first 400 registrants will dine on Illegal Pete's burritos and slurp locally-crafted Avery Brewing ales. The first wave of riders takes off at 5:45 p.m. Register and download the 2013 route on the BikeDenver website.

Image from the City of Lakewood's website.
Bear Creek Lake Summer Solstice Celebration
Thursday, June 20, 7 p.m.

Ring in midsummer on the eve of the Solstice surrounded by park naturalists who will teach you all about the wondrous night sky. At this event, you'll learn the basics of stargazing (and, if you're lucky, you'll spot a witch). The viewing starts at 7 p.m. at Bear Creek Lake Park, 15600 West Morrison Road. Appropriate for all ages; $2 per person; park entrance fee will be waived. For information visit the Bear Creek Lake Park website or call 303-987-7000.

Paige and Dore at Mirada Fine Art Gallery
Summer Solstice Art Party at Mirada Fine Art Gallery
Friday, June 21, 7 p.m.

Mirada Fine Art Gallery helps art enthusiasts enjoy the first official day of summer with a funky event featuring artists "at play" alongside live music (courtesy of local guitarist Branden Sipes) and refreshing summer beverages. Award-winning California artist Stephanie Paige, whose been featured in Luxe Magazine and the New York Times, will be painting her contemporary abstract work along with long-time favorite Christian Dore who will be creating his remarkable nature scenes. The event starts at 7 p.m. at Mirada, 5490 Parmalee Gulch Road in Indian Hills. For information visit the Miranda Fine Art's website or call 303-697-9006.

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Location Info


City Park

17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: General

Village Custom Framing & Art

2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO

Category: General

Mirada Fine Art Gallery

5490 Parmalee Gulch Road, Morrison, CO

Category: General

Denver Botanic Gardens

1007 York St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Mercury Cafe

2199 California St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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