zColorado’s Copperleaf community is fabulous all year round, but it’s especially awesome in the summer. Summertime is prime time for spectacular things to do in Aurora and its surrounding communities, with a lineup of fun festivities just waiting for you and your family!
The Aurora Reservoir is a short drive from anywhere in Aurora, and is packed with activities for everyone no matter their age or athletic ability. The reservoir is open for swimming from Memorial Day through late September; and also allows boating (and even offers boat rental), archery, SCUBA diving, and fishing. In fact, Aurora Reservoir was named “The Best Park for Fishing” by Westword in 2012.
Aurora Reservoir is one of Aurora’s biggest parks and also features miles of running and biking trails as well as multiple areas for picnicking and relaxing. You can even reserve a gazebo or shelter for a family event, or try your luck and arrive early for first come-first served seating.
Rocky Mountain Airshow
Don’t make plans to hit Aurora Reservoir May 29-31 however! Unless, of course, you plan on attending the Rocky Mountain Airshow(the reservoir is closed to the public that weekend).
The airshow is three days of fun, flight and amazing feats! Don’t miss this year’s event running from 4 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31.
Copperleaf Summer Jam
Join Copperleaf community as they put on they kick off the first inaugural Copperleaf Summer Jam on July 18th from 4-9pm. Everyone is welcome to join Copperleaf residents in Western Park (in the Ponderosa neighborhood across from the Arboretum) for a day of festivities.
On the docket for Copperleaf Summer Jam:
- FREE admission for everyone!
- Musical Entertainment from The Margarita Brothers & The Long Run
- Contests & giveaways
- Activities for kids & adults
- Summer family fun
Copperleaf is so happy to offer this event to the residents and friends of our community. Mark your calendar for July 18; and bring your families, picnic baskets and blankets to mix, mingle and enjoy some healthy, fun summer activities in your very own backyard.
Southlands Summer Concerts
Southlands Shopping Center is located at E-470 and Smoky Hill Road, and it’s a hotspot for live music in the summer. The Sounds of Southlands Concert Series features two hours of live music every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in its Town Square.
2015’s series kicks off June 25 with Hazel Miller and runs through August. The complete line up has not been announced, but check back for more information as it becomes available!
Arapahoe County Fair
The Arapahoe County Fair returns once again, the weekend of July 23-26. Admission is just $15 per person (kids under 36” are free) and includes unlimited carnival rides, fireworks, live music, rodeos, tractor pulls, mutton bustin’, a petting farm, high-flying dock dogs and much more!
For an additional fee, fairgoers can play midway games, attend the Craft Brew Fest or Kick-Off Dinner. For more information, visit www.arapahoecountyfair.com/admission.html
Centennial Center Park
Nestled in the heart of Centennial, you’ll find this award-winning park at 13050 E. Peakview Avenue, near the Centennial Civic Center. The park’s 11 acres are packed with summer activities that include:
- Centennial Summer Kickoff: Saturday, June 6 marks the city’s official welcoming of summer with a free concert. Enjoy live music, food and lots of activities for the kiddies by simply showing up at 6 p.m.
- Centennial Music and a Movie: The city hosts a free outdoor music and a movie series at the park, running for four Fridays throughout June and July. The family-friendly event features music, food and a movie screening. The fun starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 12, Friday, June 26; Friday, July 10; and Friday, July
- Centennial Farmers and Artisans Market: June 20 marks the beginning of the monthly Centennial Farmers and Artisans Market featuring food trucks, fresh produce, live music and merchandise crafted by local artisans
- Centennial under the Stars: This annual music and laser light festival hits town at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8. You’ll find live music, food, family activities and if you can make it past sundown, you can catch the grand finale – a laser light show!
Cherry Creek State Park
Coloradans are really lucky to have a State Park with so many amenities such a short drive from home.
Not only is Cherry Creek State Park home to a reservoir offering many of the activities that Aurora Reservoir does, it also offers camping (basic and deluxe full hook-up), an off-leash dog park, a shooting range, horseback riding, jet skiing and much more.
Pick one, pick two or pick them all — you and your brood have plenty of summertime things to do in and around Aurora!