Keep Your Chill During the Dog Days of August

What are “dog days,” anyway? The ancient Romans referred to the hottest days of summer (July/August) as “the dog days” because this was the time of year the star Sirius appeared in the sky. Sirius is known as the “Dog Star.” 

It may be sunny and hot, but don’t hide inside until September — we’ve found ways to escape these high temperatures while enjoying the many activities Colorado has to offer.

Keep Your Chill During the Dog Days of August


Saturday, August 17, 4-9pm, Reunion Park

We appreciate your patience after we had to cancel our Red, White, and Blue Fest this year, but we know our Summer Festival will make up for it! This celebration will be filled with games, food, festivities, and a live fireworks display starting around 9pm! Parents — remember to pack plenty of water and take shade breaks every 30 minutes or so. And don’t forget your sunscreen!


Open Daily, 2501 N. Dallas Street, Aurora, CO

Why hit a traditional mall during the summer when you can visit something better? Just down the road from Commerce City is one of Denver’s premier food halls. The Stanley Marketplace boasts 50 vendors under one air-conditioned roof — including restaurants, fitness studios, clothing boutiques, a café, breweries, a winery, a bagel bakery, a chocolatier, and more. Upstairs, you can find co-working spaces if you need a break from your home office.


Daily 2:30pm, Saturday/Sunday 4pm, Denver Museum of Nature & Science

One exciting way to escape the heat with your kiddos is to take them up into space. In this museum-produced show, you’ll experience many wonders of the galaxy — including the death of a star and the birth of a black hole. Not even light can escape a black hole, and your kids will find their imaginations expanding at interstellar levels. This exhibit will really pull you in!

Keep Your Chill During the Dog Days of August


Monday-Saturday, 7am-4:30pm, Reunion

Come into your local coffee house and cool down with iced coffee or tea while socializing with your neighbors. Visit the Reunion Coffee House Facebook page to learn about fun events this summer, including yoga sessions, movie nights, and live music.


Saturday, August 17, 8am-12pm, Boeing Blue Sky Aviation Gallery

If you have any aspiring Top Gun pilots in your brood, give them a summer adventure to remember. Wings Over the Rockies and EAA’s Young Eagles Program offers FREE flights with a registered and certified Colorado pilot to kids aged 8-17. These flights take place every third Saturday and an RSVP is required.