Welcome, July. The peak of summer when we joyfully celebrate our nation’s independence. And, perhaps, declare our personal freedom from daily routine. It’s a month when the metro area (including Stepping Stone™) offers endless possibilities for fun in the sun—and out of the sun, too. Here are our favorite picks for July activities sure to further your personal pursuit of happiness.
Hot Air Balloon Rodeo in Steamboat-July 9-10, 6am
Have you experienced this classic summertime-in-Steamboat activity yet? Every year, this enchanting town becomes even more so with amazing hot air balloon antics combined with an art festival, now in its 42nd year. A perfect photography opportunity, the day begins with watching the balloons inflate and pilots performing feats like dipping into Bald Eagle Lake. Then, coffee, breakfast, and a visit to Art in the Park, where arts and crafts, performances, and an interactive children’s area will fill your day. Learn more.
Mr. Majestyk’s 8 Track Revival Concert-July 19, 7pm-8:30pm
Bring a lawn chair, picnic dinner, and sense of nostalgia to this free outdoor concert at Crescent Amphitheater, located east of YaYa’s Euro Bistro at DTC Blvd. and Belleview. Part of a summer-long series, this Tuesday night features an eight-piece 1970s tribute band, complete with a string section and devotion to authenticity. Boogie on over and keep the ‘70s stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive. Learn more.
Lantern House Movie Night: Cats & Dogs-July 23, 8:30pm
Oh, those diabolical, saboteur cats. After watching this feline vs. canine war movie you may never look at Fifi quite the same way. Residents, bring the kids for a lighthearted film under the stars—and stay blissfully cool—at the Lantern House Pool at Stepping Stone. Cats & Dogs is rated PG and lasts 1 hour and 27 minutes.
Stepping Stone FizzFest-July 30, 3pm-5pm
Chill out with a “cold one”—that is, an icy cold float or snow cone flavored with homemade syrups. The Back Yard Soda Company will be on tap during the heat of the day at the Lantern House Patio. Paired with a swim, could there be any better way to spend a hot July afternoon? See photos of previous Stepping Stone community events here. Stepping Stone residents can RSVP by July 22 to Kimberly.Aiken@advanceHOA.com.
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival-July 30-31
Is it Sloan’s Lake in Denver? Or Qinghai Lake in China? Well, the lines may blur a little, given the fleet of colorful dragon boats slicing through the water—and all the other Asian sights, sounds, and tastes. This 2,000-year-old sport offers a true spectacle in its 16th year in Colorado, but for nearly 100,000 people, it’s a chance to learn about Asian culture through events such as Taiko drumming, Minyo dance, hip-hop (yes, really), spoken word performances, art demonstrations, children’s activities, and delicious foods from all across Asia and the Pacific Islands. Learn more.