The Mile High city is home to tons of activities in the summer, ranging from hiking, to movies, to festivals! Check out this list things to do to start planning your spectacular summer.

1. Film on the Rocks

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Film on the Rocks started as a collaboration between the breathtaking Red Rocks venue, the Denver Film Society, and Denver Arts & Venues. The entertainment is spread throughout the summer, and features live music and movies, both popular classics and new releases. Tickets start at $16. For more information, visit the Red Rocks website.

Alex Tyk, 28, successfully navigates the rapids at Confluence Park.. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

2. Go kayaking at Confluence Park

Located just minutes from Downtown Denver, Confluence Park offers whitewater adventures available for the whole family. Kayak rentals can be located at Confluence Kayaks, located just across the street from the aquarium. Confluence Kayaks also offers custom outfitting with a professional staff if you’re a beginner or equipment repairs for those with their own gear. Whether you’re brand new to the adventure sport or a seasoned veteran, Confluence Park is a great place to go.

3. Denver Chalk Art Festival

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This two day event hosts a variety of talented artists who transform Larimer square with their chalk creations. The festival also has great restaurants along Larimer square and local musicians performing. Come early to the event and you will be able to see the pieces of work transform from a rough outline to a detailed, temporary masterpiece. There will be a youth challenge for younger participants who hope to win some art supplies for their school. The event is free, so just show up June 1st and 2nd!

4. Catch a Rockies game

We’re lucky to live in state with a professional sports team for all sports, and our beloved Rockies will be playing home games all summer long. The Rooftop is the newly designed area of Coors Field with standing room tickets. Be sure to pick up a local brew on tap from The SandLot Brewery and cheer the Rockies on. Tickets start cheap at around $9, or get a season pass to see all the games you want.

5. Follow the Denver Beer Trail

When the heat becomes too stifling, follow the Denver Beer Trail to knock back some ice cold brews. The free guide for the trail can be found at the Denver Tourist Information Center. The trail starts with Baere Brewing Co in a local-favorite neighborhood and ends in Wynkoop Brewing Company, founded by Governor John Hickenlooper. All the breweries boast local beer and chill settings to relax into.

Kaylee was raised (but not *technically* born) in Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Regis she worked as a teaching assistant in a freshman classroom setting and in the writing center helping students on a variety of topics. While there, she discovered Cura Personalis, or care for the entire person, leading to her love of feminism and desire for equal rights for all. Kaylee spends her time reading, writing, and debating. To see her latest projects and her portfolio, visit her website at https://kayleehuntley.wordpress.com/