Pool days, outdoor concerts, and hitting the hiking trails are all fun ways to enjoy sunny days in Denver. But be sure to save room on your summer calendar for unique happenings in the Mile High City, too, including an out-of-this-world artistic roller coaster and a recurring mid-week food truck festival.

Whether you’re new to town or are looking to do things a little differently this summer, here are five unique ways to enjoy the warmer months in Denver:

1. Catch a Movie at Red Rocks

If Colorado had an official state postcard, Red Rocks would certainly be a contender. The amphitheater is built into crimson-colored rocks, and the landscape allows for amazing acoustics. Plus, concert-goers here get sprawling views of the city. But not only can you catch big name music acts at Red Rocks, the amphitheater also holds some epic movie nights through a program called “Film on the Rocks.” Now in its 20th season, Film on the Rocks will include seven screenings throughout the summer. Before the sun sets and the movie starts playing, guests are entertained by a live concert and a local comedian. Offerings include hit movies like Bohemian Rhapsody, Ghostbusters, and Mean Girls. General admission tickets are $16.

Find more information, including the 2019 movie lineup, here.

2. Attend a Chalk Art Festival

The much-anticipated Denver Chalk Art Festival will take place June 1-2 this year. During this event, the pavement of Larimer Street in downtown Denver is transformed into a beautiful mural, with chalk artists creating masterpieces throughout the two-day festival. More than 200 artists will descend on Denver to create artwork at this free public gathering. Crowd favorites are often creations that have a 3-dimensional effect and look as though they are popping off the pavement. Artists are mostly setting up and beginning to work on their art during the first day of the festival. You’re most likely to see more finished pieces on the second day; but expect large crowds!

Find more information here.

3. Enjoy Lunch at a Food Truck Festival

Colorado enjoys 300 days of sunshine, which is a cue to take your lunch break in the great outdoors. Civic Center Eats is a mid-week food truck festival that happens near the state capitol. Eat in a 100-year-old Greek Theater while live music plays.  Shop at retail trucks selling clothes, jewelry, and gifts. Play lawn games like cornhole, and even enjoy a beer garden on Thursday afternoons. Nearly 70 different food trucks take part in Civic Center Eats, and there’s a rotating daily lineup, dishing out everything from barbecue to mediterranean to Asian to desserts. The festival is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from now until Oct. 10.

Find more information, including a food truck lineup, here.

4. Go on an Arty Amusement Park Ride

The newest ride at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park (an amusement park in the heart of  downtown Denver) is less about dips and turns and screams and more about a visual wow factor. Santa Fe-based arts and entertainment group Meow Wolf, which will be opening a much-anticipated art complex in Denver in 2020, debuted a new arts-themed ride at the park. Kaleidoscope is a slow-paced ride that moves participants through art exhibits bursting with neon and otherworldly elements. The ride is about three minutes long and is included in your admission at the theme park.

Find more information here.

5. Ride a Water Roller Coaster

Sure, Colorado is landlocked. But to make up for this geographical challenge, the state boasts a massive water park just north of Denver and located in Federal Heights. In all, Water World has 50-some attractions, including a surf simulator, a wave pool where you can boogie board, a themed tube ride that floats through a pyramid, and water playgrounds for young children. But, the Mile High Flyer, a hydro-magnetic water roller coaster, is a standout attraction at Water World that commands long waits. Still, it’s worth trying out for yourself. The four-person tube ride includes steep drops and plenty of splashes.

Find more information here.

For more amazing things to do in the Mile High City, check out Eave’s Insider’s Guide to Denver, written by our neighborhood experts.