Colorado Day cupcake


Colorado Day 2019

The Centennial State celebrates its 143rd birthday on Thursday, August 1. More than 20 partner attractions—from alpacas to art cars to Smokey Bear—come together at History Colorado Center to create an epic day worthy of this momentous occasion. Balloons, birthday cake, a bounce house, chalk art, folklorico dancers, face painting, live music, and photos with Denver mascots are just the tip of the snow cone at this carnivalesque gathering fit for an entire state. It’s all free! 

Colorado’s best birthday party is back, and better than ever, courtesy of a new presenting sponsorship from Denver7. This year’s celebration includes a first-ever outdoor block party in addition to great programming and performances inside. A historic day of entertainment awaits amid four floors of interactive exhibits and the kid-favorite Summer Camp In.    

Amid all the fun and games, History Colorado also gets down to business: on Colorado Day it will announce the finalists for the 2019 Most Significant Object competition; name the winners of its Emerging Historians Award; and pass the role of official State Historian from Dr. Tom Noel to Dr. William Wei.

This party is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The outdoor block party closes at 2:30 p.m. Free guided tours also take place down the street, at the beautiful Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, once an hour on the half-hour from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Not in Denver on August 1? All of History Colorado's museums throughout the state offer free museum admission on Colorado Day. View the list here.

Celebra el cumpleaños del estado con música, baile, y espectáculos. Entrada GRATIS!

Main Events

10-10:30 am 
Sing “Happy Birthday” with Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera
Emceed by Denver7 anchor Shannon Ogden
10:30-11:30 am 
Eat cake!
Odessa Rose West plays classic jazz
11-11:30 am  Denver7 Storytime Around the Campfire
11am-noon  Bernie, the Colorado Avalanche mascot
11am-noon  Weather trivia with Mike Nelson
11am-noon  Smokey Bear in the Living West gallery
Noon-1 pm  Buskerfest puppets & performers
1-1:30 pm  Brothers of Brass
2-2:15 pm  Denver7 announces Emerging Historians Award winners
2-2:30 pm  Denver7 Storytime Around the Campfire
2:15-3:45 pm  Treats & Trivia with the State Historians, emceed by Denver7 anchor Anne Trujillo
2:30-3:30 pm  Dinger, the Colorado Rockies mascot
3-4 pm  Sticky Fingers Cooking demo
4-5 pm  Colorado Mestizo Dancers

Vendors and Presenters


10 am-5 pm  Colorado button & birthday hat making
10 am-5 pm  Bridget’s Botanicals
10 am-5 pm  Watkin’s Stained Glass
10 am-5 pm  Avi Honey

2nd Floor

10 am-5 pm  Tesoro Cultural Center trunk performers, Bent’s Fort gallery
10 am-5 pm  Lonnie McCabe’s Memory Kitchen, Lincoln Hills gallery
10 am-5 pm  Colorado Parks & Wildlife
10 am-5 pm  Lithophone scholar Marilyn Martano, Living West gallery

3rd Floor

10 am-5 pm  Colorado coloring

4th Floor

10 am-5 pm  Live painting by artist-in-residence Arlette Lucero


10 am-5 pm  National History Day poster winners


10 am-2 pm  Miss Pickles Balloon Creations
10 am-2 pm  Birthday Cake Bounce House
10 am-3 pm  Trinidad Artocade Art Cars
10 am-3 pm  Amber Martinez Face Painting
10 am-5 pm  Colorado Proud Tent
10 am-5 pm  Denver7 Tent x2
10 am-5 pm  Giant Flower Inflatables
10 am-5 pm  Adobe Brick Making with Bent’s Old Fort
10 am-5 pm  Mock Archaeology Dig with the State Archaeologist
10 am-5 pm  Gold Panning with the Georgetown Loop Railroad
10 am-5 pm  Chris Carlson Chalk Art
10 am-5 pm  Alpacas from Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies
1:30-2 pm  Brothers of Brass