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Outside Festival

Denver, Colorado

June 1–2, 2024

The vision for the new Outside Festival, which takes over downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park for a weekend at the beginning of June, is to create a first-of-its-kind gathering for people who love the outdoors. (The event is put on by Outside Inc., this magazine’s parent company, in partnership with the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office and Visit Denver.) The fest brings together live music, adventure films, speakers, a pro climbing competition, skills clinics, and the latest gear.

Thundercat, one of the headliners at the Outside Festival; Quannah ChasingHorse will speak at the festival. (Photo: Ariel Goldberg; Claudio Lavenia/Getty)

Musical headliners Thundercat and Fleet Foxes are joined by lineup of athletes and changemakers like Oscar-winning filmmaker Jimmy Chin, distance-swimming legend Diana Nyad, model and climate-justice advocate Quannah ChasingHorse, and snowboarding icon and Protect Our Winters founder Jeremy Jones. Festival experiences include climbing walls, yoga and tai chi classes, cold plunges, cycling challenges, endurance and strength clinics, and a kids’ zone featuring hands-on nature and science exhibitions.

Denver’s Civic Center in concert mode (Photo: Visit Denver)

The Denver Art Museum, adjacent to Civic Center Park, is hosting the festival’s Film x Ideas series. Its new exhibit, Biophilia: Nature Reimagined, puts 80-plus works by photographers, architects, and designers on display. The aptly named Art Hotel (from $263), two blocks from the main festival entrance, has its own impressive collection. Need to get in some training? Ride or run the 32-mile South Platte River Trail through the city. Festival tickets from $39; free for kids 12 and under

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