Fest Up, Denver!

Dog Days of Summer? Hardly. This is the time of year when everything (and, we’re hoping that includes business) starts to ramp up again in Downtown Denver. Can we rest after Labor Day? Maybe.

Take Saturday, the 28th for example. Some practice fests ringing Downtown. Across Commons Park, across the river, in that nice plaza area that is technically 16th Street, you will find the CommFest. That’s short for Community Festival, long with music, food, beer and shade, from 2 until 10.

Also, on Saturday, the SunStock 2010 5th Annual “Unknownfest”, a celebration of music with continuous groups from noon until 10 p.m. at Skyline Park. This festival is rated the “Best New Outdoor Festival” by Westword. And, it’s free! A couple of good pactice fests before next weekend’s Festival of Mountain and Plain, aka, the Taste. Proceed at your own risk.

Of course, the more sublime start to the weekend is the LoDo No Garage Garage Sale, from 8 to 1 Saturday on the block of Wynkoop between 15th Street and Manny’s Bridge over Cherry Creek. The street will be closed, full and busy, then back to normal early in the afternoon, just full and busy. (Residents know there is a constant flow of people making U-turns because they failed to be able to read any of the four “Not a Through Street” signs at the 15th and Wynkoop intersection. Hundreds every day!)

Otherwise this weekend, on Saturday you could venture up to 20th and Welton to watch celebrities and other fearless types rappel down the One Lincoln Park building for a cancer fundraiser. The Nuggets’ mascot, Rocky, will be there, practicing new tricks for the season which could be Melo-less. They’ll need more tricks.

The Rockies still have us thinking of the possibilities. Join about 45,000 of your closest friends all weekend to help them with the Dodgers. The Rocks will leave Sunday night for San Francisco, fly back Thursday for one make-up game here against the Phillies, then fly back to San Diego. By then, it could be clear how the season will turn out. Or, not.

And, of course, the beloved Broncos play Sunday. Nothing at all is very clear there.

But, by Sunday, if you are itching to get out of the neighborhood (and contribute to a good cause) head to Washington Park for the 9 a.m. Walk to Cure Psoriasis.

See, Denver. There’s always something. Fess up. You love it!