Denver Central Park Guide: Things to Do

Neighborhood Spotlight: Central Park Exemplifies the Art of Denver Urban Living

Neighborhood Spotlight: Central Park Exemplifies the Art of Urban Living

With ties to Denver's past as the former home of Stapleton Airport, Central Park has created its own legacy of community living since 1995

Nestled in the heart of the Rockies, Central Park in Denver offers a vibrant and dynamic living experience that seamlessly blends outdoor adventure with metropolitan convenience...

Life in Colorado's Central Park is characterized by a perfect balance of serenity and excitement. Whether you're unwinding in one of the community's 60+ parks, enjoying a picnic with friends and family, or attending one of the vibrant cultural events that fill the calendar year-round, there's always something to see and do. Just 15 minutes from Downtown Denver, Central Park offers the best of both worlds for those seeking a vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle in the heart of Colorado.

In 1995, with the inauguration of the Denver International Airport leading to the closure of Stapleton International Airport, Denver found itself presented with a remarkable opportunity: the chance to reimagine 7.5 square miles of runways, concourses, and terminals into a captivating new community. Over the past 30 years, Central Park (formally Stapleton) remains one of the most expansive in-fill projects ever undertaken to this day. 

Central Park's lively community essence, nurtured within its 12 unique neighborhoods (home to over 30,000 residents), shines through in its bustling town center. Here, over 100 local shops and more than 70 restaurants tempt with their diverse offerings, creating a lively atmosphere that fosters connection and camaraderie among residents.

Here are our top picks for the remarkable Central Park Neighborhood: 


Cattivella, Central Park Denver Guide: Dining
Pan seared corvina served over roasted vegetables and a roasted corn crema. (photo credit: Cattivella facebook)

Cattivella: Recognized as the Best Italian by Westword and the recipient of numerous accolades for food and service from esteemed publications and culinary associations like The Denver Post, 5280 magazine, The American Culinary Federation, and The American Automobile Association. Cattivella invites you to experience wood-fired Italian cuisine in the heart of Central Park. 
Located at 10195 E 29th Dr Suite 110 | M-Th 5-9pm | Friday & Saturday 5 - 10pm, Closed Sunday

HashTAG: Home of the Boozy Brunch - with offerings leaning toward savory over sweet, with a touch of Michelin-recommended finesse inherited from their sister restaurant, Guard and Grace. From kids to grandparents, business gatherings to brunch outings with friends, they cater to all dietary preferences, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Located at 10155 E. 29th Dr. | Open daily 7am - 2pm

Four Friends Kitchen: Locally owned and dedicated to serving up great Southern-inspired, contemporary American comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. 
Located at 2893 Roslyn St | Open daily 6:30am - 2:30pm

Central Park Denver D Bar

D Bar chocolate chip and banana waffles with dulce de leche butter and banana caramel. (photo credit: D Bar Restaurant Facebook)

D Bar: Drinks, dining and desserts...Sweet enthusiasts flock to this quaint bakery for indulgent pastries and cakes, alongside a selection of savory American delights.
Located at 7302 E 29th Ave | Open W-F 7am - 6pm, Sa. 8am - 6pm, Su. 8am - 3pm

Los Chingones: Bringing the flavors of Mexican street food to Central Park, offering a vibrant setting with weekly happy hour and dinner, as well as weekend lunch options. With an adult-centric rooftop providing the ideal spot to enjoy breathtaking sunset views over downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains, complete with refreshing margaritas.
Located at 10155 E 29th Drive | Open Su - Th 3:30 - 8, Friday - Saturday: 3pm - 8:30pm

Things To Do in Central Park

Central Park Denver Guide: Shopping and Things to DoThe Stanley Marketplace features local Colorado shopping favorites.

Stanley Marketplace: Offering a vibrant community comprised of over 50 independently owned Colorado businesses united in providing a diverse array of experiences. From dining and shopping to working out, playing, growing, gathering, and beyond, the Stanley Marketplace offers something for everyone under one roof. Check out Annette, Sweet Cow and Boychick for delicious treats!

Central Park Beer Festival:  A Central Park Signature event, this annual festival features a variety of craft breweries, local food trucks, & live music from The Corporation Band. Join in the fun this year on Saturday, June 15th on the South Green (29th Ave & Roslyn St) from 5:00pm-8:00pm for the Central Park Beer Fest! A portion of the proceeds will go to a non-profit organization. Tickets on sale now!

Summer Farmers Market: Discover a bounty of delights from local vendors offering Colorado-grown produce, delectable baked goods, artisanal meats, gourmet treats, and beyond! Our mission is to bolster and enrich the neighboring communities by fostering an environment where fresh, wholesome products are readily available. The first Farmers Market of 2024 will be on Sunday, June 23rd from 8:30am-12:30pm on the South Green. The Farmers Market will run every Sunday from June 23rd until October 13th.

Central Park Eastbridge Shopping Center
Above: Above: Eastbridge Town Center offers something for everyone. (photo credit: Eastbridge Town Center Facebook)

Visit Central Park: Located at the heart of the neighborhood, Central Park stands as Denver's third-largest park and the community's foremost outdoor destination. Boasting an expansive 80 acres, Central Park offers an array of amenities, including athletic fields, jogging and biking paths, a sledding hill, an amphitheater, a play fountain, covered picnic and party areas, a one-acre playground, restrooms, parking lots, and indoor facilities - something for everyone and every season! 

Open Air Shopping:  Central Park boasts two bustling open-air shopping hubs: the Shops at Northfield and Eastbridge Town Center. Amidst these vibrant locales, you'll discover a range of boutique fitness studios to invigorate your routine. While Eastbridge Town Center leans towards culinary delights, it also houses Datura Home, an RGK favorite and a haven for plant enthusiasts, offering a delightful array of houseplants, succulents, and unique gifts.

Central Park Denver Guide: Events, Concerts and Things to DoAbove: Outdoor music takes center stage all summer in Central Park.  (photo credit: Central Park Business Association Facebook)

Concert in the Park: Catch Denver's top bands performing live on stage at Founders Green and Conservatory Green. Whether you're dancing the night away or simply unwinding under the stars, it's an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Concerts take place on select Saturdays, June 1 - August 8th at 6pm at Founders Green (29th Ave & Roslyn St) and on select Thursdays at 6:30pm at Conservatory Green (49th & Valentia), offering a variety of musical entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

Signature Central Park Outdoor Theater: Experience the magic of Outdoor Theatre on the Green! This captivating theatre series presents a diverse array of genres suitable for all ages. In collaboration with various production companies, a unique outdoor theater experience is presented in August on the South Green (29th Ave & Roslyn). All theatre productions are free of charge and welcome to the public, promising unforgettable entertainment for everyone to enjoy.


Central Park Denver Guide: Living and HomesAbove: 5872 Beeler Court, sold in 2020 by Amy Kissinger, is the quintessential Central Park home.

Famous for its captivating streetscapes, Central Park showcases an extensive array of acclaimed architecture, spanning from reimagined classics to modern designs. Here, you'll find everything from quaint bungalows and cottages to majestic urban estates. Whether you seek affordable townhomes or residences tailored for specific age groups, Central Park offers an abundance of options. 

Central Park prioritizes community living, with neighborhoods designed to foster a sense of belonging and shared experiences. Residents enjoy access to an array of amenities, including parks, trails, and recreational facilities, encouraging an active and vibrant lifestyle. The town's commitment to sustainability is evident in its green building initiatives and renewable energy programs, ensuring that housing in Central Park is not only beautiful but also environmentally responsible. Whether seeking a weekend retreat or a permanent residence, Central Park offers a diverse range of housing options that celebrate the harmony between nature and modern living.

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