DENVER - Civic Center Park is about to see a lot of people. A LOT of people.
It starts on Friday, when thousands will descend on the park for Taste of Colorado. That lasts all weekend – and includes musical performances from acts like Boyz II Men and Blues Traveler.
Two days later, the NFL Kickoff Village will take form in that exact same space – and host another free concert on Thursday night.
On Sunday, the park will be busy again, for the 9/11 Remembrance as well as performances from John Fogerty and Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
That’s a busy week – even for a public space that held hundreds of thousands of people for the Denver Broncos Super Bowl celebration back in February.
"It’s juggling the needs of the events vs the needs of the public and really coordinating the schedules of the set up and tear down," Community Affairs Liaison for the Office of Special Events Grace Ramirez said.
Ramirez says part of the challenge with coordinating these events is coordinating a symphony of vendors and venues as they move in and out of the park.
Ramirez says keeping the public safe and preserving the beauty of Civic Center Park are also top priorities for the city. She says DPD will help handle security, while the city will have additional plans for maintaining park beauty.
"We do have cleanup crews and plans for all those kinds of things but this is our front yard--we like to call civic center park our front yard so we're working very closely with the events on how to protect the park," she said.
Here’s a look at what to expect:
TASTE OF COLORADO
Taste of Colorado lasts from Friday morning into Monday evening, and each day, includes food from 50 restaurants, carnival rides, games and stuff to buy from arts and crafts marketplaces. Getting into the festival is free, but you do have to buy tickets for food.
Here’s a rundown of the musical performances:
Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, 7:30 p.m.
The Afters, 1:30 p.m.
Boyz II Men, 7:30 p.m.
Taylor Dayne, 1:30 p.m.
Blues Traveler, 7:30 p.m.
Granger Smith ft. Eric Bibbles Jr., 1 p.m.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, 5 p.m.
For more information on the music (and to see the bands performing at the smaller stages), go to: http://atasteofcolorado.com/music/
Like the Taste of Colorado, the NFL kickoff is totally free – but, the NFL bag policy does apply. You can learn more about that here: http://www.nfl.com/qs/allclear/index.jsp
Wednesday (Sept. 7)
3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Kickoff Village officially opens. This is your chance to take a photo with the Vince Lombardi trophy, get a digitized Hall of Fame bust (whatever that is), sit in on a draft, get autographs from NFL legends, meet cheerleaders and more.
Thursday (Sept. 8)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This marks the Broncos’ first game of the season, a Super Bowl rematch against the Carolina Panthers. Since the Broncos won their last game against Cam Newton and friends, we get to have the kickoff village.
In addition to all of the cool stuff you could find the day before, there’s also a free concert from Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic (gates open at 3 p.m. and the concert starts at 4:30 p.m.).
COLORADO REMEMBERS 9/11
Sunday (Sept. 11)
Colorado’s 9/11 remembrance starts with a procession led by the Colorado National Guard and representatives from the Colorado public safety community, as well as remarks from Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
There will also be a flyover and 21-gun salute, and steel recovered from the Twin Towers that the public can approach to pay their respects.
Both John Fogerty and Big Head Todd and the Monsters will perform.
For more information, go to: http://coremembers911.org/
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