The world is looking very different than the last time you caught up with The Ripple Effect. With our new reality settling in following the coronavirus pandemic, the way we approach events, gatherings and networking opportunities is looking different as well.

While we may not be able to get together in small groups for a concert in the park or attend a conference with hundreds of colleagues, organizations and businesses have found creative solutions in the meantime and we’re now seeing signs of hope as some are planning to organize events in the fall and winter this year.

Looking for ways to engage with your friends and colleagues, or make new connections? Here are a few opportunities to connect as we adapt to a new normal, plus events we can hopefully look forward to later in the year:


Networking & Business Opportunities

  • Despite the inability to meet in person, many organizations like the Downtown Denver Partnership are staying on schedule with their events — just virtually! This month, DDP hosted its virtual State of Downtown Denver 2020: Restoring the Health of Our Center City event to discuss the impacts of the recent economic disruptions, and gain insights and perspectives on areas of strength and opportunity.
  • For several of our clients and any companies involved in the construction and development industry in Denver, we highly recommend virtually attending Colorado Real Estate Journal’s Development & Construction Outlook Livestream Conference, slated for August 7.
  • Other organizations are looking forward to the future and hosting in-person events and summits later this year. For example, B:CIVIC will host the B:CIVIC Summit on October 22, barring any further developments with the coronavirus.


  • If you’re a wine lover, you won’t want to miss the virtual wine tastings that all our amazing local restaurants have been hosting. Keep an eye on these restaurants if you’re looking into “wine-ing down” after a long week of Zoom calls!
    • Be sure to follow Denver’s premier steakhouse, Urban Farmer, on Instagram to stay updated on its “Keep Calm” series. Its virtual event in May featured local sommelier Katie Nielsen, who hosted a wine tasting, “Keep Calm and Wine Down.” We are hoping this will keep happening in the future, either virtually or in person.
    • Summer is upon us, and we all have rosé on the brain. Stay tuned with Beckon’s Instagram if you’re interested in splurging for a virtual tasting and exploring different styles, how they’re made, and why wine matters.
  • Live music and fried chicken? Say no more. Denver’s Birdcall is hosting a new concept, the “Birdcall Lockdown” live concert series. Tune in every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. to Birdcall’s Facebook or Instagram for a livestream performance with a local artist (and grab some fried chicken to-go!).
  • 303 Magazine has featured a robust list of opportunities to experience all Denver has to offer, from art, music, literature, wine and beer, dinner, and more, all from the comfort and safety of your own home. For the full list, check out its recommendations here!


Networking & Business Opportunities

  • The Greater Folsom Partnership has been a strong supporter of local businesses during these times. From its MindShift Mondays to the virtual “business builder” series (Virtual Business Builder: Succeeding in 2020), local communities are coming together to ensure everyone has the necessary resources and that they feel supported and connected.
  • Maintain your networking momentum and register for Networking in Sacramento | Speed Networking for Business Professionals on July 27, a “speed dating” style opportunity to meet like-minded professionals. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, small-business owner, medical professional or in the real estate industry, this event offers a comfortable, sophisticated and relaxed setting to find new business opportunities.


  • Are you a SacTown foodie missing your favorite restaurants? Well, Sacramento has started to reopen, and we couldn’t be more excited. Check out a few of our favorite client restaurants such as Mas Taco Bar (Taco Tuesdays are the best in town), Cafeteria 15L, Public House and Iron Horse Tavern. The menu features fresh takes on old favorites, spirited handcrafted cocktails and unique desserts and appetizers. Check online for hours, online ordering and specials. Each restaurant features both patio and indoor seating too!
  • The city of Folsom is looking toward the future, and as of now, it still plans to host its annual Folsom LIVE, a street party in historic Folsom, on September 21. Enjoy live entertainment, food provided by local restaurants, great drinks and a fun-filled weekend of activities.
  • Missing your yoga classes? Old Sacramento Waterfront has teamed up with Yoga Moves Us and is bringing yoga to the living room via Instagram Live (@oldsac) on Sundays. Grab a mat, tune in and Zen out!

An event worth attending all across the country is the Garth Brooks Drive-in Tour. The country singer announced that he is going to perform at a drive-in theater on June 27. The concert will air live at 300 drive-ins across the country for one night only. This is a reason to grab your family and friends and leave the house but at the same time, still following all of the social distancing rules mandated by your state. Tickets for Brooks’ concert go on sale June 19 and will cost $100. Drive-in locations will be announced on June 15.