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Hike 20 miles on a scenic guided backcountry excursion during the Fjällräven Classic USA. —Image courtesy of Fjällräven

What to Do in Denver and Beyond: August 17 to August 23

From an innovative outdoor Shakespeare performance to a party at a board game–themed pub, here are five can't-miss events across the Front Range this week.

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The Moth: Into the Wild, August 18

This intimate night of readings by NPR’s acclaimed storytelling group, the Moth, is tailor-made for an adventurous Colorado audience. Dame Wilburn, a Detroit-based poet and Moth Grand Slam champion, will host a performance filled with true tales of adventure, discovery, and uncertainty inspired by storytellers’ experiences in the wilderness and in wild cities. Don’t miss 10-minute stories by author Abeny Kucha and poet Chris Gilbert. Thu 7:30-9:30 p.m. Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge, 970-453-3187. $25-$35.

As You Like It, August 18 to August 27

During this outdoor performance, a talented troupe of actors will lead you on a trek through the fictional Forest of Arden. This innovative production of one of Shakespeare’s comedies focuses on Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, as she disguises herself as a boy and woos her true love Orlando with live covers of songs by the Beatles and Johnny Cash. You’ll be doing some walking as you follow the actors, so be sure to snag a glass of Fiction Beer Company’s Dual Nature hoppy lager before you set off on your journey. Mon, Thu 7:30 p.m.; Sat 4, 7:30 p.m. Highland City Club, 885 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-803-5642. $13-$15.

Fjällräven Classic, August 19 to August 21

Escape the stress of your daily life during this three-day, 20-mile guided trek in the backcountry. As you wind along the North Canadian Trail and the Ruby Jewel Trail, take in breathtaking views of 12,951-feet-tall Clark’s Peak and spend a few hours relaxing by Jewel Lake. Then after a long weekend of hiking and camping, celebrate your successful journey during a barbecue cookout on Sunday afternoon. Fri-Sun, times vary. State Forest State Park, 56750 Hwy. 14, Walden, 855-996-3746. $199.

Athena Amplified: Pop-Up Performances, August 20

During this festival celebrating female artists, you’ll actually be entertained during your light rail journey. Attendees will board the train together and get off at select stops to enjoy live demonstrations, including a performance of Polynesian dance by Bella Diva and a costume showcase by local designer Kati Oltyan, on their journey to Union Station. At your final stop, check out a runway show curated by Darlene C. Ritz, the fashion design chair at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Sat noon-2 p.m. Lakewood-Wadsworth Light Rail Station, W. 13th Ave. and Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, 303-219-0882. Free.

Board Game Republic Grand Opening, August 20 to August 21

Thanks to this geeky celebration, you don’t have to choose between going out to a bar and playing three hours of Settlers of Catan. At this new pub, you and your friends can check out one of 600 board games, such as Boss Monster or Istanbul, and play it while sipping on a Crazy Mountain Amber Ale. Bonus: Meet game designer Mike Fitzgerald, the mastermind behind card game Wyvern, and local vlogger Mark Streed from Board Game Corner. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Board Game Republic, 900 W. First Ave., Ste. 130, 303-954-9165. $2.50.

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