Best Bets for June 15-22

June 2005
Coronas for everyone (don't forget the lime)! Tuesday marks the official beginning of summer. Festivals and flowers, libations and lyrics—there are a lot of to-dos on the list this week. Plus, the forecast calls for sun and heat all weekend, so get out and enjoy! Get Your Fest On
Here's a sampling of this week's best in the festival scene.
  • LoDo Music Festival - June 17-18
    The 13th (and reportedly final) year for this annual celebration of music, food, culture, and a little borough called LoDo. More than 30 local and national artists, including The Radiators, The Samples, Super Diamond (the fabulous Neil Diamond cover band), and Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. Friday 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday noon to midnight. Festival entrance is at 21st and Larimer streets in the Ballpark neighborhood. $10 per day. Tickets available at www.ticketswest.com or at King Soopers stores. For more information visit the festival's (fantastic) website at www.lodomusicfestival.com.
  • Telluride Bluegrass Festival — June 16-19
    This little-festival-that-could is known across the country as one of the best, and this summer's line-up is no exception. A veritable who's who in the country/bluegrass/folk scene—Emmylou Harris, Wilco, Jewel, Yonder Mountain String Band, Peter Rowan, Gillian Welch, Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Earl Scruggs, and Hot Buttered Rum (don't know that last one, but like the name)—you'll be sure to have a foot-stompin' good time. Come for the music, but stay for the view. Thursday through Sunday all day. Town Park, Telluride. $55 per day; $175 four-day pass. For tickets and information call 303-823-0848 or visit www.bluegrass.com/planet.
  • 33rd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival — June 18-19
    Right here in Denver—not D.C.—the Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple sponsors this two-day celebration of Japanese culture. Sing karaoke, eat teriyaki, practice Aikido, watch, shop, learn, and discuss everything Japanese. Saturday to Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sakura Square, Lawrence Street between 19th and 20th streets. Free. For more information, call 303-380-8972 or visit www.tsdbt.org/cherryblossom.html.
  • Chili Pepper & Brew Fest — June 17-19
    Join the folks over in Aspen as they host the International Chili Society's (yes, there is a society) regional chili cook-offs (and tastings...mmm) and microbrew seasonal-ale competition. This spicy weekend also features the musical stylings of Michael Franti & Spearhead and singer/songwriter Keller Williams. Sounds like mouthwatering goodness. Friday noon-9 p.m.; Saturday to Sunday all day. Snowmass Village, Aspen. $15 per day. For more information, visit www.snowmassvillage.com.
For the Potheads
How does your garden grow? Not so well? Then check out how the pros do it at garden tours this weekend and get some ideas for your own home.
  • Washington Park Garden Tour — June 18
    See what's bloomin' over at Wash Park this season. Proceeds benefit the Diana Price-Fish Cancer Foundation. Saturday 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Washington Park. Tours begin at 1439 Emerson St. $15 in advance; $20 day of event. For more information call 303-639-9100 or visit www.dpfcf.org.
  • Boulder County Blooms for Mental Health — June 18-19
    If you want to check what folks are doing in their private gardens, sign up for this two-day tour of 15 Bo-Co gardens. Tours are led by expert landscape designers. Also check out the "stroll gardens" for self-guided tours. Proceeds benefit Boulder and Broomfield counties Mental Health Center. Saturday and Sunday all day. For a complete list of gardens, maps, and ticket information, visit www.frontrangeliving.com or call 303-413-6275.
Don't Forget Daddy-O
Just a friendly reminder: Father's Day is Sunday, June 19. If you're pops lives nearby, you might want to take him to this...
  • Jammin' 92.5's Father's Day Funk Fest — June 19
    The Commodores, Kool & The Gang, and Morris Day & The Time will have you and dad sufficiently funk-di-fied by the end of the night. Sunday 6 p.m. Coors Amphitheater, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village. $17.50-$89.50. For tickets, call 303-830-TIXS or visit www.hob.com.