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Dolls, Demographics, and Dysentery

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Thanks to the wide world of toys and games, "You have died of dysentery," a familiar phrase from the game The Oregon Trail, was a staple of many people's childhood. Have you ever thought about how weird that is? This presentation put on by the Denver Obscura Society explores how politics and culture have influenced…

Jeffco Fair & Festival

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Jefferson County's biggest fair is back for its second year with a whole new look, feel, and lineup. The four-day fest is chock-full of attractions, including Gladius the Show, an awe-inspiring acrobatics and equestrian performance. Alongside traditional showcases like pony rides and a petting zoo, the event will also feature special themed days, including Kids…
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48 Hours Summit

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A boundless new motivation to change the city for the better is at the heart of this creative conference. Inspired by the Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan, this event—featuring showcases from Curious Theater and dancer Kate Speer, mini-lectures from a who's who of local arts and social justice leaders, and an attendant gallery show, Land Trust—encourages…

Annual Car 25 Open House

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Travel back in time on Trolley Car No. 25, the last remaining, completely intact, electric railway car, which once zipped through the region on the 13-mile Denver-Lakewood-Golden line. More than 100 years after the car–which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places–was first in operation, its legacy will be celebrated with free trolley…

Denver Days

Be the neighbor you’ve always wanted. Come together with fellow residents, friends, and family during Denver Days, a city-wide effort to promote community service and bonding. There’s an event for every family in nearly every neighborhood, including graffiti cleanup and coffee in Capitol Hill, a free concert on the Wewatta Street Bridge by Union Station,…
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Fort Collins Fringe Festival

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Edinburgh, Orlando...Fort Collins? The quirky-but-venerable tradition of fringe festivals, which celebrate artists and performers that may be too avant-garde for the standard music or dance festival, first came to the Larimer County seat in 2013, and its fifth year promises to be better than ever. The fest's 90 performances span five venues and eight genres,…

Doggie Plunge

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Take your dog for a splash at one of the best water parks in town for the ultimate pup pool party. After your furry, four-legged friend goes for a swim, they can continue to cool off with doggie ice cream treats from Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard and a Paw Pop. Proceeds support Freedom…

Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Take your photo cropping and design skills to a new level with hands-on exhibits and workshops at the ultimate scrapbooking event. Everyone from embellishment bosses to curious newbies who have never touched decorative scissors can learn from the 50 vendors that have stopped in Denver on this 19-city tour. Earn an “I Conquered” keepsake button…

Colorado Tattoo Convention & Expo 2017

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Inked Magazine ranked Denver the top tattooed city in America last year– which makes the Mile High City the perfect place for this celebration of the art of ink. In addition to live tattooing demonstrations from more than 150 artists, the exhibition will feature live graffiti and a presentation on tattoo culture in the United…

Handmade In Colorado Expo

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At this traveling showcase of some of Colorado’s best handmade art, designers will show off pieces made from a wide range of materials, including metal, paper, and wax. While shopping for homespun goods, visitors can also enjoy live performances from local bands, including folk singer Antonio Lopez and rock-funk group the Symbols.

All Aboard for Art

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Jump on the modern art appreciation train in a tour of public art installations along the lightrail’s W Line. Kris Autobee, the owner of Lakewood’s Red Herring Art Supply, will serve as your guide to interpreting abstract urban art on your short, but action-packed journey from Oak to Lamar stations (both in Lakewood).

La Fiesta: World Party 2017

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Put on your dancing shoes and groove to live salsa, West African drumming, and soul music at this multicultural bash. When you need a dance break, stop by the food trucks for Colombian arepas, Middle Eastern falafel, and wood-fired pizza to fuel up before hitting the market for artisan-made goods. Proceeds support Intercambio, a nonprofit…

Denver County Fair

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The highlight of the summer season is back and literally bigger than ever. Under the new ownership of The Western Stock Show Association, The Denver County Fair will introduce a Beer & Wine Fest showcasing 30 regional breweries, goat yoga sessions, and two new interactive exhibits to highlight the importance of locally grown food products…
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Bugs & Beer

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Bees buzzing around your can while you're drinking on the porch? Not good. Butterflies floating past while you sip brews and munch hors d'oeuvres in the middle of a replicated rain forest? Very good. This adults-only evening features Fate Brewing beers and food from A Spice of Life and Pour La France, which you can…
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Together: An Evening with Michelle Obama

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The Women's Foundation of Colorado is turning 30 this year—and for its birthday celebration, they're going all out. The former First Lady takes center stage at this event, where she will discuss community strategies for women's economic empowerment and her life pre- and post-White House with WFCO president Lauren Casteel. The schedule for the night…

Bastille Day 2017

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The Alliance Française is celebrating 120 years in Denver on Bastille Day with caricatures from French artist Fred Pichon, pinwheel making, and baguette tastings. Take in dinner and a show with performances by the French theatre troupe Alliance & Co. and DJ Titi de Nice and food from La Patisserie Francaise and La Cave. Top…
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Lavender Festival

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Step away from the essential oils, and come smell some actual flowers. This celebration of Bath and Body Works' favorite floral takes place at Chatfield Farm's two-year-old lavender garden, which boasts more than 800 blooming plants. Admire the blooms via hayride or self-guided tour, shop for locally made lavender products, and get up close and personal…

Summer Dog Barket

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Calling all canines! Ink Lounge’s July First Friday is the ultimate shindig in celebration of mankind’s best friend. A pet photo booth, a pooch lounge, and a bar stocked with Greyhound cocktails made with Bear Creek vodka will accompany a series of vendors including Ivan's All Natural Doggie Delights and Smart Cookie Dog Treats. Don’t…

Mixed Taste

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If you are the kind of person to spend hours browsing Wikipedia (aka, falling into a ‘wikihole’), this eclectic lecture series—which features two specialists speaking on entirely unrelated topics—is perfect for you. This year’s lineup includes ‘telekinesis & sauerkraut’ and ‘giant flutes & celestial navigation’ sure to pique the interest of any curious mind. 2017…
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Colorado Black Arts Festival

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Honor the African diaspora's contributions to the Centennial State at this 31-year-old fest. Saturday's Boogaloo Celebration parade is the weekend's most rollicking event, featuring Boulder-based dance troupe Samba Colorado and the 80-member Nebraskan band the Marching Saints, but the action doesn't stop there. Over the course of the three-day event, visitors can peruse more than 50…

The Denver Nickel and Dime Animation Extravaganza

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Held at the intimate Sie FilmCenter on Colfax, viewers will be captivated by over 30 short-animation films from local and international creators during this one-night event. Hosted by animated character Bearver C. Rogers, guests will also be joined by a variety of acclaimed animators, including Debra Solomon, the artist behind the animations in the popular,…

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival

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A Denver classic is marking its 27th year with a twist: The Cherry Creek Arts Festival will host an inaugural concert from the Grammy-Award winning Rebirth Brass Band in support of art education programs. The festival is sure to bring out the playful critic in you with foodie delights on “Culinary Avenue,” including Alpine Sausage…
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The Wild West Project

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With a mega-population of tech bros and hip breweries galore, present-day Denver doesn't exactly conjure up images of the wild, wild West—but at this immersive event, the new West collides head-on with the old. The Old West floor features a display of Buffalo Bill-themed art, drinks from High West Distillery and Stem Ciders, and two-step dance instruction,…

Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival

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The Centennial State is famous for a certain kind of smoke, but this festival, set amid the rolling hills of the Omni Interlocken golf course, is dedicated to a more grandparent-appropriate kind of light up. Sample a variety of top-shelf cigars, including Joya de Nicaragua and Casa Magna, and mingle with cigar celebrities such as…

Sloan’s Lake Art and Music Festival

Check out original works of art and jam to an eclectic mix of live music at this free, family-friendly festival on the south side of Sloan’s Lake. Peruse work from local and national artists and check out members of the Wounded Warrior Music program performing your favorite Motown and soul hits, along with other local…

Mixed Taste

During this interactive lecture, Jason Hanson of History Colorado University of Oregon professor Doug Blandy discuss Prohibition and Bob Ross, and it’s up you to create a link between the two subjects. The two speakers have 20 minutes to discuss the seemingly unrelated topics, followed by time for audience members to ask questions and make…

Living Pink Colorado Pageant

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Celebrate womanhood at Colorado’s inaugural beauty pageant for breast cancer survivors. Contestants will model evening gowns and share stories of overcoming cancer. The participant that raises the most money from audience members will be crowned the first Living Pink Colorado Queen.  Proceeds benefit the Carol Milgard Breast Center First Look Voucher Program, which provides free…

Colorado Scottish Festival

Bagpipers, Irish dancers and Highland athletes transform Snowmass Village into Scotland for this weekend-long festival. Adults can participate in Scotch whisky tastings, and see blacksmithing, leather working and lacemaking demonstrations at the living history museum. Little ones can get their pictures taken with the mythical Loch Ness monster, “Nessie” and even pups can play along…

Almodovar en Total Pass

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Director Pedro Almodóvar is known for his colorful, irreverent films chronicling Spanish life after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. During this 20-film retrospective, view a sampling of the prolific filmmaker’s movies, including the Academy Award-winning All About My Mother and his rarely screened first cinematic effort, Pepi, Luci, Bom And Other Girls…

Colorado Latino Festival

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Colorado’s largest Latino culture celebration is back for its second year. The event will bring together more than 114 vendors, 100 organizations and 40 cultural acts, including headliner Son Moreno, in one of the state’s most diverse cities. In a joint venture by Barrio E' and the Latino Chamber of Commerce, the “UNITY” festival will showcase the…