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Movie at the Symphony: Raiders of the Lost Ark

The treasure hunting archaeologist in this classic film is back like you’ve never seen, or heard, him before. Raiders of the Lost Ark will play on three screens at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, but it’ll be stripped of the score. Led by conductor Christopher Dragon, the music will instead be performed live by the…

Art Feast

Food and art collide during this interactive walking tour of 10 galleries and art-focused shops. Start by visiting Fascination St. Fine Art, where impressionist artist Michael Flohr will discuss and sign prints from his exhibition Cityscapes from Around the World. Then peruse the unique American historical prints and maps at Philadelphia Print Shop West, which…

Indigenous Film & Arts Festival

During this celebration of Native American culture, learn more about indigenous communities who are rebuilding and strengthening their nations across the globe. Catch shorts as well as feature-length films, including Sumé: The Sound of A Revolution, which follows a native rock band that recorded songs in Greenlandic, and The Price of Peace, the story of…

Roseanne for President

It's almost election season, and there’s a new candidate coming to town. After creating a television show that considered class, race, and gender issues, beloved sitcom star Roseanne Barr offers a unique take on the political landscape. At this documentary screening, she'll be there in person to introduce the dark comedy that follows her 2012…

The Making of As One: The Opera

At this charitable luncheon, go behind the scenes of the Brooklyn Academy’s 2014 premiere As One, a chamber opera that centers on the experiences of a transgender protagonist. As you enjoy a three-course meal, meet several members of the opera’s creative team, including composer Laura Kaminsky, librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, and conductor Andres…

5Point Adventure Film Festival

Already mapping out your summer summits? Find inspiration through the lens—and on the trails. This adventure-packed festival delivers four days of world premieres including The Coldest Crossing, the story of the first people to try to cross Iceland unsupported in winter. Away from the screens, the gatherings continue with activities such as a Roaring Fork…

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…

Bike MS Party for a Cause

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You're going to spend Friday night out anyway—why not help raise money to fight MS at the same time? At this charity event, savor a crisp rosé from Infinite Monkey Theorem and alpine tacos from Skadi's food truck while DJ Ejay spins catchy beats. Be sure to enter a raffle for a chance to win a cruiser bike. Proceeds…

rEVOLution Launch Party

2017 will be a year of American transition, and what better way to approach that transition than with love? To ring in the new presidency, this blowout will incorporate music, food, drinks, community and discussion to begin a new era with friendship and empathy. Whether you wish to discuss what's on your mind and promote…

Active Minds: History of Tea

Get steeped in knowledge during Active Minds’ in-depth look at the historical and cultural significance of tea. Learn about how one of the world’s oldest (traced back to the fifth-century BCE) and most-consumed beverages is grown and processed as well as its important role in building colonial empires. Fri 2 p.m. Visit denverlibrary.org.

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…
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Salida Circus 10th Anniversary Celebration

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Check out dazzling acrobatics and daring trapeze stunts at this modern big-top performance. The fact that this decade-old Colorado circus troupe will incorporate speakers from international nonprofits like Red Noses Palestine and Project Education South Sudan into its lineup only makes its achievements even more impressive.

Our National Parks: From Sunrise to Sunset

Filmmaker Dennis Burkhart guides this visual journey through some of our nation’s most beautiful sanctuaries and greatest treasures: the national parks. Explore these essential hubs of ecological diversity and uncover the history and efforts of the people responsible for preserving natural wonders like the Florida Everglades, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Colorado high-country. This…

80s Ski Party

Leg warmers and neon are back in style at least for one night at this 1980s-themed party. Sip on a Ski Naked Saison craft beer from Alpine Dog Brewing Company while you watch the premiere of Pleasure, a ski movie from Level 1 featuring Colorado skiers including Tanner Rainville, Keegan Kilbride, and Tatum Monod. Be…

Reel Rock Film Tour

Adrenaline junkies will enjoy a hefty dose of adventure at this climbing-focused festival. Find inspiration in a handful of action flicks, including a documentary of 15-year-old climber Ashima Shiraishi's V15 ascent of Mount Hiel in Japan, then try your luck at a climbing competition at Movement Climbing & Fitness Denver. After you've scaled a few…

Copper Mountain Safety Week

This wintry weekend festival guarantees that safety will come first on the mountain. Festivalgoers will be taught the ins-and-outs of mountain safety—such as helmet fitting tips and how to dress for extreme conditions—by reps from companies like St. Anthony Copper Clinic and Under Armour. Participants can enter a raffle to win prizes including a two-night…

Journey to the Uncanny Valley

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Don your creepiest costume for this spooky story time to learn why dolls and clowns make our hair stand on end. While viewing some of scariest dolls from the museum’s 20,000 object collection, you’ll learn about how your brain identifies and reacts to danger and other reasons why you find the Chucky doll hidden in…

2017 Adventure Film Festival

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Embrace the thrill of outdoor adventure without ever leaving your seat. This film festival promises three packed days of independent films that highlight tales of climbing, biking, and skiing while also addressing social issues. Along with the flicks, be sure to explore the Vendor Village market where you can enter to win up to $10,000…

Denver Rising

In case you hadn’t noticed the new apartment towers, expanding light rail footprint, and increasingly common traffic jams on I-25, then newsflash: Denver has hit the bigtime. Join Governor Hickenlooper, local preservationist Dana Crawford, Denver Film Festival director Britta Erickson, and Ibotta CEO Bryan Leach for a conversation about how urban preservation, entrepreneurial vitality, and…

Erika Krouse: Contenders

Listen to Paterson Fiction Award–winning author Erika Krouse discuss her bestselling novel Contenders during this cozy literary gathering. Nina Black isn’t just any thief and street fighter—she’s a good one. But things take a wrong turn when one of her marks, a Denver cop and MMA contender, wants what she stole back. Krouse will read…

Scraps to Soil Pumpkin Smash

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Choose the weapon—a slingshot, a mallet, a bat— you think will best smash that rotting Halloween pumpkin to smithereens at this educational event. After destroying your Jack O’ Lantern, posters will explain how the remains will be composted (some will be used for the Idaho Springs Community Garden) and what benefits the process provides for…

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…

Corgis Take Over Denver

You and your four-legged friend can enjoy the sun at this charity event. An adorable parade will feature dozens of Corgi pups (and other breeds) strutting their stuff in costume as well as pooch-friendly vendors such as Pet Wants Denver. Proceeds benefit local charities working to educate dog owners about the breed-specific health issues, including…

6th Annual Denver Pet Expo

Animal lovers rejoice: you and your pooch have an excuse to go out on the town. At this two-day event, you can browse pet-focused vendor booths, get Fido a discounted vaccination, or learn grooming and training tips from the experts. Then you and your canine pal can meet Pit Boss star Shorty Rossi and his…

Hops of Hope

Fund-raisers are as common as craft breweries in the Mile High City, but when you put the two together and add a blind taste test, your night becomes more interesting. During this charitable evening, you'll sample pours from Diebolt Brewing, Lowdown Brewery, Mockery Brewing, and Zephyr Brewing Company—without knowing which company brewed which beer. Folks…

Unlocking the Cage

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Follow the story of passionate lawyer Steven Wise as he fights to change the judicial system’s mind about animals at this enlightening film screening. Will his argument that creatures with higher cognitive capabilities—such as dolphins, chimpanzees, and elephants—deserve limited rights prevail in court? After the film, join an audience discussion about Wise’s work led by…

Spontaneous Combustion Community Bonfire

Warm up alongside your family, friends, and neighbors at this community bonfire fueled by recycled Christmas trees, with food and beverage sales benefiting the Summit Nordic Ski Club. Hundreds of donated trees will be ceremoniously burned over the course of the night. Enjoy homemade chilis and soups made by Nordic Ski Club, plus beer and…

Book Launch Party with Dee Stevens

Learn how to build and maintain relationships with integrity, responsibility, and open communication from an author with ten years of relationship coaching under her belt. Using methods pioneered by renowned authors Gary Chapman, Steve Harvey, Harville Hendrix, and Barbara DeAngelis, this writer and relationship expert knows just what you need to craft more fulfilling connections…

Home Alone Pizza Party

Enjoy a Christmas classic and grab a bite to eat at this film-screening. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, a precocious 8-year-old who must defend his home from burglars after his family forgets him on their way to France. Moviegoers will receive party favors in the form of some of Kevin McCallister’s favorite items, such…

Denver Beer Co.’s Fifth Anniversary

During this birthday shindig, sip on an Anniversary V, a chocolate coconut Graham Cracker Porter concocted to celebrate the popular watering hole's fifth year in operation. After a drink or two, take a turn on the water slide or challenge a buddy to a game of cornhole. Then local funk group SoulTyme and cover band…

Moonrise Camping

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Embrace femininity and nature during this night dedicated to your spiritual journey. NamasteWorks Outdoors, a local group that puts on nature-based yoga programs, aims to usher in feelings of renewal and inner peace at this women-only overnight camping event, featuring nature walks, personal storytelling, and moonlight yoga. The event also includes a community dinner prepared…

History Mystery Tour: Fairmount Cemetery

Admire historical monuments and learn about some of the most famous folks from Denver's past at this guided tour around Fairmount Cemetery, the resting place of 19 governors and 11 U.S. senators. During this slightly spooky tour, guides will reveal the mysterious death of Henry Wendell, the man who designed Fairmount's Little Ivy Chapel in…

Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival

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Bighorn sheep clash horns and vie for dominance during their peak breeding season at this high-altitude festival. Colorado Parks & Wildlife experts will be on site to offer information about the state mammal. When the animals grow tired turn instead to free face-painting and a parade through downtown Georgetown with mascot Elbert the Bighorn Sheep…

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…

Denver Comic Con

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At this geeky extravaganza, visit hundreds of free educational panels on topics from gaming to film, show off your DIY costume creation on a cosplay catwalk, and meet Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown. Proceeds benefit Pop Culture Classroom, a local organization that helps educators incorporate comic books and board games into their curricula.

Crawfish Boil Sunday Supper

Join this picnic at one of Denver's newest bars for a taste of Southern hospitality. The afternoon includes freshly roasted corn and potatoes from the Way Back chefs Samuel Charles and Marcus Eng, pours of Good River Beer and Peach Street Distillers spirits, and patio games between bites. Proceeds benefit Colorado Water Trust and American…

’80s Ski Movie Night: License to Thrill

When 1980s ski film star Glen Plake was pulled over on his way to the mountain, he gave the officer one thing: his license to thrill (or so he tells it). This musical flick features vintage ski moves and slope antics, plus more neon jumpsuits and slow motion powder shots than you knew existed. Grab…

Robert Crifasi: A Land Made from Water

Join author Robert Crifasi for a discussion of his 2015 book, A Land Made From Water, which explores the ways the development of water and riparian resources in Colorado changed the face of the Front Range. Discover the events of nineteenth-century Boulder that helped set the stage for water development through the American West. This…

Oktoberfest

Don your lederhosen and snack on a salty pretzel during this massive cultural celebration. After you’ve hoisted the heaviest steins in a weight-lifting competition or challenged your friends to a game of keg bowling, fill your glass with a German brew, such as a Franziskaner Weissbier. While you sip, musical acts such as folk band…

Classics in Context: The Great Dictator

Watch one of the most acclaimed films in American cinematic history exactly as it would have appeared in 1941 at this throwback showing of The Great Dictator, a political satire of Nazi Germany starring Charlie Chaplin. Advertisements and news reels from the film's era will play before the start of the movie, so be ready…

The Supreme Court

With a Supreme Court seat currently on the line, there’s no better time to understand the role of America’s highest court. This hour-long discussion hosted by Active Minds, an organization that hosts programs to promote the lifelong learning of seniors and adults, will explore the court’s current dynamics and charged circumstances surrounding both present and…

Denver Christkindl Market

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Gluehwein and lebkuchen (mulled wine and biscuits for us Americans) abound at the local German Christmas market. Besides the vino, gingerbread, and other authentic German food like bratwurst and baked apples, market goers can enjoy traditional live music from local bands such as Rick Borger & The Average German Band. And of course, guests can…

The First 100 Days: Priorities for a New U.S. President

Join the American Historical Association for a discussion on the new presidential administration and the importance of the "first one hundred days" in any new president's tenure. A panel of five historians, including Middle East expert Nathan Citino and New Republic contributing editor Sean Wilentz, will discuss current policy issues through a historical lens to…

Summer Games

Not everyone can be a Rio Olympian—but you can have just as much fun at this playfully competitive Olympic-themed tournament. Teams of four, five, or six will compete in round-robin matches of giant foosball, an adult tricycle relay, and team knockout basketball. After you've broken a sweat, cool off with a Blue Moon and see…

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…

Jazz on the Patio

Get hoppin’ to the steps of the jitterbug at this 40-minute swing dance lesson taught by Swingin’ Denver’s Jessica Nelson and Wiley Skewes. Then put your new moves to the test as Denver-based La Pompe Jazz plays gypsy folk tunes and Odessa Rose West performs Americana swing and jazz favorites. When you’re ready to take…

Brunchtacular: Dirty Dancing

Sway along to your favorite ’80s hits during a screening of this beloved romance film. Follow Baby as she falls for bad boy dance instructor Johnny and learns to stand up for her beliefs in this coming-of-age tale. If the Swayze-Grey chemistry isn’t enough to lure you in, come for brunch: The menu includes peanut…

Destination Solar System

If you’ve gazed up at the stars and wondered what else was out there, this is your opportunity to (sort of) find out. Inside the planetarium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, hop on board a virtual tour of the galaxy and check out spectacular sights like solar flares, chunks of ice found…

Kauffman House Museum Open

Put down your smart phones and spend an afternoon time-traveling back to the technology-free Victorian Era at this authentically restored hotel dating back to 1892. It’s now a museum that offers guided tours, treats, and a special display of 300 historic dolls. Sat 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Visit grandlakehistory.org.

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…

GMO OMG

In the first installment of The Sustainable Food Film Series, filmmaker Jeremy Seifert encourages us to question where our food comes from. Travel from Haiti to Monsanto's lobby during the documentary, which focuses on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, and their effect on people's health as well as on the planet. After the screening, enjoy…

Victorian Horrors

Step into the nightmarish world of Edgar Allen Poe and a host of other dead Victorian authors at this haunted Capitol Hill mansion. At this environmental theater, you'll move between five third-floor rooms, hearing the horrifying stories of Poe, H.G. Wells, Gaston Leroux, Charlotte Perkins Gillman and Sarah Orne Jewitt—portrayed by notable Denver actors and…

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…

Noche de Museo

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For more than 20 years, Museo de Las Americas has brought Latin American exhibitions to the Mile High City—celebrate their contributions to the Denver art scene at this anniversary bash. Start the evening by bidding on works by local Latino artists at an auction. Then savor a delicious meal made by Globeville's Crafty Fox Taphouse & Pizzeria and practice your salsa moves…

Rockin’ to Beat the Blues

Thanks to this upbeat fund-raiser, supporting individuals suffering from mental health issues is as easy as going to a concert. Snack on appetizers from Howl at the Moon while enjoying a live rock performance by Ignatius Reilly, then catch dueling pianists on stage after 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Mental Wellness Network, a statewide…

Endotrend

At this sustainability-focused festival, discover how to do more to conserve energy than just recycling your beer cans. This eco-friendly event features everything from films like Overview, a short about astronauts turned environmentalists, to presentations by sustainability activists. Don’t miss a panel featuring Denver-based endangered species advocate Taylor Jones. Sat 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Visit endotrend.com.

Colorado Brazil Fest

Embrace the lively music and delicious flavors of Brazil at this lively cultural festival. Start by taking workshops in samba dance and pagode percussion, move along to the beats of Choro Das Três, Moyseis Marques, and Ginga. To refuel after your dance floor workout, snack on feijoada, a stew of beans with beef and pork,…

HAHO Market

Ditch the shopping cart and the big box store this weekend: The artisans at this diverse market have (nearly) everything you'd find at Wal-Mart, with unbeatable made-in-Denver quality. Pick from 90 bespoke vendors and hobbyists, including Baba & Pop's Homemade Pierogi, Lux and Luca Jewelry Co, True and Simple Wood Stuff. Local musicians Sara Emmitt…

The Burden

At this captivating short film screening, meet some of the pioneering minds behind the pursuit of clean energy: American soldiers. Framing our nation's dependence on fossil fuels as a national security issue, the documentary follows the military's role in researching sustainable energy sources and encouraging the more conservative members of Congress to change their stances…

FuckUp Nights Anniversary Show

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Even the best fall down sometimes, and now you can laugh about it with a free beer in hand. FuckUp Nights Denver has rocked the Mile High City with tales of extreme lows on a biweekly basis for one year and it's time to celebrate. Join the anti-pity party with Kiwi Schloffer of Craft Boner…

Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair

Calling all book lovers, collectors, and print junkies: This two-day festival boasts novelties including rare books, maps, posters, and historic records. In addition to exhibitors such as Fahrenheit’s Books, Jeff Jeremias Fine Arts, and the Old Map Gallery, the event welcomes speakers Thomas Haller Buchanan, author of Beauty and the Book, and Karen Jones of…

diSTILLed: Summer of Soul

Explore the beatnik lifestyle of a modern American artist at this exhibit uncovering Clyfford Still’s time in San Francisco after World War II. Mile High Soul Club co-founders DJ Tyler Jacobson and DJ DogBoy will be spinning soul, funk, and R&B tunes from the ’60s and ’70s all night, and you can snap along to…

Denver Urban Homestead Tour

At this self-guided tour, even city slickers can learn all they need to know to start an urban homestead in their own backyards. On a bike or in your car, venture to 10 urban homesteads throughout the Denver metro area, where you'll get advice on composting, gardening, and beekeeping. Then head over to the Jefferson…

27th Annual RV Adventure Travel Show

Travel and RV aficionados alike are sure to enjoy this three-day show’s 300-plus new RV units from dealers like All Stars RV and Century RV, with 2017 models ranging from Class A motorhomes and easy-to-pull tent trailers to travel trailers and fifth-wheels. Exhibitors will be on hand to offer camping accessories, RV repair services, and…

Blossoms of Light

Denver's botanical gardens are transformed into a crisp winter wonderland in this festive holiday lights display. Peruse the trails to see colorful light creations, and peer through a pair of HoloSpex glasses to witness points of light transformed into intricate designs. And don't forget to choose from a selection of warm beverages complete with your…

Bob the Drag Queen ft Ginger Minj

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Best known for winning the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this drag queen will leave audiences in fits of laughter with his sharp-tongued riffs on everything from race and politics to love and family. When he leaves the stage, the hilarity continues with a comedic vocal performance from Ginger Minj, another RuPaul’s Drag Race…

Wine and Waxing

Not quite ready for ski season? No problem. Bring your skis or snowboard into Arc’Teryx, an outdoor clothing store, for a complimentary waxing courtesy of Denver Sports Lab to ensure your gear is in top condition to hit the slopes. Proceeds benefit She Jumps, a Utah-based nonprofit which works to boost the participation of women…

Mother’s Day Scented Journey

If you've never found a fragrance that truly matches your style, this DIY workshop provides a chance to create one yourself. Experts at the Scented Studio will introduce their 22 signature scents and walk you through the process of developing your own 30-milliliter custom roll-on perfume. Bonus: Take home a sugar scrub for the perfect…

The Black Homesteader Experience

In this one-hour lecture, historian Priscilla Marshall will explain how the Homestead Act of 1862, which granted 160 acres of free land to anyone in exchange for an $18 filing fee, encouraged throngs of black Americans to move west during the period of Reconstruction. Learn about how this new generation of Americans staked claims to…

Gloria Steinem

Meet one of the most prominent voices of the American women's rights movement at this engaging talk and book signing. Listen to feminist icon Gloria Steinem discuss her recently published book, My Life on the Road, which chronicles her personal growth and travels during her life of activism, and take home a signed copy to…

Feast: Dune

Journey 21,000 years into the future during this screening of an ’80s sci-fi flick from director David Lynch. The story, which was based on a 1960 novel by Frank Herbert, follows two rival noble families on the desert planet Arrakis. As they battle to gain control of the empire, you can indulge in a dinner…
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film/STILL: Art. Culture. Film.

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The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and the Clyfford Still Museum have partnered up to create this film series, which features flicks that are thematically similar to exhibits of modern art. Kick off this month's event with a screening of Medicine for Melancholy the debut film by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, a complement to Shade:Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford. Other movies in the lineup include a May documentary about the…

Buffalo Bill Days

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Embrace the spirit of the Wild West at this three-day extravaganza dedicated to the life of one of Colorado’s original pioneers. To honor “Buffalo” Bill Cody, who was buried atop Golden’s Lookout Mountain 100 years ago, bearded attendees can show off their mountain-man-inspired facial hair at a beard contest while tiny cowboys try to stay…

Horseshoe Craft & Flea Spring Market

At this colorful faire brimming with handmade goods, you're sure to find a unique gift for Mother's Day. More than 100 local artisans will show off their wares, including elegant jewelry from Mercer and Jayne, fragrant natural beauty products from Remy & Rose, and illustrated cards from the Paper Home Co. After browsing the goodies,…

LifeTree Film Festival

Leonardo da Vinci once said that the natural desire of good men is knowledge. Feed your mind with this three-day celebration of films made to inform viewers of important causes and those working to make a positive impact. Amid this year’s slate of 16 short and feature narrative films and documentaries will be director Jeff…

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…

Holiday Flea

Get all your Christmas necessities—from art and antiques to pet products and baby supplies— at this flourishing pop-up marketplace. Now in its third year, the three-day event will kick off Friday night with a ticketed opening night party that will serve up bottomless speciality beverages like New Belgium beer, while giving you first dibs on…

Colorado Indian Market

Experience Native American culture like nowhere else in Colorado during this three-day event featuring musicians, dancers, artists, performers, craftsmen and more. Hear music from popular Native American musical group Brulé, witness the transfixing performance of mystical dance group Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, and meet some your favorite Native American actors. The weekend will also offer a…

Landmarks of the Future

If you're looking to buy or remodel a home, find inspiration on this interactive tour. Visit a historic landmark (the three-story Victorian Decker-Tyler house built in 1874), and seven 1960s ranch homes in North Boulder, where you can talk to homeowners about how they renovated their mid-century properties. Proceeds benefit Historic Boulder, a nonprofit focused…

Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show

Embrace both inner and outer beauty during this one-of-a-kind fashion event. After mingling with other attendees during a glamorous cocktail hour, enjoy the main program, a runway show featuring models with Down Syndrome as young as seven alongside celebrities such as former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and actor Mario Lopez. Proceeds benefit the Linda Crnic…

Renegade’s 5th Anniversary Block Party

Help Renegade Brewing Company celebrate five years of making “offensively delicious” beer at this summery street bonanza. Live music from rock bands such as Animal Electricity and headliner Inner Oceans will have you tapping your toe all day as you sample food from Green Tree Stir Fry and Ol’ Skool Que. With a cold Renegade…

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,…
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Czech That Film

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Step aside, La Dolce Vita. The foreign films in this fest come not from Italy or France but from the lesser-known cinematic talents of the Czech Republic. Five new films, including Tiger Theory (a drama about a man coping with his father-in-law's death) and The Noonday Witch (a thriller about a mother struggling to keep her…
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Ignite!Nite: Story

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This event is focused on what makes our favorite narratives stand the test of time. In conjunction with the museum's Backstory exhibition on the context of great works of Western art, this adults-only evening features museum tours, arts and crafts, and programming from the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, all themed around what makes a good story.…

Indigenous Film & Arts Festival

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Showcasing the lives and artistic talents of indigenous people from around the world, this cultural festival, which spans multiple venues throughout Denver, truly lives up to its theme “Celebrating the Creative Spirit.” Moderated panel discussions after film showings and artist talks during exhibit openings make the festival rich with informational opportunities, such as a conversation…

A Small Good Thing

If your daily nine-to-five grind doesn't feel fulfilling anymore, this engaging documentary might encourage you to seek a new path in life. In the film, Academy Award–winning director Pamela Tanner Boll profiles five people who quit their conventional jobs and found happiness in new occupations, such as Blue Hill Restaurants farmer Sean Stanton and the…

Stout Street Foundation 40th Anniversary Gala

Celebrate four decades of dedication to the rehabilitation and recovery of Denver-area addicts at this annual event. Network with over 500 attendees, including Denver Broncos alum, before you enjoy a slew of incredible appetizers and a delectable Lemon Chicken dinner provided by Serendipity Catering. Listen to Stout Street Foundation leaders discuss the work and accomplishments…

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…

Diversity in Theater Panel 1: The Big Picture

In the first of three panel discussions hosted by Curious Theatre Company, innovative minds from the local arts scenes will share their thoughts on diversity. The panel—which includes Kevin Quinn Marchman from the Denver-based Black Actors Guild, actor and director Antonio Mercado, and the Artistic Director of Boulder's Local Theater Company Pesha Rudneck—will explore the…

Salt & Blue Pop Up & Launch Party

Treat yourself to a few new accessories, natural remedies, and home goods at Denver-based online marketplace Salt & Blue's pop-up boutique, held in the Craftsman & Apprentice. The stylishly rustic jewelry is particularly worth browsing, and 10 percent of the proceeds from locally made William Reid candles will benefit the Gathering Place, a daytime drop-in…

Colorado Irish Festival

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St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only time to embrace your Irish heritage on the Front Range. At this festival celebrating Irish and Celtic traditions, cheer on Denver Gaels Club athletes as they compete in hurling and Gaelic football matches. Then kick back a George Killian’s Irish Red while watching a traditional dance competition set to…

Auto Shop of Horrors

Filmed in downtown Castle Rock, this comedy-horror flick centers on Randy, a mechanic who has figured out a way to see into the future: by eating his customer’s eyeballs. Don’t get too wrapped up in the mechanic’s madness that you can’t enjoy the rocking tunes from Castle Rock’s own Over the Castle, who will be…

Game of Thrones Viewing Party

If you've had separation anxiety since Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, and Tyrion Lannister went off the air, this Game of Thrones season six, episode one screening is just the cure. Costumed attendees can participate in a 10-round trivia session to win prizes like helmet replicas and a Game of Thrones-themed version of Risk. Guests receive…

Colorado Springs Comic Con

Join your favorite superheroes, sidekicks, and fantasy characters during this weekend-long extravaganza. Enter a costume contest, and meet some of your favorite stars including Dean Cain from The New Adventures of Superman, Alfonso Ribeiro from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Sons of Anarchy star Ryan Hurst. After snapping a few celebrity photos, you can…

Día de los Muertos

Don your best Catrina attire for this colorful celebration of a well-known Mexican holiday. Your entire family will enjoy getting bright face paint, decorating sugar skulls, and adding ofrendas (offerings) for those who have died to one of several community altars. Then check out a market brimming with Día de los Muertos–themed folk art, prints,…

Get to Know Your Bicycle

You may know how to ride your two-wheeled steed, but this hands-on class will show you how to repair it. Knowledgeable bike technicians from Campus Cycles will take cyclists through the basics of bike repair, including how to fix a flat tire and how to lube the chain, plus they’ll explain the fundamental construction of…

Oktoberfest Season Opener

It’s never too early to start celebrating Oktoberfest, and the T.E.V. Edelweiss Club invites you to kick off the festivities before the summer even ends. Snack on a bratwurst from Austrian-born chef Walter Neuhold, then learn some traditional German folk steps from the club's Volkstanzgruppe. As local bands Alpine Echo and the Austrian Connection strike…

Movie at the Symphony: La La Land in Concert

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See this Best Picture–nominated film in the style of an Old Hollywood silent feature—with live accompaniment. Watch Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling sing and dance throughout their heartbreaking pursuit of stardom while the Colorado Symphony plays the movie’s jazzy score, which includes memorable tracks such as “Another Day of Sun” and “City of Stars.”

Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo

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One of the Centennial State’s biggest DIY hobby events is here with the hope of turning you on to a new pleasurable pastime. Experienced hobbyists and newbies alike can take part in hands-on demonstrations of remote control cars, scale model kits, and scrapbooking. After you’ve crafted, constructed, and designed, take a stroll through the marketplace…

Puff, Pass & Pottery

Established Denver potter Jessa Decker-Smith will lead this two-hour workshop and pottery session to which you'll bring your own cannabis and beer. Embrace your artistic side and decorate your very own clay ashtray creation as you receive instructional assistance from Decker-Smith. Choose from a selection of colors and glazes before firing your piece, which will…

Goldyn’s #LOCALSONLY Holiday Market

Don’t miss this chic gift fair featuring a slew of your favorite Colorado-based artisans and family-owned businesses. Attendees will have access to two dozen local shops offering fine and handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, customized loose-leaf teas, and ethical beauty products. Attendees can sip on complimentary wine, champagne, and DRAM sparkling waters while snacking on charcuterie,…

Anthony Bourdain: The Hunger Tour

Join the TV personality, author, and executive chef as he embarks on his second live tour, during which he shares his experiences sampling global cuisine. Fans of the Travel Channel show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations will find themselves in familiar territory during his monologue about street cuisine, diverse cultures, and obscure places he's seen while…

Pikes Peak Antique Machinery Days

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Travel back in time and get a history lesson in old-school farm equipment at this three-day expo. Collectors and newcomers alike will enjoy viewing a range of historic engines and tractors on display and participate in a silent auction of rare machinery items. Other family-friendly activities at historic Reynolds Ranch include tractor and steam engine…

DreamHack Denver 2017

Get your game face on with world-class eSports tournaments, cosplay demonstrations, and other digital-driven events at the last event of the year from DreamHack, a group that puts on computer-focused festivals throughout the world. Play casually with your friends (you must bring your own computer to game) or get competitive at the massive coding party.…

MileHiCon 49

Join more than 100 authors and artists at Colorado’s largest science fiction and fantasy literary convention of the year. Cosplay contests, anime screenings, and auctions for rare autographed books and fantasy collectibles will keep your nerd side satisfied. If you’re feeling brave, sign up for a live “slush” pile where you can enter to read…

Wish of a Lifetime Gala

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At this elegant philanthropic event, sample cocktails and enjoy a gourmet dinner crafted by the Hyatt Regency kitchen. After your meal, bid on items like a football signed by Haven Moses and an exclusive dinner with prolific Denver chef Troy Guard at the live and silent auction. Proceeds benefit Wish of A Lifetime, an organization…

American Classics: Car Show & Auction

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Celebrate Father’s Day by giving Dad a weekend away from the grill—treat him to hot barbecue plates, fried chicken, and cold beer at this vintage-style car show instead. While savoring lunch from the Longmont-based Post Chicken & Beer, attendees can check out more than 20 classic American cars from Boulder collector Stephen Tebo’s private collection. If your…

Cameras and Cocktails: Dadaism and Sidecars

Get a crash course in mobile photography and Dadaism at this inaugural session of Cameras and Cocktails, an interactive event dedicated to both fun and instruction. Enjoy an avant-garde inspired cheese arrangement from The Fox & The Crow while you sip on cocktails, wine, and beer from Mulberry Max followed by a brief lecture on…

Summer Film Series: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Ready to take advantage of the (finally) warm Colorado weather? Set up some lawn chairs and spend an evening under the stars watching an iconic Indiana Jones film. Guests can enjoy live music from local rock band Bear Antler before the film begins at dusk, so don’t feel bad arriving early to snag those front…

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).

Denver Chalk Art Festival

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Skip the museum crowds this weekend—you can see works by more than 200 artists at this outdoor festival instead. This two-day festival features local creatives such as Stephen DeOrio and Mark Hollenbeck, all of whom have spent hours painting the streets and sidewalks around Larimer Square. While you check out their colorful artwork, enjoy live performances by…

Cat Crawl

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Cat lovers, take note: This kitty-themed bar crawl is as fun as a Saturday night at home with your furry friend. After donning your most convincing cat ears, visit several bars on South Broadway—including Historians Ale House and Skylark Lounge—for drinks specials and live musical performances. Bonus: The best-dressed attendee will receive a gift card for…

Visiting Author Series: Hush, Shut up, Please be Quiet with Margot Livesey

This two-hour workshop will offer writers of all experience levels the chance to strength their dialogue-writing skills. Award-winning author and Iowa Writers' Workshop professor Margot Livesey will teach the informative class, during which students will practice strategies for crafting conversations consistent with their narrative voices. Following the session, enjoy a reading and Q&A session with…

Tattoo Masquerade

Inked Magazine named Denver the fifth most tattooed city in America, so it's no surprise this massive body art–centric convention is coming to the Mile High City. For three days, festival attendees can peruse the works of tattoo artists from 22 states as well as the United Kingdom and enjoy dance performances from Darshan Dance…

Fall Back Beer Fest

As the epicenter of the craft beer trend, it's no surprise that Colorado boasts more home brewers than any other state. But a barrier to entry still exists—a lack of knowledge and access to quality ingredients. EnterFall Back Brew Festin Estes Park, a one-stop shop for pro and novice brewers to interact with experts and…

Drinking Water Week

A water bottle is a constant accessory for Coloradans, so the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is trying to educate us on where our H2O comes from. Attend a panel discussion on the history of the Denver Water company and whether access to water is a right or a privilege, plus view a…

Fishpeople

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Denver may be more than a thousand miles from the nearest ocean, but you can still experience the power of the sea by watching a film that chronicles the lives of water lovers around the globe. The documentary features stories from individuals such as national championship spearfisher Kimi Werner from Hawaii and world-renowned Australian surfer Dave Rastovich.…

Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Celebrate one of northwest Colorado's most majestic creatures during this avian-themed festival. At sunrise, take a guided bird walk to glimpse flocks of greater sandhill cranes, then learn more about the long-legged birds in talks by international bird experts, including veterinarian Barry Hartup and Mongolian conservationist Nyambayar Batbayar. If you're feeling inspired by the graceful…

L’Electrique Dollhouse Circus

Moth Poetic Circus incorporates the high-flying, adrenaline-pumping acts of the big top into a high-octane performance that also includes dance, art, and audience interaction. Live music, DJs, and colorful cocktails are also on hand to transport you to a raucous alternate universe straight out of a Toulouse-Lautrec painting. Sat 8 p.m. —Image courtesy of Moth…

Al Johnson Telemark Race

Named after a 19th-century mail carrier who skied his way to and from mining towns, this wild race sends participants traversing Mt. Crested Butte. Equipped with telemark skis, racers will scale 600 feet up the mountain before descending nearly 1,200 feet down the other side. Sore skiers can ease their aches with post-race brews from…

Aspen Film Academy Screenings

Indulge your dramatic side with a sneak peak of next year's Academy Awards' pool (and revel in your newfound film critic status while you're at it). The high-end lineup includes films such as La la Land, a stylish musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and Fences, a moving father-son tale starring Denzel Washington. Treat…

Jillian Michaels

Meet one of the most recognizable faces of fitness at this uplifting talk-back show. Michaels' characteristic wit and pragmatism will shine as she shares tips on improving your fitness regime and answer pertinent health-related questions from the audience. She'll cover aspects of both physical and emotional health, leaving you rejuvenated to begin your own journey…

Colorado Writing Workshop: Get Published

If you're hoping to see your newly finished manuscript on the shelves at the Tattered Cover, this intimate workshop is a smart opportunity for networking. Between attending presentations on the publishing industry and submitting the first page of your book to a panel for criticism, you can meet one-on-one with an agent to pitch your…

GothGlam Bash

This spooky Halloween party is all about the goth garb and black lipstick. Enter the most creative costume contest with your best cyber, steampunk, glitter, Lolita, or Victorian attire to win prizes such as tickets to the Colorado Springs Haunted Mines or passes to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Then enjoy exciting live performances from aerial…

Integrating Social Justice Frameworks, Arts Engagement & Restorative Practices

At this innovative workshop, learn how to use the arts to build stronger, more equal relationships and organizations. Led by the founders of local nonprofit Creative Strategies for Change, participants will use theater games, creative writing, and dance to explore their own identities and understand cross-cultural issues such as power, equality, and oppression. Between exercises,…

Embracing the Feminine

Learn to appreciate your feminine traits and love your body at this weekend retreat. With intimate workshops, such as an exploration of plant-based healing, and empowering yoga sessions, including Kundalini yoga focused on balancing your hormones, you're sure to leave feeling strong and rejuvenated. Proceeds benefit the Samburu Girls Foundation's project to build a kitchen…

Rockin’ Block Party

The attractions at this cultural event range from live music (by local artists Chris Daniels and the Kings and Andy Rok & the Real Deal) to children’s crafts to food trucks, ensuring that even the pickiest of people will find a way to enjoy themselves. Don’t miss two new sources of entertainment: a beer garden…

Willow Summer Kick Off Party

Fashion fans unite: At this stylish soirée, Boulder boutique Willow will offer cocktails, clothing, and a visit from Liz Finkelstein, a stylist with Mile High Style. Consult Finkelstein for a complimentary styling session, then take advantage of the storewide 25 percent discount. Looking for a new summer ’do? Snag a raffle ticket for a chance…
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Feminism & Co. Weekend

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Bring the female-friendly energy you kindled at the International Women's March to this three-day fête, which marks 10 years of the MCA Feminism & Co. lecture series. Catch a scholar-led talk on the history of modern feminism on Thursday night; then check out art that focuses on issues of gender identity and politicized spaces by Jenny Morgan and Derrick Velasquez at Friday…

Denver Holiday Food and Gift Festival

Thanks to this giant holiday fair, early shoppers will be done with their gift lists by Thanksgiving. More than 400 vendors will sell their wares, including upcycled jewelry from Criffon Designs and spicy condiments from Centennial-based K-Sauce. If you get hungry while you shop, indulge in a scrumptious pastry from If God Could Bake. Fri…

Hoedown

You won't be line dancing, but this lively hoedown is still a great place to learn simple new steps. Decked out in your fanciest Western attire, start the evening with a lesson from Swingin' Denver instructors, then admire the pros from local dance troupe the Ladies & Gentlemen as they take the stage for a…
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SeriesFest

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Telluride is already home to a world-famous film festival, and with this three-year-old fete, the mountain town is staking the same claim for the small screen. More than 50 pilots, episodes, and digital shorts from the world of serialized entertainment will be screened throughout the festival's six days. The schedule features everything from new indie shows…

Operation Project Sanctuary Gala

In honor of Memorial Day, support local military families at this charity gala. In addition to enjoying a gourmet barbecue chicken dinner, bid to win items such as a weeklong stay at Bear Hollow Resort or a football signed by Von Miller. Proceeds benefit Project Sanctuary, an organization that provides retreats and counseling to families…

Denver Comic Con

You don't have to be a diehard Trekkie to geek out at this three-day pop culture—themed extravaganza. Enter your cleverest homemade costume into the cosplay contest and be on the lookout for special guests such as Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who has been in both Grey's Anatomy and The Walking Dead, and Games of Thrones star…

Denver Modern Home Tour

Whether you're considering remodeling your home or just looking for a local HGTV fix, this self-guided driving tour will give you some design inspiration. On your trek, visit seven innovative modern buildings from Highland to Columbine Valley. Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit http://bit.ly/moderndenver2017.

Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival

At this cultural celebration, take a trip to the Emerald Isle or the Scottish Highlands without ever leaving the Centennial State. Enjoy performances by a variety of Celtic artists, including Irish singer and comedian Seamus Kennedy, Toronto-based rock group Enter the Haggis, and Scottish folk singer Ed Miller. Then competitive visitors can mount a trusty…

Our Sustainable World Film Festival

During this impactful movie night, you're sure to become more aware of your carbon footprint. The evening's lineup includes four films that will inspire you to make more sustainable choices, including Cowspiricy: The Sustainability Secret, a documentary exploring the environmental impact of animal agriculture, and Baraka, a collection of footage from around the world capturing…

Kyle’s Brew Fest

Even if you couldn't get tickets to the String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, you still have a chance to glimpse their keyboard player, Kyle Hollingsworth, at this boozy festival. Sip craft beers from more than 30 local brew houses, including Odell Brewing Company and Platt Park Brewing Company, and dance along to live…

Tour de Fat

You might have to wait a month for Halloween, but you can show off your costume now, thanks to this eccentric cycling-focused festival. Burn some calories during a colorful bike parade, then dance along to a live performance by space blues band Kolars and bluegrass musician Ben Solle as you sip on a New Belgium…

Paranormal Palace

Come as the most convincing witch, goblin, or ghoul for your chance to win $1,000 in a costume contest at this supernatural bash. Crawl your way through the haunted house, which will be brimming with spooks, including zombies and the Arachnid Woman. After you grab a tasty cocktail concoction such as Zombie Punch or Witch's…

Live at the Vineyards

When it comes to pairings, wine and world-class music go together perfectly. Sip on fine wines from Balistreri Vineyards as you feast on cuisine from hot spots such as Lucky Cat Denver, Little Man Ice Cream, and Jax Fish House. Jamaican native and pianist Monty Alexander, who has performed with legends like Frank Sinatra and…

Oktoberfest Beer Pong Tournament

This isn't a stein-lifting competition, but there will still be enough booze to make it an Oktoberfest party. As you sip on brews from the Ginn Mill, you and you partner can take on several formidable opponents in a 64-team beer pong tournament for a chance to win the grand prize of two massive steins.…

Out of the Darkness Walk

At this charitable event, join thousands of fellow Denverites in creating a supportive community for those whose lives have been affected by suicide. Before the 2.9-mile walk around the concourse of Coors Field, stop by the resource fair to visit with organizations like the Denver Family Institute and the Second Wind Fund, which are committed…

Spirit of Colorado

Next time you visit the airport, avoid the TSA line and celebrate Colorado's Western heritage at this lively festival instead. After you sip on whiskey from Old Town Distilling Co., visit ponies at a Colorado Horse Rescue's petting zoo, try to spend eight seconds on a mechanical bull, or take silly selfies in a cowboy-themed…

National Western Stock Show

Don’t miss this nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment celebration featuring premier livestock and rodeo events. Attendees will be privy to one of the nation’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest western trade show in addition to a plethora of cultural and artistic events, including wood carving demonstrations and dancers performing popular styles of Mexican…

Denver Sister Cities Worldwide Festival

Travel around the world in one afternoon at this delightful multicultural festival. Watch a musical performance by the Kunming Ethnic Song and Dance troupe, which will fly in from Kunming, China, and an Italian opera performance from Denver's Rebecca Koenigberg, which will consist of a series of Mozart arias as well as some Puccini favorites.…

Holiday Cheese & Soap Extravaganza

Learn how to make (and taste!) delicious, easy-to-mature cheeses like chèvre, fromage blanc, feta, ricotta, mozzarella, and queso fresco before exploring creative ways to package them for gift-giving. If you’re less into edibles, come ready to make several varieties of your own handmade, milk-based soaps and go home with a variety of three different, sample-sized…

Father’s Day With The Joneses

It's easy to get Dad out of the house when you promise him barbecue—and it's even easier if his meal comes with a screening of Indiana Jones. The menu at this feast-and-flick features a choice of a burger, cheeseburger, green chili cheeseburger, or pulled pork from Steuben's in addition to a beverage ticket for the…

Anthomania: An Extreme Love of Flowers

Studio Colfax is kicking off the summer season with a stylish shindig and a fashion show. Local designers Sym Perrera and Minus the Dart will preview their collections in the studio’s courtyard; also watch for pieces from Los Angeles–based Pupil Clothing and jewelry from Red Bench and Marguerite Specht on the runway. Come for drinks,…

Great American Beard and Moustache Championship

Whether you're sporting your own impressive beard or you simply appreciate a snazzy pair of whiskers, this quirky competition is the perfect time to get your facial hair fix. This hairy showcase features gentlemen competing in more than 20 different categories, from best Dali moustache to most creative full beard. Even clean shaven attendees can…

Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l’échafaud)

In this atmospheric French crime thriller, scheming lovers Julien and Florence engineer the perfect murder of Simon, Florence’s husband and Julien’s employer, only for their plot to unravel when their victim gets stuck in an elevator. The film, which was famed director Louis Malle’s feature debut, is considered a touchstone of the noir genre and…

Our Journey Home

This intimate documentary provides a telling look at the country's affordable housing issue and the people touched by it. The story chronicles three families, two in public housing and one in a shelter, as they try to recover from personal crises and redefine their ideas of home. After the screening, attend a Q&A panel featuring…

Sex in the Sea

What if HBO's hit series Sex in the City featured more than 1 million different species of Carrie Bradshaw? That's the backdrop of author Marah J. Hardt's book, Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-Changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid, and Other Salty Erotica of the Deep, which tells the lesser known story…
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Covering the Movements Changing America

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Meet award-winning investigative journalist and Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman when she stops in the Mile High City on this fund-raising tour. After her colleague Denis Moynihan—the founder of Winter Park’s community radio station—introduces her, Goodman will give a keynote speech on the role of independent journalism during politically tense times. Then attendees can enjoy a musical performance by…

Himalayan DocuDays Screenings for Nepal

Westerners attempting to scale Mount Everest may not realize they're putting a Nepalese family's breadwinner in extreme peril. This gripping documentary—already shown at film festivals in New Zealand, Toronto, Telluride, and Sydney—delves deep into the lives of the Sherpas who take great risks while leading adventurers up and down the mountain. Proceeds benefit the Mighty…

Inherit the Bones Book Launch Party with Emily Littlejohn

Celebrate Denver-based author Emily Littlejohn’s debut novel Inherit the Bones at this book launch featuring a Q&A with the writer and a book signing. The first in Littlejohn’s Cedar Valley series, Inherit the Bones follows pregnant Colorado detective Gemma Monroe as she hunts a murderer no one seems to want found. Fri 7:30-9:30 p.m. Visit…

Wine and Dine for Felines

During this charitable dinner, you can make an impact on the lives of hundreds of furry friends. Enjoy a buffet supper, then place your bets in the silent auction for items such as jewelry, wine baskets, and pet portrait sessions. Proceeds benefit Forgotten Felines, a local organization with a cat adoption program as well as…

American Meat

Directed by Graham Meriwether, this documentary outlines how the current industrial farm system came to be and examines feedlots and confinement houses through a pro-farmer lens. A portion of the film focuses on Virginia-based Polyface Farms, whose charimatic owner, Joel Salatin, developed an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution. Chipotle will…

The Denver Nickel & Dime Animation Extravaganza

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At this festival dedicated to cartoon cinema, attendees can view 30 animated short flicks shot around the world—from Germany to Israel to our own Centennial State. The evening will feature appearances from noted animators such as Bill Plympton of Guard Dog fame and Debra Solomon from Lizzie McGuire. Proceeds benefit the domestic violence victims charity…

Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home

This environmental documentary from director Catherine Zimmerman explains the critical role native plants play in the survival and vitality of local eco-systems, focusing portions in various locations across Colorado. After the showing, stick around for a panel discussion and Q&A with author and biologist Susan J. Tweit,, executive director of Rockies Audubon, Alison Halloran, and…
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Crested Butte Film Festival

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Watch out, Telluride—movie buffs might just have a new favorite mountain town. With a film roster boasting 21 features (including Cannes favorite Personal Shopper and Anthony Bourdain's food-waste doc Wasted!) and an events schedule featuring an opening night bike parade and three filmmaker panels, this festival may be the most fun you can have in…

Fierce in the City

Get some fashion inspiration at this runway show featuring local designer Salwa Owens. Set to live music from artists such as former American Idol contestant Devan Blake Jones and violinist Mia Herlinger, models will show off Owens' jewelry and luxury silk scarves as well as accessories by designers Andrea Li and Estaine. After admiring pieces…

Tasty Colfax

During this food-focused block party, you can chow down on grub from Colfax restaurants, including flaky sandwiches from the Denver Biscuit Company; sweet and savory pies from the Humble Pie Store; and modern Mexican fare from Mezcal. After you've eaten your fill, dance along to live performances by local Americana band Strange Americans as well…

Brown Palace Afternoon Tea with the Grand Champion Steer

For the last 71 years, this Denver landmark has admitted a special guest into its luxury formal room to celebrate the National Western Stock Show: the competition’s Grand Champion Reserve Steer. So seize the opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea and pose for a photo with the star of the Stock Show in a,…

BIFF Shorts

Relive five of the 2016 Boulder International Film Festival's most creative and thought-provoking short films. Viewers will revisit fan favorites such as Ave Maria, the 15-minute tale of Jewish settlers who encounter five Palestinian nuns in a West Bank convent; and How I Didn't Become A Piano Player, the 17-minute story of an aggrieved piano…

The Big Wonderful

Celebrate Derby weekend the Denver way—with plenty of craft beer, food truck bites, and live music. At the newly repurposed former Denver Post location in Globeville, sip suds from Colorado breweries (think: Alpine Dog Brewery and Aspen Brewing Company) and chow down at one of 20-plus food trucks on site, including Arepas House and Still Smokin Fusion…

Western Winter Speaker Series—doctor Bruce Bartleson

Have you ever wondered what Colorado’s Western Slope looked like over a billion years ago? Doctor of geology and outdoorsman Bruce Bartleson has the answers, and will unpack the region’s vast history at this educational gathering. A professor of geology at Western State Colorado University for 33 years, Bartleson uses his vast knowledge and dynamic…

Breckenridge Brewery Hootenanny

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Check out Breckenridge Brewery’s 12-acre Littleton campus while sipping a microbrew at this all-day concert and craft beer festival. Nederland folk quintet Gipsy Moon and bluegrass group the Sam Bush Band will play Americana songs on the main stage as you sample refreshing suds (we recommend the summery Agave Wheat or the hoppy Avalanche Ale).

Writers Respond to Readers 2017

Spend your day engaging in titillating discussion with a diverse group of your favorite writers (and readers) during this major book event. Esteemed authors Richard Russo, Eleanor Brown, Kevin Wilson, and Brunonia Barry will be on hand to connect with readers as they discuss their books, the process of writing, and the state of the…

Cañon City Balloon Classic

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You don’t have to go all the way to the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival in New Mexico to see hot air balloons take off. After watching nearly 20 balloons from across North America launch early each morning, enjoy gourmet food and wine from the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and hear live music from Colorado Springs–based Americana group…

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.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Familiar red boulders blend into the desert landscape of a faraway planet at this intergalactic installment of Film on the Rocks. Watch as heroine Rey and former Stormtrooper Finn join forces with the Resistance to topple the totalitarian First Order. Before the screening, Denver electro-pop band Rose Quartz will delight you with a stellar live…
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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…

Bryan Cranston

If you're still mourning the end of Breaking Bad, you're in luck—the actor that brought you Walter White is making a stop in the Mile High City. The Tony and Emmy Award winner will discuss his new memoir, My Life in Parts, which reflects on his career and his own coming-of-age. Following the talk, you'll…

Fancy Pants Micro Market

Ditch the roses and candy this Valentine’s Day and pick up a handcrafted gift for your sweetheart at this colorful micro market instead. Local artisans, including Crow Jane Jewelry, Lux and Luca, and The Gold Bug will be selling their distinctive one-of-a-kind wares, and Divino Wine & Spirits, Ratio Beerworks and Bear Creek Distillery will…

MADS Home Tour

Who needs HGTV when you’ve got a self-guided tour of the most stunning homes in the Mile High City? Use the Modern Architecture & Design Society app to easily find houses that showcase current design trends, like sustainability-focused architecture. As you visit sites from Wilder Lane to University Park, chat with homeowners and specialists at…

Forever Faithful Screening

Dog lovers, take note: This heartwarming documentary, which follows two Centennial State Rottweilers, is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the bond you have with your four-legged friends. The film focuses on the hounds' medical journeys—Brutus is the second dog to ever receive four prosthetic legs, and Squirt gets an immunotherapy treatment to treat his bone cancer.

Cassini: The Grand Finale

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Spend your evening immersed in other-worldy education as space experts discuss NASA’s Cassini Mission. After nearly 20 years in space, including 13 years orbiting Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft ended its mission on September 15th. This month, Denver Museum scientist Steve Lee and other local experts will talk about the enormous (or, astronomical) contributions Cassini made…
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Toad&Co Grand Opening & Scavenger Hunt

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To celebrate its grand opening in Golden, this new outdoor clothing retailer will host a city-wide scavenger hunt. Throughout the day, participants should snap photos of themselves completing tasks, such as hiking on the Clear Creek Trail or downing a beer at Cannonball Creek Brewing Company, for a chance to win raffle tickets. After finishing the hunt, head to Toad&Co's party to snack…

St. Jude Glamour & Giving

Pamper your mom with an evening of beauty at this ladies-only charity gala. Sip on a signature cocktail from the Ritz-Carlton's bar as you watch a spring runway show featuring styles from local boutiques, including Cry Baby Ranch and the Goorin Bros., then treat yourselves to facials provided by Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare. Proceeds…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Marade

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Colorado Holiday Commissions “Marade” (a combination of a march and a parade), will celebrate the life and work of one of the world’s most outstanding civil activists. Beginning in City Park, the “marade” will proceed to the State Capitol grounds before finishing in Civic Center Park. Commemorate the national…
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Bentley Denver Charity Polo Series

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If you want to show off your Derby hat one more time this year, this sunny outdoor polo tournament is the perfect opportunity. During a six-game competition, watch professionals battle in six European-style, 10-goal matches, during which teams of athletes on horseback attempt to use mallets to hit balls through goals. When you're not watching the action on the…

Uncorked Afterglo

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At this art-focused party, watch painting demonstrations by local creatives Armando Silva and Eric Corrigan as Weird Touch and DJ Musa spin a catchy set list. Before you leave, purchase a limited-edition sculpture by Denver artist Matt Scobey. Proceeds benefit CultureHaus, a Denver Art Museum support group that organizes fresh exhibitions and behind-the-scenes programs.

Great Granddaughters: An Edge of Seven Event

At this globally focused charitable dinner, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin will speak about the importance of girls' education in the developing world and her personal experiences as an activist in Afghanistan. Then attendees can savor an authentic Nepali buffet before bidding on items such as a vacation in the Cascade Mountains…

Mask Project Luncheon

At this charity meal, you can meet your favorite and make a difference at the same time. Savor a light lunch of salad with grilled chicken, pretzel rolls, and Parisian macarons as New York Times best-selling author Mitch Albom delivers a keynote speech on his book Tuesdays With Morrie, a story that explores the challenging,…

Whittier-Mapleton Hill Garden Tour

Discover Boulder’s hidden greenery on this all-day tour of eight residential gardens, four of which have not previously been on display. Grab a map and then see a 140-year old tree, sloping terraced gardens, and Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired waterfalls on this self-guided trip through the historic Mapleton Hill neighborhood. Proceeds benefit downtown Boulder’s Whittier International…

How to Meditate

Whether you're new to the practice or an avid meditator, you can benefit from expert advice on how to better overcome distractions at this informative talk. Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado teacher Lucy James will lead a 30-minute guided meditation followed by an inspirational 45-minute workshop, during which she'll offer tips and advice for finding inner…

Jackalope: An Indie Artisan Market

Discover must-haves you didn’t know you needed at this weekend-long artisanal market. Over 150 indie vendors, including Boulder fashion store Rainbow Feather, Bjorn’s Colorado Honey, and Two Ravens Soap Company, will be in attendance to help you find the perfect ways to treat your friends and family (and yourself!) this holiday season. In addition to…

Anthony Bourdain: The Hunger Tour

Anthony Bourdain, bestselling author, star of the Emmy Award-winning CNN series “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” and bad boy reality TV star, is taking his unmistakably brash personality on the road for a series of talks across the U.S. During the 90-minute set, which will end with an open Q&A session with the audience, the renowned…

L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour

For the 40th anniversary of this festive walking tour, five historic Country Club houses will be open to the public. As you make your way to each stop, admire how local florists and designers chose to deck out each home with elaborate table settings and holiday decor. Proceeds benefit Central City Opera, the nation's fifth…

Winter Solstice Ride

Bike through the snowy streets of Denver in commemoration of the shortest (and darkest) day of the year. Riders will depart from 303 Software in Capitol Hill and cycle nearly three miles to Ratio Beerworks in the Curtis Park neighborhood, where a well-deserved post-race beverage will be waiting. Dress up in your favorite yuletide garb…

Doors Open Denver

Colorado natives and newcomers alike will discover something new during this city-wide tour of Denver's eclectic historic architecture. Explore 68 free open sites on a self-guided trek or take a guided tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at landmarks such as the art collection at the Crawford Hotel or Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Other events throughout the weekend will…

Belong Tour

When you fill an arena with women of all backgrounds striving to make a difference, the right guidance and motivation can spark awe-inspiring change. An impressive group of artists, authors, and leaders—including political activist Angela Davis, author Jen Hatmaker, and singer Sharon Irving—will lead this all-female event featuring educational presentations and community-building discussions. Join this…

Paper Fashion Show

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At this unique fashion show, models will show off elaborate gowns and unconventional costumes crafted entirely from paper. Local design squads will face off in categories such as Star Student (for student teams) and DAVA Favorite for a chance to win paper trophies. Proceeds benefit Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, a community-based arts education program for at-risk youth.

Off the Menu: Asian America

Explore the relationship between food and cultural identity in this critically praised PBS documentary from director Grace Lee. The films explores the diversification of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the United States through the lens of their evolving cuisines. By tasting dishes and interviewing individuals from as far away as Hawaii and Wisconsin,…

The Sun, the Moon, and Us: A Guide to the Great American Eclipse of 2017

The next total solar eclipse is a year away, but since a similar event hasn't happened since 1979, you should start planning your watch party now. Scott McIntosh, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, will help you prespare at this fascinating presentation, during which he'll discuss this rare interaction between celestial bodies…

Celebrate Wild Boulder

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Observe Earth Month by celebrating the wildlife that lives along the Front Range. Join the Wild Foundation, a Boulder nonprofit that works to protect wilderness areas, to learn how to document the creatures that live along the Front Range. After you snack on appetizers and watch several short nature documentaries, discover how to use the website…

Black Sheep Friday: Lucky 13

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Get ready for Halloween by creating your own lucky charms at this creepy-crafty event. Participants can make rabbits feet, evil eyes, horseshoes, and clovers to ward off evil spirits and attempt to make their Fridays just a little bit luckier. Before the crafting begins, enjoy samples from Suerte Tequila to keep the creative juices flowing…

Whiskey and a Western: Maverick

The toughest decision at this screening of Maverick, a western flick featuring Mel Gibson as a quick-witted card player with his eyes set on a high-stakes poker tournament, is whether you want your whiskey neat or on the rocks. You’ll be well served with popcorn and two drinks courtesy of Western Spirits Beverage Company, and…

Larimer Square Dia de los Muertos Celebration

All souls 21 and over are invited to honor the popular Mexican and Latin American holiday Dia de los Muertos with an evening of music, dancing, food, and remembrance. Top your food truck dinner from La Loteria and Cebiche Highlands off with some tequila, spiced rum, wine, and beer (not all at once!), before watching…
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Living History Experience

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This year, the Tesoro Cultural Center's annual Indian Market and Spanish Colonial Art Market will be replaced with twenty themed weekends that will highlight the art, music, and traditions of different groups that have made their homes in the Southwest over the centuries. Coloradans can more about regional history and view work by local creatives, such as Cherokee…
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The Rolling Revue

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This film festival proves that slide reels and analog film projections didn't stop being cool in the ’70s. Boston-born production company Auspicious Phoenix brings five inventive short works—expect old school 16mm projections and slide photo carousels—to the Mile High City for this touring indie film fest. Catch movies such as Japan travelogue The Literal Lens…
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Living History Encampment

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Picture this: In the 1840s, a trading post on the Santa Fe Trail bustles with fur trappers and blacksmiths, brickmakers and Plains Indians, and...you. During this immersive history lesson, you'll meet 50 re-enactors showcasing the day-to-day activities that took place at Old Bent's Fort more than 150 years ago. While there, visitors can learn more about everyday tasks, such as skinning an animal hide…

Estes Park Duck Race Festival

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This family-friendly day of activities begins with a 5K along the picturesque Fall River Trail and ends with a rubber duck race. Cheer on your bird as it floats toward the finish line. The owners of the three speediest ducks will win a Caribbean cruise or a trip to Napa. A portion of the proceeds…

Celebrate & Collaborate

At this casual networking party, build business connections while enjoying your night out. Local band Mannequin will delight you with a live jazz performance as you enjoy a Denver Field House burger and mingle with local vendors, including event planner 5 Bees Events and photography studio Unfound Door. Thu 6-8 p.m.

The Sound of Music

Visit the local movie theater for a Mother’s Day brunchtacular featuring a movie, brunch offerings, specialty cocktails, and deals from Aspen Grove stores. Enjoy the classic film while indulging in a spread of mixed fruit, bacon, sausage, and roasted potatoes, plus a mimosa. Afterward, explore the Aspen Grove shopping center. Sun 11 a.m.
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Sand Creek Massacre NHS: A Ten Year Retrospective

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On November 29, 1864, one of the bloodiest incidents in the history of the Great Plains unfolded near Chivington, Colorado, during which cavalry volunteers killed more than 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho people. The epicenter of the massacre was designated a National Historic Site 10 years ago this week, and its administrators are marking the anniversary with a three-day…

5280’s School Fair

With representatives from more than 20 private, public, and charter schools in the area, this event offers the perfect opportunity to find the right match for your child. After meeting one-on-one with admissions directors from schools including Colorado Academy, St. Anne's Episcopal School, and Montessori Academy of Colorado, you're sure to discover the learning environment…

Wheat Ridge Garden Tour

Find inspiration for your outdoor space during this family-friendly bike tour. Visit 10 colorful yards designed in a variety of landscape styles, including a cottage garden (a small space brimming with colorful, dense plant coverage) and a Southwestern garden (a yard filled with plenty of desert native plants), then relax with a glass of lemonade…

Malas & Mimosa

This Mother’s Day, create special totems—between sips—that you and your mom can wear as a daily reminder of your bond. Learn how to make a mala, a 108-bead necklace that is traditionally used by Hindus and Buddhists during prayer and meditation. As you craft, enjoy bottomless mimosas and brunch foods. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. —Photo…

NaNoWriMo Open Mic NIght

Aspiring authors can round-up favorite passages of their own writing from November’s National Novel Writing Month and share them at BookBar’s Open Mic night. Didn’t have time to pick up the pen? Then hop on-stage and read a passage from a work of literature that motivates you to write. Be sure to gain some liquid…

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

Celebrate the life of this generation's singer-songwriter laureate with an inspiring documentary. Cohen himself narrates the story of his career and divulges the secrets of his songwriting prowess and process, as well as the tribulations and criticisms he received as he rose to fame. Dropped throughout the narrative are 17 songs by artists Cohen inspired…

Potbelly Perspectives

Hike the Continental Divide Trail—without having to trudge 3,100 miles. All you’ll need to do is listen as partners Denali Barron and Adam McCurdy recount their epic trek from Mexico to Canada in the final installment of this speaker series that features Coloradans expounding on their international adventures. Wed 7 p.m. Visit aspenchamber.org.

Earth Day Celebration

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Honor the sustainable spirit of the greenest holiday of the year at this community bash. Ride your bike to the festivities and drop it off with the free bike valet before picking up some cycling tips from the  Lakewood Bicycle Advisory Team. Enjoy live music from local artists, a beer garden (all proceeds will go…

Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival

The entire family can find something to enjoy at this five-day sports event celebrating the winter season. Skiers and snowboarders of all ages can strategically navigate the grooves, bumps and troughs of a family-oriented dual mogul course, while advanced athletes can register for the mountain bike ride down Howelsen Hill or the 100-meter nordic sprint.…

Swing Dance Night

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Even if you’re a swing dance rookie, you can still enjoy this show featuring Big Band–era tunes. Grab a partner and start the evening with a lesson taught by instructors from the Denver Swing Project. Then show off your moves to the Flatirons Jazz Orchestra’s performance of songs made popular by jazz legends Duke Ellington,…

Acrophobia 2.0

Come together with fellow yogis for a weekend of acro yoga, which combines Thai massage yoga, acrobatics, and flow movements. The Boulder Circus Center will host more than 30 hours of classes and trainings, led by top names in the acro community, including Chad Brooks and Jessica Lindsey from Edge Movement Arts in Oregon. Staying…

1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market

Explore the history of the Red Rocks Territory and the longstanding Hispanic communities who lived there at this art market and cultural celebration. The family-friendly event will feature blacksmithing and rope making demonstrations, a display of santos (folk artwork inspired by saints), and a fashion show focused on buckskin attire. Attendees also have the chance…

Educate a Girl

The Solukhumbu District in Nepal is home to the Rai people in the hills, the Sherpas in the mountains, and Mount Everest itself—and now, it's also a place where girls are receiving educations. This eye-opening documentary takes viewers to the isolated region in order to uncover the school building projects and teaching initiatives that are…

Colorado Renaissance Festival

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Travel back in time to the era of knights and castles at this weekend festival. During the two-month-long fair, you can view jousting matches, acrobatics shows, and bagpipe performances. When hunger strikes, sip a refreshing beverage from Hard Core Cider and chow down on medieval-themed favorites such as a roast turkey leg from Joust Kitchens, a steak on a…
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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…

Under The Bug Top

A night at the circus promises plenty of surprises. Watch live shows by entertainers such as Ginger Snap, a girl who shocks herself with over 500,000 volts of electricity, or check out the creepy Cabinet of Curiosities, which contains shrunken heads from Bora Bora and the reptilian Alligator Man. Afterward, enjoy classic snacks such as…

Fireworks Car Show

Skip the family barbecues this Independence Day and instead indulge in old-fashioned American nostalgia at this classic car show. Check out 100 vintage and custom rides (both cars and motorcycles) before settling in on the grass for a flashy fireworks display. Mon 5-10 p.m. Visit fireworkscarshow.com.
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neverhome

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Walking tours: they aren't just for tourists anymore. On these mobile performance art journeys, travel just under a mile with Control Group Productions actors through the streets, parks, and rivers of downtown Denver as they use movement, poetry, sound, and the surroundings themselves to tell a story of the trials of tribulations of human migration.…

TechrIoT June Meet-up

Take the opportunity to glimpse the BB-8 Droid featured in the latest Star Wars saga at this meet-up for technology lovers. Ian Berstein, co-founder of Boulder-based robot manufacturer Sphero (which created the lovable droid) will speak about his entrepreneurial success. He'll be followed by Jake Boshernitzan, co-founder of Knocki, a smart device that lets you…

Lavender Festival

A calming, fresh scent and picturesque purple blooms await you at this celebration of summer's most versatile plant. While you're there, browse sachets and lavender-flavored beverages from local vendors; enjoy a hay ride around the farm with the kiddos; and take a class on creating medicinal oils ($30) with local herbalist Zoë Williams, the founder…

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…

RSC Shorts Fest

A film festival doesn't have to be an all-day affair; in fact, you can see seven films in less than the runtime of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at this rapidfire fest. These critically acclaimed shorts are in tall order: Opening night features flicks such as Bendito Machine V, a crowd-funded movie about man versus…

Longmont Home Show

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Transform your household into a dream dwelling with help from the home experts. Nationwide Expos will turn the Boulder County Fairgrounds into a bustling hub for Coloradans to learn about the latest in interior design, remodeling, and home automation. Local and national home improvement vendors including Fitness Gallery will showcase the newest home gadgets, cooking…

Shop Buru Pop-Up

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Even though Mother’s Day was last month, moms and mamas-to-be can still treat themselves at this pop-up shop party. Browse a collection of stylish maternity clothes from Kentucky-based Shop Buru, then get a trendy manicure from the professionals at Base Coat Nail Salon or a henna tattoo from Henna Luna. Tarot readings by Rory Lula of the…

DIA Ice Skating Rink

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At Denver International Airport you don’t need to board an airplane to feel like you’re flying. Instead, rent a free pair of ice skates and jet around the newly enlarged 38 feet by 60 feet ice rink on your own two feet while planes roar overhead. Daily music and entertainment at the plaza will provide…

Jayden DeLuca Foundation Masquerade Ball

Don your snazziest cocktail attire and a glitzy mask for this Mardi Gras–themed charity gala. After snapping pictures in a photo booth and snacking on hors d'oeuvre, bid on a variety of luxury items, including tickets to a Beyoncé concert and a set of K2 skis, at the silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit the…

Craft Dinner: First Blood

Fans of this 1970s cult classic are in for a treat. Enjoy a meal of pork belly and mashed potatoes from the Alamo Drafthouse while viewing First Blood, the initial installment of the acclaimed Rambo series starring Sylvester Stallone. The beloved action thriller tells the story of John Rambo, a Vietnam War veteran who stumbles…

Peer Revue: Stand Up for Science

Science has never been funnier than at this unique comedy show where the brainiacs take the mic. Local scientists in every field from microbiology to ornithology will try their hands at stand-up comedy for the first time—and they've got a lot to say about their work. Then enjoy improv and sketch comedy from local comedy…

Mini Comic Con

Gear up for next summer’s Denver Comic Con with this all-day event featuring over 20 comic book artists. No element of the con experience goes overlooked as cosplayers, comic book fans, gamers, and comic artist aficionados all converge to celebrate the local and national fandom and comic communities. Attend panels, pick up new comics, get…

Cruiser Rocks

This bike-centric, boozy block party encompasses all things Denver. Cycle through a scenic course in Washington Park, then join your fellow bikers on a bar crawl to the Pub on Pearl and the Candlelight Tavern. Don't forget to stamp your raffle card at each bar for the chance to win one of three cruiser bikes…

Comedy Bookcamp for Writers

Fine-tune your comedy skills at the hands of Hollywood author, writer, trainer, and mentor Steve Kaplan at this intensive two-day workshop. Hone your writing skills on day one as one of Hollywood’s premier comedic writers guides your way to hilarious prose, and screenwriters, performers and filmmakers will pick up tips and tricks to get their…

The Art of Communication

Is the message you’re communicating to your coworkers with your body language the same message your brain wanted you to express? Hilary Blair’s interactive presentation will provide “chiropractic communication” tips by aligning your thoughts and your actions to become clearer and more authentic. This CEO and Lead Coach has worked extensively with employees of American…

The Denver Deluxe

Whether you're looking to enjoy the sun or chow down on a Deluxe patty from Park Burger, this block party is the place to do it. With an Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. in hand, you can sway along to live performances from reggae groups the Original Wailers and the Hip Abduction. Proceeds…

ACT Human Rights Film Festival

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Engage in conversation with nonprofits at this festival celebrating the value of human life. Films include Raving Iran, which documents Tehran’s underground techno scene, and Driving with Selvi, a moving tale of a woman who becomes India's first female taxi driver.

In Store Pop-Up With Craftbelly

Shop for a cause at this pop-up selling brands such as Kendra Scott and Scout and Molly. Artisans from local Craftbelly Paper and Pattern will be in-house, custom-creating dainty home decor, stationery, and journals just for you. A percentage of proceeds benefit Safehouse, Denver’s only emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors. Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Meydan: The White Helmets Film Screening + Discussion

Engage with the Middle East's rich culture and everyday life through The White Helmets, the latest film screening for the University of Denver Center of Middle East Studies' film series. Keeping in tune with the series' theme of Meydan, which means square, field, plaza, or public gathering place, The White Helmets is a 41-minute documentary…

Loveland Garden Tour

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Find inspiration for sprucing up your own backyard during this self-guided tour of downtown Loveland’s quaint cottage gardens. Attendees will meet gardeners with sustainable projects, including xeriscaped yards and organic vegetable patches, before they finish the day by bidding on lawn decor at a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Loveland Youth Gardeners, a nonprofit that works to foster environmental…

The People Versus Voting

If the upcoming election has you asking yourself whether voting is really necessary, this casual debate is the place to get some answers. By the time local experts, including Denise Maes, the public policy director at the ACLU Colorado, and Candi CdeBaca, the founder of local nonprofit Project Voyce, are done arguing for or against…

Independence Celebration

Explore the era of our Founding Fathers with horse-drawn wagon rides, a trip to the blacksmith’s shop, and old-fashioned games including sack races and tug of war. After making your way around the historic park, refuel with snacks from Kettle Head Popcorn and Em’s Ice Cream as well as craft beers from Copper Kettle Brewing…
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Pret a Porter

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Fashion designers aren't the only creatives who can send models sashaying down a runway. During this competition put on by the International Interior Design Association's Rocky Mountain Chapter, 39 teams of architects and interior designers are paired with producers of industrial goods like tiles or carpet to create high-fashion looks. The completed designs will be judged by Denver's own Project…

Seed Swap

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Embrace the early spring weather and get your hands dirty at this community event celebrating green thumbs. Attend workshops on growing mushrooms, composting, and beekeeping while learning about various types of seeds. With local food trucks, interactive stations for kids, and live music, this all-day event will be fun for the whole family.

Torah Scroll Dedication and 9/11 Memorial

This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11, but for the Jewish community in South Metro Denver, it also calls for a long-awaited celebration. At this ceremony, an expert ritual scribe will present the authentic Torah scroll he completed after a year and a half of meticulous work, while a cantor leads a traditional memorial…
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Nederland Film Festival

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It is about to be award season, which means it is time to catch acclaimed movies and shorts at Nederland's first film festival. The lineup includes a dozen flicks made in Colorado or by local filmmakers, including The Trail to Kezbegi, a documentary about Boulder cyclists making their way through the Caucasus mountains in Russia,…

Film on the Rocks: Labyrinth

Spend an evening remembering the legendary David Bowie at this fantastic installment of Film on the Rocks. In the classic 1986 film, teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) teams up with an odd band of creatures to thwart the Goblin King (Bowie) and rescue her baby brother. Between Bowie's musical numbers, Jim Henson's elaborate puppets, and the…
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Book Reading & Discussion with Tershia d’Elgin

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For most, the rapid growth of the Mile High City just means more traffic during your evening commute. For author Tershia d'Elgin, who grew up on a farm in the Centennial State, the booming development inspired The Man Who Thought He Owned Water, an exploration of the strain Colorado's growing cities are putting on its…

The Cameraman

Travel back to the age of Hollywood before talking pictures were commonplace with this classic 1928 silent film starring Buster Keaton. As you root for the protagonist in his attempts to become an MGM cameraman and win the heart of a secretary, delight in live musical accompaniment by Denver-based pianist Hank Troy. Plus, catch Keaton…

He Named Me Malala

Follow the journey of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai and her commitment to fighting for women’s education worldwide in this portrait documentary. Guests can enjoy a patio wine reception prior to the screening, as well as an interview with financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein. The film will be shown in coordination with the opening…

The Woods Fine Jewelry Annual Trunk Show

It's that time of year for the trunk show from designers (and sisters) Shawn Hecox and Samantha Hitchcock of The Woods Fine Jewelry. Get a glimpse of new pieces from the line, including a grey pearl bracelet and a diamond clover charm, as well as new natural elements (like enamel) the duo have added to…

Dream Kitchens Tour

Whether you're in the process of remodeling or just want to admire beautiful design, this tour of Boulder's trendiest kitchens is a productive way to spend an afternoon. As you take in gorgeous countertops at more than 10 locations, snack on appetizers from the Savory Spice Shop and green chile from Casa Alvarez Foods, plus…

An Evening with Sandra Dallas: The Last Midwife

At this free event, acclaimed and prolific historical fiction author Sandra Dallas will discuss both her inspiration for and the plot of her riveting murder novel, The Last Midwife. Set in the Centennial State in the late 1880s. A 5280 review described the book, set in the Centennial State in the late 1880s, as "part…

Colorado Dragon Film Festival

The famous Colorado Dragon Boat Festival has expanded to the silver screen. This celebration of Asian-American and Pacific-Islander heritage features everything from comedies (Awesome Asian Bad Guys) and documentaries (Changing Season: On The Masumoto Family Farm) to anime flicks (Wolf Children). Spring for the opening night VIP reception to meet the director of Uzumasa Limelight,…

Anchorman Quote-Along

Spend an evening with Ron Burgundy and the inappropriate Channel 4 news team at this quote-a-long screening. With a yazz flute prop in hand and a faux mustache on your face, you'll be ready to yell out your favorite ridiculous lines and play along with Ron as he attempts to seduce news team newcomer Veronica…

Off the Clock: Kilts & Clovers

This celebration of the British Isles will feature tropical plants, live music, and hearty food including a traditional Irish stew, pork paninis, triple chocolate Guinness cookies, and drinks from Offshoots Café. Guests can dance a jig to tunes from authentic Celtic bands, search for prizes such as chocolate gold coins, candy, tea, and Denver Botanic…

Denver Boat Show

Though the wait might feel like an eternity for those who have already tired of bundled coats and icy roads, boating season is really just around the corner. Yes, you read that right—Colorado may be landlocked but our state’s alpine lakes and plentiful reservoirs offer waters to satisfy even the snootiest skipper. So start your…

Global Fest

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Cultures collide over music and brews from around the world in this end-of-summer bash. Grammy Award-winning reggae artist Morgan Heritage will headline on the main stage before music performances in African, Gaelic, and Latin stylings continue into the night. After the international fashion show, chow down at vendors like Arepas House, Lady Di's Authentic Nigerian…

Glow at the Gardens

During this spellbinding garden tour, check out a variety of creative pumpkin displays, which depict scenes such as Cinderella’s carriage and dancing skeletons. Don your best disguise for the costume contest and get to know the masterminds behind the displays at a meet-and-greet with the pumpkin artists. To stay warm while you walk, be sure…
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Surviving Skokie Screening

When she co-founded the Brave Coalition in March, Denverite Katica Roy’s goal was to combat negative stereotypes through books clubs, film screenings, and call-to-action sessions. Join the crusaders for a documentary about Holocaust survivor Jack Adler and the events that led to anti-Semitism in his small Illinois town during the 1970s.

Bowie and Prince Tribute Night

Come dressed in your favorite Bowie or Prince attire and remember two legendary artists at this lively party. A Bowie impersonator will spin an hour of the pop kings' greatest hits, as attendees rock out on the dance floor and sample drinks such as the Purple Rain. Then sit back for a screening of fantasy…

CineLatino MiniFest

Celebrate Latino filmmakers' contributions to the cinematic world at this engaging four-day festival. The event includes 15 features and documentaries, including spiritual drama The Vessel, the story of a man who rebuilds a new structure from the remains of a fire-destroyed elementary school, and documentary short Clever. In addition attendees can see free screenings of…

Words Beyond Bars Presents: First Degree

Jermaine Archer's mother dreamed her son would go to college—until he was sentenced to 22 years to life at New York's Sing Sing Correctional Facility for second-degree murder. This compelling documentary follows Archer and his fellow inmates in their quests to earn college educations while behind bars. Ticket prices includes a cocktail and appetizer reception…

The Bitch Slap of Truth

Everyone needs a wake-up call sometimes—or rather, a (verbal) smack in the face, as this intensely motivational event intends to provide. In what's been billed as a TED Talk meets Saturday Night Live skit, five local female entrepreneurs will regale the audience with stories of their career struggles while encouraging would-be lady business owners to…

Here, There & Everywhere

Ski-film pioneer Warren Miller has once again produced his particular brand of powder-worship adventure-action. This film will have you traversing the globe (and maybe making a ski season travel wishlist) with extreme skiers Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher and touring Greenland on a dog sled with Rob Kingwell and Seth Wescott. And there's a bonus:…

Ancient Tomorrow

In this adventure documentary, a team of investigators trek across locations such as the Andes Mountains and the Rockies in search of an ancient energy source that they believe may be the key to the future. Doors open an hour before the premiere of Ancient Tomorrow for free beer from Oskar Blues Brewing. The showing…

TEDxRiNo: Origins

RiNo is a hub for the cutting-edge and creative, and this second annual TEDxRiNo event delves into the roots of the community’s drive and innovation. Six neighborhood leaders will speak on the theme of "Origins," so get ready to hear nonprofit Centro Inc. founder Jamie Lick discuss how to keep evolving neighborhoods’ histories intact during…

Chasing Ice

In 2005, National Geographic sent photographer James Balog to the Arctic with one instruction—capture climate change. The one-time assignment quickly turned to obsession: His team spent years in the hellacious cold to film the Extreme Ice Survey, a dramatic, multi-year time-lapse of Arctic ice falling into the Atlantic Ocean. This Emmy Award–winning film (the Huffington…

Highlands Street Fair

Kick off the summer season at a block party in one of Denver’s hippest neighborhoods. Browse booths manned by local vendors (including Dragonfly Apparel and Crow Jane Jewelry), watch a bike parade, and grab a cocktail made by Backyard Soda Co. Plus, the three music stages allow you to headbang to shows by local bands,…

Moveable Feast

In order to make some of the best dishes in Colorado, Fruition and Mercantile Dining & Provision owner Alex Seidel uses the highest quality ingredients he can find in the state. Learn about his process and technique in a small group culinary demonstration that features Friday night reception with the chef and a Saturday field…

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…

Rocky Mountain Bead Bazaar

At this colorful faire, you can pursue a new hobby and finish your Mother's Day shopping. After taking a beading 101 class with members of the Rocky Mountain Bead Society, browse creations from more than 80 jewelers, including Star Spirit Studio and Piedra Designs, to find the perfect gift for Mom. Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;…

Wet Mountain Western Pilgrimage

Don your cowboy hat for this Southwestern extravaganza, during which you’ll celebrate Colorado's ranching heritage. After learning how to train horses at Music Meadows Ranch and taking tours of old railroad cars at railway museum All Aboard Westcliffe, you’ll be an expert on the West. Finish the weekend with a screening of Western flick Cat…

Derby Season: Off to the Races

When it comes to the Kentucky Derby, your race day attire is as important as the race itself. At this stylish party, local hat-makers the Goorin Bros. will help you get ready for the big event. With a complimentary mint julep in hand, browse through fedoras and boaters in the shop's new Derby-inspired collection to…

Ruin and Rose

In this unconventional ski movie, director Ben Sturgulewski juxtaposes scenes of a dystopian future with real footage of the world's top skiers. As you alternate between the story of a group of wandering children attempting to escape their sandy apocalyptic home and live shots of athletes flying down the slopes at Whistler-Blackcomb and completing jumps…

The French Nest Open-Air Market

Head north of Denver for a day of sunshine and local shopping at this outdoor flea market. While the kids get their faces painted, you can check out dozens of Colorado-based vendors selling vintage and handmade goods, including accessories by Ivy Jewelry Designs, fair trade furniture from Elemental Trading Co., and spicy chai from the…

Going There: The Future of Water

During this innovative lecture, Michel Martin (the weekend host of NPR's All Things Considered), and seven other dynamic speakers will focus on the ethical, political, and social issues surrounding water. By discussing topics such as sustainability, agriculture, and the symbolic significance of water, the eclectic panel—including a rancher, the author of science fiction novel The…

SheJumps (FUN)draiser

Great Divide Brewing Co. and local nonprofit SheJumps are brewing up an evening of philanthropy and fun. Sip a SheJumps Mango IPA—a special beer Great Divide created specifically for this event—while listening to Steph Davis (a professional climber, BASE jumper, wingsuit flyer, and author of the captivating memoir Learning to Fly) speak about her experiences…

Labor Day Lift Off

At this colorful festival, glimpse more than 50 unique hot air balloons on their ascent into the morning sky—or sign up to take a ride in one yourself. After your flight, catch a thrilling aerial performance by the Wings of Blue Demonstration Team, the U.S. Air Force's skydiving stunt troupe, or rent a paddleboard and…

Egypt’s Secret Side

This revealing documentary from talented filmmaker Karin Muller shines a light on Egypt’s forgotten or overlooked inhabitants. Watch as Muller documents the lives of Cairo garbage collectors, Nile River fishermen, and Bedouin nomads; gains unprecedented access to a wild and remote Muslim festival; and follows an entire village living among the tombs of Cairo’s largest…
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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…

Little Roman Farm: From Swords to Plowshares

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Learn how former service members Ben and Leticia Ward found purpose on a new kind of battlefield. The veteran couple repurposes materials from military bases to use as farm equipment (think: a missile guidance system turned into a safe, short-term home for baby chicks) at their small-scale urban farm in Fountain.

The Stompin’ Ground Games

Pack your favorite sandwiches and sodas for a picnic-style get-together hosted by Warm Cookies of the Revolution, an organization that promotes civic discussion and participation within the community. In honor of the afternoon's theme of change and movement, you're encouraged to bring a set of wheels—such as a stroller or bike—to add to the collection…
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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…

Museo de las Americas 25th Anniversary Celebration

Dress to the nines for an evening honoring this cultural institution. Jive to the beats of Latin funk and salsa group Barrio Funk Band, then savor a menu of Latin-inspired small bites, including empanadas and ceviche, alongside margaritas and mojitos. Before you leave, bid in the auction to score pieces from the museum's private collection,…

The Spring Flea

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We know you don't need a reminder that Mother’s Day is Sunday—but if you are still searching for the perfect gift for Mom, you're sure to find a treasure among the 200-plus local vendors at this two-day flea market. Shop for unique home decor from Denver-based Hygge Life or cozy handmade accessories (think: scarves and socks) made…

Culinary Cinema: Mussels In Love

During this unusual screening, glimpse the exciting start of mussel season in the Dutch province of Zeeland and marvel at how much its inhabitants love these mollusks. Start with a pre-film cocktail and snack from New World Cheese, then learn about Dutch biologists, chefs, and gynecologists, all of whom depend on this sea creature in…

Writing on the Rails

If you're tired of your daily highway commute, this lecture will help you escape to thoughts of a relaxing trip by train. As you sip on a cocktail made by museum staff, Boulder-based author Erika Krouse will discuss the unforgettable people she met and the inspiration she found during her travels as an Amtrak writer-in-residence.…

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,…

Women Run the World

A night of fitness, inspiration, and shopping are all on the schedule at this uplifting networking series. The evening kicks off with some after-hours shopping at Skirt Sports, a women’s sportswear store, followed by a short networking period among guests, hosts, and speakers. Sara Vaughn, a former track and field star at Colorado University Boulder,…

Colorado Book Awards Finalists Reading

Instead of spending Friday night curled up with your favorite sci-fi novel, meet the best sci-fi, mystery, and thriller writers of the Centennial State in person. Grab a glass of complimentary blood orange sangria or discounted Pinot Noir and listen to eight Colorado Book Awards finalists, including Laura Di Silverio (The Reckoning Stones) and Carter…

No Man’s Land Film Festival

It's said that the Front Range was settled by mountain men, but this festival sets out to prove that adage wrong. (The founders could have been mountain women.) Celebrate the spirit of alpine adventure through the female perspective with films such as Off Width Outlaw, a profile of rock climber Pamela Shanti Pack, and Resounding…
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Colorado Endangered Species Week

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Scientists around the world say that Earth is on the verge of a new mass extinction—and that we habitat-destroying humans are to blame. To ease a bit of that guilt (and help turn things around), join local conservationists for a week of activities dedicated to saving endangered Colorado critters such as the gray wolf and the Gunnison sage-grouse. Start with…

Matt Savage

At this upbeat performance, jazz musician and composer Matt Savage will delight you with his solo piano music. Though he was diagnosed with a high-functioning type of autism at a young age and couldn't tolerate a lot of sound, the 24-year-old taught himself how to play and has worked alongside jazz veterans such as trumpet…

The Blue Bench Thing: The One with Sean Kelly from The Samples

Thanks to this charity show, you can kick back at a concert and take a stand against violence. With a drink from the Tracks bar in hand, enjoy a live rock performance by local singer and guitarist Sean Kelly of the Samples, then bid on unique auction offerings such as baskets full of pet care…

Concours d’Elegance

Classic car lovers have been flocking to this philanthropic showcase for 13 years. Check out an array of stylish and exceptionally crafted rides, including a vintage 1936 Cadillac V-16 Aerodynamic Coupe and 2008 Koenigsegg CCXR, or glimpse a North American P-51 Mustang airplane, which earned the nickname Miss America after being piloted by Allied soldiers…

Annual Paws & Claus Photo Contest

Dress up your best furry friends in seasonal costumes for a photo with the jolly man himself before uploading the best shot to Instagram with the hashtag #falalarimer. The winner, announced on the Larimer Square Facebook page on December 18, will receive a $100 gift certificate to Dog Savvy Boutique. Mon 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit…
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David Owen: Where the Water Goes

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Many people outside Colorado don’t realize that the Centennial State’s water crisis is actually a national problem. At this informative lecture, New Yorker staff writer and author David Owen, who devoted several years to researching the topic for his latest book, will enlighten listeners on the issue. After he traces the Colorado River on its journey across the country, attendees can stick…

Hootenanny

Come rain or shine, you can celebrate this brewery’s 26th year in the craft beer scene. Sip a tasty brew or sample roasted pork while you enjoy music from Colorado rock group Big Head Todd and the Monsters on the main stage, or catch other local indie bands such as Grant Farm and We Dream…

Summer Porch Party

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Sip one of several craft cocktails while listening to an ensemble from the Colorado Symphony during this intimate performance. As the musicians will play a selection of Mozart quartets, string divertimentos, and a few popular songs arranged for string quartet, attendees can sample more than 20 spirits from Leopold Bros. distillery and light hors-d'oeuvres from Mezcla Maggie catering.

The Compassion Experience

Embark upon an empathetic journey to Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic during this immersive cross-cultural experience. Visitors take on the role of children in each developing country and experience both sadness and hope as they use audio headsets to guide them through their day-to-day activities on this tour. Proceeds benefit Compassion International's child sponsorship program,…

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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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,…

Longmont Chalk Art Street Fair

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Watch your step during this street festival; you may accidentally tread on one of the dozens of chalk art masterpieces decorating the streets of Longmont. This street fair will showcase the work of more than 40 artists, including local muralists Bryce Widom and Mario Olvera. When you’re not watching the temporary pieces come alive from…

Winter Solstice Artist Showcase

Counter the darkness of the longest night of the year by enjoying some colorful local art and music. This showcase features live performances by award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Ivey and Denver vocalist Kayla Marque, who plays soulful music for Colorado Public Radio. Wander the Savoy's chic creative space while taking in beautiful artwork, including the nature-inspired…

Taste of Israel Festival

Celebrate Passover with an authentic Israeli meal and unique activities at this cultural festival. After enjoying spicy falafel from Saj Mediterranean Grill, learn some traditional folk dance steps while the kids find artifacts in a mock archaeological dig. Before you leave, round out your meal with desserts from Congregation B'Nai Chaim's new cookbook, Recipes For…

Star Wars Trilogy Marathon

Brush up on classic Star Wars lines for this rare opportunity to watch the original Star Wars trilogy on the big screen in its entirety. This movie marathon is only the second time in decades that viewers will have the chance to watch the entire trilogy outside the comfort of their homes. Start the evening…

Mesa Verde National Park Curation Tour

Celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday by taking a behind-the-scenes look at the history of this Colorado tourist destination. In the archives, take a guided tour and examine a collection of artifacts, including 700-year-old Ancestral Puebloan relics excavated in the Wetherill Mesa in the 1960s and photographs taken by anthropologist Jesse Walter Fewkes around…

Elf Movie Party

Audience members at this interactive film screening are invited to cause a little mayhem of their own as they watch Buddy the Elf's Manhattan hijinks. Moviegoers receive props that relate to memorable scenes, such as white balloons to bat around when Buddy shows off his snowball fighting skills in Central Park. Use the scratch n’…
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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…

Kentucky Derby Party

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Put on your best seersucker attire for this elegant derby party. Get a complimentary mint julep and place your bets while listening to live tunes by Denver’s Mark Diamond Jazz Trio. Hungry guests can also visit one of chef Peter Morrison’s food stations, where they can build their own bruschetta, add their favorite toppings to a bowl of…

Casino Night Fundraiser

Bet on the Shelter for Homeless Veterans to help the local homeless population at this gambling-themed fund-raiser. Try your hand at a game of blackjack, craps, poker, or roulette (the dealers will teach you to play if you're not quite a card shark yet). Then, take a break from bluffing to jam out with music…

What Is It Worth?

Find out whether you’ve been harboring a rare treasure or a run-of-the-mill trinket during this informative antique roadshow. Three respected evaluation experts—including a gemologist—will determine the market value of your attic treasures. Attendees can also learn about industry trends from antique experts such as Daniel Geary, owner of Lone Tree Antiques and Fine Art in…

Renegade Craft Fair

Nearly 100 artisans will show off their wares during this large independent craft fair. Browse local goods, such as Colorado-themed graphic tees from Bozz Prints or large gemstone rings from Adina Mills. After perusing a wide variety of crafts and wearable items, satisfy your sweet tooth with a puffed amaranth or espresso & sea salt…

Aspen Film Festival

With both regional and U.S. premieres in the lineup, you're sure to find your new favorite movie at this massive festival. Check out more than 20 feature-length films, including the Colorado premiere of Sundance Festival favorite Certain Women, which stars Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewart and follows four Montana residents whose lives between strangely intertwined.…

Urban Nights: A Runway for a Reason

You don’t have to sit front row at New York Fashion Week to see serious style. Dubbed the largest outdoor fashion extravaganza in Colorado, the fund-raiser highlights local designers like Andrea Li and Parasite Eve Designs on the catwalk. After the runway show, snack on hors d’oeuvres from Three Tomatoes Catering or take part in…

Mangria Bar Crawl

When comedian Adam Carolla became bored with his nightly bottle of vino, he raided his liquor cabinet—and the 20.9 percent ABV Mangria was born. The recent release of the fruity wine-liquor hybrid is the cause for this bar-crawling celebration featuring Adam's wife, Lynette, his good friend Ray Oldhafer, and the Carolla Lackeys on an expedition…

The Wedding Singer

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Watch your favorite moments from this ’80s-themed rom-com live and the silver screen during a two-part event. Before a screening of the film, which stars Adam Sandler as an unlucky-in-love wedding singer who falls for a woman while planning her wedding, local actors from Performance Now Theatre Company will share scenes from a musical based on the same story. A portion…

Reading and Signing with Brunonia Barry

Is there a killer in all of us? In this haunting novel by New York Times best-selling author Brunonia Barry, who hails from Salem, MA (where the book is set), the residents of the notorious town are plagued by a series of events that make them confront that very question. Listen as Barry reads an…

Monte Vista Crane Festival

This month, nearly 20,000 sandhill cranes will descend upon the San Luis Valley for their annual six-week pit stop during their northward migration. This outdoor festival allows you to glimpse the birds’ daily patterns on a free bus tour. Don’t miss the craft and nature fair, photography workshops, and field trip to Great Sand Dunes…

Parker Days Festival

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Between temperatures creeping into the 90s and this neighborhood carnival featuring tasty fried food and carnival rides, summer officially starts this weekend. At this family-friendly festival, indulge in guilty-pleasure treats such as turkey legs from Parker's Sweet Lorraine's Catering while the kids play in bounce houses. Then check out the Budweiser Clydesdale horses or catch a live show by rocker Bret Michaels…
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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,…

The Denver Mini Derby

Don your brightest pastels and cutest hats for this derby celebration. Visitors can meet miniature horses and corgis—neither of which, thankfully, will have to race—before snacking on delicious barbecue catered by Rolling Smoke BBQ. Proceeds will benefit several local charities, including Kids' Compassion Project, Minds Matter Denver, CherryArts, and Equine 808.

Friday Night Weird: Halloween

Michael Myers returns to the silver screen at this showing of the original horror thriller—the perfect shriek-fest to kick off Halloween weekend. The groundbreaking film, originally screened in October 1978, profiles a sociopath who escapes from prison and terrorizes residents of rural Illinois. This screening features an exclusive pre-recorded interview with director John Carpenter, who…

Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest

This exploratory gathering honors science, technology, entrepreneurship, and the arts. Children and adults can investigate new ideas and expand their worldview by participating in numerous interactive exhibits sponsored by the Boulder Quilt Guild, Youth in Model Railroading, Cardboard Challenge, and the Boulder Public Library. From robotics to arts, this crash course in innovation will help every visitor…

The Moth: Into The Wild

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…

An Evening with Dr. Cornel West

Renowned activist and provocative author Dr. Cornel West will be the final speaker of 2016 to take the stage as part of Colorado State University Pueblo’s lecture series. This public talk will see the Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, spoken word artist, and author of 20 books including the bestselling Race Matters, address the hot-button…

Diamonds in the Ruff

At this charitable red carpet gala, you can honor unconventional heroes—the heroes with four legs. After enjoying a gourmet meal, take your seats for a live auction hosted by former Broncos running back Reggie Rivers and bid on luxury items such as two VIP tickets to the NASCAR Cup Series and a one-week timeshare in…

Inspire4

Gain unique insight into the life of cyclist Greg LeMond, a three-time Tour de France winner, at this documentary screening. The thrilling film tracks the renowned road racer's life up until his first Tour de France win in 1986. After the show, meet the 1989 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in person as he…

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…

Board Game Republic Grand Opening

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…

Global Cup Challenge

Round up your cleverest friends and co-workers for a riveting evening of world trivia. Refuel at the event’s buffet-style dinner of build-your-own chicken and barbacoa sliders, and use your global knowledge to win prizes including tickets to a Colorado Opera performance, gift cards to Tattered Cover Book Store and Komotodo Sushi Burrito, and hotel stays…

Docuwest International Film Festival

At this eclectic festival, you can travel back in time or across the globe. The lineup includes historic films, such as the 1970 slapstick short Some Days You Can't Make A Nickel and the 1912 dramatization of the life of frontier bride Clarice E. Richards, as well as films from Colorado directors. Don't miss the…

Denver Film Festival

The Mile High City's premier film festival is back for the 38th year with more than 200 films plus exclusive parties. Don't miss the opening night screening of director Damien Chazelle's La La Land, a musical romance featuring Emma Stone, who will be in attendance along with Chazelle. Check the festival calendar for a full…

Nasty Woman: The Bigamist

During the 1950s, a female director was determined to show Hollywood that women deserved roles in front of and behind the camera. To prove it, Ida Lupino directed and acted in the 1953 drama noir, The Bigamist. The movie tells the story of Phyllis, the secret wife of a businessman (played by well-known character actor…

Denver Design Week

There's no need to travel to New York or Chicago to network with innovative designers—you can find dozens of creative minds right here in the Mile High City. Kick off the city’s inaugural design week at the launch party, where you can check out an interactive art wall by local illustrator Christian Musselman with a…

Women Empowering Change

Join Women Empowering Change for a day of leading ladies inspiring each other through chats, presentations, and demonstrations. Over 100 local and global organizations will be set up around the event to get the word out about their missions to change the world, including WorldDenver, the Colorado Women’s Education Foundation, Friendship Bridge, and Threads Worldwide.…

Holiday Weekend

At this weekend-long event, nosh on tasty treats, wrap up your holiday shopping, and support local artisans—all in one place. Attendees can enjoy a barbecue lunch from Acorn, a pop-up from art gallery and design boutique Svper Ordinary, and a photo booth with a hipster Santa. A full-fledged holiday market will round out the festivities…

First Friday at BookBar

Celebrate the balmy spring weather at the official opening of BookBar’s patio. Refreshing drink samples will complement the featured summer reads and the end-of-winter sale on winter tales. A pop-up art gallery featuring the work of Denver artist Erin Walrath Ralston, readings from Colorado Book Award finalists, and a coloring hour will round out this…
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The Science Lounge: Space Oddity

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The constellations in our night sky are primarily named after characters from Greek and Roman myths—and those noteworthy figures were not exactly innocent. During this Pride Week planetarium show, hear scandalous stories about the relationships and daring feats that helped mythological heroes earn their place among the stars. Bonus: Togas are encouraged. —Photo courtesy of Maura O'Neal

Declaration Adult Easter Keg Hunt

This week, celebrate Easter in a more grown-up way—with a combination egg hunt and bar crawl. Visit restaurants and bars around the Mile High City, picking up eggs at each one for a chance to win growlers, T-shirts, and free booze from a variety of local establishments. Then don't miss the after-party on Saturday, during which competitors can…

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet Book Launch Party

Join food writer and soul food scholar Adrian E. Miller as he and several prominent guests (including former presidential chefs) discuss the powerful history and influence of black Americans in the White House kitchen. Chat with historical reenactors, enjoy live music featuring an occasional campaign song, and sip on presidential-themed cocktails and dishes made from…

The Denver Deluxe

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With temperatures topping 90 degrees, summer has officially reached the Mile High City—celebrate the season at this outdoor music festival. Between live performances by groups such as jam band Tea Leaf Green and indie ensemble Futurebirds, savor a juicy burger from Park Burger and a summery blonde from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. or watch street artists paint new murals.  Proceeds…

Films On Tap: Office Space

Turn movie night into a drinking game at this '90s film screening. As you watch the cult classic Office Space, which follows three company workers who rebel against their stingy boss, you'll have plenty of opportunities to take a swig of your booze. The cinema recommends taking a drink when you see Bill Lumbergh carrying…

Mumford & Sons Live From South Africa: Dust & Thunder

Here's a rare opportunity to see Mumford & Sons up close and personal without people stepping on your toes or screaming in your ear. Presented in Ultra HD and 5.1 surround sound, this film chronicles the London foursome’s performance in South Africa during their 2015-16 Wilder Mind tour. Fans can expect to hear songs from…

Doggie Plunge

Don't let the final dog days of summer slip by without spending a day with your pooch. More than 400 pets and service dogs will take part in one of three two-hour swim sessions, during which pups can try out life jackets and water toys from Outward Hounds. Be sure to snap a photo with…

Steampunk at the Station

Travel simultaneously to the past and the future by immersing yourself in Steampunk clothing, art, and music, which draws inspiration from science fiction and the Industrial Age. Take a ride on a steam locomotive and check out acrobatic stilt walkers, then reconvene for an evening concert by Colorado-based indie rock band Hydrogen Skyline. Feeling particularly…

Doors Open Denver

During this two-day celebration of design, expert guides—from historians to architects—will offer tours of more than 50 landmarks across the Mile High City, including Union Station, the Blair Caldwell African-American Research Library, and the Brown Palace Hotel. Between tours, rest your feet at a free performance in one of the historic venues; don't miss a…

Behind the Curtain

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Go behind the scenes as theater pros teach you how to apply stage makeup, make wigs, and throw a believable (but fake) punch during stage combat. Each 10- to 12-minute workshop offers an explanation on a different trade secret. Participants will also snag an exclusive look at the backstage happenings of Opera Colorado’s current production,…

Lit Crawl Denver

You don't have to travel to Paris or Rome to get cultured—there are plenty of high-brow authors right here in the Mile High City. More than 30 Denver-based writers, including BK Loren, Khadijah Queen, and Manuel Ramos, will be stationed along Tennyson Street to share excerpts of their latest and greatest works. After hearing several…

Denver Nuggets Social at Punch Bowl Social

Put on your game face for a night of friendly competition with players from the Denver Nuggets basketball team. Pick from any of the Punch Bowl Social’s classic arcade games, test your ping-pong prowess, or lace up your bowling shoes for a spin on the six-lane bowling alley. All ticket sale proceeds will benefit Kroenke…

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

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Meet celebrity hounds (they once appeared on Animal Planet) at this show featuring daring feats of canine agility. Audience members will have the exciting opportunity to interact with Blazing Bentley the Border Collie and other four-legged stars while the pups weave through obstacle courses designed to show off their athleticism.

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…
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Vance Brand: Flying Higher and Faster

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At nearly a mile high, Longmont's elevation is impressive by terrestrial standards—but Boulder County native Vance Brand has traveled 160 miles higher. The former NASA astronaut logged 746 hours in space during his three-decade career, and he returns home to discuss everything from his Colorado childhood to his space career and the future of aerospace science.…

Rockies for Rwanda

At this charity gala, meet keynote speaker and humanitarian aid worker Carl Wilkens, who will describe his stay in Rwanda, where he served as country director of Adventist Development & Relief Agency in the ’90s. Snack on samosas and plantains from Aurora-based restaurant African Grill and Bar, then bid on handmade clothing and jewelry made…

Tattoo Masquerade

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Find inspiration for your next piece of body art at this three-day convention dedicated to ink. Pros from Mile High City shops the Old Larimer Street Tattoo Studio and Urban Element Tattoo will compete against artists from across the country in categories such as “most realistic” and “best colorful sleeve.” After watching the experts duke…

Colorado Anime Film Festival

Even if you missed comic con, you can still geek out at Colorado's inaugural cinematic festival dedicated to Japanese cartoons. Catch 10 classic anime films, including a 10th anniversary 35mm screening of Paprika, a science-fiction story about a psychiatrist who can enter her patients' minds, and Studio Ghibli's folktale The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Plus,…

Beetlejuice Movie Night

Start off your Halloween weekend with a film screening of the creepy cult classic Beetlejuice at Denver Deep Dish, one of the city’s most beloved pizza joints. Take your pick from any of the restaurant’s signature pies, including meat lovers, supreme, and buffalo chicken. Wash it all down with a Yeti Stout from Great Divide…

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

Explore the rich history of Scandinavia at this lively cultural celebration. After watching costumed representatives of each Scandinavian country raise the Midsummer pole to kick off the festivities, check out vintage cars at a Saab and Volvo auto show and visit the Fjelborg Viking Encampment to watch reenactors fence and glimpse an authentic sailboat. Then…
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Dickens Horror Film Festival

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Movie buffs: Skip trick-or-treating and celebrate Halloween with a lineup of spooky films at this Longmont festival. From Solved, an artsy short about one man's deadly obsession made from thousands of still photographs to Arbor Demon, a feature-length horror flick about a demonic camping trip, there's a thriller for everyone. Bonus: On Saturday night, Kevon…

Wild West Air Fest

Start your long weekend with a day of dynamic aerobatic performances. Check out a demonstration by the seven-plane air team Rocky Mountain Renegades and professional air showman Bob Freeman in his single-seat 330SC plane. Then have your own aerial adventure by taking a ride in a T-6 Warbird. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-7:30…

Wayne’s World 25th Anniversary

Party on with Wayne and Garth in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary when it returns to theaters for a special screening. The showing will include an exclusive introduction by Rolling Stone’s film critic Peter Travers, plus a pre-recorded conversation between the cast members and director following the film. Tue, location and times vary.

Colorado Ballet Firebird Gala

Support The Colorado Ballet during this dressy event featuring live music, drinks, dinner and a silent auction. Start the evening with a selection of cocktails before watching a performance by The Colorado Ballet set to the overture of ARROW Electronics' Five Years Out symphony, which was commissioned by ARROW and choreographed by Colorado Ballet Mistress…

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…

Downtown Boulder Fall Fest

This autumn-themed outdoor party returns with a handmade twist. Browse more than 120 vendors selling artisan wares, including jewelry from Alison Blair Studio and leather accessories from By Elke, while the kiddos enjoy a variety of classic carnival games. Before you leave, be sure to stop by the beer garden for a White Rascal from…

Fearless Fest

If you’re a thrillseeker (or just looking to try something new), come to Castle Pine Library’s weekend event full of interesting and obscure activities. This convention-style gathering will see passionate local experts delivering presentations on everything from how to roll sushi to how to make your own board game. There’s even a session on the…

Reel Rock Film Festival

Thanks to this adventure film extravaganza, you don't have to climb a fourteener to get your adrenaline fix this weekend. During screenings of five different films, admire feats accomplished by world-class climbers, such as Ashima Shiraishi and Kai Lightner, the teenage stars of Young Guns who scale the Flatanger cave in Norway. Enjoy your adventurous…

Boulder Women in Colorado’s Hall of Fame

Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about Boulder ladies who have earned a spot in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame board member Wendy Bohling will outline the achievements and lives of remarkable local women, ranging from Native Americans to early settlers to scientists. Tue 7 p.m. Visit chautauqua.com.

Last Chance Gift Fest

This market makes buying last-minute gifts for your special someone a stress-free, enjoyable experience. 165 different vendors and exhibitors will be offering their finest selections of holiday-themed foods and wares, including one-of-a-kind vintage home decor items, birdhouses, fine and metal art, as well as quilts, soaps, and jewelry. Admission, parking, live music, and hot chocolate…

Azar Nafisi Reading

Catch best-selling author Azar Nafisi as she reads an excerpt from her-most recent work, The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books, which examines the importance of fiction in contemporary American culture. Stick around after the reading for a book signing and to hear Nafisi discuss both this and her previous novel, Reading Lolita in…

Eagle Watch at Fossil Creek Reservoir

Get a bird’s eye view of bald eagles on their yearly migration from Canada. Learn from the Fort Collins’ volunteer naturalists about the natural history of bald eagles in the area, as well as migratory patterns that draw the national birds to our state each year. Birdwatchers will use spotting scopes and binoculars to see…

Southern Colorado Sustainability & Outdoor Living Expo

Whether you are ready to finally start your homestead or want to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse, a trip to this unique event will prepare you to utilize any natural resources at hand. Over 150 booths at this practical and lively event will offer information on sustainable living and outdoor survival skills. Visitors can…

The Art of the Force Celebration

Celebrate Denver Art Museum's Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit in the presence of quite a few local stars at this futuristic-themed soiree. In honor of the Denver Art Museum's young philanthropist group Culturehaus' 20th anniversary, its founder (and the Colorado governor) John Hickenlooper will give a speech to open the evening. Gallery-goers…

Pancakes and Booze

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Art lovers, musicians, and pancake enthusiasts alike are welcome at this upbeat show. Work from more than 75 local emerging artists—including Ash Sivils and Mikala M. Ford—will be on display, and visitors can snack on flapjacks and local craft brews while they browse the gallery. Afterward, jam to tunes spun by Denver DJs Drumsum and Konflict and check…

Covered Wagon Days

Journey to the past at this historic festival honoring Colorado's Western roots. Glimpse covered wagons in the parade downtown, enjoy a charity pork roast dinner, and learn about Del Norte's past during a hay wagon tour. After a weekend full of activity on the frontier, refuel at an ice cream social on Saturday. Thu-Sun, times…

History Camp Colorado

Join history lovers from all walks of life, including authors, genealogists, park rangers, and librarians, for the West’s first ever History Camp. More than a dozen local experts will deliver more than 24 presentations in this day-long series of educational history sessions and interactive discussions. Attendees can spend the day dipping in and out of…

SeriesFest, Season Two

After a star-filled inaugural year, this television-focused festival is back with a whole new round of pilots. Although the full schedule hasn't been announced yet, the opening night program is eough to ramp up the anticipation: Tickets will earn you a look at the North American premiere of BBC America's documentary series The Hunt, which…

Beacon Clinic at Boulder Reservoir

This safety clinic instructs female adventurers about all aspects of avalanche preparation. The three-hour class, taught by Backcountry Access’s technology services specialist Dana Cowley, will teach participants how to use a transceiver—a device that can both transmit and receive communications in the event of an avalanche—and about the four phases of avalanche search-and-rescue: signal search,…

Shining Lights of Hope Gala

Rendezvous for a reason at this charity gala. Indulge in blackened chicken breast, loaded mashed potatoes, and chocolate pudding from Footers Catering as you listen to jazz singer Hazel Miller croon your favorite tunes. After dinner, don't miss the live auction, where you can bid on items such as artwork from photographer John Fielder. Proceeds…

Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise

In this historical documentary, the legacy of poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has been captured on screen for the first time. During the screening, watch interviews with several iconic figures, including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, who will offer their take on Angelou's impact throughout history. Stick around after the film to ask…

OJ: Made in America

Don’t miss this one-time screening of the award-winning documentary that examines O.J. Simpson’s 1995 trial for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. The authentic scenes and cast allow for a deeper look into the tragedy, through the lens of the history of race relations in Los Angeles. Sat noon-9 p.m.

Tiny House 101 Workshop

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You’ve seen tiny homes on HGTV—now find out if micro-living is a good fit for you. During this two-day expo hosted by the national Tiny House Collaborative, experts such as Alek Lisefski of the Tiny Project and B.A. Norrgard of A Bed Over My Head will lead workshops on how to make the most of…

When We Were Kings

Go behind the scenes of one of history’s most famous boxing matches during a screening of this 1996 Oscar-winning documentary. The film, which follows the 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, was cultivated from more than 250 hours of footage from before and after the fight, featuring appearances from director Spike Lee and…

Polynesian Picnic

Pair your most colorful lei with your favorite Hawaiian shirt at this tiki-themed celebration. Snack on lumpia and mango peach salsa from Taste of the Philippines as surf rock DJs Mario Zoots and Jeromie Dorrance spin tracks and local entrepreneurs, such as Spinster Sisters' founder Kelly Perkins and River North Workshop's owner Alicia Hendricks, give…

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…

Bastille Day

Independence Day might be over, but that doesn't mean you have to stop celebrating revolutionary milestones. Honor France's sovereignty at this cultural festival, during which you can sample fresh French pancakes from Crepes A Go-Go and listen to a live performance by accordion player Alicia Baker and vocalist Maria Lopez. For the most authentic experience,…

Jackalope Arts Fair

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Whether you want to redecorate your home or revitalize your wardrobe, you’re sure to find noteworthy items at this flea market of 150-plus vendors. Browse handmade jewelry from Denver’s Brazen, Western-inspired clothes from local clothing boutique Equilibrium, and quirky pottery from Fort Collins–based Seed and Stone. Admission is free, but donations benefiting ArtReach Denver (a nonprofit…

Art Collecting 101 Brunch: Auctions

Even for experienced art collectors, a live auction can be an intimidating experience. At this helpful event, Maron Hindman of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will explain the auction process, giving you all the tips you need to be a more successful buyer and seller on the floor. After her talk, sip on a complimentary Bloody Mary…

Valentine’s Day Calligraphy Workshop

In our digital world, there's something especially romantic about making gifts by hand. This Valentine's Day, crafters of all skill levels can learn the ancient art form from a master calligrapher. The introductory course will cover all the basics of calligraphy: dipping the pen in ink, managing ink flow and pressure, and practicing the entire…

56th Annual Georgetown Christmas Market

Stop by one of the region’s most celebrated annual holiday markets for one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and treats. Styled like an outdoor European Marketplace with traditional old world European festivities centered around a town square, the event will feature hot roasted chestnuts, sausage, and pastries for purchase, horse-drawn wagon rides, sleigh rides throughout the town, and…

The Preservery’s Anniversary Weekend

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At the Preservery’s first anniversary party, celebrate the RiNo eatery with brunch and shopping. In the morning, try the Jitterbug—a boozy treat made with Blue Sparrow nitro cold brew coffee—as you chow down. Then check out the Makers Market to shop for goodies from Cultura Chocolate, Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha, and Five Points Fermentation Co.

Urban Holiday Market

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Eager holiday shoppers will love how early they can check all the locally made gifts off their shopping lists at this early-season market. More than 70 vendors will sell their handcrafted wares, including Mohagen Woods, Darilyn Designs, and Spur Ranch Jewelry. Live entertainment from Fort Collins-based rock band the Symbols will also accompany the present…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

You don’t have to visit a galaxy far, far away to have a thrilling weekend. May the force be with you this at this Saturday screening of the latest addition to the Star Wars saga, which follows the next generation of jedi masters and caped villains. Snack on tasty treats from Em’s Ice Cream and…

Wild n’ Free Art Gala and Auction

Celebrate the land where the buffalo roam by contributing to bison preservation efforts at this inspiring art gala and auction. Graze on hors d'oeuvre from Blackbelly Market and sip boozy offerings by Scarpetta Wines and Sanitas Brewery while taking in the stunning visual art at Rembrandt Yard. Stick around for a live auction featuring foodie…

Movies in the Park

Dive into a weekly adventure with your favorite on-screen characters every Wednesday in August thanks to this outdoor screening series. Travel across the country with Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, follow the shenanigans of a fictional British metal band in the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, and join a pair of young lovers on the run…

David Sedaris

Join well-known humorist and author David Sedaris for this intimate presentation. During the hour-long talks, the New York Times–bestselling writer will read from a collection of new essays that capture his unique wit and insight. Afterward, audience members can stay for a 30-minute Q&A session and book signing. Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m. Visit davidsedarisbooks.com.

Meet the Spirits

You might learn a thing a two at this seasonal spooktacular honoring some of Boulder's most notable residents. Tour the grounds of Columbia Cemetery as community members portray and resurrect citizens from 19th and 20th century lore, including Mary Rippon, one of the first female professors at the University of Colorado, and Dorothy Gay Howard,…

Colorado Garden & Home Show

Bring the Rocky Mountains’ unique ecological diversity into your own plot with the region’s largest garden and home show. Attendees can chat with 650 companies, such as Aurora’s Canyon Creek Landscape, about garden accessories, landscape design, and exterior renovations. Tip: Make time to wander through the acre of professionally landscaped grounds. Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;…

Yana! A Farewell Celebration

Honor Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) president and CEO Yana Vishnitsky’s 38 years of service at this evening gala. Vishnitsky, a Russian immigrant resettled by JFS in 1978, was hired first as a translator and case manager before attending Colorado State University and Smith College. She then rose through the ranks of the organization to become…

Antique Row Neighborhood Block Party

Score antique steals and deals at your favorite boutiques during this colorful street fair. Browse vintage home goods at Finders Keepers or the city's largest supply of costume jewelry at Somewhere In Time, then snag free samples at Capital Tea. Afterward, take a break from retail therapy to enjoy a live performance of blues tunes…

BookBar Third Anniversary

Denver's favorite indie bookstore and wine bar turns three on Saturday, and there's no better way to celebrate than new morsels and vinos—all free of charge. Sample the freshly fermented Bookbar–Bonacquisti Wine Company blend, and nibble new garden-to-table hors d'oeuvre such as berry plates with lavender whipped cream and caprese bites. For the novelist experience,…

Trio House Press Poetry Series: Bradford Tice and Kyle McCord

During this intimate reading, narrative poetry lovers can get their fix. Listen as Tice, a professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University, reads from his new novella-in-poems, What the Night Numbered, which reimagines the gay rights struggle of the Stonewall period through the lens of Greek myths. Then McCord, who teaches in Des Moines, Iowa, will discuss…

Colorado Remembers

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Honor those who are serving—and those who have sacrificed for—our country at this Memorial Day concert. Watch a ceremony in front of the Colorado Freedom Memorial monument, etched with the names of the more than 6,000 Colorado service members who were killed or are missing in action. Featuring a moving performance of patriotic songs by…

Claudia Savage and Lisa Birman

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If you don’t normally associate the Centennial State with great literature, this reading by two Colorado-based writers might make you reconsider. Colorado State University alumna and poet Claudia Savage shares poems about motherhood and creativity while Boulder novelist and poet Lisa Birman (the winner of the 2016 Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction) reads poems about…

Phone It In Film Festival

Think your Instagram video skills are Oscar-worthy? Put that theory to the test at this DIY film festival, which screens three-minute mobile phone flicks from your fellow Denverites. There's no set lineup, but organizer Zac Mass says there's rumors of a music video, puppets, and a stop motion movie. Stick around after the hour-long micro-fest…

RiNo Social

Get to know your fellow neighbors at RiNo’s second social of the year while you munch on hors d’oeuvres from the Preservery and jam to the music of Cameron Schaefer from indie group Details. The first 300 guests will receive free beer from Epic Brewing Company, plus they can enter a raffle to win two…

Native American Poetic Imagery and Language

Dive into an exploration of culture at this writing workshop with Poetry Society of Colorado member Jenna Cappleman. During the session, learn how to incorporate Native American imagery in your poetry taking inspiration from work by Native American poets such as Esther Berlin and Santee Frazier as well as Navajo mythology and stories. After the…

Antique Row Holiday Open House

Stop by Denver's most popular antiquing destination for an afternoon of holiday shopping and seasonal celebrations. Peruse the 7 blocks of shops for their specials on rugs, garden supplies, handmade picture frames, and more, enjoy caroling performances from students at Golden High School, and take a photo with Santa in his antique sleigh. You'll even…

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…

Stars Above Aspen

Amateur stargazers can hone their skills during this stellar educational experience. Ride a gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain, where experts from the Aspen Science Center will teach you how to use a telescope and tell you the legends behind the names of different constellations. Then astronomer David Aguilar will deliver a keynote presentation…

Biergarten Festival

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Thanks to this celebration of German and Austrian culture, you can take a European vacation without leaving the state. Cultural organization the T.E.V. Edelweiss Club will host three days of performances from traditional Bavarian music groups (including the Rhinelanders and Austrian Connection) as well as face-painting booths and Lederhosen vendors. When hunger strikes, snack on salty…

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

With a dreary setting, morally flawed characters, and a plot focused not on Frontier heroism and adventure but greed and prostitution, this classic film pioneered the anti-western genre. So don’t miss this rare chance to grab your favorite Breckenridge beer (we find the Autumn Ale really hits the spot this time of year), and enjoy…

Telluride AIDS Benefit Gala Fashion Show

Cirque de Soleil meets New York Fashion week at this posh fashion show and gala that will not only heat up the winter season, but also raise funds for HIV/AIDS education, clinical care, and advocacy. Local models will take to the runway wearing international designer fashions in a glamorous and philanthropic extravaganza you don’t want…
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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…

Leadville Ski Joring

Watch as a horse pulls a person on skis down snow-packed Harrison Avenue in Leadville at this unique competition. Competitors fly around turns, attempting to collect rings hanging from poles while also grasping a cord attached to their horse’s saddle. The person with the most rings at the end of the route wins a cash…

Chanda Plan Foundation Big Event

Erin Brockovich is more than a Julia Roberts character—she's a hard-working environmental activist and the guest speaker for this year's Chanda Plan Foundation fund-raiser. Find out more about what's happened in her life after the 1996 case that inspired the Oscar-winning film, then place your bets on a two-night stay in Keystone or a $50…
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Paddles Up!

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Take a step back in time during this History Colorado–sponsored canoe trip. Novice paddlers can travel 26 flat miles on the Colorado River while Fort Lewis College history professor Andy Gulliford shares tales about 19th-century settlers who had a much more difficult time braving the state’s namesake waterway.

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…

Denver Greek Festival

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Celebrate the Mediterranean country that brought us The Odyssey and the Olympics at this family-friendly festival. Take a tour of the ornate Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, learn traditional dance moves, and shout Opa! as you raise a glass of the traditional Greek liquor Ouzo. In addition, more than 20 vendors, including Maria’s Jewelry and Greek Envy, will…

Denver Flea

If spring cleaning has left your home a little too un-cluttered, we suggest getting your pizzazz back with the quarterly return of Denver Flea. The artisan-garage-sale-on-steroids is back with all manner of local vendors–food, clothes, art, crafts, gear–you name it, it’s here. Make a statement with a new T-shirt from August Ink, get cozy with…

Jaipur Literature Festival

This massive book lover's faire, which was established in India a decade ago, features 100 authors and personalities from around the globe. Guest speakers will include Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, and Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, Queen Mother of Bhutan. Sat-Sun, times vary. —Photo courtesy of [email protected]

Mile High Summer Shindig

Denver Beer Co. and Outdoor Project have teamed up for this summer spectacular. Try a new petite saison brewed in collaboration with Portland brewery Base Brewing Company, and snag swag from Zeal Optics, Mile High Clothing Company, and Spyder. As you sip, musical acts such as the Dollhouse Thieves, Josh Moorehead, and the Gin Doctors…

National Geographic Live: Point of No Return with Hilaree O’Neill

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Meet mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill, who survived a harrowing expedition to summit Hkakabo Razi in Myanmar. She’ll speak about the challenges her group faced, including dangerous journeys by motorcycle; a dwindling food supply; and personality clashes that threatened to tear the explorers apart. Discover how O’Neill kept it together during this enlightening speaker series.

Denver Jewish Film Festival

Explore a variety of award-winning movies addressing Jewish culture and history at this nearly two-week-long festival featuring 32 films. Audiences can enjoy cinematic experiences ranging from For the Love of Spock, an analysis of Leonard Nimoy and his enduring portrayal of perhaps the most famous Star Trek character, to Atomic Falafel, a satirical tale of…

Beyoncé Sing-Along

Know every Beyoncé lyric in the book? Now’s the time to put your skills to the test. Pay tribute to Queen B with a night of tunes on the big screen, from early hits like "Crazy in Love" to her recent songs on Lemonade, and grab a prop like an inflatable microphone to add extra…

DiNK

Lovers of comics, graphic novels, and 'zines will rejoice when this alternative art and comic expo comes to town to celebrate the impact of independent artists. The guests of honor, the Hernandez Brothers, are famously lauded for their diversity-packed comic book series Love and Rockets. Visit a variety of booths to meet some of your…

Underdogs Animal Rescue Launch Party

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Show your support for Denver pups at the launch event for Underdogs Animal Rescue, a new group dedicated to saving canines and felines from overcrowded shelters. Enjoy delicious soups and sandwiches from Brider, sample beers from Crazy Mountain Brewery, and bid on a staycation at Hostel Fish or a private meal at Mercantile Dining & Provision at the silent auction. Proceeds will help the new…
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Sparks & Spirits

Meet the makers behind the free flowing whiskey, rum, and vodka you’ll fill a commemorative tasting glass with at this unique festival that celebrates 15 craft distilleries such as Dry Town and Mad Rabbit. As you warm your belly with one-of-a-kind booze, you can also check out a dragonfly fire sculpture being built for Burning…

Tip Your Hat: Toppers And Tea

Spend a civilized afternoon dipping crumpets into tea, swapping stories, and listening to harp music at this charming English tea party honoring the many achievements of the Global Village Museum. Come dressed in your fanciest hat and with your game-face on to win prizes, play “teacup pong,” and pose for Polaroid pictures in the photo…

Youth On Record Album Release Block Party

Denver's very own school of rock is having a block party to celebrate its album release—and the city's most promising young musicians need your support for their record to gain attention. This mini-festival features live performances by the music students featured on the album, Y.O.R. Sessions Vol. 1, as well as interactive studio jam sessions…

White Rose Evening

During this picturesque visit to the gardens, enjoy a romantic sunset view and lush blooms. Take in the serene ambiance as you admire artwork from the "Stories in Sculpture" exhibit, which features large pieces by Henry Moore, Deborah Butterfield, and George Segal. After embarking on a private rose garden tour with senior curator Panayoti Kelaidis,…

Christmas Carol Classic 5K

Get into the giving spirit at this holiday season fun-run. Runners will follow a 5K loop through scenic City Park, but not before being serenaded by the Original Dickens Carolers at the starting line. Kids run for free in the Tiny Tim 1K, and all proceeds will benefit the Denver Children’s Home, which provides treatment…

Making A Murderer’s Dean Strang and Jerry Buting: A Conversation On Justice

You admired these attorneys when you saw them defending Stephen Avery in Making A Murderer—now you have the chance to swoon over their commitment to justice in person. At this intimate lecture, they'll discuss the Avery case and its broader implications for the American legal system before taking questions from the audience. Without any video…

Denver Modernism Show

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Pack your nuclear family into the airstream and head on down to the Denver Modernism Show. In addition to the dozens of Front Range vintage furniture dealers and antique businesses hocking their wares, enjoy a cavalcade of retro-themed events like the Miss Modernism pageant, a modernist trailer park exhibit, and a theremin performance ( an…

CancerCon

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This four-day conference connects cancer patients and survivors between 13 and 39 with a network of peers who share their experiences. They can come together to attend sessions about a wide variety of topics, from navigating college with cancer to fertility issues after treatment, leading up to a keynote speech from psychotherapist and cancer counselor Julie Larson. In…

Reporting in the Age of Alternative Facts

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Learn about the importance of freedom of the press and get tips on how to spot “fake news” at this conference about responsible media consumption. Featuring a keynote session with ProPublica senior editor Joseph Sexton, the event invites the public to join the conversation about the role of news organizations in the modern political climate. After…

Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival

At this colorful extravaganza, you can take the kids on carnival rides, listen to a live performance by country singer Buckstein, and sip on a craft brew in the beer garden. Then explore the Jackalope Art & Craft fair, where you'll find a variety of homemade wares such as greeting cards from Rum Bird Studio’s…

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

In this eye-opening documentary, viewers follow the relationships between parents, teenagers, and technology as the rules of adolescent sociology change in unprecedented ways. Stick around for a post-screening panel discussion lead by executive producer Karin Gornick, who will talk about the hidden consequences of constant connectivity and what this means for parents of teenagers inundated…

Newport of the Rockies: Colorado Springs Driving Tour

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the most stunning houses in Colorado Springs on this fsacinating tour. Led by guides from History Colorado Center, the all-day event includes stops such as the Victorian-era McAllister House Museum, which was owned by famed Union general Henry McAllister during the late 1800s, as well as the 1907 Versailles-inspired Trianon building…

Broadway Halloween Parade

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Throw on your favorite costume and take your spot in Denver’s first Halloween parade down Broadway. Local organizations like the Transit Alliance, a local group working to improve transportation in Colorado, and the Denver Hearse Association, a club dedicated to the funeral parlor vehicle of choice, will create floats that match the spookiness of your…

Film On The Fly: Top Gun

At this free screening in Denver International Airport's new open-air plaza, the only checks you'll be writing are the ones your body can't cash. The night kicks off with a live rock show by ’80s tribute band New Sensation and a barbecue meal prepared by chefs from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. After dinner, watch Maverick (Tom…

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