08/2015

Tuesday, August 04, 2015
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Edge of Expansion

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:18pm

With the creation of more than two dozen oil paintings, nationally acclaimed artist Robert Spooner pushes traditional boundaries thanks to inventive methods. Spooner alters his techniques based on the subject matter: For industrial cityscapes he uses “scrape and shape” to create thin base layers; to depict more natural landscapes, he pushes the paint around for an ethereal look. Explore a wide variety of subjects in his works, including Denver construction, French and Dutch landscapes, flowers, and portraits. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Colorado Day

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:23am

For a centenarian, Colorado is looking pretty spry. Come celebrate the Centennial State’s 139th birthday with a host of historical events, including outdoor blacksmithing, adobe brick making, sluice gold mining, and dude ranch cattle roping. Show your state pride by taking part in a square dance (the official Colorado jig), or gawk at the state’s “Most Talented Pigs” as they dance and play basketball at the Top Hogs event. Attendees can also catch an intimate concert from Boulder-based bluegrass band Boxcar 79, as well as a Mexican folk dance performance from the Colorado Mestizo Dancers.

Kevin Box

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:31pm

Although paper usually breaks down over time, artist Kevin Box has engineered a process to make paper-like figures that endure. He casts bronze, aluminum, and stainless steel in the shapes of objects and organisms such as horses, planes, and bison, all of which appear as if they have been folded from giant sheets of white paper. Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

Denver Beer Olympics and Beer Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:37pm

This two-in-one event encompasses a hardcore suds competition—the beer Olympics—as well as a laid-back brew festival. Attendees can opt to participate as an Olympic team, tackling challenges like flip cup, beer pong, and relays, or they can mosey over to the beer festival to sip samples from breweries like Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Joyride Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Special Olympics Colorado Plane Pull

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:45am

It’s time to flex those tug-of-war muscles that you haven’t used since your high school’s field day. Teams of 12 participants will compete against one another to tug a jumbo jet 12 feet across the finish line in the shortest amount of time. In addition to the street cred that comes with overpowering a jet, prizes will be awarded to the fastest, slowest, and best-dressed teams, as well as the top team and individual fundraisers. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Colorado. Sat 11 a.m.

Trucks 4 Pups

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:49am

Help out the homeless pups of Denver while sampling fare from Street Frites, Fat Green Bowl, BTO Frozen Yogurt, and other tasty trucks. Local pet shelters 4 Paws 4 Life, Every Creature Counts, and Waggin’ Tails Canine Rescue will bring canine friends, all of whom are looking for a permanent home. Not able to adopt? Bring pet supplies or cash donations, and enter a raffle to win prizes that range from a Stella & Dot tote bag to a veterinarian wellness plan to a one-night stay at the luxurious Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. Ten percent of all food truck sales benefit local dog rescues.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Sesh Fest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:19pm

For the uniniatiated, a session beer is typically defined as any brew with less than five percent alcohol by volume. At this low-booze beer festival, attendees can enjoy more brew for the buck. Sample refreshing brews from Call to Arms Brewing Company, Diebolt Brewing Company, and Prost Brewing Company and challenge your friends to lawn games at Sculpture Park. Sat noon-4 p.m.

Family Saturday Workshop: Rainer Ganahl

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:04pm

Artist Rainer Ganahl has a message for the manufacturers of luxury items, and he’s using their own goods to communicate it. He screen prints his text and symbols on French Hermès luxury silk scarves to show that producers alone can’t define beauty. Attend this workshop to press your own designs onto a vintage, patterned scarf in a message reminiscent of Ganahl himself. Sat noon-1 p.m.

Leftapalooza

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:23pm

This music and craft beer event, put on by the Left Hand Brewing Company, pits nine of Colorado’s best tribute bands against each other for a chance to win a gig at Boulder’s Fox Theatre. Guests will be treated to more than 10 hours of live music, including covers of the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and Journey. Left Hand’s award-winning beer and local fare courtesy of Abo’s Pizza and Georgia Boys BBQ will be available for purchase—just make sure to bring lawn chairs and some sunscreen. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sat noon.

Road to Blues and Brews

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:13am

More than 800 band submissions for this musical fundraiser have been narrowed down to six finalists who are vying to perform at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in September alongside the likes of ZZ Top, Gregg Allman, and Sharon Jones. The groups competing vary from horn funk supergroup Analog Son to Denver-based blues guitar virtuoso Michael Hornbuckle to jammy roots act Union Driftwood.

Craft Spirits Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:12pm

This one-day-only festival celebrates Colorado's premier farm-to-bottle spirits. Sample whiskeys, gins, vodkas, and liqueurs from Laws Whiskey House, Dancing Pines Distillery, and Woody Creek Distillers. The knowledgeable distillers will help attendees grasp the intracacies of the "grain to glass" process by engaging in spirited conversation. After you've whet your whistle, order tacos, tortas, and tostadas from Comida Cantina's food truck. Sat 1-5 p.m.

The Mountains Revenge

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:04pm

The mountains don't care about you or your seared legs, mechanical problems, poison ivy, etc.—and now it's time to exact your revenge. This 24-hour, self-supported mountain biking event is as bare bones as it gets. No aid stations, no amenities, no marked trails—just you and the generations of old singletrack around Montezuma. There's also no finish line; the male and female that ride the furthest distance win the day. With no medical support, it may seem like the mountains don't want you to survive, but as the adage goes, revenge is the best medicine. Sat 2 p.m.

Bow Wow Film Festival

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:54am

It’s no secret that Coloradans love their pups. Whether you own a pooch yourself, or are just a fan of animals, celebrate all things canine at this traveling film festival. Attendees can catch short films about the lives of our four-legged friends—such as Denali, a tribute to a dog who helped his owner through cancer treatments—and go home knowing that they contributed to a good cause: Proceeds benefit the Denver-based animal nonprofits Colorado Pet Pantry and PawsCo. Sat 2:30 p.m.

Art Feast

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:46pm

Wander Cherry Creek North to peruse some of the district’s finest art collections and sample wines and bites from area eateries. Eleven galleries and eight restaurants have teamed up to provide an afternoon of art, food, and drink, with pairings such as Luca Décor with Blue Island Oyster Bar and Gallerie Rouge with Bombay Clay Oven. This free event is the perfect preview for the seventh annual Food & Wine festival the following weekend, which will feature dishes from the same restaurants (but won’t be free). Sat 3-6 p.m.

Governor’s Cup Wine Tasting

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 9:50am

What better way to spend Colorado Day than sipping a selection of the state’s finest vino? Get in touch with the Centennial State’s roots (and vines) by tasting the 16 winners from this year’s statewide Governor’s Cup wine competition. Drawn from 37 local wineries' 241 entries, the selections were judged by a panel of sommeliers, winemakers, writers, and wine experts. And with small plate pairings featuring local ingredients from six noted Colorado chefs, your palette is sure to be pleased. Sat 7:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Colorado Wine

Carney Magic – Laughter and Astonishment

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:21am

Forget the gimmicky tropes of the magic shows you know: You’ll find no tigers, dancing girls, or sawed-in-half magician’s assistants here. Instead, this award-winning magician-cum-comedian delights audiences with the humor of his acts and the mind-bending simplicity of his illusions. And despite John Carney’s aptitude for surprising spectators, one mainstay of traditional magic shows remains: plenty of audience participation. Sat-Sun 8 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

TEI Workshops on the Vans Warped Tour

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:13pm

Although you'll be jumping with excitement during the Vans Warped Tour shows, you'll have to take a seat for these behind-the-scenes workshops with select artists. The Entertainment Institute's sponsored sessions feature lessons from photographers, entrepreneurs, vocalists, musicians, and songwriters, including music photographer Adam Elmakias, who will show you how to start shooting the stars, Transit lead singer Joe Boynton, who will share vocal and songwriting techniques, and Bryan Stars, who will demonstrate how he made a living off of his YouTube presence.

Mountain Melodies Music Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:01pm

Pack a picnic and lawn chairs to enjoy the Rocky Mountain scenery during this free Americana music festival on scenic Lookout Mounain. The lineup includes Gunnison-based folk quartet the Honey, old time Appalachian band Goosefoot Revival, and honky-tonk country troupe Dustin Devine and the Real Deal. Sun noon. 

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Rockin' Tailgate Party

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:23pm

Colorado sports legends will play host at this tailgate located in one of Colorado's largest outlet malls. Stars such as former Broncos Ebenezer Ekuban, Billy Thompson, and Ron Egloff will meet fans and sign merchandise throughout the day. The stars will compete at the MCPN Celebrity Golf Classic the following day at the Ridge at Castle Pines North, where proceeds benefit Metro Community Providers Network, a nonprofit clinic serving the Denver metro area. Sun 1 p.m.

Tattered Cover Classic: Stranger Than Paradise

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 10:12am

With retro cinematography and little dialogue, this film is best described by New York Times media critic Vincent Canby, who said of it, "It's not what you say, it's how you say it." The 1984 flick tells the story of a New York City resident, Willie (John Lurie), whose cousin, Eva (Eszter Balint) is moving to America from Eastern Europe and needs to stay with him. Hilarity ensues when Willie is tasked with explaining standard elements of American culture, like eating TV dinners (but not being able to afford an actual TV).

Jack's Benevolent Bash

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:17am

For many developmentally challenged kids in Colorado, there aren't enough opportunities to enjoy the carefree delights of childhood. This fund-raiser is helping to change that: Ticket sales and donations benefit the Autism Society of Boulder and the Jack Ferrigno Send a Kid to Camp Grant, which sponsors summer camp experiences for local children. The afternoon event features tacos from La Revolucion Taqueria and fresh fruits from Blackbelly Market, pints from the Post Brewing Company and Avery Brewing Company, and instrumental jazz music by the Adam Bodine Trio. Feeling lucky?

Las Ramblas

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 07/28/2015 - 9:38am

Named in honor of Barcelona’s most famous street—a pedestrian thoroughfare filled with buskers and leisurely cafes—this event will bring a little bit of Spain to a mile high. Morocco-born flamenco guitarist Tito Malaga will be performing during this free outdoor event on Pearl Street, which will also feature Spanish tapas, wines (sangria!), and cocktails at the adjacent Rialto Cafe. Sun 2-4 p.m.

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:36am

Even if you’re not a hardcore Lynyrd Skynyrd fan, you’ve likely heard the group’s greatest hits: “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Simple Man,” and “Free Bird.” The definition of a Southern rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd formed in 1965, combining elements of blues and country with honest, skillful lyrics. Three original band members—including lead vocalist and songwriter Ronnie Van Zant—were killed in a 1977 plane crash, but the outfit has endured by adding the late singer's younger brother Johnny Van Zant and churning out new material (Last of a Dyin’ Breed was released in 2012).

Henry VI, Part 1

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:31pm

As King Henry strategizes to quash a rebellion in this Shakespearean play, his wayward son Harry passes the time with criminals in taverns. Right after he pulls a prank on his felonious friend Falstaff, Harry is summoned to the royal court to help his father, at which point he renounces his old ways and joins the king in an epic civil war. Sun, Wed 7:30 p.m.

Natalie Cressman

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 10:35am

The daughter of Sandy, a jazz vocalist, and Jeff, a longtime trombonist in the Latin rock band Santana, Natalie Cressman was constantly surrounded by music while growing up in the Bay Area. A trombonist, composer, and vocalist, Cressman is best known for her work with the Trey Anastasio Band, making her a familiar name among Phish fans. Despite her jamband acumen, Cressman embraces her background in jazz and Brazilian music (as well as a love of indie and electronica) in Turn the Sea, her latest album. Sun 8 p.m.

Classic Film Series: Summer of Hitch, Vertigo

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 9:20am

Spend your Friday night at the library; don't worry, you won't be holed up in the stacks. Instead, you'll sprawl out on a blanket while Hitchcock's premier thriller—voted as the greatest film of all time by the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound poll— is cast on an exterior wall. The film follows the story of a retired police detective (James Stewart) who must overcome acrophobia and vertigo thanks to an incident in the line of duty. Fri 8 p.m.

 

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Take a Child to the Opera

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:30am

Your grandparents may be more fond of opera than your rambunctious toddler, but now she can enjoy the classic music form, too. Before this matinee showing of famed Italian production La Traviata, families can enjoy activites such as interactive theatrical games, a tour of the Gilpin History Museum (which provides rich ancedotes about Central City's past), and a bring-your-own picnic in the Opera House Gardens. Post-production, head to the Opera Patio for a meet-and-greet with cast members. Tue 11:30 a.m.

Flatirons Food Film Festival Benefit

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:03pm

Small plates, short films, local beer, and riveting opera are all on tap at this tantalizing fundraising event. Nosh on small plates made by Kelly Whitaker of Basta, Kyle Mendenhall of the Kitchen, and John Platt of Riffs. Then, settle in with a Great Divide IPA as you're treated to modern tunes from Opera on Tap and foodie documentaries from award-winning web serires the Perennial Plate. Proceeds benefit the Flatiron Food Film Festival in October, a multi-day celebration of culinary cinema and sustainable food. Tue 6:30-9 p.m.

Chet Faker

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:46am

Chet Faker—who takes his name from jazz legend Chet Baker—writes, records, and performs all his downtempo electronic indie music himself. The Australian-born, Brooklyn-based musician came to prominence in 2012 with a cover of Blackstreet's “No Diggity,” and his debut album, Built on Glass, was released last year to critical acclaim.

Custom Crush: Grape to Glass Course

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:02pm

It's time for your libations to join the farm-to-table trend. You'll be an expert in the winemaking process after this grape-to-glass tutorial, during which winemakers Adam Magnuson and Katrina Cegledi will teach you how to transform raw grapes (which travel to Oxbow Urban Winery from California, Washington, and western Colorado) into complex, opulent vino.

Michelle Chamuel

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:43pm

If you're a fan of reality TV singing competition The Voice, get your spinning chairs ready for this intimate performance. Michelle Chamuel, runner-up of the show's fourth season, is the latest artist to perform in Denver as a part of the Live At Aloft Hotels tour. Chamuel impressed audiences and Voice judges with her soulful covers of pop hits like Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" and Rolling Stone dubbed her the the "little indie rocker that could" by the end of the season.

Emily's D+Evolution by Esperanza Spalding

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:50am

Vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Esperanza Spalding specializes in the acoustic bass and a jazz fusion style, incorporating elements of soul, R&B, bossa nova, pop, and hip-hop. The first jazz musician to win the Grammy Award for best new artist (her first of three Grammys), this tour will debut Emily's D+Evolution, Spalding’s latest project. The performance will weave theater, poetry, and movement into a set of new material, with Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Avenue, bringing a taste of Crescent City R&B. Wed 8 p.m.

Douglas County Fair and Rodeo

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:19pm

You don’t have to grab the bull by the horns yourself, but you can watch someone else take on the challenge at this four-day festival. Three different rodeos (one to honor veterans, another to celebrate the ProRodeo Hall of Fame's new inductees, and one to raise awareness of breast cancer) will feature everything from barrel racing to bull riding to steer wrestling while a special one will include only bull-related events for the hardcore heifer lovers.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Denver Burger Battle

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 9:03am

All bets are off when Denver’s leading patty peddlers come together for a test of taste and tenderness. Sample 13 of Colorado’s best burgers in one night and add your vote to the esteemed roster of judges, which includes Aniedra Nichols of Elway’s, Tom Ryan of Smashburger, and Pete Marczyk of Marczyk Fine Foods. If you’re not too stuffed, enjoy boozy beverages from establishments such as Upslope Brewing Company and sweets from local vendors Sugarmill and Happy Bakeshop. Thu 6:30 p.m.

Image courtesy of Denver Burger Battle

Lego Bricks Preview Night

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Sun, 08/02/2015 - 7:09am

The Denver Zoo just adopted a fresh flock, but these animals don’t bite. Created by professional artist Sean Kenney, this caravan includes more than 35 life-size (and even larger) Lego sculptures. From a hummingbird with an eight-foot wingspan to a 400-pound bumblebee, the award-winning artist’s exhibit, “Nature Connects Art with Lego Bricks,” magnifies creatures from around the world. In addition to a meet-and-greet with the artist himself, the evening includes talks given by the flamingo and zebra keepers as well as playful interactions with elephants and sea lions.

Denver Burger Battle

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:36am

Consider the Denver Burger Battle an antidote to those unappetizing McDonald's quarter pounders of yesteryear. Thirteen of the Mile High City's eateries will put their most outrageous burger forward as they compete to win the title of Denver's ground beef master. The formidable contenders include the Squeaky Bean, Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, and TAG Burger Bar, all of whom will be grilling to impress knowledgeable judges such as Solera's Goose Sorenson and Smashburger's Tom Ryan. Guests will also sample each burger with the opportunity to pick their favorites. Thu 6:30 p.m.

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:20pm

The three-day Arise Festival in Loveland will surely wow listeners with its eclectic tunes and workshops, but you can get a taste of the line-up right in the heart of Five Points. This seven-piece rock band, self-described as a "hard soul collective," will headline a more intimate series of performances before they head to the mountain extravaganza. The show also features folk duo the Shook Twins, bluegrass quintent Old Salt Union, and several others who can be found in the line-up at Arise. Thu 8 p.m.

Arise Music Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:11am

Located just over an hour from Denver, this picturesque three-day festival features yoga, art, workshops, and more than 100 artists across six stages. Headliners include indie-folk-rock ensemble Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, electronic artist the Polish Ambassador, and the incredible Grateful Dead cover band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Yet the lineup encompasses everything from funk to folk; fans of the latter won’t want to miss sister bands Rising Appalachia or the Shook Twins, along with prolific guitarist Larry Keel’s tribute to Old and in the Way. Fri 6 a.m.; Sat-Sun 7 a.m.

Midnight Madness: Friday

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:14am

For best friends Craig Jones and Smokey, a series of misfortunes makes Friday seem more like Monday. In this street-savvy comedy by director F. Gary Gray, Craig (Ice Cube) is fired for stealing cardboard boxes, and Smokey is tasked with repaying a local drug dealer with money he doesn't yet have. Hilarity ensues in a series of urban ordeals that keep Craig and Smokey on their toes and moviegoers laughing all the way to the credits. Fri 12 a.m.

 

Nature Connects, Art with Lego® Bricks

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:42am

Tired of stepping on Lego bricks in the living room? Take your kid to the Denver Zoo, where she can still get her building block fix. Designed by New York-based artist Sean Kenney, this traveling exhibit (made of more than 1.6 million Lego pieces) features dozens of animal and plant sculptures, including a 400-pound bumblebee, a life-size African lion, and a hummingbird with a wingspan bigger than your own. In between the sculptures, of course, visitors can catch a glimpse of real-life flora and fauna as well. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Edge of Realism

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:04pm

Examine the realm between reality and abstraction in this exhibition of works by more than two dozen local and national artists, such as Maine's Meghan Howland and Massachusetts-based Britt Snyder. The group has created a multitude of unusual but perceptive mixed media works that blur images, distort faces, and manipulate light to explore their human and object subjects. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

A New Fine Line: Contemporary Ink Painting from China

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:38pm

Nine contemporary Chinese artists have created works filled with detail and steeped in art history for this cultural exhibition. The painters, including Hang Chunhui and Jin Sha, employed gongbi, a method that peaked in popularity during the Tang dynasty (from the seventh to the 10th centuries), when artists glued rice paper sketches onto their drawing boards and then applied layers of ink with meticulous brushstrokes. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Bound

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:09pm

Although words like “cocoon” and “shadow” don’t often connote spirituality, Colorado native Jennifer Davey has employed them in her pursuit to understand the relationship between the soul and the human body. She selects words that relate to her own personal experiences, using oil paint, chalk, and pencil to stencil the letters into her canvas works and urging viewers to think about their layered meanings. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Summer of Reading Program: The Super Ann Show

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:14pm

With just a top hat, a bunny rabbit, and a straightjacket, Ann Lincoln has been amazing Colorado kids with her comedic magic routines for more than 25 years. Young guests can watch Super Ann juggle, swallow fire, and commit surprising feats of strength. Along with her obligatory magician’s rabbit, Super Ann will also wow children with her time-tested jokes, guaranteed to elicit giggles. Fri 11 a.m.-noon.

Bennett Onsager

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:34pm

Local artist Bennett Onsager creates surrealist ceramic sculptures of random body parts entwined with conduit tubes and circuitry as a form of eerie social commentary. His figures—including one with a foot and a hand attached by a forearm and tangled in electrical wire—speak to the ways in which society is connected to digital technology. The sculptures are made entirely of clay, and coated with different colors he creates using various chemicals and glazes during the double-firing process. Fri 5-10 p.m.; Sat noon-8 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

The Nickel's One-Year Anniversary Party

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:59pm

In honor of its first anniversary, the Nickel is celebrating with a special three-course prix fixe dinner. The meal focuses on honoring the local purveyors who have made the Nickel's delicious success possible. Expect dishes like Cheese Importers cheeses with charcuterie and pickles and Western Daughter's dry-aged beef tartare with salt-cured egg yolk. Fri 5 p.m.

Bootstrapped Brews

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:37pm

Attendees of this unique beer festival can benefit from all three ingredients that make Colorado great: entrepreneurship, beer, and philanthropy. As much of a networking opportunity as it is an amateur food competition, attendees sample beer made by teams from local start-up businesses while they chat about entrepreneurship in the Centennial State. A jury will name the top three best home brews, and a People’s Choice award will be given to the lager with the most votes from the crowd.

The Ancient Art of Fermentation Workshop

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:42pm

Denver artist Laura Krudener (of the popular Among the Colors blog) and fermented foods company Haiku Foods have teamed up to offer an interactive class on lacto-fermentation that will turn even the inexperienced into a fermento pro. Not only will attendees get schooled in the history and health benefits of lacto-fermentation, they'll also be able to take home their own vegetable ferment, made during the class with their choice of organic spices. Fri 6:30-10:30 p.m.

The Legend of Robin Hood

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 11:24am

The classic tale of the poor’s defender gets a revamp with the world debut of this musical version. The new production brings back all the usual suspects, including the Sheriff of Nottingham, Lady Marian, and the lead outlaw himself—but adds original songs such as “You’ve Stolen My Heart,” a duet between Robin and Marian, and “Don the Hood,” which serves as Robin’s call to battle, as well as live archery, an orchestra of local musicians (including a lutist), and custom-made leather armor.

Pretty Lights

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:00am

While growing up in Fort Collins, Derek Vincent Smith became fascinated by old school hip-hop, eventually dropping out of the University of Colorado Boulder to pursue music full-time and adopting the Pretty Lights moniker shortly afterward. Smith's project is wholeheartedly electronic, defined by layers of unusual samples that add texture and juxtapose well with the more modern sounds omnipresent in modern electronic dance music.

The Travelin’ McCourys

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 9:56am

In the world of bluegrass, the McCoury name is akin to royalty, thanks to legend Del, the family’s patriarch. The Travelin’ McCourys are made up of his two sons, Ronnie (mandolin) and Rob (banjo), along with fiddle whiz Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram. Lightning fast pickin’, world-class harmonies, and a progressive sound define the band, which has collaborated with everyone from the Allman Brothers to Phish. Fri 8 p.m.

San Fermin

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:35am

Hot on on the heels of the late April release of its LP Jackrabbit, San Fermin graces the stage with its twist on baroque pop (think: angsty indie rock meets catchy pop with a dash of classical). The title track from the recent record blends trumpet, piano, guitar, violin, and an eerie harmony of vocals to produce the unique, genre-bending sound. Fri 9 p.m.

Red Rocks Century

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:54pm

On this challenging cycling course—which claims to be the toughest and most scenic in the Colorado Front Range—your biggest competition is yourself. With no official start time and no awards for finishing first, riders will tackle the 100-mile course (and its 12,000 feet of elevation gain) with an eye on the finish line, not their watches. Those still working up to the full century experience can choose between two abbreviated courses: the 62-mile metric century or the 30-mile challenge. Post-ride, cyclists can enjoy a complimentary lunch as they bask in their victory. Sat 5 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Colorado 54

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:01pm

Summit all 54 of Colorado’s Fourteeners in one day, with a little help from more than 500 friends. This group-climbing effort invites each participant to pick one mountain, so all peaks are conquered simultaneously. Whether you choose an easier hike like Mt. Bierstadt or a tough trek like Pyramid Peak, you'll get to celebrate at base camp once you're done, with awards ranging from "Best Dance Moves Above 14,000 Feet" to "Biggest Fundraiser" and prizes such as T-shirts, new cameras, and even a roundtrip flight for two to Nicaragua.

Stone Fruit Festival

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:44pm

James and his giant peach would have been a sensation at the first local festival focused on stone fruit, but the bonanza will offer more than enough entertainment without them. The summer-y fest will feature cooking demonstrations with the Kitchen, a peach poetry contest, a stone fruit bake-off, kids' activities such as face painting and yard games, and specialty dishes by vendors such as food stand Orange Tent and ice pop-maker Big Top Pops.

Jefferson Park Farm & Flea

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:51pm

At this new marketplace, shoppers will find a mecca of handmade and vintage products alongside farm-fresh produce and regionally made artisan goods. Stock up on kitchen staples from Potter Highlands Produce, Little Peaks Bakeshop, and Modern Gingham Preserves, then score vintage finds from local shops like Nomad Vinyl, Vogel Haus Vintage, and Hidden Gnome Woodworking. Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Holy Cow Trail Stampede

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:30pm

Put on ‘yer war bonnets and ‘yer boots, because it’s time to go whole hog at this Old Western-themed 5K and 10K race. The dog- and stroller-friendly event is only as competitive as you want it to be, but keep in mind that there’s a special treat for the speed demons at the front of the pack: In lieu of a bike lead, first-place runners get to trot alongside a horse.

Denver Arts Festival

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:07pm

Shop for juried pieces by more than 75 artists—such as local painter Dianka Pocop and Florida-based jewelry maker Lisa Davin—at this lakeside festival. Then, groove to live music, including a sunset concert by Rail Ramblers, and munch on bites by Denver eateries, including sandwich truck Pavy’s. Bring along the kiddos for a visit to the Creation Station, which includes coloring and face painting activities. Sat 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Nature Discovery Day: The Buzz about Bees

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:45am

Bees do more than just buzz, as kids will learn at this apian walk-around. Young nature explorers ages five to 10 will learn about the important environmental role of bees and other pollinators, and will even have the chance to look inside a real hive. Bonus: A snack of locally made honey awaits the fuutre beekeepers at the end of this sweet adventure. Sat 10 a.m.

Burns Park Public Art Tour

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 2:38pm

Denver International Airport public art coordinator Mandy Renaud will lead visitors through the historic Burns Park, narrating its past and explaining its resident pieces of art. Learn about the land that was donated to the city by the family of Donald C. Burns as a tribute to the impact he had on Denver. Examine the six pieces of art in the park, including four that were created for an art symposium in the summer of 1968. Sat 10 a.m.

Dinosaur Discovery Day: Reptile and Bird Day

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:23pm

Your kids might find dinosaurs fascinating, but they probably don't know that some of T-Rex’s distant cousins are right in our backyard. Dino lovers can learn about the relationship (and surprising similarities) between the big lizards of long ago and their still-living reptilian and avian descendants. Wild Wings Environmental Education will bring live raptors—hawks, falcons, and owls—so that kids can get a close look at the birds of prey alongside snakes, lizards, and turtles from the Denver Zoo.

Colorado Photography Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:27pm

Calling all shutterbugs: If you head to this festival, you'll leave with more advanced skills to capture the world around you. Spend six days with 10 of Colorado’s best photographers, who will provide both classroom and field instruction on how to shoot landscapes, nighttime scenes, macro images, and portraits, as well as how to edit your shots with Adobe Lightroom. Eager to test your newfound skills? Don't miss photographer Jason J. Hatfield's three-night workshop, where you'll hike through Rocky Mountain National Park during the Perseids meteor shower. Sat 10:30 a.m.

West Colfax MuralFest

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:25am

West Colfax is getting a new paint job, but these designs aren't illegal. Critically acclaimed muralists like Daniel Chavez and Victoriano Rivera will spend the week before the event creating vibrant murals on select buildings in the 40 West Arts District, where the festival will later highlight the masterpieces. Reggae group Irie Still and salsa band Conjunto Colores provide the audio, while Rocky Mountain Snowflakes supplies the snowcones. Feeling the urge to tag something?

The Throwdown: A Charity Cornhole Tournament

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:22pm

Even if you're not triathlon-ready, you can still test your mettle against cornhole's backyard heroes at this charitable event. The round robin setup guarantees each two-person team a minimum of three games, with the top team from each group advancing to the winners' bracket. There may be just one champion, but with an entry fee that includes beer from Living The Dream Brewing Company, sandwiches from Snarf's, and slices from Pizza Fusion, there’s no shame in second place.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Blues & Brews

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:25pm

With a solid line-up of local and national blues bands and breweries, this music-fueled beer festival is the perfect way to dance and sip your Saturday away. Blues-y tunes from the Delta Sonics, Markus James, and Selwyn Birchwood complement bold brews from 17 breweries, including 4 Noses Brewing Company, Alpine Dog Brewing Company, and Platt Park Brewing Company. Sat 1-10 p.m.

Freakin' Fourth Anniversary

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:33pm

This outdoor gathering will remind you of an old-school block party—but with better beer. Enjoy live music all day (including a performance from Denver bluegrass-rock band Oakhurst) and grab some pizza from Basic Kneads and jerk chicken sliders from Kuechos food truck. Denver Beer Company will be pouring its eclectic beers (like the Graham Cracker Porter or Incredible Pedal IPA) all day. Sat 2-10 p.m.

Altered Reality

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 9:53am

What is reality? That's the question 12 national and international artists—all participating in the Musuem of Outdoor Arts' Design and Build program for university students—asked themselves when creating these site-specific installation pieces. Allow their works to play with your mind as optical illusion twists perception, disrupts expectation, and upends certainty. Also displayed will be original art by Design and Build instructor Cory Gilstrap, who specializes in soft sculpture and puppet making. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Centennial Under the Stars

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 12:18pm

Kids can go wild at this outdoor music bash, which takes the bright lights of an EDM festival and makes it a little more family-friendly. Two Fort Collins-based bands, Americana rock group the Patti Fiasco and folk group sister act SHEL, will kick off the night, followed by Las Vegas' ’80s tribute band, Love Shack. Between sets, families can sample fare from 10 food trucks, including Funnels and Fat Sully’s Pizza. And if dancing through the night isn’t enough to tire the kids out, a quick romp in the bounce house might do the trick.

Flash Mob America

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:11am

Don't get left on the sidelines when this flash mob hits the streets of Denver. Because these crowd-focused events appear seemingly out of nowhere (like flash floods, or the aptly-named Marvel Comics superhero, "Flash"), we can't disclose the location before the event. What we can tell you is that the gratuitous gesticulation will surprise a nonprofit that supports wounded veterans. To strike a pose for a good cause, register at the link below. Sat 6 p.m.

Dinner in White

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:28am

Denver’s take on Paris' traditional Dîner en Blanc, this classy soirée will add a shade of mystery to your weekend. Keep an eye on social media feeds or your email an hour before the event when the organizers will share the secret outdoor location. Once in, drinks and dancing await a sea of white-clad partygoers. Pack a picnic or spring for a VIP ticket, which includes a catered dinner set in a Parisian-style marketplace.

So Long, Shakespeare

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:14pm

The Bard of Avon, arguably the master of dramatic partings, will be given proper tribute in this compilation of his epic goodbye scenes. The night will include more than a dozen scenes from six plays, including All’s Well That Ends Well and Hamlet, as well as four songs performed by Ophelia, the Danish noblewoman and wife of Prince Hamlet. Thu-Sun 7:30 p.m.

The Chick Sings Frank

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:35pm

The renowned Frank Sinatra will come alive again in the form of the songs and stories that best defined him. Singer Lannie Garrett, accompanied by the Errand Boys of Rhythm quintet, will belt his hits and recount the tales of his career, his affairs, and his rise to become an American legend. Expect classics such as “One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)” and “That’s Life.” Sat 8 p.m.

Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:14pm

This ride up America’s Mountain will take your breath away (and keep it for a while, too). The fully-supported event offers a competitive 20-kilometer hill climb for the ambitious, and a series of shorter Gran Fondo timed rides for the mere mortals. Share the quad-searing effort with friends in the three-person relay for a total of 33 kilometers. Pro tip: Order the Famous Dave's BBQ lunch combo available at registration (an extra $15) for a much-needed protein boost post-ride. Sun 6 a.m.

Drop Your Drawers and Run Wild 5K

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:09pm

Run yourself clear out of your underwear (just kidding, keep them on) at this 5K. The race raises money for Underwearness, a nonprofit that works to ensure every child has access to undergarments. After your cross the finish line, head to the Denver Zoo for a light breakfast, two free drinks, an underwear toss, and access to the real wild things for the rest of the day. Sun 8:30 a.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Skullduggery

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:51am

Skeletons are usually seen haunting the halls at Halloween, but bones don't have to be spooky. In this hands-on adventure, wanna-be archaeologists can learn how to identify an animal (including humans) by the distinct shape of its skull. Topics of discussion will include adaptation, evolution, and mammal classification. The trek through the woods is recommended for junior scientists ages eight to 12. Sun 9:30 a.m.

Castiglione: Lost Genius

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:30am

You’ve likely heard of the 17th-century painters Rembrandt, but the work of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione has gone mostly unnoticed for several hundred years. In conjunction with the Queen of England’s Royal Collection Trust, the curators of this precious exhibit have collected 90 of the Italian Baroque artist’s drawings, etchings, and monotypes (a type of print invented by Castiglione himself) to display in America for the first time.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen Fifth Anniversary

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 2:13pm

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen is celebrating its fifth birthday in style at this decadent dinner, featuring beers from Trve Brewing Company and tipples from A.D. Laws Whiskey House. Chef Jake Grant has prepared a five-course menu that includes dishes like buffalo tongue French dip and butter poached halibut, each paired with a Trve brew (like the American black ale, Black Cascade) or bourbon from A.D. Laws. Sun 4 p.m.

Bill Vielehr Program Screening

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 10:30am

This tribute event is comprised of several short, pre-recorded interviews with the late Denver sculptor Bill Vielehr on his life's work in the modern art scene. Vielehr's pieces can be found on display in numerous public locations around Denver; his "Reflective Urban Quilt" sits outside Fire Station No. 1 in Aurora, and "Metal Response" is part of the outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities. His widow, Kitty Nicholason, presents the program, and attendees can look forward to drinks and discussion at St. Julien Hotel & Spa across the street afterward.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Ballpark Plates

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 4:54pm

Food and drink lovers can cover all the bases at this restaurant and bar crawl through the Ballpark neighborhood. Work your way from the Lobby and Zi South, the designated "home base" locations, to 25 other establishments for three hours' worth of free samples. Don't miss Scandinavian spot Trillium, named one of Denver's ten best by USA Today, and the award-winning sandwiches at Snarf's. Tue 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Nicki Minaj

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:14am

With her bombshell curves, no-nonsense attitude, and freestyling prowess, Nicki Minaj had no problem garnering the attention of rapper and label boss Lil Wayne after her MySpace page went viral around 2006. A contemporary of Missy Elliott and Lil’ Kim, Minaj is known for her costumes and theatrics, along with catchy tunes defined by unexpected hooks and guest appearances. This show, part of the "Pinkprint Tour,” lives up to that standard with performances by special guests like Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe, and Dej Loaf. Tue 7 p.m.

The Book of Mormon

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:40pm

What, might you ask, do the creators of South Park and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have in common? The originators of the sitcom went on to produce the satirical, vulgar musical that tells the story of two Mormon missionaries in Uganda, only one of whom has actually read the scriptures in question. Since opening on Broadway in 2011, the show has received nine Tony Awards and a Grammy Award, hurling the Mormon Church into a spotlight rife with sacrilege, rough language, and feces-themed jokes. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

Idina Menzel

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:44am

Over the years, Idina Menzel has racked up plenty of accolades for her singing roles in Broadway musicals, including a Tony nomination for her portrayal of eccentric performance artist Maureen in Rent and a Tony Award for her role as Elphaba in Wicked. Yet she didn’t make history until she voiced the snow queen Elsa in the smash animated movie Frozen and her song “Let It Go” made her the first person to have garnered both a Tony Award and a Billboard Top 10 hit.

Colorado Connections

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:51pm

Denver Public Library historian Brian Trembath will transport you back to the Wild West during this 90-minute history lesson. As you walk through the American Museum of Western Art, Trembath will regale you with the stories behind the 19th-century artwork on the walls. Learn about the lives of Colorado legends like Buffalo Bill and famed writer Isabella Bird, whose exploits give context to more than 300 dramatic scenes that line the walls of the museum. Wed 3 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Gearapalooza: The Ultimate Baby Gear and Registry Event

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:37am

If you don’t already own enough hand-me-down baby toys, head to this tot-themed extravaganza for the latest trendy gear. Snag everything from activity gyms to specially designed mittens for newborns at exclusive marked-down prices and enter giveaways for the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes. Or, just splurge on the platinum ticket option that comes comlete with a Beco baby carrier.

Rhiannon Giddens

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:20am

Best known as the lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Southern folk troupe the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens released her first solo effort, Tomorrow Is My Turn, in February. That album, produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, features songs made famous by artists as varied as Dolly Parton and Nina Simone. Having studied opera at the Oberlin Conservatory, Giddens moves easily between school-learned and front-porch styles, incorporating gospel, jazz, blues, country, Celtic, and old-time music into her live show.

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:27am

Folks Festival is a community gathering (hence the name “Folks” rather than “Folk”) best known for blurring genres and showcasing a healthy mix of legends and up-and-comers. Headliners include critically acclaimed crooner Sufjan Stevens, Southern troubadour Jason Isbell, and roots music revivalist Gillian Welch. Don’t miss roots trio the Wood Brothers, alt-country troupe Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, orchestral indie-rock septet the Family Crest, or Sunday’s special 25th Anniversary Gospel Set. Fri-Sun 10 a.m.

—Photo courtesy of Benko Photographics

Art & Ale Brew Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:42pm

As any good Coloradan knows, craft brewers have elevated beer to an art form. That will be expliclity recognized at this creative festival, where attendees will celebrate the Centennial State's tastiest brews as well as fine art made locally. Taste unlimited samples from breweries such as Blue Spruce Brewing and Strange Craft Beer Company, then challenge your friends to games of corn hole. You can also watch as artists create masterpieces live, or make your own work of art by personalizing a commemorative tasting mug in the craft area.

Ron White

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:47pm

Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White—along with his trusty companions, cigars and scotch—will recount the tales of his childhood in rural Texas and his rise to celebrity. The joker has earned three Grammy Award nominations, produced a CD that topped the Billboard comedy charts, and even penned a New York Times bestselling book: I Had the Right to Remain Silent…But I Didn’t Have the Ability. Splurge on the “200 Proof” VIP package to meet “Tater Salad” himself. Fri 8 p.m.

Wipeout Run

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:20pm

You'll get knocked down, but you'll (hopefully) get up again and again during this 5K filled with spills and thrills. The treacherous course from the hit TV show Wipeout will be replicated in the Mile High City, where you can test your strength against 12 inflatable obstacles, like the Door Knocker and the Fence Flapper, bent on sweeping you off your feet. A four-story inflatable water slide will usher you across the finish line, but you won't be truly done until you visit the merchandise booth for a souvenir—or make one yourself with a photograph in front of the zany backdrops.

Lafayette Peach Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:09pm

Celebrate summer's sweetest fruit during the the harvest of fresh peaches from the Palisade orchards. You'll find a selection of fresh-baked peach pies and cobblers from Louisville-based cafe and bakery the Huckleberry, smoothies blended by Lafayette officials, and 30,000 pounds of organic peaches available for purchase from Western Slope growers. After you've gotten your fill of the juicy treat, browse antiques and art from close to 175 Front Range vendors, and enjoy live music from the Boulder Friends of Jazz Club. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

FARMCAD (Food, Art & Craft Market)

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 11:20am

In Colorado, you can have never have too many artisan festivals, but this new market provides more than your average local bazaar. Get your fill of freshly cut steaks from Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe, giant pizza slices from the beloved Fat Sully’s, and vegan frozen treats from Ba-Nom-a-Nom before browsing Sweet Georgia Sugar’s natural skin care products, Colorado’s first mobile antique store (La Lovely Vintage), and works from several Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design students, including Amber Walkowiak and Julie Kitzes.

FARMCAD Food, Art & Craft Market

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:41pm

This locally-focused market brings together food vendors, local artists, and farmers for a multi-faceted shopping experience unique for the Mile High City. Peruse the stalls of artisan food merchants including Dead Dog Chocolate, Sweet Macarons, and Kettle Head Popcorn; pick up farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from Denver urban farm Potter Highlands Produce, or stock up on fashions from Whorl on Wheels and Blue Spruce Vintage. Students from the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design will provide pieces fine art for purchase as well.

Meet Linda St. Clair

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:31pm

Watch the movements of New Mexico-based artist Linda St. Clair as barnyard paintings spring to life under her hands. Starting in April, she began creating a vibrant series of oil-on-wood paintings entitled "Back Road Barn" and will add to the series during this event. She'll also take pictures of dogs for commissioned works, so Fido is welcome to come as long as he stays outside. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

FutureVet with Banfield Pet Hospital

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:54am

Does your kid ask more questions than you when you take Fluffy to the vet? If so, she's ready for this crash course in animal medicine, during which licensed veterinarian will explain what vets look for when they examine their furry patients as well as how to check if owners are treating their pets with care. After “graduating” from the program, children will receive a diploma and a stethoscope, which we’re sure they’ll put to good use at home. Sat 11 a.m.

Hope Floats

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:44am

Make a splash for your fellow Coloradans at this derby race with 5,000 rubber ducks as its competitors. Egg on your bird as it careens down the stream; the owner of the fastest duck goes home $1,500 richer while second and third place finishes receive smaller prizes. Denver-based tribute group That Eighties Band will provide the tunes for the event, which benefits the Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, an organization that sponsors care and peer support for mental illness and substance abuse patients. Sat 11 a.m.

 

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Kidz Bop “Make Some Noise” Tour

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 10:57am

Your little ones may sing along to the tunes on the radio, but now they can see kids their own age performing the biggest hits. This concert, created by kids for kids, offers fresh renditions of popular songs, including current chart-toppers like Pharrell’s “Happy” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk." Splurge on the VIP package for a meet-and-greet photo session and autographed card. Sat 4 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Foo Fighters

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:32am

It’s rare that a band’s frontman is also its drummer, but then again, few drummers can write and sing like the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, who initially came to fame as a member of Nirvana. The Foo Fighters were one of many alternative-rock bands to emerge in the ’90s, but few have endured as well (or racked up 11 Grammy Awards). The making of the band’s 2014 release, Sonic Highways—recorded in the eight great American rock ’n’ roll cities—is documented in an HBO mini-series of the same name, which premiered last fall. Sun-Mon 7 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Within Range: Paintings by Theodore Waddell

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:52pm

In the capable hands of Theodore Waddell, art and cattle herding have become fused. A working rancher himself, Waddell has created sculptures and large-scale, abstract paintings of the sprawling Western landscapes and the animals that populate them in order to tell their stories from a modernist point of view. Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Beer Class at Golden City Brewery

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 3:57pm

Golden City Brewery head brewer Mike George and brew master Charlie Sturdavant will school you on all things IPA during this in-depth class. Students will enjoy a pint of Evolution IPA (as well as beers from other local brewers) as they learn about grain composition, hops, color, and taste. A small class size ensures that participants can truly interact with the expert brewers and gain a comprehensive understanding of their brews' subtle nuances. Thu 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Unfurl

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:13pm

As its name suggests, this exhibit emboldens more than 20 established artists to break through the real or perceived boundaries they face professionally. For example, Rose Frantzen—whose portrait installation spent eight months at the Smithsonian’s Naitonal Portrait Gallery—created a striking three-dimensional painting with a young woman’s face on one side and an old woman’s face on the other, framed by natural objects cast in resin. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Greek Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:39pm

The Greeks created the Valley of the Temples, the Golden Mean, and the Parthenon, but you can’t eat any of those things (we looked it up). Fortunately, you can eat delicious things like gyros, ouzo, and lamb at this three-day Greek Orthodox festival. Stay for the Greek dancing, and splurge on imported Greek T-shirts, jewelry, and paintings. Just don’t be surprised if “Opa!” becomes a part of your daily vocabulary by the end of this celebration. Fri 4 p.m.

Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, and Fruition

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 3:24pm

Yonder Mountain String Band has roots in progressive Colorado "new grass," two fresh members in fiddler Allie Kral and mandolinist Jacob Joliff, and a new album, Black Sheep, released this past June. Three of Greensky Bluegrass’ members now call Denver home, and the quintet's sound is just as influenced by classic rock and various jambands as it is by Bill Monroe. Fruition is a Portland-based rock ’n’ roll band, although the group still embraces folk and plays well with string instruments.

Relatively Speaking

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:51pm

This darkly comedic play follows the lives of working girl Ginny and her naïve boyfriend Greg. Greg mistakenly asks Ginny’s other lover for her hand in marriage, thinking that the man and his wife are Ginny’s parents. Confusion ensues, and the quartet is forced to navigate deep misunderstandings and breakdowns in their sordid relationships. Fri-Sun 7:30 p.m.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Boulder Craft Beer Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:21pm

Support the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) as you enjoy craft brews at this locally-focused beer festival. Guests will quaff samples from 20 Boulder County Breweries, including Asher Brewing Company, Wild Woods Brewing Company, and Odd13 Brewing. Between sips, attendees can challenge their friends to a ping-pong game or play a few rounds of corn hole. Or, they can simply grab some eats from Suburban Weiner (or one of the other food truck vendors) and listen to high-energy bluegrass tunes from the Railsplitters.

Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:44pm

The only drag at this tobacco-touting festival is from the end of a freshly cut Cuban. The price of each ticket includes a bag with more than 20 sample cigars, a cutter, and a lighter—but the hand-rolled stogies are just the beginning. Make sure to sample libations from Asher Brewing Co., Avanti Winery, and Black Canyon Distillery, as well as browse the guns and exotic cars on display betwen puffs. Just remember to leave the Ferraris and firearms at home. Sat 1 p.m.

An Evening Under the Stars

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:55pm

This amalgamation of works by the Colorado Ballet is sure to leave you star struck. Outside under the night sky, dancers will perform excerpts from both contemporary and classical productions, including In Pieces by Val Caniparoli, an internationally renowned choreographer and the principal character dancer for the San Francisco Ballet. The night will give you a peek into past and upcoming productions by the company. Sat 7 p.m.

Colorado Pole Championship

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:00pm

Watch talented dancers compete without the grime of the strip club to detract from their performances. The state's foremost pole artists, including defending champion Kira Nguyen, will put on a dazzling display of strength, elegance, and theatrics. Although men, women, and couples will be competing, the winner of the female competition will move on to the grand championship at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Sat 8 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Snowbank Brew Run

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:33pm

If you prefer an ice-cold pint to a finisher’s medal, this informal 5K is for you. Racers can look forward to a free beer and a commemorative pint glass from Snowbank Brewing on the other side of the finish line. Send the frothy fun into overtime by joining the beer Olympics, which includes events such as the keg haul and beer balance relays. Sun 10 a.m.

—Image courtesy of Snowbank Brewing Co

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

USA Pro Challenge

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:26pm

Forget about The Tour de France across the pond; you can watch world class cycling right in your backyard. Line the streets of downtown Denver to watch the nation’s top cyclists sprint to the finish of this popular seven-stage race, which will have already taken riders everywhere from Steamboat Springs to Aspen to Golden. The entire event will be televised on NBC Sports, but it’s best experienced in person, so you can ring your cowbell and ask champion cyclist Tyler Farrar to autograph your favorite jersey. Sun 1 p.m.

Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion: America the Beautiful

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:36am

Garrison Keillor's radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion," was first broadcast in 1974 and has since become an American institution. Over the years the variety show has been broadcast in almost all 50 states, as well as internationally, and today reaches 4 million people a week on more than 600 public radio stations.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bonnie Brae Wine & Liquor Presents: Sake & Sherry with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 4:08pm

Part of the Wednesdays in the Park with Bonnie Brae series, this lakeside shindig features appetizers such as seared scallops, gazpacho, and smoked duck from Catering by Design, paired with a selection of sakes and sherries (as well as other wines and beers from Bonnie Brae Wine & Liquor). Guests can also sample booze-free treats like Backyard Soda Co. snow cones, Happy Leaf kombucha, Not Your Father's Root Beer, and Bonnie Brae ice cream. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, whose ensemble will perform at the event. Wed 5 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Esprit de She 5K/10K Run

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:57pm

Run like a girl and eat like a queen at this poolside night of exercise and eats. After a 5K or a 10K course, participants can replenish their fluids at Life Time Fitness' Bubbly Bar and refuel with tapas and tunes. Plus, you can choose from a complimentary massage, manicure, blowout, or hair braiding at the in-house beauty bar. Proceeds benefit Girls on the Run of the Rockies, an organization that supports physical activity and life skills for local girls. Thu 4 p.m.

Shining Lights of Hope Gala

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:25am

Sergeant Kevin Briggs is known as the Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge for good reason—since 1994, he's brought more than 200 people back from the ledge. Courage like his is the subject of this gala, which celebrates the individuals and organizations that make a difference in suicide prevention efforts. Governor John Hickenlooper will provide the opening remarks, followed by cocktails, gourmet dishes, and an auction that includes vacation packages to Costa Rica, Sonoma, and Cabo San Lucas. Thu 5:30 p.m.

Meadow Lark Farm Dinner at Berry Patch Farms

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:03am

Although Berry Patch Farms is just over 20 miles from Denver, its pastoral setting takes visitors far away from the bustle of city life. To wit, attendees at this al fresco dinner will enjoy an apéritif as they meet the farm's free-ranging chickens, ducks, and pot-bellied pig and take a tour of the sprawling 40 acres of organic vegetables, orchards, and farm market (housed in a beautiful red barn). Then, they'll sit down to a field-fresh meal featuring the day's harvest—expect plenty of peppers, berries, melons, and tomatoes. Thu 5:30 p.m.

Bright Ideas

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:44pm

In this dark comedic nod to Shakespeare's Macbeth, Joshua and Genevra Bradley become the ultimate helicopter parents in their three-year-old son's bid for acceptance into the Bright Ideas Early Childhood Development Academy. They want so desperately for their son to move from the waiting list to the roster that they invite the mother of a current student over for dinner—and poison the pesto. They don't stop there, despite a ghostly sighting of a floating mortar and pestle. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Riot Fest & Rodeo

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 06/11/2015 - 10:41am

This three-day festival trades tents for hotels, with plenty of amenities you wouldn’t get if the festival were more remote (think lockers and cell phone charging stations). Although the majority of the vast lineup skews rock-punk-pop—Andrew W.K., Rancid, Alkaline Trio, OK Go, Thrice, the list goes on—there’s also a fair amount of indie bands and hip hop artists in the mix, such as Nada Surf, Yelawolf, and De La Soul. We haven't even mentioned the can't-miss headliners: indie-rock mainstays Modest Mouse and the Pixies, rock god Iggy Pop, and legendary rap artists Snoop Dogg and Run DMC.

Land, Sea and City

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 1:43pm

There are no lanterns to signal which paintings in this comprehensive exhibit depict land and which represent the sea, but we think you'll be able to tell for yourself. The 18 participating artists, who hail from New Mexico (land), the East Coast (sea), and beyond, provide a glimpse into the country’s shifting landscapes through their varied paintings.

Foodie Cinema

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 10:33am

Instead of just making dinner while you watch TV, now you can mix up the culinary confections seen on TV (or in the theater). The films used as inspiration range from beloved classics (Babette's Feast) to new releases (Chef), but all feature mouthwatering eats.

Food Rescue Ride

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 11:32am

Halloween isn’t for another two months, but participants in this produce-themed bike ride will don threads resembling their favorite fruit or vegetable to benefit local nonprofit Denver Food Rescue. Cyclists will take different routes, choosing between 15-, 30-, or 60-mile courses, but will end up back at the post-ride party, where lunch will be served while awards such as highest fundraiser, best individual and team costume, and trailer pull winner will be given out.

Slide The City: Castle Rock

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:05am

You’d usually tell your child not to run on slick surfaces, but this watery celebration is the rare exception. Kids can sprint to their hearts’ content in the 1,000-foot-long slip and slide’s exclusive family lane. Bonus: Bring your water buckets to Colorado Springs on August 15 to hit this slippery festival twice. Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Green Beer Fest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:19am

This environmentally-conscious beer festival features unlimited samples from local breweries (including Asher Brewing Company), live music from Dan Treanor's Afrosippi featuring Erica Brown and Foxfeather, and even a silent disco. But what really sets this celebration apart is its commitment to benefit the Colorado Ocean Coalition, a Boulder-based nonprofit working to promote ocean advocacy and environmental stewardship right here in our landlocked state. Sat 2-10 p.m.

Pedal the Moon

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:01pm

Howl (or at least smile) at the full moon as you coast through downtown Castle Rock on two wheels during this six-mile ride. Front and rear bike lights are required, but excessive illumination is highly encouraged (think: christmas lights), making for a shimmering show as the group navigates along the East Plum Creek Bike Trail. Prize drawings include three new cruiser bikes, but the post-ride snack is perhaps the sweetest: Every participants gets a MoonPie. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:09pm

The lives of middle-aged sisters Vanya and Sonia plod along until the sudden arrival of their movie star sister, Masha, and her handsome but foolish lover, Spike. This Tony Award-winning production derived elements such as setting and theme from works by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, exploring the ideas of home, delusions, and self-pity. Fri, Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

The Dog Days of Summer 5K/10K & 1 Mile Doggy Dash

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:06pm

Your four-legged friend will spend this mixed breed road race panting happily. Pooches will be privy to their own provisions and prizes: dog water bowls at aid stations, doggy treats at the start and finish, and awards for quickness, costumes, and overall awesomeness. Their owners aren't left out either; human participants will receive Nuun electrolyte water and breakfast burritos to recover, and a commemorative T-shirt, a goody bag, and the option to take free pictures with their tuckered-out pup. Sun 7:30 a.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.