Ski and Snowboard Demofest

Submitted by Lindsey R. McKissick on Thu, 10/18/2012 - 2:53pm

Nothing pairs better in Colorado than fresh powder and a brand-new snow equipment. Before you splurge on the latest ski and snowboard technology, take demo sets from the industry's best companies out for a run or two. Test out skis and boards from Never Summer, Fortitude, and Salomon, among others. Then hit up experts for the lowdown on all of the new gadgets. Sat 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


The Ugly Sweater Run

Submitted by Chelsea Long on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:34pm

Ugly holiday sweaters don't belong in the back of your closet—at least for this weekend 5K run, which is more about fun than setting a personal best. At every mile, you'll find holiday-themed aide stations, cups of steaming hot chocolate, and sledding hills (yes, you're encouraged to take a sledding break). Slide into the after party for awards like best sweater, ugliest sweater, and best mustache (real or fake, so the ladies aren't out of the running).

Santa Claus Special

Submitted by Gigi Sukin on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 8:59am

For many children, writing their Christmas list is an annual tradition. This holiday season, let your kids get up close and personal with old St. Nick and Mrs. Claus and drop off their hand-written notes face-to-face in the railway post office car. After delivery, kids will receive a keepsake and can enjoy a warm cup of cocoa. Days, times vary.

The Horseshoe Holiday Market

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 8:28am

Walk the snowy streets of Denver and experience a Christmas market that could put even Scrooge in the spirit. Wander through the 40 vendors selling house-made jewelry, clothing, and furniture by local artists. Listen to live music and also carolers as they walk through the market. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  

Holiday Tours at the Boettcher Mansion

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 8:40am

Walk through the decorated Boettcher  mansion and experience a historic element of Colorado. Built by Walter Cheesmen in 1908, Governor John Hickenlooper is now the eighth governor of the mansion. Get into the holiday spirit with a tourget a special look into the legendary house sparkling with Christmas decorations from top to bottom. Daily, 10 a.m.-2p.m.  

Santa Claus Special

Submitted by Lara Herrington on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 10:10am

Come celebrate the season with a train ride—Santa’s preferred mode of transportation—at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Kids can mail their letters to Santa at a real railway post office car, visit Santa, and drink hot cocoa at the Depot General Store while getting in the holiday spirit. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 


Holiday Cookie Workshop

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 10:51am

Swapping cookies during the holiday season is an age-old tradition. Learn new techniques and recipes, to add a little oomph to your seasonal gift. The menu will include traditional sugar cookies, white chocolate-dipped cranberry and pistachio biscotti, and eggnog snicker doodles, among others. Sat 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.



Submitted by Sam Brasch on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 11:25am

Imagine this: an enormous present made from layers and layers of different sorts of sustainable gift wrapping, from newspaper to grocery bags. At the event, kids take the layers off one by one, pausing each time to learn about another kind of recycled or reusable gift wrapping. When they finally get to the center, there might be something just for them from the Majestic View Nature Center.  Sat noon.


Introduction to Professional Coffee Cupping

Submitted by Caroline Padden on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 2:03pm

Coffee cupping is like wine tasting for java hounds. Discover the difference between air and drum roasting, identify nuanced flavors in your cup of joe, and be able to describe your coffee preferences and why. You'll learn from the best. Kaladi Brothers owner and coffee connoisseur, Mark Overly (dubbed "Mr. Coffee"), teaches the class. Sat 2-4 p.m.


Santa Dash for Cash

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Tue, 12/04/2012 - 10:16am

Go dashing through the snow, or through Main Street, in your favorite Santa suit. In this seven-block costumed dash—complete with a milk and cookies station—you will have the chance to win $100 cash, whether you've been naughty or nice. Registration comes with a Santa Dash T-shirt, Santa hat, and a half-off tubing session at Frisco Adventure Park. Children and pets run for free. Proceeds benefit the Summit County Cares project to help with heat assistance and medical care. Sat 3 p.m.

Summit for Life Uphill Race

Submitted by Jae Drouilhet on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 3:46pm

The lift is out of serviceat least for you. Gear up in snowshoes or track skis to climb 3,267 of vertical feet in the dark. At the top of the mountain a dinner provided by The Little Nell refreshments, and live music, await. Contribute as a Ride For Life participant and ride up the lift to the post race festivities if you don't want to make the climb.

Patty Griffin

Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:41am

From winning a Grammy for her album, Downtown Church, to winning “Artist of the Year” from the American Music Award’s, Patty Griffin is no stranger to success. Performing her folk rock all over the world, her fans love singles like “Rain” and “Let Him Fly.” Hear tracks from albums, Flaming Red and Impossible Dream, as she performs as the headliner for Rootsfest. Sat 7:30 p.m.


Submitted by Kelsey Colt on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 11:17am

Celebrate a night dedicated to up-and-coming roots music artists. Newcomers will work the stage with bluegrass instruments along with featured artists Patty Griffin, Todd Snider, and an opening performance by Lake Street Dive. Rootsfest proceeds benefit Swallow Hill Music, an educational music program for all ages. Sat 7:30 p.m.