Rest up Friday night, because you'll need lots of energy for the full-day festivities at Saturday's Winter Festival in Evergreen. Activities include: an ice-fishing derby, ice-biking race, dogsled rides, ice skating, and a ski and snowboard rail jam competition. Grab some friends and enter the Snowman Creation Project—teams have six hours to create snowmen (or objects, or animals) that will be part of the Snowman Walk in front of Evergreen Lake House. Sat 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
A home, no matter the size, can always be improved upon. Find new ideas for your unique home or garden as you stroll through a wide array of exhibits and demonstrations at the Colorado Convention Center. The convention hosts more than 600 companies devoted to all things domestic, from in-home spas to window repairs. How-to educational shows will take place over the course of the week to give patrons the inside tips in maintaining and improving their homes. All ticket sales benefit horticulture scholarships for students throughout Colorado. Daily, times vary.
Ukiyo-e art contains images of 17th century Japanese leisure activities and landscapes, using curved lines and bright colors to capture a wide range of subjects. Explore this ukiyo-e art exhibit through the works of Japanese woodblock print masters, including Katsushika Hokusai of the Great Wave Off Kanagawa fame. Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat noon-4 p.m.
Tired of gifting the same-old box of chocolates for Valentine's Day? We've got the solution: Make—and eat—the sweet treats with your special someone. Bones is offering a two-hour candy-making class with Ellen Daehnick of Hellimae's Handcrafted Caramels and Mizuna chef Jon Robbins. Learn how the pros make caramels and bonbons, then take your treats home as an early present to yourselves. Sat noon-2 p.m.
Explore the medieval sketching technique used by Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Durer with this demonstration by master artist Tom Mazzullo. Accomplished by dragging a silver rod or wire across a primed surface to achieve a subtle drawing, silverpoint is enjoying a revival after centuries of displacement by graphite. You will learn the basics, theory, and how to get started on your own silverpoint art piece. Sat 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Doll up your paws with a discounted pedicure while meeting the loveable canines from the Big Dogs, Huge Paws shelter. The holiday special includes a pair of chocolate strawberry pedicures, champagne, and chocolate dipped strawberries. A portion of the proceeds form throughout the week of Valentine's Day will benefit the shelter's large breed foster dogs. Wed 2-5 p.m.
Indulge for the sake of the community. This benefit, and festival of chocolate, features a range of goodies to please your sweet tooth from Concertos in Chocolate's truffles, Too Haute Cowgirl's popcorn, and Breadworks confections. Enjoy wine, a bottomless champagne bar, and beers from local breweries such as Oskar Blues and Asher Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence. Sat 5-11 p.m.
What at first glance may appear to be abstract visions are actually large-scale photographs of the American landscape. David Maisel, showing four portions of his larger "The Mining Project" exhibit, highlights both beauty and destruction as he shows viewers the environmental consequences of mining, water diversion projects, and urban sprawl. Join Maisel and Young Museum Chief Curator Julian Cox for a discussion after the opening reception. Days, times vary.
Grab your beads, masks, and put on anything green, purple, or gold. Celebrate the return of Mardi Gras in twice this year. A few days early with a party highlighted by the Hazel Miller Band and a crawfish boil for dinner. Then on the actual day, head to the streets for a parade filled with colors and fun. Sat 6-10 p.m., Tue 4:30 p.m.
No need to passionately ponder “Where for art thou Romeo,” because he, his beloved Juliet, and the rest of the Shakespearean cast will be in Denver for four beautifully tragic days. Presented by Opera Colorado, Romeo and Juliet is both heartbreaking and heartwarming as it dictates the tortured love story of two kindled sprits, torn apart by their opposing families. Sung in French, the opera provides English and Spanish subtitles, along with celebrations and discussions before and after the shows. Tue, Fri, Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
To call this multiple Grammy-award-winning musician’s career prolific, would be an understatement. Plucking the strings of the bass guitar since he was two years old, the seasoned pro has since become a published author, joined famed jazz-bluegrass group Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, and regularly leads camps, clinics, and workshops for music students at his 150-acre riverside retreat center in the woods of Tennessee.