Roll through the beautiful areas around Castle Rock to welcome back Colorado cycling season in style. Riders can choose between 32-, 62-, or 100-mile road routes. Also available are an eight-mile family ride and a 27-mile off-roader that circles around the nearby hills and canyons. Participants have the option of camping out at the fairgrounds with fellow bikers for a post-race party.
Sundays used to be good for lounging around—until now. This ladies-only affair is focused on exploring various methods to sustain a long and healthy life.
Warmer weather and sunny rays signal the start of gardening season. Don’t waste a second of daylight. From canning fruits and veggies and turning sheep’s wool into handspun yarn to mixing organic skincare and sharpening sewing skills with picnic blanket making, learn the tricks of the homesteading trade. End class with cocktail hour and a farm-to-table supper. Sun 8:45 a.m.-9 p.m.
Not content to settle for just one 50th birthday celebration, the Denver Folklore Center is carrying the festivities over to another year. Swallow Hill Music helps the local landmark ring in its 51st year with Colorado folk acts Mollie O'Brien, Rich Moore, and Liz Masterson, as well as Portland-based musician Mary Flower. Tales of the Denver Folklore Center’s eclectic history—founder Harry Tuft is now a member of the Colorado Hall of Fame—will be interspersed amidst the performances. Sun 3 p.m.
Experience fresh creations from a sweep of flourishing artists. Put on dashing attire and indulge in the evening’s art scene—including film, fashion, visual, and performance—with DJ 12BC and host Orion Carrington. From the experimental steel and copper pieces of blacksmith Rory May to the expressionist paintings and drawings of Zachery Heil enjoy visual work from more than 30 artists. Sun 6-10 p.m.
Wine and dine? Try wine and more wine. Showcasing Colorado’s unique terroir, this weeklong festival includes six local wine events. Our top picks: Tuesday's Colorado Wine Cocktail Celebration—six of the city’s most esteemed bartenders will compete to create the best wine-inspired drink—and Saturday's Urban Winefest, for samples from more than 30 Colorado wineries. For a more relaxing atmosphere, check out the Governor’s Cup Awards on Friday to catch the crowning of the state's best winemaker.
Fresh off eight wins at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, Taylor Swift sweeps into Denver with opener Ed Sheeran and her evolving pop-country sound. Listen for her latest single, "22," along with favorites like "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." Sun 7 p.m.