If you thought your childhood playground antics were long behind you, think again. This competition pits teams of 12 against each other in various elementary-school games. Past contests have included human foosball, wiffle ball, and (what else?) dodgeball. Heads up: Registration closes Wednesday, June 5, so act fast. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kick your family off the sofa and bring them to this recreational paradise. Peruse traditional and non-traditional outdoor activities–from mountain biking to geocaching–that your family can enjoy on site. Sponsored by Get Outdoors USA!, this festive day also includes invites families to follow-up activities at local parks. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Are your tykes bursting with energy now that school is over? A day of fun and sun at Colorado’s largest outdoor kids festival will help wear them out. Rambunctious youngsters will love the giant maze and pony rides, while aspiring singers can belt it out with karaoke. Another highlight is the touch-a-truck exhibit, where kids can scramble over real police cars, motorcycles, and fire engines. No need to pack a lunch—food trucks and other vendors will be ready to fill hungry bellies. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Colorado's ecyosystem is a wonderland for budding biologists and naturalists. Naturalist Ann Sarg will introduce kids to the creatures that call Roxborough State Park home—like bears, birds, and mule deer. They’ll play games, complete an ecology workbook, and explore the park to learn how plants and animals fit into their habitat. Attending two or more Junior Naturalist events earns youngsters an official park patch. Ages 7-12, reservations required. Sat 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Charles Bunnell's works have made their way into museums across the country since the 1930s. Finally, the art of this legendary painter is coming home. Credited with introducing abstract expressionism to the Broadmoor Art Academy in his native Colorado Springs in the late ’40s, Bunnell bridged the gap between the modern and surrealist movements. Vivid colors and swirling brushstrokes are strikingly evident in his paintings of Pikes Peak and other Colorado landscapes. Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
In need of a sugar fix? Learn the art of treat making from TAG pastry chef Noah French. Students will learn proper technique (how to properly mix a chocolate soufflé) as well as take home recipes for show-stopping desserts including caramel walnut turtles. Sat noon-2 p.m.
Who says you can't grow grapes in Colorado? With more than 100 vineyards, wineries, and tasting rooms across the Centennial state, the wine scene is growing. This festival—and culmination of Colorado Wine Week—celebrates the best our state has to offer. Enjoy unlimited sips from local artisan winemakers like Bookcliff Vineyards or Augustina's Winery, interactive wine education discussions, and food samples prepared by top Denver restaurants including Mizuna, Row 14, and Slotted Spoon. Pick up a bottle—or two—of your favorite to take home. Sat 1 p.m.
Are any two things more fitting for fresh air than frosty beers and plucky bluegrass tunes? Stomp your heels and clap your hands to seven live bands including Tennessee-based Americana troupe Black Lillies and orchestral folk act Jonas Friddle and the Majority. Sip brews from local breweries such as Left Hand Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery. Sat noon-10 p.m.
This iconic ’80s animated fantasy film about a unicorn saving her clan charges into the 21st century in a remastered format. Don’t miss a Q&A and book signing with Peter S. Beagle, the movie’s screenwriter and author of its source novel. Sat 3:05 p.m., 6 p.m.
Late-night talk show bandleaders can become nearly as iconic as the shows’ hosts. Doc Severinsen flaunted his virtuosic trumpet skills between Johnny Carson's wisecracks for 25 years on the Tonight Show. But the rest of his career has been equally productive, resulting in Grammy Awards and dozens of jazz and Latin albums. The Colorado Symphony will assist Severinsen during his “Solid Gold” show, which features the maestro’s renditions of beloved retro hits, like George Gerswin's "Embraceable You" and Duke Ellington's "I've Got it Bad (and That Ain't Good)." Sat 7:30 p.m.
Ballroom dancing is hip again thanks to shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. Take those reality stars (and some from American Idol), mix in hot, high-energy music, and you have Ballroom with a Twist: an infusion of contemporary moves into traditional dance styles. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
In this live comedy podcast recording, hosts Seth Romatelli and Jonathan Larroquette humorously converse about current events and trivia. Since debuting in 2006, the show has received priase from Rolling Stone and regularly places in the top 50 comedy podcasts on iTunes. 18+. Sat 8-11:55 p.m.
Presidents, families, and staffs shuffle in and out of the White House every four to eight years. But, from George Washington to Barack Obama there's been one consistency: Every president has has an African-American head chef or assistant chef in the kitchen. Author Adrian Miller serves up stories of those who cooked for presidents as attendees dine on a menu based on the favorite recipes of America's presidents. Chef Walter Scheib, the executive chef during Bill Clinton's and George W.