Hike and climb in Boulder’s foothills to help the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation raise funds and awareness for ovarian cancer research. All skill levels are welcome, and you can learn techniques from Colorado Mountain School guides and rent climbing equipment through the Boulder Rock Club. Don't miss the after-party at Eldorado Springs Pool & Resort. Sat 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m
Help fight cancer, one mile at a time. This two-day bike ride covers more than 80 miles, from the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora to the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center in Fort Collins. Not enough? Try the additional 60-mile loop in the foothills on day two. All proceeds benefit cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Sat-Sun 8 a.m.
We always appreciate a contest that caters to both the competitive set and the just-for-fun crew. This cross-country bike race does just that—and throws in some philanthropic motivation. Support the National Sports Center for the Disabled as you cycle along the trails of Winter Park Resort for 14-18 miles (competitive route) or 6-10 miles (recreational route).
Feel the breeze as you run in your underwear–preferably worn over your shorts–in this unique 5K for colon cancer prevention. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, which assists in payments and treatments for those Colorado patients who cannot afford it themselves. Sat 8:30 a.m.
Toss on a cowboy hat, hop a train, and travel back in time to when Denver was a frontier town. Little cowpokes will learn about how railroads ruled the Wild West—vying with the horse for the main means of transportation. Encounter outlaw train robbers, the sheriffs that tried to catch them, and the ladies and gents who lived in Old West towns. Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Make you mark on the clear trails of Winter Park Resort while riding for a noble cause. Choose between the longer competitive race option or the calmer recreational ride. Proceeds benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled, which offers sporting opportunities to disabled athletes. Mon 10 a.m.
This is a party worth cleaning up for. The South Platte River, Denver's urban waterway, is hosting the entire community for a weekend of paddle boarding, live music, kids activities, and conservation efforts. Curious about people paddling atop Colorado's lakes and rivers on giant surf boards? If so, register for a free paddle boarding lesson to experience one of the states fastest growing board sports. Then, sit back and watch the professionals put on a clinic in Confluence Park's rapid course. The two-day VIP experience—including food and beverages—are available for $250.
The heightening drumroll and hanging lanterns will lead to you this cultural jubilation of Japanese American culture. Explore traditional folk art including Raku pottery and paintings from local artist Joe Molina, textiles from Issui Design, and a collection of early-20th-century vintage kimonos. Check out the illusion and Japanese folklore storytelling performance from magician Gregg Tobo. Enlighten your tastebuds at you sip sake and dip your chopsticks into a beef bowl, somen (a cold noodle bowl), or manju (a sweet-bean filled dessert).
Revel in the world of bacon at this third annual festival. In addition to head-turning carnivore cuisine and cocktails, enjoy live music from soulful rock bands. Purchase Bacon Bucks to try samples—or opt for a Bacon Package, offering unlimited tastings at Purvey Bacon Company tents ($30-$50). Sat-Sun 1-6 p.m.
Get to know your local brewers at this celebration of their craft. About 40 Colorado breweries including Equinox Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Company, and New Belgium Brewing Company, will line up their finest for sampling. Plus, Colorado musicians will grace two music stages. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
CSS—aka Cansei de Ser Sexy ("I got tired of being sexy")—is a Brazilian rock band from Sao Paulo. Singing in both English and Portuguese, CSS is one of the firestarters connected to the rush of New Rave music blazing across the U.S. Sat 8 p.m.
Nowadays she's a nationally recognized artist with more than six million YouTube views to her name, but folk singer-songwriter Danielle Anderson got her start in Fort Collins. Since then, she's notched appearances on E! and College Humor, relocated to Minneapolis, and even performed with Mumford & Sons in Boulder. Listen to Anderson strum her trusty ukelele as she sings gentle, storylike songs. Sat 8 p.m.
Dan Hicks is an American treasure. His signature blend of folk, swing, and jazz—and his general goofines—has earned him friends and collaborators as sonically diverse as Tom Waits, Bette Midler, and Elvis Costello. See the 72-year-old legend play one of Colorado's premier brewpubs in celebration of his new CD, Live at Davies, recorded in San Francisco. Sat 9-11:30 p.m.