Think Steamboat Springs is just a cold-weather destination? Think again. The seemingly never-ending Fourth of July festivities go all day—and night—at the 110th Annual Cowboys' Roundup Days. On Wednesday, head to Howelsen Hill for the summer ski jumping competition (yes, really).
While many mountaineers dream of one day summiting all 54 of Colorado's famed fourteeners, Mike Obmascik attempted the feat in one summer. During this lecture, the author and adventurer recalls his journey and discusses his book, Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled—and Knuckleheaded—Quest for the Rocky Mountain High. Tue 7 p.m.
Have work off on the Fourth?
Put on your favorite American flag tee and head to Wash Park for the short but festively clad Liberty Run.
Music and yoga in the mountains: It’s a weekend brimming with inspiration. Deepen your practice with yoga gurus such as Seane Corn and Eoin Finn, and take your moves to the dance floor with live music including sets from Moby and Quixotic. Thu 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri 6 a.m.-11:59 p.m.; Sat 6 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
There's no better excuse for a bit of nostalgia than celebrating our nation's independence. Four Mile Historic Park's Old Fashioned July 4th will give you a new appreciation for national and local history. The family-friendly event includes a tour of Denver's oldest building (the Four Mile House museum), crafts, games, and a horse-drawn wagon ride. Kids will get a kick out of special appearances by Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. Thu 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Four Mile Historic Park
Sporting events and fireworks are about as American as it gets—which is why we think the 18th-annual 4thFest is the perfect way to spend Independence Day. Join thousands of Colorado Rapids fans before the match for drinks (for the grown-ups) and climbing walls and face painting (for the youngsters) and then cheering on the team as they go head-to-head against the New York Red Bulls.
Fourth of July success story: fireworks and a full belly. First, head to Wynkoop Brewing Company for a four-course dinner—where each dish is paired with whisky and a brew. "King of Spirits" and Denver local Robert Sickler will be on hand to walk you through the tastings as you dig into black-pepper barbecue quail, sage cornbread pudding, and more.
This juried photography exhibition spans the globe. Fifty-two photographers from Denmark, Czech Republic, and right here in Colorado submitted work for the contest. Peruse a large variety of conventional to unique processed photos. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ceramics and paintings and glass—oh my! This annual festival celebrates more than 270 local, national, and international artists. Stop by Artivity Avenue, where guests can indulge their own creativity by adding to a giant community mural. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
This Colorado-based troupe has earned local and national recognition for its light, retro-inspired folk tunes. Arrive early or stay late: Museum admission is free from 5-8 p.m. on concert nights. Fri 5:30-7:30 p.m.
How do you make dinner without meat—or dairy? Learn to cook vegan (including desserts) with star chefs of the vegan cooking world—including Alan Roettinger, author of Speed Vegan and private chef to the stars—at this health/environment fair. Get inspired by sampling dishes and listening to health, diet, and environmental talks. Sat-Sun, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The world's top drum corps battle for top honors at the 50th anniversary of Colorado's premier marching music event. Sat 7 p.m.
Host the next dinner or tea party with handmade décor. Learn the art of flower arranging, create your own letterpress invitations, and craft a pajaki, a Polish paper chandelier. After class, gather around the community table for cocktails and supper served fresh from the farm. Sun 8:45 a.m.-9 p.m.
The hills of Salzburg are alive with the sound of music in this beloved show. Enjoy dinner as you watch the von Trapp family use a musical festival as cover to escape from the Nazis. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Inspired by what is seen as lack of enjoyable music at political events in the United States, Pink Martini now performs multilingual songs—a blend of jazz, classical and old-fashioned pop—on stages throughout the world. The mini-orchestra is led by Thomas Lauderdale, with vocalist Storm Large. Mon 8 p.m.
Hairy-toed hobbit Bilbo Baggins goes where no hobbit has gone before as he travels across Middle Earth, tackling fire-breathing dragons along the way. With an all-child cast, this adventurous story—adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien's book—follows Baggins on his quest for the lost treasure of Lonely Mountain. Mon 1 p.m.; Tue 10 a.m.; Wed 10 a.m., 1 p.m.; Thu-Fri 10 a.m.; Sat 1 p.m.
Don't let those great farmer's market finds rot in your crisper. Learn to prepare seasonal veggie fare at this evening workshop. Students can look forward to chilled carrot soup, English pea and mint risotto, strawberry sorbet, and more—all farm fresh. Tue 5:30-9 p.m.
A full week of bull riding, steer wrestling, and bareback bronco taming returns to the Rockies. This annual cowboy holiday celebrates all things rodeo with six events licensed by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association with the winner of each taking home a $100 prize. Tue-Sun 7:30 p.m.
Success, fame, and other envy-inducing traits commonly act as motivation for murder. But when a murder victim is widely unsuccessful and unknown, it creates a challenging and comical case to solve. Investigate the murder of a D-list star in this whodunit musical comedy. Tue 7:30 p.m.; Wed 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Master and novice sewers, sharpen your skills as you advance your thread and needle artistry. Learn how to create Dresden table toppers, heart-shaped pincushions, and custom-fit brassieres at workshops by needlework experts. Stop by the vendors to replenish your sewing kit’s supplies, patterns, and literature. Wed 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thu-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Your little artist will have fun with fabrias at this crafty museum playdate. Toddlers listen to storytime skits and make textile-themed artwork inspired by the museum’s Spun exhibition. Wed 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Get your geek on during these summer sci-fi flicks. These Wednesday-night screenings will feature four modern sci-fi classics: Primer, District 9, Jurassic Park, and Limitless. As the credits roll, a museum curator will explore the science behind the fiction. Wed 7 p.m.
You watched them, you voted for them, now see them live. American Idol’s season 12 champ Candice Glover headlines this national trek, performing radio-friendly pop alongside 10 of the season’s other finalists. Wed 7:30 p.m.
From his 2-D "Exquisite Dork" drawings to unique 3-D furniture, Donald Fodness combines imagery and realism to form comtemporary artwork. Although he works out of a RiNo studio, he will display his work in LoDo. Bonus: Attend the reception on opening night. Wed-Sun noon-5 p.m.
The wonder of abstract art is that it can transform something rarely noticed into something extraordinary. That's the case with Horizontal Line, a collection of local artwork curated by Denver artist Joe Higgins that centers around, you guessed it, horizontal lines. Thu noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-6 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Let celebrity chefs add some glam to your fine-dining experience. Watch experts like Jorel Pierce, Kelly Whitaker, Eric Jaeger, Hosea Rosenberg and host chef Jason Vernon plate dishes you might not know existed as you sip on elegant wine. Thu 1:30-6 p.m.; Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m
Lovers of feng shui, design visionaries, and décor gurus: The votes for the 2013 Crystal Award are tallied. Local leading edge designers and their innovative, nationwide projects—in 20 categories—including healthcare and educational spaces, top kitchen, and the ultimate redesign will be recognized. Thu 5:30-11 p.m.
You've seen Tom Everhart's work since you were a little kid. The man who brought Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gallery to life is (who knew!) also one of the only living artists to have had his work featured at the Louvre. View his latest exhibition, Rolling with the Homies, and meet Everhart in person (July 19 and 20) when he brings his characters to Denver. Days, times vary.
—Image courtesy of Fascination St. Fine Arts Gallery and Tom Everhart
Starring Steve Carrell, this coming-of-age comedy centers on the awkward and lonely Duncan. Sick of his mother and her annoying boyfriend, the 14-year-old gets a job at a local water park and gains some much-needed confidence as the summer unfolds. Daily, times vary.
Celebrate summer in classic American style. Sample local brews and a variety of barbecue cuisine amid live music, a vendor fair, and family-friendly activities. Got a hot ride? Enter it in the car show. Fri 3-10 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Descend more than 4,000 vertical feet during this challenging, three-day mountain bike race. Riders must complete four stages—chainless downhill, cross-country, downhill, and super-downhill— to compete for the $3,000 prize. Fri 4 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.; Sun 11 a.m.
Five spunky, middle-aged Texas women are dissatisfied—with their relationships, lives, and unwelcome changes to their bodies—and unsure how to cope. Then the former ballers reunite to go head-to-head against the state basketball champs.
Barth Quenzer's goal to "salivate for color" is evident in the artist's paintings, which show a bevy of colors and textures. Catch the Denverite's newest pieces, made with oils, latex, and acrylics. Can't make it? Visit the gallery until August 5 to catch a glimpse of Quenzer's self-described formal-and-abstract clash. Fri 7-10 p.m.
Nationally acclaimed jazz ensembles and niche wine seminars harmonize during this sophisticated weekend affair. Enrich your knowledge about different winemaking regions, the nuances of flavors, and the finest vineyard blends. Fri 7-9 p.m.; Sat 12-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Brace yourself for some big hair in this uplifting musical about body image, beauty products, and boisterous teen Tracy Turnbald. Turnbald dreams about dancing on a hit '60s TV series, but an evil "it girl" does everything in her power to thwart her attempts. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
On its latest album, Knock Knock Get Up, David Wax and Suz Slezak continues to refine their critically acclaimed formula: classic American folk and rock spiced with traditional Latin and Mexican influences. Fri 8 p.m.
Dave Alvin is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter—but he just calls himself a "barroom guitarist." After leaving his 1970s roots rock/R&B group, the Blasters, Alvin built a solo career with blues, folk, R&B, and rockabilly. Accompanying Alvin are rockers the Guilty Ones and Big Sandy and His Fly Rite Boys. Fri 8 p.m.
Steve Earle has had one remarkable career. The Texas troubadour has written songs that were covered by well-known artists like Willie Nelson; acted in the HBO dramas Treme and The Wire; authored a story collection; and recorded gritty, pretty, and engrossing folk music. For this show, Earle's longtime touring band, The Dukes, will help showcase storytelling songs about the tragedy and triumph of the American experience. Fri 8:30 p.m.
Sorry, gents, this one's not for you. This non-competitive women-only bike ride offers participants two different route options (30 miles or 62 miles) through the rolling hills of Douglas County. Both distances conclude at a post-ride party featuring refreshments and goody bags. Hurry, though: Registration closes at midnight. Bonus: The ride supportsthe Women’s Crisis & Family Outreach Center. Sat 6:30 a.m.
Run for your life during this 1k spoof of Spain's famed Running of the Bulls. Participants wear white and flashes of red as they are chased by dozens of "bulls"—bat-weilding Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. Proceeds benefit the Tennyson Center for Children. Sat 9 a.m.
Last year, indie rock stars David Byrne and St. Vincent united on the well-received album, Love This Giant. Now, the duo headlines this festival that also includes rock bands Cake and Drive-By Truckers. Sat 11 a.m.-Sun 10 p.m.
Beer, BBQ, and more beer. That’s the mantra at this block party celebrating Breckenridge Brewery’s 23rd anniversary. Along with unlimited tastes of rare and unique brews, admission includes four drinks and a BBQ lunch, which should help soak up all the suds. Local bluegrass band Head for the Hills will provide the tunes along with Americana group the Colorado Goat Ropers Guild. Sat noon-6 p.m.
Bands. Beer. Breck. More than 30 microbrewers will offer samplings of classic craft beers and zippy new creations—giving you nearly 100 beers to try. Also catch live musical performances, with folk-rock band David Wax Museum headlining. Sat 1-6 p.m.
Nothing says Bastille Day like a garden party. Celebrate France's beloved holiday by indulging in the nation's finest culinary treats from local French restaurants, bakeries, and caterers. Bonus: Enter the raffle to win a roundtrip airline ticket to Paris. Sat 5:30-9 p.m.
What do you get when you mix the Talking Heads' David Byrne with St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark)? A brassy rock-music cocktail that's equal parts whimsy and funk. Their first collaborative album, Love This Giant, was praised by the New Yorker and NPR. Sat 7 p.m.
Lucero and Son Volt co-headline this evening performance. Lucero pays homage to its hometown of Memphis with a blend of rock and soul, while Son Volt sings the honky-tonk blues. Sun 7:30 p.m.
Longtime buddies Mitch, Bernard, and Frank relive their wild college days by starting a fraternity. For its summer film series, the Blake Street Tavern transforms its parking lot into an outdoor theater. Come early for dinner and drinks, and bring your own blankets and chairs. Sat 9 p.m.
International soccer returns to Denver as four teams fight to reach the highly desired CONCACAF Gold Cup title match. The preliminary round pits Martinique against Mexico before Panama takes aim at Canada in the night game. A guaranteed spot in the 2015 FIFA Confederations Cup is on the line for the winner of the July 28th championship match in Chicago. Sun 1:30 p.m.
Swim, bike, and run in the shadow of the sun-drenched Flatirons. This Ironman competition is the second race in the Boulder Tri-Series and the only one that follows international distance regulations: a 1.5K swim, a 42K bike ride, and a 10K run. Sun 7:05 a.m.
Wine-paired: sounds fancy—and expensive—doesn't it? It doesn't have to be. Learn the basics by sampling six varietals of wine from around the world, each paired with an unintimidating dish (like what to pair with a burger). Then go home and impress your friends. Sun 3-5 p.m.
It’s 1989, and the Israeli government is sending troops abroad as Palestine demands independence. A young soldier named Tomer struggles amid the chaos as he is sent to take revenge for a death of a fellow soldier. Don't miss a Tel Aviv-inspired beach party after the Sunday screening. Sun 4:30 p.m.; Tue 7 p.m.
Dine and dance to a medley of music—from artists as varied as Earth Wind and Fire, Led Zeppelin, and Michael Jackson. Start with a cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction. Then dance to high-energy music from Tunisia, a local cover band. Proceeds benefit Bravo! Vail and its mission to stimulate community education and engagement in the performing arts. Sun 5:30 p.m.- midnight.
The Lumineers has seen some good returns in a short time. The band's 2012 debut garnered a Grammy nomination, more than 100,000,000 streams on Spotify, and platinum status. The Denver-based folk rock band plays two nights in its own backyard (catch them with fellow locals Paper Bird the first night). Sat-Sun 7 p.m.
American Indians have long blended function and religion into beautiful pieces of art—and now your little one can learn, too. This weeklong camp teaches students how to create totem poles, masks, arrows, and dream catchers, and encourages them to not only make their own versions of these traditional crafts but also to infuse their personalities into these time-honored creations. Ages 6-9. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-noon.
See two iconic American rock bands from the 1990s. After achieving superstardom in the 20th century, these groups—known for hits like "3 a.m." and "Iris"—are still producing critically acclaimed albums today. Mon 7 p.m.
Be part of the Aspen Institute's inaugural NEW VIEWS: Documentaries & Dialogue series. Four critically acclaimed documentaries will be accompanied by conversations with special guests. Films include Blood Brother, Anita, Inequality For All, and Gasland Part II. Dates, times vary.
A new one-of-a-kind, large-scale installation by artist John McEnroe greets you as you walk into the Fries Family Atrium. Continue through the museum, and you'll find the Denver-based artist's own exhibit, which will feature his sculptures, photographs, and a conceptual piece. Tue-Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Following the inaugural Biennial in 2010, Governor John Hickenlooper has again invited the most innovative minds from the provinces of Canada to Chile's Cape Horn to discuss their expertise in fields such as business, science, and art at this year's conference, themeed "Unleashing Human Potential: Reinventing Communities, Business, and Education." The public symposiums will include speakers like Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, the Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist Peter Kareiva, and U.S.
Our food, houses, toys, and clothes all contain a myriad of chemicals that may or may not be safe. Beginning with the chemical revolution of the 1940s, Ed Brown’s documentary explores the unknown toll that these chemicals take on our bodies. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Relive the coreographed moves and five-part harmonies of the ’80s and ’90s when these pop heartthrobs return to the stage. The trio of boy bands take you back to when they ruled the charts. Tue 7:30 p.m.
This exhibition complies artwork of all media that has been displayed in Denver for the past year and a half. 5280 associate editor Daliah Singer will help judge the juried artwork. Don't miss an awards party and reception on July 19. Wed-Fri 1-5 p.m.; Sat 1-4 p.m.
Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman leads a panel of international activists, who will explore how countries around the world are experiencing the very same climate change issues we face here in Colorado. The event is hosted by the Global Greengrants Fund, a local nonprofit that funds grassroots solutions to climate change around the world. Wed 6-7:15 p.m.
Classic fairy tales collide in this musical based on stories by the Brothers Grimm. After a witch's curse prevents them from having children, a baker and his wife embark on a quest to start a family. Along the way, they cross paths with Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk). Wed-Sat 7 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m.
Science and art coalesce in this exhibition. Sculptures by seven different artists and one collaborative piece will explore the interrelated topics of energy and sustainability and their presence in the art world. Wed 7-11 p.m.
Kids celebrate the return of summer’s jewel-colored birds and learn how to attract them to their own backyards with an easy bird-food recipe. Ages 3-6 years old. Thu 10 a.m.
Join the oldest cooperative and member-run gallery in Denver for this annual show. It features pieces made from all types of media created by 19 Colorado artists, all of whom support SPARK. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Third Thursdays at the Infinite Monkey Theorem urban winery just got livelier. Pair Mexican eats from the Comida food truck with Infinite Monkey wines, all amidst live music. Thu 5 p.m.
Three decades into his career, Bruce Hornsby is still making noise with as much joy, spontaneity, and creativity as ever. The veteran performer is a Grammy winner and former Grateful Dead collaborator. Thu 7 p.m.
It'd be difficult to find someone who hasn't seen this Tony Award-winning musical about the life of Jewish patriarch Tevye. But we doubt you've seen it like this: performed by the PHAMALY Theatre Company, a troupe composed of performers with disabilities. The group's adjustments to the traditional script are always intelligent and enlightening.
The Hanson brothers' voices may be deeper, but they can still "MMMBop" you back to the 1990s. These bastions of the tween boy-band craze will be in town to promote their ninth album, Anthem, released in June. Wed. 8 p.m.
Gravity-defying acrobats and unicyclists return to Denver in an emotional portrayal of love between a queen's daughter and a young suitor. Tue-Thu 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 4 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., 5 p.m.
Embrace cultural variance. From Polish pottery and Madagascan hats to French tablecloths and Indonesian wood carvings, celebrate international ties with an array of vendors at the Mile High Global Bazaar. Enjoy performances from belly dancers and reggae music-makers, and find your groove to Egyptian Trance Dance performed by musician Cameron Powers. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
The electronica genre’s top bands and DJs—including Bauuer, creator of this year’s inescapable viral hit “Harlem Shake”—will a spin thunderous, dance-ready soundtrack. Fri 6 p.m.-Sun 5 p.m.
Dancers from Ballet Nouveau Colorado-Wonderbound move to the classical music of Ofer Ben-Amots and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. A handpicked ensemble of musicians from the Colorado Symphony provides the live accompaniment. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Set in Sunnyside, Queens, this comical play teems with zany characters. A zookeeper—and wannabe songwriter— and his schizophrenic wife, Bananas, head a motley cast, who are coping with the Pope's 1965 visit to New York City. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
Bring lasting change to a future generation with the spin of a bike wheel. Ride up to 150 miles through the Rockies during this three-day quest to help sick children afford medical treatment. Proceeds benefit Children's Hospital Colorado, which raises funds for youth healthcare. Sat-Mon 6:30 a.m.
Whip your body into shape during this mass workout and health expo. Participate in multiple fitness events—including yoga, Zumba, stair runs, CrossFit, and tug-of-war—on the steps of the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Pre-registration required. Sat 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Swim trunks, mountain bikes, and running shoes are must-haves during this off-road triathlon championship. Top finishers in each age group earn a spot in the XTERRA World Championship. Not quite ready for a full triathlon? Push yourself in the half-distance triathlon, or the 5- and 10k trail runs. Sat 8:15 a.m.; Sun 9 a.m.
What do trains have to do with dinosaurs? Early railroad crews often unearthed dinosaur fossils as they laid down tracks here in Colorado. Little ones can meet a stegosaurus dinosaur, dig for fossils, and learn all about dinosaurs during storytime. Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Homemade, human-powered vehicles go head-to-head on land and sea during this whimsical race. The vehicles, created from repurposed and recycled materials, and their crews are then judged in multiple categories, including creativity, engineering, and team spirit. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Get up-close to creepy-crawlies. This day-long carnival includes cockroach races, insect-themed games, and a bug safari along the prairie nature trail. Budding entomologists can also learn how to identify bugs found in their own backyards. Sat 9 a.m.-5p.m.
Your little one says she wants to be a doctor, but it's four-legged patients she wants to treat. A veterinarian teaches kids about animal checkups and pet ownership. The young animal healers also take home a FutureVet diploma and a stethoscope. Sat 11 a.m.
Artists from more than 30 states meet creatives from the Denver/Boulder area for this plein air display. In its third year, the fest showcases work from an array of artistic mediums. Bonus: A kids art activity tent will keep the youngsters busy. Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sicilian cooks are known for their rustic cuisine built on tradition. Learn from and eat with famous Italian chef-instructor, Fabrizia Lanza as she prepares some of her favorite dishes (fresh tagliatelle pasta with artichokes, saffron potatoes, braised lamb stew, and cannoli) from her cookbook Coming Home to Sicily. Guests will take home a signed copy. Sat noon.
Grab a wine glass for a day of tastings and seminars. This 10th annual event highlightss 26 wineries and more than 200 varieties of your favorite Colorado wine. Bonus: Food trucks and wine-focused dinners at local restaurants will further whet your appetite. Sat 2-8 p.m.
Coloradans have been making wine for more than a century. Taste the tradition and meet our great state's winemakers including those from Littleton's Avanti Winery and Palisade's Varaison Vineyards at this 10th anniversary celebration grand wine tasting event. Pair your sips with eats from the Bistro Colorado, Little India, or Jessie's Smokin' NOLA food trucks. Sat 2-8 p.m.
Representing the New Garage Rock movement, the Fresh & Onlys sing of charmingly scuzzy romances. Catch the San Francisco-based rockers as the opening act on the third day of the Underground Music Showcase. Sat 4 p.m.
Kenny Chesney's island-life country tunes have racked up a bevy of awards from country-music organizations and could add more with new album Life on a Rock. Country acts Eric Church, the Eli Young Band, and Kacey Musgraves will perform as well. Sat 5 p.m.
Honor seniors who dare to dream at this dinner provided by Epicurean Catering. Bid on silent and live auction items and witness mixed-media artist Derek Gores create a collage portrait live. The evening’s big moment: Local seniors are granted with wishes that help them obtain their lifelong dreams. Proceeds benefit Wish of a Lifetime’s mission to fulfill the wishes of seniors. Sat 6:30-11 p.m.
The Steep Canyon Rangers were already bluegrass stars. But when comedy icon Steve Martin served as frontman for 2012’s Rare Bird Alert, the band rose to a critical and commercial peak. Hear them along with rocker Edie Brickell. Sat 7 p.m.
The battle of the sexes continues. Stand-up comic Robert Dubac's one-man show addresses common disconnects between men and women via six alter egos, each of whom are trying to figure out "what women want." Sat 8 p.m.
This local septet attracted national attention in 2009, following the release its breakthrough EP, A Sky Underground. Mixing banjo, trombone, jovial harmonies, and cheery melodies into indie-pop bluegrass, the group has earned our Top Local Band honor in the past. Sat 8 p.m.
If you're trying to stack your summer race schedule, knock these two off in the same morning. Start with the 10K, take a break at the recovery zone to get a quick massage or stretch, and finish with another 5K before lunch. Sun 7:45 a.m.
Every day, 78 people in the United States receive life-saving organ transplants. Honor those who make survival possible at this 5K walk/run for organ and tissue donors and recipients. Stop by the “wall of honor” after the race to share your story. Sun 8 a.m.
Celebrate American Indian culture with a plethora of artistic work. Artists from numerous tribes will show pottery, replica artifacts, jewelry, and more. Be sure to catch an educational talk about the importance of nature preservation. Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Travel back in time at the Unsinkable Molly Brown’s 146th birthday celebration. Children fish for prizes, mine for gold, decorate hats, and compete in a potato-sack race. They can also meet a look-alike of Molly Brown herself. Sun 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pets and pet owners alike are in for well-deserved relaxation. Four-legged pals get a thorough sudsing and snack on doggie ice cream while you sip wine from Creekside Cellars. Proceeds benefit the Evergreen Animal Protective League, which helps abandoned animals find permanent homes. Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Not sure if you can string together 18 holes of good golf? This shotgun-start golf scramble includes specialty hole awards like longest putt, longest drive, and closest to the pin. Sip free beer as you cruise the course before a cocktail hour, silent auction, and banquet featuring Colorado Rockies utility player Eric Young Jr. The proceeds will help meet needs of patients and their families through Children’s Hospital Colorado Association of Volunteers. Mon 1 p.m.
Join Dr. Nicole Garneau, curator of human health at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, to taste some of her locally concocted brews. Pair the beers—featuring yeast from City Park—with snacks from the Über Sausage, Basic Kneads Pizza, and Peteybird Ice Cream. Bonus: Learn about craft brewing from a pro. Mon 6-9 p.m.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa's "Under the Influence of Music" Tour, now in its second year, has established itself as the place to discover the most exciting new talent in hip-hop. This go-around, the laid-back Khalifa is supported by A$AP Rocky, a Southern rap-inspired up-and-comer. The Denver stop also features B.o.B. and Trinidad Jame$, among others.
Recapture the spirit of the Wild West. This festival honors the infamous Buffalo Bill with a Western parade, kids' lamb rodeo, live music, a classic car show, and great local eats. Wed-Sat, times vary.
Saddle in for rodeos, concerts, fireworks, carnival rides, and more. Now in its 108th year, the Fair features a craft beer fest (an extra $25) for the first time and other exhibits the whole clan can enjoy. Wed-Thu 4-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Nederland-based folk quintet Elephant Revival utilizes a mélange of fiddles, banjos, and percussion to create its sound. Award-winning, retro folk band Carolina Chocolate Drops will also play. Wed 7 p.m.
Call it the New British Invasion. This English-Irish boy band is in the midst of a summer tour across the United States. The under-22-year-olds joined together after being individual finalists in the British singing competition the X Factor in 2010. Wed 7:30 p.m.
Eccentric is a word frequently used to describe this pop-rock star, often found wearing face paint. An avant-garde ’80s staple, Adam Ant is back with a new backup band and his first album in 17 years. Wed 8 p.m.
After two years in Lakewood, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center is returning home to its Denver studio. Join CPAC in celebrating the move with its first exhibition, aptly titled Open, featuring works by three local contemporary photographers. Wed-Sat noon-6 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Brenda Biondo
After his mother's funeral, a man invites friends over to reminisce on the day of the Million Immigrant March, when droves of immigrants ditched work across the country to march for their rights in 2006. The Latino Theater Company's production explores family, love, and the path of one's destiny. Fri-Sun 6:30 p.m.
Malabar chestnuts, bamboo, and bonsais (the easy-care plants) brightly fill our home. Learn why with horticulturist and author Tony Avent, who will reveal the myths behind commonly found market greeneries and plants. Before the talk, join the fresh food social hour hosted by Slow Food Denver. Thu 6-9 p.m.
When a princess falls for a philosophy student, she tries her best to woo the man of her dreams but must dress in a series of disguises to hide her true identity. This musical comedy recounts the often rocky path to love. Thu-Sun, times vary.
What exactly is autism, and why does it seem more prevalent today than ever before? Author Temple Grandin tackles these questions and more in her new book, the Autistic Brain. Hear the writer discuss autism in-depth, from its discovery in the 1940s to today’s groundbreaking research. Ticket price can be used towards the purchase of Grandin’s book. Thu 7:30 p.m.
For decades, Lorna Simpson's photographs, drawings, and collages have explored issues that plague society. Her latest exhibit examines gender and race through the modern African-American woman. Tue-Sun, times vary.
Nothing goes together like the Rockies and bluegrass. Big-name acts like Carolina Chocolate Drops, Keller Williams, and the Del McCoury Band headline this popular outdoor celebration. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Colorado artists Margaret Kasahara and Ashley Benton were both voted Women of Influence among regional curators. Kasahara explores identity across American and Japanese cultures, while Benton's work covers unique memories and dreams. Tue-Fri noon-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Head to the foothill to catch top jazz and blues acts from across the country, including the Bob Schulz Frisco Jazz Band and the Carl Sonny Leyland Trio. Fri 1-10 p.m.; Sat 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 9:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Multiple venues.
Colorado's wildfires have left acres of devastation in their wake. Now, you can help the recovery simply by painting. For the first half hour of this fundraiser, learn about the Firefighters Foundation (proceeds benefit its relief efforts). Then, enjoy a guided painting class and take home your original masterpiece. Fri 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Who would want to murder a girl everyone seemed to love? Detective Mark McPherson is on the case, tracking down Laura's killer. Based on the 1944 film noir of the same name, Spark Theater's stage version explores the fine line between love and lust. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.
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After discovering a "dirty little secret" about her husband, Cass flees to tourist-drenched Niagara Falls. Her journey of self-discovery leads to a slew of questionable characters, including a clown therapist, suicidal alcoholic, and lonely tour boat captain. The drama was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. Fri-Sun, times vary.
A lot more than dirt is dug up when a dysfunctional family gathers in Winter, Texas for one member's funeral. As deep-dark family secrets emerge, the Southern community erupts into chaos with a hysterical frenzy of lies, cover-ups, and elaborate schemes. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.
On hit TV show Impractical Jokers, comedy troupe the Tenderloins prank unwitting bystanders with random (and usually hilarious) tasks. Catch the funnymen live as they share exclusive footage from the show, divulge stories from the set, and put their improv skills to the test during a Q&A. 18+. Fri 8-9:30 p.m.
With a full head of curly red hair, comedian Brad Wollack has been the butt of nearly every redhead joke out there. As co-producer, co-creator, and co-star of the E! comedy series After Lately, Wollack can pack a laugh-filled punch of his own. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
In his lyrics, California rapper Mickey Avalon draws directly from his own life for inspiration. His rhymes focus on anything from drunks and junkies to punk rockers and the first time he held the mic. Fri 9 p.m.
Sloan's Lake Park becomes a hub of Asian culture this weekend when one of the state's largest Pan-Asian celebrations makes its annual appearance. Check out the Asian marketplace (with art, fashion, and knickknacks), the Taste of Asia Food Court (sample global dishes, from Vietnamese to Thai), and the performing arts stage, where you'll be entertained by both traditional and modern dance styles. Don't miss the main draw: the four dragon boat races—one in morning and one in the afternoon on both days of the festival. Sat-Sun times vary.
You need guts to be a performer, and Del Shores—a director, producer, writer, playwright, and actor—will teach you how. Attend one or two of his classes while he is in town for the opening of his play, Sordid Lives. Fri 9 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-6 p.m.
To some, filling a luxury Mercedes with freshly foraged, soil-covered mushrooms would fall under the "bad idea" category. But dirty hands are encouraged during this excursion (offered weekly for the next month).
It’s time to take the studio outside. In its inaugural year, this festival hosts more than 125 artists and craftsmen showcasing their handmade wares, from jewelry to photographs. Visitors can admire and purchase a range of artistic pieces in the company of live music and street performances. Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Embrace a day of exotic drinking inspired by one of Europe's top brewing nations. The beer list offers everything from experimental sips, sour beers, and lambics to year-round and seasonal treasures. Be sure to snack on tasty chocolates and cheeses. Sat 1-4 p.m.
Take advantage of this rare opportunity to see Bob Marley's former band, the Original Wailers. This benefit supports Cancer Care Initiative, which provides holistic cancer-care treatments to patients in Denver and was founded by former Nuggets coach George Karl. 5-10 p.m.
With a margarita in hand, help benefit the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. Enjoy cocktails, Mexican-themed food (skillfully prepared by Chef Tyler Wiard) and live music by the Tripping Griswolds. Be sure to vote for your favorite libation in the people's choice margarita challenge. Sat 6-9 p.m.
Jazz music can be intimidating, but some artists, like trumpeter Terence Blanchard, make the genre so evocative that it transcends all the lingo you thought you had to know. In addition to his storied solo career, Blanchard has scored plays and several feature films—including most of Spike Lee’s movies and George Lucas' latest project, Red Tails. So sit back and be wowed by Blanchard's skill—no expertise needed. Sat 7 p.m., 9 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m., 8 p.m.
Dancers suspended with ropes, bungee, steel, and other materials gracefully perform their routines high above the stage. The festival includes live performances, an interactive video and aerial show, and a discussion with the Frequent Flyer artists. Dates, times vary.
Celebrate Denver’s thriving creative scene at this art-inspired bash. Make artist trading cards, listen to spoken-word performances, and dance to live music by the Flat Out Five and Greg Painter. Sat 8 p.m.-1 a.m.
Walking a short 5K distance can change–and even save–a sick child's life. The 25th anniversary of this Denver run/walk staple benefits Brent's Place, which provides specialized housing to children and their families as they undergo cancer treatment. Sun 8 a.m.
Ladies, it’s time to roll out the two-wheeler for this females-only clinic. After a full day of classes on bike maintenance and a ride through ranch trails, you can relax at the ranch’s spa, enjoy yoga classes, and indulge in wine and cheese. Sun 8:30 a.m.
A favorite of craft beer lovers for its hoppy goodness, IPA is the star of this summer brewfest. Enjoy sips from 20 breweries (like Oskar Blues Brewery, Upslope Brewing Company, or Lagunitas Brewing Company), barbecue from West End Tavern's Rolling Smoke mobile catering, live music, and lawn games. Sun 1-5 p.m.
The world's most critically acclaimed dance troupes return to the Rocky Mountains once again, just as they have over the past quarter-century. In its 25th year, the Vail International Dance Festival welcomes the Pacific Northwest Ballet (performing the classic Swan Lake), a ballroom spectacular, and dance companies from Argentina, Russia, Japan, and more performing in the two-night International Evenings of Dance. You'll go around the dance world without ever losing altitude. Days, times vary.
It's a match made in instrumental heaven. The Colorado Symphony accompanies Rodrigo y Gabriela, a Latin rock duo that specalizes in mesmorizing, rhythmic acoustic guitars. Known for their exhilarating live shows, the Mexican band's songs have been heard in major blockbusters and on its most recent release, Area 52. Sun 7:30 p.m.
There are few life skills more important than maintaining a good diet. On the verge of leaving home, send your high school age students to this three-day culinary bootcamp focused on basic kitchen know-how like knife handling. Practice meals include braised pork shoulder ribs, creamy polenta and roasted chicken with mushroom-marsala. The final day of camp tests their new knowledge with a farmer's market shopping trip and cook-off competition. Mon-Wed 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Local artist Jen Zielinski transforms sketches into textured and detailed oil paintings. Combining realism and the whimsical, her pieces include portraits, disjointed objects, and fantasylike backgrounds. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
See rock 'n' roll history up close and personal with this national memorabilia tour. Collectibles from legends such as John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Buddy Holly, and Shakira will be on display with two themes in tow: artists who died young and great philanthropic musicians. Sun-Thu 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-midnight.
Join Grammy-winning singers Vince Gill and Amy Grant as they raise funds for Challenge Aspen. The Monday night gala kicks off with a silent auction and concert, followed by the Tuesday tournament at the Aspen Golf Course. Mon-Tue, times vary.
Renaissance woman Fabrizia Lanza—celebrated Sicilian chef, cooking instructor, and published author—lends her culinary talent to a unique dining experience. Accompanied by local wine specialist Dawn Gaudini, Lanza will lead a discussion on the wine mecca of Tascante, Sicily. Don't miss the endearing expert's last night in Colorado. Mon 5:30-10:30 p.m.
East Colfax Avenue comes alive during this popular food crawl. Hear live music as you try selections ranging from Fat Sully's pizza to tacos at Odelay. Bonus: Hit up after-parties at Sie FilmCenter and Park House Tavern. Present your ticket at GroundSwell, Steve's Snappin Dog's, or Udi’s at Lowenstein CulturPlex to begin crawling. Tue 5:30-8:30 p.m.
The Allman Brothers' guitarist Warren Haynes teams up with the Colorado Symphony to perform classical interpretations of Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead hits. The show is a tribute to the late Garcia—master guitarist, music icon, and Ben & Jerry's inspiration—who would have turned 71 this year. Tue 7:30 p.m.
The lineup for this inaugural bash is a folk-rock fan’s dream. Bob Dylan leads the pack that also includes My Morning Jacket, Wilco, and Ryan Bingham. Wed 5 p.m.