Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Great Train Robbery

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:31pm

Hop on the train and travel back to the 1880s, complete with thieving outlaws, vigilant lawmen, and legendary ladies. Professional actors will stage train robberies and shoot-outs, argue over damsels, and tell tall tales about the Wild West. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

Food Rescue Ride

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 11:32am

Halloween isn’t for another two months, but participants in this produce-themed bike ride will don threads resembling their favorite fruit or vegetable to benefit local nonprofit Denver Food Rescue. Cyclists will take different routes, choosing between 15-, 30-, or 60-mile courses, but will end up back at the post-ride party, where lunch will be served while awards such as highest fundraiser, best individual and team costume, and trailer pull winner will be given out.

Denver Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:54am

Entering its second decade, this annual ride through beautiful Highlands Ranch offers 14-, 49- and 65-mile routes, beginning at the Rock Wood Fired Kitchen on Centennial Boulevard. Participants will have plenty of time after the event to raise the $200 minimum, but those who manage the sum before Saturday receive an event T-shirt. Organizers have their sights set on raising a total of $150,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Sat 7 a.m.

—Photos courtesy of Colorado Cycle for Life

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Garage Sale

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:49pm

The alley behind the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum will transform into a crafting bazaar for this eclectic event. Shoppers can expect to find a variety of donated supplies and handicrafts, ranging in price from 25 cents to $100. Avid quilters can start their next project with bargain kits and fabrics, while less crafty individuals can snag completed quilts to brighten their homes. Proceeds benefit the museum. Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue 5K

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:19am

Like most 5Ks, this one requires a registration fee—for humans, that is. Dogs run free, although they'll have to share the complimentary race T-shirt with their owners. The relatively flat course, which begins and ends near the park's Ponderosa Pavillion, mirrors the event's easy-going tone. Proceeds benefit the dogs served by the Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue, some of which will be available for adoption at the event. Sat 9 a.m.

—Photo courtesy of RMLR

Redefining Possible

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 9:19am

For those with spinal cord or brain injuries, accomplishing the goals they'd set before catastrophic injuries or illness is difficult to say the least. Yet Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Barry Gutierrez—in partnership with Craig Hospital—has created a striking photographic series that proves survivors of traumatic events can exceed their own expectations. The Denver-based photographer portrays people such as Erica Dueger, a World Health Organization epidemiologist who was injured in a bike accident; after relearning how to talk and eat, she's back at work.


Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 7:26pm

Thousands of discarded shipping pallets are saved from the landfill and upcycled as the framework for this innovative festival. Glimpse the wooden pieces everywhere, from the giant pallet maze to the obstacles for the parkour demonstration to the live build-off competition. Bring some cash to shop from 40 recycling-oriented artists and vendors, and stick around for musical performances by ’80s cover band the Goonies and Denver-based funk group Rowdy Shadehouse.

Fall for Burros Fun-Raiser

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:46am

This donkey rescue and rehoming shelter's first fall fête will feature donkey rides, a silent auction, crafts for kids—and even an 11 a.m. pig performance by Franktown-based porcine entertainment company Top Hogs.

Slide The City: Castle Rock

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:05am

You’d usually tell your child not to run on slick surfaces, but this watery celebration is the rare exception. Kids can sprint to their hearts’ content in the 1,000-foot-long slip and slide’s exclusive family lane. Bonus: Bring your water buckets to Colorado Springs on August 15 to hit this slippery festival twice. Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:51am

The story of Cinderella hasn’t always been kid-friendly—at least, not by today’s standards. But in this rendition, written by Jésus Perez and Paige Coffman of the Chicago Kids Company, the age-old fable sways more Disney than Brothers Grimm. And with a run time of just under an hour, this interactive musical adaptation is designed specifically for the attention spans of young theater patrons. Sat 11 a.m., 2 p.m.

Oktober Fest Season Kick-off

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 2:14pm

Ready your livers—it's time for Oktoberfest again. Opening weekend for the quintessential festival will feature authentic German food, brews from Prost Brewing and Andechs, and German music and folk dance. Sat noon-11 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Green Beer Fest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:19am

This environmentally-conscious beer festival features unlimited samples from local breweries (including Asher Brewing Company), live music from Dan Treanor's Afrosippi featuring Erica Brown and Foxfeather, and even a silent disco. But what really sets this celebration apart is its commitment to benefit the Colorado Ocean Coalition, a Boulder-based nonprofit working to promote ocean advocacy and environmental stewardship right here in our landlocked state. Sat 2-10 p.m.

Kraftskiva: A Traditional Swedish Crayfish Boil and Buffet

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:44pm

Stockholm native Patrik Landberg brings a little piece of his home to Denver with a traditional Swedish crayfish celebration. Kraftskiva is an end-of-summer festival that typically includes eating, drinking, paper hats, and camaraderie. The Mile High version will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet with freshly boiled crayfish and hearty Swedish appetizers. And yes, bibs will be provided. Sat 5-10 p.m.

Mo Mandel Netflix Taping

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 08/24/2015 - 1:30pm

If you've ever wanted to log onto Netflix and see yourself on screen, this may be your chance. Comedian Mo Mandel has appeared on Conan and Chelsea Lately, served as the host of truTV's Barmageddon, and toured nationally as a stand-up artist. This performance is being recorded by Netflix for production as a one-hour comedy special, and you can attend for free by RSVPing here. Sat 7 p.m.

Pedal the Moon

Submitted by Dan Roe on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 4:01pm

Howl (or at least smile) at the full moon as you coast through downtown Castle Rock on two wheels during this six-mile ride. Front and rear bike lights are required, but excessive illumination is highly encouraged (think: christmas lights), making for a shimmering show as the group navigates along the East Plum Creek Bike Trail. Prize drawings include three new cruiser bikes, but the post-ride snack is perhaps the sweetest: Every participants gets a MoonPie. Sat 7:30 p.m.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:09pm

The lives of middle-aged sisters Vanya and Sonia plod along until the sudden arrival of their movie star sister, Masha, and her handsome but foolish lover, Spike. This Tony Award-winning production derived elements such as setting and theme from works by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, exploring the ideas of home, delusions, and self-pity. Fri, Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.