A water bottle is a constant accessory for Coloradans, so the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is trying to educate us on where our H2O comes from. Attend a panel discussion on the history of the Denver Water company and whether access to water is a right or a privilege, plus view a screening of Flow, an award-winning documentary that investigates the world's water crisis. Sun-Sat, times vary.
BEST BETFree with admission.Denver Art Museum
$4-$6.Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys
Free with admission.Museo de las Americas
Free with admission.MCA Denver
BEST BETFree.Macky Auditorium Concert Hall
Free with admission.Denver Art Museum
BEST BETFree.Museum of Outdoor Arts
BEST BETFree.Downtown Aurora Visual Arts
BEST BETTicket prices vary.Foothills Art Center
BEST BETFree.Robischon Gallery
Free.Michael Warren Contemporary
Free.William Havu Gallery
BEST BETFree.Mike Wright Gallery
BEST BETFree.The Center for Fine Art Photography
Free.Colorado Photographic Arts Center
BEST BETFree.Mirada Fine Art Gallery
BEST BETFree.Spark Gallery
$18-$44.Curious Theatre Company
$13-$20.Buntport Theater Company
BEST BET$20-$22.John Hand Theater
BEST BETFree.Space Gallery
BEST BETFree.Sync Gallery
$8-$98.50.Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
BEST BETFree.Commonwheel Artist Co-op
Free.Walker Fine Art
$23-$42.Littleton Town Hall Arts Center
Ticket prices vary.Longmont Museum and Cultural Center
BEST BET$15.Lory Student Center, Colorado State University
Signing up for this low-key 5K doesn't take much effort, but recovering from a stroke does. Celebrate the strength of millions of survivors by running a course through Littleton's lush Hudson Gardens and along the Mary Carter Greenway. Proceeds benefit the Centennial-based National Stroke Association, which focuses on stroke prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and support for caregivers. Sun 8:30 a.m.
Celebrate Passover with an authentic Israeli meal and unique activities at this cultural festival. After enjoying spicy falafel from Saj Mediterranean Grill, learn some traditional folk dance steps while the kids find artifacts in a mock archaeological dig. Before you leave, round out your meal with desserts from Congregation B'Nai Chaim's new cookbook, Recipes For Life. Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Influences as diverse as My Bloody Valentine and Michael Jackson provide inspiration for these self-proclaimed post-modern rockers. The UK–based group released its second full length album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, in February to critical acclaim—and the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart. Mon 7:30 p.m.
Spend an evening with Ron Burgundy and the inappropriate Channel 4 news team at this quote-a-long screening. With a yazz flute prop in hand and a faux mustache on your face, you'll be ready to yell out your favorite ridiculous lines and play along with Ron as he attempts to seduce news team newcomer Veronica Corningstone. Mon 7:30-9 p.m.
Author and illustrator Molly Idle comes to Denver to talk about her newest children’s book, Flora and the Peacocks. The third in its series, the book features the adventurous Flora and her newfound, feathered friends as they learn the value of true friendship in the toughest of times. The Tattered Cover will provide copies for purchase, with the option for Idle to sign them. Tue 6 p.m.
These hilarious “housewives” will poke a bit of friendly fun at Colorado living. A host ridiculous characters, including clueless “neck model” Desiree, preachy, seemingly perfect mother C.L., and bossy, competitive Brooke, invite you to get in on the act and take a moment to laugh at the more superficial side of life. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.
Pop culture aficionados, art lovers, foodies, and hardcore Star Wars fans will unite at a local art gallery for an intergalactic celebration. At this Comic Con–esque evening, fans new and old can deck themselves in themed costumes, throw back signature cocktails (choosing between the Dark Side or the Rebel Alliance, of course) and, best of all, acquaint themselves with local talent: Ten of up-and-coming Denver artists will present new works made specifically for the event. Wed 6-10:15 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Art War & Young Say Day
When the Williams & Graham staff is away, the Bon Vivants will come to play. For four days, cocktail connoisseurs can enjoy the whimsical creations of the team from Trick Dog Bar, a San Francisco favorite, as its members take over one of Denver's best watering holes.
Valerie Savarie, a multi-media artist known for her Tim Burton–esque illustrations, collages, and carved books, is teaming up with three other Colorado artists for an eclectic exploration of trilogies in religious symbolism. Expect to see oil paintings, assemblage sculptures, and a divine corpse collaboration—no decaying body involved—in which three different artists each paint a third of an individual on panels without seeing the others’ work. Thu, Sat noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Modern artist Blair Bogin explores birthday ritual with her documentary-based performance art, which infuses chortle-at-the-awkwardness humor into highbrow topics. Catch her performance created in a residency with PlatteForum’s ArtLab Thursday at 7 p.m. Remnants from the production will be on display at PlatteForum through May 19; Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The 2015 Country Music Awards' New Artist of the Year released his first solo album, Traveller, last year to critical and commercial acclaim. In addition to two other CMA awards, the former lead vocalist for the bluegrass ensemble the SteelDrivers has also written songs for artists such as Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, and Brad Paisley. Thu 7 p.m.
If you liked watching Julia Roberts travel across Italy, India, and Indonesia in Eat Pray Love, you'll love hearing a talk from the author whose life inspired the popular film even more. The New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and Big Magic, a inspirational read about living more creatively, will divulge her writing process and answer audience questions during this inspiring evening. VIP ticket holders even have the chance to meet Gilbert in person at a cocktail reception prior to the main event. Thu 8 p.m.
This nine-piece ensemble’s sound channels the funk legacy of the group's heroes (the Beatles, Ray Charles, and James Brown) while also remaining fresh with innovative electronic beats and heady lyrics. Don’t fear, diehard fans: The band’s newest album, Digitonium, has stayed loyal to the late-night dance crowd with groovy tracks and strong female vocals. Thu 9 p.m.
Experimental house beats and heavy bass contradict this Grammy Award–nominated electronic artist’s mysterious persona. (He eschews all social media and online presence.) The Korea-born DJ is equally known for his underground sound and remixes of radio hits like Odesza’s “Faded.” Thu 9 p.m.
Celebrate the balmy spring weather at the official opening of BookBar’s patio. Refreshing drink samples will complement the featured summer reads and the end-of-winter sale on winter tales. A pop-up art gallery featuring the work of Denver artist Erin Walrath Ralston, readings from Colorado Book Award finalists, and a coloring hour will round out this charming springtime event. Fri 10 a.m.
You and your little ones are cordially invited to a proper tea to celebrate Mother’s Day. Your hosts are the quirky jolly nanny and the fiery Scottish princess, both of whom know all about the value of family. Tea, light refreshments, archery lessons, photo opportunities, and sing-a-longs will combine for a magical holiday fit for any princess or queen. Fri 10 a.m.
Innovative landscape photography by more than 50 artists from around the globe has been chosen by juror Natasha Egan, the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, for this sprawling photography exhibit. Make sure to find Richard Giles’ hauntingly lonely image of a derelict structure in wide-open plains, Carolyn Doucette’s shot of a bright geometric figure superimposed on a sepia tone desert-scape, and Todd Forsgren’s serene field of floating orbs. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Each of the 27 photographers featured in this show embody a unique dynamic between subject and artist, highlighting the ambiguous process of muse-making. While Aaron Blum, for instance, uses stark portraiture to capture his hometown, Liz Arenberg turns a piercing lens on her sister to create a visual discussion on anxiety and body image. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
A film festival doesn't have to be an all-day affair; in fact, you can see seven films in less than the runtime of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at this rapidfire fest. These critically acclaimed shorts are in tall order: Opening night features flicks such as Bendito Machine V, a crowd-funded movie about man versus machine, and Saturday highlights include Collective: Unconscious, a collaborative horror film (a still from it is pictured) set within semi-conscious experiences.
Pamper your mom with an evening of beauty at this ladies-only charity gala. Sip on a signature cocktail from the Ritz-Carlton's bar as you watch a spring runway show featuring styles from local boutiques, including Cry Baby Ranch and the Goorin Bros., then treat yourselves to facials provided by Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Fri 6 p.m.
When it comes to the Kentucky Derby, your race day attire is as important as the race itself. At this stylish party, local hat-makers the Goorin Bros. will help you get ready for the big event. With a complimentary mint julep in hand, browse through fedoras and boaters in the shop's new Derby-inspired collection to find the perfect accessory for your springtime look. Fri 6-9 p.m.
Get excited for summer storm season with this exhibit featuring four local photographers' shots of Colorado’s extreme weather. David Mayhew’s and Caryn Hill’s dramatic skies complement Eric Treece’s apocalyptic tornado and lightning shots, while Roger Hill’s photos that balance natural terrain with cloudscape will put any viewer at ease. The show is a collaboration with Pollinate: Biennial Arts Festival, which explores the theme of energy in southern Colorado. May 6 party, 6-9 p.m.; on view April 1-May 29; Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
These Northern Florida soulful swamp rockers join the ambassadors of New Grass for an early season show. Equal parts dusty-road bluegrass musicians and modern innovators, the acoustic Stringduster quintet thrives on live performances that showcase the agile harmonies and expert instrumentation that propelled the group to its 2011 Grammy Award nomination. Fri 6:30 p.m.
Featuring the junior company of Stage Door Theatre, this light-hearted musical follows the quirky doctor who can speak to animals. When he attempts to help Sophie the seal, Dolittle becomes wrapped up in a murder trial, a quest for an illusive sea snail, and an adventure that takes him around the world. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 3, 7 p.m.
Take a trip to consider humanity's reliance on technology during the opening of Canadian-Swiss media artist Jamie Allen’s first Colorado exhibition. Allen’s reimaginings of common items like laptops and typewriters aim to expose how technology dictates our desires. Allen’s work will appear alongside three works from Pablo Picasso’s 1969 lithographic series, Imaginary Portraits, that share Allen’s theme. Fri 7 p.m.
Barry Manilow recorded "Mandy," his first Billboard No. 1 hit, 41 years ago—and it's on the setlist for the 72-year-old's final tour. Fanilows rest assured, the three-time American Music Award–winning, two-time Emmy Award–winning, Grammy Award–winning vocalist will perform all the classics, including "Copacabana" and "Weekend in New England." He writes the songs that make the whole world sing, and Denverites in attendance will likely be no exception. Fri 7:30 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of BRE Presents
These popular Colorado Springs five-mile and 5K races trace a route through the picturesque Garden of the Gods Park. The course weaves its way across paved track, trail, and through the iconic towering red sandstone formations that give the park its name. An awards ceremony and finish-line refreshments will immediately follow the race. Sat 8 a.m.
Take a bike tour of Loveland that cycles you through the many historic buildings in the nearby mountain town. You'll glimpse structures like the Milner-Schwarz House (originally built in 1873) and the Garden Railroad (a miniature model of the town as it stood in the early 20th century).
At this colorful faire brimming with handmade goods, you're sure to find a unique gift for Mother's Day. More than 100 local artisans will show off their wares, including elegant jewelry from Mercer and Jayne, fragrant natural beauty products from Remy & Rose, and illustrated cards from the Paper Home Co. After browsing the goodies, head across the street for brews and snacks at an after-party hosted by Local 46 Bar and Biergarten. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Head to downtown Loveland to catch Colorado artists painting live in the fresh spring air. This Governor’s Art Show spin-off project features 50 of the Centennial State's most talented creatives, who will each paint a street scene to be auctioned off later that day. Proceeds benefit the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary clubs. Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Painter Ken Elliott employs the full spectrum of color to highlight the elements he finds most striking in natural scenes. A magenta-hued mountainscape, for instance, is lined by a sliver of bright green and warm yellow, indicating a receding sun over the western horizon. See his unique interpretation of wild spaces in this solo show. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.
This Mother’s Day, create special totems—between sips—that you and your mom can wear as a daily reminder of your bond. Learn how to make a mala, a 108-bead necklace that is traditionally used by Hindus and Buddhists during prayer and meditation. As you craft, enjoy bottomless mimosas and brunch foods. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Jen Pastalo Dacpano
The season for bar crawls is starting, but it's an even better time to hit up your favorite wineries. Visit local vino producers such as Creekside Cellars and Water 2 Wine to get a taste of the fresh libation as wineries release their first batches of the season. Stay close to Denver or venture farther away to Palisade or Poncha Springs for a real adventure. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Head south of the border without ever venturing below 5,280 feet at this two-day cultural festival. After a colorful parade snakes its way through downtown, ambitious competitors will face off in a taco-eating contest and green chili cook off as traditional dancers such as Ballet Folklorico Baile Caliente and live bands perform on two separate stages. Plus, dozens of vendors will sell a variety of one-of-a-kind wares, including artwork and handmade jewelry. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Bring kids ages six to 12 to this artistic experience for a discussion on immigration and its interpretations through works of art. The workshop includes a tour of the Dairy Arts Center’s Crossing Borders exhibit, which highlights the personal immigration experiences of local artists. Talkbacks with educators from the Dairy will round out the afternoon, but your little ones will also take home a painting to remember their conversations. Sat 10:30 a.m.
If you've never found a fragrance that truly matches your style, this DIY workshop provides a chance to create one yourself. Experts at the Scented Studio will introduce their 22 signature scents and walk you through the process of developing your own 30-milliliter custom roll-on perfume. Bonus: Take home a sugar scrub for the perfect Mother's Day gift. Sat 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Denver art scene rookies Jamie Gershen and Doug Spencer are building a space to ponder the afterlife. Inspired by the Coasters’ classic, quirky, and haunting song “The Shadow Knows,” the duo has created installations, drawings, and other nonconventional works of art using materials like found objects and furniture, smoke-manipulated glass, and hand-embroidered fabrics to consider what a post-death world would look like. Wed-Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Peruse the creations of local sculptors John Haley, Jack Middleton, and Mike Wright this Mother’s Day weekend. Each of the three artists in the one-day show employs rudimentary shapes to communicate an aesthetic message, be it simple and striking forms, patterns in nature, or bug-like creatures. Sat 2-6 p.m.
With a wide-brimmed summer hat and a fresh julep in hand, you can take part in an American tradition and support a good cause. After you've cheered on your favorite jockeys, 7News anchor Mitch Jelniker and Reggie Rivers, a former running back for the Broncos, will emcee a lively auction where you can bid for treasures like a print of Affirmed, Steve Cauthen Up signed by artist Tom Chapman. Proceeds benefit MyLifeLine.org, a nonprofit working to create a digital community for cancer patients and caregivers. Sat 2-6 p.m.
At this libation-centric festival, grab your complimentary tasting glass and sip on more than 150 local beers, wines, and ciders from local establishments such as Elevation Beer Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, and Tallgrass Brewing. Boulder-based bluegrass group Timber! is the featured band, but if you're not feeling rhythmic, participate in yard games such as giant flip cup. Food trucks including El Toro The Tot and Spud Nation will be available with plenty of eats. Sat Sun 2-5 p.m.
Knowing that 100,000 children have already benefited from the organization you're supporting isn't the only reason to celebrate at this black tie fund-raiser. You'll also savor food catered by Denver's most renowned chefs, including a sit-down meal from Rioja and a delicious buffet of hors d'oeuvre from Lola and Ace Eat Serve, as well as have the chance to bid on a vacation to the Bahamas or Pitbull concert tickets. Proceeds benefit Invest in Kids, an organization that has helped fund child-focused programs across the state for nearly 20 years. Sat 5:30 p.m.
Spend Mother's Day on the couch after this five-course meal on the holiday's eve. Master chef Connie Ruel will craft everything from seared scallops and shrimp custard cake to a duck and beef chip Napoleon. Each creation will be paired with a Kingman Estate wine such as a Chardonnay or Merlot. Sat 6 p.m.
We like to think we think our mothers everyday, but this weekend calls for a special treat (wine). Treat Mom to a five-course wine pairing dinner at one of Denver's urban wineries. Sit among wine barrels and fermentation tanks as you enjoy menu items such as seared scallops and shrimp custard cake paired with chardonnay. Sat 6 p.m.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's well-known tale of overcoming stigma, Hester Prynne conceives a daughter out of wedlock and is sentenced to live with a red "A" on her chest so no one will forget her sin. Prynne and her story are reimagined for the opera in this world premiere. Nervous about understanding the words? Subtitles in both English and Spanish will be available on a screen at every seat. Days, times vary.
May is the time for songbird migration through the South Platte River corridor. Follow a light continental breakfast with a leisurely 10-minute walk guided by an Audubon Center naturalist to the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies banding station. Watch as the ornithologists catch and band yellow warblers, lazuli buntings, chickadees, and northern flickers and help them collect data by weighing and measuring the birds and finally releasing them back into nature. Sun 9-11 a.m.
Not having to cook is one of the best gifts you can give a mother. Between the prime rib-carving station and the omelet station at this buffer, she won't know where to begin. You can also indulge in the Bloody Mary bar or bottomless mimosas. To top it off, all mothers will receive a rose. Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Visit the local movie theater for a Mother’s Day brunchtacular featuring a movie, brunch offerings, specialty cocktails, and deals from Aspen Grove stores. Enjoy the classic film while indulging in a spread of mixed fruit, bacon, sausage, and roasted potatoes, plus a mimosa. Afterward, explore the Aspen Grove shopping center. Sun 11 a.m.
This reputable Boulder eatery will be open for brunch for the first time. A basket of pastries and baked goodies will come to the table first followed closely by delectable eats like yellowfin tuna or the soft-shell crab—all paired with your choice of rosé, champagne, or Chablis wine. Sun 11:30 a.m.
Magician and comedian Justin Willman invites you to spend Mother’s Day with him at his family-friendly show. Seen on Ellen, The Tonight Show, and Conan, Justin combines clean humor and magical prowess for a show that will have your kids believing anything is possible. Bring the little ones along for a fun day of entertainment and stop by Lucy’s Restaurant above the club for a special brunch before the show. Sun 3 p.m.
If the upcoming election has you asking yourself whether voting is really necessary, this casual debate is the place to get some answers. By the time local experts, including Denise Maes, the public policy director at the ACLU Colorado, and Candi CdeBaca, the founder of local nonprofit Project Voyce, are done arguing for or against the nation's voting system, your opinions on the electoral process may have changed. Sun 5 p.m.
Join TV personalities and event hosts Chris Parente and Eden Lane for this inspiring concert featuring R&B and pop tunes as well as songs from Broadway productions. More than 10 singers and actors will perform, culminating in a choral performance of "Courage Said I Can," written by two-time Emmy Award–winning composer Denise Gentilini.
You might recognize Chef Pati Jinich from her PBS show, Pati's Mexican Table, or for her appearances on the Today Show, The Talk, or NPR's The Splendid Table. This event offers the rare opportunity to see her live for a demo of recipes from her new cookbook, Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens. She'll be available post-presentation to sign copies of the book. Mon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
This pop rocker's first studio album, Dopamine, represents a drastic change in tone from the melancholic, quiet songs he produced while living in New York City. His sound has shifted to Beach Boys–inspired harmonies and feel-good lyrics inspired by the Southern California region to which he recently moved. Mon 8 p.m.
Colorado is spicing up its Big Brothers Big Sisters program by throwing chefs into the mix for the Junior Chef Challenge (May 26). Before locals battle it out, they'll meet to devise a winning strategy. Chef Robert Juan of Zengo will meet with Little Sonya Reza; stop by to meet the pair—or just to enjoy a well-crafted Latin-Asian meal. Tue 5 p.m.
Although his wit and biting social critique come across on the page, David Sedaris is even funnier in person. At this evening reading, the writer of best-selling essay collections such as Holidays on Ice and When You Are Engulfed in Flames will share hilarious excerpts from his work and then sign your favorite books of his. Tue 8 p.m.
Maria von Trapp's favorite things may have been strudel and schnitzel with noodles, but ours match up more closely with this spread of indulgences. CopperMuse Distilling bartenders will mix up five mini cocktails to be served with three tapas courses (think: seared scallops and locally raised guineafowl) prepared by xhef Chrissay Pleines. Pair it all with tastes of Nuance Chocolate's bean-to-bar, melt-in-your-mouth delicacies. Wed 6:30-9 p.m.
With only 20 seats available for this four-course, community-style mea, you'll want to reserve your spot now. Chef Joe Cozza of Carmine's on Penn will woo his dinner guests with dishes like spicy chicken and okra gumbo and jambalaya-inspired stuffed bell peppers. Each creation will be paired with a hand-picked Italian wine. Wed 7-9 p.m.
Joyce Coco builds thick layers of color, using both bright and dark hues against a light, earthy backdrop to please the eye. Her resulting abstract works depict recognizable forms: a paint-smattered windshield, a goat, a desk lamp. Her work will be complemented by Madeleine Dodge’s colorful and geometric wall hangings. Thu, Sat noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Thanks to this upbeat fund-raiser, supporting individuals suffering from mental health issues is as easy as going to a concert. Snack on appetizers from Howl at the Moon while enjoying a live rock performance by Ignatius Reilly, then catch dueling pianists on stage after 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Mental Wellness Network, a statewide organization working to fight the stigmas associated with mental health issues. Thu 5:30 p.m.
You don't have to go far from home for this intimate celebration of food and wine. The main event is the pairing challenge, in which local chefs work with University of Denver hospitality management students to create ideal food and wine pairings. But don't miss the grand tasting, which features more than 100 wines and a variety of samplings from Denver-area eateries, including Osteria Marco and Mizuna. Proceeds benefit student scholarships for DU's hopsitality management program. Thu 6-9 p.m.; Sat 1-4 p.m.
Saddle up for this musical set in the Wild West and filled with adventure, comedy, and hidden treasure. The notorious Mad Dog McNut and his rough-and-tumble gang are causing trouble in Splodge City and it's up to a cowardly cook and a lively cowgirl with her faithful steed to stop the crooks and save the town. Thu-Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.
When a white man befriends a single black mom while on his daily bus commute, their relationship sparks fiery debate and highlights the stark socioeconomic divide between them. This thought-provoking drama offers a deep analysis of racial tensions in America. Wed-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
The voice behind the radio hit, “Nobody Love,” this star originally caught the world’s attention through her viral Paramore and Frank Ocean covers on YouTube. Kelly's masterful vocals carry her most record, Unbreakable Smile, and elevate her indie pop beats above radio singles. Thu 8 p.m.
In order to make some of the best dishes in Colorado, Fruition and Mercantile Dining & Provision owner Alex Seidel uses the highest quality ingredients he can find in the state. Learn about his process and technique in a small group culinary demonstration that features Friday night reception with the chef and a Saturday field trip to Fruition Farms Dairy and Creamery, where guests will sample Seidel's line of sheep's milk cheeses.
Kick off (or rahter, pedal toward) the start of cycling season with this biking-themed festival. Expect BMX aerial stunters, adult big wheel races, a bike polo tournament, live music, and discounts from local retailers like Denver-based Guerilla Gravity. Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
At this eclectic festival, you can travel back in time or across the globe. The lineup includes historic films, such as the 1970 slapstick short Some Days You Can't Make A Nickel and the 1912 dramatization of the life of frontier bride Clarice E. Richards, as well as films from Colorado directors. Don't miss the premiere of Power of the River: Expedition to the Heart of Water in Bhutan, an adventure documentary shot in scenic Bhutan and directed by Steamboat Springs native Greg Hamilton. Fri 4-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Learn to appreciate your feminine traits and love your body at this weekend retreat. With intimate workshops, such as an exploration of plant-based healing, and empowering yoga sessions, including Kundalini yoga focused on balancing your hormones, you're sure to leave feeling strong and rejuvenated. Proceeds benefit the Samburu Girls Foundation's project to build a kitchen and dining hall for 300 young women who have escaped early forced marriages. Fri 6:30-9 p.m.
In a celebration of all things ukulele, guest artists will host workshops, concerts, and masters classes such as “Strums of a Different Color” (to perfect your strumming technique). Don't miss Friday evening's performance featuring Daniel Ho, whose 2010 solo ukulele album Polani (Pure) was the first ukulele record in history to be nominated for a Grammy Award, along with fellow uke musician Julia Nunes and Denver-based trio Milk Blossoms. Fri 7 p.m.
For its second production, newly founded theater company Lost and Found Productions, puts on a racy, witty drama about the highs and lows of sexual relationships. The 10 acts of the play feature 10 sexual encounters between five women and five men (all of which are played by one actress and one actor) in modern London, highlighting the hypocrisy and loneliness that can produce a seemingly endless cycle of negative relationships.
The classic Whose Line Is It Anyway? duo reunites for a comedic takeover of Denver. The night promises to be a hilarious improv extravaganza made up of unique scenes and games based on suggestions from the audience. Unsuspecting audience members have been called on stage to participate in the past so come prepared with your funniest jokes. Fri 8 p.m.
This comedy revamps the Greek tales of traveling to the underworld. When two old summer camp buddies go to the woods shortly after the death of a close friend, they try to cope with the concept of death in their own hilarious ways (aided by the narration of their childhood camp counselor who acts as a guide to the after life). Featuring a CPR mannequin as a main "character" the friends bring along to practice survival skills on, Buntport Theater Company offers the darkly humorous world premiere of a show that will have you laughing away the darkness. Mon-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.
On its surface, this Michigan-born singer’s newest album Man About Town (released in April) is a kitschy parody of ’90s funk, soul, and hip-hop. But the pop artist’s invocation of classic Motown sound belies serious musical talent that first emerged when his father taught him to play guitar at five years old. Fri 9 p.m.
Hailing from Santa Cruz, California, this low-key group originally found success within the surf rock world. But with a sound more reminiscent of bands like Slightly Stoopid, the reggae rock outfit has pushed the boundaries of the genre with its combination of jam band-worthy guitar solos, punk-influenced style, and memorable melodies. Fri 9 p.m.
Come out to Colorado’s most popular duathlon, during which you'll run, bike, and run again all the way to the finish line. Friends and family can watch your progress on a live online feed and you can gloat about your accomplishment with printable finisher certificates and personal finish line photos (with free downloads!). Stick around for a post-race picnic lunch and raffle featuring racing gear from some of the sponsors, including Excel Sports and Runners Roost. Sat 7 a.m.
This cycling race series features different routes for a range of hardy riders: a 50-mile endurance course, a 30-mile cross-country course, and six-, 10-, and 20-mile junior courses. The 10-mile path that the racers loop around Bear Creek Lake Park features five intense climbs as well as rolling, high-octane single-track. Sat 7 a.m.
The whole family can partake in this timed mountain race against the backdrop of the stunning Western Slope. While participants can opt to walk instead of run, this event is not for the faint of heart (or thin of red blood cells). The six-mile course starts at an elevation of 6,500 feet at the base of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and gains nearly 2,000 feet by the time it reaches the park’s rim. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a tech shirt, awards for first, second, and third places (or $1000 if you set a new course record), and snacks at the finish line.
Families are invited to join the Wolfpack Ninjas—four American Ninja Warrior athletes that are also extreme rock climbers—for a full day of obstacle course fun. Three waves of competitors will try their hands (and feet) at conquering a youth or adult course (both of which increase in difficulty as you progress through them) throughout the day; the quickest contestants will receive prizes.
Bring your animal-loving kid to tour the Serenity Springs Wildlife Park and see its collection of big cats, partake in a bounce house, get her face painted like her favorite exotic animal, and delight in classic carnival games. She'll learn about the park and its mission and even have an opportunity to play with a baby bear for an extra cost. Sat 10 a.m.
Even for experienced art collectors, a live auction can be an intimidating experience. At this helpful event, Maron Hindman of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will explain the auction process, giving you all the tips you need to be a more successful buyer and seller on the floor. After her talk, sip on a complimentary Bloody Mary and use your newfound knowledge to place your bets in an affordable live auction. Sat 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
You and your four-legged friend can enjoy the sun at this charity event. An adorable parade will feature dozens of Corgi pups (and other breeds) strutting their stuff in costume as well as pooch-friendly vendors such as Pet Wants Denver. Proceeds benefit local charities working to educate dog owners about the breed-specific health issues, including canine hip dysplasia and epilepsy, that Corgis can face. Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Denver Beer Co. will transform Canworks, the company’s new production brewery and cannery, into a summer beach party complete with bluegrass tunes. Well-known bands such as Hot Buttered Rum, Caribou Mountain Collective, and the Railsplitters will hit the stage while beach volleyball matches and beer balloon fights take place in the background. Sat noon-8 p.m.
Enjoy the surprisingly comedic side of ballet with this humorous set of performances. Catch a modern reimagining of Sleeping Beauty at her uproarious 16th birthday party as well as Wonderbound producing director Dawn Fay’s Bathtime, a slapstick comedy about bath time.
Be good to your gut and mix some homemade probiotic-rich kraut into your diet. Mara and Willow King of Boulder's Ozuké, a store for all things pickled, will teach you how to ferment vegetables to create colorful sauerkraut and kimchi. By the end of the class, you'll leave with a jar of healthy snacks. Sat 2-4 p.m.
Stop pairing beer with dinner and go straight for dessert. Mockery Brewing and Pie Bird are teaming up to bring you pairings like a mixed berry mini-pie with a lemon Pilsner. The whole event serves as a Kickstarter fund-raiser for the Brewtography Project, a photographic essay that will depict Colorado's craft brewing industry. Sat 6-9 p.m.
At this vibrant charity gala, escape your daily routine to explore the varied cultures of India. Dine on authentic Indian dishes, then shop for intricate textiles and decorate your hands with henna at the bazaar inside the historic Mining Exchange Hotel. Proceeds benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Pikes Peak Region, a group that supports children who have suffered from abuse or neglect. Sat 6-10 p.m.
Challenge what you know about movement and dance at this mind-expanding event. Colorado's only fully integrated dance troupe brings dancers with and without disabilities onstage. Each dancer uses his or her own range of motion to complement the ensemble, creating a stunning group performance that redefines typical narratives of disability and art. Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Nelson Goforth
In this touching—and at times comedic—production, four men with mental disabilities live in a communal residence in New England with their sincere but struggling social worker, Jack. Each man has distinctive quirks that challenge Jack, but ultimately he must decide whether he's ready to move on from the men he's grown to care for. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Dream of soon-to-come summer days with the beachy tunes from this Southern California alt-pop group. You might remember the band's double-platinum breakout hit “Sweater Weather,” a Top 40 hit as sweet as bubblegum, from its frequent radio play in 2013. The Neighborhood’s sophomore album, Wiped Out, is just as dreamy and lyric-driven, but the group has added more synth and low-fi distortion in a partial retreat from a more mainstream sound. Sat 9 p.m.
No physical activity is required at this boot camp, which will last from one to three days depending on your lactose tolerance. Either way, a hands-on cheesemaking class will be followed by lunch, a local Longmont brewery tour (300 Suns Brewing, Shoes & Brews, or Left Hand Brewing, depending on the session), and a beer and cheese pairing. Sun-Tue 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Denver's very own school of rock is having a block party to celebrate its album release—and the city's most promising young musicians need your support for their record to gain attention. This mini-festival features live performances by the music students featured on the album, Y.O.R. Sessions Vol. 1, as well as interactive studio jam sessions and poetry readings by local literary arts organization Minor Disturbance. Don't miss the eats from pizza joint Infinitus Pie and Repicci's Italian Ice & Gelato of Denver. Sun noon
The National Traditional Country Music Association named this Wisconsin-born Americana folk singer’s 2014 album, Beyond Good and Evil, the Folk-Country CD of the Year. A meet-and-greet with the singer-songwriter will precede the concert, which showcases her latest EP, a compilation of original tracks as well as covers of Paul Simon and Van Morrison. Sun 3 p.m.
The third performance in this classical music series will feature pieces by Johannes Brahms played on instruments built during his lifetime—pianist Mina Gajic will perform on her historic blue-and-gold Parisian ‘Erard grand piano constructed in 1895. Also featured will be Thomas Jostlein of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra along with soprano Amanda Balestrieri and the Boulder Bach Festival's artistic director, Zachary Carrettin. Sun 5 p.m.
At this weeklong symposium, attendees have a choice between a dip or a dive into the world of contemporary art. The most promising minds in contemporary art come together for a host of activities, many of them free to the public, like the Crowdsourced Intelligence Agency exhibit by New York-based installation artists Derek Curry and Jennifer Gradecki. True enthusiasts, however, can purchase VIP tickets, which gain admission into smaller events, like an intimate barbecue dinner with MediaLive artists and curators. Mon-Sun, times vary.
Glimpse talented Division II athletes vying for championship trophies in four different sports. Seventy-six teams and 20 individuals in men's and women's golf, women's lacrosse, softball, and men's and women's tennis will convene in the Mile High City to determine who will be crowned victors. Mon-Sat, times vary.
With a fresh new sound that he's dubbed “chamber rock,” this singer-songwriter’s collaboration with the Ymusic ensemble has produced some of the most interesting and innovative music of Folds' career. The overlap of pop and classical music worlds was fueled by mutual admiration between the two groups and a desire to push the boundaries of accepted genres. Mon 8 p.m.
Kick off another season of mind-blowing EDM shows at Red Rocks with this British duo. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have been lauded for building a soulful world of sound around a beat you can't help but dance to. To wit: The pair's latest album, Caracal, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album. Tue 6:30 p.m.
The Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra will present a concert featuring theme songs from motion picture favorites such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Pink Panther. Expect a classic campfire sing-a-long, giveaways, and a high-energy, family-friendly performance. Wed 7 p.m.
Each of the five Denver-based artists in this new show employs geometric shapes, muted tones accented with pops of birght color, and plenty of negative space in their paintings or sculptures. Enjoy the deconstructed, soft-hued forms of abstract painter Frank T. Martinez and dreamy etchings of floating cubes by contemporary artist Steven Baris. Wed-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
James Bohling's acrylic paintings depict Southwestern landscapes in all their vivid glory, while Cyncie Winter’s abstract paintings evoke a sense of form and growth through her expansive use of light. The two have collaborated to create works around the concept of achieving a sense of calm. Thu-Fri 1-4 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
In this magical drama, join classic fairytale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming, and more as they discover what it means to truly live happily ever after. When their plots intertwine, they must learn to make their own decisions without a narrator to guide them through their respective stories. Venture down the path with Broadway star and Grammy Award–winning singer Debby Boone as the witch for the first three weeks of the show (May 19 through June 5). Thu-Fri 6 p.m.; Sat noon, 6 p.m.; Sun 12:30 p.m.
If you’re familiar with this comic's stand-up, then you’ll know his raw and honest content encourages laughing off everything from the apocalypse to mistakes like drinking too much. Coming off a Comedy Central special that premiered this past summer, Titus has performed his one-man show across the country to frequently sold-out theaters. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m.
Commonly referred to as the Pitbull of Comedy due to his quick and abrasive humor, this veteran comic comes to Denver to take on everything from pop culture and politics to social issues. Known for his voice-over work in Family Guy and his starring role in historical drama The Rat Pack, Slayton earned his own comedy special to highlight his unique brand of comedy. Fair warning: Anyone in the audience is fair game for this brutally hilarious stand-up comedian. Thu 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30, 9:45 p.m.
While Kathleen Krucoff bends metal into delicate necklaces and earrings that evoke natural forms, Jo Gaston creates idyllic scenes of country ranches and gardens (which she recalls from her childhood) with watercolors. The two Black Forest residents share gallery space for this new exhibit, allowing their vastly different mediums exploring the same similar subject matter (nature) to complement each other. Daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Immerse yourself in the natural worlds of seven distinct artists at this group exhibit. Reclaimed barn wood cubes by Lee Heekin will complement Kellie Cannon's rustic, decayed steel prints, which foil Don Quade's colorful paintings of seasons' changes and Derrick Breidenthal's muted, dreamy landscapes. Works span levels of abstraction, mediums, and message. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment.
This community tradition that celebrates local artists kicks off its season with a lineup chock full of vendors, musical performances, and activities. Enjoy the beer and wine garden from the Post Brewing Co., Art on the Street sculptures, children’s activity booth (with face painting and a magic show), and fine wares like paintings and jewelry from local artists and vendors.
The famous Colorado Dragon Boat Festival has expanded to the silver screen. This celebration of Asian-American and Pacific-Islander heritage features everything from comedies (Awesome Asian Bad Guys) and documentaries (Changing Season: On The Masumoto Family Farm) to anime flicks (Wolf Children). Spring for the opening night VIP reception to meet the director of Uzumasa Limelight, a Charlie Chaplin–inspired film that follows a "kirareyaku," or an actor whose sole role is to die in Samurai films. Fri 6 p.m.
Come to this evening fund-raiser for the mouthwatering eats by Central Bistro and Bar’s chef Jesse Vega; stay for the striking black and white works by artist Yesika Felix. Bid in the silent auction for an opportunity to take home one of Felix's images, which depict contrasting textures like bark and skin. Thu 6-8 p.m.
World-renowned flamenco legend Maestro René Heredia brings flamenco to the Mile High City in this intimate dance performance complete with authentic Gypsy costumes. Featuring Heredia’s Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre, the evening will celebrate the Gypsy dances of Spain while guests sip wine at intimate two-person tables as they enjoy the dancers’ graceful, yet percussive footwork. Fri 7 p.m.
Ever had the urge to punch your boss? You might not be alone—but now you can take a swing for a good cause. As a part of Boulder Startup Week, the first-ever Founder Fights will invite top company founders—entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and creatives, all of whom have trained with Corner Boxing Club co-founder Carrie Barry—to go glove-to-glove in the ring to raise funds for their charities of choice. Fri 7-10 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of The Corner Boxing Club
When Elle Woods is dumped by her longtime boyfriend, she follows him to Harvard Law School in an attempt to win him back. Faced with tough professors and tougher courses, Elle must learn her own self-worth and question if she’s willing to trade her upper class Malibu lifestyle for that of a dedicated lawyer. This catchy musical, based on the 2001 film, tackles stereotypes and scandal in a heart-warming way. Thu-Sun, times vary.
An all-American block party in RiNo wouldn't be complete without a great American beer—and this ale-infused music festival has plenty of cans and jams to go around. Crack open a high-energy Friday night of music at various Denver venues: See the Giraffes at Lost Lake; toe-tap to Doom Tree at the Marquis Theater; and hold your beer upright for Built To Spill at Summit Music Hall. On Saturday, festival-goers will don sunscreen and a pair of shades for the day-long block party on Larimer Street, featuring the Violent Femmes, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Big K.R.I.T., and more.
The Professional Disc Golf Association will host this three-round tournament designed for teams of advanced, intermediate, and recreational players. Its setting, Carmenisch Park, has earned the moniker "Badlands" for a reason: The wooded, hilly terrain requires skill to navigae. Plus, each round of the tournament is played on a different course, adding an extra challenge. Sat 7 a.m.; Sun 8 a.m.
Kick off a healthy (and safe) summer by supporting the everyday heroes who serve in the police force, fire department, and emergency medical services. EMS vehicles will sound their sirens as the starting gun for the 5K and 10K races, and kids can enjoy their own fun run, bungee trampolines, and tours of helicopters, fire trucks, and ambulances. Proceeds benefit Friends of AirLife, a nonprofit that helps to fund emergency air and ground transportation. Sat 8 a.m.
Head north of Denver for a day of sunshine and local shopping at this outdoor flea market. While the kids get their faces painted, you can check out dozens of Colorado-based vendors selling vintage and handmade goods, including accessories by Ivy Jewelry Designs, fair trade furniture from Elemental Trading Co., and spicy chai from the Sophisticate's Tea. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Foster a love of crafting in your child at this event filled with sewing and quilting tutorials. The Colorado Quilting Council presents lessons using handmade patterns that your budding quiter or seamstress can mimic, plus door prizes and raffles, healthy refreshments, and a parade. Sat 9 a.m.
Learn about the people and the historical and contemporary techniques behind household items—from toy cars to tools to shoes—and northern Colorado's factories. Bring the whole family to learn how to mold, cut, deform, and assemble everyday objects at this hands-on exhibit. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m.
Whether you’re an amateur shutterbug or a seasoned Henri Cartier-Bresson, you'll learn new skills at this workshop. Globe-trotting photographer George Jardine will explain the differences between Lightbox and Photoshop, and how to integrate the two for maximum benefit. Sat 9-11 a.m.
Don't bother cooking with dried herbs this spring—learn how to grow fresh ingredients instead. During this interactive class, experts will provide tips on incorporating home-grown herbs, like lavender and mint, into tea blends, homemade bath products, and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Bonus: As part of the workshop, use herbs from the garden to craft (and eat) a tasty lunch of tomato gazpacho, herbed chicken salad, and rosemary-rhubarb cobbler. Sat 9:30 a.m.
Get a sneak peek of Independence Pass, one of Colorado’s most scenic mountain byways, before it’s open to cars for the season during this road bike race. Recreational riders can enjoy a two-mile route ending at Weller Lake while competitive cyclists will continue up Highway 82 to finish at the Independence ghost town. A party at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Aspen follows the jaunt. Proceeds benefit the Independence Pass Foundation’s restoration work. Sat 10 a.m.
Treat your little ones to a picnic, a bit of live music, and some demonstrations of model trains. Pack your favorite spring lunch and sway along to the musical stylings of Denver jazz pianist and singer Wendy Fopeano. Don’t miss out of the museum’s model railway, on loan from the Denver Garden Railway Society, and relax while you explore the lush grounds with your children. Sat 10 a.m.
Your little artist will explore Chinese life, culture, and belief in the afterlife at this art workshop in partnership with the University of Colorado Art Museum. The morning includes a tour of the Life and Afterlife: Selections of Ancient Chinese Art from the King Collection exhibit, a discussion of different views on the afterlife, and an opportunity to create her own afterlife-related artifact through painting, sculpting, or paper crafts. Sat 10:30 a.m.
Get groovy with Latin, blues, funk, and jazz beats at this musical celebration of the neighborhood once known as the Harlem of the West. A New Orleans–style parade down Welton Street will kick off the day followed by more than 30 live bands playing on eight stages, an art and food marketplace, and a bounce castle for the kids. Sat 11 a.m.
Whether you're considering remodeling your home or just looking for a local HGTV fix, this self-guided driving tour will give you some design inspiration. On your trek, visit seven innovative modern buildings from Highland to Washington Virginia Vale, including a renovated 1968 family home and a solar-powered mixed-use space. Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Satisfy your sweet tooth after picking up some tricks in this hands-on baking class. Chef Marilyn Morgan will teach you how to work with pastries, from making meringues to using decorative edible flowers. Try not to eat all the confections before plating begins. Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Get your groove (and drink) on during American Craft Beer Week with this free music festival. Splurge for the VIP experience for all-you-can-drink Upslope Brewing Company beer, a meal ticket for a Moe's Original BBQ dinner, and a souvenir pint glass. Three stages will feature live performances by Eminence Ensemble, Lady and the Gentlemen, and Gipsy Moon among others, and Avid4 Adventure will facilitate a kids’ climbing wall. Proceeds benefit UpaDowna, a nonprofit committed to providing outdoor adventure opportunities. Sat 1-10 p.m.
Fund-raisers are as common as craft breweries in the Mile High City, but when you put the two together and add a blind taste test, your night becomes more interesting. During this charitable evening, you'll sample pours from Diebolt Brewing, Lowdown Brewery, Mockery Brewing, and Zephyr Brewing Company—without knowing which company brewed which beer.
One in eight Colorado households is food insecure, yet Americans throw out $165 billion worth of food each year. To combat this problem, Denver organization We Don't Waste rescues unused foodstuffs that would otherwise end up in a landfill—and now the nonprofit is entreating local chefs to help them transform their finds. Cooks like Mijo's John Depierro and Daniel Asher of Root Down and Linger will create your recycled meal while local distilleries and breweries (think: Laws Whiskey House and Declaration Brewing Company) provide libations, and rock group Rob Drabkin plays live.
In honor of Memorial Day, support local military families at this charity gala. In addition to enjoying a gourmet barbecue chicken dinner, bid to win items such as a weeklong stay at Bear Hollow Resort or a football signed by Von Miller. Proceeds benefit Project Sanctuary, an organization that provides retreats and counseling to families containing one member who has recently returned from active duty. Sat 5:30-10 p.m.
This local band features nationally recognized vocalist Robert Johnson, who has performed with icons like Stevie Wonder throughout his career. You'll also enjoy listening to Steele Blues Band, another local group that plays a range of blues and rock covers, who will open for the quartet while you play cornhole and sip a Mojo IPA on the patio of Boulder Beer Co. Sat 5:30 p.m.
Join the top pole dancers in the state for the Colorado Pole Championship, Colorado's largest pole dancing competition and part of the Pole Championship Series. Dancers from across the state will compete to win a spot in the 2017 PCS Championship at the Arnold Sports Festival in Ohio. While typically seen as taboo, this dance competition will showcase the athleticism it takes to become a master of a difficult art form. Sat 8 p.m.
You won't be line dancing, but this lively hoedown is still a great place to learn simple new steps. Decked out in your fanciest Western attire, start the evening with a lesson from Swingin' Denver instructors, then admire the pros from local dance troupe the Ladies & Gentlemen as they take the stage for a swing dance show. After that, Denver-based Odessa Rose will play lively Americana tunes as you show off your best moves on the dance floor. Sat 8:30 p.m.-midnight.
Frontman Jon Braun of Start Making Sense plays the perfect David Byrne for this seven-piece Talking Heads tribute band, whose performances evoke all that you loved about ’80s art punk. The show will be played with Denver-based Wake Up and Live, which pushes the boundaries of the tribute genre through improvisation and original arrangements of Bob Marley classics. Sat 9 p.m.
Choose from 62-, 37-, 30-, or 10-mile courses through the foothills of Larimer County on this multi-distance, non-competitive ride. The scenic routes travel through Carter Lake, Horsetooth Reservoir, and Boyd Lake, and proceeds from the more than 1,300 cycling participants benefit McKee Medical Center Foundation programs. Sun 6:30 a.m.
This challenging duathlon is not for the faint of heart (or breath): Racers will complete 30 miles of technical, single-track mountain biking that climbs around 4,000 vertical feet and an 11-mile trail run. Proceeds benefit Gunnison Trails, an organization dedicated to maintaining and developing the Gunnison-area mountain bike trail system. Sun 7 a.m.
This kid-friendly triathlon offers another outlet for your little athlete's energy. Three age divisions mean the youngest competitors (ages five to six) will only swim one pool length, bike one lap around Butterfield Crossing Park, and run about a third of a mile while kids as old as 14 can take on a 100-meter swim, an eight-kilometer bike ride, and a two-kilometer run. The food, prizes, and athletic activities will keep your children happy, healthy and, most important, occupied.
During this innovative lecture, Michel Martin (the weekend host of NPR's All Things Considered), and seven other dynamic speakers will focus on the ethical, political, and social issues surrounding water. By discussing topics such as sustainability, agriculture, and the symbolic significance of water, the eclectic panel—including a rancher, the author of science fiction novel The Water Knife, and a clean water activist from Flint, Michigan—is sure to help you view H2O from a new perspective. Tue 7-8:30 p.m.
With easy access to an entire globe full of products at our fingertips, it's easy to forget how to live simply. Thanks to the regional premiere of this stunning documentary, which won the Most Inspirational Film award at the Orlando Film Festival, however, you can draw inspiration from a variety of minimalists. Watch stories ranging from a couple living in a tiny house to an entrepreneur who never stops traveling to a family of four living with as few possessions as possible. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Catch this hauntingly beautiful love story of a struggling Dublin street musician and a young woman who takes an interest in his songs. Their relationship blooms as they collaborate to get a record deal, but their connection turns out to be more complicated than expected. Featuring an ensemble of actors who play their own instruments onstage, this memorable production reinforces the impact music can have on the human experience. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.
Stuck in her suburban home while watching her small children, Katie Caron found herself questioning her relationship with the natural world. This query prompted her to build an immersive installation exhibit using plastic and styrofoam. Plasticized renditions of the Rocky Mountains will rise up around visitors, while LED lights and projections stain the room with a digital glow, showcasing the integration of nature with technology in our lives. Wed-Thu noon-5 p.m.
Colorado transplant Anna Marie Mead dabs bright, jovial colors across her canvases in forms suggestive of natural landscapes, cloudscapes, and sunsets. In her new exhibit she employs her signature smears to recreate the Centennial State's stunning scenery. The resulting works are cheerfully abstract renditions of the natural world. Open by appointment.
Tote your free drinking vessel around this historic park for an afternoon of local food and drinks. Sample libations from establishments such as Mu Brewery, Black Canyon Distillery, Wild Cider, and Redstone Meadery. Then, wander between the stalls of food vendors, including Brothers BBQ and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Proceeds benefit Four Mile Historic Park's free or low-cost programming for underprivileged students in Denver. Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.
This rock group has been producing genre-busting tracks since its inception in 1983. The two-time Grammy Award–winning quintet is most well-known for its raucous shows, which feature wild light configurations, elaborate costumes, and art video projections. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Take a break from your own outdoor excursions for an adventure film extravaganza. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will flock to the mountains for dozens of movies plus lectures, book signings, gallery tours, and even an ice cream social. At the symposium kick-off event, New York Times columnist Timothy Egan and Betty Reid Soskin, America's oldest national park ranger, will come together to discuss the future of the national park system. Fri-Mon, times vary.
The river will take freestyle kayakers for a wild ride as they spin, flip, and hurdle through rapids to compete in the Buena Vista PaddleFest’s penultimate event. Spectators can enjoy pro and amateur class events as well as a beer garden that showcases local brew, wine, and cocktails as they cheer on competitors. Fri 4-6 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
This team of 12 musicians brings some serious talent and soul in their homage to the music of Steely Dan. With saxophones, trombones, trumpets, drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and vocals, the dynamic band brings an authenticity and truthfulness to classic tracks that dedicated fans of the originals and new listeners alike will enjoy. Fri 9 p.m.
As the weather warms up, humans aren't the only ones spending time in the sun. Take advantage of the spring climate to head outside and search for difficult-to-spot birds with an Audubon Master Birder from the Front Range Birding Company. With binoculars in hand, birders and non-birders alike will learn facts about bird ecology and tips on identifying birds by sight and sound. Sat 8-11 a.m.
Climb over six-foot walls, slosh through mud, and crawl across cargo nets to conquer the tricky terrain in this obstacle course race. With the map kept secret until race day, the 5K and 10K mud run will require some serious grit and teamwork to complete. The event will also include a Little Monkey half-mile race with similar hurdles for kids ages two to eight years old. Sat 8 a.m.
If you're feeling the springtime itch to spruce up your space, drive up to Stapleton for this outdoor market brimming with adorable antiques. The talented David Potter will treat you to a live banjo performance as you browse the vendor stands for the perfect reclaimed coffee table or vintage print from the likes of artists such as Amanda Vela and Robin Thayer. Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fossils reveal much about the past. Take your little ones on a journey through time and space as they discover not only the remnants of history, but also the current tracks being made (such as those on Mars) that future generations will look back on to learn about our culture. Travel to other planets through immersive shows and exhibits in partnership with the Fiske Planetarium to learn about the world around you. Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
In this perceptive comedy, callous Margie finds herself middle-age, unemployed, and squandering her money away at bingo. Yet she finds hope for a secure future when she tracks down an old flame, who is now a successful doctor. Don't miss the darkly funny production for its surprisingly compassionate views on class and culture. Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
Experience the sounds, steps, and imagery of Plains Indians dance in this multimedia exhibit. In keeping with the Denver Art Museum's summer-long celebration of dance, the institution is displaying drawings of animal, healing, and rite of passage dances; large-scale, dance-themed portraits dating back more than 70 years; and contemporary Native American dance regalia. Viewers can also experience traditional dance performances through a dancing circle video installation by Mohawk artist Alan Michelson. Tue-Fri, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Considered Arapahoe Basin's largest party of the year, this brew-focused springtime festival features unlimited tastings from local breweries such as Left Hand Brewing, Pug Ryan's Brewery, and Ska Brewing. Food vendors will offer fair delicacies such as turkey legs and brats, and there will be live music from Denver-based, old-school funk band Jakarta. We'll toast to that. Sun noon-4 p.m.