As her father’s Alzheimer’s disease progresses and his memories slip away, artist Karen Fisher is using paintings as a last means to connect with him. Acknowledging her father’s incremental loss of his own identity, Fisher’s brightly colored paintings avoid her father's face, instead showcasing his hands and the bright flowers the two cut together in his garden. Fisher’s work will be on view alongside graffiti panels created by local seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as well as their caregivers. Wed-Fri 12-5 p.m.
BEST BETFree with admission.Denver Art Museum
$4-$6.Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys
BEST BETFree.Terminal Gallery - Denver International Airport
Free with admission.Clyfford Still Museum
BEST BET$5-$9.WOW! Children's Museum
Free with admission.Museo de las Americas
Free with admission.Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Free with admission.MCA Denver
BEST BETFree.Macky Auditorium Concert Hall
Free with admission.Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Free with admission.Denver Art Museum
Free.Walker Fine Art
BEST BETFree.Museum of Outdoor Arts
BEST BETFree.Republic Plaza
BEST BETFree.Victoria H. Myhren Gallery
BEST BETFree.Downtown Aurora Visual Arts
$23-$42.Littleton Town Hall Arts Center
Free.Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
BEST BETTicket prices vary.Foothills Art Center
BEST BETFree.Robischon Gallery
BEST BET$33-$50.Lone Tree Arts Center
$36-$75.Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
BEST BET$22-$31.Aurora Fox Arts Center
Free.Michael Warren Contemporary
$10-$20.Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Ticket prices vary.Denver Mart
Free.William Havu Gallery
BEST BETFree.Mike Wright Gallery
Ticket prices vary.Karval Community Building
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BEST BET$20-$35.1stBank Center
Ticket prices vary.Front Range Airport
BEST BETFree.Union Reservoir
BEST BETFree.National Western Complex
$8-$65.Boulder County Fairgrounds
Free.Aurora History Museum
$25-$30.Oskar Blues Brewery
BEST BET$59.The Seasoned Chef Cooking School
$25.Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods
BEST BET$65-$95.Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
BEST BET$70-$95.Dick's Sporting Goods Park
BEST BET$15.Unity of Boulder
BEST BET$30-$50.Denver Community Church Uptown
Denver Tool Library (DTL) is a shared space for DIY-ers to pool together creative resources—tools, but also skills and space—to empower creative ventures in the Denver community. Come celebrate DTL's first successful year of business at this homegrown party. Jive to live music from local rock outfits Strange American and Safe Boating is No Accident, plus Americana group Lee Avenue, on a stage designed by Boulder-based documentary production company Incite Productions.
Falling in love is a difficult feeling to evoke in an audience, but that's exactly what the creative minds behind this evening-long performance intend to do. Participants in the immersive experience will engage all five senses through a night of food, drink, live music, dance, and visual arts that will re-create and re-imagine the tastes, sounds, smells, and sights of the coup d'amour. Created by the Denver artists' collective Gwendolyn & Guests, the evening brings together all things local down to the ingredients in the food and drinks. Fri-Sun 7:30 p.m.
The longest-running musical revue on Broadway is all about the golden oldies. In celebration of legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stroller, this revue lets the songs themselves (classics like “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Stand By Me”) tell the story. Tune in to the high-energy musical that will have you dancing and singing in your seat. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2, 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate local talent and steal ideas to update your personal style at this fashion extravaganza. This runway show will feature capstone collections by 22 graduating seniors from the Colorado State University Department of Design and Marketing, all of whom have drawn inspiration from natural elements in their designs. Bonus: Sip on a Breckenridge Brewery ale or vino from Dark Horse Wines at the VIP reception before the show. Fri 7:30 p.m.
With help from experts at the Lyons Farmette, even those with the brownest thumbs can cultivate a blooming garden. During this two-day intensive workshop, soil expert Helen Skiba and farm manager Garrison Schulte will teach you the basics, including when to plant, how to irrigate, and how to work with Colorado's climate. Tip: Bring a notebook and be sure to wear grubby clothes. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-noon
Well-known actors (including DCPA veteran Sam Gregory and original Pippin cast member Candy Brown) will recreate award-winning poems in the second installment of this narrative poetry show. Pieces as varied as Derek Walcott's indecisive “The Schooner Flight” and Joseph Hutchison’s innovative “A Marked Man” will remain true to the mission of Stories on Stage—to combine theater with literature and focus on diverse works. Sat 1:30, 7:30 p.m.
Are you up for sledding, puzzle solving, and zany games? You'll have three hours to complete as many challenges as you can in this fun competition, earning party beads along the way. Then stick around for the after-party to enjoy beer, hot cocoa, and food from local vendors. Sat 2 p.m.
At this throwback throwdown, sample some of Denver's best food truck offerings as you soak up live ’80s hits courtesy of local musicians El Paso Lasso and DJ E-Trane. While we can't guarantee that the food will be served from the backs of DeLoreans (read: definitely not happening), attendees of the event will get the chance to taste test from almost a dozen trucks, including Crock Pot, Fat Green Bowl, Taste of the Philippines, Bared Wire Reef, Lena B Bar-B-Que, and AikoPops, with drinks from Dry Dock Brewing Company, C Squared Ciders and Molly’s Spirits.
Good news, beer lovers: This former industry event is now open to the public. Sip and swirl more than 150 brews—one at a time, of course—and vote for your favorite. If you really want to roll up your sleeves and get into the competition, book a room at the host hotel. Sat 6-9 p.m.
The Littleton Youth Ballet brings kids the classic tale of Cinderella and her whirlwind journey to find true love. From magical pumpkins and friendly mice to an evil stepmother and a fairy godmother, this production includes all the magical characters live. Bonus: By purchasing a ticket, you're supporting aspiring professional dancers ages seven to 18. Sat 6 p.m.; Sun 1, 5 p.m.
Since 1987, veterans with traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments, neurological conditions, and orthopedic amputations have come away from this clinic with new skills and a renewed sense of self-worth. Spectators can cheer on the veterans on the final day, Race Day, as the athletes compete in their newfound alpine disciplines. Fri 8 a.m.-noon; Sun-Fri, times vary.
Your little one can don her sprite attire to join the Tulip Fairy and her elves as they welcome spring to Boulder. She can walk with the pastel-clothed posse in the parade to celebrate the beauty and history of the 15,000 tulips that are sprouting up along Pearl Street Mall before she gets her face painted participates in foam sword dueling, learns about wildlife safety, seed planting, and compost worm exploration, and get a photo with the tulip fairy. Sun 1-5 p.m.
This alternative pop group’s new album, Need Your Light, dropped in February, transcending genres with sounds ranging from pop melodies to orchestral through lines. Regardless of how you categorize it, the band's self-described “grown-up” record reinvigorates listeners while still drawing on the raucous energy that has inspired fans throughout the band's 10-year career. Mon 8 p.m.
If you loved the powerful coming-of-age story and unique vignette format in The House on Mango Street, don't miss this chance to meet its American Book Award–winning author in person. During the final installment of Aspen's Winter Words series, Cisneros will discuss her writing process and her work, including her recent autobiographical story collection A House of My Own: Stories from My Life. Tue 6-7 p.m.
Directors don't need two hours to make an impact at this festival dedicated to short films. From La Laguna, the story of a Mayan family struggling to maintain their way of life in the rainforest, and The Old Man and the Bird, an animated folk tale about a hermit, fans of a wide variety of genres will be inspired and entertained. After an afternoon at the theater, discuss your favorite scenes with friends and grab discounted drinks at an après party at the J Bar in the Hotel Jerome. Tue-Sun, times vary.
This socially conscious songwriter’s music is blues for the modern age: gritty, honest, and captivating. His skill on the guitar is reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, but his soulful voice is the true vehicle for his haunting storytelling. Tue–Wed 8 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Gary Clark Jr.
Local designers, hair stylists, and boutique owners will come together for a weekend of catwalks and award ceremonies celebrating the Mile High beauty scene. Catch three days of runway shows, including the nontradtiaion show (featuring both petite and plus-size models) and the creative hair show (a collection of the wildest coifs Denver stylists could imagine). You're sure to find new trends to include in your spring and summer wardrobes. Wed-Sun, times vary.
Inspired by the primitive quality of RiNo artist Michael Gadlin’s chaotic paintings, curator Michael Burnett build a six-artist exhibit around Gadlin’s work. Abstract pieces by Sangeeta Reddy, Philip Tarlow, Judy Campbell, Bill Snider, Skylar McGee, and Gadlin himself range from subtle to brutal in their exploration of a most fundamental creative act: making marks. Wed-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Please join Stupid Cancer for an unforgettable evening of cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, and you guessed it… a Toast! Our second annual Denver benefit will feature a silent auction, raffle, and remarks from special guest speakers, including Stupid Cancer CEO & Founder Matthew Zachary. All proceeds will benefit our mission to support the young adult cancer community to "Get Busy Living!"
It's time to address an important matter: Does cheese go better with beer or wine? This class serves a variety of cheeses, each expertly paired with a glass of vino and a local seasonal brew. In the end, you and your fellow cheese connoisseurs will vote for the best—and determine who wins this hard-hitting debate. Thu 7-9 p.m.
This dance-grass quintet combines traditional bluegrass instrumentation with innovative lyrics to produce their singular sound. Its members have established themselves among the best of Rocky Mountain bluegrass, performing alongside groups such as Railroad Earth, String Cheese Incident, and the Infamous Stringdusters in the past. Thu 7:30 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of White Water Ramble
Jamie Molina's work was displayed at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities when he was just a high school senior, but back then, his colored pencil drawing of his new shoes lacked deeper meaning. Now a heavyweight in Denver’s contemporary art scene, Molina is circling back to his old stomping grounds for a solo exhibit that explores the nature of superstition in his Latin heritage through pieces ranging from murals to found object sculptures. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
Explore the interplay of natural and geometric forms at this three-artist exhibit. April Noble’s ceramic seed-like shapes call attention to the potential energy of new life, while Gary Manuel’s use of the sense of motion found in the grain of wood contrasts with the hard lines he creates with metal material. Although Leo Franco describes his abstract, found object sculptures as non-representative of nature, his body of work undeniably evokes a quality of motion and balance essential to the natural world. Thu, Sat noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
This lavish screening of the perfect cinematic love story is Denver's date night of the week (although there's plenty to love for singles, too). The show offers five dinner options—including roasted turkey legs and a seafood medley ceviche—and two martinis made by Western Spirits Beverage Company. For the full movie experience, splurge for the hotel package: a king bedroom at the Hampton Inn & Suites with a date night gift pack and complimentary shuttle transportation to the film. Fri 5:30 p.m.
This festival fund-raiser will feature more than 300 wines hailing from Colorado and across the world. Kevin Taylor Catering will provide heavy appetizers such as salads and pasta for guests to eat while they engage with winemakers and become a vino connoisseur. Fri 6-9 p.m.
At this group exhibit, explore the intersection of two art forms that don't often occupy the same spaces: paintings and tattoos. As different as the audiences of these mediums have traditionally been, the show's curators encourage attendees to consider the similarities between the two ancient genres as they adapt to new technologies and cultural trends.
Bring your kids to meet the adventurous yet mild-mannered mouse who is born into an ordinary (and human) New York City family. This comedy follows the story of E.B. White’s classic children’s novel as Stuart learns to live in a world in which he feels a bit alien. Fri 6:30 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.
Check out the regional premiere of this risqué comedy, which reimagines the classic horror story involving rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling and her twisted interactions with the cannibalistic Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The bawdy satire features dancing lambs, a line-dancing Buffalo Bill, and a ballad-crooning Lecter. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Peter, Paul, and Mary sought to infuse humanity, hope, and activism into their music during the tumultuous 1960s. Although the passing of Mary Travers in 2009 rocked the trio, Peter and Paul carry on the folk tradition through their signature acoustic sound. Their timeless voices pull on the heartstrings of American nostalgia and showcase the beauty of simple melodies. Fri 7:30 p.m.
The demon barber of Fleet Street gets a Mile High makeover when the Denver-based, Grammy Award–nominated music group DeVotchKa reimagines this twisted tale. Sink your teeth into the story of Sweeney Todd as he teams up with his eccentric neighbor and enacts his murderous revenge on the evil Judge Turpin for the death of his wife. Days, times vary.
Explore the depths of the ocean and experience marine wildlife from a diver's-eye view at this larger-than-life photographic presentation. Famed National Geographic photographer David Doubilet and his wife, aquatic biologist and photojournalist Jennifer Hayes, present their life's work on a stage-sized screen and talk about their experience shooting underwater. (Doubilet jokes he's spent more waking hours below the surface than on dry land). Interested guests can stick around for a post-presentation Q&A with Doubilet and Hayes. Fri 8 p.m.
With engines revved, professional snowmobile competitors will face off to see who will be crowned the ultimate snowmobiler. Athletes will compete in big air events as well as race on a terracross course featuring rollers, jumps, and fast straightaways. The snowmobiler with the highest cumulative score in both events will be crowned the winner. Fri-Sun 8 p.m.-midnight
With survival skills, mechanical know-how, and “manly knowledge” in tow, all are welcome to embark on the ultimate mettle-testing competition. Although the specific events will be kept secret until the day of the contest, you can expect a mix of practical activities like changing a tire or building a fire and athletic pursuits like bench pressing your body weight. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that supports veterans and their families. Sat-Sun 8 a.m.
Homemade cardboard sleds in the shape of starships, tanks, and bobsleds race down the Stampede ski run in this traditional rite of spring. Pool the creative skills of up to six of your friends to build your sled, which will be judged on creativity of construction as well as racing speed. Sat 9 a.m.
Your little aviator is officially cleared for landing. Let her jump into the cockpit of a real plane while pilots discuss aviation technology and how they learned to fly. Ticket prices include admission to the Wings Ove the Rockies Air & Space museum. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Do you love to craft but don’t know where to start? Take the lead from artist Margaret Lee at this kid-friendly workshop. At the Dikeou Collection, Lee’s installation, "Think About Tomorrow or Don’t," is a scaled-down wood monument inspired by the Wright Brothers National Memorial that commemorates the first 1903 sustained flight of the pioneering aviation duo. Learn how to create a wood replica of your favorite monument—or invent one—using wood, glue, and paint. Sat noon-4 p.m.
Break out the scrunchies and neon jogging suits for this ’80s-themed street festival. Boogie to some groovy bands or simply taste beers from more than 40 breweries across the nation, from Beryl's Beer Co. in our own backyard to Alaskan Brewing Co. Purchase presale tickets to attend the early VIP hour, during which breweries will tap kegs of new beers. Sat noon-5 p.m.
Comedic genius Mel Brooks' collaboration with composer John Morris has produced some of the most memorable musical numbers of all time. From the movie score of Blazing Saddles to hits from Broadway shows such as The Producers and Young Frankenstein, this symphonic performance pays tribute to the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy Award–winning icon. Sat 7:30 p.m.
The Colorado Symphony is summoning all Harry Potter lovers to a performance that will enchant your eardrums. Featuring the music of composer John Williams and others who worked on the films, the production will recreate the iconic theme song and other HP tracks. Tip: Arrive a few minutes early to take pictures with your favorite magical characters. Sun 1 p.m.
Allow yourself to be treated to the full sommelier experience at one of the most elegant restaurants in Boulder. Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and sommeliers Carlin Karr and Matthew Mather—who make up the restaurant's James Beard Foundation Award–winning wine team—will each hand-pick one of the evening's wines. The sommeliers will then work with the kitchen to design the accompanying dinner course, leaving attendees to be the judge of which sommelier created the best pairing. Don't fret if you're not a wine expert yourself; you don't have to own a vineyard to enjoy the evening.
The dynamic and unforgettable voice of this British star distinguishes her genre-defying tracks from her pop music peers. Whether she's singing along to dance-y electro beats or stripped-down acoustic melodies, Goulding consistently delivers ever-honest lyrics that touch the heart. Tue 7 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Ellie Goulding
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind show by an iconic actor at this charity lunch. As you enjoy a tasty midday meal prepared by Hyatt Regency chefs, Al Pacino, the star of Scarface and The Godfather, will give a 90-minute presentation combining performances of scenes from his iconic films and his reflections on an unforgettable career. Proceeds benefit Jewish Family Service, a local organization that provides more than 40 different services, from food delivery to counseling, to individuals in need. Wed noon-2 p.m.
Thirteen local chefs, six unique courses, and 50 bottles of wine will lure you to this culinary extravaganza—but eating for a cause is the true draw. Jamey Fader of Lola Mexican Fish House commands a cadre of talented chefs from well-known restaurants, including Paul C. Reilly of Beast & Bottle and Alex Seidel of Mercantile Dining & Provision, to prepare oxtail tamales, Gulf snapper, Big Cove oysters, and other edible masterpieces.
To find convincing arguments for both sides of the American energy debate, turn to the sovereign nations across the American West. This unique documentary follows several Native American communities as they take control of their natural resources and debate whether to support development of fossil fuel–based or sustainable energy sources. After the screening, Mervyn Tano, the president of the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, will lead a discussion with the audience. Wed 6:20-8:30 p.m.
This electronic artist pioneered the French EDM genre that well-known bands like Daft Punk built upon. His most recent eponymous album features tracks with instrumentation and rhythms from the West African musical tradition as well as samples from jazz and blues, a style that also permeated his Victoire de la Musique (French Grammy) award-winning 2000 album, Tourist. Wed 8 p.m.
This metal group has defined itself by unapologetic counterculture lyrics and heavy rock ’n’ roll sound since its inception in the 1970s. From groundbreaking concerts in 1984 behind the Iron Curtain in the midst of the Cold War to sold-out shows acround the world, the distinctive group continues to deliver unforgettable performances. Wed 8 p.m.
After extended time apart to work on solo projects, Natalie Stewart and Marsha Ambrosius (self-described as the “Floacist” and the "Songstress," respectively) reunited in May to begin a new phase of their musical careers. With intensity reminiscent of spoken word poetry, the English neo-soul duo expertly blends rap lyrics with R&B melodies. Wed-Thu 9 p.m.
Lisa Call stitches together geometric “paintings” with dyed fabrics and thread. Inspired by cities, homes, and the southwest landscape, the abstract shapes she employs belie the fastidious detail and layers of color woven into each piece. Thu, Sat noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day by making a resolution to decrease the amount of waste you send to a landfill. At this hands-on workshop organized by EarthLinks, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental education, you'll learn to make an impact right from your own kitchen. Amy Moore-Shipley from Denver Food Rescue and Carol Maclennan, the president of the EarthLinks board, will discuss the problem of food waste in America before teaching you how to easily add a worm bin for composting in your home or apartment. Thu 5:30-7 p.m.
Post up in a Scottish castle, sip some whisky, and pretend you're in the boggy highlands as Master of Whisky Alastair Menzies guides your palate on a Scottish-themed whisky tour. Take a tour of your royal setting and nibble on some light appetizers—you'll likely need them. Thu 6:30 p.m.
Tired of personal success kits, 10-step books, and nauseatingly positive entrepreneurship conferences? Enter this spirited celebration of failures, flops, and fiascos. Denver chef-extraordinaire Justin Cucci (chef-owner of Linger, Ophelia's Electric Soapbox, and Root Down) kicks off proceedings with a riotous yarn about his previous life as a tie-dyed T-shirt entrepreneur, followed up by more fail-tales from members of greeting card company Craft Boner and animation studio Legwork. Grab your complimentary Pabst Blue Ribbon at the door and bask in the misery of failure—all in good company.
Composed by musical mastermind Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, this witty comedy tells the story of two soldiers who decide to test their fiancés’ faithfulness by pretending to go off to war and returning in disguise to try and woo the ladies. With a title that translates to, “Women are like that,” this clever production is filled with comedic complications that are brutal in their portrayal of emotions. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
After being presented in Italy, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States, this experimental performance piece has finally made its way to the Rockies. Co-produced by New York– and Dubai-based Loom Ensemble and the Italian-Californian group the Art Monastery Project, this two-person dance is the collaborative effort of 10 artists. Performed by Neva Cockrell and Raphael Sacks, the piece explores powerful, universal themes of communication, cohabitation, and the nature of human relationships, all wound around the motif of natural elements. Thu 8 p.m.
This London quartet uses its ethereal melodies and haunting lyrics to create a story with each of its tracks. The UK Festival Awards dubbed the group “Best Breakthrough Artist” and the group's first single, “Moaning Lisa Smile,” was featured on the HBO show The Leftovers. Thu 8 p.m.
Ask any native Coloradan what she misses most when she leaves her home state, and you’re likely to hear (apart from the mountains) that she longs for Colorado’s clear skies. Denver native Laura Guese’s body of work is a veritable homage to that bluebird expanse we’re so fond of. Her sponge-like, topographic paintings will take over six stories of Denver’s Sugar Cube building for the next few months starting this Friday. Main gallery open daily from 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Floors two through five open by appointment.
At this festival hosted by Colorado State University's department of communications, the focus is global understanding. Fifteen films from 12 different countries, including Tomorrow We Disappear, a tale of Indian performers' last days before their land is sold, will inspire you to get involved in a variety of causes, ranging LGBTQ rights to human trafficking prevention to increased access to education.
This Thai-inspired pickle party celebrates the release of the newest dill on the block: the Thai chile ginger pickle. In addition to sampling the innovative pickled veggie, celebrate with Thai beers from Ratio Beerworks and Thai-infused cocktails from Backyard Soda Co., or opt to jive to the blues played by the Raritans. Proceeds benefit Re:Vision, a Denver-based organization dedicated to building self-sufficient economies through community food systems. Fri 6-10 p.m.
Culinary adventurer Peggy Markel will heat up the kitchen as she whips up traditional Moroccan dishes steeped in exotic spices and fragrances. Learn how to use a tangine, a traditional clay pot, to cook these dishes. Enjoy the fruits (or flavors) of your labor during the subsequent sit-down meal. Fri 6 p.m.
At this multimedia exhibit, viewers can take in the impressionistic landscapes of painter Faye Crowe and photographer Steve Keating. While Crowe's brushstrokes create vibrant movement, emotion, and energy all grounded in the earth, Keating takes to the sky, photographing landscapes from an aerial camera 300 feet in the air. Both artists' work are a study in the intimacy that comes from familiar surroundings. Fri 6-9 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Steve Keating
Join the high-flying partnership of Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance and the Longmont Museum for this thrilling, nontraditional production. Watch Denver illusionist Professor Phelyx perform his awe-inspiring tricks in the auditorium, or hang back in the lobby for a different show that includes mime, visual artists, and aerial dancers. At intermission, audiences swap places in this gravity-defying, mind-flipping experience. Fri-Sun 7 p.m.
Instead of spending Friday night curled up with your favorite sci-fi novel, meet the best sci-fi, mystery, and thriller writers of the Centennial State in person. Grab a glass of complimentary blood orange sangria or discounted Pinot Noir and listen to eight Colorado Book Awards finalists, including Laura Di Silverio (The Reckoning Stones) and Carter Wilson (The Comfort of Black) read from their nominated books. Before you leave, make sure to snag the most intriguing copy and get it signed by the author. Fri 7-8:30 p.m.
It’s been two years since global piano phenom Soheil Nasseri last played in the Boulder valley. Now, the virtuoso is back, to perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G-minor, K. 550 and Bhrams’ Concerto: for Piano No. 2, Op. 83. Lauded as a prolific and pioneering talent, Nasseri has played at Carnegie Hall and theatres across Europe and Asia. Fri 7:30 p.m.
This diverse showcase highlights the works of University of Colorado Boulder dance faculty and guest artists, including award-winning choreographer and director Faye Driscoll. A mix of students, alumni, and even the choreographers themselves will grace the stage with contemporary and hip-hop pieces from artists such as Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang.
In this heart-wrenching dance interpretation of the “Dirty ’30s,” America struggles through simultaneous expansion and poverty. Catch the world premiere with music from Denver singer and songwriter Jesse Manley, an original script by Dee Covington (founder of Denver’s Curious Theatre Company), and choreography from Wonderbound president Garrett Ammon. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
This virtuoso guitarist’s unique style pulls from southern Brazilian folk melodies and traditional Latin American musical styles like samba. He began his study of the seven-string guitar at age seven and has since been lauded for his technical ability as well as the joy he conveys through bouncing rhythms and high-tempo dance grooves. Fri 8 p.m.
Forged from a bond that began in music school, this Denver-based group surprises listeners with a unique sound that pulls from soul, rock, and jazz. The danceable tracks feature explosive brass lines, dynamic rhythms, and relatable lyrics, showcasing an undeniable mastery of their craft. Fri 9 p.m.
Learn the fundamentals of fly-fishing in this six-hour workshop. You'll become adept at everything from fish identification and fly entomology to casting and landing your trophy trout. The course begins in a classroom setting and then moves to one of the Gold Medal streams on the Williams Ranch private water property. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
If you’re a devoted locavore, this fair featuring more than 75 of Colorado’s young business owners will satisfy your homegrown needs. All the products are handmade, sold personally by these young entrepreneurs, and include everything from jewelry and greeting cards to baked goods and bath products.
This biennial clay arts exhibit celebrates many iterations of a 27,000-year-old tradition of working with clay. You may remember the show as Colorado Clay; the name was changed this year to be inclusive of artists from around the region.
This laid-back 5K offers the perfect excuse to lace up your running shoes: a free Renegade Brewing Company beer. After you've jogged (or walked) a scenic route through the Santa Fe Art District and surrounding parks, end your afternoon at the new Renegade Brewhouse, where you can take advantage of happy hour prices, try healthy treats from Way Better Snacks, or play a game with the owners of the Board Game Republic, a game-themed pub scheduled to open in May. A portion of the proceeds benefits local nonprofits, including the Dumb Friends League. Sat 11 a.m.
Award-winning children's musician and former preschool teacher Laurie Berkner has appeared on Nick Jr. and Sprout shows for years, but now the kids can see her take the stage live. Berkner, who's been a key artist in the “kindie rock” movement, will play a set that includes tunes from her greatest hits albums, The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band and The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection. Bonus: Some songs, such as "Drive My Car," "Bottle Caps," and "Telephone," will include hand motions and a cappella music. Sat 11 a.m.
This nationally touring festival celebrating the joys of pork and beer comes to Denver for the first time. More than 20 local restaurants, including Burnt End BBQ and Rhein Haus, and more than 50 in-state breweries (think: Left Hand Brewing Company and Platt Park Brewing Co.) will try to impress both you and the judges. Let the bacon and booze digest while you explore the Broncos' home field and play yard games such as giant Jenga. Sat 1-4 p.m.; 7-10 p.m.
Travel to a galaxy far, far away—so your little padawan can learn how to make her own R2-D2, C3PO, or other robot friend out of recycled materials. Using objects that people regularly throw away, she'll reimagine trash into a new creation all while learning about the importance of recycling. Sat 1 p.m.
If you're tired of the same old Saturday night bar crawls, try mixing up the routine with a scavenger hunt. As you visit the dives lining Broadway, complete a list of zany tasks, including cartwheeling through a crosswalk, for a chance to win drinks at Punch Bowl Social, your final destination for the evening. A portion of the proceeds benefits Dress for Success Denver, an organization working to empower women economically by giving them the tools they need to find employment. Sat 1 p.m.
This artsy food crawl takes you on a culinary tour through Boulder's art galleries and retail shops, such as Weekends, a contemporary clothing and shoe store. Sample plates from local restaurants, including Frasca Food and Wine, and sip wine from Colorado wineries such as Grand Junction's Two Rivers Winery. Sun 2-6 p.m.
Stop by this top-notch restaurant and pick up some tips from Katie Parla, who is often described as a walking encyclopedia of Roman food and drink. Sample from a Parla-inspired, four-course tasting menu, sip from a flight of wine, and recieve your own complimentary signed copy of Parla's newest cookbook, Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City. Mon 5:30 p.m.
Film buffs and theater fans alike can savor twice as much gothic drama at this collaborative event. Enjoy Johnny Depp's on-screen performance as the vengeful barber of Fleet Street, then watch the gory scenes live as local actors perform excerpts from the Denver Center for Performing Arts' musical interpretation of the tale. Proceeds benefit the Denver Actors Fund, an organization working to provide Denver-area actors with financial assistance in times of medical need. Mon 6:30-9 p.m.
Renowned artist Jorge Muscia joins NaturalTango to celebrate the culture and passion of this classic dance. During the dreamlike show’s run, Muscia will be painting a 24-foot-by-8 foot mural on stage that he will add to with each show. The dancers will become part of the mural’s images and story as they not only don Muscia’s art themselves but also as they explore the magic and mythology of South American culture through tango. Mon-Wed 7:30 p.m.
Get ready for a winter send-off party like only Red Rocks can host. The show will feature new rap tracks from the Method Man & Redman collaboration and throwback standards from Ghostface Killah & Raekwon, who will showcase the classic East Coast throwback rap of their group, Wu Tang Clan. American-Bermudian reggae artist Collie Buddz will headline this year's ode to spring, hip-hop, and all things Colorado. Tue 4:15 p.m.
Celebrate spring by discovering an emerging local artist: Denver's own Adam Buehler, a graduate student in architecture at University of Colorado Denver. Buehler's canvases burst with color, light, and movement—embodying the optimism of the season and showcasing a talent that belies the artist's age. To top off the evening, attendees of the opening can toast the artist and his work with free-flowing champagne and Baur's signature hors d'oeuvre. Wed 4-6 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Adam Buehler
This pop culture icon has been at the forefront of the hip-hop industry since the debut of his seminal album, Doggystyle, in 1993. In the spring of 2015, the rapper released his 13th studio record, entitled Bush, which features collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, and T.I. Wed 5 p.m.
We can't assume the GrowHaus purposely chose to set this three-course culinary affair on 4/20, but they probably know it's a good day to have lots of food on hand. And there will be: Four well-known Denver eateries, including Ophelia's Electric Soapbox and the Squeaky Bean, will provide the munchies, while Jagged Mountain Brewery, Peak Beverage, Senkada Tea, and Spring 44 serve up the libations. Sneak peek: The entrée (prepared by Ophelia's chef Daniel Asher) features a Colorado quinoa and millet bowl with roasted veggies and local tofu.
Pulling from his trunk of hand-painted colorful characters, celebrated comedic ventriloquist Jeff Dunham brings Walter, Peanut, Bubba J and his other grown-up puppet friends to Denver. Dunham got his big break on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in the ’90s and eventually booked a Comedy Central deal that propelled him to headliner status in theaters around the world. Wed 7:30 p.m.
The Lucas Brothers make their Denver debut as part of a comedic collaboration with Sexpot Comedy. The brothers’ 2009 late-night routine on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon jumpstarted their career and landed them guest television appearances on hit comedy series like Arrested Development. This laid-back duo seemingly straight out of Dude, Where’s My Car? will take on the mile "high" lifestyle, the hilarity of twin life, and critiques of pop culture. Wed 8 p.m.
Already mapping out your summer summits? Find inspiration through the lens—and on the trails. This adventure-packed festival delivers four days of world premieres including The Coldest Crossing, the story of the first people to try to cross Iceland unsupported in winter. Away from the screens, the gatherings continue with activities such as a Roaring Fork River cleanup, 555 (a beer-speaker pairing dinner), a rally with more than 35 tiny house–style vehicles, and a hike led by Dirtbag Diaries author Brendan Leonard.
Erin Brockovich is more than a Julia Roberts character—she's a hard-working environmental activist and the guest speaker for this year's Chanda Plan Foundation fund-raiser. Find out more about what's happened in her life after the 1996 case that inspired the Oscar-winning film, then place your bets on a two-night stay in Keystone or a $50 gift card for Ophelia's Electric Soapbox at the live auction. Proceeds benefit the Chanda Plan Foundation, a medical center that provides adaptive treatment to those with physical disabilities. Thu 5-9 p.m.
Celebrate Mile High City's young talent with a night of inventive food, inspiring company, and live entertainment. Nosh on a scrumptious gluten-free dinner from Hyatt Regency chefs while the best Denver Public Schools bands, including an elementary-age mariachi group from Bryant Webster Dual Language School, delight you with a energetic show. As a fourth grader quizzes acting superintendent Susana Cordova on challenges in public education and DPS successes this year, you'll be glad you're supporting local students. Thu 5:30-9 p.m.
This philanthropic event is all about looking at life from a glass half full—of wine, beer, or a cocktail—perspective. A ticket will get you bites from local food vendors, including Interstate Kitchen & Bar and Gozo, plus libations from favorites such as Vapor Distillery, Great Divide Brewing Co., and Breckenridge Distillery. Proceeds benefit Greenhouse Scholars, a personal and financial program catering to underprivileged college students. Thu 6-10 p.m.
The work of renowned anatomy sculptor Louise Bourgeois will be joined by artistic creations of Ruth Bernhard, Linda Fleming, Jae Koe, and several others in this multi-medium exhibit showcasing boundary-pushing artists. Works will vary in time period from 1947 to present day, but are tied together by their cultural influence. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Leonardo da Vinci once said that the natural desire of good men is knowledge. Feed your mind with this three-day celebration of films made to inform viewers of important causes and those working to make a positive impact. Amid this year’s slate of 16 short and feature narrative films and documentaries will be director Jeff Koska’s Inside the Gun Debate, a short documentary that explores the views of a pro-gun activist and an anti-gun activist whose son died in the Columbine High School Shooting. Thu-Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 2, 7 p.m.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that any Jane Austen fan will be in want of this show, which helps the 19th-century novelist's classic tale find new life onstage. When the indifferent Elizabeth Bennett meets the mysterious Mr. Darcy, the charming Mr. Wickham, and the pompous Mr. Collins, she finds herself questioning her knowledge of the world—and herself. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Celebrate the ’80s era with the tunes that defined the decade. Conductor Andres Lopera will lead vocalists Mister Tim and Hannah Judson in a Michael Jackson medley, themes from Dallas and Ghostbusters, and songs from Flashdance. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the flashiest look of the night. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Based on Edmond Rostand’s classic romantic comedy Cyrano de Bergerac, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s reimagined production puts a modern twist on the original plot by dismissing the traditional format of rhyming couplets. The story follows a talented poet as he attempts to conquer his self-consciousness and win the heart of the quick-witted Roxane. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 1:30, 8 p.m.; Wed, Sun 1:30 p.m.
This Cape Cod–born rock trio came crashing onto the music scene in 2015 with Mister Asylum. The hard-charging style of the group’s tracks makes you want to head bang, and also (perhaps surprisingly) sing along with their catchy and often emotional lyrics. Thu 8 p.m.
If you're tired of your daily highway commute, this lecture will help you escape to thoughts of a relaxing trip by train. As you sip on a cocktail made by museum staff, Boulder-based author Erika Krouse will discuss the unforgettable people she met and the inspiration she found during her travels as an Amtrak writer-in-residence. Bonus: Get there early to check out more than 15 acres of passenger cars, locomotives, and cabooses at the museum railyard. Fri 5:30-8 p.m.
In this insightful (and sometimes humorous) musical, Death spares a newly engaged young woman from dying in a fatal car accident. Confused by his choice to save her, Death decides to take the human form of a prince and walk among the woman and other living beings in 1920s Italy. Fri, Tue, Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.; Wed 1, 7:30 p.m.
The craftsmanship and creative vision in the elaborate garments made for this fashion show will be nothing short of Louvre-worthy. Creative teams choose swatches of a variety of papers (construction, tissue, butcher, etc.) to create their masterpieces with and let their imaginations run wild—you're as likely to see over-the-top theatrical costumes as you are haute couture. Enjoy the show and try not to think about the amount of paper cuts that went into the making of this evening. Fri 7:30 p.m.
This energetic musical based on true events tells the infamous story of master counterfeiter Frank W. Abagnale Jr. When Frank runs away from home as a teenager with hopes of living a life full of money and women, he learns he has a knack for counterfeiting checks—and getting away with it. Frank soon gets caught up in a web of one-night stands, a fast-paced chase with the FBI, and an unlikely partnership that makes him a legend. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Conserve water and drink beer instead during this zero-waste event. Using your free commerative pint glass, quaff brews from local microbreweries while listening to Colorado bands the Magic Beans and Great American Taxi. Fri 8 p.m.
This folk rock group draws on iconic Americana themes for its soulful tracks. Drew Holcomb’s Nashville roots inspire the beautifully wrought stories woven throughout his band's delightfully quirky performances. Fri 9 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
During this two-day celebration of design, expert guides—from historians to architects—will offer tours of more than 50 landmarks across the Mile High City, including Union Station, the Blair Caldwell African-American Research Library, and the Brown Palace Hotel. Between tours, rest your feet at a free performance in one of the historic venues; don't miss a reading by Denver youth poet laureate Toluwanimi Obiwole at RedLine or a conservatory-inspired fashion exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Sat-Sun, times vary.
Globe-trotting, award-winning iPhotographer and Boulder local Karen Divine is taking a break from her trans-continental teaching schedule to conduct a workshop in Denver. Students will learn to use apps like ProCamera, Hipstamatic, and Image Blender to create Photoshop-like effects with just their phones. The class is recommended for practiced artists and weekend shutterbugs alike. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
If spring cleaning has left your home a little too un-cluttered, we suggest getting your pizzazz back with the quarterly return of Denver Flea. The artisan-garage-sale-on-steroids is back with all manner of local vendors–food, clothes, art, crafts, gear–you name it, it’s here. Make a statement with a new T-shirt from August Ink, get cozy with a locally made blanket from Ellie and Argyle, or simply sample the offerings of food vendors like the Real Dill and Cream City Market. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Many Denver residents are grappling with the city's exponential building boom, but local artist Derrick Valasquez is doing it in sculpture form. His newest work of public art is a 40-foot, partially built, Baroque-style tower cut in half and turned on its side. The huge sculpture, which will be installed in Lincoln Park's amphitheatre, is intended to comment both on the beauty of Denver’s growth and on the efficient architecture style of the new apartment complexes around town.
Local libations and the opportunity to help inspire a new generation of environmentalists await at this charity party. After noshing on a delicious meal from Snooze: An AM Eatery, grab a brew from Great Divide Brewing Company and place your bids in the auction for the chance to win a weeklong ski trip in Whistler or a three-night stay in a cottage in Napa. Bonus: The VIP event promises cocktails from the Squire Lounge, sweet treats from Cake Crumbs, and an evening of networking with the Denver nonprofit community.
Don your snazziest cocktail attire and a glitzy mask for this Mardi Gras–themed charity gala. After snapping pictures in a photo booth and snacking on hors d'oeuvre, bid on a variety of luxury items, including tickets to a Beyoncé concert and a set of K2 skis, at the silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit the Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation's pediatric heart research. Sat 6-10:30 p.m.
A traditional battle of the bands would feature exclusively rock ’n’ roll groups—but this extravaganza adds symphonic music to the mix. Denver's premiere orchestra takes on rock bands Tracksuit Wedding and DaVita Blues All Stars in this epic musical competition, during which attendees will text their votes in real time (each vote costs $1). Vote early and often or go all in on a $100 raffle ticket to win a new Honda Pilot; proceeds benefit the Colorado Symphony. Sat 6 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Allée Photography
Divas of the Caribbean dance and music genre dancehall, Catherine Chiemlu and LaToya Bufford will have you sweating like you were in Jamaica at this choreographed 90-minute dance workout. This ain’t your mama’s Zumba class. Sat 6:30-8 p.m.
Welcome the warmer weather with this springtime- and European-inspired, six-course meal, during which each dish will be paired with a renowned Allegrini wine made in Italy's Valpolicella region. Start with a pour of the Poggio al Tesoro (2014), which pairs well with Chef Tom Coohill's halibut topped with turnips, Meyer lemon, mustard, and lavender. The final course, a much-anticipated chocolate-pistachio cake with dried fig and balsamic, will be matched with a glass of Allegrini Amorone (2010). Sat 6:30 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Coohills
The San Francisco–based ODC (Oberlin Dance Collective) presents an innovative, modern dance production dedicated to the appreciatiation of nature. Original choreography by the ODC founders, time-lapse video projections of work by world-renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, and a score by nontraditional cellist and composer Zoë Keating all combine to create an immersive dance experience. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer Lily Tomlin comes to the Mile High City for a legendary stand-up performance. This Emmy and Tony Award–winning powerhouse, known for her roles in the witty TV show Grace and Frankie and the dramatic classic film Nashville, shares the story of her adventures, insecurities, and important female friendships—with her own comedic twist. Sat 8 p.m.
Classical, indie, pop, and folk composition styles infuse the unique sound of this Canadian trio. The band’s debut album, Dark Eyes (released in March 2012), jumped immediately to the top of the Canadian music charts—a buzz that has lingered in part because of the haunting three-part vocal harmonies that permeate the group’s tracks. Sat 9 p.m.
Bring your young ones to celebrate the Day of the Young Child and help them relate to children from across the world. Kids can create bookmarks and colorful masterpieces to show off as they explore the Clyfford Still Museum and learn about other cultures. Youth musicians and dancers from local groups such as Colorado Mestizo Dancers and Ballet Folklórico de la Diversidad Cultural will perform tributes to a variety of cultural traditions in the neighboring Acoma Plaza. It appears to be a small world after all.
Treat yourself to a few new accessories, natural remedies, and home goods at Denver-based online marketplace Salt & Blue's pop-up boutique, held in the Craftsman & Apprentice. The stylishly rustic jewelry is particularly worth browsing, and 10 percent of the proceeds from locally made William Reid candles will benefit the Gathering Place, a daytime drop-in shelter for women, children, and transgender individuals.
At this feel-good charity dinner, try a new take on culinary pairing. Guests kick off the night with a cocktail hour that includes a charcuterie station, a raw oyster bar, and signature libations concocted by eight of Denver’s finest bartenders.
At this captivating short film screening, meet some of the pioneering minds behind the pursuit of clean energy: American soldiers. Framing our nation's dependence on fossil fuels as a national security issue, the documentary follows the military's role in researching sustainable energy sources and encouraging the more conservative members of Congress to change their stances on climate change. Regardless of your political views, this movie night will give you the chance to learn about an important issue from a different angle. Sun 5:30-8 p.m.
If you've had separation anxiety since Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, and Tyrion Lannister went off the air, this Game of Thrones season six, episode one screening is just the cure. Costumed attendees can participate in a 10-round trivia session to win prizes like helmet replicas and a Game of Thrones-themed version of Risk. Guests receive a complimentary voucher for a drink and popcorn, so RSVP with HBO to enjoy the premiere with hundreds of Denver's biggest GoT fans. Sun 5:30 p.m.
Fire up your cooking during this two-part workshop series that features your favorite wood-fired pizza pies. Learn how to make a 12-inch pizza peel (that tool chefs use to slide pizzas into the oven) at the Craftsman & Apprentice. Then, join in on part two the following Sunday (May 1) when you'll actually make the pizza dough and choose your own toppings at Five Points Pizza with founder Eden Myles. Sun 6-8 p.m.
Pop by Collin Parson's solo exhibit to glimpse sculptures that playfully employ light. The show’s title works, gold-mirrored plastic wall hangings ("aurum" is Latin for gold), toy with your perception by creating tricky shadows and gently bouncing light around the room. Don't miss the innovative artist's signature “light boxes,” 3-D cubes constructed from painted, wood particle boards that contain color-changing LED lights, as well as his new glowing circles made of birch wood. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The women in this classical pop fusion quartet bring symphonic music into the 21st century with original arrangements for electric violins and cello. A DJ accompanies the high-energy group’s sets as they seamlessly weave Vivaldi in with Lady Gaga’s tracks and Beethoven with Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ “We Found Love [in a Hopeless Place].” Tue noon.
Thanks to this charity show, you can kick back at a concert and take a stand against violence. With a drink from the Tracks bar in hand, enjoy a live rock performance by local singer and guitarist Sean Kelly of the Samples, then bid on unique auction offerings such as baskets full of pet care supplies or a tour of Denver's crime lab. Proceeds benefit the Blue Bench, Denver's only sexual assault prevention and support center. Tue 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Your little ones can tag along with soft-spoken Ivy and goofy Bean through their misadventures in this lively musical. Based on the best-selling children's book series, this endearing comedy explores the ups and downs of second graders' lives and teaches kids the value of an unlikely friendship. Wed-Fri 6 p.m.; Sat 1, 6 p.m.; Sun 1, 4 p.m.
Spring has sprung—we hope—thanks to Pax Mahle of Pax Mahle Wines, a leader in California winemaking. Join him and other vino aficionados for a five-course pairing meal featuring fresh springtime flavors. At the family-style table, spoon up Parmesan panna cotta and wash it down with a 2014 Pinot Noir from Sonoma-based Wind Gap Wines. Then move on to the rabbit terrine and roasted leg of lamb, each paired with a Syrah. Wed 6 p.m.
Spring is in the air—and on the plate. This four-course, farm-fresh meal includes a bread and butter plate with house-cultured butter, a beet tartare, and Colorado trout with fermented fry bread. Each course will be paired with a wine, beer, or cider from the restaurant's libations list. Proceeds benefit A Growing Culture, an organization that connects small-scale farmers with the resources needed to create a sound ecological environment. Wed 6:30 p.m.
Travel (through food) to Mexico with Baja-based Chef Javier Plascencia, who will heat up the kitchen with Lola chefs Jamey Fader and Dave Query for a night of six Baja-Mediterranean fusion courses. The courses include an ahi tuna parfait and wood-fired octopus. Cap it all off with a warm doughnut. Each dish is paired with wine and tequilas hailing from Mexico—to add authenticity, of course. Wed 6:30 p.m.
It's been found that Americans eat out an average of 4.5 times per week. Meet that quota in one day with this comprehensive day of dining. More than 250 restaurants in Denver and Boulder, including Beatrice & Woodsley, Cherry Cricket, and Salt & Grinder will donate 25 percent of proceeds to Project Angel Heart, an organization that benefits individuals living with HIV and/or AIDS. Fri times vary
Leslie Jorgenson’s latest body of work explores natural forces through movement and texture. Her oil and mixed media pieces employ clashing colors that reflect both destruction and delicate balances found in nature—and in the artist’s own emotional life. By appointment.
"Green architecture" takes on a whole new meaning at this springtime design event, featuring architects and designers from 14 of Denver's most groundbreaking firms. As spectators treat themselves to cocktails, flower-themed small bites, and craft beer from Renegade Brewing, the creative teams get the chance to exhibit their most extraordinary floral-based creations. From 3-D printed containers to multi-media experiences incorporating sound, this year's creations are coming up roses. Thu 6-9 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Modern in Denver
At this casual networking party, build business connections while enjoying your night out. Local band Mannequin will delight you with a live jazz performance as you enjoy a Denver Field House burger and mingle with local vendors, including event planner 5 Bees Events and photography studio Unfound Door. Thu 6-8 p.m.
It's time to ditch the flannel and dust off that suit jacket or little black dress: A ritzy national whisky tasting tour is making a stop in Denver. Grab a free glass upon entering, and use it to sample more than 100 of the world's finest Scottish, Irish, and American whiskies. Leave room for a dinner buffet, which includes carved meats, pastas and desserts. Thu 7 p.m.
This five-piece pop rock group plays with the precision of practiced musicians and performs with the vigor of a punk garage band. The indie band's standout single (“Paris”) off its first full-length album (Before the Waves), released in 2014, has since become a staple of alternative rock radio. Thu 7:30 p.m.
This 50th anniversary concert tour celebrates the iconic Star Trek franchise that has lived long and prospered. Composer Jay Chattaway’s favorite episode, “The Inner Light,” which explores reincarnation and the intersection of past and future lives, features prominently in this orchestral performance showcasing original arrangements of soundtrack classics. Thu 8 p.m.
Emmett Culligan’s abstract sculptures range in size and medium, but all give a nod to common forms in nature (think: the cells of a plant or the winding curves of a shell). In this dual exhibit, explore the tension and balance created between Boulder painter Amy Metier’s colorful, abstract paintings and Culligan’s sturdy, jointed pieces, both of which suggest a primordial, natural life force. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
At this colorful faire, you can pursue a new hobby and finish your Mother's Day shopping. After taking a beading 101 class with members of the Rocky Mountain Bead Society, browse creations from more than 80 jewelers, including Star Spirit Studio and Piedra Designs, to find the perfect gift for Mom. Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pueblo, a historic town due south of Colorado Springs, and its natural surroundings have inspired many an artist over the last century and a half. This spring, the work of 40 Pueblo artists will be showcased in the Colorado State Capitol Rotunda, the Lieutenant Governor’s office, and the Joint Budget Committee Room. Artists featured include Michael McCormick, known for his bright paintings of farm animals, and 2-D steel scultpor Lionel Trujillo. Historical tours of the building are available Monday thourgh Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Seven artists from Denver, the East Coast, and Sweden will offer their (abstract) takes on the natural world in this group exhibit. Enjoy the dramatic juxtaposition of purposefully placed crude smears and realistic depictions that Peter Roux employs in his renditions of natural vistas and Denver local John Haley's sculpture of abstracted natural forms, which gives a nod to common shapes found in the nature. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Colorado Educational Theatre comes to the museum to share tales from ancient Greece and Germany of sneaky, wise, and foolish animals that will delight your little one. Your budding performer will be invited to bring these stories to life through acting, miming, and singing with the CET program. Fri 11:30 a.m.
Thousands of people choose to move to Denver each year—but some are forced to relocate to the Mile High City. Photographer Angela Buckley has long documented the lives of Burmese refugees who fled from one dramatic mountain landscape to another. See her images and learn about the culture and customs of Burmese families who have sought refuge from one of the world's most brutal military junta regimes at this lecture and exhibit. Fri 1-2 p.m.
Escape from the noise of the city and embark on a quest for the elusive mountain plover at the ultimate bird watchers' retreat. Between the Huge State Wildlife Area, Kinney Lake, and the Karval Reservoir, you can explore more than 2,000 acres of playas, groves, and fields, including some privately owned land that is usually inaccessible. Plus, home stays with ranchers offer you the chance to mingle with the community and find out more about its history and conservation practices. Fri 1-8 p.m.; Sat 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-noon
At this Shakespearean tribute, celebrate the famed wordsmith the way he was meant to be enjoyed—in an open-air theater. Spectators can kick off the evening with a string quartet performance featuring Tom Hagerman of DeVotchka, and live on-site canvas painting of Shakespearean-inspired art. Meanwhile, DCPA's Shakespeare in the Parking Lot will perform scenes from Romeo and Juliet, while other Denver arts groups like Cult Following, the Catamounts, Stories on Stage, Black Actors’ Guild, and PHAMALY stage their own tributes. Fri 4-7 p.m.
Support Colorado's best up-and-coming artists at this triple-venue, 51-band, multi-genre musical extravaganza. Quixote's True Blue hosts bands such as fusion group the Jive Tribe on Friday and Saturday, and Owsley's Golden Road and Sancho's Boulder Arrow split hosting duties on Sunday, when you can expect to see funk outfit Technicolor Tone Factory and bluegrass-Americana hybrid band Caribou Mountain Collective.
See tigers, camels, trapeze artists, and more amazing acts when this traveling circus stops in town. All the excitement and thrills of the circus await your little ones as they gaze up at the high wire, watch aerial artists flip through the air, and glimpse exotic animals. Come early so the kids can ride elephants or ponies, get their faces painted, and meet some of the stars. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m., 3, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m., 2:30, 6:30 p.m.
Comedian Tony LaMarr will host this sidesplitting comedy tour as it makes a stop in the Mile High City. The show features performers from Hollywood's Comedy Store, Austin's Moontower Comedy Festival, and several local comedians including Kyle Burtman, Christopher Chavez Sr., and William Montgomery. Showcasing fast-paced improv-style performances, the performances will focus on personal stories, rehearsal mishaps and hilarious backstage conversations. Fri 8 p.m.
Is your dream car a Ferrari 360 Modena or Lamborghini Gallardo? Here’s your chance to get behind the wheel of one of these sleek sports cars and learn to handle its horsepower. A professional driver and instructor will monitor you as you race three laps around a closed track. Sat-Sun, times vary.
You may have surfed waves or kayaked through rapids with your kids; now, you can combine the two (on flat water) by learning how to stand-up paddle board. Dive into this family-focused adventure summer camp for parents and kids (ages 5 and up) and learn the techniques of this hybrid sport. Personal flotation devices will be provided, but make sure you bring quick-dry clothing, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Can’t make it this weekend? Check out the other free family sessions on May 7 and May 21 at Chatfield State Park. Sat 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m.
Your little ones can explore the worlds of coding, movie making, and graphic design in this all-day tech exploration event and competition brought to you by Open World Learning (OWL). Emceed by Denver District 8 councilman Albus Brooks, the day will include presentations from OWL students and live robotics demonstrations. Keep an eye out for the OWL TechFair mascot, Pixel, and stop by the community fair booths from local Denver organizations and resources. Sat 10 a.m.
Ditch the shopping cart and the big box store this weekend: The artisans at this diverse market have (nearly) everything you'd find at Wal-Mart, with unbeatable made-in-Denver quality. Pick from 90 bespoke vendors and hobbyists, including Baba & Pop's Homemade Pierogi, Lux and Luca Jewelry Co, True and Simple Wood Stuff. Local musicians Sara Emmitt and Veronica Susan Beer perform folks tunes throughout the day while you shop confidently—knowing that every dollar goes right back into the local economy. Sat 10 a.m.
—Image courtesy of Stephen Toma
Take your kids to celebrate 125 years of this beautiful town at the Aurora History Museum, DeLaney Farm, and Morrison Nature Center. Magic shows, face painting, birthday cake, nature walks, and more are just a few of the activities that will cause a grin to spread across your little ones' faces. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Whether you're in the process of remodeling or just want to admire beautiful design, this tour of Boulder's trendiest kitchens is a productive way to spend an afternoon. As you take in gorgeous countertops at more than 10 locations, snack on appetizers from the Savory Spice Shop and green chile from Casa Alvarez Foods, plus participate in mini seminars on kitchen design trends. Proceeds benefit Boulder County's I Have A Dream Foundation, which helps low-income students prepare for college. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.
There are few things more Coloradan than combining athletic competition with craft beer. Show your state pride by participating in the first hops-embued 5K of the season followed by raucous Beer Olympics. New this year, teams of two are challenged to carry a full keg and finish the race in under 45 minutes. Your price if you succeed? A filled growler each. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Oskar Blues CAN’d Foundation, which supports community development projects and sustainable environmental initiatives. Sat 10 a.m.
—Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Brew Runs
Little ones can indulge their imagination during this festival themed around STEAM (Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts, and Making). The two-day celebration is a chance for kids to explore arts and crafts, robotics, and drones. After they're done tinkering that day , they'll be able to take some projects home to continue experimenting. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Andrew Lubatty, executive chef at the Avenue Grill, invites your pint-sized food connoisseur into the kitchen. Your aspiring chef will learn to cook a full meal that includes succulent bacon-wrapped shrimp, roasted chicken breast, roasted veggies, and even a chocolate soufflé. They'll also gain knowledge about flavor profiles, dish presentation, and techniques for knowing when the food is done—all of which they'll put to use when they make these delicious dishes at home for you. Sat 10:30 a.m.
If you're looking to buy or remodel a home, find inspiration on this interactive tour. Visit a historic landmark (the three-story Victorian Decker-Tyler house built in 1874), and seven 1960s ranch homes in North Boulder, where you can talk to homeowners about how they renovated their mid-century properties. Proceeds benefit Historic Boulder, a nonprofit focused on rehabilitating historic buildings and educating the public on preservation. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Deborah Yin of May-Yin Architecture
Rolling along beneath the feet of every skateboarder is a work of art—an expression of skate and DIY youth culture as integral to the equipment as the wheels and trucks. This month you can create your own mobile masterpiece on a functional skateboard deck at the Capitol Hill People’s Fair fundraiser for the Street Side Mural Project. All the supplies you need are provided, and if you win the deck art competition a Capitol Hill business will display your work for the month of June. Sat noon-4 p.m.
Tired of trying to attend the many alcohol and food pairing events held in the area? Just pick the largest pairing event of the year, which features more than 88 local brewers and 50-plus unique pairings. Come hungry for eats such as Osteria Marco's Oak Aged Yeti–braised short ribs paired with Great Divide's Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. Or reach for the French-style saison from Declaration Brewing Co., paired with Blackbird Public House's smoked pineapple jerk chicken. Sat 4-9 p.m.
You'd probably rather be home sipping wine and eating chocolate than running a race; luckily, this luxuriously themed 5K offers the opportunity to do both. The fun starts the night before the race with a party featuring live music by local band Soul School (and vino and chocolate, of course). The race itself laps the Colorado Rapids stadium, with the finish line broadcast on the Jumbo-Tron. The best part, though, is the optional Wine K, a 1K walk through wine and chocolate tasting stations that you can complete in addition to the 5K or by itself. Fri 5-8 p.m.; Sat 3 p.m.
Just in time for Mother’s Day preparations, join local writers as they share creative pieces based on online submissions from moms all over the country covering the joys, challenges, and (at times) hilarities of motherhood. Authors such as Boulder's Brie Doyle and Arvada’s Diann Logan will grace the stage with a mix of moving and humorous readings. Sat 7 p.m.
Scoop up a local masterpiece, like a dreamy city or mountainscape by local painter Alex Artista or one of Amanda Vela's vibrantly detailed animal drawings, or view the latest spring fashions from Denver-based ethical fashion company Tribe at this benefit for Dry Bones Denver and Mission Wear. The event themed around Colorado creators will include live music by local artists Jack Helfrich and Matt Rouch, an art auction, a raffle, and an art fair. Sat 7-10 p.m.