Time travel is finally here. This DIA exhibit will retrace airline history using artifacts like match books, silverware, and glasses from as early as the 1930s. Pilot and flight attendant uniforms will decorate Ansbacher Hall between Jeppesen Terminal and Gate A, so you can see the past before you journey to your destination. Days, times vary.
Free.Byers-Evans House Museum
$8-$13.Denver Museum of Nature and Science
$3-$13.Denver Art Museum
BEST BETFree.Lakewood Heritage Center
BEST BETTickets start at $25.Garner Galleria Theatre
BEST BET$5-$27.Denver Art Museum
$10-$15.Denver Museum of Nature and Science
$5-$8.Longmont Museum and Cultural Center
$9-$15.Denver Botanic Gardens
BEST BETFree; $2 for skate rental.Skyline Park
Free.Ice Cube Gallery
BEST BETFree with admission.Denver Art Museum
Free admissionGeorgetown Lake
Free.Denver International Airport
Free.Svper Ordinary Gallery
Free.Artists on Santa Fe Gallery
Free.University of Denver
$7.Denver Puppet Theater
Free.Ice Cube Gallery
$18-$44.Curious Theatre Company
BEST BETPrices vary.Buntport Theater Company
BEST BET$23-$25.The John Hand Theatre
BEST BET$23-$42.Littleton Town Hall Arts Center
BEST BETFree.Abend Gallery Fine Art
BEST BETFree.Robischon Gallery
BEST BET$19.50-$79.50.Candlelight Dinner Playhouse
BEST BET$15-$28.Lincoln Center
BEST BETTicket prices vary.Aurora Fox Arts Center
BEST BETFree.PACE Center
Free.Niza Knoll Gallery
BEST BETFree.Curtis Arts and Humanities Center
Free.Parker Arts Culture and Events Center
Free.Breckenridge Ski Resort
BEST BETFree.Various locations
BEST BET$8.50-$11.Esquire Theatre
BEST BET$35-$55.1stBank Center
BEST BET$10.75.Alamo Drafthouse Littleton
Known for her unique hanging sculptures, East Coast transplant Claudia Mastrobuono uses clay and fibers to express emotional dynamics. Pieces like "The Weight," in which a large stone is attached to an egg and trapped in a net, depict stress, tension, and relationships. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dinner platters turn into masterpieces when 15 gallery artists transform two plates each into colorful art. Contributors include locals Rita Bentley and Cristine Boyd. Photographs, jewelry, and sculpture will accompany the main display. Mon-Fri 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a living piece of music history: Starting in the late '70s, the members revolutionized the popular Southern jazz sound by adding notes of funk and bebop. This signature energetic style has since come to embody the spirit of New Orleans, and no one performs it with as much heart and soul as its creators. Fri 9 p.m.
After recovering from all the bubbly you drank on New Year's, burn off some of those celebration calories with a 5K/10K. The flat course will help you keep to that fitness resolution. The registration fee includes a T-shirt, goody bag, race photos, and access to food, drinks, and music. Sat 9 a.m.
Although the blues is usually synonymous with Chicago, Los Angeles-based Keb' Mo' is pushing the boundary of this oft-overlooked genre. The visionary storyteller is a three-time Grammy Award winner who is as comfortable playing Eric Clapton-esque electric blues as he is performing more acoustic sounds. His latest album, the critically acclaimed BluesAmericana, was released last April. Sun 7:30 p.m.
Travel back in time through paintings that depict the famous Sand Creek Massacre of 1864. Historical figures like Chief Niwot come alive and the horse militia and brutal killings all wage war on canvas. The artists are all descended from residents that lost their lives or suffered injuries on that fateful November morning. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
At this show, kids can dance and learn at the same time. The program is designed to engage children in arts, culture, and science through songs about topics like animal behavior. This iteration will feature Katherine Dines, a Denver musician who will perform tunes from her 11 award-winning albums. Tue 9:30, 11 a.m.
Curators and museum directors, William Truettner, Frank Goodyear, Jr., Shirley Reese-Hughes, and Joseph Traugott, examine portraits of the west at this symposium. The speakers help share the stories of each unique piece, from oils to photographs. Artists, subjects, settings, and symbolism are explored. Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Actress Brandy Burre moved to upstate New York to raise a family after she became pregnant with her first child. Now, as she nears 40, this documentary shows Burre struggle to balance motherhood and renewed hope for stardom. Directed by Robert Greene, Burre's awareness of the camera leaves you guessing just when the actress is being herself. Wed-Thu 2:20, 4:50 p.m.
Missouri-based Ben Miller Band combines the nasal gruffness of Bob Dylan's iconic voice with the twang of a Southern banjo to produce a sound that's equal parts poetry and feel-good bluegrass. With only two albums to its name, the trio is emerging as one of the most promising acts in Americana music. Wed 9 p.m.
Beer connoisseurs convene in Vail for a festival of Belgian brews and barley wines. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Avery Brewing Company, and Brouwerji Van Steenberge are just a few of the weekend's featured pours. Don't miss the brewmaster's dinner collaboration with Boston Beer Company and Vail Cascade's culinary team. Thu-Sat, times vary.
They're not sock puppets, but they'll certainly knock your socks off. Marionettes act out the tale of a witch who steals a town's gold, before a clever old woman uses trickery to return the wealth to its rightful owner. Kids can create their own paper puppets and browse the hundreds of creations for sale once the play's done. Thu-Fri 10 a.m.; Sat 1 p.m.
Embrace the season with Aspen's annual toast to winter. Activities range from snow sculpting with local artist Thomas Barlow to cruising around Fat Bikes' custom course in the the Fat Cycle Challenge at Rio Grande Park. Purchase a Wintersköl button prior to the event to support the Aspen Valley Hospital's Helmet Program and grab a number of discounts and free gifts throughout the festivities. Thu 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 8:45 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Work of all types and mediums will be on display at this artist-run gallery in RiNo. Sixty-three different pieces from more than 40 artists, including famed painters Kevin Arnold, Richard Barlow, and Linda Behar will kick off this winter showcase. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Acquire a unique piece of art and support those in need in this exhibition and silent auction of local artist Angel Espino’s works. His expressionist drip works feature layers of color and texture. Forty percent of sales from the night will directly benefit Water for People, a nonprofit that helps create sustainable water and sanitation foundations around the world. Thu 6-10 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Angel Espino
Navigating the generational divide between family members is a universal talent; one that playwright Jessica Dickey excels at in her play following the interactions between her basketball coach and her violinist father. In its regional premiere, Charles Ives, Take Me Home explores these characters’ difficult relationships, all while demonstrating how passion—either for sport or for music—can be displayed in many different forms. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Curious Theatre Company
Inspired by a sighting of the real Tommy Lee Jones at the opera by himself, this show consists of a near life-size puppet of the star, a waitress, a slice of pie, and the four people it takes to operate and voice the puppet. Listen to Tommy Lee Jones discuss his love for the opera, his movie career, and more in this unique show. Days, times vary.
Although he had many nicknames—Sultan of Swoon, Ol’ Blue Eyes, The Voice—there was only one Frank Sinatra. Start off 2015, the 100th anniversary of his birth, with a musical revue that honors both the man and his music. Along with a live band on stage, four singers will perform Sinatra's classic music and recite dialogue about his life. Days, times vary.
In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr., James Bevel, and many others participated in voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery for three months. These peaceful protests resulted in the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Directed by Ava DuVernay, Selma chronicles the movement that changed history, despite violent opposition. Days, times vary.
Fire up your engines and head to Crested Butte for a weekend of snowmobile competitions. Contestants go head-to-head in four different events including Hillcross, SnoCross, SnoOvals, and Hilldrag. Wrap up the weekend with a beer, bite to eat, and award ceremony on Sunday at Butte 66 Roadhouse Bar & Grille. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Dinosaurs, trains, and prehistoric Muppets: Is there a better trio of entertainment for small children? This Jim Henson created live performance is based on the popular PBS Kids show of the same name, and brings to town stars Buddy, Tiny, and friends along with enough singing and dancing dinos to delight any budding paleontologist. The up close experience takes children on a journey along the rails of knowledge and proves just the right theater fit for youngsters.
—Photo Courtesy of the Lone Tree Arts Center
Trade in your snowy skis for a weekend that hints at a warmer form of recreation. The 30-year anniversary of Denver’s boating showcase features a tour of Destination Yachts’ 40-foot houseboat as well as classic and antique watercrafts. Don’t miss the “Then and Now” display of boats and maritime accessories from the past 30 years. Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get your feet and hips moving with this dance lesson that fuses the zesty moves of tango and the sultry rhythm of the blues. San Francisco DJ Reeva Bradley and instructor Lucky Skillen will lead the class in tunes and steps—ranging from the moon walk to juke joints—before teaching how you can jive with your partner seamlessly. Fri 7 p.m.
In celebration of chirps and tweets, Boulder native Marie-Juliette Bird has teamed up with the National Audubon Society to tour her award-winning musical Blackbird and the Storm. The project combines looped birdsong with acoustic and electric instruments played by local musicians. The production was nominated for a UK New Music award, and one of its songs was voted the best single of the week on the UK indie chart. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Learn about the history of the environmental movement through this film. The screening of Green Fire will explore legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold's career and how he helped shape the our perception of the environment. Director Dave Steinke will participate in a Q&A after the film. Fri 7:30-9 p.m.
This romantic comedy, first produced in 2004, takes a hilarious look at class and comedy. Matilde, a Brazilian cleaning woman who would rather be a comedian, works for two married doctors whose marriage is falling apart. Through a little bit of comic relief and forgiveness, things look up for all three. Days, times vary.
What started as an unconventional marching band's Fat Tuesday party in 2003 has now become an energetic act that tours across the country. This 20-member group—featuring brass, percussion, and guitar sections as well as dancers and stilt walkers—draws inspiration from a range of influences, including American funk and African tribal music. Fri 8 p.m.
Saddle up for the world's largest stock show. The rodeo portion features cowboys and girls and more than 15,000 animals competing in events such as catch-a-calf and goat roping. Outside the ring, participate in auctions and browse the hundreds of vendor booths, which will sell everything from jewelry to boots to landscaping equipment. Stop by Saturday for National Western's first BBQ contest. Sat-Fri, times vary.
Match your strength against the power of wintry winds in a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon. Set on the scenic Bear Creek Trail, this asphalt and concrete course allows runners to get their nature and exercise fix. Participants will receive several gifts, including a running shirt and race pictures. Proceeds benefits Make-A-Wish Colorado. Sat 9 a.m.
Images of everything from fishing gear to painitngs of Western plains and rivers showcase the timeless beauty of Colorado's landscape. More than 30 artists are contributing, including locals Robert Spooner, Sean Conrad, and Erin Berrett. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Let your inner hop head out in the kitchen. This cooking class features a brew-centric menu that includes baby back ribs with a beer barbecue sauce, beer battered onion rings, and chocolate stout cupcakes. Sat 6:30-9:30 p.m.
With a rambunctious blend of country-rock and hip-hop, this California-based duo has appropriately been described as Johnny Cash meets the Beastie Boys. These whiskey drinking, truck-driving men will likely perform hits like "We All Country" and "For the Outlawz" when they stop in Denver. Sat 7 p.m.
Grammy Award-nominated musician Cameron Carpenter is not your typical organist. His diverse repertoire includes original compositions, Bach's symphonies, film scores, and even collaborations with jazz and pop artists. Carpenter will be playing a digital organ of his own design when he stops in Denver. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Experience the double bass like you’ve never heard it before. Musician and composer Renaud Garcia-Fons added a fifth string to the high register of his double bass and innovated with bowing and pizzicato techniques so he could explore music from around the world with his instrument. The resulting sound is a blend of double bass, cello, violin, guitar, and more. His show, La Línea del Sur, also includes a Flamenco guitarist, accordionist, and percussionist. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Paying tribute to the king of pop requires more than glitzy gloves and iconic dance steps. Since 2004, Who’s Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, has honored the legend by playing hits like "Thriller," complete with the infamous routine from the first music video inducted into the National Film Registry. Sat 9 p.m.
This festival is a healthy way to start the morning. Get a bowl of hot oatmeal, and browse the food bar, which includes fruit, muffins, and pancakes. After eating, participate in the 5K or go to the health fair, which will feature a blood drive and various screenings like posture checks and vision and hearing tests. Sat 7:30 a.m.-noon.
Each year, the acclaimed United Nations Association Film Festival takes its crop of engrossing documentaries on the road—and for the first time, the tour stops in Denver. This to-go version of the festival showcases six international documentaries that tackle issues such as environmental conservation, cultural preservation, and global health. We’ve circled I Am A Girl, an Australian film that chronicles the plight of six teenage girls facing adversity around the world.
Governor John Hickenlooper is ringing in his next term with Colorado’s biggest bands and some culinary maestros. The inauguration ceremony at the State Capitol kicks off the festivities before the roving party heads down Colfax Avenue. Dinner at Fillmore Auditorium starts with cocktails (the menu is being kept under wraps), leading up to the star-studded concert at the Ogden Theatre. The show is sold out, but with a lineup that includes the Lumineers, Nathaniel Rateliff (pictured), and the String Cheese Incident, we’re betting tickets are still floating around. Tue 11 a.m.
Engage in a class led by Frasca Food & Wine’s co-owner and master sommelier Bobby Stuckey to take an in-depth look at the Champagne region of France. The class includes specially curated flights showcasing different wines along with a workbook of information about the region and your wine for the evening. Tue 6-8 p.m.; Thu 6-8 p.m.
Once a year, a handful of the biggest country and bluegrass stars descend on Crested Butte to play five days of live music for a good cause. A few of this year's performers include Dean Dillon, Robert Earl Keen, and Lee Brice, who will play in small bars and taverns around the mountain town. Proceeds benefit charity organizations like the Crested Butte-based Adaptive Sports Center. Wed-Sun, times vary.
The folk and country tunes at this popular festival sound perfectly at home amid Crested Butte’s snowy peaks. The impressive lineup includes bona fide star Lee Brice (pictured)—whose latest effort, “I Don’t Dance,” topped the Billboard country albums chart last September—and legendary singer-songwriter Dean Dillon, plus a slew of buzzworthy emerging acts. The eclectic roster of venues ranges from slopeside spots to small bars in town, meaning fans can join in fist-pumping crowds or mingle with the artists in more intimate digs.
The “Too Big To Ignore” comedian made his debut as the runner-up of Last Comic Standing’s first season. Since then, Ralphie May has released four one-hour comedy specials, completed numerous tours, and frequently appeared on the small screen. He's described as “lovable enough to get away with anything.” Decide for yourself when he comes to town this winter. Wed 7:30 p.m.
No need to fly to London to see this live show. The play will be recorded live and played with a delay right here in Denver. John combines movement and spoken word to authentically depict the protagonist's story, which involves struggles with drugs and crime. Thu 7 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Head to Telluride for a weekend filled with art, flames, and fun. Stroll among some of the most talented fire artists as they perform fire dancing and spinning. Art cars will parade down the streets while sculptures erupt in flame. Live music and warm drinks will heat up the night. You won't want to miss this hot spot. Thu-Mon, times vary.
For a look into what's new in outdoor sports, mark your calendars for this event. This 38th annual expo sports the latest gear for anglers, fly fishermen, and hunters. Browse exhibitions on a variety of topics, from predator hunting to training your dog for outdoor sports. Thu-Fri 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Abstract expressionist Kelly Degnan illuminates Volta's dining room with her bold colors and floral patterns. Enjoy a three-course dinner after the reception with Degnan, indulging in a creative compilation of New Greek cuisine while you discuss Degnan's art. Thu 5 p.m.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a kid! iFly Denver debuts a kids' club that teaches children how to fly via indoor skydiving. Every Thursday, iFly Denver will offer five, five-minute slots to boys and girls ages 3 to 12 for $69.95—an experience normally priced at $81.90. Call to reserve a first come, first serve spot on Thursday monrings. Thu 5 p.m.
Travel to an alternate universe filled with mutated faces and tie-dye skin in this solo exhibition. Surrealist Christian Rex van Minnen transforms portraits and still lifes that would have belonged in 19th-century Amsterdam into deformed figures that look more like sea creatures than human beings. After marveling at the repulsively fascinating paintings, check out the three other concurrent solo exhibits at this downtown gallery, including those of Kahn + Selesnick, Jerry Kunkel, and Jean Lowe. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
If you spent the week stressed out by work, it’s time to loosen up with yoga and a glass of wine. Roll out your mat for an hour-long session surrounded by barrels in the Infinite Monkey Theorem's winery. After class, head to the Wine Lab and tip back a complimentary glass of your favorite local vino. Thu 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Get a taste of 1960s Baltimore in the Tony Award-winning Hairspray, a musical that follows plump Tracy Turnblad’s rise to teen stardom after her appearance on local TV. Part social commentary and part fun-loving tale of an underdog, Hairspray celebrates acceptance and challenging the status quo as Tracy fights to racially integrate the TV show. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
You’ll experience more pain than that from a flesh wound if you miss your opportunity to quote along with one of the most quotable movies of all time. King Arthur, Patsy, and all the loyal knights will fill the screen as the best lines are subtitled karaoke-style. Swords will be on hand as well as coconut halves, so everyone can bring their imaginary horses to life. Thu 7:30 p.m.
When Sam Shepard's dark comedy begins, Austin, a Hollywood screenwriter, and his drifter brother, Lee, haven't seen each other for five years, While housesitting for their mother, the brothers fight, reverse roles in terms of who's the "responsible one," and ultimately try to better understand each other. Days, times vary.
This historical fiction production from local playwright Rick Padden reveals a bit of local World War II history. In TKyear, Berthoud, Colorado's sugar-beet farmers expected a record harvest, but the shortage of workers thanks to the war meant they had a crisis on their hands. Three thousand German POWs held in a Greeley camp ended up helping harvest the beets, and opinions and perspectives ultimately changed. Days, times vary.
Grab some popcorn and find a seat for the visually stimulating and action-packed Blade Runner: The Final Cut. Director Ridley Scott’s critically acclaimed thriller makes its return to the big screen with extended scenes and newly enhanced special effects. Don’t miss 21st-century detective Rick Deckhard (played by Harrison Ford) hunting down the dangerous genetically engineered humanoids in a dystopian Los Angeles. Fri-Sat midnight.
This frosty festival features nearly every winter activity imaginable. Your little ones can ride down the toboggan run, ice skate downtown, and tube or sled on the snow packed hills. While they frolic around, taste some of the award-winning cuisine, like chili and mac n' cheese, as well as a variety of beers. Fri-Mon.
Survey the paintings and prints of contemporary painter and drawer Ken Elliot. Oils, pastels, and monotypes will all be on display, ranging from the Castle Rock artist's early works to his most recent pieces. Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
As a Santa Fe gallery owner, Niza Knoll attempts to create a community of artists that support and sustain one another. She has done just that in her latest exhibition, bringing together 19 long-standing Denver artists to celebrate the fifth anniversary of her eponymous gallery. The show features a combination of paintings and sculptures and includes household names like Barry Rose and Rik Sargent, whose works have appeared in prominent Denver locations, such as the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Wed-Fri 1-5 p.m.; Sat 1-4 p.m.
In conjunction with the National Western Stock Show, western pieces from local artists will be on display. Browse sculptures and paintings from artists like Richard Sargent and Susan Bell. Susie Knight, a cowgirl and award-winning poet, will kick off the exhibit at the opening reception on Friday. Mon-Fri 8 a.m-5 p.m.
Ken Elliott’s paintings capture the vibrant pulse of Colorado landscapes in bold color, as he attempts to go beyond simply depicting a location's characteristics. The artist, whose retrospective includes pieces in oil, pastel and monotype, reveals the energy of our picturesque state as well as the influence of his teacher, American painter Wolf Kahn. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The hit single "All Out of Love" has been the soundtrack to thousands of breakups since its debut in 1980. The duo responsible for it, Australia-based Air Supply, has perfected the art of teary-eyed, soft-rock ballads over the course of a nearly 40-year career. The band has 17 albums to its name, a handful of which topped the Billboard charts, and is touring worldwide. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Throw on your cowboy hat and watch the professionals ride broncos, rope calves, and wrestle steers. Famous riders like Triple Crown winner Trevor Brazile will show off their skills. Corn dogs, prime rib, and coors light will keep you satisfied throughout the events. Days, times vary.
Unlike anything you’ve likely seen before, this story is written, directed, and performed by Theatre Esprit’s co-founder Maria Cheng. Cheng finds a way to bring together tai-ji forms, storytelling, stir-fry cooking, and stand-up comedy to demonstrate the spiritual difficulties that Chinese-American women must face. Beheaded Barbie dolls may or may not also be involved. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Based on the Greek myth Pygmalion, this dance concert takes the story into the modern age. An artist falls in love with an image of a woman he has created, who then comes to life. The stage is transformed throughout the show from the artist’s apartment into digital environments, such as video games and online dating sites. Fri-Sat, times vary.
Famed American pianist Simone Dinnerstein makes her Colorado Symphony debut to display her mastery of the Baroque style. The New York-based musician originally gained an international following through her recordings of Bach's Goldberg Variations. Conductor Mark Wigglesworth, flautist Brook Ferguson, and University of Denver violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams will join her for a two-night performance. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Three time Pulitzer nominee and playwright Jason Still’s Appoggiatura tells the magical story of three American family members that travel to Venice to mourn the loss of a shared loved one. Still describes his contemporary drama as courageously sweet and believes it will foster a sense of community among audience members. Appoggiatura was chosen for this year's Colorado New Play Summit, which will be held next month. Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 1:30, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.
Enjoy a night of fingerpicking guitar from one artist and a sound described as John Mayer and Bonnie Raitt's ’60s love child from another. Willy Porter’s indie folk style combines lyrically rich songs with improvised storytelling that keep his audiences coming back for more. Joining Porter is Megan Burtt, a Denver-based singer/songwriter who traveled the world, battled illness and then recorded an album about her experience; it will be released early this year. Fri 8 p.m.
Aesop Rock’s raps are known for their obscure similes and metaphors. In his first self-produced album, Skelethon, Aesop Rock touches on topics such as the death of a close friend and failed relationships. Fri 9 p.m.
This hilariously awful film’s actual title is The Man Who Saved the World, but it is more generally known as Turkish Star Wars due to its infamous use of actual, unauthorized Star Wars clips. The film was made in 1982 during a time of political upheaval that left a lack of western movies in theaters. To solve this problem, a group of filmmakers headed to the desert fully stocked with fuzzy costumes to recreate the most ambitious sci-fi movie ever made. Fri 9:30 p.m.
Looking to experience the Rockies up close? Enjoy scenic vistas while challenging your cross-country skiing abilities on Crested Butte's groomed trail system. This event is part of the Citizens Race Series, an ongoing skiing competition put on by Crested Butte Nordic. Points for participation will go toward the overall championship at the end of the season. Sat 9:30 a.m.
Get busy running (or freezing) in this annual race. Runners trek along the paved Platte River Trail on traffic-free five- and 10-mile courses. Warm up in the Inn at Hudson Gardens before the race and enjoy treats like coffee and bagels at the post-race party. Top racers will receive gift certificates from New Balance and Runner’s Roost. Sat 7:30 a.m.
Kids seem naturally inclined to produce as much as noise as possible, and at this fun science presentation, they’ll learn where exactly that noise is coming from. Accomplished University of Colorado Boulder professor Michael Dubson—a senior instructor in physics—will break down the mechanics of sound, walking kiddos through concepts like pitch and volume. The presentation is geared toward children in grades five through nine, but kids of all ages should be able to follow the lighthearted science lesson. Sat 9:30-10:30 a.m.
—Image courtesy of Michael Dubson
From soil to climate, there are a multitude of environmental factors that can influence the taste of wine. Looking at the fungus Botrytis and sampling wines from Sauternes and South Australia, participants will examine how different soil structures can change a wine by tasting the same grape grown on different terroirs. Light snacks will also be provided. Sat noon-2 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Mizuna
Expand your wine knowledge and educate your palate on the effects of different soil structures on similar styles of grapes. This class discusses Botrytis—a fungus that can ravage wine grapes—along with wines from Sauternes and South Australia. Enjoy light snacks from the Mizuna's kitchen between each tasting. Sat noon-2 p.m.
A staged six-horse stagecoach raid, a tribute to the American Indian, and dance hall girls all fill the arena for a weekend of action and entertainment. The show is modeled after the famous Buffalo Bill shows, where cowboys wrangled cattle and the American Old West was romanticized. Sat 5 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.
Previously known for its indie/alternative rhythms, this four-person band has quieted the acoustic guitars in favor of deeper drums and keyboard textures. The group’s new sound is evident in its latest album, Evermotion, which dropped last month. Sat 9 p.m.
Whatever the weather, Coloradans can be counted on to gear up for a January run. Break out of your winter hibernation with this 5K around Washington Park. As only the second race of the winter RunDenver Series, there’s still time to complete the three-race minimum for the medallion. Grab the family and have the kids participate in the fun run before you work out those legs and prove your cold weather stamina. Sun 9 a.m.
—Photo Credit: John Flickinger, WOW photography
Someone taught these dogs new tricks. In this energetic show, peppy pooches will perform aerial stunts and funny tricks for their performance, which includes 20 canines ranging from pugs to Australian shepherds. A family four-pack of tickets also comes with hot dogs, chips, and drinks. Mon 2 p.m.; Tue 6:30 p.m.
Twelve-foot tall, 20-ton snow sculptures will fill the ski village after a week of machine-free hand crafting. Artists will exclusively use Colorado-made snow, without the help of power tools or internal support structures, to make houses and iconic images. See the awe-inspiring results of several labor-intensive days. Dates, times vary.
March in one of America's biggest Martin Luther King Jr. Day parades. The route starts at City Park and ends at Civic Center Park, where cake will be served and participants can sign the event yearbook to document their walk. After the festivities, check out the Martin Luther King Jr. African-American Rodeo of Champions at the National Stock Show & Rodeo. Mon 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
One hundred of the best Pro Rodeo athletes trade in their cowboy kicks for ski boots. Watch groups of 10-gallon hat-clad skiers barrel through obstacles and over jumps down the hill, as they compete in both the slalom and stampede events. Enjoy a free post-race concert as part of the Bud Light Rock the Boat Concert Series. Mon noon.
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, cowboys and cowgirls will demonstrate their skills during a rodeo that highlights diversity. This event has been celebrating the history of the black American cowboy through typical rodeo events such as the Pony Express relay for the last 30 years. Mon 6 p.m.
If your idea of pickled food is the dill spear that comes with a sandwich, head to chef Alex Figura's Tasting Tuesday for an exploration of how pickling and fermenting techniques can change the flavor profile of familiar foods. Discover how the taste of a carrot shifts after it has spent time fermenting in a sourdough starter and the complex flavors produced when preserving cherries. Tue 5-9:30 p.m.
Frasca Food & Wine co-owner Bobby Stuckey takes your palate on an educational experience of new world Pinot Noir wines. Guests enjoy a carefully selected flight of wines that highlight countries such as Argentina, Chile, and New Zealand. Check out the classes the week before to learn about the Champagne region of France. Tue-Wed 6-8 p.m.
Samuel Jackson portrayed legendary coach Ken Carter in the 2005 film, Coach Carter, but now you can hear Carter's story in person. Listen to the coach as he discusses his career, which spans more than 15 years, and talks about some of his recent ventures, like the Coach Ken Carter Foundation, a non-profit that helps provide education, training and mentoring programs for minority youth. Tue 7 p.m.
Let’s talk about sex(uality and gender), baby. Rapper, poet, and performance artist Mykki Blanco (née Michael David Quattlebuam, Jr.) uses the stage to challenge sexual identity, gender fluidity, and other controversial topics as depicted in the music industry. Attend Blanco's free lecture Wednesday, his Q&A the following afternoon, or drop by the Larimer Lounge Thursday night to see the New York City native in action. Wed 6:30 p.m.
Los Angeles-based Cold War Kids infuses blues, soul, and heavy rock into the traditional indie style in a music blogger's test tube experiment. The group's five studio albums are as diverse in sound as the band's influences, which range from Bob Dylan to Billie Holiday to the Velvet Underground. Wed 8 p.m.
Enjoy a weekend of cooking demontstrations, wine-paired dinners, cocktail events, and more in Beaver Creek. This four-day event kicks off with a cocktail reception, during which attendees can enjoy craft libations and hors d'oeuvres while mingling with chefs and other guests. Don't miss Saturday evening's grand tasting features a collaboration between local and celebrity chefs along with wine and spirit pairings. Thu-Sat, times vary.
From its humble beginnings as a compliment to the SIA Snow Show, Art of Winter has expanded to a community-wide celebration of Colorado’s lively snow-inspired culture. Snowboards and skis act as canvases as Colorado artists exhibit their works across the city including Larimer Square, the Denver Theatre, and Denver International Airport to express their passion for powder and winter sports. Look for “Upcycled Art,” on display at Larimer Square; an annual exhibit featuring recycled snowboards. Daily, times vary.
—Image Courtesy of Art of Winter
These cowboys can do more than rope cattle. Wranglers from as far away as Australia will travel to Golden to tell jokes, read poetry, and make music. The festival will be broken up into specific categories like "Songwriter's Circle," "Leave 'em Laughing," and "Women of the West," which will feature award-winning poet Susie Knight. Thu-Sun, times vary.
Big names take over Aspen for this four-day event stacked with slopestyle, superpipe, and much more. More than 200 athletes, including Bobby Brown, Shaun White, and Mark McMorris come to come to battle for the most coveted medals in the field. Thu-Sat, times vary.
Head to the Santa Fe Arts District for this dual exhibit. Impressionist artist Deborah Byron's energetic paintings are derived from her experience with Inca shamans in Peru. With an almost cartoonistic look, Mark Brasuell's paintings employ color and action to show personal experiences. Thu noon-5 p.m., Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Psychedelic art, sculptural hair-dos, and elaborate accessories are just a few of the artistic oddities at this artistic festival. The local branch of international arts community Raw: Natural Born Artists presents Visionary, a one-night event that includes visual, performance and makeup artists, fashion and accessory designers, and musicians from the Denver community. More than 40 creative minds will gather for this mobile bi-monthly celebration, which takes place in cities all over the world. Cocktail attire required. Thu 7-11 p.m.
This environmental film festival aims to inspire activism through cinema. Ten different films—all highlighting the human connection to our natural world—will be shown over the span of two hours. A portion of the proceeds benefits Rocky Mountain Wild, a Colorado-based conservation organization. Thu 7 p.m.
Pigs may not be flying at this one-night event, but horses will be dancing. The evening of performances is packed full of equestrian disciplines like freestyle reining and drill elements. Music by Denver Brass choreographs the movements of these world-class horses and riders. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Artistic director and world-renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones often expands the definition of dance. His 31-year-old company will highlight Jones’ return to stage and perform an original work, Play and Play, alongside live, classical music. Thu 7:30 p.m.
You may know him as the League Commissioner in FX’s hit series The League, or perhaps as one of the cast members of Punk’d. But for three nights, Steve Rannazzisi will be his hilarious self, using his smart humor to make people laugh in his own way. With over 13 years of comedy experience, Rannazzisi also recently released a special on Comedy Central; the aptly named Steve Rannazzisi: Manchild. Thu, 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Comedy Works
This New Jersey-based sextet has found a second home in Colorado, where its particular brand of acoustic rock 'n' roll has garnered a devoted fan base. (This Thursday will mark the band's 16th show at the Ogden.) Railroad Earth's latest album, Last of the Outlaws, was a fixture on Billboard’s folk chart when it debuted, though the band's multi-instrumentalists are best known for their live performances. Thu-Sat 9 p.m.
Experience styles like the cha-cha, waltz, and tango live on stage from some of the world’s best dancers, including professionals from Dancing with the Stars and contestents from So You Think You Can Dance, as they perform to win your votes. Unlike reality television, these results are immediate with a winner announced at the end of each show by host and Growing Pains actor Alan Thicke. Days, times vary.
Delve into a different culture by celebrating Native American heritage at this three-day festival. Buy original paintings, pottery, and jewelry, including turquoise bracelets and necklaces. After perusing the products, take in some of the entertainment, like the Ehecatl Aztec Dancers, who perform a warrior style of dance. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Throw your lines out bright and early at this three-day fishing extravaganza. Choose between Grand Lake, Lake Granby, and Shadow Mountain Lake to hook a big catch of Mackinaw or brown and rainbow trout. Score all three types and win yourself the grand slam prize. Youth and adult competition categories make this an event for the whole family. Fri-Sun 6 a.m-4 p.m.
At this special event children (and adults, too) can learn all about Galette des Rois, the traditional French New Year celebration. During year-end festivities in France, bakers of the galette des rois, or king’s cake, traditionally hide a token or bean inside the confection. The lucky person that finds the hidden treasure is king or queen for the day. This event includes singing, reading a story, and even sampling the king’s cake (which does contain almonds). Fri 1:30 p.m.
Adults: Prepare to set an example of good sportsmanship, win or lose, in the inaugural 9280 Pond Hockey Tournament. Vail Resorts and Keystone Resorts have partnered with leading hockey event production companies to launch the event, which includes men's, women's, over 45, coed, and youth divisions—and even pits parents against children and coaches against teams. Fri-Sun, times vary.
This isn’t your typical pop-up dinner. Upon arrival at the Four Seasons Hotel, guests are blindfolded then guided to an undisclosed location in the 45-story building, where Edge Restaurant & Bar chef Simon Purvis and his culinary team prepare a multi-course meal using mystery ingredients. The secretive meal will also feature visual and audible entertainment to complete the unforgettable experience. Fri 6 p.m.
What will a good man do in bad circumstances? Set in 1981, a statistically brutal year in New York history, A Most Violent Year explores human morality in the context of corrupt enterprise. Director J.C. Chandor’s most recent film has been called gritty and thought-provoking, telling the story of a blue-collar immigrant as he strives to achieve the American Dream amid corruption and violence. Mon-Sun 7 p.m.
Warm up with a festival featuring more than 100 purveyors of craft beer, including Breckenridge Brewery and Left Hand Brewing Company. Attendees enjoy drafts of their favorite beers in a special, commemorative pint glass. Nab a VIP ticket to gain early access and a special beer and cheese pairing. Fri 7-10 p.m.; Sat 6-10 p.m.
A former software developer and two-time national champion water skier, Adrienne Osborn changed career paths several years ago to pursue her love of music full time. Her Denver-based band, Adrienne O, has an electric pop sound heavily influenced by ’80s synth-rock and contemporary artists like Florence and the Machine. Osborn leads the trio on vocals and bass, infusing each live show with emotionally charged lyrics and the feeling that you, too, can do anything. Fri 8 p.m.
Don't tuck your bike away in the garage just yet. This cross country ride will let you slip and slide around the village, and then sip on hot chocolate. Free demos of FatBike, a bike with extra big wheels designed to trek through the snow, will be available. This race will kick off the Leadville Winter mountain biking series. Sat-Sun, times vary.
Prepare to slide your way to the checked flag in a twilight bike race around Copper Mountain and its village. Bring your mountain bike and headlamp, or try out one of the fat tire bikes on-site, as you race toward the firework lit finish line. The fourth annual event also features kid races and a post-race party at Incline Bar and Grill.
—Photo Courtesy of Copper Mountain
Break through the ice in search of rainbow and brown trout and smallmouth fish at Westcliffe's first ice fishing competition. Whoever reels in the longest (measured from snout to the fork in the tail) catch in each category wins $75, $50, and $25 for first, second, and third place, respectively. A fish fry follows the event. Sat 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Fight Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Cronitis with your teammates, or cheer on your friends from the bleachers. Local teams of football fans and corporate executives will comprise the bracket for a day of pigskin on the Bronco's home turf. Teams will have locker room access, practice and an awards ceremony. Proceeds benefit Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Sat 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
This is one doggone good event. The origins of dogs and their trajectory through history will be explained through activities like "Are You Smarter than a Dog?" (modeled off of Fox's Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?) and presentations, one of which will feature real avalanche rescue dogs. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Throw on Grandma's ugly sweater along with your sneakers for this two-part challenge. Run the Sweaty Sweater 5K in the morning, then shower off in the Polar Bear Plunge, where hundreds of brave participants will dive into Horsetooth Reservoir. Just don't forget a change of dry clothes. Sat 10 a.m.
While Fido might be an integral part of your family, don’t forget that dogs have ancestry of their own. Take a trip around the world and back through time to look at the history of dogs with hands-on science and art activities for all ages. Sat 10 a.m.
This socially-minded festival tackles tough cultural issues through a series of pictures. The day-long event offers six films, as well as panels and guest speakers, to further conversation on the nuances of race, gender, and sexuality in the adoption system. Pro tip: Bring your own tissues. Sat 11 a.m.
What better way to spend a wintry day than hiking through the snow? Join the Winter Junior Rangers for a hot dog roast around a bonfire before bundling up and trekking a mile through the Lookout Mountain Nature Center preserve. Participants will learn about cold weather safety and preparedness along the way. Sat 11:30 a.m.
Bourbon and Bacon Fest combines two things just about everyone loves (sorry, vegetarians). Sample an array of whiskeys alongside bacon-centric eats and sweets from local restaurants and purveyors, and stay for educational demonstrations from local distilleries. Participating establishments include Buffalo Trace, 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, Little Man Ice Cream, and Butcher’s Bistro. Sat 3-5 p.m.
Show your Colorado pride and cheer on Denver’s “Mile High” Mike Alvarado as he takes on California’s Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in the final chapter of their boxing trilogy. The two have exchanged 3,003 punches, with both men taking away victories in this last series. Sat 5 p.m.
Cancer kills nearly 600,000 people in the United States each year, but donating to future research efforts is the best way to knock that number back. Enjoy dinner, cocktails, a live auction, and a special musical performance by famed local crooners the Fray. Proceeds benefit the University of Colorado Hospital and Cancer Center. Sat 6-10 p.m.
The Denver Art Museum’s “Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century” exhibit is poised to get a little bit shinier. Hosted by CultureHaus—the museum’s organization for young philanthropists—this glamorous museum benefit adds live jazz, cocktails, and desserts to an exclusive viewing of the popular exhibition, which showcases pieces by the titular legendary jewelry designer. Bonus: Stop by the silent auction, where bidders will vie for prizes that include tickets to local theater productions, a dress by Denver designer Salwa Owens, and, of course, jewelry. Sat 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Ain’t no mountain high enough? Leave that to DJ Marina Diniz (who remixed the Marvin Gaye classic) and Décimo headliner Baauer to decide. Dance the night away to the Brazilian opener and electronic main event, best known for his hit “Harlem Shake.” Gondola One in Vail Village will take you more than 10,000 feet in the air for this peak party. Sat 9 p.m.
British singer Sam Smith was undoubtedly one of 2014’s biggest breakout stars. Thanks to his deep, booming voice, the 22-year-old crooner notched two top 10 singles and saw his acclaimed debut album, In the Lonely Hour, sell more than one million copies in the U.S. alone. Expect to hear hits like “I’m Not The Only One” and “Stay With Me” along with more from his old-school soul-meets-pop catalogue. This is one of the star’s last concerts before next month’s Grammy Awards, where he’s nominated in six categories including Album of the Year. Mon 7:30 p.m.
Most twenty-somethings can relate to the feeling of being out of place. Frances Ha captures the uncertainty, unstableness and humor accompanied by post-grad life, discovering that it’s not about what society says is normal, but rather about being the person you want to be. In support of local ladies, 15 percent of the box office proceeds benefit Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. Mon 7:30 p.m.
After gaining fame for his part on British electronic duo Disclosure's hit song "Latch," crooner Sam Smith quickly established himself as a talented soul singer worthy of individual praise. Smith's powerful yet understated vocals allow his heartfelt love songs to resonate with fans across the globe. With just one album under his belt, the singer/songwriter has won a number of awards and sold more than one million albums. Mon 7:30 p.m.
One of the world's largest and oldest farm shows returns to Weld County, a major agricultural hub. In its 101st year, the show will include more than 350 workshops that range from lectures on drones and their connections to farming to a talk on the best hay for your horse. Tue-Thu, times vary.
Connect and network with Denver Latinos over drinks, door prizes, and Project Enye (ñ) endeavors. The group, whose name is a reference to first-generation Americans with Hispanic heritage, offers a New Year Happy Hour to unveil its latest work. Not Latino? No problem. The social is open to Denverites of all kinds who are interested in the organization. Tue 6 p.m.
Frequently heralded as country music’s rebel outsider, Eric Church is all grit, five o’clock shadow, and Southern twang. Church’s live band will back his Denver performance, filling the arena with the singer-songwriter-guitarist’s quality compositions that often double as radio hits. Go if you like: Hank Williams Jr., Waylon Jennings, or AC/DC—and don't shy away from bringing your kids. Tue 7 p.m.
Country music superstar Eric Church built his impressive career from scratch, moving to Nashville with little more than a guitar after he graduated college. In the decade since, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter has won over fans across the country with hits like "Drink In My Hand" and "Springsteen." Right now, he's touring his latest album, The Outsiders, which has received nearly unanimous positive reviews. Tue 7 p.m.
It’s all in the hops, or lack thereof. Explore the differences between whiskey and beer at this three-course dinner where each dish is paired with extensive tastings of both beverages. If you never thought they could be enjoyed together, don’t miss the featured whiskey, Charbay Distillery’s R5 Lot No. 3, which is double-distilled from the featured beer, Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA. Wed 6:30
—Image courtesy of Boone’s Tavern
Come for the outlandish title, but stay for this Pulitzer Prize-winning production. A young girl, Tillie, tries to win first place at her school’s science fair by exposing flowers to gamma rays, but her alcoholic mother and epileptic sister continually sidetrack her plans. Ultimately, Tillie learns that, like her marigolds, she, too, can succeed despite her negative surroundings. Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
See your favorite animated characters in real life. This play centers on modern Disney favorites from shows like Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. The first act focuses on Sofia's preparations for a royal celebration while the second follows Jake on a treasure hunt that features Peter Pan and a battle with Captain Hook. Classic stars like Minnie and Mickey Mouse and Cinderalla will also make appearances. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m., 2, 5 p.m.
A violin plays the soundtrack to an aerial acrobatic act. A trumpet provides the beat for a tightrope walker’s stroll. These are both possibilities at Cirque Musica, a true artistic event that combines live symphonic music from the Colorado Symphony with circus performers' movements. The show features music from a variety of genres, including classical and pop. Dates, times vary.
Satisfy your sweet tooth and sip on craft beer at this sweets and suds pairing. West Flanders Brewing Company teams up with Piece, Love, & Chocolate for a flight of beers to complement a selection of desserts for you to indulge and educate your palate. Take home a chocolate and beer pairing guide along with an assortment of truffles. Fri 7-9 p.m.
While Ohio-based producer RJD2 is best known for scoring the opening theme to AMC's hit show Mad Men, he has been releasing smooth, sample-based electronic music since 2002—well before the current EDM craze. As a prolific musician who has nine universally praised LPs to his name, RJD2 is most likely your favorite DJ's favorite DJ. Fri 9 p.m.
At 10,000 feet, running can be tricky. This three-mile off-road trek requires thick skin and warm clothing in order to master steep inclines, deep snow, and slunning (running and sledding combined). Yeti costumes are encouraged—and you might even see the real beast. Sat 9 a.m.