At this sustainability-focused festival, discover how to do more to conserve energy than just recycling your beer cans. This eco-friendly event features everything from films like Overview, a short about astronauts turned environmentalists, to presentations by sustainability activists. Don’t miss a panel featuring Denver-based endangered species advocate Taylor Jones. Sat 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Denver artist Lisa Corine von Koch reimagines the desert landscape in her native southern Utah in this colorful exhibit. Inspired by Moab’s vivid desert landscapes and her other travel destinations, each of her chromatically saturated paintings evokes a sense of heightened experience that mimics the feelings one might have during an adrenaline high. The vivid images also depict the bond shared between outdoor adventurers. Thu, Sat noon-6 p.m.; Fri. noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Lisa Corine von Koch
Don your most convincing mermaid costume and venture into the sea of craft beer during this ocean-themed celebration of Colorado's favorite drink. At this eclectic event, sample brews from Boulder breweries and snack on a miso ramen bowl from Rama Ramen as you enjoy a live performance by indie rock back the Copper Children. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Ocean Coalition, a nonprofit focused on establishing education programs on sustainability. Sat-Sun, times vary.
Halloween might still be a month away, but thanks to this quirky bike ride, you can show off your costume early. Choose a scenic 10K route along the South Platte River or challenge yourself on a more strenuous 25K or 50K loop. After breaking a sweat, cool down with an Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery, play lawn games, and enjoy a live rock and blues show by Conifer-based group 62 West. Proceeds benefit Adaptive Adventures, a nonprofit that helps those with physical disabilities participate in outdoor activities. Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Jimmy Martin
Thanks to this lesson, the cute mason jars in your cupboard can be more than just cute glasses. After this tasty class taught by Sari Kimbell of the Cooking Studio, you'll use those glass containers to store delicious homemade preserves, such as pear jam and apple butter. Learn the techniques for creating your own sauces and pie fillings at home and take away a stack of recipes as well as 18 pints of homemade treats to use in your fall cooking. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Your kids can a smorgasbord of apple-flavored goodies at this 40-year-old fall celebration of Lakewood’s agricultural heritage. Witness Colorado’s largest tractor pull; learn how to use a cider press and other historic farm equipment; feast on festival fare like kettle corn and apple pie; and take advantage of unlimited access to children’s activities, like a bounce house, a climbing wall, and an obstacle course.
During this charitable dinner, you can make an impact on the lives of hundreds of furry friends. Enjoy a buffet supper, then place your bets in the silent auction for items such as jewelry, wine baskets, and pet portrait sessions. Proceeds benefit Forgotten Felines, a local organization with a cat adoption program as well as a program for spaying and neutering feral cats. Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
If you're not familiar with what distinguishes a fresh-hopped beer from a normal brew, consider this tasting event a delicious chance to learn. Forty brewers, including locals from Denver Beer Company and Spangalang Brewery, will show off the concoctions they made with hops picked less than 24 hours before they were dried and used. Grab a commemorative mug and fill it with the brewmasters' unique creations, from extra bitter pale ales to more sessionable brews with a hint of hoppy flavor. Sat 1-4 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Two Parts
This isn't a stein-lifting competition, but there will still be enough booze to make it an Oktoberfest party. As you sip on brews from the Ginn Mill, you and you partner can take on several formidable opponents in a 64-team beer pong tournament for a chance to win the grand prize of two massive steins. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Colorado, an organization that provides services and supports to all Coloradans affected by autism. Sat 1-5 p.m.
Come dressed in your favorite Bowie or Prince attire and remember two legendary artists at this lively party. A Bowie impersonator will spin an hour of the pop kings' greatest hits, as attendees rock out on the dance floor and sample drinks such as the Purple Rain. Then sit back for a screening of fantasy cult classic Labyrinth, which stars Bowie as the Goblin King, as well as Purple Rain, an emotional, autobiographical drama about Prince's past. Sat.
Thanks to this fun run through downtown Denver, chocoholics have a good excuse to get active. Sign up for either a 5K or a challenging 15K, jog past landmarks such as Coors Field and the Colorado State Capitol, and then cross the finish line for a complimentary mug of cocoa as well as wafer cookies, fruit, and marshmallows. A portion of the proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, which raises money for families or children facing a medical crisis. Sun 7 a.m.
At this massive showcase of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century paintings, familiarize yourself with the distinct style of Venetian Renaissance artists. The exhibit includes 50 works from this experimental period, during which artists began using oil paint to add greater depth and emotion to their art. See these revolutionary techniques up close in intimate interpretations of Biblical scenes by masters Vittore Carpaccio and Cima da Conegliano. Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Skip the treadmill and take on a real incline during this trail race. On Pole Hill Trail, you'll climb more than 1,000 feet, ultimately reaching an altitude of 9,085 feet, as you run along a mountain ridge in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. After you descend to complete the 5.8-mile loop, you can claim your prizes: an official race T-shirt and breakfast at the Ridge Haus restaurant. Sun 10 a.m.
Glimpse some of the West’s most majestic creatures without having to leave Evergreen at this exhibition of nearly 20 animal paintings by Golden painter Edward Aldrich. Aldrich realistically renders the creatures using subtle brush strokes that skillfully capture dramatic details. Each painting presents a candid wilderness encounter with wolves, buffalo, or other wild beasts in their natural habitats. Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Edward Aldrich
Get out those costumes early and let your young trick-or-treaters ease into the season with this (only slightly) spooky community celebration. Explore the Halloween-decked museum space, in which your little monsters can decorate masks, bobbing for apples, and hunt for witches in a spider web maze. Then before you head home, check out the museum's new Polly Pocket–themed exhibit. Sun noon-4 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys
Experience a collaboration between Colorado chefs, restaurateurs, and farmers at this locally sourced dinner. Chefs from Golden restaurants, including Table Mountain Inn and Abejas Restaurant, will create a four-course dinner using ingredients from Kilt Farm and Arvada-based Micro Farms. The plant-heavy menu will include a grape and turnip appetizer as well as a kale-apple salad with goat cheese. Proceeds benefit GoFarm's mission to give more people in the Golden area access to healthy, affordable food. Sun 4 p.m.
Celebrate Denver's top restaurants at this culinary extravaganza highlighting 5280's 25 best restaurants of 2016. Chat with the chefs and try artfully crafted small plates and cocktails from each of the eateries on our list. Proceeds benefit Tennyson Center for Children, a local organization that provides services to children who have suffered abuse or neglect or have developmental disabilites. Sun 6-9 p.m.
Get some fashion inspiration at this runway show featuring local designer Salwa Owens. Set to live music from artists such as former American Idol contestant Devan Blake Jones and violinist Mia Herlinger, models will show off Owens' jewelry and luxury silk scarves as well as accessories by designers Andrea Li and Estaine. After admiring pieces on the catwalk, sip on a chocolate martini and stop by a pop-up shop to snag some flair for your fall wardrobe. Sun 7 p.m.
Fall is officially underway, but it’s not too late to indulge in some breezy pop tunes from sunny California. LANY, a three-piece dream pop band who named themselves after Los Angeles and New York, combines the sound of 1980s pop, early 1990s R&B, and new-wave electronica with lyrics focused on euphoric, romantic yearning. Bonus: Los Angeles-based pop group Transviolet will start the show with Bowie-esque, electropop anthems. Sun 7:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Zedek Chan
In the first of three panel discussions hosted by Curious Theatre Company, innovative minds from the local arts scenes will share their thoughts on diversity. The panel—which includes Kevin Quinn Marchman from the Denver-based Black Actors Guild, actor and director Antonio Mercado, and the Artistic Director of Boulder's Local Theater Company Pesha Rudneck—will explore the reasons why diversity ought to be a priority in the theater community. The presenters will also delve into the challenges making it difficult to get diverse voices on stage. Mon 7 p.m.
At this charitable luncheon, go behind the scenes of the Brooklyn Academy’s 2014 premiere As One, a chamber opera that centers on the experiences of a transgender protagonist. As you enjoy a three-course meal, meet several members of the opera’s creative team, including composer Laura Kaminsky, librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, and conductor Andres Cladera. During a post-lunch Q&A session, the panel will discuss the process of taking this story from their imaginations to the stage. Tue noon-1:30 p.m.
For her solo exhibition of large-scale panels, this contemporary painter drew inspiration from her experiences during a month-long artist residency in Reykjavik with the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists. Check out her sublime depictions of Icelandic volcanic rock, arctic glaciers, and icebergs—each of which was made with a combination of encaustic, ink, and mixed media—and reflect upon our responsibility in preserving the natural world. Wed-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Dana McGrath Photography
During a captivating performance, this American violinist will perform tunes from her new album Brave Enough, which is brimming with addictive silky melodies. This versatile dancer and musician brings ballerina-like elegance to her unique sound inspired by both classical and electronic music. Wed 7 p.m.
This flashy pop-rock show will keep you dancing until daylight. The Los Angeles natives’ repertoire is as versatile as its members (from bad boy Adam Levine to hipster Micky Madden), featuring breezy upbeat songs like “Sunday Morning” alongside darker pop hits like “Animals.” Levine is sure to show off his talent for hitting high notes as the group plays a catchy setlist of their most popular anthems. Thu 7 p.m.
If the 2016 presidential election is getting on your nerves, this satirical musical revue will give you an outlet for your frustration. No one is safe from ridicule during this biting comedy, which features a cast of former Congressional staffers poking fun at every aspect of current politics. Watch clever skits and original song parodies railing on Donald Trump's fragile ego or party leaders' bias in favor of Hillary Clinton during the Democratic National Convention. Thu 7:30 p.m.
At this autumn-inspired festival, your little one can appreciate both the sights and tastes of the season. Take the youngsters on a hay ride to choose pumpkins for their Halloween Jack-o-lanterns, then make your way through a pint-sized corn maze. After a full day of activity, they can snack on caramel apples while enjoying a live performance by local kids' rock group the Music Train. Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
At this two-day conference, six-time Grammy Award winner Billy Joel gets as much attention from scholars as he's received from the public. While the live phone interview with Mr. Long Island himself is certainly the flashiest of the 30 presentations, you should also check out the Saturday coffee break with Jim Bosse, a member of Joel’s high school band, who will discuss the singer-songwriter’s early mood swings. Fri 1-9:30 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Denver's favorite improvisation comedy troupe brings you a new show focused on political buffoonery. Laugh along with actors Jessica Austgen, Sarah Kirwin, Nanna Thompson, and Chris Woolf as they perform a ridiculous presidential debate using suggestions from the audience. Get ready to participate—during this interactive argument, the fictional candidates and parties are created by you.
This Kentucky-born country artist will send you back to the mid-’90s as he sings about break-ups, true loves, and nights at the bar. During the intimate show, Montgomery will lend his rich baritone to lively staccato rhythms in songs such as “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” and to slow, heartwarming melodies in ballads like “I Swear." Fri 8:30 p.m.
If you're looking for a grueling workout, take on this all-day cycling circuit, which follows a 21-mile winding loop through Penitente Canyon. Solo riders or teams battling the 2,000-feet gain in elevation in the process will compete to take on as many laps as possible during a 12-hour period. When you're done pedaling, refuel with a 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Co. and a tasty grilled sausage from Gosar Ranch Natural Foods. Sat 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Ben Knight
With representatives from more than 20 private, public, and charter schools in the area, this event offers the perfect opportunity to find the right match for your child. After meeting one-on-one with admissions directors from schools including Colorado Academy, St. Anne's Episcopal School, and Montessori Academy of Colorado, you're sure to discover the learning environment most well suited to your child's individual needs. Bonus: After the faire, check out museum exhibits such as Egyptian Mummies with your little learner. Sat 10 a.m.-noon.
At this educational fair, your little scientist will have the chance to participate in guided experiments. She can don a mini lab coat for a chemistry-themed workshop with Professor Ron Furstenau, during which she'll learn how chemical reactions can make objects change color. Then young learners can visit the "Physics in Phun" exhibit, which features a variety of demonstrations led by cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy, including an opportunity to feel an electric charge inside a Leyden jar. Sat 10 a.m.
Kiddos can don snorkels and flippers and swim alongside aquatic slippery friends during this educational workshop. After they meet Oliver, a 10-month-old rescued river otter, and watch him do tricks in the water, they'll learn fun facts about the underwater critters. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
At this charitable red carpet gala, you can honor unconventional heroes—the heroes with four legs. After enjoying a gourmet meal, take your seats for a live auction hosted by former Broncos running back Reggie Rivers and bid on luxury items such as two VIP tickets to the NASCAR Cup Series and a one-week timeshare in Kauai. Proceeds benefit Freedom Service Dogs, an organization that matches services dogs with people in need. Sat 6-9:30 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Patty's Pet Photography
Country artist Martina McBride has a cause to sing about at this charitable concert. The Tennessee-based artist will show off her loud belt in songs such as her new single “Just Around the Corner,” which gives hope to those struggling with terminal illness. Proceeds benefit the Sarah Cannon Fund at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Be the Match, both of which help families fighting blood cancers. Sat 7 p.m.
Sway along to your favorite ’80s hits during a screening of this beloved romance film. Follow Baby as she falls for bad boy dance instructor Johnny and learns to stand up for her beliefs in this coming-of-age tale. If the Swayze-Grey chemistry isn’t enough to lure you in, come for brunch: The menu includes peanut butter and banana French toast with whipped cream cheese spread and mixed fruit. Sun 11 a.m.
Best known for his large-scale abstract expressionist paintings, Still distanced himself from contemporaries such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko with an extensive cache of more than 2,300 drawings. During this three-month exhibit, more than 260 of those works will be on display. Although you could spend all day staring at Still’s art, make sure to visit “The Drawing Room,” a public studio in the center of the gallery, to contribute to a crowd-sourced installation and explore your own creative process. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Expand your yoga practice at this mindful weekend-long festival. Whether you'd like to deeply meditate in a Yoga Nidra class with Jeremy Wolf or try an active lesson in aerial yoga with Tanya Miller, you're sure to find a workshop that fits your style. After practicing new poses, attend an acoustic bluegrass performance by Scotty Stoughton and sample craft brews, such as the Firestarter IPA, from Bonfire Brewing. Fri 8 a.m.-Sun 4 p.m.
For this unusual collaborative exhibition, photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman have created panoramas of processed food that mirror the composition of Carlton Watkins’ landscapes of the American West. By reimagining breathtaking views using crushed cereal and white bread as a medium, the artists encourage viewers to question industrial food production in the United States. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Colorado Photographic Arts Center
In his third solo exhibition, oil painter Gregory Block turns his artistic eye on the culinary world. His skillfully rendered still-life works capture the light, shadows, and textures of lavish place settings and meals, encouraging viewers to consider food and its role in their lives. In addition to his realistic renderings, check out unique metal collages he constructed from scorched aluminum cans. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Gallery 1261
On the heels of his latest Netflix comedy special Freedumb, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies is touring the nation with his personal brand of offensive comedy—and he's out to laugh at just about everyone. Whether he’s making fun of the Star-Spangled Banner or joking about the stupidity of the Bible, Jefferies leaves no topic off-limits. Fri 8 p.m.
This lavish production puts a contemporary spin on the outrageous extravagance of 18th century Versailles. In a hipper, edgier incarnation of the historical tale, this regional premiere recounts the story of Marie Antoinette’s love affair with a life of French luxury. Watch the queen go from riches to rags as the French become disenchanted with the aristocracy and the revolution rages on. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
Learn about some of Colorado's earliest settlers as you hike through the Northern Colorado nature preserve of Soapstone Prairie. Choose between a moderate three-mile and a strenuous six-mile hike, then follow a Fort Collins nature guide as they show you old homesteads that once belonged to pioneers and their families. Be sure to bring a lunch and plenty of water—otherwise, you'll be foraging for food, just like your forefathers. Sat 9 a.m.
At this three-part speed contest, experience a trio of unique venues. Run three miles on a trail alongside the Rio Grande, then bike 10 miles with a stunning view of Blanca Peak, Colorado's fourth highest mountain. Competitors will end their day with a 400-meter swim in a 90-degree pool filled with water from nearby hot springs, so even if you don't take home a prize in your age group, you're still sort of having a spa day. Sat 9 a.m.
Artist couple James Surls and Charmaine Locke will use their art to explore their relationship with one another during this partner exhibition. Featuring large-scale sculptures, paintings, drawings, and prints that depict objects from nature as well as cosmic shapes, the shows highlights the complements and contrasts in their work. Fri 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Instead of leaving their works up to interpretation, the artists featured in this group exhibition make their creative processes and intentions explicit. Each painting and sculpture is displayed alongside a plaque detailing the inspiration for each piece as well as the techniques used to create it. Discover the story behind Jeanne Bessette's colorful, whimsical paintings and Jill Shwaiko's bronze sculptures. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Mirada Fine Art Gallery
Dive into an exploration of culture at this writing workshop with Poetry Society of Colorado member Jenna Cappleman. During the session, learn how to incorporate Native American imagery in your poetry taking inspiration from work by Native American poets such as Esther Berlin and Santee Frazier as well as Navajo mythology and stories. After the lecture, test out your new skills by writing your own poem or piece of prose. Sat 11 a.m.-noon.
This hilarious play about heaven and hell is coming to Denver for the first time—and it’s coming straight from Broadway, where Emmy Award–winning actors Jim Parsons and Sean Hayes have both performed the starring role. In this humorous tale, God has come down to Earth in the body of an unsuspecting human to set the record straight about the Ten Commandments. Almost as if he were the droll host of some otherworldly talk show, God—along with his sidekick angels Michael and Gabriel—spends the 90-minute duration of the show explaining the secrets of the universe.
No need for a personal playlist at this race—you'll be treated to an upbeat mix of live music instead. Runners will pass multiple Mile High City landmarks, such as Coors Field and Larimer Square on the 13.1-mile course, and 15 local bands will be stationed every half mile along the course to keep you grooving as you move. After you've finished your workout, alternative hip-hop band G. Love and Special Sauce will play a funky set during the after-party. Sun 7:15 a.m.
—Photo courtesy of Bruce Wodder/Competitor Group
At at show, enjoy smooth vocals set against instrumental melodies featuring cellos and ukuleles. Since this indie pop artist is known for both folksy inspirational tunes and heartbreaking confessional ballads, you're sure to find an emotional outlet regardless of your mood. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Wes Anderson fans will recognize this Brazilian pop samba singer-songwriter as the dominant voice behind the The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou soundtrack. Wearing the film protagonist's iconic red cap, Jorge will perform Portuguese-language covers of David Bowie songs from the movie, including "Starman" and "Rebel Rebel," in front of a series of projected movie scenes. Fri 9 p.m.
During this two-band tour, a post-grunge rock group and a new metal alternative band will come together for a night of head banging. Songs such as “Freak on a Leash” and “Believe” are sure to be electric guitar–laden crowd pleasers at this massive show. Wed 6 p.m.
During this spellbinding garden tour, check out a variety of creative pumpkin displays, which depict scenes such as Cinderella’s carriage and dancing skeletons. Don your best disguise for the costume contest and get to know the masterminds behind the displays at a meet-and-greet with the pumpkin artists. To stay warm while you walk, be sure to stop by the beverage bar for a cup of cocoa or a hot cider before you set off. Wed-Thu 6:30-9 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens
Though trained as a painter, artist Kim Putnam will present a collection of ceramic sculptures at this tactile show. By using cupcakes as stand-ins for breasts, her pastry-themed installation draws attention to the sexualization of the female form and questions the words we use to discuss female bodies. Thu, Sat noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.
During this class, cure your knead for bread by learning tips and tricks to help you bake the perfect loaf at home. Lauren Richardson from Greenhouse Grower, a nonprofit that unites the Boulder community through urban agricultural programs, will demonstrate kneading and shaping techniques you can use to make loaves of sourdough, whole grain, and stone-ground grain breads. Plus, she'll teach you a time-saving method of no-knead bread making. Thu 6-8:30 p.m.
During this educational meet-and-greet, you child will get a chance to see these odd flying mammals up close. After explaining how the creatures eat bugs and pollinate fruits, Rob Mies, the founder of the national Organization for Bat Conservation, will introduce kids to a variety of bats, including a giant flying fox from Malaysia with a six-foot wingspan. Bonus: Young conservationists can enter a raffle to win a bat house and help protect the animals in their neighborhood. Thu 7 p.m.
At this event, you can participate in cooking classes, sample handcrafted spirits, and learn how to cure the hangover blues. After sampling spirits such as Old Blue Bourbon from Longmont-based Black Canyon Distillery and Devious Vanilla Vodka from Greeley's Syntax Spirits, cast your vote for the People's Choice award. Then learn to incorporate craft spirits in the kitchen during a workshop with chefs Ian Buchanan and Doug Schwartz. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Denver interior designer Elaine St. Louis has channeled her unique eye for architecture and design into this exhibition of elegant nest paintings. Her large scale depictions of the natural structures against a warm, white background highlight both the intricacy and functionality of the tiny structures. Paired alongside rustic displays of furniture, her artwork allows viewers to ponder the importance of design within a dwelling space, both for animals and humans. Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Skip the morning cartoons and encourage children to use their imaginations during this morning storytime session. With a little help from museum storyteller Paulette, little guests will choose characters and weave their own Halloween-themed tale. It isn't Daniel Tiger, but it's equally entertaining. Fri 10:30-11:00 a.m.
This never-before-seen performance features dance works created by two talented MFA students from the University of Colorado Boulder. The first act, choreographed by Rachel Dodson, features contemporary dance set to an original composition that features melodies by Jesse Manno, Frédérick Chopin, and Sigur Rós. In the second, choreographer Colt Irvin explores themes of consumption and commercialization as the dancers glide and move around the stage on skateboards. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Daniel Beahm
Scavenger hunt meets sightseeing trip during this whirlwind outdoor game. After downloading the Denver Adventure app, teams of two of four people will complete tasks in the Mile High City, such as "go run the stairs at Red Rocks" or "visit the first Chipotle," to receive points. Prizes, which range from novelty socks to a voucher for a weekend trip to Aspen, will be hidden at various locations throughout the city, so you better brush up on your Denver navigation skills before starting on your trek. Sat 10 a.m.
This 5K is perfect for runners who love to monkey around. You'll receive a gorilla or banana suit to wear during the playful race, which will loop through Waverly Acres Park in Westminister. Post-run, stick with the theme as you sip a Silverback Pale Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company at the after-party. Proceeds benefit the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, which is working to save mountain gorillas from extinction. Sat 11 a.m.
You’ve spent your summer running stairs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre—now test your quads on the surrounding park’s footpaths in this female-only race series' first trail run. Prep for the race during a Zumba warm-up, then stretch your muscles afterward during a yoga class taught by famed Boulder instructor Gina Caputo. Bonus: cool down at a sunset concert by country singer Jana Kramer. Sat 1 p.m.
This contemporary ballet features a whimsical cast of characters inspired by tarot cards—including the Fool, the Star, and the Ringmaster—in a story of romance under the big top. Accompanied by original indie folk music performed live by local musician Jesse Manley and his band, the production also features mystifying illusions from Denver-based magician and mentalist Professor Phelyx. Bonus: Adventurous audience members will even get a chance to participate in magic tricks. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Amanda Tipton, Dawn Fay, and Wonderbound
Catch this singer-songwriter's edgy vocals and tough-girl attitude during an unforgettable performance. Whether she's showing off her sultry alto voice in blues-inspired tunes like "Ain't Gonna Drown" or belting out folk rock anthems such as single "America's Sweetheart," the emotional depth in her music will inspire you to sing along. Sat 9 p.m.
Thanks to this boozy festival, you can sample up to ten versions of your favorite morning cocktail without ever having to decide where to go to brunch. Ten local restaurants, including Sassafras American Eatery, Bacon Social House, and the Denver Biscuit Company, will pour up Bloody Marys made from their own innovative mixes. While you sip, be sure to grab a cheesy panini from What Would Cheesus Do, and vote for your favorite beverage to win the People's Choice award. Sun 1-4 p.m.
A night spent listening to this artist is like a crash course in contemporary gangster rap. The California native, who has been influenced by artists such as 50 Cent and the Notorious B.I.G., will show off catchy beats, strong hooks, and socially conscious lyrics during this dark, engaging show. Sun 7 p.m.
Your little chef will be ready for culinary school after attending this egg-cellent workshop. With guidance from the Children’s Museum staff, kids will learn a few basic cooking skills and then practice making three different egg dishes—hard-boiled, scrambled and fried. After this class, you might even be able to convince them to make their own breakfast every once and a while. Wed 7 p.m.
Bare chests and black tie attire are the only acceptable forms of dress at this classy mixed martial arts spectacle. After enjoying a steak dinner from Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, snag a complimentary hand-rolled cigar to smoke while you root for your favorite fighter. Proceeds benefit Denver Urban Scholars, a local nonprofit that provides programs to help at-risk students succeed. Fri 7-10 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Steve Peterson/TerraChroma
This Grammy Award–winning pianist will add his one-of-a-kind expressiveness and emotional depth to works by two legendary composers. During his striking performance, the New York native will perform dream-like versions of Chopin's waltzes and fugues by Bach. Fri 7:30 p.m.
This three-day musical party will feature sets ranging from smooth classic jazz to New Orleans–based Dixieland jazz. Talented instrumentalists from across the country, including saxophonist Barry Allen and bassist Nicki Parrott, will give solo performances as well as collaborative shows blending their personal styles into a new sound. Since the musicians rely heavily on improvisation in their sets, your concert experience will truly be one of a kind. Fri 7:30-11:30 p.m.; Sat 1-11:30 p.m.; Sun 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Seventy teams will compete in this creepy history-inspired race, during which competitors dress up as 19th century settlers and push pinewood derby cars along a 195-yard route. Each car will be decorated to look like a coffin, and every rider will be dressed as Emma Crawford, a Manitou Springs resident who had to be reburied when her casket rolled down a mountain after a rainstorm. Even if your team doesn't take home the trophy, you can still win an award for wearing the most convincing old-timey costumes. Sat noon-3 p.m.
At this charity gala, meet keynote speaker and humanitarian aid worker Carl Wilkens, who will describe his stay in Rwanda, where he served as country director of Adventist Development & Relief Agency in the ’90s. Snack on samosas and plantains from Aurora-based restaurant African Grill and Bar, then bid on handmade clothing and jewelry made by women in Rwandan co-op groups at the silent auction. Proceeds benefit Hope Shines, Inc. in its mission to support orphaned children. Sat 3-6 p.m.
Come as the most convincing witch, goblin, or ghoul for your chance to win $1,000 in a costume contest at this supernatural bash. Crawl your way through the haunted house, which will be brimming with spooks, including zombies and the Arachnid Woman. After you grab a tasty cocktail concoction such as Zombie Punch or Witch's Brew from the bar, dance the night away to high-energy funk music from Denver-based group Rowdy Shadehouse and set lists by DJs Future Funk and G6. Sat 9 p.m.
Step aside, Riverdance—this high-energy Celtic show is turning up the volume on traditional Irish dance. A live eight-piece band puts a rock ‘n’ roll spin on classic Irish tunes as plaid- and leather-clad performers jig across the stage. Listen for Irish-inspired covers of rock hits like ACDC’s “Back in Black” and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” as well as hardcore versions of traditional tunes such as "Danny Boy." Sun 4 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Rockin' Road to Dublin
Your little one will go on a Halloween-themed interactive quest at this imagination-fueled camp. After dressing up as heroes or monsters, kids will team up and work together to solve puzzles and defeat the evil bone hag, Griselma. Since their task is a little spooky, this adventure is recommended for attendees eight and older. Mon 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The whole family will enjoy an evening of traditional Mexican bingo at this unique Dia de Los Muertos–themed event. During the game, your child will match up pictures of holiday-specific cultural icons like La Catrina, a dapper skeleton wearing a flower-covered hat. Whether they're bilingual or not, kids will use chocolate treats as “money” as they compete to win prizes including bilingual books and treats from local Mexican markets. Mon 7 p.m.