Enjoy all the traditional fair fun, but with an added Denver twist. This year's fair offers everything from the standard blue ribbon contests and carts of deep-fried food to watching the Air Hockey World Championships, art lessons for the kids, and even a "pot pavilion." With more than 15 themed stalls, even those without an interest in livestock or pie will find something to entertain them. Fri noon-9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Test your hours of basement preparation at the Air Hockey World Championship. Sign up to participate in this annual test of dexterity against players of all levels, or simply watch the fun. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.
Happy birthday, Colorado! Celebrate the Centennial State's 138th birthday with local food and live entertainment. This two-day event features American Indian dance by Seven Falls Dancers, state songs performed by the Arvada Chorale, and a farmer's market offering locally-sourced jams, baked goods, and produce. Learn more about our state's rich history with free admission to the Byers-Evans House Museum built in 1883. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.
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Unless you’re King Joffrey sitting atop the Iron Throne, your desk chair is probably less than thrilling. But as art tends to show, you can find beauty in everything. Artist Lamecia Landrum explores this concept in her new body of work, which includes rustic “found treasure” chair constructions. These stunning pieces are a far cry from their distant cousin, your office chair.
Cyclists hop in the saddle for an alpine road ride of the 78-mile Copper Triangle course. The course takes cyclists through Fremont Pass, Tennessee Pass, and Vail Pass for an elevation gain of 6,000 feet. Participants enjoy a post-ride party of lunch along with prizesand a cycling expo. Don’t miss the Friday night street party in Burning Stones Plaza. Fri 4-8 p.m.; Sat 5:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
If you’re a fan of bold, internationally inspired cuisine from restaurants like Tamayo and Zengo, get an inside look at chef Robert Sandoval’s cooking techniques. Enjoy the food and then test your new skills at home. Fri 5-8 p.m.
With an arsenal of catchy new songs from last year's hit album Grinning Streak, this Canadian pop-rock quartet comes this weekend to perform under the setting Denver sun. The group is bound to play favorites such as "One Week" and "If I Had $1,000,000," which have been staples of pop radio for nearly two decades. Fri 6:30 p.m.
A strong community creates a strong city. That’s the thinking behind Mayor Michael Hancock’s second year of Denver Days, a weeklong community engagement initiative full of neighborhood block parties, service projects, and unadulterated Denver kumbaya. Days, times vary.
It isn’t a proper Colorado summer without an early morning yoga session at one of the state’s most stunning landmarks. Watch the sun rise over the Denver skyline while stretching with more than 1,600 fellow yogis. Make sure to bring your own mat and enough water to stay cool. A portion of the ticket price will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation. Sat 7 a.m.
Break out your sneakers and your whitest T-shirt for the annual color run, a noncompetitive 5K where participants are blasted with paint at every kilometer. This year's event begins at Coors Field and winds through the RiNO District. Come out looking good and feeling great; the Color Run is partnering with the Children's Hospital of Colorado for this year's event. Sat 8 a.m.
Have a budding Banksy or future Mozart? Encourage your kid’s self-expression and creativity at this youth arts festival. There’s a graffiti and chalk drawing area in the outside courtyard; musicians can check out nonprofit Youth on Record’s digital music composition stations or help compose a live masterpiece with Playground Ensemble, a classical music group that specializes in improv. Break for a treat at the on-site hot dog and ice cream stand. Sat 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Debate over the greatest band of all time will rage on forever, but Leftapalooza settles the battle for the greatest tribute band in Colorado. Bands will include Message in a Bottle (The Police), My Blue Sky (The Allman Brothers), Hey, Lady! (The B-52s), The Fab 4 (The Beatles), and others. Hosted by the Left Hand Brewing Company to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, “Hey Jude,” “Take it Easy” and “Stairway to Heaven” will rock a Saturday full of food, beer, and a special kids area. Sat noon.
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Show off your best beard at a celebration of everyone’s favorite facial hair. The Colorado Beard Club has teamed up with Keep Denver Beard, Colorado Beard and Mustache Collective, and more to throw a party featuring food, drinks, music from DJ Tower, and—of course—a beard and mustache competition. Proceeds benefit Family Homestead, a nonprofit that helps families facing homelessness. Sat 3-7 p.m.
A low alcohol content doesn’t mean session beers lack on taste. Discover this crisp and unique style of craft beer—containing less than five percent alcohol by volume—in a festival featuring brews from more than 20 Colorado breweries including a new beer from Ska Brewing Co., the Rudie Session IPA. General admission tickets include six tastes, with the opportunity to go unlimited for ten bucks more. Sat 3-7 p.m.
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This time around, the mountains are alive with the sound of music. Watch this classic story of Maria Rainer (Katherine Manley), a young governess who falls in love with her boss, Captain von Trapp (Troy Cook), in Nazi-occupied Austria. Days, times vary.
After three decades of music, Motley Crue’s final tour is upon us. The fellas who brought us “Dr. Feelgood” and “Smokin’ In the Boys Room” are the first band to ever sign an agreement preventing future touring. This is your last chance. And by the way, Alice Cooper will be joining them. Sat 7 p.m.
Hold on for dear life as you watch Sandra Bullock and George Clooney hurtle through space this Saturday. The Academy-Award wining thriller is presented for free as a part of the summer-long Southwest Movies series at Skyline Park. It's the second-to-last film of the series, so grab the family and some motion sickness pills and enjoy some high-intensity fun. Sat dusk.
One of the world’s most mentally and physically grueling races is coming to Colorado. The inaugural Ironman Boulder will consist of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a full marathon. Want to watch? Meet at Boulder High School, where a free shuttle will take you to Boulder Reservoir. Sun 7 a.m. .
Get ready for a full day of face-melting action. The annual Warped Tour brings together the best of rock, punk, and alternative music with performances from Courage My Love, 3OH!3, the Ready Set, and more. Denver is the last stop on the 44-city tour, setting the stage for a climactic performance. Sun 11 a.m.
Sometimes, it only takes one to tango. Watch the Frequent Flyers company's professional dancers use ropes, chains, and cloth as their partners in a myriad of aerial dance styles like invented apparatus and low-flying trapeze. If you're feeling saucy, watch freshly schooled students put on a cabaret, complete with a preshow cocktail hour. Sun-Sat, times vary.
Discover the timeless attraction of Shakespeare’s plays in this open rehearsal of scenes from his most famous works, including Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, and Romeo and Juliet. Actors from Visionbox studio will explore his one-of-a kind verse and prose in this culmination of a month long acting intensive, with food catered by Nova Catering. Sun 6-7:30 p.m.
—Photograph courtesy of Ted Engelmann
Bugs and birds may be all around us, but they're plenty worthy of a closer look. The day starts with kids interacting with insects like bees and butterflies. In the afternoon, they'll set out on a hike and scavenger hunt. The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory will be on hand to teach children the basics on bird behavior in the wild. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-noon; 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Cooking will come naturally after this five-day culinary crash course. Kids will learn how to read recipes, measure ingredients, and bake desserts from all over the world. After the flour has settled, each future chef will take home an apron and a packet of the recipes made during the course. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-noon.
After a summer of fun, kids may need help settling down for another school year. Through painting and dalcroze—an educational technique that emphasizes music, movement, and improvisation—this weeklong course works to focus attention after high-stimulation activities. The course is led by musician and dalcroze instructor Emma Shubin and developmental therapist Alejandra Hudon, who will meet with parents after class to review and pass on their methods. Mon-Fri 1-4 p.m.
From Jackie Brown to Pulp Fiction's Mia Wallace, Quentin Tarantino's leading ladies are anything but damsels in distress. The writer-director has a history of casting fierce, powerful, and alluring women in his main roles. In this four-week course, film critic Lisa Kennedy explores the evolved gender roles present in Tarantino's works. Watch movies such as Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill and discuss Tarantino's impact on feminism in the cinema. Mon 7 p.m.
It might not be a golden ticket, but it is a free look into pop culture’s most famous fictional candy factory. Pack a blanket and a picnic and let the classic, kooky Willy Wonka take you on a tour of his wondrous candy factory during this Infinity Park screening of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Pro tip: Bring something sweet to eat. You’re going to have a craving by the end of this film.
Two of the biggest names in electro-pop come together for one night on Colorado’s most hallowed stage. With their danceable tracks and bright set pieces, these two bands, who will take turns onstage, are sure to get the whole canyon grooving. Tue 5:30 p.m.
Avid foodies and wine lovers will gather for a five-day culinary experience. Special events include seminars, hikes, and dinners that will inspire and educate the epicurean in you. Don’t miss Friday’s Stroll of Steamboat, where delicious treats await you at each stop. Wed-Sun times vary.
Some of Denver’s best chefs square off, presenting their best dishes for you to taste. Sample plates from chefs such as Jeremy Kittelson of Root Down and Linger, Noah French of Sugarmill, and Greg Weabick of Ivy at the Glenn, and then vote for your favorite. Don’t miss a demonstration by the 2013 winner, Thach Tran of ChoLon Bistro. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Wed 5:30 p.m.
This is sure to be one of the most talked-about shows of the summer. Lady Gaga—artist, entertainer, singer, and provocateur—embarks on her fourth world tour to promote her critically acclaimed album Artpop. Wed 7:30 p.m.
After sampling burgers from 12 of Colorado’s best restaurants—including Old Major, Larkburger, and Acorn—put your vote in for the coveted People’s Choice Award. General admission gets you unlimited bites from all competitors, access to the open bar, and all-you-can-eat desserts. Thu 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Preseason football doesn’t matter, right? Wrong. Peyton Manning and his Broncos get a shot at Super Bowl redemption when they host the Seattle Seahawks during the first preseason matchup. Thu 7 p.m.
Coloradans like two things: beer and bacon. Bacon-inspired dishes will be paired with sips of Denver Beer Co.’s craft brews, including a collaborative Maya-inspired beer. Fri 5-8 p.m.
Bill Maher isn’t one to shy away from sensitive subject matter. As the creator of the 2008 documentary Religulous and host of the HBO political satire show Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher’s standup comedy focuses on religion, politics, and bureaucracy, and is delivered with a heavy dose of sarcasm. Fri 8 p.m.
And they say there’s no such thing as a free haggis. Obviously, they’ve never experienced the Colorado Scottish Festival. This annual event brings bagpipes, Highland dancing, the Scottish athletic games, and, yes, free haggis to the good people of Colorado. Sat 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
This is one trip to Winter Park for which we wouldn’t recommend packing your skis. Hop on a bike with some friends and ride the 70-mile stretch from Denver’s City Park to Winter Park. Mechanical support and feed stations are set up along the way to the finish line, where the ride culminates with a raffle and barbecue at the base of the resort. Proceeds benefit Wish For Wheels, a program that donates bikes to children, and Goodwill’s Good Bikes program, which refurbishes bikes for sale at the store. Sat 7 a.m.
The national obsession spawned by the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week goes local. The Denver Aquarium kicks this year’s celebration off with live shark feedings, dive shows, scavenger hunts, and more. And this event isn’t all about big teeth chomping on little fish. There will also be a conservation booth to address the predators’ waning numbers. Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun 10 am.-9 p.m.
There’s no better backdrop for art than the Rockies. Frisco’s annual two-day art fest celebrates everything from painting and mixed media to jewelry and sculpture. Be sure to check out Colorado’s David Bolin and his photographs of wildlife. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
It’s not every weekend you see a vibrant Chinese dragon traipse down the Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder. This two-day cultural mashup of Asian and Pacific Island heritage includes musical performances, dance lessons, and traditional eats. Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Lean back and enjoy craft brews, wines, and local food while more than 500 professional cyclists compete for the USA Cycling Colorado State Championship. They’ll whiz by you on a closed-circuit course at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. As the race continues into the night, spectators can dance in the streets during a free concert from Tunisia. Sat 11 a.m.
Tour the tastes of Colorado's wineries including Garfield Estates, Avanti Winery, and more at this festival. Indulge in sumptuous food pairings created by local chefs as you take in the beautiful scenery that surrounds you. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver. Sat 2-7 p.m.
You’ve never been on a jog like this before. During this glow-in-the-dark 5K run/walk, participants are splashed with neon paint while dance music pumps along the route. Instead of hitting the showers once the race is over, head straight to the After Dash Bash for performances, music, and drinks. Sat 6 p.m.
Stop by this shopping hub for premium eats and smooth drinks. This night of fine food and live music is fueled by Cherry Creek’s top restaurants, such as Vinue Food & Wine Bar, Harman’s Eat & Drink, and Continental Deli. Sat 6-9:30 p.m.
Lasers are taking over the night sky. Watch as Centennial Center Park turns into a family-friendly Daft Punk music video with its brilliant light show. But the evening consists of more than just flashing lights: Live music from Journey tribute band DSB and an ad-hoc farmers’ market will also delight. Sat 6-10 p.m.
Those in a fit of rock nostalgia are in luck. During every show of Yes’ 35-stop summer tour, the band promises to play the entirety of two classic albums: 1971’s Fragile and 1972’s Close to the Edge. The encore, though, is reserved for new material. Sat 8 p.m.
Though she was born in South Korea, abstract painter Young Hee Back takes a Colorado approach to her art: highlighting the connection between humans and nature. She’ll be sharing gallery space with local artist Louis Trujillo, whose drawings and paintings explore heavy themes such as death and religion. Thu-Sat times vary.
Let the tunes ring off the hillsides. Wander between two stages to take in live music from groups spanning the music landscape. Don’t miss the headliners, including 10,000 Maniacs and the Marshall Tucker Band. Want to check out the up-and-comers? Use your applause to vote in the Battle of the (local) Bands, in which the top two finalists in each of four categories will compete for more than $2,000 worth of prizes. Sun 11 a.m.
Peter Frampton has made a career out of pushing the envelope. He was the first musician to popularize the talk box (the original Auto-Tune); he tried his hand at acting in the late ’70s; and he recently recorded an entire album inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet. Sun 6:30 p.m.
Here’s a chance for your little one to learn about all things gross—but essential—in the human body by exploring animal anatomy. Brave campers can dissect animal organs like hearts and lungs to better understand what goes on under our own hoods. Grades 4-6. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m
B.B. King may perform seated, but he’s been bringing fans to their feet with his blues guitar riffs since the 1940s. He’s released more than 60 albums and, even at 88, still knows how to bring the house down. Mon 7 p.m.
Getting the boot off American Idol doesn’t mean contestants are doomed for reality TV oblivion. Instead, they head straight to a stage near you. The top 10 finalists of the latest season, including Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson, are giving fans one last hurrah on this nationwide tour. Mon 7:30 p.m.
When hiking loses its allure, add some altitude and a quicker pace. Run this 120-mile route—solo or as part of a team—which treks through the Rockies from Buena Vista to Deer Creek. Tents, showers, and beer will be waiting at each campsite. Don’t forget your water-resistant jacket, warm hat, gloves, and emergency blanket; organizers won’t let you past the starting line without them. Tue-Wed 8:30 a.m.; Thu-Sun 8 a.m.
With more than two decades of continuous recording and touring under her belt, singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow felt she needed to settle down. Her newest album, Feels Like Home, was recorded in Crow’s hometown of Nashville and drew most of its inspiration from her two children. Wed 6:30 p.m.
Bruno Novelli, also known as Bruno 9li, has made a name for himself as an artist in both his home country of Brazil and abroad. His abstract graphic paintings, usually done in ink or acrylic paint, are a window into a frenzied world of geometric shapes and animalistic creatures. Last year, he helped design a snowboard for Seattle-based gear company Ride Snowboards, and now he’s bringing his third solo U.S. exhibit to Denver. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.
The sweet and smoky scent of barbecue is luring Coloradans up to the forested hillsides of Meyer Ranch for the annual Conifer Mountain BBQ Challenge. The cookoff is an official Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned event with 40 teams competing for cash prizes. The ultimate honor comes in being named Grand Champion and locking down an invite to the World Championships.
Fill your ears with music and your mouth with flavor at this smorgasbord of entertainment. Listen to bands, including Denver-based blues act Delta Sonics, between seminars that teach skills like how to become a backyard farmer. You won’t have to reach for your wallet, except for the four-course farm-to-table dinner; proceeds benefit science education nonprofit Walking Mountains Science Center. Fri 6-9 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Craft brewed beers are not simply beverages, but art. Celebrate the art of ales from breweries, including Oskar Blues Brewery, Pikes Peak Brewing, and more. Stroll around galleries and exhibits as you imbibe. Fri 6-10 p.m.
As the nephew of actor Steve Harvey (hence his stage name “Nephew Tommy”), Thomas Miles walks in his uncle’s footsteps by injecting humor into his acting roles in TV shows and independent films. As a co-host for the Steve Harvey Morning Show, Miles is known for his prank phone calls and impersonations. Fri-Sat 9:45 p.m.
Mushroom science is the focus of this year's fungi festival in Telluride. Join keynote speakers like Langdon Cook, author of "The Mushroom Hunters," and professional 'shroom cultivator John Holliday for talks on the delicious and medicinal properties of the fungus. Don't miss the foraging sessions, where experts will teach you how to distinguish the toxic from the tasty in the wild. Sat-Tues all day.
Fido is as loyal as they come. Doesn’t he deserve a day to be celebrated? The Denver Pet Expo is coming to town with the latest in pet products, training and grooming classes, and prize giveaways for both you and your four-legged friends to enjoy. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
This musical tale begins with an unexpected sisterhood bond made between four strangers at a lingerie sale. The all-female cast explores the taboo woes of menopause, from hot flashes to mood swings, through popular songs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Sat 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Interested in the Japanese artist who influenced Andy Warhol and the ’50s pop art movement? Don’t miss Portraying Infinity, a hands-on workshop where attendees will use geometric shapes to mimic the artistic style of Warhol’s inspiration, Yayoi Kusama. Sat 2-3:30 p.m.
Celebrate craft beer culture with an unlimited sampling of more than 40 breweries including Crazy Mountain Brewery and Great Divide Brewing Company. The craft beer and music festival boasts international brews and tunes from the nationally-renowned North Mississippi Allstars. Sat 3-10 p.m.
Get a sneak peek of the Colorado Ballet’s upcoming fall production season with excerpts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Dracula beneath the summer night sky. Ranging from dramatic to light-hearted performances, this ballet sampler also includes one of the company’s recent repertory works, The Last Beat, set to five DeVotchKa songs. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Five number one Billboard singles and 11 top-10 songs have kept this young Hawaiian crooner busy. This summer, he’s wrapping up a 154-show tour that began more than a year ago and has taken him to nearly 40 countries. This show sold out quickly, but tickets can still be found online. Sun 8 p.m.
The USA Pro Challenge has become a staple of bike racing in America. This seven-day race will start in Aspen/Snowmass and finish in Boulder and Denver. Each stop features a free community festival with music, food, and drinks. Daily, times vary.
Ditch the training wheels at this foundational bike riding class. Kids will learn how to maneuver Striders, bicycles without pedals, to establish their balance on two wheels. Don’t have a Strider yet? Buy one at the camp, where 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Kids on Bikes, a program that provides bicycles for at-risk youth. Mon-Fri 10-11 a.m.
The son of one of the most legendary musicians of all time, Ziggy Marley keeps his father’s rhythm alive with a unique mix of reggae and rock. He is touring through 41 cities and three countries this summer to promote his infectious new album, Fly Rasta. Tue 8 p.m.
Shayna Ferm and MC Doula are two Denver moms who aren’t afraid to say what everyone is thinking about parenthood. Their live comedy variety show, including songs, games, prizes, and wine, is designed to remind parents of who they were before they had children. Book a babysitter and escape to an adults-only, kid-inappropriate night out. Wed 7:30 p.m.
This over-the-top performance of glitz and glam is like taking a trip to Las Vegas without ever leaving the Mile High City. Dressed head-to-toe in feathers, beads, and glitter, this Denver-based female dance troupe combines samba, mambo, belly dance, and Bollywood dance in its high-energy shows. Wed 8 p.m.
It's an event highlighted by a strong man who bends steel bars with his bare hands, a magician in a top hat and red coat, and a team of dancing dogs. Yes, of course, it's the Colorado State Fair. In addition to the performances there are carnival rides and all of the fair food you only allow yourself to eat once a year. Mon-Thu noon-11 p.m., Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Celebrate Children’s Day, a Japanese holiday honoring all boys and girls, by crafting a traditional paper fish wind sock. Kids will make scales out of colorful tissue paper and affix streamers to their fishies’ tails. The workshop takes about half an hour, after which your small fry can hang her creation high to swim in the wind. Fri 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
As former openers for comedy giants Craig Ferguson and Dave Chapelle, Steve 'Mudflap' McGrew and Chris Voth are now headlining a stage of their own. Listen to two separate routines by the Denver-based comedians, who both have a history of bringing humor to the mundane occurrences of day-to-day life. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Keeping tabs on Denver’s dining scene is daunting. Test out new restaurants by tasting eats from special, multi-course menus at a discounted price. This is your chance to find a new favorite dinner place. Daily, times vary.
Come celebrate the folks who keep Colorado’s natural resources beautiful and accessible. Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado are celebrating 30 years of protecting the Centennial State with live music from WhiteWater Ramble, local food and beer, and family-friendly activities. Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Boulder hop-heads unite to share their craft with Colorado. More than a dozen Boulder County–based breweries, including Left Hand Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery, will keep beer flowing for the festivities. Enjoy food from several restaurants while listening to music from the Hillbenders and Andy Hackbarth. If five hours of drinking isn’t up your alley, help your friends out and serve as their designated driver; you’ll get five non-alcoholic drinks and a $10 food voucher for a third of the festival price. Sat noon-5 p.m.
Jane Christie puts the beauty of the Centennial State on the canvas with an impressionistic style that embraces light and color. She’ll be painting on-site, so make sure to ask about her thought process. Sat 1-4 p.m.
Kids will lace up their rollerskates (or -blades) for a few laps to unwind before they head back to the classroom grind. Skaters can request their favorite family-friendly songs from the DJ while they heel-toe around the track. Parents can relive the roller-skating glory of yesteryear by skating along. But beware: Hell hath no fury like a child embarrassed. Sat 5:30-9 p.m.
This Baltimore-based indie pop ensemble is equal parts emotion and energy. A recent performance of its hit song “Seasons” on the Late Show with David Letterman went viral. The show had to be moved from the Bluebird Theatre to a larger venue because it sold out so fast. Wed 8 p.m.
Sample a showcase of Colorado’s culinary delights. Festivalgoers will taste their way through flavors from 50 of the state’s best restaurants, including the Broker, La Cour French Bistro, and Art Bar. Chefs such as James Beard Award–winning author Adrian Miller will share tips, secrets, and techniques to take home. Fri 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mon 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Rev up your hog and head to Thunder Mountain. Give a new Harley Davidson a spin with the on-site demo fleet, cheer on contestants vying to be Miss Thunder in the Rockies, or grab a hot dog at one of the vendors while you wait for the bands to take the stage. This year’s lineup includes Bret Michaels, Jackyl, and Blackberry Smoke. Fri-Mon 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Rocky Mountain Showdown: a football tradition that has divided the Centennial State for more than a century. While the University of Colorado and Colorado State University teams tackle each other on the field, fans have the chance to tackle hunger: Money collected at the game will benefit Feeding America food banks in Larimer and Boulder counties. Fri 7 p.m.
You won’t want to miss Phish’s three-concert summer stop. The quintessential modern jam band has been mastering its unique blend of rock, folk, and funk for nearly 30 years. Phish is out on tour with the band’s 12th studio album, Fuego—its first in five years. Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.
You know the Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore film from 1992 (written by Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing and The Social Network fame), but you might not know this: The script started as a Broadway hit. Spotlight Theatre marks its 50th production with this drama about a military trial that questions the Navy’s code of honor. Sat-Sat, times vary.
Make your way to the mountains for Summit County’s summer culinary showcase. The festival will feature Keystone’s top restaurants, such as Ski Tip and the Ranch. Don’t miss Keystone Resort’s executive pastry chef Ned Archibald at his delicious dessert booth. Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.