06/2015

Tournament of Hope

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:42am

Put your putting to good use at this golf tournament fund-raiser. Both breakfast and lunch are included in registration, which can be done individually or as a team of four. All participants are invited to the post-tournament awards party, where they can sip on two free drinks each and rummage through their goodie bags for even more spoils. Proceeds benefit the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation. Mon 9 a.m.

Eat (Red) Drink (Red)

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:21am

Fight AIDS by enjoying delicious dishes in and around Denver for the entire month of June. Participating restaurants (including Mizuna, Zengo, and the Corner Office Restaurant & Martini Bar) are creating special "Red" dishes, drinks, and tasting menus. Order one of the designated items (like Zengo's strawberry caipirinha cocktail) and the restaurant will donate a portion of its proceeds to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Daily, times vary. 

Will Butler

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 05/25/2015 - 9:01pm

Will Butler is in rare company: As a jack-of-all-trades for perennial indie rock favorite Arcade Fire—he’s played drums, guitar, and synthesizer on various recordings—Butler has earned the top prize from the Grammys, among dozens of other awards. But on his own, he seems to have outdone his group accolades: Butler’s original score for the lauded 2013 film Her earned him an Oscar nomination. The maestro is bringing his diverse talents on tour to support his debut solo album, March’s Policy, a collection of rock jams tinged with folk and pop. Mon 8 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Revenge of the Mekons

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:11pm

Punk’s not totally dead—at least not to the Mekons, a group that formed out of the British punk scene in the late 1970s. Watch the group’s transformation from DIY darlings to folk favorites in this documentary covering the span of the Mekons’ 40-year career. Director Joe Angio will Skype in post-screening for a Q&A. Brush up on some punk history and you’ll be ready to rock ’n’ roll for this flick. Tue 7:15 p.m.

Barbecue University

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/25/2015 - 9:44am

Like a culinary summer camp for adults, Barbecue University gives attendees the chance to become grill masters with in-depth instruction from Primal Grill host and bona fide 'cue expert, Steven Raichlen. Raichlen will lecture on everything from barbecue techniques to preferred woods for smoking, and participants will put their newfound knowledge to work cooking up  delights like Texas Hill Country brisket, bourbon-brined pork chops, and apple pie with smoked ice cream. Bonus: Non-participants can join the lavish closing lunch for an additional fee. Daily, 9 a.m.-noon.

Discover the Beauty of Summer Fashion Show and Luncheon

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:50am

Glimpse the latest in summer and fall couture at this annual fashion show. Ladies (and, for the first time, gentlemen) will strut down the runway in duds from Sundance, a Western-inspired Park Meadows shop. Attendees can also indulge in a luncheon and gratis gift bag courtesy of the Lone Tree Arts Center Guild. Proceeds benefit the guild, which helps raise funds and awareness for the Lone Tree Arts Center. Wed 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Wicked

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:28pm

This Grammy and Tony Award-winning musical adaptation of a best-selling novel tells the story of two unlikely friends: one green-skinned and misunderstood, the other peppy and popular (both witches.) Learn how Elphaba and Glenda become the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch, respectively, in the magical backstory of The Wizard of Oz. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.

Denver Stories

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 1:26pm

This light-hearted yet poignant play peeks into the lives of power couple Wellington E. and Wilma J. Webb, whose joint impact has shaped modern Denver. The former three-term mayor and his State Representative spouse will be in attendance as this 10th annual storytelling event honors Denver’s past and present. Wed 7:30 p.m.

Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real and Surreal

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:57am

Surrealist Salvador Dalí viewed reality as an even greater illusion than the world of dreams. Channel your inner Dalí and explore the intertwining worlds of realism and surrealism in this three-room exhibition featuring 25 contemporary local and regional artists. Works are presented in a variety of mediums, including photography, ceramics, video, oil painting, and installation. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m.

The GoPro Mountain Games

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:09pm

Get ready for the ultimate outdoor adventure sports contest, set in the heart of the Vail Valley. Both professional and amateur athletes will compete in nine sports, including trail running, extreme kayaking, bouldering, and a new discipline chosen by online voters (choices include disc golf, a down river raft sprint, tandem stand-up paddleboarding, and the ultimate river challenge, which would combine kayak, SUP, and raft sprints into one event).

Next to Normal

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:33pm

This Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning rock musical conveys a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder as her family tries to adjust to her emotional fluctuations. As it progresses, the mature, poignant story deals with grief, drug abuse, modern psychiatry, and suburban life. Tue-Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 3, 7 p.m.

Charc Week Charc Bites

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 1:23pm

Charc week is a celebration dedicated to charcuterie, otherwise known as the art of creating meat products like sausages and pâtés. This cocktail party will feature samples of cured meats from the likes of Colt & Gray, the Nickel, and Continental Sausage, alongside bread and pastries from the City Bakery and beer from Great Divide. A portion of the evening's proceeds benefits Slow Food USA's Slow Meat movement. Thu 7-10 p.m.

Mandolin Orange

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:38pm

Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marlin and violinist and guitarist Emily Frantz make up Mandolin Orange, a folk duo from North Carolina that has toured with the likes of Willie Watson, Gregory Alan Isakov, and the Wood Brothers. A couple in life and work, the twosome creates country music that skews Southern Gothic rather than radio-friendly pop. Soul-stirring harmonies, contemplative songs, and a new album released last month, Such Jubilee, have all established the group as a band on the rise. Thu 9 p.m.

Lighthouse Writers Workshop LitFest and Book Fair

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:37pm

Sharpen your writing skills at this two-week long literary heaven. LitFest includes dozens of juried workshops (meaning application is necessary for admittance) for writers hoping to improve their work, as well as seminars and salons—all hosted by acclaimed writers and publishers like Guggenheim Award winner Kim Addonizio and New York Times bestselling author Steve Almond. Topics of discussion include everything from how to find your literary voice to “Dialogue to Make Mike Tyson Blush,” which explores the art of writing vulgar characters.

Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:52pm

Your kids can meet one of their favorite cartoon characters and revel in her world during Hello Kitty’s first North American tour. Little ones (and their parents) can dance along to live performances from the cute cat and explore the booths filled with themed art, fashion, and other exclusive merchandise. Make sure to dress the whole family up in costumes to add your own Japanese “kawaii” flair to the adorable event. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Capitol Hill People's Fair

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:40pm

Denver’s historic Cap Hill offers something for everyone at this annual arts, music, and food festival. Peruse vendors selling everything from fine art to locally made teas and wines. This year’s fair will host a nonprofit showcase of informational booths from organizations like Denver Dumb Friends League and Mental Health America of Colorado, located in the center of the park. Wrap up the weekend with the first ever closing concert, headlined by Denver-based band the Samples. Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Urban Farm Tour and Workshop

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:38am

This workshop from Colorado State University's education extension offers an in-depth look into urban vegetable and fruit production, soil health, and water conservation. Participants will tour urban farms and pastures in Greenwood Village, get their hands dirty in an educational on-site soil pit, and enjoy an al fresco lunch of salads and sanwiches from Serendipity Catering. Sat 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Denver Chalk Art Festival

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:59am

Decide whether to chalk the featured masterpieces up to talent or discipline when this two-day festival sweeps the Mile High City with its distinctive medium. Enjoy stunningly realistic chalk works by more than 200 artists as well as live music, booze, and featured professional artists such as Colorado residents Stephen DeOrio and Grace Hollenbeck. Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Little Red and Her Feisty Friends

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:36pm

Lace up your hiking boots and prepare to embark on a fairytale journey in this Little Red Riding Hood play, written by local actress and playwright Patti Murtha. You and your tyke will go on an adventure (literally) as the performers lead the audience on a moderate hike through Boulder’s open space. This revamped classic will have you laughing alongside your little one and you’ll get the chance to get a little exercise with your entertainment. Sat-Sun 11 a.m., 2 p.m.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Highlands Ranch Beer Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/06/2015 - 12:56pm

This beer festival in the 'burbs gives attendees the chance to sip unlimited beer samples from close to 60 breweries (think: Kokopelli Brewing, Elk Mountain Brewing, and New Belgium Brewing). After sampling all that you can handle, purchase a pint and partake in lawn games, or groove to tunes from classic rock band Mostly Harmless and variety dance group Deja Blue. Proceeds benefit the Highlands Ranch scholarship fund, which helps stuggling local students cover the costs of education. Sat 2-6 p.m.

Invocation

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:47pm

This multi-piece program stays true to the Zikr Dance Company’s experimental and spiritual aim, showcasing six collaborative works in dance styles like ballet, aerial, and sacred dance. The diverse production welcomes six guest dancers from the Colorado ballet and features the Arthurian inspired “Lady of the Lake” in collaboration with light and Plexiglas artist Dorothy Tanner. Sat-Sun 7:30 p.m.

U2

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:43pm

U2 is indisputably one of the most famous rock n’ roll bands still alive and touring, and has been since the 1980s. The group is so big, in fact, that the band’s latest release and this tour’s namesake, Songs of Innocence, was provided to all iTunes members (roughly half a million people) free of charge. Although that album was named Rolling Stone’s best of 2014, the live show is where the quartet really thrives, bringing a big sound to personal songs and infusing pop with politics. Sat-Sun 7:30 p.m.

The Kids in the Hall

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:40pm

The members of this Canadian comedy sketch group have been performing together since the debut of their eponymous TV show in 1984. Known for their famous “Chicken Lady” and “Crushing Your Head” skits, these seasoned humorists bring their dark, off-the-wall style of hilarity to the Mile High City. Sat 8 p.m.

Elephant Rock Ride

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:16pm

Join in the unofficial kickoff to summer with this annual pilgrimage from the Douglas County Fairgrounds to Castle Rock. With many length options, from an 8-mile course to a century ride, this Colorado tradition is perfect for the whole family or the serious mountain biker. The course has been redesigned for this year’s event to connect country roads to the Black Forest for a scenic and quite ride. Don’t miss out on the free lunch included with your ride at the Party at the Rock and raffle prizes like a customized bike. Sun 5:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Colorado Concours d'Elegance and Exotic Sports Car Show

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 9:45am

Rare luxury cars are the focus of this fund-raiser. Check out dozens of dazzling vehicles from local car clubs such as the Rocky Mountain chapters of Ferrari, Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz. When you need a break from automobile envy, take in music by local jazz group Modazz or stop by Nature’s Educators’ booth for an interactive presentation on birds of prey conservation. Proceeds benefit Ability Connection Colorado’s Creative Options for Early Childhood Education, four centers in the Denver area that offer mental health services for pre-school age children.

Colorado Dispatch

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:01pm

As much of an anthropologist as a photographer, Alec Soth affectionately captures ordinary citizens, familiar landscapes, and offbeat details, illustrating the idiosyncrasies of local cultures. View the Centennial State through his courageous lens in this photographic collection, as he sets out to record 21st century American life state by state. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:32pm

Band together with your fellow female riders to support women in motorcycling. This four-day event will feature classes for beginning riders, fun activities such as a poker run (a motorcycle ride where volunteers hand out playing cards along the way until you build up a poker hand that you can then use to play for prizes), and motivational speakers like avid motorcycle rider Alisa Clickenger. Proceeds benefit several charities including Realities for Children, which provides everything from monthly group activities to emergency funding for kids who have been abused or neglected.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Stray Cat Strut

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 12:59pm

This feline-themed fund-raiser is sure to be the cat’s pajamas. Snack on vegan hors d’oeuvres, sip on cocktails like the Cheshire Cat (a blend of spiced rum, peach Schnapps and orange juice), and bid on auction items, including a handmade cat condo or a dinner for four with former Bronco Reggie Rivers (the auction emcee) at Denver’s ChopHouse. Proceeds benefit Divine Feline’s Feline Fix program, which spays and neuters feral and stray cats. Thu 6-9 p.m.

International Rosé Wine Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/06/2015 - 1:07pm

You'll be seeing pink at this rosé-focused wine festival. Sip lush rosés from around the world (including offerings from Ponzi Vineyards and Chêne Bleu) as you enjoy a raw bar stocked with shrimp, crab legs, oysters, tapas charcuterie, and artisanal cheese. You'll then be treated to a champagne sabering demonstration from wine expert Madeleine de Jean (otherwise known as Madame Champagne herself) and glimpses of celebrity hosts like Top Chef season five winner Hosea Rosenberg and the Cheese Impresario, Barrie Lynn.

Wittenberg

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:57pm

If you ever wondered how Hamlet got in such a predicament, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has your answer. This hilarious mash-up depicts the prince as a senior at Wittenberg University in 1517, caught between the conflicting advice of his professors, Doctor Faustus (who sold his soul to the devil in Christopher Marlowe’s most famous play) and Martin Luther (the theologian who triggered the overthrow of the Catholic Church in the 16th century).

Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:51pm

Watch reality and imagination blur together when you delve into Cirque du Soleil’s latest world of curiosity. Follow a 19th century inventor who creates a machine that defies the laws of time, space, and dimension in this display of unusual theatrical acts and acrobatic performances, featuring contortionists, invisible artists, and yo-yos that speed up and slow down time. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 4, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1, 4:30 p.m.

Snowmass Mammoth Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:50pm

Now in its twelfth year, Snowmass Mammoth Festival (known as Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest until 2013), is sure to draw crowds into the mountains this summer. Ticket holders will be treated with breathtaking views, craft brews and chili, and an all-star musical lineup that includes progressive string act Greensky Bluegrass and indie-folk trio the Lone Bellow. Don't miss soul goddess Sharon Jones and her funk band the Dap-Kings as well as 11-member rock collective Tedeschi Trucks Band. Fri-Sun, times vary.

International Gem & Jewelry Show

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:05pm

Diamonds are supposedly a girl’s best friend, but the folks at this annual exhibition know that other gemstones are just as valuable. Find dazzling fine jewelry, estate pieces, loose stones, one-of-a-kind beads, and other accessories from more than 80 international and local jewelry and gem vendors. Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pinter Early & Late

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:53pm

Explore the works of British playwright and Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, starting with a theater adaptation of his 1960 novel The Dwarfs and finishing with his 1999 play Celebration. Nonprofit theater organization Germinal Stage Denver brings life to Pinter’s theatrical snapshots of youthful companionship in the city across the pond. Fri-Sun 7:30 p.m.

Barefoot in the Park

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 1:00pm

Playwright Neil Simon's lighthearted classic captures the chaos of young love and the fragility of a new marriage when a buttoned-down conservative weds a free spirit who turns his tidy life upside down. Follow their journey as they confront obstacles and learn what it really means to be married. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.

Colorado Renaissance Festival

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:11pm

Take a trip back to the 14th century for this month-long fair. Check out limitless entertainment options in the medieval vein, like contortionist shows from the Acrobatrix, Cast in Bronze’s musical performance on the carillon (an instrument made entirely of bells), and, of course, jousting tournaments. In addition, you can wander through the artisan marketplace and pick up an authentic period costume to don during your stay, or simply browse handcrafted goods from glass blowers, leather workers, and other trades of yore. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Pine Grove Rhubarb Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 4:15pm

The historic town of Pine Grove loves rhubarb—the tart, late-spring vegetable—so much that they created an entire festival dedicated to it. The small town welcomes visitors for a day of family-friendly fun, including an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast (served with rhubarb sauce), a parade, carnival activities, and a tangy rhubarb recipe bake-off. Pick up a copy of the Rhubarb Cookbook while you're there, which features past winning recipes and traditional favorites from the locals. Sat 7:30 a.m..

Alpine Bank's "Indie-Pendence Day"

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Wed, 05/20/2015 - 1:31pm

It takes money to make money, but this deal gets you the reward without any risk. Colorado-based Alpine Bank is opening a branch in Cherry Creek North and celebrating local companies by offering $20 in cash to shoppers who can show a receipt of $20 or more from an independently owned business in the area. Pick up new digs from boutiques and salons like Max Clothing and BlowDry Lounge to cash in. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Denver MIni Maker Faire

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:32pm

Give your child a chance to build something with her own hands at this innovative festival. More than 70 companies and organizations, including the Denver Public Library, Monster to Love, and Maker Boulder, will show kids how to create products such as instruments, rockets, and works of leather. Plus, they can also check out demonstrations and play areas, where their creative minds will put already-made items to work. Sat-Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Play Grounds

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:09pm

Visiting RedLine artist Agustina Woodgate employs the lost art of hopscotch to unite Denver through play. By painting her signature multi-block hopscotch courts in seven neighborhoods, including Five Points, LoDo, and Confluence Park, the artist seeks to engage surrounding areas in a discourse involving art, safety, connectivity, and recreation. Daily, all day. 

Summer Art Market

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:06pm

These artists are in a league of their own. Join faculty and students from the Art Students League of Denver as they occupy a few blocks on Grant Street to display one-of-a-kind creations. View the paintings, ceramics, and mixed media work of more than 280 Colorado artists while enjoying live music, as well as food and booze from Crafthouse Cocktails, Great Divide Brewing Company, and Little Pub Company. Bring the kiddos along for arts and crafts. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Copper Kettle BrewRun

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:41pm

This Rocky Mountain BrewRun combines two things Coloradans love best: being active and drinking beer. Participants run along the flat 5K course, motivated by a beer waiting at Copper Kettle Brewing's finish line. A new addition this year challenges competitors to “handle” a growler; those who take up the dare will carry two water-filled growlers while running. If you finish in less then 25 minutes without dropping, spilling, or getting rid of the growlers, you can trade the containers for one bubbling with a brew. Sat 10 a.m.

Toys of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:21pm

If you’ve ever wished you'd kept that vintage Hot Wheels track for your own child to play with, now you can at least share it and other toys of your childhood with the kids. Featuring classics like Barbie, Gumby, and the marvelous contraption known as a Slinky, this exhibit allows you and your little ones to explore three imagined living rooms (one per decade) and experience life as it was then—without iPads and cell phones. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ansel Adams: Masterworks

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 05/05/2015 - 2:59pm

Don’t miss “the museum set,” as the legendary photographer and environmentalist called this selection of renowned nature photographs, in which forty-eight unique perspectives of the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite Valley, and New Mexico reveal the drama and splendor of the great outdoors. The gallery will also display late 19th-century mountaineering photography by Vittorio Sella and Bradford Washburn. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

LoHi Music Fest

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:54pm

Now in its fifth year, LoHi Music Fest is a street celebration geared toward locals, with delicious eats from the likes of Highland Tap & Burger and Uncle, and a mix of musical genres sure to please the entire neighborhood. This year’s lineup includes string wizards the Infamous Stringdusters, funk quintet Kung Fu, and pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier. The majority of proceeds benefits the Denver Police Officers Foundation. Sat 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Brews Blues and BBQ

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:04pm

Live blues music will waft from Tavern's rooftop as the Delta Sonics, one of Denver's preeminent blues bands, induct you into this summery celebration. Enjoy craft beer selections from heavy hitters like Oskar Blues Brewery, New Belgium Brewing, and Alaskan Brewing Company while local chefs like Troy Guard (of Guard and Grace and Tag) and Dana Rodriguez (of Work & Class) compete in a grill-off. Proceeds benefit Out of Sight, a local nonprofit that aims to improve the lives of the blind and visually challenged. Sat 1-5 p.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Urban Assault Ride

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:51pm

Combine bikes, obstacle courses, and a backyard party, and you’ve got a not-so-average bike race. Grab a friend and set out on this two-wheeled citywide quest; you’re looking for checkpoints where you’ll complete wacky activities like bike jousting and bike limbo before hitting the street again. Be smart when planning your route; whichever team finishes first wins two Huffy Slider drift trikes—but everyone has access to a block party featuring celebratory beer. Sun 9 a.m.

Molly-Dharma Motorcycle Run

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:45pm

Hop on your hog for a 50-plus mile ride that benefits a good cause. Registration begins at the Platte in Littleton, where early birds can grab a free breakfast burrito before riding north to Every Creature Counts animal shelter in Fort Lupton. If you’re not of the biker set, join the crowd for the afterparty at Wheat Ridge’s T-Bird Roadhouse, where local group Kicked to the Curb will perform. Proceeds benefit Every Creature Counts to continue the shelter’s no-kill policy. Sun 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Hopfest

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/06/2015 - 1:16pm

Coda Brewing Company will be filled with the succulent aroma of barbecued meats during this special fundraising event. Enjoy BBQ dishes like pulled pork and sip one of Coda Brewing Company's experimental elixirs like the Cheerleader wheat saison or the oak-aged Belgian sour. After you're done tasting, bid on silent auction items like dinner for two at the Kitchen and a paint ball party at American Paint Ball Coliseum. The proceeds benefit Living in Motion 359, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for those with limb loss. Sun 1-5 p.m.

Kool Koncert

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:54pm

You’ll need to pull the scrunchies and neon spandex out of your closet for this ’80s-themed blast from the past. New wave bands Tears for Fears, the B-52s, and Berlin, which all first saw mainstream success more than 25 years ago, join together to show the Centennial State that they can still draw a crowd. Sun 6 p.m.

Young Filmmakers Workshop

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:36pm

Your budding Spielberg can learn the basics that will help them enter the world of filmmaking inthis two week-long class. They'll brush up on topics like film theory, script writing, and basic editing, eventually creating a short narrative film as their final project. There are no prerequisites, so don’t let your teen be discouraged if their skills don’t match those in Hollywood just yet. Ages 12 to 18. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mining & Crafting Summer Camp

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 2:16pm

Your tyke can use his imagination to bring the game Minecraft to life with the help of Legos. Campers will be set free to create anything they imagine or use models to build key elements from the game, including chickens and pigs. Each day, new games, challenges, and crafts related to the game will take place in between all the construction. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-noon.

In Touch with Art: Tactile Public Art Tour for Visually Impaired

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:12pm

This hands-on, wheelchair-accessible tour of public art puts a spin on the term "bear hug." Meet at the “Big Blue Bear” and wander through the Mile High City as Denver Art Museum docent Djamila Ricciardi provides anecdotes and visual descriptions of artwork, as well as opportunities for the visually-impaired to touch the pieces. Sun 2 p.m.

Aoife O’Donovan Band

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:58pm

Folk artist Aoife (pronounced “ee-fah”) O’Donovan is a musician’s musician, meaning she’s widely admired for her songwriting and vocals, but not as famous as her skill warrants. Best known as the frontwoman for the string ensemble Crooked Still, O’Donovan has also collaborated with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Jerry Douglas, and debuted her first solo album in 2013. Her most recent single, a cover of John Haitt’s “Crossing Muddy Waters,” was released last month and features singer-songwriter Sarah Jaroz and Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Taste of the Broncos

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:49pm

Upgrade your impression of tailgate food at this gourmet feast right on the turf. Chefs from more than 25 acclaimed local restaurants, including Mizuna, Rioja, Blackbelly Market, and the Tag Restaurant Group, will dish up plates with the help of Denver Broncos players, cheerleaders, and alumni as well as Miles the mascot. Nosh on your meal to the sounds of blue grass bands and the Colorado Symphony (which has never before played on the field). VIPs receive early access to extra bites and libations and an additional Colorado Symphony performance.

Summer Seafood Workshop

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:03pm

The folks at Stir Cooking School know that warmer temperatures call for light, fresh dinners, which is why they've created this summer seafood workshop. Learn how to cook warm weather-friendly dishes like grilled Moroccan-spiced shrimp skewers, chipotle-rubbed salmon tacos, and citrus and coconut ceviche with scallops. The instructor will also provide tips on general cooking techniques like pan-searing, grilling, and marinating that you can apply to all types of seafood, all season long. Tue 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Yoga for the Outdoor Enthusiast

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:55am

Head to REI for an in-store yoga class targeted to enhance your experience in other sports like cross country skiing and rock climbing. The poses focus on areas of the body that are easy to injure like your back or shoulders or areas that are known to become tight like the hamstrings. Along with increasing your understanding of the way your body moves, the all-levels class will be geared to what those in attendance say they need and should leave you feeling comfortable enough to flow through your practice at home. Tue 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Hot Rize

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:05pm

A true Colorado band, Hot Rize employs a one-mic performance style, producing an ecletic sound that combines notes of bluegrass with a progressiveness resembling that of string band New Grass Revival. Although the group officially disbanded in 1990, Hot Rize continues to play a handful of select dates and released When I’m Free last year. Locals may recognize Nick Forster (guitar, bass, vocals) as co-founder and host of Boulder’s independent radio program, Etown. Tue 6:30 p.m.

Belle and Sebastian with the Colorado Symphony

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:08pm

Stuart Murdoch—a C.S. Lewis obsessed guitarist and vocalist—fronts Belle and Sebastian, the seven-piece indie band that first formed in Scotland almost two decades ago. Murdoch's literary appetite is showcased in the collective’s name (it comes from a 1965 French children's book), as well as its mellow pop tunes, which feature a powerful mix of whimsy, poetry, and the mundane.

Sonic Bloom Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:20pm

In its decade of existence, Sonic Bloom has grown from a small electronic music event to a four-day summer solstice bash filled with yoga, art, and late night dance parties (along with the bands, of course). This year will be the festival’s first at Hummingbird Ranch in Rye, where you'll hear two highly anticipated sets from electronic jamband Sound Trip Sector 9.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Ron Funches Standup Comedy

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 1:03pm

This soft-spoken, lovable comedian stars in NBC’s recent TV show Undateable and was recently named one of the best new comedians by Esquire Magazine. His affable, sing-song delivery of absurdist observations about neck tattoos and robot-related non sequiturs will have you giggling uncontrollably in no time. Thu 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30, 9:45 p.m.

Bow Wow Film Festival

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:29pm

Celebrate man’s best friend with a series of short films dedicated to Fido. This installment of the traveling film fest will include flicks starring and, sometimes, made by dogs, like GoPro short "Dog Gone Fishing," following a day on the lake with a water-loving dachshund. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. If you can’t make it to Boulder, keep an eye out for Denver and Fort Collins dates in the upcoming months. Fri, times vary.

Greek Festival

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:02pm

It’s all Greek to us at this summer festival hosted by Denver’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Quell your appetite for Mediterranean fare with an expansive offering of traditional Greek food, such as dolmathes (beef and rice-stuffed grape leaves) and baklava. Enjoy tours of the cathedral, performances by the Hellenic Dance Academy of Denver, and a boutique of imported Greek jewelry and goods that will truly transport you to another land. Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Princess Adventures

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:58am

Let your little one don her princess gown outside the playhouse, but be sure to pair it with hiking boots for this adventure. Girls ages five to eight will trek through nature as early female explorers did, even naming their own flower, animal, or mountain as if they were the first to discover it. After the excursion, a princess tea and cookie party will commence before heading back to the modern world. Fri 9-11 a.m.

Ideation Experience

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:14pm

Starting an art project is never easy, so the artists in this exhibit bypassed the decision-making phase. Each exhibitor pulled a card at random from a deck of “ideation cards” to determine the structure, color, layout, text, images, paper, and character of each book they would create in the show. Get a read on the bookish by-products of 70 international and American bibliophiles. Thu-Fri 1-6 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

Reds, Whites, and Brews

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/06/2015 - 2:13pm

Sample red and white wines and craft brews at this high-country event. Breweries like Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, Elevation Beer Company, and Gore Range Brewery are offering unlimited samples of their beers, while Veraison Distributing provides an array of fine wines from around the world. Booths filled with the wares of local craftspeople and food vendors will add shopping opportunities to the experience.

Denver PrideFest

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:16pm

Join more than 300,000 patrons at one of the nation’s largest events celebrating LGBTQ communities. Active types can race in the Big Gay 5K, a run from the festival’s Civic Center Park hub to Cheesman Park and back, or dance to continuous DJ performances at the Smirnoff Dance World stage. Other musical performances will include licensed Led Zeppelin tribute band Lez Zeppelin, and R&B performer Mya (of “Lady Marmalade” fame), along with dozens of others on the main and Latino music stages.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Challenge Nation

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:41pm

Prepare yourselves, Amazing Race fans: You can compete in a smaller, local version of the famed TV scavenger hunt. Challenge Nation is part 5K and part urban quest; with no set course, you and your team will try to choose the quickest route around the city to solve 12 brain-twisting clues. The first five teams back win cash prizes or gift cards of up to $300, so be sure to keep your group moving quickly. Remember to snap a picture of all team members at every stop to document your accomplishments. Sat 1 p.m.

Toast of Colorado

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 10:55am

This celebration of local libations offers attendees the chance to sample 70 vinos, 40 beers, and 20 spirits, all from in-state wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Staff will be on site to provide tasting notes as participants swirl, sniff, and sip different varietals from places like Wild Women Winery and Silver Vines Winery. The adjoining marketplace, which features Colorado-based artisans and businesses, offers plenty of local shopping opportunities as well. Sun 2-10 p.m..

ManCraftival

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:46pm

In an ode to the Mile High City’s other nickname (“Menver”), the folks at Ink Lounge Screenprinting Studio are launching this outdoor market to highlight wares from male vendors (or man-woman teams). Browse about 70 booths filled with items like hand-crafted artisan pickles from the Real Dill and art from Two Little Fruits before enjoying live music, beer, food truck delicacies, and even carnival games. (Cuz what’s more manly than throwing a baseball at a stack of milk bottles, right?) Sat 3-10 p.m.

Splash and Dash Youth Aquathlon Series

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:22pm

If your athletic child is ready for a challenge, this multisport event will be the perfect fit—especially because it requires less equipment and training than the adult version. Since this race is only an introduction to the aquathlon format, racers will be expected to swim and run but not bike. Kids ages seven to 10 will swim 100 meters and run a 1K while the distances double for ages 11 to 15. Since the event focuses on participation rather than competition, all racers will receive a finisher’s medal and a T-shirt. Sun 7:45 a.m.-noon.

FroYo 5K

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:13pm

For some, no motivation is needed to run a 5K or a 10K; for the rest of us, this race rewards your sweat with a frozen confection. Focused on keeping you cool during your run, the course features inflatable tunnels that mist you as you run and frozen yogurt will be waiting at the finish line. The fastest runners in each age group will win prizes, but others can score some goofier awards (best gummy bear toss, fastest stroller, and fastest FroYo eater are just a few). Sun 9 a.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Summer Solstice Golf Marathon

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:11pm

A typical day of golf involves 18 holes, but you'll try to see how many rounds you can play in one day during this charitable event. Golfers rack up between 50 and 100 holes (some in the past have even gone over 100) to benefit Denver Kids, an organization that supports Denver Public Schools students. Prizes will be given to the top fund raisers and golfers, while carts, green fees, breakfast, and lunch will be covered for all participants. Fri 5:30 a.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Malala Yousafzai

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:01pm

Come listen to the 17-year-old Nobel Prize laureate, who was shot in the head by the Taliban after advocating for female education in her home country of Pakistan, speak about her journey to become one of the most influential people in the world. While it’s an honor to simply sit in the same room as this brave young woman, VIP ticketholders will also be treated to a reception with appetizers and a meet-and-greet with Yousafzai as well as a framed photo of the two of you. Wed 7 p.m.

Death Grips

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:24pm

As the band name suggests, Death Grips isn’t for the casual listener. Drummer Zach Hill, keyboardist Andy Morin, and vocalist Stefan Burnett comprise the avant-garde hip-hop project, which can sound like electronic music, remixed samples of Björk, or screaming set to a beat depending on the song. Although the group is undeniably intense, Death Grips has been well received by critics. Wed 8 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:26pm

This abstract painter and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient pays homage to the great rivers, lush jungles, and indigenous architecture of his Mexican homeland. Relatively unknown outside the art world, Nobel Prize-winning author Octavio Paz praised him as one of the greatest Latin American painters. View a survey of mid-to-late 20th century works from his mature period at this retrospective. Tue-Sat noon-5 p.m.

Karen Roehl and Laura Phelps Rogers

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:23pm

Two concurrent solo exhibitions in a RiNo art space take inspiration from memory and intuition. Explore the idea of contemporary womanhood through Laura Phelps Rogers’ evocative sculptures of dresses (made from cast iron) and delve into the spontaneity of Karen Roehl’s mixed-media abstracts. Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.

CigarBQue

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/06/2015 - 1:46pm

This smokin' event's got it all: fine Diamond Crown cigars, premium cocktails, and tasty eats. Executive chefs Rick Gresh, Cleetus Friedman, and Guiseppe Tentori created the original CigarBQue in Chicago as an outdoor culinary celebration. Now they've brought the fun to Denver, where local chefs will compete to win the trophy for best dish of the day as patrons eat, drink, and smoke in a relaxed atmosphere. A portion of ticket sales benefits Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, an organization that provides humanitarian aid to the Dominican Republic. Thu 6-9 p.m..

Cocinando con Enyes

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Tue, 04/21/2015 - 3:26pm

Cocinando con Enyes, or "cooking with Enyes," is an opportunity to mingle with the founders, filmmakers, and members of Denver-based organization Project Enye. (Denise Soler Cox founded Project Enye as a way to unite and empower the community of first-generation Latinos born in the states.) Soler Cox understands that food is a big part of a person's identity, making the kitchen a natural place for the group to convene around the table.

Clear Creed RapidGrass Bluegrass Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:33pm

If you didn’t nab tickets to this year’s sold-out Telluride Bluegrass Festival, don’t fret: The smaller RapidGrass Bluegrass Festival takes place the following week, when patrons are treated to a lineup stacked with bluegrass legends for almost half the price. Sam Bush Band, the Travelin’ McCoury’s, and Jeff Austin Band are the main attractions, as well as up and comers like the Railsplitters and Gonzalo Bergara's Hot Club. For those looking to work on their own pickin’ skills, musical workshops will be held throughout the weekend. Fri-Sun, times vary.

The Spitfire Grill

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 1:06pm

When a young woman is released from jail, she moves to rural Wisconsin to start over. Watch this poignant and heartfelt musical unfold as she stirs up small town life and moves its community members toward enlightenment through folk-inspired musical numbers and subtle drama. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.

Colorado Brewers' Festival

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/06/2015 - 1:49pm

The town of Fort Collins kicks off summer with this outdoor music and beer festival. On Friday evening, the Colorado Brewers Guild will unveil rare, single-batch beers for an intimate sampling session that will allow guests to interact with the brewers themselves. On Saturday and Sunday, patrons can buy pints from Fort Collins stalwarts like Odell Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, and the Fort Collins Brewery as they wander the park grounds, which will play host to food and shopping areas as well as two stages of live entertainment.

Widespread Panic

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:36pm

This three-day run will put Widespread Panic’s Red Rocks show tally at an astounding 42, more than any other artist in the amphitheater’s history. A Georgia-based blues-rock band known for extended improvisation, Widespread has been growing its devout fan base for three decades now, with some devotees following the road warriors on tour. The sextet’s prowess as musicians promises to boggle the mind while satiating any urge to get down with some dirty, Southern rock n’ roll. Fri-Sun 7 p.m.

The New Orleans Suspects

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:27pm

What began as a pick-up band at Maple Leaf (a legendary New Orleans bar and music venue) in 2009 has evolved into the Crescent City’s preeminent touring super group. A unique blend of funk, jazz, and rock, the New Orleans Suspects put on a stellar live show, often bringing up special guests like Widespread Panic keyboardist John "Jojo" Herman. These two shows, which will end around 2 a.m., will elevate the party scene NOLA is known for to a mile high. Fri-Sat 10 p.m.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Submitted by Nicole Blanchard on Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:25pm

Enjoy a taste of Japan with this Asian-American celebration’s eats and entertainment. The festival features a variety of Japanese performances, including several types of martial arts demonstrations from Denver Buddhist Temple and traditional Japanese crafts like calligraphy and bonsai. In addition, Temple Dharma School students will showcase Japanese dancing, while Denver Singing Club and others perform traditional Japanese singing. Take in the shows and vendors, like Vintage Kimono’s Asian accessories and Miya Pottery’s stoneware, while you snack on teriyaki burgers and sushi rolls.

Undy Run

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:06pm

Take a run in your skivvies—don’t worry, it’s encouraged. In an effort to raise awareness for colon cancer, this family-friendly 5K encourages participants to draw attention to their rear ends. Since this is an all ages race (there’s even a one mile fun run for the little ones) the Colon Cancer Alliance will provide a modest pair of Undy Run boxers for everyone at the starting line. Sat 8:30 a.m.

Camp Junior Rangers

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:50pm

Make sure your kid understands the outdoors they're playing in with this educational campout. During the day, Jefferson County Open Space park rangers will teach the group about the ecology of the Foothills. Once the sun sets, the naturalists will stick around to point out constellations, showing tykes how to recognize more than just the Big Dipper. Of course, the adventure wouldn’t be complete without roasting s’mores over a campfire and swapping fun stories under the night sky. Sat-Sun, times vary.

Denver Taco Festival and Tequila Expo

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/06/2015 - 2:07pm

Explore and sample the taco's many forms of street food at this wacky outdoor festival. Don't miss the eclectic entertainment, including chihuahua races, Lucha Libra comedic wrestling, and live game show, in which contestants will have to eat hot peppers if they miss trivia challenge questions. The adjoining Tequila and Agave Expo will offer beverage education from Adelita's Cocina and Cantina, as well as the chance to taste 40 types of tequila and agave from a wide variety of brands.

Sand in the City

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 9:56am

Colorado has everything you could wish for—except a beach. The city of Arvada fixes that problem for one weekend with its annual festival, during which little ones can engage in sandy activities such as a 100-foot obstacle course, buried treasure, and a giant slide. If none of this excites the kids, they can try their hands at building sand sculptures or bring their grass skirts to the luau to embrace their inner islanders. Sat-Sun, times vary.

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Beer Links Denver

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/06/2015 - 2:01pm

Beer and sausage galore make for an epic afternoon of eating and drinking. Sample up to 40 different craft beers and ciders from breweries like Mockery Brewing Company and Aspen Brewing Company, and peruse sausage offerings that feature wild game and other rare proteins like alligator. Your ticket purchase includes 20 tasting tickets, a souvenir glass, and one sausage and side. Bonus: Blake Street Tavern will also offer its full food and bar menus. Sat noon-4 p.m.

Abandoned Heart Circus

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 1:09pm

Join Avatar Movement Dance Company for the contemporary tale of a lonely girl lost in her dreams of becoming something bigger. Journey through this unexpected story of self discovery, love, and truth with several dance numbers set to an eclectic range of music, including tango, intense classical, alternative, and even Top 40 artists like Lana del Ray. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2, 6:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak International Hill Cimb

Submitted by Corrie Sahling on Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:46pm

Watch motorcycles, quads, and cars compete in America’s second-oldest motor sports contest, driving nearly 13 miles in their “race to the clouds.” Super fans can glimpse practice runs during the week before the race and then head Friday to Fan Fest, where you’ll find motorcycle exhibitions, a beer garden, and a chili cook-off—or just snag a prime viewing spot when the gates open at 3 a.m. on Sunday. Sun 8 a.m.

Pajama Brunch

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:45am

If you've ever skipped brunch because you didn't want to get all dressed up, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's pajama brunch is for you. WTF encourages patrons to rock their PJs, rewarding those who do with 10 percent off brunch fare like chicken and waffles and French toast, as well as a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. All you've got to do is roll out of bed. Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 12:04pm

The new RiNo Art District microbrew tour provides a guided walking tour of galleries and exceptional breweries in the up-and-coming area. RiNo is home to an array of artists, architects, coffee roasters, screen printers, home brew shops, chocolatiers, and of course, small breweries, wineries, and distilleries. Explore the area's unique businesses and enjoy some craft brews. Sun 12:15 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:55am

Kick lunchtime boredom to the curb at Civic Center Eats, an outdoor gathering of the city's best food trucks. Listen to live tunes from performers like Jeff King and Owen Kortz and enjoy delicious eats and sips from your favorite mobile food vendors, including Manna from Heaven, Jessie's Smokin' Nola, and Quiero Arepas. Shaded tables and an on-site ATM make lunching al fresco cool and breezy. A portion of the proceeds benefits Civic Center Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring Civic Center Park. Tue, Thu 11 a.m.-2 p.m.