Break a sweat at this triathlon fit for rookies. The condensed courses (.5-mile swim, 5K run, and 17-mile bike ride) are perfect for first-timers or veterans in training. Swim in Boulder Reservoir, run along the dam, and pedal through Boulder's streets with an elevation gain of 500 feet. Sun 7:30 a.m.
Make the most out of your weekend with a day of music and rafting on the Dolores River. Scrounge together a costume and participate in the river parade, or stay on dry land and watch bands like Westwater Outlaws and Nosotros perform. Organizers stress sustainability, so bring your own cup. Sun 10 a.m.
Three years ago, Colorado’s most well-known beer advocate, Governor John Hickenlooper, declared these seven days for the winos. This year, the festivities stretch from downtown Denver to Manitou Springs. Kick off the week with the Farm-to-Turntable Keg Wine party before partaking in Friday’s Governor’s Cup Wine Mixer and your choice of pairing dinners. Cap off your personal tour de vino at Saturday’s Colorado Urban Wine Fest, which will be packed with wine education seminars, food demos, and unlimited wine samples. Daily, times vary.
Start celebrating Colorado Wine Week the right way.Visit the Infinite Monkey Theorem winery for a few glasses from Colorado wineries, food from Denver restaurants and a DJ. Even better, the event benefits Heroes Like Us, a nonprofit composed of local chefs trying to help hungry children. Sun 6 p.m.
Spend an evening under the stars with with singer-songwriters John Prine and Emmylou Harris. They've done several collaborations over their decades-long careers, in addition to successful solo careers. Their voices (and guitar skills) meld together in their folk-bluegrass duets. Sun 7:30 p.m.
The often controversial and always hilarious Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock veteran is on a quest to "turn it funny." Be prepared to laugh uncomfortably—and uncontrollably—as no topic is off limits for Morgan. Sun 8 p.m.
Are you a cocktail connoisseur? The mixologists from Basta, Frasca, Mateo, Oak at Fourteenth, Salt, and Zolo Grill definitely are. For this cocktail contest, they've each created a new drink based on Suerte tequila, which is distilled in Boulder. Cast your vote for the most delectable drink, enjoy food pairings, and bring home a souvenir glass—all while supporting the Dairy Center for the Arts. Mon 5:30 p.m.
Round up your blankets and folding chairs and stake out a grassy spot in City Park for summer evenings filled with live jazz music, food truck fare, and fun. Each Sunday through August, local jazz musicians play on the Pavilion, rain or shine. This month's lineup includes the powerful gospel vocals of the Hazel Miller Band, salsa and Latin jazz fusion from Salsa Con Jazz, and smooth trumpeting from the Ron Miles Quartet. Sun 6-8 p.m.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is a woman of many firsts: a former First Lady, New York's first female senator, and the first woman to win 18 million votes in a presidential primary election. After completing her time as the United States Secretary of State last year, Clinton's focus now lies on an even bigger first—taking the seat in the White House as the first female U.S. president. Clinton's approach to foreign policy, women's rights, and healthcare has made her a frontrunner for candidacy in the 2016 election. Mon 8 p.m.
—Photograph courtesy of Nick Merrill
These days on the water have nothing to do with a pool. Your kids will become captains as they pickup the lingo and skills of sailing around Cherry Creek Reservoir. Kayaking basics will also be on-tap as mini-skippers get lessons on proper marina behavior. Ahoy matey! Tue, Thur 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Chatting around a campfire seems far less stressful than a sterile networking event. Crave, a company that helps women in business, invited you to an evening that is a cross between a TED Talk and a camping trip with music, a candlelit dinner party, and presentations by entrepreneurs will make for an evening that's both fun and informative. Hear from women who started nonprofits, a CEO, and women who have overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to become successful in business. Tue 5 p.m.
The Milk Carton Kids are known for their pure folk music. The California-based band, formed in 2011, was nominated for a Best Folk Album Grammy in 2013. Listen to their tranquil guitar harmonies and find out for yourself why NPR deemed their music "gorgeous contemporary folk." Tue 8 p.m.
Try your luck at scoring a hole-in-one for the chance to win a new car or a $25,000 cash prize at Steamboat Springs Chamber's annual golf tournament. Featuring prizes for the top three teams and a post-game mixer with food, drinks, and additional raffled prizes, this 18-hole tournament benefits the Youth Education Scholarship Fund. Wed 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Gin, vodka, whiskey, and… wine? Specialty cocktails get a twist from six local mixologists in this competition (part of Colorado Wine Week) highlighting Centennial State vino. Joe Hines of Williams & Graham nabbed the top spot the past two years, can he protect his coveted title for a third year? Wed 4:30-7 p.m.
Join other professionals for an evening doing more than simply rubbing elbows: Network as you sip wine, beer, and spirits from Colorado's purveyors like Leopold Brothers and Breckenridge Brewery. Nibble on treats from the likes of Y. Lo catering and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Proceeds benefit the Better Business Bureau's charity, BBB Foundation, dedicated to creating business growth opportunities and ethics education for students. Wed 5:30 p.m.
Performers from Second City, the improv powerhouse and sketch-comedy mainstay, make light of our everyday foibles—love, loss, and politics among them. This four-person sing-song show encourages us to laugh at the conflicts at the heart of humanity. Wed-Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 3 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
“Fiber arts” are no longer just an elegant way to refer to your grandma’s state fair entry. The works of 20 of the Centennial State’s most “cutting-edge” artists—including Gay E. Lasher, Carol Ann Waugh, and Ray Tomasso—will be displayed in the first major show of contemporary fiber arts in Denver. Basic organic materials such as wood, thread, paper, and yarn are spun into pieces of fine art through embroidery, sewing, weaving, and stitching. The results are unique interpretations—woven steel and painted fabric—of everyday materials.
This is an evening of dining to settle the debate over the ideal beverage to couple with a meal. Avery Brewery and Peach Street Distillery will faceoff in this five-course event featuring a different pairing for each dish. Thu 6 p.m.
Enjoy Colorado brewed beer paired with creations made with juicy, Colorado-raised bison. Left Hand Brewing Company and Prairie Ridge Buffalo Ranch pair plates and pints at this four-course meal. Fri 6 p.m.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is celebrating a decade of its lecture series, Mixed Taste. Speakers present separately about unrelated topics, followed by a simultaneous Q&A. The thirteen lectures this season include Cave Painting & Tequila, and Soul Food & Salvador Dalí—Thursday's will focus on Barnett Newman & Psychic Animals. Due to demand, MCA Denver recently decided to move the series to a larger venue in RiNo: 3126 Larimer St. Thur 6 p.m.
Colorado may be landlocked, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy a little island music. This three-day festival features all things ukulele—beginner workshops, master classes, and performances by uke masters such as Aldrine Guerrero, Doug Brown, and the Ooks of Hazzard. Thu-Sat, times vary.
—Photograph courtesy Scott McCormick
This day on the course is more about helping little ones than working on your short game. Beyond the 18th hole round, your registration includes a breakfast buffet, Bloody Mary bar, and barbecue lunch. Proceeds benefit the Shining Stars Foundation serves children with life threatening illness and their families, the foundation provides recreational programming at any stage of their battle. Fri 8 a.m.
Ben Mollner's expansive contemporary pieces focus on nature, machines, and feminine forms. The practicing dentist (yes, really) experiments with ink prints on metal or metallic paper, wood accents, layers of liquid vinyl. Many of his new pieces will be formed from multiple sections that work together. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Work wasn’t always conducted in air conditioned office buildings, over conference calls, and via email. And for American ranchers that's not a day at their office. Photographer Allen Birnbach tells the rancher story in A Handful of Dust, a photo and video project documenting the families who have worked the lands for generations. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Still sporting turquoise vinyl and whitewash, Bonnie Brae Tavern has stayed true to its style and down-to-earth attitude since 1934. Celebrate one of Denver's oldest family-owned establishment's 80th anniversary with a slew of menu specials—80 cent Coors Light, $1.80 boats of spaghetti and cheeseburger sliders, and $8 cheese pizzas—from open to close. Fri 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
As a former student of ceramics at University of Colorado Boulder, Philadelphia-based artist Kelcy Chase Folsom's works include paper mache sculptures and watercolor paintings on top of articles from the New Yorker. Visit his solo exhibition curated by Adam Milner, owner of one of Denver's newest contemporary galleries, Dateline. Days, times vary.
If you and your friends disagree about what constitutes compelling art, this group exhibition may subdue the arguments. Here you'll find pieces that suit almost every taste: still-lifes, landscapes, cityscapes, and abstracts. Notable names among the dozen artists include Daniel Sprick, known for his still-life paintings, and Kim Cogan, a San Francisco-based painter. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Chris Richter's paintings are inspired by the appearance or absence of human elements in nature. With a subdued palette and minimal lines, Richter seeks to reveal what the natural world looks like when we're not around. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Whether you're crafting your first memoir or need inspiration for a fictional piece, this two-week literary festival is packed with more than 100 seminars to help you get started. Attend writing workshops such as "Why Dialogue Matters" or "Humor Writing" led by authors including Steve Almond, Mark Doty, and Gordy Hoffman, or stop by a salon panel, which invites the audience to participate in an open discussion of literary themes. Daily, times vary.
—Photograph courtesy Kristin Pazulski
When 20-year-old Benjamin Braddock returns home after college graduation, he's met with an all-too familiar inquisition about his future—along with the not-so-common problem of Mrs. Robinson, whose flirtations (and subsequent affair with Benjamin) complicate his attempts to date her daughter. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
—Photo Credit: RDG Photography
If Telluride is too far off (in miles or mindset), this mini bluegrass-and-folk might be up your alley. Catch two nights of music spread across four Fort Collins venues, including the Hooten Hallers, Possessed by Paul James, and 20 other bands that might be your favorite come Sunday morning. Fri 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat noon-1 a.m.
Whether you’re gunning for a PR or just along to watch this exciting bike race, join the fight against Parkinson’s disease. Enjoy prizes, live music, and lunch following the ride. Proceeds benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Sat 8 a.m.
Take a road trip with your kids to play in Colorado's largest natural sandbox. This introduction to the Great Sand Dunes' Junior Ranger program features fun and educational activities, such as sand sculpting and nature walks. Help fill your kids' collection of completion stickers for each activity. Later, grab a "sandboard" and race down the dunes. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Explore the not-so-secret gardens of Northwest Denver. More than 20 plots—and an urban farm—are featured in this year's tour. Bring a bike (some garden clusters are far apart) and be sure to swing by the after-party at 23rd Avenue Scupture Studio for a silent auction and some finger food. Proceeds benefit the Conflict Center, an organization that teaches how to deal with disputes. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Every dog loves a walk. This weekend, get out with hundreds of new furry friends in this 5K run/walk that benefits the effort to provide homes and care for less fortunate canines. Sat 9 a.m.
Grab a funnel cake and head to Aurora's Great Lawn for one of Colorado’s largest family festivals. Kids can have their faces painted like a pirate, watch the disc dogs show, catch stunt BMX bikers bust out their best tricks, and enjoy their first trot thanks to on-site pony rides. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Experience 19th-century Paris through pieces by nearly 100 post-impressionist artists who worked during that time. The exhibition focuses on painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a prolific artist who depicted the era's bohemian lifestyle. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
As summer arrives in full force, make the most of National Trail Day this Saturday by grabbing the family and biking through the pristine Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge. Once you're done spinning your wheels, you can check out nature exhibits, live animal presentations, eco-friendly activities, and resource conservation exhibits. Sat 10 a.m.
Meet your Capitol Hill neighbors—or simply explore the 'hood—during this fair. What to expect: teams of local youngsters competing in a mural contest; kids and adults crashing around in inflatable bubbles in the family area; and vino sipping in the shaded wine pavillion to the sounds of Studio 1430 Bandstand's jazz and swing music. Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Aspen kicks off its outdoor event series with this green gathering. Sample organic Thai and Indian food while learning about eco-forward products like Chris Connor's wooden bicycles. Expand your knowledge by engageing in round-table discussions with experts on everything from energy to hand-made soaps. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pucker up. Avery Brewing highlights unique and tart American beers made with wild yeast at the fifth-annual SourFest. If you're too late to score tickets to this always-sold-out fete, you can still get your fill of sours at Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project or New Belgium Brewing. Tickets include 16 tastes, and part of the proceeds will benefit a community member in need. Sat noon-5 p.m.
—Photograph courtesy of Avery Brewing Company
In this street arcade, you are the joystick. Motion-sensing video games projected onto buildings downtown embed players directly into the games, turning you into the paddle in “Pong” and your kids the heroes of their on-screen adventures. Local comedians serve as your personal narrators. Thu 7-11 p.m.
At only 17 years old, it's hard to believe Zendaya's resume already includes platinum-selling recording artist, actress on the Disney Channel's Shake It Up, author of Between U and Me, and finalist on Dancing With the Stars. This Jill of all trades focuses on her musical side as part of Elitch Gardens' summer concert series. Expect pop hits from her self-titled debut album. Sat 7 p.m.
Join Matthew Morris Salon as they celebrate their eighth anniversary with their annual runway show. Fashion from SOL Lingerie and A Line Boutique will inspire your sartorial side, and treats from Epernay Lounge and Sugarlicious will complete the luxurious evening. Better yet, the evening benefits the Colorado chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which supports research for the genetic disease. Sat 7:30 p.m.
According to the Autism Society of Colorado, one person is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder every 20 minutes. Support those affected by raising $100 or more and participating in a 2.5-mile walk through Sloan's Lake Park. Top fund-raisers will receive prizes such as an iPad mini or a Kindle Fire. Sun 9:30 a.m.
The ceremony surrounding Japanese tea has been revered for centuries. An emblem of Japanese life, guests experience the tranquility, simplicity and respect of the custom in the tea house at Shofu-En Japanese Garden, while enjoying specialty green teas, and dry tea snacks like rice cookies, crackers, and candies. Sun 10 a.m.
Spend a day celebrating Jewish culture as the Boulder Jewish Festival celebrates its 20th year. There will be live music by performers like Mikey Pauker, fine art booths, and ethnic food from restauranteurs like Matzola and Lubavitch Kosher Kitchen. Sun 11 a.m.
If the orchestral parts of its famous song "Kashmir" weren't enough, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will give Led Zeppelin the full string-and-brass treatment. It won't just be instruments, either: Randy Jackson, lead singer of the rock band Zebra, will stand in for Robert Plant to sing for the evening. Sun 6:30 p.m.
It's been seven years since the Fray burst on the scene with their Grammy-nominated hit "How To Save A Life." Now, the Denver-born band is hitting the Centennial State's greatest stage with new tracks from its most recent release, Helios. Sun 7:30 p.m.
When it comes to building your dinner menu, this class stacks the deck with Asian comfort food from Ace Eat Serve. Join the restaurant's executive chef Brandon Biederman as he whips up shrimp toast, bahn mi, Chinese rice cake, and more. Mon 6 p.m.
Karina Smirnoff tried her luck with dance partners Billy Ray Cyrus, Aaron Carter, boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Apple founder Steve Wozniak. Now Smirnoff wants to partner up with you. This three-day event includes an array of dance workshops, a screening of her short film, and a cocktail party. A portion of the weekend’s cost will benefit the Youth Foundation’s Celebrate the Beat program. Fri-Sun, all day.
Enjoy a casual afternoon of opera featuring the songs by one of the form's greatest composers. Listen to classically trained singers belt the songs of Puccini, author of works you probably don't know you know, like Madama Butterfly and La bohème. Stay after to sip refreshments and chat with the performers. Wed 1:30 p.m.
Nothing says warm weather like outdoor concerts and beer gardens. Enjoy both during this 10-week concert series along the Pearl Street Mall, which features local musicians like Boulder reggae-rockers the Samples. Stay cool with drinks from Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant. Wed 7-9 p.m.
Coloradans have been running, biking, and paddling in the FIBArk festival races for almost six decades. Continue the tradition with the Hill Climb—a foot race through the streets of Salida, up Tenderfoot Mountain, and back down—where runners will compete for prizes and bragging rights. If you still have energy to kill, the rest of the weekend is packed with a 10K trail run, 5K and 10K road races, and a mountain bike race. Thu 6 p.m.
Beyoncé may have been on the right track when she sang, "Who run the world? Girls." Through speakers, book signings, and live music and dance performances, this women-centered event explores the power of femininity in today's world. Speakers include some of Colorado's most influential women—yogi Sara Avant Stover, entrepreneuer Kim Coupounas, and slam poet Dominique Christina. Thu 6:30 p.m.
This production profiles a young actor who inexplicably ditches the glitz of Hollywood to play Hamlet on-stage. In an art-imitates-life-imitating-art turn of events, the ghost of John Barrymore—who famously played Hamlet himself—pays the fledgling thespian a visit. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
For almost 25 years, the Frisco BBQ Challenge has has brought dozens of competitors to the high country to face-off over blazing charcoal in hopes of being crowned champion of the grill. Pig races, a whiskey tour, chef demos, plus all the 'cue you can eat make this event a can't-miss. Live tunes from the London Souls kick off the celebration on Thursday. Thu 7:45 p.m.-Sat 8 p.m.
—Photograph courtesy Nora Gilbertson
DjangoFest just couldn’t stay away from Colorado. The fast-paced, high energy sound returns this week with this Mile High City festival after a two-year hiatus. Celebrating the unique Gypsy Jazz style, international artists—such as London's Robin Nolan—from the scene will be playing on multiple stages around the city. For the inspiring guitarist and violinists in attendance, workshops will be offered for both beginners and advanced. Fri-Sat, times vary.
—Photograph courtesy of DjangoFest Colorado
Juneteenth is a national festival that originally began to commemorate the end of slavery. Today, it is an annual opportunity for people of all kinds to come together and celebrate diversity. Hosted in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood, this year’s two-day festival will feature a beauty pageant, art walk, parade, and concert from the Grammy-nominated Les Nubians. Fri-Sat all day.
What does being woman mean? Six female artists explore this question with various artworks representing femininity. Themes range from sexuality to cultural myths, in mediums including photography, sculpture, and textiles. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
—The ceramic sculpture shown is by Leona Lazar
Step way back to the days of covered wagons and bandoleers with your family as you watch reenactments of scenes from the 19th century, when Trinidad was a trading center along the Missouri-to-Mexico route. Youngsters can sip sarsaparilla and play pinochle games just like old times. Fri-Sun all day.
The Hulk, Captain Kirk, and Catwoman walk into a convention center. No, not the set up for a bad joke, it’s Denver Comic Con, a pop-culture celebration of everything movies, television, music, and, of course, comic books. The three-day event showcases hundreds of exhibitors and a lineup of guests including April Stewart, the voice of South Park’s Ms. Cartman; LaVar Burton of Reading Rainbow and Star Trek fame; and Bruce Campbell, the cult-icon and star of The Evil Dead series. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This Italian artist paints cityscapes and urban scenes with thick brush strokes and a largely monochromatic palette. His oil paintings of cathedrals, skyscrapers, and city streets use a mix of misty gradients and rigid lines to create depth in the paintings, drawing viewers in. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
No summer is complete without a good block party. This two-day festival—celebrating its 10th anniversary—features musicians from around the nation, including Trampled Under Foot, Tab Benoit, and Phantom Blues Band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and get lost in the sounds of blues, rock, and R&B. Fri-Sat, times vary.
If you haven't had the opportunity to experience the dining scene in Fort Collins, you're in luck. Indulge in three days of food, drink, and music highlighted by a spread of favorite local restaurants like Larkburger, Souza's Smokin BBQ, Gravity 1020, and more. For the hop heads and oenophiles, purchase punch cards and enjoy samples at the beer and wine pavilions. Fri 5-9 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Intertwining live performance, visual art, and interactive video and sound, this immersive exhibit provokes questions about the world we live in. The event will feature premieries of "Wake the Dangerous Poet" by Kim Olson's contemporary dance project Sweet Edge, and "Salon Romantik" by Denver's experimental art outfit, Control Group Productions. Fri-Sun 6:30-9 p.m.
Anderson—an author, actor, stand-up comic, and award-winning children's TV writer—has a unique ability to render humor that appeals to both kids and grown-ups. Sunday's show is all-ages. Fri 7:15 p.m., Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.
Get the wheels turning with your choice of a 25-, 50-, 75-, or 100-mile bike ride through metro Denver and along the Front Range. This bike race is suitable for cyclists of all abilities and benefits the bicycle advocacy group BikeDenver. Round out Father's Day weekend with family-friendly activites, crafts, food, and live music. Sat 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Master glass artist Dale Chihuly created brand-new sculptures for this display, including water features and a 30-foot glass tower. Chihuly uses macchia (a method of applying color), woven glass, molds, and other glass-blowing techniques to create otherworldly, nature-inspired designs. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
With smells of barbeque pork, ribs, chicken, and brisket wafting through the air, we think runners will set record times. As part of the Colorado BBQ Challenge festivities, this 3.8-mile run (or walk) courses through the paved Summit County Recreation Path. At the finish line, runner will be greeted with a post-race pig-out. Sat 9:30 a.m.
From mining town to ski resort, Breckenridge has come a long way. Celebrate the town's history with a variety of eclectic events (think outhouse racing, an evening stroll through the town graveyard, and gold panning at Lomax Gulch). On Saturday night, settle in for the National Repertory Orchestra's first concert of the season. Sat-Sun all day.
Boogy on down to Highland for beer gardens; more than 150 clothing, art, and accesory vendors; and live music on two stages, including a traditional Scottish band to start the festivities and local rock group the Dyrty Byrds. Sat 10 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Good King Henry invited the 16th century’s best jousters, jugglers, merrymakers, and artisans to celebrate the annual Colorado Renaissance Festival. Good news, you’re invited as well. The family-friendly event is interactive theater at its most Elizabethan. Whether on the village streets or one of the festival’s seven stages, there is merrymaking to be done by all. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Are you ready to witness peoples’ “talks of their life?” With a lineup that includes speakers from a conductor to an agriculture activist, 14 Coloradans will inspire with their talks focused on stimulating change. Be sure to check out the interactive exhibits lounge, providing a personal experience with innovators in Colorado. Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
—Photograph courtesy of TedXMileHigh
Stereotypes suggest that blondes have more fun and brunettes are smarter, but who can hold their own on the gridiron? Two teams of 50 women—one with all blondes, the other all brunettes—will let their hair down in a flag football game to benefit the more than 60,000 Coloradans living with Alzheimers. Each team member raised at least $400 to benefit the Young Professionals Alzheimers Association of Colorado. Cheer on your favorite hair color and celebrate at the post-game party at Crimson and Gold Tavern. Sat 11 a.m.
—Photograph courtesy Elle Kelle Photography
Grab a bike and ride this Father's Day Weekend. Nonprofit Bicycle Longmont presents this cycling event that features rides from 1.25 miles to 12 miles. After the ride, enjoy music from the Freddy Jones Band, and the Oaskar Blues Beer Garden. The G’Knight name honors Gordon Knight, a Purple Heart recipient in Vietnam and local brewer, whose helicopter went down fighting a Rocky Mountain National Park fire in 2002. Sat 2 p.m.
Greek-style dining reflects the nation's penchant for relaxing and enjoying a nibble of something small (called meze) with a refreshing glass of wine. Monica Kadillak presents a cooking lesson on how to craft your own Greek party food, from salads to kabobs. You'll leave with a number of ready-to-try recipes. Sat 3 p.m.
The war is over, but the more positive spirit of the '40s lives on at this vintage ball. Take swing dancing lessons and play roulette to the sounds of a Frank Sinatra cover band. Later, mingle with impersonators of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bob Hope, and marvel at a real WWII bomber. Sat 5 p.m.
Channel your inner Gatsby and celebrate what would be the 100th birthday of Tweet Kimball, the former proprietor of Cherokee Ranch & Castle. The soirée transforms the Sedalia castle into a 1920s party with a jazz ensemble, acrobats, and high-class highball cocktails. Bowler and cloche hats are obviously encouraged. Sat 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Combining choreography by Louder Than Words Dance Theatre with the music of classical Denver composer Jeffrey Nytch, this performance explores the beauty of a human function so essential it often goes unnoticed—breathing. Watch as the compelling show brings life to the physical, chemical, and spiritual aspects of the respiratory system. Sat 8 p.m.
Featuring pre-ride music and food, silly costume contests, and illuminated bikes, this nighttime trek is more of a party than a workout. Take your pick between a 13- or 20-mile bike ride through Garden of the Gods and Colorado Springs. Sat 9 p.m.
After dealing with carpools, diaper changes, little league games, and spit up, it's time you had a night out. Dads (and moms) are invited to laugh away the not-so-glamorous aspects of parenting with comedy from the Pump and Dump team of Shayna Ferm and MC Doula along with Denver comedians Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl. Celebrate Father's Day with adults-only stand up—including audience participation games such as "The Most F-ed Up Thing Your Kid Did This Week"—as well as cigars from Jerri's cigars, and Scotch, brandy, and bourbon pairings. Sat 9 p.m.
Watch qualifiers run, swim, and bike their way through the foothills of Boulder. Covering half as much mileage as a traditional Ironman triathlon, the Ironman 70.3 challenges athletes with a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run. Cheer the competitors on as they work toward personal records and a spot in the world championship in Canada. Sun 9 a.m.
Denver looks to once again crown its Kings and Queens of the court. Played at the Denver Tennis Club since 1928, more than 800 players will serve and volley their way through the nine-day tournament. Days, times vary.
Mary Louise Lee may be best known as the First Lady of Denver, but she also has stage presense. The renowned performer, singer, and actress will find the spotlight for a one night showcase of Billie Holiday's legenday music. Sun 7:30 p.m.
Boulder Ballet's 10th annual series of outdoor performances features selections from the season alongside new works. Bring a picnic blanket, plenty of snacks, and the whole family. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 7 p.m.
Take your kids beyond finger painting with these starter art classes. Your little artists will learn about the works of various master painters—June's focus is on Picasso and Jasper Johns—before applying their new inspirations to the canvas. Ages seven to 13. Mon 10 a.m.-noon; 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
For FIFA fans who can't scrounge up enough pocket change for a flight to Brazil, the Huddle brings one World Cup match to Denver. Watch the U.S. team (ranked 13th by FIFA) take on Ghana (ranked 38th) on the big screen, drink beer, and discuss political and civic issues related to sports after the game. Mon 6-8 p.m.
Rarely do you drink a different whiskey with each course of a meal. Euclid Hall Bar and Kitchen and Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey are calling for that special occasion with their annual D-Still-Inner (distillery and dinner). The belated Father's Day dinner will feature five Southern-inspired dishes paired with six whiskey cocktails. It all leads up to the grand finale of a one-off, barrel-aged house Boulevardier. Mon 7 p.m.
Welcome the summer warmth by enjoying flavors of the season. This five-course, locally-sourced dinner will be prepared by chef Alec Schuler at Arugula Bar e Ristorante, with wine pairings from Sonoma County's Seghesio Family Vineyards. Zinfandels and Italian varietals have been carefully curated to please your palate as you eat your way through spicy baby greens, Snake River sturgeon, and more delectable tastes of summer fare. Reservations required. Tue 6:30 p.m.
Combining punchy melodies with witty lyrics, Neon Trees' latest release, Pop Psychology, is an ode to finding love in the digital age. Listen to a selection of the alternative-pop group's songs during what is sure to be an explosive and fun set. Tue 7:30 p.m.
As a five-time Grammy Award-winner and a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, James Taylor's country-folk icon status has been cemented over the course of more than 40 years. Watch the singer-songwriter plays hits from his 16-album discography, including "Sweet Baby James" and "Carolina In My Mind." It's one of those bucket list shows every music fan needs to experience. Tue 8 p.m.
High school English teacher Steve Helfant learned his craft in his school’s wood shop a decade ago. Now, he turns smooth bowls, vases, and ornate boxes made with Colorado trees like aspens, cottonwoods, and mountain pines in addition to more exotic materials like zebra wood and maple burl. Mon-Wed 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Thu-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
After you celebrate at Denver's annual Greek Festival, join 5280 food editor, Amanda Faison, for a discussion on the origins and characteristics of Greek cuisine. Before you go: Prep for the culinary book club discussion by reading Tom Mueller's Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. Wed 6 p.m.
The state of your brain impacts the quality of your game. Bring the zenlike focus of yoga into your golf swing—and the rest of your life—during this intimate weekend retreat. Attendees receive a three-night stay at the Antlers in Lionshead, two rounds of golf with pointers from LPGA and PGA pros, yoga and wellness workshops, and guided hikes on Vail Mountain. No need to be an expert at either golf or yoga; newbies are welcome. But sign up quick: Registration is capped at 30 women. Thu-Sun, times vary.
"Ubuntu" is a South African philosophy—often preached by the late Nelson Mandela—that roughly translates to human kindness and the belief of a universal bond. Watch this term come to life as Denver artists Sabin Aell and Gandess Gyian collaborate with Daughter Cells Dance for an interactive installation that explores ubuntu. During the exhibit, viewers and performers will connect through dance, dramatic costumes, spoken word, and visual art. Thu 6-8 p.m.
Learn the necessary skills for conquering a Colorado rite of passage—climbing to the summit of one of the state's 54 fourteeners. Carmen Stagg, leader of Colorado Mountain Club's Young Adult Program, will speak about the essential guidelines for a safe and efficient trek to the top during this hourlong info session. Thu 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Who doesn't secretly want to fly, fight pirates, and stay young forever? J. M. Barrie's Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up has inspired generations to find their happy thoughts. A sprinkle of fairy dust lands in the Front Range this month. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Colorado native Alane Holsteen came from a family of farmers and studied with the Denver Botanical Illustration Program. Consequently, her encaustic artwork largely highlights plants, with special attention to the play of light on flower petals. Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Foodies converge in scenic Aspen every summer for this legendary event combining cooking demos by top toques, gourmet nibbles, and wine seminars and tastings. Weekend tickets are already sold out, but, party tickets will still offer the chance to connect with your favorite chefs, Food Network stars, winemakers, and bartenders. Bonus: This series of spectacular events helps raise funds and awareness for the Grow for Good campaign, which supports local farms and sustainable agriculture. Fri-Sun, times vary.
If the sleek, vintage look of AMC’s Mad Men had an art exhibit, it would be the Three Person Show of Jim Beckner, Stephanie Hartshorn, and Robert Spooner. Whether it’s Beckner’s scenes of suburbia, Hartshorn’s recreation of classic billboards, or Spooner’s oil paintings of city and natural landscapes, this is a trio that won’t disappoint. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Oil paint will always have classic appeal in the art world. Two local masters of the medium, David Shingler and Clyde Steadman, use chunky brush strokes and rich colors to paint people and backcountry landscapes. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admire landscapes, both urban and rural, by three artists. Jim Beckner’s paintings use vibrant colors and a plethora of brush strokes to capture the motion of bustling cities. Former architect Stephanie Hartshorn’s colorful pieces often show scenes from around Denver (like old buildings along Broadway). Robert Spooner, formerly a graphic designer, highlights both tranquil farmsteads and industrial scenes like oil rigs and cranes in his oil paintings. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Before its Stanley Hotel became a horror destination, Estes Park was simply a beautiful pioneer town. At this roots-revival festival, kids can help build log cabins, watch artisans craft wood sculptures, and ride in a Stanley Steamer, one of the first steam-powered cars among other old-fashioned fun activites. Sat-Sun, all day.
You probably remember Paul Reiser from the '90s sitcom Mad About You. But as a screenwriter, musician, and yes, stand-up, he's done a little of everything in the entertainment industry. Reiser's comedy is largely observational bits on family and the golden years, which, like Seinfeld, he manages to pull off without (too much) vulgarity. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m.; 9:15 p.m.
For some performances, dancing under the stars is the only option. Denver-based dance company Wonderbound will perform Odessa to an original score by Israeli-American composer Ofer Ben-Amot, accompanied a trio of Colorado College musicians. The company will pair Garrett Ammon's signature athletic dance style with traditional Jewish folk music for a joyful, artistic experience in the night air. Fri 7:30 p.m.
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Simon Rex first found mainstream fame as a rambunctious MTV VJ, which eventually led to acting roles in shows such as Felicity and What I Like About You. Under the alter ego Dirt Nasty, Rex's trio of rap-comedy albums has earned him a wholly different cult following—plus collaborations with Ke$ha and LMFAO. His 2013 release, Palatial, mixes crude humor with hip-hop beats. Fri 9 p.m.
Climb, hike, and fight ovarian cancer. Your skill and fitness level are a wash as long as you can be active climbing or hiking to help fund research and awareness of the fifth most fatal cancer to women in America. Proceeds benefit HERA Women's Cancer Foundation. Sat 7:30 a.m.
Kick a ball, grant a wish. Grab a few of your friends this weekend and head down to Dick's Sporting Goods Park where you can compete in a friendly kickball tournament to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Sat 8 a.m.
Watch as the Wild West is brought back to life with steam locomotives and performances of fast-draw contests, train robberies, and more. Hop on a train and travel back in time to catch a glimpse of Colorado’s historical railroad experience. The kids will have a chance to make their own sheriff’s badges and bolo ties while learning about the Old West. Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
An educational opportunity is best served à la mode. Did you know that ice cream is an actual molecular compound? The Boulder Public Library hosts Glacier Ice Cream as they delve into the science behind its house-made gelato and ice cream. The best part: free samples. Five years old and up. Sat 11 a.m.
Watching a movie about food on an empty stomach is a recipe for trouble. Luckily, the good people at Sie FilmCenter offer a brunch before screening the 2012 foodie film Le Chef, directed by Daniel Cohen. There are too many chefs in the kitchen—one veteran, one new guy, a gastronomist, and an overly hands-on CEO—in this French comedy. Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
It's a class for miniature Doolittles. Kids will strap on a stethoscope and talk to a veterinarian about what it takes to care for our furry friends. After "graduation," your new vet will recieve a goody bag, which includes a trusty stethoscope, for all their hard work, and perhaps, a few grateful licks from a future patient at home. Sat 11 a.m.-noon.
From pick-up baseball games to treehouse sleepovers, there are few movies that capture the essence of being a small-town American kid in the summer quite like the Sandlot. Watch Scotty Smalls and the gang's coming-of-age adventures projected on the big screen at this free kid-friendly event. Before the show, grab some grub from local food trucks and play your own game of ball in the park. Sat 6 p.m.
Jazz and folk instrumentalist George Winston put all of his focus into his live performances over the last two years. Listen to the fruit of his labors as he brings classical covers like "Pachelbel's Canon" and his original "rural folk" pieces to life in a solo piano concert. If you're lucky, Winston might play a few songs of slack-key guitar, a Hawaiin variant dating back to the early 19th century. Sat 8 p.m.
Whether you're a bike enthusiast or a beer enthusiast, the Ridge at 38 Criterium is for you. This weekend, racers will compete in this Bronze level Rocky Mountain Road Cup race on a fast, six-corner, 1.15-mile course in the in the heart of downtown Wheat Ridge while spectators enjoy food, drinks, live music, and face painting. Sun 7 a.m.
Bring your moves and get ready to rock at this kid-centric music festival. Performers include singer/songwriter Vered, the School of Rock House band, and the Okee Dokee brothers, who won a Grammy last year for Best Children's Music Album. Be sure to check out the musical craft station between sets to make button castanets, rock star wands, paper plate banjos, and spoon maracas. Sun 3 p.m.
Though Southern jamband Widespread Panic have scarcely been off the road long enough to record a followup to their last album, 2010's Dirty Side Down, they've been prolific in their live album releases. But nothing's better than experiencing the music in-person. Don't miss their three-night stand at Red Rocks, any of which could make for a future live LP. Fri-Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.
The Lego Movie brings the popular toys to life in this animated, comedy adventure about an ordinary Lego construction worker on a quest against evil forces trying to glue the Lego universe into eternal stasis. So grab a blanket and pack some nighttime snacks for some big screen fun under the open night sky. Mon 8-10 p.m.
Let the kids take over in the kitchen to learn recipes and cooking techniques in this adventurous class. Cate Matthews will lead a class through the preparation of dishes inspired by favorite animated movies like Frozen, Brave, Lion King, and Finding Nemo. Ages 6-12. Tue 9:30-11:30 a.m.
One of the original mockumentaries, the 1984 classic This Is Spinal Tap parodies British heavy metal music and the wild lifestyle that has come to define rock and roll. This humorous classic is made even better in the open air of the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Tue 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The raw talent of singer-songwriter Marc Cohn is obvious to anyone who's heard him croon before. He's best known for his 1991 Grammy-nominated song "Walking In Memphis," but his emotional acumen is evident through his most recent release, 2010's "Listening Booth: 1970." He'll be joined by Mavis Staples, one-time member of the gospel family band The Staple Singers, who recorded her new album One True Vine with the help of Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Tue 7 p.m.
Its roots may lie in '80s post-punk and gothic rock, but Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' sound has transitioned toward futuristic alt-rock on the band's newest release Push the Sky Away. The album features haunting vocals, minimal guitar, and heavy synth, resulting in an ominous sound that showcases the Australian group's range but also stays true true its 15-album legacy. Tue 8 p.m.
Biking to work has its perks, and this is one of them. The annual Bike from Work Bash, celebrating Denver’s Bike to Work Day, rewards its two-wheel commuters with free beer, food, and entertainment. Donations from the event will benefit Wish For Wheels, which strives to provide new bikes and helmets to Denver children in need. Wed 5-8 p.m.
Local food lovers, get ready for an al fresco dining experience on the farm. Chef Alec Schuler of Arugula and Tangerine will team up with Lyons Farmette to serve a multi-course, farm-to-table dinner. Grab a local libation and sip while you stroll through the gardens of the Farmette. Proceed benefit the Local Food Shift to help increase local food production. Wed 6-9 p.m.
Over six decades, this country legend has mastered the art of simplicity in music. To the twang of steel guitar, Merle Haggard's straightforward lyrics tell stories from the darkest times in his life--from the depths of an unraveling marriage to being behind prison bars. Listen to ballads from his discography of more than 70 albums, including the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee's latest, Working in Tennessee. Wed 8 p.m.
Have a thrify Thursday at select Denver stores with 5280 Shops. For one day only, take 15 percent off your purchase at local boutiques like Alchemie, the Garment District, and Heloise. Once you've shopped yourself silly, drop by Patxi's Pizza for a free glass of champagne and 15 percent off your meal. Thu 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Chef Jeff Bolton shares his southwestern culinary creations and techniques for a special demonstration and tasting. Get a look at how some signature dishes like guacamole, salsa, and ceviche are made at Kachina. Enjoy a complimentary glass of beer or wine with the Mexican-inspired cuisine. Reservations required. Thu 6-8 p.m.
Taste your way through summer’s flavors in a five-course collaborative beer dinner. A team of chefs will prepare each course with pairings from Epic Brewing Company. Special brews include Epic’s Barley Wine Ale and Escape to Colorado IPA. Enjoy selections of salmon, wild board sausage, branzino, quail, and chocolate cremeux at the sumptuous seasonal dinner. Thu 6:30 p.m.
It’s time to name the main hombre in the Denver taco business. More than 20 local restaurants—including the Moontower Tacos and Pinche Tacos—will compete in this competition for the best taco (traditional and creative) and best margarita. Vote for best while sampling unlimited bites and sips from contestants. Thu 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Don't let the three-hour trip deter you. This eclectic festival nestled between the Arkansas Valley and Sangre de Cristo mountains awaits. The event features events showcasing regional artists, live music, performers, artisans, silent auctions, and horse-drawn wagon rides. If you're in the market for a tiny work of art, the Miniature Master original pieces will be available at the silent auctions, donated by local artists. Take a day—or a weekend—to find out why.
This isn’t your typical beer festival. Sample seasonal, specialty, small batch, and rare brews from all corners of the state. Breweries like Ska Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, and more will be pouring their best beers for your tasting. Festivalgoers will also have a chance to meet the brewers as well as attend an educational “beer school.” Fri, 6-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Always dry, immensely likable, and inseparably paired with marijuana, Kevin Nealon might as well be Colorado's state comic. The celebrated SNL vet and one-time star of Showtime's Weeds has a long-standing reputation as being one of the most relatable men in comedy, a persona honed over decades of portraying the sarcastic everyman. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
At a surprise party for his 35th birthday, Robert, the last holdout in a group of married friends, contemplates his choices and his future as a bachelor. This conceptual musical, which earned 14 Tony nominations, features a series of disconnected vignettes that culminates in a surprise birthday wish. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.
This Reggae, rock, and R&B foursome bring their Cali state-of-mind to Denver with the Coconut Whiskey tour. The feel-good vibes from the Common Kings wave from its 2013 EP, Summer Anthems. Unfamiliar with Common Kings, thinks of the modern acoustic rhythms like Rebelution and J Boog, and you'll be ready to let your hair down at this perfect summer show. Fri 9 p.m.
Come for the donkey race, stay for the odd-ball fun. Play chicken poop bingo, bet your winnings at the tobacco spitting contest, and recuperate in the beer garden. Hungry? Don't miss Saturday night's steak dinner or the pancake breakfasts. Fri 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
They've heard orchestral music in cartoons; now, introduce your child to how those compositions came together. Kids will learn about the instruments before Inside Orchestra's professional musicians perform. The score will include recognizable songs, like the theme from Looney Tunes, and classics such as the William Tell Overture. Sat 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m.
Colorado kids may trade sunny days in the sand and surf for bluebird days on the slopes, but this is one summer day devoted to life on the coast. Put your little surfers in their flip-flops and wander through the giant sand sculptures constructed by local teams before beelining to the kids zone. Then, give your explorer a shovel to make holes in the gigantic sandbox in the hunt for buried treasure. Grown-up beach bums will find live music, a variety of eats, and local craft beers to enjoy in the early summer sun. Sat 10 a.m.-Sun 6 p.m.
Find a taste of Tokyo in downtown Denver as you learn about ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, and enjoy the rousing rhythms of the taiko drum and dance demonstration. Fuel up with a bowl of cold noodles and a complementary green tea. Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
This leisurely two-wheeled street parade combines bars and biking (within legal limits) for the perfect Saturday activity. The ride starts at the Pub on Pearl and then participants gallivant around the Wash Park neighborhood—stopping at bars, playing games, and raising funds to benefit the Love Hope Strength Foundation's mission to build the bone marrow donor registry at concerts and events. 21+. Sat noon.
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Click the heels of your ruby red slippers three times and travel down a yellow brick road of nostalgia. The 1939 classic about Dorothy and her dog Toto is showing as part of the Aurora Arts Festival. The film will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Donnie Betts. Sat 1 p.m.
An American living in France attempts to juggle a trio of foreign fiancées, none of whom he actually plans to marry. When all three have simultaneous Parisian layovers, this Don Juan's misleading ways are at risk of being exposed. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Looking for the perfect way to cap off a big Saturday out with the kids? Put your feet up under the stars in Skyline Park and watch this Disney classic on a massive outdoor screen. As long as you have a leash, you can bring pets along too. This screening is free and open to the public, so make sure to get there early for the best seats. Sat 8 p.m.
A gig radio DJ in Virginia was just preparation for Kevin Mac. His time on the outskirts of the performing community paid off in 2008 when Mac opened for country superstar, Kenny Chesney. Whether it's a cover of Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel" or one of his original boot-stomping ballads like "It Likes Me Too," Mac's got country-rock twang in spades—perfect for a summer night. Sat 8 p.m.
Start with old-fashioned rock, mix in a dash of garage band funk and a heaping spoonful of honky tonk, and you get a band that has withstood two decades in alt-rock/country scene. The Old 97's storytelling and honest tunes are equally at home in a boot-stomping saloon or a hip theater. In April, the band released its new album, Most Messed Up, a reflection on its 21-year ride. Grab a glass of whiskey—you know the band will enjoying some onstage—and hear the group's ramblin' in person. Sat 9 p.m.
Your kid ever dream of being a Denver Bronco? If they want to play like a Bronco, they have to train like the blue and orange. Sports Authority is hosting two training sessions on the home turf at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Let your kids channel their inner Peyton Manning or DeMarcus Ware as they run through stations to improve passing, catching, running, tackling and more. Sun 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The six-week Colorado Music Festival (CMF) starts on a high note with an opening night lineup that includes performances by Boulder natives. Don't miss the CMF orchestra playing classical pieces by Mozart, Strauss, and Brahms under the direction of Boulder Philharmonic Music director Michael Butterman. As an added bonus, pianist Christopher Taylor will perform Strauss' Burleske. Sun 7:30 p.m.
The last Sunday of the month means Free Movie Day at McNichols Civic Center. June is family month, so grab the kids and get ready for a double header of Finding Nemo and the recent hit, The Lego Movie. Couches and chairs are provided, but if you're feeling a bit adventurous, bring some blankets and pillows from home for front row floor seating. Don't miss face painting before the movies start. Sun noon.
Join 10 of Denver's best chefs (including Troy Guard of Guard & Grace and Matt Selby of Central Bistro and Bar) as they compete to be named Denver's Wing King, an honor decided by popular vote. Besides eating, you can sip whiskey cocktails, partake in a ping-pong tournament, and listen to live music, all to benefit the Denver Housing Authority's Youth Culinary Academy. Sun 3 p.m.
The award-winning brewers at Strange Brewing Co. (who snagged a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for the brewery's Barleywine and Lemon Pale Ale, and, more recently, at the World Beer Cup for their Cherry Kriek) have partnered with A Cheese Peddler for an evening of beer and cheese. pick your favorite from the five cheese-brew pairings, such as Coffee Pale Ale with Spanish miti crema or Dub-ly Strange ale with Dutch lambchopper. Mon 6 p.m.