Don your most convincing mermaid costume and venture into the sea of craft beer during this ocean-themed celebration of Colorado's favorite drink. At this eclectic event, sample brews from Boulder breweries and snack on a miso ramen bowl from Rama Ramen as you enjoy a live performance by indie rock back the Copper Children. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Ocean Coalition, a nonprofit focused on establishing education programs on sustainability. Sat-Sun, times vary.
At this sustainability-focused festival, discover how to do more to conserve energy than just recycling your beer cans. This eco-friendly event features everything from films like Overview, a short about astronauts turned environmentalists, to presentations by sustainability activists. Don’t miss a panel featuring Denver-based endangered species advocate Taylor Jones. Sat 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Denver artist Lisa Corine von Koch reimagines the desert landscape in her native southern Utah in this colorful exhibit. Inspired by Moab’s vivid desert landscapes and her other travel destinations, each of her chromatically saturated paintings evokes a sense of heightened experience that mimics the feelings one might have during an adrenaline high. The vivid images also depict the bond shared between outdoor adventurers. Thu, Sat noon-6 p.m.; Fri. noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Lisa Corine von Koch
Halloween might still be a month away, but thanks to this quirky bike ride, you can show off your costume early. Choose a scenic 10K route along the South Platte River or challenge yourself on a more strenuous 25K or 50K loop. After breaking a sweat, cool down with an Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery, play lawn games, and enjoy a live rock and blues show by Conifer-based group 62 West. Proceeds benefit Adaptive Adventures, a nonprofit that helps those with physical disabilities participate in outdoor activities. Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Jimmy Martin
Thanks to this lesson, the cute mason jars in your cupboard can be more than just cute glasses. After this tasty class taught by Sari Kimbell of the Cooking Studio, you'll use those glass containers to store delicious homemade preserves, such as pear jam and apple butter. Learn the techniques for creating your own sauces and pie fillings at home and take away a stack of recipes as well as 18 pints of homemade treats to use in your fall cooking. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Your kids can a smorgasbord of apple-flavored goodies at this 40-year-old fall celebration of Lakewood’s agricultural heritage. Witness Colorado’s largest tractor pull; learn how to use a cider press and other historic farm equipment; feast on festival fare like kettle corn and apple pie; and take advantage of unlimited access to children’s activities, like a bounce house, a climbing wall, and an obstacle course.
During this charitable dinner, you can make an impact on the lives of hundreds of furry friends. Enjoy a buffet supper, then place your bets in the silent auction for items such as jewelry, wine baskets, and pet portrait sessions. Proceeds benefit Forgotten Felines, a local organization with a cat adoption program as well as a program for spaying and neutering feral cats. Sat 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
If you're not familiar with what distinguishes a fresh-hopped beer from a normal brew, consider this tasting event a delicious chance to learn. Forty brewers, including locals from Denver Beer Company and Spangalang Brewery, will show off the concoctions they made with hops picked less than 24 hours before they were dried and used. Grab a commemorative mug and fill it with the brewmasters' unique creations, from extra bitter pale ales to more sessionable brews with a hint of hoppy flavor. Sat 1-4 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Two Parts
This isn't a stein-lifting competition, but there will still be enough booze to make it an Oktoberfest party. As you sip on brews from the Ginn Mill, you and you partner can take on several formidable opponents in a 64-team beer pong tournament for a chance to win the grand prize of two massive steins. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Colorado, an organization that provides services and supports to all Coloradans affected by autism. Sat 1-5 p.m.
Come dressed in your favorite Bowie or Prince attire and remember two legendary artists at this lively party. A Bowie impersonator will spin an hour of the pop kings' greatest hits, as attendees rock out on the dance floor and sample drinks such as the Purple Rain. Then sit back for a screening of fantasy cult classic Labyrinth, which stars Bowie as the Goblin King, as well as Purple Rain, an emotional, autobiographical drama about Prince's past. Sat.
Thanks to this fun run through downtown Denver, chocoholics have a good excuse to get active. Sign up for either a 5K or a challenging 15K, jog past landmarks such as Coors Field and the Colorado State Capitol, and then cross the finish line for a complimentary mug of cocoa as well as wafer cookies, fruit, and marshmallows. A portion of the proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, which raises money for families or children facing a medical crisis. Sun 7 a.m.
Skip the treadmill and take on a real incline during this trail race. On Pole Hill Trail, you'll climb more than 1,000 feet, ultimately reaching an altitude of 9,085 feet, as you run along a mountain ridge in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. After you descend to complete the 5.8-mile loop, you can claim your prizes: an official race T-shirt and breakfast at the Ridge Haus restaurant. Sun 10 a.m.
At this massive showcase of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century paintings, familiarize yourself with the distinct style of Venetian Renaissance artists. The exhibit includes 50 works from this experimental period, during which artists began using oil paint to add greater depth and emotion to their art. See these revolutionary techniques up close in intimate interpretations of Biblical scenes by masters Vittore Carpaccio and Cima da Conegliano. Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Glimpse some of the West’s most majestic creatures without having to leave Evergreen at this exhibition of nearly 20 animal paintings by Golden painter Edward Aldrich. Aldrich realistically renders the creatures using subtle brush strokes that skillfully capture dramatic details. Each painting presents a candid wilderness encounter with wolves, buffalo, or other wild beasts in their natural habitats. Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Edward Aldrich
Get out those costumes early and let your young trick-or-treaters ease into the season with this (only slightly) spooky community celebration. Explore the Halloween-decked museum space, in which your little monsters can decorate masks, bobbing for apples, and hunt for witches in a spider web maze. Then before you head home, check out the museum's new Polly Pocket–themed exhibit. Sun noon-4 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys
Experience a collaboration between Colorado chefs, restaurateurs, and farmers at this locally sourced dinner. Chefs from Golden restaurants, including Table Mountain Inn and Abejas Restaurant, will create a four-course dinner using ingredients from Kilt Farm and Arvada-based Micro Farms. The plant-heavy menu will include a grape and turnip appetizer as well as a kale-apple salad with goat cheese. Proceeds benefit GoFarm's mission to give more people in the Golden area access to healthy, affordable food. Sun 4 p.m.
Celebrate Denver's top restaurants at this culinary extravaganza highlighting 5280's 25 best restaurants of 2016. Chat with the chefs and try artfully crafted small plates and cocktails from each of the eateries on our list. Proceeds benefit Tennyson Center for Children, a local organization that provides services to children who have suffered abuse or neglect or have developmental disabilites. Sun 6-9 p.m.
Get some fashion inspiration at this runway show featuring local designer Salwa Owens. Set to live music from artists such as former American Idol contestant Devan Blake Jones and violinist Mia Herlinger, models will show off Owens' jewelry and luxury silk scarves as well as accessories by designers Andrea Li and Estaine. After admiring pieces on the catwalk, sip on a chocolate martini and stop by a pop-up shop to snag some flair for your fall wardrobe. Sun 7 p.m.
Fall is officially underway, but it’s not too late to indulge in some breezy pop tunes from sunny California. LANY, a three-piece dream pop band who named themselves after Los Angeles and New York, combines the sound of 1980s pop, early 1990s R&B, and new-wave electronica with lyrics focused on euphoric, romantic yearning. Bonus: Los Angeles-based pop group Transviolet will start the show with Bowie-esque, electropop anthems. Sun 7:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Zedek Chan
In the first of three panel discussions hosted by Curious Theatre Company, innovative minds from the local arts scenes will share their thoughts on diversity. The panel—which includes Kevin Quinn Marchman from the Denver-based Black Actors Guild, actor and director Antonio Mercado, and the Artistic Director of Boulder's Local Theater Company Pesha Rudneck—will explore the reasons why diversity ought to be a priority in the theater community. The presenters will also delve into the challenges making it difficult to get diverse voices on stage. Mon 7 p.m.
At this charitable luncheon, go behind the scenes of the Brooklyn Academy’s 2014 premiere As One, a chamber opera that centers on the experiences of a transgender protagonist. As you enjoy a three-course meal, meet several members of the opera’s creative team, including composer Laura Kaminsky, librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, and conductor Andres Cladera. During a post-lunch Q&A session, the panel will discuss the process of taking this story from their imaginations to the stage. Tue noon-1:30 p.m.
At this dark, contemporary exhibition, glimpse 32 unsettling pieces focused on themes such as mortality, the afterlife, and our perceptions of reality. Artists featured in the exhibit, such as Katie Hoffman and James Leger, work in a wide variety of media—from oil paintings to ink drawings to wood carvings—but all seem to find a surprising sense of beauty in their macabre subject matter.
During this celebration of Native American culture, learn more about indigenous communities who are rebuilding and strengthening their nations across the globe. Catch shorts as well as feature-length films, including Sumé: The Sound of A Revolution, which follows a native rock band that recorded songs in Greenlandic, and The Price of Peace, the story of Maori activist Tame Iti. Plus, stick around for panel discussions and Q&A sessions after the screenings, such as a Skype chat with Iti on Monday. Wed-Mon, times vary.
For her solo exhibition of large-scale panels, contemporary painter Patricia Aaron drew inspiration from her experiences during a month-long artist residency in Reykjavik with the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists. Check out her sublime depictions of Icelandic volcanic rock, arctic glaciers, and icebergs—each of which was made with a combination of encaustic, ink, and mixed media—and reflect upon our responsibility in preserving the natural world. Wed-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Dana McGrath Photography
This vibrant show featuring abstract female artists from the Centennial State aims to give women in the art world some of the recognition that has historically been denied to them. Check out on On Ice, Patricia Aaron’s latest series of encaustic paintings, which feature abstract depictions of the painter's favorite places and memories from a five-week trip to Iceland last spring. Then consider the patchwork patterns in Haze Diedrich’s works, which capture everyday events, such as a birthday party, in the abstract style. Wed-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Even if you didn't score tickets to the Great American Beer Festival, you can sample a spread of unique craft brews—and score a hearty meal—at this pig roast. Chef Jon Tarvin from the Kitchen Denver will serve up six delectable swine-centric dishes, including crispy herbed pig shoulder, braised ribs with confit pork belly, and praline ham. Wash down each course with refreshing beers from Trve Brewing Company, including Life's Trade, a crisp saison, and Burning Off Impurities, an amber ale infused with coffee. Wed 6 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Davis Tilly Photography
In the first installment of The Sustainable Food Film Series, filmmaker Jeremy Seifert encourages us to question where our food comes from. Travel from Haiti to Monsanto's lobby during the documentary, which focuses on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, and their effect on people's health as well as on the planet. After the screening, enjoy Chipotle burritos while listening to a Q&A session featuring Larry Vickerman from the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, Lauren Howe from Slow Food Denver, and Emily Lawler from Groundwork Denver. Wed 6-8:30 p.m.
Kick off the Great American Beer Festival with a five-course dinner crafted by award-winning chefs from across the country. Local culinary leader Alex Seidel from Mercantile Dining & Provision will work alongside David LeFevre from Los Angeles and Steve McHugh from San Antonio to create a meal that pairs perfectly with local craft brews. Indulge in seared tuna with butternut kimchi paired with an artisan beer from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project and lamb neck sausage served with a beer from Alesong Brewing & Blending. Wed 6 p.m.
During a captivating performance, this American violinist will perform tunes from her new album Brave Enough, which is brimming with addictive silky melodies. This versatile dancer and musician brings ballerina-like elegance to her unique sound inspired by both classical and electronic music. Wed 7 p.m.
At this globally focused charitable dinner, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin will speak about the importance of girls' education in the developing world and her personal experiences as an activist in Afghanistan. Then attendees can savor an authentic Nepali buffet before bidding on items such as a vacation in the Cascade Mountains or a Leopold Bros. Distillery tour in the silent auction. Proceeds benefit Edge of Seven, a nonprofit that creates educational opportunities for girls in rural developing communities. Thu 5-8 p.m.
Savor seasonal beverages and bountiful hors d'oeuvres during a night honoring female cancer survivors and researchers. During the cocktail hour, Old Major will serve a spiced pear Manhattan and Mercantile Dining & Provisions will pour up an autumn spiced sparkler, then you can choose your favorite toppings at a mac-and-cheese bar from Relish Catering & Events. As you nosh, cancer survivor Julie Aigner Clark and 9News anchor Kim Christiansen will deliver the keynote address. Proceeds benefit the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
This flashy pop-rock show will keep you dancing until daylight. The Los Angeles natives’ repertoire is as versatile as its members (from bad boy Adam Levine to hipster Micky Madden), featuring breezy upbeat songs like “Sunday Morning” alongside darker pop hits like “Animals.” Levine is sure to show off his talent for hitting high notes as the group plays a catchy setlist of their most popular anthems. Thu 7 p.m.
If the 2016 presidential election is getting on your nerves, this satirical musical revue will give you an outlet for your frustration. No one is safe from ridicule during this biting comedy, which features a cast of former Congressional staffers poking fun at every aspect of current politics. Watch clever skits and original song parodies railing on Donald Trump's fragile ego or party leaders' bias in favor of Hillary Clinton during the Democratic National Convention. Thu 7:30 p.m.
This intimate documentary provides a telling look at the country's affordable housing issue and the people touched by it. The story chronicles three families, two in public housing and one in a shelter, as they try to recover from personal crises and redefine their ideas of home. After the screening, attend a Q&A panel featuring local experts such as representatives from Denver Housing Authority, an outreach worker for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, and Tony Robinson, a poverty expert and associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver. Thu 7:30-8:45 p.m.
Even if you aren't particularly athletic, you can get active for a good cause at this charity event. Experienced runners can take on a 5K route, while those looking for more relaxed pace can opt for a 1.5 or 3-mile walk instead. Stick around post-race for a barbecue dinner and a chance to bid on excursions to Ireland, Nashville, or South Africa at the silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Second Wind Fund, an organization that covers the cost of therapy for youth at risk of committing suicide. Sat 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
At this autumn-inspired festival, your little one can appreciate both the sights and tastes of the season. Take the youngsters on a hay ride to choose pumpkins for their Halloween Jack-o-lanterns, then make your way through a pint-sized corn maze. After a full day of activity, they can snack on caramel apples while enjoying a live performance by local kids' rock group the Music Train. Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Before you stash your clubs away for the winter, enter this charity golf tournament for a chance to win prizes and make a difference for veterans. Start by warming up on the practice green and taking your best shot in the Long Putt-Off contest for a chance to win $2,500. Then head to the course for an 18-hole game—even if you lose, you can still potentially win a signed helmet from Broncos linebacker Von Miller at the silent auction in the evening.
At this two-day conference, six-time Grammy Award winner Billy Joel gets as much attention from scholars as he's received from the public. While the live phone interview with Mr. Long Island himself is certainly the flashiest of the 30 presentations, you should also check out the Saturday coffee break with Jim Bosse, a member of Joel’s high school band, who will discuss the singer-songwriter’s early mood swings. Fri 1-9:30 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Great American Beer Festival might have sold out, but you still have a chance to sample local brews at this chocolate lover's tasting event. Indulge in decadent samples from the Chocolate Crisis Center alongside crisp local beer, such as a dark chocolate sea salt carmelita with a strong pale ale from Epic Brewing Company, or a coffee toffee crunch with a Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer. After noshing on the sweets, snap some pics in a photo booth. Fri 5-9 p.m.
At this unbelievable magic show, Canadian illusionist Vitaly Beckman will dazzle the audience with tricks that astounded even veteran magicians Penn and Teller on their TV show Fool Us. Audience members will gasp as Beckman shows off his signature tricks, which include erasing drivers' license photos and bewitching paintbrushes to paint on their own. Since the young performer invented every illusion in his show, you're sure to experience a unique lineup of marvels. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2:00 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Vitaly Beckman
At this opening celebration, admire both visual and sound-based works of art. Start your evening at the rooftop party, during which you can hear a live performance by electronic band Pythian Whispers and check out a light projection installation by Denver artist Orchidz3ro. Then move inside to see a retrospective exhibit by Kim Dickey, band-themed sculptures and installations by Nathan Carter, and groundbreaking digital works from more than 20 regional artists in Bodaciousss. Bonus: VIP ticket holders can embark on a guided walk-through of the exhibits with the artists.
This electro-driven British indie pop quartet returns to Colorado just a month after the release of its second studio album, Wild World. Dance to their hook-heavy track list, which includes vintage movie samples and layered vocal harmonies. Bonus: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, the solo moniker for the singer-songwriter of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, opens with upbeat pop tunes such as his latest track “Fire Escape.” Fri 7:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Chuff Media
Denver's favorite improvisation comedy troupe brings you a new show focused on political buffoonery. Laugh along with actors Jessica Austgen, Sarah Kirwin, Nanna Thompson, and Chris Woolf as they perform a ridiculous presidential debate using suggestions from the audience. Get ready to participate—during this interactive argument, the fictional candidates and parties are created by you.
This Kentucky-born country artist will send you back to the mid-’90s as he sings about break-ups, true loves, and nights at the bar. During the intimate show, Montgomery will lend his rich baritone to lively staccato rhythms in songs such as “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” and to slow, heartwarming melodies in ballads like “I Swear." Fri 8:30 p.m.
If you're looking for a grueling workout, take on this all-day cycling circuit, which follows a 21-mile winding loop through Penitente Canyon. Solo riders or teams battling the 2,000-feet gain in elevation in the process will compete to take on as many laps as possible during a 12-hour period. When you're done pedaling, refuel with a 90 Shilling Ale from Odell Brewing Co. and a tasty grilled sausage from Gosar Ranch Natural Foods. Sat 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Ben Knight
At this educational fair, your little scientist will have the chance to participate in guided experiments. She can don a mini lab coat for a chemistry-themed workshop with Professor Ron Furstenau, during which she'll learn how chemical reactions can make objects change color. Then young learners can visit the "Physics in Phun" exhibit, which features a variety of demonstrations led by cadets from the U.S. Air Force Academy, including an opportunity to feel an electric charge inside a Leyden jar. Sat 10 a.m.
With representatives from more than 20 private, public, and charter schools in the area, this event offers the perfect opportunity to find the right match for your child. After meeting one-on-one with admissions directors from schools including Colorado Academy, St. Anne's Episcopal School, and Montessori Academy of Colorado, you're sure to discover the learning environment most well suited to your child's individual needs. Bonus: After the faire, check out museum exhibits such as Egyptian Mummies with your little learner. Sat 10 a.m.-noon.
Kiddos can don snorkels and flippers and swim alongside aquatic slippery friends during this educational workshop. After they meet Oliver, a 10-month-old rescued river otter, and watch him do tricks in the water, they'll learn fun facts about the underwater critters. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Round up your wee ones for an afternoon of activities based on the beloved Disney film Brave. Kids can try out an obstacle course, take a basic archery lesson, create bear puppets, and snap a photo with a costumed Scottish princess. Then they can settle in to watch the feature, which follows Princess Merida as she battles the demon-bear Mor'du and changes her fate. Sat 3:30 p.m.
At this unique art show, you can admire work by some of the best photographers in Colorado and walk away with a piece of your own. Attendees will have the opportunity to view all 50 pieces and engage with 10 featured photographers before drawing numbers to determine the order in which they'll get to select a signed, original photograph to take home with them. From Paul Sisson's depictions of quirky moments in everyday life to Andrew Beckham's images of celestial bodies, there will be works to match everyone's taste. Sat 6-9 p.m.
At this charitable red carpet gala, you can honor unconventional heroes—the heroes with four legs. After enjoying a gourmet meal, take your seats for a live auction hosted by former Broncos running back Reggie Rivers and bid on luxury items such as two VIP tickets to the NASCAR Cup Series and a one-week timeshare in Kauai. Proceeds benefit Freedom Service Dogs, an organization that matches services dogs with people in need. Sat 6-9:30 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Patty's Pet Photography
At this charitable gala, attendees will have a bloody good time meeting the spooky stars of the Aurora Fox Center's upcoming production of Dracula. After enjoying a dinner of chicken marsala prepared by Carrabba's Italian Grill, guests can snap photos with the caped villain. Then they can sit back for a sneak peek performance of the Victorian tale, which follows young couple Jonathan Harker and Mina Murray as they fall victim to a vampire's unearthly charms. Sat 6 p.m.
Country artist Martina McBride has a cause to sing about at this charitable concert. The Tennessee-based artist will show off her loud belt in songs such as her new single “Just Around the Corner,” which gives hope to those struggling with terminal illness. Proceeds benefit the Sarah Cannon Fund at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Be the Match, both of which help families fighting blood cancers. Sat 7 p.m.
If you don’t know Willie Dixon by name, you can still probably recognize the prolific rhythm-and-blues songwriter’s work in tunes made popular by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. During this jive concert, Colorado-based blues rock band Big Head Todd and the Monsters will celebrate Dixon by playing covers of his immortal hits, including “You Shook Me” and “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover." Legacy blues singers Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, and Ronnie Baker Brooks will join the band to recreate Dixon’s legendary sound and play a couple of their own original songs. Sat 7:30 p.m.
You'll have earned a beer or two after this fun run. Sign-up for a 5K or 10K around Stapleton Central Park, which has a mixture of paved and grass trails, and then spend some time refueling at the post-race brunch festival. Grab some comfort food from Interstate Kitchen & Bar or a healthy snack from Vital Root and wash it down with a Health-Ade Kombucha, a cup of joe from Logan House Coffee Company, or a craft beer from Great Divide Brewing Co. Proceeds benefit Metro Caring, a local hunger prevention organization. Sun 9 a.m.-noon
Sway along to your favorite ’80s hits during a screening of this beloved romance film. Follow Baby as she falls for bad boy dance instructor Johnny and learns to stand up for her beliefs in this coming-of-age tale. If the Swayze-Grey chemistry isn’t enough to lure you in, come for brunch: The menu includes peanut butter and banana French toast with whipped cream cheese spread and mixed fruit. Sun 11 a.m.
Ponder the degree to which the media has erased a distinction between the urban and rural at this exhibition of films by Johan Grimonprez. The Belgian director uses his movies, which range from a feature to two three-minute shorts, to critique contemporary media sources. In his film Double Take, for example, Alfred Hitchcock meets an older version of himself during the Cold War, and the audience is encouraged to consider the ways in which television helps create a culture of fear. Tue 5-7 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Anderson Ranch Arts Center
At this politically charged exhibition, New York-based artist Saya Woolfalk will share her insight on immigration. To consider the ways in which we reject and embrace foreignness in this country, she created a music-inspired installation using textiles from around the world to create a mosaic of images that represent pop songs from abroad that have become popular here. After checking out the artwork, join Woolfalk for a discussion about local and international immigration. Tue 6:30 p.m.
Part of the citywide Celebration! A History of the Visual Arts in Boulder event, this window display documents the history of key Boulder crafting organizations, such as the Lodestone Gallery and the Boulder Free School, through photographs, blown up newspaper articles, and a collection of artifacts including a weaving bloom and spinning wheel. Fabrics from Maruca Design and a spindle from Schacht Spindle Company will also be incorporated into the display. All day.
Lebanese-American comedian Nemr embarks on his debut U.S. tour, which will make a one-night stop in Greenwood Village.
In this uniquely immersive exhibition, artwork by Annalee Schorr will not only be on the walls but below your feet as the cubes, swirls, and distorted grids of her paintings, which are done on plexiglass, are complimented by a pattern covering the entire gallery floor made by Schorr with only duct tape. Be sure to check out her logic-defying black and white cubes and the newest additions to her Pattern Game series, which present colorful, moving forms on gridded backgrounds. Thursday 12-5, Friday 12-9, Saturday 12-5, Sunday 1-4.
Consider the possibilities of instinctual creativity at this exhibition featuring two Denver-based abstract painters whose work reflects their preoccupations with and reverence for the artistic process.
Best known for his large-scale abstract expressionist paintings, Still distanced himself from contemporaries such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko with an extensive cache of more than 2,300 drawings. During this three-month exhibit, more than 260 of those works will be on display. Although you could spend all day staring at Still’s art, make sure to visit “The Drawing Room,” a public studio in the center of the gallery, to contribute to a crowd-sourced installation and explore your own creative process. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Expand your yoga practice at this mindful weekend-long festival. Whether you'd like to deeply meditate in a Yoga Nidra class with Jeremy Wolf or try an active lesson in aerial yoga with Tanya Miller, you're sure to find a workshop that fits your style. After practicing new poses, attend an acoustic bluegrass performance by Scotty Stoughton and sample craft brews, such as the Firestarter IPA, from Bonfire Brewing. Fri 8 a.m.-Sun 4 p.m.
In an effort to minimize waste and bring awareness to the amount of food that goes uneaten daily, James Beard Award-winning chef Jennifer Jasinski will use nearly 2,000 pounds of food from local nonprofit We Don't Waste to create a meal serving 5,000 people. While enjoying Jasinski's vegetable "Madras Style" curry, which will consist of carrots, red bell peppers, and jalapeño peppers, you will hear from members of Feeding the 5,000 as they discuss the multiple ways to get involved in their organization. Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
In his third solo exhibition, oil painter Gregory Block turns his artistic eye on the culinary world. His skillfully rendered still-life works capture the light, shadows, and textures of lavish place settings and meals, encouraging viewers to consider food and its role in their lives. In addition to his realistic renderings, check out unique metal collages he constructed from scorched aluminum cans. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Gallery 1261
For this unusual collaborative exhibition, photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman have created panoramas of processed food that mirror the composition of Carlton Watkins’ landscapes of the American West. By reimagining breathtaking views using crushed cereal and white bread as a medium, the artists encourage viewers to question industrial food production in the United States. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Live music, snowboarding, and film collide at this two-day festival held at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Ten action-packed snowboard flicks will be premiering, including Stronger, which was filmed across three continents and brings together some of the best riders in the world. Experience the action up close at Saturday's Pro Jam, with pros Dylan Alito, Jesse Paul, Zak Hale and more showcasing their skills on a custom-built course complete with staircases, rails, 20-foot landings and, naturally, 25 tons of snow.
Step into the nightmarish world of Edgar Allen Poe and a host of other dead Victorian authors at this haunted Capitol Hill mansion. At this environmental theater, you'll move between five third-floor rooms, hearing the horrifying stories of Poe, H.G. Wells, Gaston Leroux, Charlotte Perkins Gillman and Sarah Orne Jewitt—portrayed by notable Denver actors and actresses. The hour-long ordeal will leave you breathless and ready to bring your gothic literature A-game to your next book club meeting. Fri 6 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Molly Brown House Museum
Honor our nation’s veterans and fallen service members with a night of rock n' roll performances by Justin Jeansonne, All That Remains, Lewis Brice, Assuming We Survive, Brandon Saller, and the Drinkin’ Bros. Military apparel line Article 15 Clothing is pairing up with Girls for Gunslingers and Black Rifle Coffee to host this head-banging mix of metal, southern rock, and pop-punk shows (a VIP ticket will get you face time with the performers).
On the heels of his latest Netflix comedy special Freedumb, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies is touring the nation with his personal brand of offensive comedy—and he's out to laugh at just about everyone. Whether he’s making fun of the Star-Spangled Banner or joking about the stupidity of the Bible, Jefferies leaves no topic off-limits. Fri 8 p.m.
This lavish production puts a contemporary spin on the outrageous extravagance of 18th century Versailles. In a hipper, edgier incarnation of the historical tale, this regional premiere recounts the story of Marie Antoinette’s love affair with a life of French luxury. Watch the queen go from riches to rags as the French become disenchanted with the aristocracy and the revolution rages on. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
Snarky and sardonic, Iliza Shlesinger is the star of not one, but two recent Netflix comedy specials: Freezing Hot and Confirmed Kills. Her 2013 debut, War Paint—a one-hour iTunes special—topped the charts and landed her on Esquire's list of America's top working comedians. A frequent guest on late-night television and, recently, a performer for U.S. troops abroad on the Joint Chiefs' USO Tour, Shlesinger now takes to the stage in Denver as a part of her Confirmed Kills tour.
If your kids enjoy the fake cobwebs and spiders of Halloween, it’s time to show them the real creepy crawlies of the season. This two-day extravaganza puts cockroach races, tarantulas, praying mantes, and more center stage for the brave to view up close. For the more squeamish, there’s also plenty of indoor trick-or-treating, face painting, pumpkin decorating, costume parading, and bug-themed educational gaming to go around. Sat-Sun, 9 p.m. to 5 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Butterfly Pavilion
Learn about some of Colorado's earliest settlers as you hike through the Northern Colorado nature preserve of Soapstone Prairie. Choose between a moderate three-mile and a strenuous six-mile hike, then follow a Fort Collins nature guide as they show you old homesteads that once belonged to pioneers and their families. Be sure to bring a lunch and plenty of water—otherwise, you'll be foraging for food, just like your forefathers. Sat 9 a.m.
At this three-part speed contest, experience a trio of unique venues. Run three miles on a trail alongside the Rio Grande, then bike 10 miles with a stunning view of Blanca Peak, Colorado's fourth highest mountain. Competitors will end their day with a 400-meter swim in a 90-degree pool filled with water from nearby hot springs, so even if you don't take home a prize in your age group, you're still sort of having a spa day. Sat 9 a.m.
Instead of leaving their works up to interpretation, the artists featured in this group exhibition make their creative processes and intentions explicit. Each painting and sculpture is displayed alongside a plaque detailing the inspiration for each piece as well as the techniques used to create it. Discover the story behind Jeanne Bessette's colorful, whimsical paintings and Jill Shwaiko's bronze sculptures. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Mirada Fine Art Gallery
This exhibition subverts the traditional experience of viewing art by putting the focus squarely on the stories behind the pieces. Each artwork will be accompanied by an explanation from the artist detailing some aspect of the piece’s inspiration, conceptualization or production.
Artist couple James Surls and Charmaine Locke will use their art to explore their relationship with one another during this partner exhibition. Featuring large-scale sculptures, paintings, drawings, and prints that depict objects from nature as well as cosmic shapes, the shows highlights the complements and contrasts in their work. Fri 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Dive into an exploration of culture at this writing workshop with Poetry Society of Colorado member Jenna Cappleman. During the session, learn how to incorporate Native American imagery in your poetry taking inspiration from work by Native American poets such as Esther Berlin and Santee Frazier as well as Navajo mythology and stories. After the lecture, test out your new skills by writing your own poem or piece of prose. Sat 11 a.m.-noon.
This clever commentary on the word of God has made its way from New York City to Denver for a run of performances sure to leave you feeling reverent. Written by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum, Act of God tackles everything from the 10 commandments to American Pie in its 90-minutes of satire on religion, faith and interpretation. Get ready for a no-holds-barred performance featuring audience interaction and monologues by the big man himself, all carefully and comedically riffing on our own feeble attempts to humanize the inhuman. Tues-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
This hilarious play about heaven and hell is coming to Denver for the first time—and it’s coming straight from Broadway, where Emmy Award–winning actors Jim Parsons and Sean Hayes have both performed the starring role. In this humorous tale, God has come down to Earth in the body of an unsuspecting human to set the record straight about the Ten Commandments. Almost as if he were the droll host of some otherworldly talk show, God—along with his sidekick angels Michael and Gabriel—spends the 90-minute duration of the show explaining the secrets of the universe.
The only way to top a day filled with unlimited tipples and fried pastries is to walk away with free doughnuts for life. Indulge in unlimited samples from Carbon Beverage Cafe & Habit Doughnuts, LaMar's Donuts, Donut Maker, and Walton Donuts while sipping on whiskey provided by Denver-based Molly's Spirits. As a registered ticket holder, you'll be added to a raffle that will supply 10 lucky winners with free doughnuts for life. This event benefits Minds Matter of Denver, which helps students from low-income families pursue higher education.
Two midwestern photographers, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, team up in this exhibit to explore the most quintessentially American product: processed foods. Landscapes are made in miniature out of Fruit Loops, Coca-Cola, white bread, neon popsicles, deli meat, marshmallows, and other bits of unnatural grub. Rendered as otherworldly dreamscapes, the scenery depicted in the photographs (which have attracted attention from The New Yorker, BBC, and CNN), are as unnerving as they are alluring. Sat 6-9 p.m.
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Step back in time to the big band era of jazz with the classic syncopated sounds of its true divas. Vocalist and Denverite Heidi Schmidt joins the 18-piece orchestra to capture the tunes of legendary singers Ella Fitzgerald and Sara Vaughan, plus other famous jazz artists like Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, and Rosemary Clooney. It will be a night of speedy, hard-hitting rhythms of bebop paired with the vocal improvisation of scat singing. Sat 7:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra
No need for a personal playlist at this race—you'll be treated to an upbeat mix of live music instead. Runners will pass multiple Mile High City landmarks, such as Coors Field and Larimer Square on the 13.1-mile course, and 15 local bands will be stationed every half mile along the course to keep you grooving as you move. After you've finished your workout, alternative hip-hop band G. Love and Special Sauce will play a funky set during the after-party. Sun 7:15 a.m.
—Photo courtesy of Bruce Wodder/Competitor Group
You might learn a thing a two at this seasonal spooktacular honoring some of Boulder's most notable residents. Tour the grounds of Columbia Cemetery as community members portray and resurrect citizens from 19th and 20th century lore, including Mary Rippon, one of the first female professors at the University of Colorado, and Dorothy Gay Howard, whose identity and murder were shrouded in mystery for more than 50 years. A Masonic burial reenactment will add to the ambience of the afternoon. Sun 12-5 p.m.
This captivating collage of visual and performing art will be a full blown sensory creative experience that melds classical ballets like "Le Corsair" with contemporary dance tributes to Prince and modern pieces centering on the Berlin Wall. Guest musicians and singers will include a young violinist and a young cellist playing classical pieces like “The Swan” from composer Camille Saint-Saëns as well as a remake of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” for cellos.
For five nights, five different chefs from a multitude of legendary Denver eateries such as Steuben's, The Kitchen, Snooze, and more team up to serve a gourmet meal from Spanish, Italian, Southeast Asia, French, and Southern cultures. Sample unique dishes such as Sunday's Galician octopus a la plancha and Tuesday's foraged mushroom larb, and wash it all down with beer by Ratio Beerworks, Winc Wines, and a variety of other libations. This pop-up gastro party benefits EatDenver, a local restaurant conglomerate designed to advance the Mile High dining scene. Sun 6 p.m.
Engage with the Middle East's rich culture and everyday life through The White Helmets, the latest film screening for the University of Denver Center of Middle East Studies' film series. Keeping in tune with the series' theme of Meydan, which means square, field, plaza, or public gathering place, The White Helmets is a 41-minute documentary on the Syrian civil war and a group of first responders that risk life and limb transcending the geography and infastructure of their region to rescue victims of air strikes.
Classic artworks, local iconography, and popular culture collide in five immersive murals covering the walls of the elevator lobbies on each of The Curtis hotel’s five floors. Conceived and painted by Denver artist Forrest J.
If you're still mourning the end of Breaking Bad, you're in luck—the actor that brought you Walter White is making a stop in the Mile High City. The Tony and Emmy Award winner will discuss his new memoir, My Life in Parts, which reflects on his career and his own coming-of-age. Following the talk, you'll get the chance to attend a screening of Cranston's latest film, The Infiltrator, the harrowing tale of a federal agent's undercover search for Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
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Leave your Keurig at home, and get ready to press, pour, and grind your way to coffee stardom. You don't need to be a seasoned barista to tackle this competition, just show up with knowledge of either Chemex, Aeropress, or V60 brewing methods to compete for designer coffee machines and other swag. And if coffee isn't your beverage of choice, don't worry—there's also beer on hand from Fiction Beer Company. This event benefits American Rivers, which restores dammed rivers, protects wild rivers, and revitalizes river communities. Tue 6 p.m.
This environmental documentary from director Catherine Zimmerman explains the critical role native plants play in the survival and vitality of local eco-systems, focusing portions in various locations across Colorado. After the showing, stick around for a panel discussion and Q&A with author and biologist Susan J. Tweit,, executive director of Rockies Audubon, Alison Halloran, and Habitat Hero program coordinator, James Weiss. The discussion will be moderated by Don Ireland, a Denver resident and Colorado Waterwise Award winner. Tue 6:30 p.m.
Regulars at coffeehouses such as Steam and Pablo's will likely recognize Kaitlin Zeismer's quirky paintings, which put unusual heads (like those of Star Wars characters), onto conventional human bodies. These pieces, done in a bright and showy style, owe their appeal to the contrasts they present between the fantastic and the mundane.
At at show, enjoy smooth vocals set against instrumental melodies featuring cellos and ukuleles. Since this indie pop artist is known for both folksy inspirational tunes and heartbreaking confessional ballads, you're sure to find an emotional outlet regardless of your mood. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Wes Anderson fans will recognize this Brazilian pop samba singer-songwriter as the dominant voice behind the The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou soundtrack. Wearing the film protagonist's iconic red cap, Jorge will perform Portuguese-language covers of David Bowie songs from the movie, including "Starman" and "Rebel Rebel," in front of a series of projected movie scenes. Fri 9 p.m.
During this two-band tour, a post-grunge rock group and a new metal alternative band will come together for a night of head banging. Songs such as “Freak on a Leash” and “Believe” are sure to be electric guitar–laden crowd pleasers at this massive show. Wed 6 p.m.
During this spellbinding garden tour, check out a variety of creative pumpkin displays, which depict scenes such as Cinderella’s carriage and dancing skeletons. Don your best disguise for the costume contest and get to know the masterminds behind the displays at a meet-and-greet with the pumpkin artists. To stay warm while you walk, be sure to stop by the beverage bar for a cup of cocoa or a hot cider before you set off. Wed-Thu 6:30-9 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens
Fill your ears with the vocals and drums of passionate young people as they transport you to their native East African culture. These children auditioned to join the 45th African Children's Choir while still in Uganda; now they're touring the United States for an entire year, raising money for their own middle and high school educations back in Africa. To support their cause, donate at the concert or visit the group's website. Wed 7 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
If dinner and a movie is your go-to weekend plan, add this four-day festival centered on culinary film and local food to your calendar. After hearing from culinary speakers including Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly Market and the Squeaky Bean's Theo Adley, cap off the weekend at Basta for the Taste the Wild: Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Dinner with chefs Kelly Whitaker, Kyle Mendenhall, and Joshua Pollack.
Though trained as a painter, artist Kim Putnam will present a collection of ceramic sculptures at this tactile show. By using cupcakes as stand-ins for breasts, her pastry-themed installation draws attention to the sexualization of the female form and questions the words we use to discuss female bodies. Thu, Sat noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.
During this class, cure your knead for bread by learning tips and tricks to help you bake the perfect loaf at home. Lauren Richardson from Greenhouse Grower, a nonprofit that unites the Boulder community through urban agricultural programs, will demonstrate kneading and shaping techniques you can use to make loaves of sourdough, whole grain, and stone-ground grain breads. Plus, she'll teach you a time-saving method of no-knead bread making. Thu 6-8:30 p.m.
Join eight celebrity chefs as they bring the experience of New York's historic James Beard House to Denver. Local chefs including Laurent Mechin of the St. Julien Hotel & Spa and Flagstaff House's Mark Monette will be joined by nationally-acclaimed chefs such as Mindy Segal of Mindy’s HotChocolate Restaurant and Dessert Bar in Chicago and Stephen Fried of Gullo Specialty Foods based in New York to create an exquisite eight-course meal.
During this educational meet-and-greet, you child will get a chance to see these odd flying mammals up close. After explaining how the creatures eat bugs and pollinate fruits, Rob Mies, the founder of the national Organization for Bat Conservation, will introduce kids to a variety of bats, including a giant flying fox from Malaysia with a six-foot wingspan. Bonus: Young conservationists can enter a raffle to win a bat house and help protect the animals in their neighborhood. Thu 7 p.m.
At this event, you can participate in cooking classes, sample handcrafted spirits, and learn how to cure the hangover blues. After sampling spirits such as Old Blue Bourbon from Longmont-based Black Canyon Distillery and Devious Vanilla Vodka from Greeley's Syntax Spirits, cast your vote for the People's Choice award. Then learn to incorporate craft spirits in the kitchen during a workshop with chefs Ian Buchanan and Doug Schwartz. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Denver interior designer Elaine St. Louis has channeled her unique eye for architecture and design into this exhibition of elegant nest paintings. Her large scale depictions of the natural structures against a warm, white background highlight both the intricacy and functionality of the tiny structures. Paired alongside rustic displays of furniture, her artwork allows viewers to ponder the importance of design within a dwelling space, both for animals and humans. Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Skip the morning cartoons and encourage children to use their imaginations during this morning storytime session. With a little help from museum storyteller Paulette, little guests will choose characters and weave their own Halloween-themed tale. It isn't Daniel Tiger, but it's equally entertaining. Fri 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Your children will be swept up in a fantastical new world with this inventive adaptation of a classic Roald Dahl novel. When a young boy discovers a mysterious oversize peach, he meets some peculiar new friends living inside it—and before long, he's carried away on an adventure he never expected. Phamaly Theatre Company will have your tykes laughing, singing, and learning as its members tell the familiar tale through the lens of disability. Fri 6:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Phamaly Theatre Company
Filmed in downtown Castle Rock, this comedy-horror flick centers on Randy, a mechanic who has figured out a way to see into the future: by eating his customer’s eyeballs. Don’t get too wrapped up in the mechanic’s madness that you can’t enjoy the rocking tunes from Castle Rock’s own Over the Castle, who will be performing the film’s theme song Auto Shop of Horrors. Fri 7 p.m.
Directed by Peter Dearth, this new musical takes you on a whirlwind adventure of fact and fiction through the dark and tortured life of Edgar Allan Poe. Audiences will journey through a story about one of the world’s most famous--and deeply fascinating--writers of both the mysterious and macabre. Get lost in the show's distinctive operatic score, which uses poetic dialogue, eerie sound effects, underscored verse, and haunting songs, such as Weimar cabaret tunes and rock power ballads, to help weave this story of tormented love and a life far from ordinary. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Spectators at this fresh performance will enjoy two distinct but equally fascinating pieces when MFA candidates Rachel Dodson and Colt Irvin team up for an evening of contemporary dance and, refreshingly, skateboarding. Dodson's opening act explores the many levels of human existence—physical, emotional, and spiritual—through fluid, writhing movement; performers, donning headlamps, will alternate between exposing and hiding parts of their bodies.
Conductor Andrew Litton returns to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to stage this 120-year-old opera written by the great Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. The story, enhanced with vocal performances by the Colorado Symphony Chorus and the Colorado Children’s Chorale, follows the heartbreaking tale of two young lovers living in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Arrive an hour early for a prelude discussion hosted by classical music author and historian Betsy Schwarm. Fri 7:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of the Colorado Symphony
This never-before-seen performance features dance works created by two talented MFA students from the University of Colorado Boulder. The first act, choreographed by Rachel Dodson, features contemporary dance set to an original composition that features melodies by Jesse Manno, Frédérick Chopin, and Sigur Rós. In the second, choreographer Colt Irvin explores themes of consumption and commercialization as the dancers glide and move around the stage on skateboards. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Daniel Beahm
Monkeying around at this fun run is strongly encouraged, with all runners having the option of wearing a gorilla or banana suit (add your own flare to the gorilla getup for a chance to win the Most Creative Costume award). The 5K trail, which runs through Westminster City Park and Waterpointe-Bellio Open Space, has an off-road portion that’s all dirt, so plan on getting your paws dirty. Stick around post-race for a complimentary Silverback Pale Ale courtesy of Rockyard Brewing Company.
Scavenger hunt meets sightseeing trip during this whirlwind outdoor game. After downloading the Denver Adventure app, teams of two of four people will complete tasks in the Mile High City, such as "go run the stairs at Red Rocks" or "visit the first Chipotle," to receive points. Prizes, which range from novelty socks to a voucher for a weekend trip to Aspen, will be hidden at various locations throughout the city, so you better brush up on your Denver navigation skills before starting on your trek. Sat 10 a.m.
This 5K is perfect for runners who love to monkey around. You'll receive a gorilla or banana suit to wear during the playful race, which will loop through Waverly Acres Park in Westminister. Post-run, stick with the theme as you sip a Silverback Pale Ale from Wynkoop Brewing Company at the after-party. Proceeds benefit the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund, which is working to save mountain gorillas from extinction. Sat 11 a.m.
You’ve spent your summer running stairs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre—now test your quads on the surrounding park’s footpaths in this female-only race series' first trail run. Prep for the race during a Zumba warm-up, then stretch your muscles afterward during a yoga class taught by famed Boulder instructor Gina Caputo. Bonus: cool down at a sunset concert by country singer Jana Kramer. Sat 1 p.m.
Make your doorstep historically spooky this Halloween by creating Colorado-themed jack-o’-lanterns with your family. John Bardeen, self-proclaimed master carver and owner of Denver-based carving set company Grampa Bardeen’s, will show all ages the proper carving techniques and tools to transform pumpkins brought from home. Come early or stay late for an hour-long tour of the historic Byers-Evans house. Sat 1:30-3:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of the Historical Craft Society
Celebrate the land where the buffalo roam by contributing to bison preservation efforts at this inspiring art gala and auction. Graze on hors d'oeuvre from Blackbelly Market and sip boozy offerings by Scarpetta Wines and Sanitas Brewery while taking in the stunning visual art at Rembrandt Yard. Stick around for a live auction featuring foodie vacation packages and Yellowstone fly fishing getaways, plus view a short documentary by filmmaker Thia Martin about the plight of the wild buffalo in the American West. Sat 6 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Red Shoes Studios
Celebrate four decades of dedication to the rehabilitation and recovery of Denver-area addicts at this annual event. Network with over 500 attendees, including Denver Broncos alum, before you enjoy a slew of incredible appetizers and a delectable Lemon Chicken dinner provided by Serendipity Catering. Listen to Stout Street Foundation leaders discuss the work and accomplishments of the foundation before Susan Ford Bales delivers her keynote address on the ways addiction affected her own life and led to the formation of the Betty Ford Center.
This contemporary ballet features a whimsical cast of characters inspired by tarot cards—including the Fool, the Star, and the Ringmaster—in a story of romance under the big top. Accompanied by original indie folk music performed live by local musician Jesse Manley and his band, the production also features mystifying illusions from Denver-based magician and mentalist Professor Phelyx. Bonus: Adventurous audience members will even get a chance to participate in magic tricks. Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Amanda Tipton, Dawn Fay, and Wonderbound
Catch this singer-songwriter's edgy vocals and tough-girl attitude during an unforgettable performance. Whether she's showing off her sultry alto voice in blues-inspired tunes like "Ain't Gonna Drown" or belting out folk rock anthems such as single "America's Sweetheart," the emotional depth in her music will inspire you to sing along. Sat 9 p.m.
Thanks to this boozy festival, you can sample up to ten versions of your favorite morning cocktail without ever having to decide where to go to brunch. Ten local restaurants, including Sassafras American Eatery, Bacon Social House, and the Denver Biscuit Company, will pour up Bloody Marys made from their own innovative mixes. While you sip, be sure to grab a cheesy panini from What Would Cheesus Do, and vote for your favorite beverage to win the People's Choice award. Sun 1-4 p.m.
At this boozy event, attendees can sample 11 Denver-made mixes and cast their votes for the best Bloody Mary in the Mile High City. As participants mill about, tasting entries from Denver Biscuit Company, Ace Eat Serve, Highland Tavern, Snooze, and other local favorites, they can also enjoy culinary offerings from food trucks such as What Would Cheesus Do and The Colorado Pig Rig. Musical stylings from Denver's DJ LuvGroove complete the afternoon. Sun 1-4 p.m.
—Image courtesy of The Bloody Mary Festival
A night spent listening to this artist is like a crash course in contemporary gangster rap. The California native, who has been influenced by artists such as 50 Cent and the Notorious B.I.G., will show off catchy beats, strong hooks, and socially conscious lyrics during this dark, engaging show. Sun 7 p.m.
Join the Secret Sauce restaurant team, which includes Vesta Dipping Grill, Ace, Eat, Serve, and both Uptown and Arvada Steuben's, for a meal provided by Vesta's executive chef Nicholas Kayser. The menu features more than ten small plates with options including house-made Andouille sausage jambalaya, crab cakes, and okra gumbo. Top off your meal with ice cream and beignets at this charitable event, which benefits Denver's Urban Peak, a nonprofit that provides services for homeless youth. Mon 7-10 p.m.
Directed by Graham Meriwether, this documentary outlines how the current industrial farm system came to be and examines feedlots and confinement houses through a pro-farmer lens. A portion of the film focuses on Virginia-based Polyface Farms, whose charimatic owner, Joel Salatin, developed an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution. Chipotle will be providing burritos before the reel rolls. Tue 6 p.m.
This Canadian guy-girl duo puts a dark twist on futuristic dance pop with throbbing trap beats and dreamy vocals. Along with plenty of Top 40 pop remixes, the show will include the lyrically gut-wrenching, EDM-oscillating tracks off their second album, “Another Eternity,” released in March. Bonus: California-based noise rockers Health open with raw synth-laden electro-pop. Tue 8 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Renata Raksha
Hors d'oeuvre and wine will be in high supply at this autumnal event for curious epicureans. Expert butchers will hold demos on breaking down animals for different cuts of meat, while guests nosh on small bites and bid on auction items, including a half lamb from Boulder Lamb. Other (less meaty) prizes include goods and gift vouchers from Voss Art & Home, The Post Brewing Co., River and Woods, BRU, and Sweet Cow. Proceeds from the evening benefit Blackbelly butcher Isaac Sullinger, who was recently injured in an accident. Wed 6:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Blackbelly
Your little chef will be ready for culinary school after attending this egg-cellent workshop. With guidance from the Children’s Museum staff, kids will learn a few basic cooking skills and then practice making three different egg dishes—hard-boiled, scrambled and fried. After this class, you might even be able to convince them to make their own breakfast every once and a while. Wed 7 p.m.
These days, it's easy to get down in the dumps about the state of the union—but not at this rock 'n' roll celebration of the highest office in the land. The original hit musical from Childsplay Theatre is back by popular demand, bringing the multimedia musical revue of American history to Denver once again. In songs like "Hail to the Chief," the best (and worst) presidents to ever grace the Oval Office come to life, making this election season slightly more bearable—or at least catchier. Thu 6:30 p.m.
This multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning queen of rock n’ roll stops in Denver on her 24 Karat Gold Tour, named after her eponymous 2014 album of unreleased demos. Nicks, an iconic singer-songwriter and the vocalist for Fleetwood Mac, is one of the highest-selling artists of all time. Bonus: The English-American Pretenders open with its classic blend of rock, punk, and pop. Thu 7 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Kristin Burns
This self-proclaimed “Pop Baroque” group brings together four female string players and a DJ to perform their own arrangements of classical pieces fused with rock and pop hit covers. With added choreography, a light show, and frequent interaction with the audience, this Denver-based electric pop quartet will deliver a high-energy performance for all ages. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume for the chance to win a $100 gift card to Italian restaurant Sauce on the Blue. Thu 7 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Spinphony Electric String Quartet
The vibrant sounds of Brazil come to life at this posh listening lounge as vocalist Paula Santoro and guitarist and vocalist Ian Faquini take the stage for this lively performance. The Brazilian musicians engage in traditional rhythms such as Maracatu, Frevo, Baião, Xote and Toada, while experimenting with modern melodic and harmonic tones. Broaden your musical palate at this performance put on by the Music Appreciation Society, which brings intimate listening experiences by a diverse lineup of musicians to Denver residents. Thu 8 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Dede Fedrizzi
Kick your family’s Halloween celebrations into top gear with some automobile-themed games and indoor trick-or-treating. Your kids can step inside the haunted railcar, compete in slot car racing and a costume contest, and get their faces painted while watching a magician perform. Check out the museum’s temporary car exhibition, including the 1880 horse-drawn hearse, before it leaves at the end of October. Fri 5:30-9 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Forney Museum of Transportation
Bare chests and black tie attire are the only acceptable forms of dress at this classy mixed martial arts spectacle. After enjoying a steak dinner from Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, snag a complimentary hand-rolled cigar to smoke while you root for your favorite fighter. Proceeds benefit Denver Urban Scholars, a local nonprofit that provides programs to help at-risk students succeed. Fri 7-10 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Steve Peterson/TerraChroma
This three-day musical party will feature sets ranging from smooth classic jazz to New Orleans–based Dixieland jazz. Talented instrumentalists from across the country, including saxophonist Barry Allen and bassist Nicki Parrott, will give solo performances as well as collaborative shows blending their personal styles into a new sound. Since the musicians rely heavily on improvisation in their sets, your concert experience will truly be one of a kind. Fri 7:30-11:30 p.m.; Sat 1-11:30 p.m.; Sun 12:30-4:30 p.m.
This Grammy Award–winning pianist will add his one-of-a-kind expressiveness and emotional depth to works by two legendary composers. During his striking performance, the New York native will perform dream-like versions of Chopin's waltzes and fugues by Bach. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Michael Myers returns to the silver screen at this showing of the original horror thriller—the perfect shriek-fest to kick off Halloween weekend. The groundbreaking film, originally screened in October 1978, profiles a sociopath who escapes from prison and terrorizes residents of rural Illinois. This screening features an exclusive pre-recorded interview with director John Carpenter, who discusses the history of the film and its influence on the horror genre and modern movies. Fri 8:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Compass International Pictures
Seventy teams will compete in this creepy history-inspired race, during which competitors dress up as 19th century settlers and push pinewood derby cars along a 195-yard route. Each car will be decorated to look like a coffin, and every rider will be dressed as Emma Crawford, a Manitou Springs resident who had to be reburied when her casket rolled down a mountain after a rainstorm. Even if your team doesn't take home the trophy, you can still win an award for wearing the most convincing old-timey costumes. Sat noon-3 p.m.
At this charity gala, meet keynote speaker and humanitarian aid worker Carl Wilkens, who will describe his stay in Rwanda, where he served as country director of Adventist Development & Relief Agency in the ’90s. Snack on samosas and plantains from Aurora-based restaurant African Grill and Bar, then bid on handmade clothing and jewelry made by women in Rwandan co-op groups at the silent auction. Proceeds benefit Hope Shines, Inc. in its mission to support orphaned children. Sat 3-6 p.m.
This spooky Halloween party is all about the goth garb and black lipstick. Enter the most creative costume contest with your best cyber, steampunk, glitter, Lolita, or Victorian attire to win prizes such as tickets to the Colorado Springs Haunted Mines or passes to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Then enjoy exciting live performances from aerial contortionists, taiko drummers, and acrobatic yoga performers as you chow down on food truck fare from High Grade Foods and Potato Potato. Sat 7:30 p.m. - midnight.
—Photo courtesy of Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Come as the most convincing witch, goblin, or ghoul for your chance to win $1,000 in a costume contest at this supernatural bash. Crawl your way through the haunted house, which will be brimming with spooks, including zombies and the Arachnid Woman. After you grab a tasty cocktail concoction such as Zombie Punch or Witch's Brew from the bar, dance the night away to high-energy funk music from Denver-based group Rowdy Shadehouse and set lists by DJs Future Funk and G6. Sat 9 p.m.
Step aside, Riverdance—this high-energy Celtic show is turning up the volume on traditional Irish dance. A live eight-piece band puts a rock ‘n’ roll spin on classic Irish tunes as plaid- and leather-clad performers jig across the stage. Listen for Irish-inspired covers of rock hits like ACDC’s “Back in Black” and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way,” as well as hardcore versions of traditional tunes such as "Danny Boy." Sun 4 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Rockin' Road to Dublin
Your little one will go on a Halloween-themed interactive quest at this imagination-fueled camp. After dressing up as heroes or monsters, kids will team up and work together to solve puzzles and defeat the evil bone hag, Griselma. Since their task is a little spooky, this adventure is recommended for attendees eight and older. Mon 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The whole family will enjoy an evening of traditional Mexican bingo at this unique Dia de Los Muertos–themed event. During the game, your child will match up pictures of holiday-specific cultural icons like La Catrina, a dapper skeleton wearing a flower-covered hat. Whether they're bilingual or not, kids will use chocolate treats as “money” as they compete to win prizes including bilingual books and treats from local Mexican markets. Mon 7 p.m.