06/2015

Tournament of Hope

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

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

Eat (Red) Drink (Red)

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

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

Will Butler

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

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

Civic Center Eats

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

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

Revenge of the Mekons

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

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

Barbecue University

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

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

Discover the Beauty of Summer Fashion Show and Luncheon

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

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

Denver Stories

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

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

Wicked

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

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

Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real & Surreal

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 9:19am

Investigate realism and surrealism at this exhibition featuring works by more than 20 contemporary local and regional artists, who draw inspiration from the unconscious mind and dreams. Attendees can purchase raffle tickets to win artwork produced during a surreal game called the “Exquisite Corpse,” in which teams of artists create one-third of a piece of artwork without knowing what the other members of their teams are making. The "corpses" will be displayed in the exhibit, and those who purchase tickets will be invited to an Exquisite Corpse party and raffle on August 29.

Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real and Surreal

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

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

The GoPro Mountain Games

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

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

Sampling for Hope – A Casual Food Tasting to Benefit SafeHouse Denver

Submitted by Photo Intern on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 8:04pm

SafeHouse Denver, the only shelter in Denver County to exclusively serve victims of domestic violence, is hosting an evening chock-full of tastings from some of Denver's finest culinary genuises. Along with a variety of nibbles made by chefs everywhere from Ale House at Amato's to the Ritz-Carlton, participants can engage in a food-themed silent auction and a cork draw wine pull.

Next to Normal

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

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

Charc Week Charc Bites

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

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

Mandolin Orange

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

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

Lighthouse Writers Workshop LitFest and Book Fair

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

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

The Artwork of John Lennon

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:34am

Meet John Lennon’s first love—art. Join Fascination St. Fine Art and curator Lynne Clifford, who has worked with Yoko Ono for 27 years, to view about 70 of Lennon’s rare archival sketches, each signed by Ono, adapted into limited edition prints. Drawn by one of the most important cultural figures of our time, these poetic and whimsical artworks tell stories of Lennon and Ono’s life together. Catch the noteworthy exhibition and an opportunity to watch Clifford speak on the exhibited works. Fri 6-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

Alien Body: Occult Contemporary

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 9:02am

If conspiracy theories are your passion, then this exhibit should be your next destination. Brooklyn-based artist Travis Egedy has created a clothing line and text-based digital collages inspired by off-kilter subcultures to challenge the concepts of capitalism and corporate dominance. The exhibit includes five large-scale, banner-style pieces; six smaller prints; and a 16-page, full color tabloid-style zine, in addition to the apparel.

Dragondeer

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 1:47pm

Denver-based psychedelic blues band Dragondeer will impress fans of indie rock and improvisation alike with its unique, rootsy tone. The quartet creates bayou-laced folk music that uses reverb, wah-pedals, and frontman Eric Halborg’s lead vocals to produce an old-time, high-energy sound. This show is one of three free summer concerts at the Clyfford Still Museum; bring a picnic or sample grub from food carts A Taste of the Philippines and Peteybird to complete the evening. Fri 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Image courtesy of James Cromwell Holden.

Lettuce and the Motet

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 1:38pm

The Motet first formed in Boulder more than 15 years ago; now the troupe is a Colorado institution, bringing its take on funk, afrobeat, jazz, disco, soul, and world music to originals and covers alike. Brooklyn-based Lettuce has been playing old-school funk for more than two decades now, with a groovy sound that perfectly complements the Motet’s. Fans of funk won’t want to miss this show, which is guaranteed to have everyone at Red Rocks dancing. Fri 6:45 p.m.

—​Image courtesy of Brian Spady.

Awakening

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 1:26pm

Painter Ashley Joon's artwork is equal parts rustic and modern, with interwoven elements of natural imagery and abstraction. This show marks the one year anniversary of the artist pursuing painting as a full time career, and features seven original acrylic paintings and numerous prints depicting flowers, elk, and antlers. Don't miss the opening celebration on June 5, with live music by Boulder-based folk band Foxfeather. Mon-Fri 4-10 p.m.; Sat 2-10 p.m.; Sun 2- 8 p.m. 

Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival

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

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

Voddville

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 2:49pm

Performance comedian Dave Shirley's Voddville is a modern one-man play revolving around the search for happiness in the digital world. By incorporating screens and technology in unexpected ways (you may remember Shirley's performance style from America's Got Talent), Shirley has created a visually spellbinding show that is also thought-provoking and hilarious. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Standing

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 9:23am

This spring concert by the contemporary Schiff Dance Collective Training Company will explore how we define ourselves and reinforce our beliefs in the face of challenges. The performance includes choreography by Jenny Schiff, who founded the collective in 2006, as well as guest artist Backbone Dance Company. A silent auction featuring homemade crafts will take place before the show and during intermission both nights. Fri-Sat 8 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Brian Unger

Capitol Hill People's Fair

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

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

Pedal 4 Possible

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:01pm

For Craig Hospital patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, possibilities are everything. This fund-raising century ride features courses of varying lengths (100 miles, 100 kilometers, 50 kilometers, and 10 kilometers) on a scenic route that starts in Louisville and extends as far north as Longmont. Start times differ by course length, and aid stations with food and water will be available every 10 to 15 miles on each route.

Urban Farm Tour and Workshop

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

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

Kabloom!

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:09pm

Oakland-based artist Jet Martinez combines folk art elements with aspects of modern life in his paintings, some of which are inspired by traditional, painted plates from the Mexican state of Michoacan. Social justice and art as a way to better the world have recently influenced his style. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-noon.

Denver Chalk Art Festival

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

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

Hot Cars Cool Nights

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:03pm

Travel back in time to the ’50s and ’60s, when driving down a country road in an American car made for the ideal summer night. Loveland-based custom restoration automotive shop the Forge brings back that small-town experience with hundreds of pre-1973 cars from across the Centennial State. After ogling the hot rods, head to the craft beer garden for sips from local breweries, including Loveland Aleworks and Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, and listen to the sounds of country group Zachariah Dean Band, rockabilly act the Atomic Drifters, and contemporary rock band Blue Dogs.

Recent Spells

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:40pm

Explore artist Mario Zoots’ new photographic collage work, self-described as both disturbing and enthralling. The Denver-based artist uses vintage photographs, old Hollywood film stills, and his own negatives to illustrate themes such as repetition, displacement, and the role of reimagination. Meet him at the opening reception of his exhibit on June 6. Mon-Thu 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Mario Zoots

Little Red and Her Feisty Friends

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

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

Slow Meat Fair

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:16pm

This public fair features a wide variety of events designed to educate the public on how (and why) to eat "better meat, less." Attend a culinary workshop demonstrating the process of breaking down beef and making sausage; stop by the speaker's tent to hear free discussions on topics like antibiotic-free chicken and food labels; and check out the Terra Madre Kitchen to sample chef-inspired global fare (like "Tastes of the Navajo Nation" with chef Franco Lee) .

The Big Wonderful

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

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

Applejack Brewdown

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:46pm

Block party season has officially arrived. Welcome warm weather with this outdoor beer festival presented by Applejack Wine & Spirits, which features unlimited tastings from 30 local breweries, including Renegade Brewing Company, Paradox Beer Company, and Brewery Rickoli. Attendees will also recieve a $10 gift card to use at the host organization. Proceeds benefit Denver Active 20-30, which supports disadvantaged children in Colorado. Sat 1-4 p.m.

Highlands Ranch Beer Festival

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

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

Lilies

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 9:47am

This compelling exhibit uses photographs and collages to illustrate the female form, spiritual empowerment, and expression as they were during the 1960s and the Women’s Liberation Movement. The photographs by Tiffany Graham and collage work by Jennifer Iversen will be accompanied by ’60s psychedelic music from DJs El Brian and Matthew Novak on opening night. Mon-Fri 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat-Sun 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Culture Jam

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:45pm

This worldly extravaganza celebrates different cultures' contributions to society. Watch diverse arts performances, ranging from a samba drum circle to a traditional Nepali dance, while munching on bites from Guacamole's Taqueria, Abo's Pizza, and Sisters Pantry and sipping on libations from the host (Left Hand Brewing). The Grammy Award-winning headliners, La Santa Cecilia, close out the evening with its blend of latin rock.

Josh Blue

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 3:04pm

Don't miss the opportunity to see comedian Josh Blue as he tapes a new, one-hour special in his Denver hometown. After winning season four of NBC's Last Comic Standing, Blue's improvisational brand of stand-up comedy has been catapulted into the spotlight. With his catchphrase, "putting the cerebral in cerebral palsy," Blue is now, more than ever, a comedian to watch. Sat 6:30, 9:30 p.m.

Big Head Todd and Lucinda Williams

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 2:02pm

Colorado jamband Big Head Todd and the Monsters formed in the Front Range 30 years ago, and has since built a fervent fanbase through the success of 1993’s Sister Sweetly, as well as the band's improv-heavy live show. This concert will be the blues-based quartet's 17th at Red Rocks, incorporating elements of rock, jazz and pop, as well as songs from the group's 2014 release, Black Beehive.

Invocation

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

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

U2

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

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

The Kids in the Hall

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

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

Elephant Rock Ride

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

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

MaxFund Lucky Mutt Strut

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 10:21am

Leash up your pup for and let them take you for a walk—you'll both be supporting a no-kill shelter for your pet's fellow furry friends. Participants may choose to run the 5K course at 9 a.m., or walk at 9:15 a.m., with free bagels and coffee served after both events. Browse vendors like Joy Bling Dog Gear and Colorado Pug Rescue, and sample food offerings from Mobile Meltz, Tinker's Mexican Evolution, and Em's Ice Cream when your pup is done strutting. Proceeds benefit the MaxFund Animal Adoption Center. Sun 8 a.m.

—Image courtesy of MaxFund Animal Adoption Center

Colorado Concours d'Elegance and Exotic Sports Car Show

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

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

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Vitality Walk

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 2:54pm

Lay off the brunch and lace up your sneakers for this 2.5-mile walk on behalf of the 17,000 Coloradans with Parkinson's disease. Whether you're in the city or the suburbs, get your blood flowing at Washington Park Recreation Center in Denver, or the Sandstone Ranch in Longmont.

Colorado Dispatch

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

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

Boulder Jewish Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 10:55am

Held between the Jewish holidays of Shavuot and the Three Weeks, this festival keeps it kosher with plenty of music and matzo to go around. The Pearl Street Mall and Boulder County Courthouse Lawn will host traditional Eastern European music group A Bisl Klezmer, calligraphy artist Risa Aqua, and offerings from Jewish establishments like Falafel King and Lubavitch Kosher Grill. Prominent Jewish performing group Six13, which is best know for its viral "Uptown Passover" cover of "Uptown Funk" will headline the festival. Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

Wings & Whiskey

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 12:59pm

Find out which chef takes home the title of "wing king" at this charity event. Attendees will sample wings from eight local competitors (including Mark Dym from Marco's Coal Fired Pizza, Central Bistro's Matt Selby, and Ryan Higgins of Lou's Food Bar) before declaring one their favorite. Those with large appetites can enter the wing eating competition in attempts to win a new cruiser bike from Evergreen Bicycle Outfitters.

L’Évanouie

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:27am

Join Boulder-based Local Theater Company and Atlanta’s Théâtre Du Rêve as they present Belgian playwright Olivier Coyette’s bilingual play, translating to ‘”the Vanished.” This abstract exploration of identity observes a woman as she attempts to reconstruct her memories. With portions in both French and English, this wild and humorous play-verging-on-poem is accessible to non-French speakers and fluent Francophones alike. A post-performance reception offers sparkling wine and Belgian chocolates, so prepare for an abundant dose of worldly sophistication. Mon 8 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

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

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

Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, and Colin Hay

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 2:24pm

Canadian pop-rock quartet the Barenaked Ladies launched in the ’80s, but truly gained popularity in the ’90s with Stunt (and that album's single, “One Week”), as well as a cameo on the hit television show Beverly Hills 90210. Despite having released two greatest hits compilations, the Barenaked Ladies continue to write new music, with Silverball debuting just this month. This show will also feature the music of ’80s alternative rock icons the Violent Femmes, and Australian singer-songwriter Colin Hay, of Men at Work fame. Wed 7:30 p.m.

Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit

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

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

The Humming of Objects

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 2:24pm

For this summer-long exhibit, Denver-based artist Gretchen Marie Schaefer has repurposed donated and found objects, including bubble wrap, wood, string, bone, hair, fabric, and plastic—and turned them into works of art. She melts the items, dips them in paint, and cuts them apart to make creations that force viewers to consider the life of various objects and the meaning we attach to them.

Civic Center Eats

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

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

Long Tall Sally Grand Opening Party

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:29pm

Long Tall Sally—a retailer offering clothing and accessories exclusively for tall women—is celebrating the grand opening of its first store in Denver. The festivities are hosted by 5280's fashion editor, Georgia Alexia Benjou, who will dish up expert fashion tips and styling advice. Attendees will also receive special savings on clothing, goodie bags, and the chance to win a $500 gift card to Long Tall Sally. Thu 5-9 p.m.

International Rosé Wine Festival

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

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

Stray Cat Strut

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

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

National Theatre Live: Man and Superman

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:12pm

Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes rules the stage in this remake of George Bernard Shaw's 1903 play, Man and Superman. The Schindler's List star takes on the character of Jack Tanner, a wealthy, freethinking bachelor who falls for a younger heiress named Ann. Spooked by the shackles of marriage, Tanner runs off to Spain, where he's abducted by bandits and eventually meets the devil. Fiennes' performance was lauded by the New York Times as "a theatrical force all his own." Thu 7 p.m.

 

Craft Dinner: The Outlaw Josey Wales with Uinta Brewing Co.

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 2:54pm

With a craft beer in hand and Clint Eastwood on the screen, this frothy film feast will have you feeling lucky. Eastwood and his 1976 band of ornery outcasts may evade their pursuers, but you'll want to pounce on the steak medallions and deep-fried smoked chicken wings. Wash it all down with a drink pairing for each menu item, from Uinta's Baba Smoked Lager to the Cockeyed Cooper Barrel-Aged Barley Wine. Thu 7:30 p.m.

 

Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

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

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

Wittenberg

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

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

Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 06/09/2015 - 8:43am

Remember how patient you had to be to pull off that last second flip in pinball? Re-live those gaming glories of old at this three-day convention. Aspiring pinball wizards will have the chance to play more than 200 classics and new debuts, and compete in tournaments for all ages and skill levels. Fans can also attend seminars on everything from fix-it tips to the latest developments in pinball technology. Fri-Sun, times vary.

—Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo

Snowmass Mammoth Festival

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

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

Contemporary Figuration

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 2:54pm

Upwards of 40 local and regional artists have crafted more than 100 works in various mediums to prove that figurative work is prized in Denver. The artists—including Jaclyn Alderete, Victoria Castillo, and Sergio Lopez—have employed oil, pastel, clay, mixed media, and other mediums in works that range from traditional to conceptual. Meet many of the artists at the opening reception June 12. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

International Gem & Jewelry Show

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

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

Colorado Gypsy Jazz Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 1:33pm

This two-day event boasts one stage and multiple international artists, all of whom are well-seasoned gypsy jazz musicians. A product of the 1930s and the pioneering work of guitarist Django Reinhardt, gypsy jazz is defined by “la pompe” rhythm strumming (similar to the “boom-chick” bluegrass style), unusual chords, and a fair amount of swing and flourish. Headliners this year include the Rhythm Future Quartet from Finland, as well as Germany’s Joscho Stephan, known for his innovative style and technical prowess on the guitar. Fri-Sat 5 p.m.

Backyard Concert Series: The Congress

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Tue, 06/09/2015 - 8:31am

Trade your urban cocktails and small plates for this northerly, picnic-style concert series. Denver-based the Congress will headline the show with its blend of rock ’n’ roll and blues. (Don't miss soul-inspired Calder's Revolvers and rockabilly group Dixie Leadfoot & the Chrome Struts in July and August, respectively.) Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local favorites such as Dickey’s Barbeque Pit, Beer by Design, and Balistreri Vineyards. Proceeds benefit the Anythink Foundation and its programs inspiring lifelong learning through play.  

The Questival

Submitted by Photo Intern on Tue, 06/09/2015 - 2:50pm

Disguising community service as a team challenge, the Questival is a 24-hour-long twist on the traditional scavenger hunt, in which groups of two to six people complete tasks to win prizes.

Colorado Independent Women of Film

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:52pm

You'll find no chick flicks at this female-oriented film festival. Instead, the event will showcase local independent documentaries, feature, and short length films, all directed by women, who oversee production on only five percent of major studio films.

Guys and Dolls

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:18pm

Experience this classic musical comedy set in New York City, where gambler Nathan Detroit scrambles to finance the town’s largest (and illegal) craps game. Meanwhile, the con man encounters trouble in his personal life as his fiancé Adelaide becomes dismayed by their seemingly never-ending, 14-year engagement. The Tony Award-winning production features famous songs like “Adelaide’s Lament” and “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.” Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Barefoot in the Park

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

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

Pinter Early & Late

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

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

Lucky Guy

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:51pm

Lucky Guy—a Tony Award-winning play written by the esteemed Nora Ephron, of Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally—follows the triumphs and sufferings of journalist Mike McAlary in New York City between 1985 and 1998. McAlary rose to fame during the city’s tabloid wars and eventually won a Pulitzer Prize in 1998. Fun fact: When the play premiered in 2013, it served as Tom Hanks' Broadway debut. Thu-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.

—Graphic courtesy of Tim Oveson

Films On Tap: Armageddon

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:40pm

Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck aren't playing around in this doomsday thriller, but you'll be playing drinking games all night at this spirited showing. Explosions? Drink. Overt patriotism? Drink. Lecture on the treacheries of subterranean drilling? You already know. If you're one of the first 50 guests to arrive, you'll receive a free drink on the house, but you can also haul your own hooch for this BYOB 35mm showing. Fri 10 p.m.

 

Colorado Renaissance Festival

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

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

Pine Grove Rhubarb Festival

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

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

Denver MIni Maker Faire

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

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

Alpine Bank's "Indie-Pendence Day"

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

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

Play Grounds

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

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

Ansel Adams: Masterworks

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

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

Summer Art Market

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

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

Copper Kettle BrewRun

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

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

National Get Outdoors Day

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:25pm

Your kids are guaranteed to find a way to enjoy the great outdoors at this interactive event. They'll try their hands at fishing, biking, gardening, climbing, painting, paddling, and much more—right in City Park. A special focus on adaptive recreation offers a chance for those with disabilities to find their new favorite outdoor activity as well. Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Toys of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s

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

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

Lakewood's Rockin' Block Party

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:21pm

This all-day extravaganza is packed with summer fun. The Lakewood Historical Society encourages attendees to bring their antiques for a valuation from the experts (think Antiques Roadshow), while lawn games and a theatrical performance from cover band the Nacho Men (who employ choreography, humor, and costume-changes to complement their musical stylings) are sure to keep the kids entertained. Cap off the evening with a movie screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark under the stars (make sure to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs). Sat 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Junior Ranger Adventures Summer Challenge Kickoff

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:17pm

Little ones will get a chance to practice their ranger skills as they explore their natural surroundings. This event is the first in a summer-long series in which kids can earn points and badges for completing challenges, which range from learning outdoor safety tips and survival skills to participating in a "no technology day" at home. Kids sign up online to track their points throughout the summer, and if they earn 1,000, they're eligible to attend a special celebration ceremony in September. Sat 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

LoHi Music Fest

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

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

The Big Wonderful

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

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

Nobody Deserves You the Way That I Do

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 1:11pm

Denver-based artist Jackie Barry has created a collection of drawings and fabric pieces that calls attention to the way her generation expresses affection in an Internet-driven age. Her drawings, done in marker and ink, as well as fabric swatches illustrate overly dramatic (and public) declarations of love. The gallery describes the exhibit as fresh and colorful—perfect for the beginning of summer. Wed-Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Jackie Barry

Brews Blues and BBQ

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

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

Great Divide Brewing Company's 21st Anniversary Party

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 4:10pm

Denver stalwart Great Divide Brewing is celebrating its 21st anniversary with music, food, and plenty of special-release beers. Attendees can sip and sample more than 20 Great Divide brews, including the 21st Anniversary Ale (an American sour aged in wine barrels), Whiskey Barrel-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, and bRiNo (a cask-aged sour with pink Himalayan sea salt). Local ’90s cover band the Gin Doctors will provide nostalgic tunes, and food trucks like Burger Radio and the Cluck Truck will supply the eats. Sat 2-6 p.m.

Urban Assault Ride

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

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

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Molly-Dharma Motorcycle Run

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

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

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

Hopfest

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

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

Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association Match

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/08/2015 - 1:20pm

Before there were peanuts and Cracker Jacks, fantasy leagues and 100 mph fast pitches, there was vintage base ball. Colorado established its first organized base ball team in 1862, but you can catch a game that's played exactly the same way this Sunday. The Central City Stars and the Denver Blue Stockings will exchange underhanded pitches and gloveless catches until a victor is decided, although enthusiasts of 19th-century fashion will be the real winners of this match. Sun 1 p.m.

Kool Koncert

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

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

Mining & Crafting Summer Camp

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

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

Young Filmmakers Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

Witches' Night Off

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 06/09/2015 - 9:07am

Get a glimpse of the witches and flying monkeys sans green skin and wings, as they perform some of their musical theatre (but non-Ozian) favorites to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS, Project Angel Heart, Rainbow Alley, and Doctors Without Borders in Nepal. Live auctions at this ongoing series will give audience members a chance to join the company backstage at the Buell Theatre. Mon 7:30 p.m. 

Image courtesy of Joan Marcus

Neon Trees

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 06/01/2015 - 1:33pm

Utah-based quartet Neon Trees rose to fame in 2010, having scored hits with “Animal” and “Everybody Talks” from its debut album, Habits. With a new wave sound and danceable beats, the band’s music often draws comparison to the likes of the Killers or Fall Out Boy. The group’s latest record, Pop Psychology, was released last year, but the quartet's new single, “Songs I Can’t Stop Listening To,” debuted just last month. Mon 8 p.m.

Aoife O’Donovan Band

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

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

Civic Center Eats

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

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

LoDo Bites

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 06/09/2015 - 9:11am

Grab a restaurant passport and eat your way through Denver’s oldest neighborhood with this culinary walking tour of more than 20 lower downtown restaurants. Visit restaurants such as Coohills, Terminal Bar, Stoic & Genuine, and Vesta Dipping Grill, where small bites and drink specials will be topped off with assorted desserts. When you're full, stop by Lodo’s coinciding Beats on the Creek for live music from the Hazel Miller Band. Tue 5-9 p.m.

Image courtesy of Evan Semon

Yoga for the Outdoor Enthusiast

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

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

Taste of the Broncos

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

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

Summer Seafood Workshop

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

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

Hot Rize

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

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

Shovels & Rope

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 1:43pm

Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent are the real-life couple behind Shovels & Rope, an indie-tinged folk outfit defined by a big sound and lingering harmonies. The South Carolina-based duo boasts an undeniable chemistry, making this show the perfect date night activity for fans of the Civil Wars and the Lone Bellow. The band’s sophomore album, Swimmin’ Time, was released last August, and is a continuation of the group’s trademark Americana country-bluegrass meets electrified rock ’n’ roll sound. Wed 6:30 p.m.

 

DocNight: Out of Print

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:28am

This is a documentary shot on 35mm, shown on 35mm, trying to save the endangered 35mm species of film. Director Julia Marchese tells the story of the New Beverly, a coveted revival theater in Hollywood that's facing extinction at the hands of the major film studios, who are ceasing production of 35mm films. It features spirited commentary from movie moguls like Seth Green and Kevin Smith, and testimony from regular patrons who aren't ready for the curtain call of their favorite theater. Wed 7:30 p.m.

Belle and Sebastian with the Colorado Symphony

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

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

The Narrators

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:59am

For the past five years, a diverse range of Denverites has united each month for a monthly storytelling show and podcast. This month, seven participants, including an artist, a woman with cerebral palsy, and a sex worker, will tell tales related to the theme “WTF.” Their only instructions: Tell a true story in 10 minutes or less based on the things in life that don't make sense. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Wed 8 p.m.

Sonic Bloom Festival

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

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

SeriesFest: Season One

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 5:18pm

As the birthplace of cable television in 1968, Denver is the perfect location to hold the primetime event of the year. This innovative four-day festival delivers world premieres from ABC, HBO, Starz, AMC, and more; the first look at more than 30 pilots; and industry panels that discuss everything from running a primetime show to scoring music for hit films.

Civic Center Eats

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

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

Ideation to Creation: The Art of Paul Sullivan

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:56am

Get a behind-the-scenes peek into the creation of the critically acclaimed, animated film The Book of Life. Work from Denver-based artist Paul Sullivan, who served as the art director and production designer for the film, will be featured, including storyboard sketches, a time-lapse video, prints of artwork from the film, and other samples. Meet him and watch the movie at the June 18 reception. Thu-Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.

Do at the Zoo

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 9:42am

Guests at this animal-themed gala can enjoy sample dishes from 60 area restaurants, as well as unlimited local beers, wines, and cocktails. From Leña's duck meatballs in consommé to Pizzeria Locale's butterscotch pudding to Duo's rabbit and biscuits, Do at the Zoo is a chance for your taste buds to experience many of the city's best eateries in one place. Wash all those bites down with brews from Renegade Brewing Company, Wynkoop Brewing Company, Colorado Cider Company, and many more. Proceeds benefit the Denver Zoo's education programs. Thu 7-10 p.m.

The Little Prince

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:16am

This adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s novella brings his iconic words and illustrations into 3D. Join the actors of this brand new theater company as they tell the story of a world-weary aviator whose plane strands him in the Sahara Desert where a mysterious, regal “little man” appears to converse with him. What follows is a tale of innocence, wisdom, and unrivaled imagination. Thu 7 p.m.; Fri-Sat 4, 7 p.m.

Image courtesy of Funky Little Theater Company

Picnics: Red Carpet World Premiere Extravaganza

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:21pm

This is a movie. It will run for 90 minutes. And that's all anybody knows. No, seriously, we wish we could tell you what this movie is about. The Sie FilmCenter doesn't know either, although its staff have assured us that we will neither believe, nor forget, this film. We've also been told that there may or may not be live music following the showing, performed by musicians who may or may not have showered this year. All we know is that more than 100 hopeful viewers have committed to the premiere via Facebook, so no matter how this film makes you feel, at least you won't be alone.

Wasatch Mountain Film Festival Tour

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:59pm

Death-defying acts of athleticism and breathtaking landscapes will have you teetering on the edge of your seat at this Utah-based film festival. Nonprofit Wasatch Mountain Arts has curated a series of spine-tingling shorts and fanatical features in which human beings seem to acknowledge the laws of gravity, laugh in their faces, and carry on schussing down impossible slopes. Be sure to catch The Unrideables: Alaska Range if you're into helicopters, skydiving, and skiing, all without changing camera angles. Thu 7 p.m.

 

Ron Funches Standup Comedy

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

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

At Home at the Zoo

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:28pm

This two-part play, written by Edward Albee, serves as a reflection on communication, loneliness, and social class. The production follows a Manhattan couple—Peter and Ann—through their tense and struggling marriage. After a fight with Ann, Peter walks to to the park to clear his head; there, he encounters Jerry, a transient who turns out to be violent and manipulative. When the meeting ends, one of the men is no longer breathing. Thu-Sat 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun 2:50-5:30 p.m.

Bow Wow Film Festival

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

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

Greek Festival

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

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

Princess Adventures

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

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

Dinosaur Train

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 2:05pm

Based on the television show Dinosaur Train, this event will feature characters, music, and themes from the popular educational program. Ideal for children ages two to seven, the main activity involves a trolley kids can ride through a “time tunnel” into the Jurassic Period. Other activities will include a dinosaur game area, a bouncy castle, a bone and fossil dig, a mineral washing station, and even the opportunity to dissect imitation dinosaur poop. Register to win the kid-friendly door prizes, and hit up the Big Kahuna food truck for for tasty barbecue and kids' meals.

Rico y Sabroso

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:05am

Artist Yunior Hurtado Torres's vibrant oil paintings capture the zest and luxuriance of the Cuban culture. Hurtado's first U.S. exhibition features a dozen of his emotive oil portraits and numerous works on paper, offering a diverse survey of the painter's versatility. Using powerful brushstrokes and vivid colors, the motion-filled pieces live up to the name of this exhibition, which translates to “rich and tasty.” Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Image courtesy of Mike Wright Gallery

Colorado Barbecue Challenge

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:36am

Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, this Frisco festival draws more than 70 barbecue teams from around the nation to compete for the best 'cue. Attendees can purchase succulent slow-cooked meats from any of the competitors or attend special tasting events like Breckenridge Distillery's Rub It, Smoke It, Sip It BBQ tour (which offers participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the competitors' cooking methods). A variety of live musical entertainment, as well as pig races, kid-sized hamster balls, bounce houses, and street performers make this event a win for the whole family.

Ideation Experience

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

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

Reds, Whites, and Brews

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

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

Summer Games

Submitted by Photo Intern on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:56am

Drawing fonts of creativity outside the gallery walls, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art will blend art with recreation in this free-loving festival. Warm up on 13th Street adjacent to the museum with ONE Boulder Fitness drop-in games, followed by a family-friendly ping-pong match. Art and sports trivia contests and square dancing that channels Piet Mondrian (an abstract Dutch painter) will fill the outdoor space, along with live fitness-inspired mural painting.

Priscilla Fowler

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:45am

From Priscilla Fowler’s acrylic and ink paintings bloom organic shapes, swooping lines, and bright colors. She draws inspiration from nature to create her “biomorphic abstractions” but doesn’t try to recreate exact scenes, instead leaving her paintings open to interpretation. Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

Adult Daycare's Caution: Pig Roast!

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:10am

As its name hints, this event encourages attendees to reconnect with their inner child and let loose with food, games, and plenty of tasty beverages. The Lobby's executive chef, Brandon Muncy, will roast two hogs on the patio, then serve them up buffet-style with house-made barbecue sauces and sides like cornbread and potato salad. Caution: Brewing Co. will have representatives on hand to interact with guests and educate them on eclectic beers (like the Juniper Double IPA and Lao Wang Lager).

Summer Porch Party

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 3:15pm

Jam out to the musical offerings of the Colorado Symphony ensemble, while also eating jam from the Preservery. Patrons receive two specialty cocktails and smaller tasting samples from Leopold Bros. Distillery, as well as morsels like mini muffuletta and boozy cookies (infused with herbal liqueur) to accompany the libations. Indulge guilt-free knowing that each sip supports the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which relies on community support to bring their music to 30,000 Colorado kids every year. Fri 7 p.m.

Denver PrideFest

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

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

Beautiful Chaos

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:00am

When you think about the image of dripping paint, you may conjure pictures of Jackson Pollack’s abstract, tactile works. Soon, you can explore the works of another conceptual painter, Denver-based Andrew Baird, who uses the technique to portray subjects in what he calls an “objective abstract” manner. His process involves making a coal sketch of a photo on canvas, dripping an initial layer of paint on top, spraying the canvas with water and forcing the paint to bleed across the canvas, then repeating the process with nine different colors each month.

Pan People Music Festival

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 1:55pm

This one-day festival—organized by the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Arts and Media—serves as a showcase for steel pan musicians and bands. The steel pan is a metal percussion instrument that originated in Trinidad and Tobago, although all the bands performing are based in America, including Commerce City student troupe Bison Pan Groove and the headliner Pan Jumbies, which mixes calypso, soca, reggae, ska, jazz, and more into an infectious Caribbean groove. All performances are free, but those who want to attend the film, Pan!

Summer Fun & Wellness Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:15pm

Wellness involves more than just pamphlets and waiting rooms at this health-oriented festival. The Medical Center of Aurora packs the day with activities, which range from informative (ask a pharmacist), to physical (rock wall, zip line, bouncy house), to down-right silly (bike and tricycle rodeo). The festival is complete with complimentary popcorn, lemonade, water, and food trucks, making this the perfect mid-day refresher for all. Sat 11 a.m.

The Big Wonderful

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

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

Challenge Nation

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

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

Toast of Colorado

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

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

ManCraftival

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

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

Art Show for ____ People

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:40am

Matt Wieting grew up skateboarding and admiring the graphics on his boards. His admiration sparked him to create whimsical figures on wood panels with mixed media, including acrylic paint, oil paint, and paint markers. Meet him at the opening reception—or party as he calls it—to sip on drinks by Black Black Coffee and enter a raffle for Wieting's homemade Father’s Day cards.

—Image courtesy of Matt Wieting

Lisa Lampanelli

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:43am

The Queen of Mean sets her sights on Denver this weekend, and the joke's on everyone. Lisa Lampanelli's seasoned schtick has been featured on a number of Comedy Central roasts, The Tonight Show, Howard Stern's satellite radio show, and more. Known for pulling no punches, Lampanelli is described as an "equal opportunity offender" by her comedian contemporaries. Let's just hope the Mile High City can take a joke. Sat 8 p.m.

Splash and Dash Youth Aquathlon Series

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

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

FroYo 5K

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

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

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Dad and the Dinos

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 10:20am

This Father's Day, skip the tie and give dad what he really wants: a trip to the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. For this day only, dads get in free with one regularly-priced adult or child admission. It's the perfect way to spend some quality time together as a family, exploring RMDRC's prehistoric exhibits that feature Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and many more ancient creatures. Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

Hello Sweet Summer Time!

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 2:46pm

As a celebration of the warm (finally!) season, Lucky Pie Pizza and Taphouse chef Steven Culler have created a summery menu to pair with limited-release New Belgium Brewing Company beers. Guests will enjoy dishes made with fresh vegetables from Lafayette's Isabelle Farms, including spinach gnocchi with baby beets and goat yogurt and garlic scape pesto pork belly. The evening also features special New Belgium brews like the Apple Love (a sour blonde aged in Leopold Bros.

Summer Solstice Golf Marathon

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

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

Civic Center Eats

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

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

Del Maguey Dinner

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 9:58am

Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal founder Ron Cooper will guide guests through five courses of Oaxaca-inspired eats paired with mezcal cocktails. Expect dishes like chef Troy Guard's charred octopus with chile pasilla and compressed celery salad alongside creative cocktails like the Fiesta Jardin, mixed with Del Maguey's Chichicapa mezcal, fresh cucumber and celery juices, lime, and crushed black peppercorns. You won't want to miss Silvia Alaya's (chef and owner of Adelitas Cocina y Cantina) delectable dessert, a guava tarta with passion fruit ice cream and blackberry-mezcal crema.

Soundscapes of Japan

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 5:29pm

The sounds of old world Japan are traveling to the Mile High City, thanks to a special performance of ancient honkyoku music by master Kakizakai Kaoru.

Gordon Lightfoot

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Mon, 06/15/2015 - 1:57pm

Singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot is Canada’s biggest folk export, with a comforting soft rock sound, a career that’s spanned more than six decades, and international album sales in the multi-millions. Although Lightfoot has plenty of hits (“Sundown,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway"), his songs have also been recorded by the likes of Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash. This show is part of Lightfoot’s “50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour,” and will feature his greatest hits along with deep album cuts, personal anecdotes, and behind-the-scenes insights.

Blackbird and the Storm

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:29pm

Longmont’s Lone Hawk Farm is filled with birds and lush vegetation, making it the perfect setting for Blackbird and the Storm’s dreamy and ethereal bird-inspired folk tunes. Boulder native Marie-Juliette Bird—the front woman and multi-instrumentalist behind the quintet—loops birdsongs with acoustic and electric instrumentation, relying heavily on vocals and natural sounds. A percentage of this event’s ticket sales will fittingly go to the Boulder County Audubon Society. Wed 7 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Paula Gillen

Motion City Soundtrack

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:14pm

Pop-punk act Motion City Soundtrack formed in Minneapolis in 1999, inspired by indie acts like Sunny Day Real Estate and the Flaming Lips. Although the quintet has undergone a lineup change since its latest album, 2011's Go, the group has continued in a similar sonic vein, utilizing a mood synthesizer and layered harmonies to create upbeat, emo-laced tunes. “TKO”—the latest single from the band’s yet-to-be-named upcoming album—was released just last week. Wed 7 p.m. 
—Photo courtesy of Mercenary Publicity

Malala Yousafzai

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

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

Death Grips

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

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

Civic Center Eats

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

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

Gunther Gerzso: A Mexican Master

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

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

Karen Roehl and Laura Phelps Rogers

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

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

CigarBQue

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

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

Cocinando con Enyes

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

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

J'adore Focus on French Language Film Festival

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 1:37pm

Do you know how to say "film" in French? (It's actually just "film.") If so, you've got no reason to fear this French-themed festival. The cultural event spans four days, filled with 10 flicks set in France, Quebec, Canada, Switzerland, and Belgium, and brings you the best of modern French cinema. Don't be surprised if you leave the closing ceremony craving a baguette. Thu 7 p.m.

The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park

Submitted by Jamie Hyndman on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 7:42pm

Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates its 100th birthday this year, having survived a century worth of fire, floods, and political feuds. With commentary from historians, climbers, scientists, and members of the Estes Park and Grand Lake communities, the 90-minute documentary is a visual ode to more than 415 square miles of wilderness, 150 lakes, and the countless people responsible for the creation and maintenance of the park.

New Belgium Brewing Clips Beer & Film Tour

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 3:37pm

Stay up late drinking beer and watching movies outside—without the open container fine. The Boulder stop of this nationwide tour promises 20 fan-made short films, bites from the Verde Food Truck, and New Belgium brews in three-ounce samplers and 12-ounce cans. Proceeds benefit Community Cycles, a nonprofit that promotes bicycle safety and advocacy. Thu 8 p.m.

Image courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Company

Chris Franjola

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:42am

The buildings surrounding Larimer Square will reverberate with laughter during writer and comedian Chris Franjola’s six performances. Franjola wrote more than 3,500 episodes for E!’s late night talk show Chelsea Lately, starred in its behind-the-scenes show After Lately, and currently hosts Anarchy Afterword, the after-show for the motorcycle club drama series Sons of Anarchy. Thu 8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30, 9:45 p.m.; Sun 7 p.m.

Frederick in Flight

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:36pm

Most people don't seek out hot air during the summer, but it would take a cold heart not to enjoy this whimsical event. At daybreak each morning, spectators can watch more than 30 full-sized balloons launch toward the clouds. If kids tire of looking up at the sky (they won’t), tethered balloon rides are available on Saturday morning, and flight-themed activities for kids will continue until 10 a.m. Not a morning person? Coffee will be provided by the Buzz Cafe. Fri-Sun, times vary.

Colorado Music Festival

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 4:46pm

This refreshing summer music festival is Bach (and Tchaikovsky, and Mozart, and Haydn). Now under new direction from Jean-Marie Zeitouni, the musical extravaganza will feature artists from around the world, including prize-winning Austrian conductor David Danzmayr and virtuoso Croatian guitarist Ana Vidovic. Old school fans can enjoy a new recital series, as well as an expanded, five-concert chamber music program, while musicophiles of all tastes can revel in the Music Mash-Up series, a cross-genre concert fusing classical and popular music. Days, times vary.

Clear Creed RapidGrass Bluegrass Festival

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

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

Roadside Attractions

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:25am

Four artists from across the country came together to record the scenes that we might otherwise drive past. Their oil, acrylic, and mixed media paintings reveal aging industrial scenes (Denver-based Rick Dula), natural landscapes (Jeff Aeling), the expanse of U.S. Highway 50 (Lloyd Brown), and the effect of shifting light on settings such as pastures (Lori Buntin). Their works, of anything from factories to cows to gas stations, will also address themes such as aging factories and industries in America. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

A Friendly Challenge

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 3:50pm

This exhibition displays creative camaraderie at its finest. Gallery 1261's 11 resident artists, along with 12 select artists they admire, created paintings through different mediums and compared their styles side by side. Meet the four local painters at the opening reception on Friday. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Double or Nothing

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:42am

Viewers will sometimes point accusatorily at abstract paintings and exclaim, "I could do that!" Artist Eric Corrigan is out to fight that claim with a collection of thoughtful, abstract oil paintings that consist of multiple layers. Drawing inspiration from both his own life and current events, he creates his works by stacking colors on top of shapes on top of various marks, sometimes even scraping away a few of the layers before building more. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Spitfire Grill

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

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

Colorado Brewers' Festival

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

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

Mile High Blues

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:19pm

This unique festival—held in various locations throughout Denver—is ideal for those who love blues dancing, which like blues music, has origins in African rhythm and movement. Relatively simple and open to interpretation, blues dancing finds its niche in Juke Joints and dive bars, attracting novice and expert dancers alike.

Makers Gonna Make

Submitted by Camilla Sterne on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 12:29pm

Any good yuccie (see: Young Urban Creative) knows that locally sourced furniture is the key to pad panache. Join this quirky Denver-based home furnishings company for a celebration of local makers with featured vendors such as clothing boutique Patterns & Pops, Mountain Versus Plains ceramics, Teakoe Tea, jerky makers Righteous Felon, River North Workshop Co., and jewelry maker Sparkle & Stone.

Widespread Panic

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

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

Act Up!

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:57am

When Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and George Bizet composed their renowned operas, the two masters likely never pictured audience members sipping beer as they watched the performances. Yet that's exactly what Opera on Tap (along with the Boulder Opera) brings to audiences by moving operatic productions from concert halls to alternative venues to revive interest in the classical art form. During this installment, enjoy dinner and drinks as the Boulder Opera performs Act I of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Act II of Bizet’s Carmen. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 12:30pm

Forget the cereal bowl and ditch the pajamas—the bizarre shows of this nighttime freak fest aren't the Saturday morning cartoons you watched as a child. Featuring more than 20 short films from seven different countries, including zombie claymation and banned European public service announcements, these 86 minutes of animation anarchy will make you happy you stayed up late. Fri 7:30 p.m.

The New Orleans Suspects

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

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

Cherry Blossom Festival

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

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

Undy Run

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

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

Camp Junior Rangers

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

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

Park Burger Ride to Golden with TLR Cycling

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 06/22/2015 - 2:34pm

Burgers and beer are a delicious, albeit guilty, combination—unless you're burning off the added calories with a 38-mile bike ride. Meet the road warriors of TLR Cycling at Park Burger in RiNo for a group ride to Golden, where beer from Great Divide Brewing Co. and prizes from Epic Ryde will reward your effort. Pro tip: Try the Yeti Imperial Stout, but in moderation—the chocolatey nine percent ABV brew is a potent beast. Sat 9 a.m.

BikeLove

Submitted by Jake Jensen on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 9:09pm

This inaugural festival celebrates the Mile High City's prime status as a cycling mecca. Local dessert purveyor Peteybird Ice Cream Sandwiches—itself partly a bicycle-operated mobile business—plays host to a trove of bike-focused vendors, ranging from independent shops and advocates to performers and builders. Cyclists of all levels are encouraged to test demo models and learn how our city runs on two wheels. Throughout the fest, celebrate with Denver's other favorite pastime: local booze and food. Sat noon-5 p.m.

—Image courtesy of BikeLove

Sand in the City

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

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

The Big Wonderful

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

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

Denver Taco Festival and Tequila Expo

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

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

Beer Links Denver

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

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

Abandoned Heart Circus

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

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

Pikes Peak International Hill Cimb

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

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

Free Football Field Day

Submitted by Photo Intern on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:36am

Get young sports enthusiasts into the Broncos pre-season spirit with this on-field training day, where they'll practice on the home field of the Denver Broncos. The day will be divided into two sessions (9 a.m. to noon and and 1 to 4 p.m.) for children ages six to 14 with an emphasis on safety and skill development. Don't miss appearances from Broncos stars themselves, such as Aqib Talib (at the Under Armour booth), as well as cheerleaders and Miles the mascot.

Pajama Brunch

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

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

Denver Microbrew Tour's RiNo Art District Tour

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

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

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:23pm

Among rock’s most famous female performers, Joan Jett writes three-chord hits—such as “I love Rock ’n’ Roll” and “Crimson and Clover”—that have become jukebox staples. Jett formed her backing band the Blackhearts in the early ’80s, and reunited with its members in the late ’90s for several albums, including 2013’s Unvarnished (her first in seven years). That album sounds like vintage Jett, and features punk anthems and melancholy ballads alike, as well as a collaborative track (“Any Weather”) with the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl. Sun 6:30 p.m.

Civic Center Eats

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

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