Based on C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s tale, this two-person adaptation will take your little adventurers to the magical land of Narnia. Join siblings Peter and Lucy as they rally talking creatures to take down the wicked White Witch and lift the eternal winter spell she's cast on this magical wonderland. Fri 10 a.m.; Sat 11 a.m.; Sun 1 p.m.
Digital playtime goes three-dimensional at this Nintendo-themed party. All weekend, kids can get their hands on the new Nintendo 3DS XL—which includes a touch screen as well as 3D video and photo capability—plus a variety of games, including Yoshi’s New Island, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Then little gamers can create birthday cards with Yoshi and Mario or diagram a chart of their gaming goals. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Flickr/JD Hancock
In Argentine artist Guido Ignatti's first state-side solo exhibit, abstract paintings will give way to modified plants, which will transition to larger-than-life sculptures and finally to a mural of poetry and political graffiti. The diverse installations are intended to let gallery-goers reflect on the wide range of emotions, from loneliness to pleasure, that art can elicit. Tue-Thu noon-7 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Explore the era of our Founding Fathers with horse-drawn wagon rides, a trip to the blacksmith’s shop, and old-fashioned games including sack races and tug of war. After making your way around the historic park, refuel with snacks from Kettle Head Popcorn and Em’s Ice Cream as well as craft beers from Copper Kettle Brewing Company. Then don't miss the Glendale fireworks show, the cherry on top of a patriotic evening. Fri 5-10 p.m.
Join the Lake Dillon Theatre Company for this heart-wrenching drama set in Nazi Germany. In the classic production, American writer Brian Roberts meets a colorful cast of characters who help him come to terms with his sexuality, but also entangle him in a love triangle in the process. Come early or stay late to learn more about the show from cast and crew. Tue-Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30, 6:30 p.m.
There's no better way to acknowledge a year of success than with a cold cider in hand. When you're not visiting the car and motorcycle show, enjoy barbecue from the Rackhouse while rock bands the Atomic Drifters and the Hot Apostles provide live music. Bonus: You can attend a gluten-free cider dinner on Wednesday and snag a whiskey barrel–aged palisade peach cider when it's tapped on Thursday. Sat-Thu, times vary.
Celebrate the end of Pride Month by checking out the world’s largest LGBTQ performance. Musical groups from around the world, including the Beijing Queer Chorus, New York–based string quartet Well Strung, and Cuba’s only gay choir, Mano a Mano, will take the stage. You can also enjoy a flash mob rendition of “If You Were Gay” from the musical Avenue Q and catch a thought-provoking screening of the new documentary Call Me Kuchu, which explores gay rights in Uganda. Sat-Wed, times vary.
—Photo courtesy of GALA Choruses
See the best young lacrosse players in the world compete in the heart of the Mile High City. Elite local teams in the Under 13 Boys division, including the Colorado Crush and the Denver Rifles, will compete with stellar footballers from all over the world to take home the top honors. In addition to watching the main event, you can check out the boys' footwork during a skill competition, which will focus on special abilities like having the fastest shot. Sat 8 a.m.-Sun 4 p.m.
Come out to see the best soccer players in the state, including defending champions Unión Jerez, battle for glory in this tournament. Thirty-two amateur Hispanic teams will compete for a $4,000 check, and you can bring your old cleats and gear to donate to the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Passback program, which redistributes used items to children in underserved communities. Bonus: On Saturday afternoon, you'll have the chance to meet Mexican soccer legend Luis García. Sat 8 a.m.-Sun 3:30 p.m.
Get a jumpstart on celebrating Independence Day with a 5-mile run. Competitors will wind their way through Winter Park Resort along the tree-lined Fraser River Trail and eventually finish at Rendezvous, a private alpine club, for a post-race celebration that will feature refreshments and prizes from Cooper Creek Square. Proceeds will benefit the Scott Hughes Foundation, which provides scholarships for children with kidney disease. Sat 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
This lively outdoor festival features 250 national and international artists, including 26 from Colorado, working in 13 mediums. Be sure to check out five featured emerging artists, including Scott "Mr. Christmas" Hildebrandt, who creates complex whimsical sculptures from salvaged materials. Festival-goers can also enjoy the best of culinary and performing arts by visiting food booths from local vendors and enjoying live music from groups like funk band Global Soul Experience and electric string quartet Spinphony.
Expand your children's music taste beyond Top 40 hits through this introduction to classical music with the Colorado Musical Festival orchestra. The humorous and whimsical program features nontraditional solos from artists playing toy pianos and fishing rods. After the concert, stick around for a music fair on the lawn that includes an "instrument petting zoo," face painting, and balloon animals. Sat 10 a.m.
At this community-driven event, you can enjoy pitchers from local breweries including 300 Suns Brewing, Left Hand Brewing Company, and Oskar Blues Brewing as well as food from Samples World Bistro and Hefe's Tacos and Tequila to the soundtrack of a live show by Fort Collins–based funk group Eufórquestra. Volunteers from these brewhouses will volunteer to build a home for a family in need, and a portion of the proceeds from this tasting benefits the construction cause. Sat 2-10 p.m.
This starlet and former Disney sweetheart might describe her show as metaphorical gin and juice. But the two-time Billboard Music Award Finalist has left her Mickey Mouse ears on the set and is making bold moves on her fifth studio album, Revival. Get drunk off of the Texas native’s personal lyrics and sultry tones about love, relationships, and her cocktail of choice. Sat 8 p.m.
Pro wrestling and stand-up comedy come together like never before during this one-of-a-kind event that features outlandish costumes, high-flying stunts, and tons of hilarious narration. Local comics Sam Tallent, an improvisational whiz, and Nathan Lund, known for his direct joke-telling style, provide hilarious color commentary as wrestling stars like Colt Cabana, Martin Casaus, and former WWE wrestler Sammy Six-Guns Jr. duke it out live on the stage. Sun 7 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Geoff Decker
Choose between a 4K, a chip-timed four-miler, and a kids' 400-yard course at this patriotic run. (You're encouraged to proudly sport your stars-and-stripes attire.) Stick around after the races for a free old-fashioned crawfish boil, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer garden, and an all-American Slip'N Slide for all ages. Mon 8 a.m.
Skip the family barbecues this Independence Day and instead indulge in old-fashioned American nostalgia at this classic car show. Check out 100 vintage and custom rides (both cars and motorcycles) before settling in on the grass for a flashy fireworks display. Mon 5-10 p.m.
Bring your patriotic young'uns to an evening to celebrate our nation's independence with a multitude of events in the picturesque Winter Park. Kids can enjoy a magic show and face painting; you can enjoy an adult beverage at the nearby beer garden; and everyone will love the live music by Denver's own country music star Buckstein and (of course) fireworks when the sun goes down. Mon 6 p.m.
Join the Colorado Symphony as its musicians show the country some love with a family-friendly concert. American classics such as "the Overture of 1812," "God Bless America," and "Stars and Stripes Forever" will be performed, followed by a fireworks show sure to dazzle excitable eyes. Mon 7:30 p.m.
Listen for a bike bell as this literary rickshaw takes over the city of Longmont. This library in motion offers a plant-themed story time, a bilingual sing-along, and plenty of fun for the whole family before peddling away until the next event. Tue 5-5:30 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Longmont Library
You might be grieving over the Brexit, but you can still enjoy this U.K. export at a morning screening. After this Peruvian bear loses his forest home in an earthquake, he makes his way across the ocean and battles a plotting taxidermist to find a new home. The cub, who is based on the character in Michael Bond’s classic children’s book series, will capture your children's hearts. Tue 10 a.m.
—Photo courtesy of Longmont Museum and Cultural Center
This comedy-folk duo is back for their first tour in three years—and they’re stopping by Colorado’s favorite concert venue. The pair of New Zealanders will be performing some brand new material, along with old favorites like “Foux du Fafa” and “Business Time” from the Flight of the Conchords television series. The show will open with an act from Irish stand-up comedian David O’Doherty, who won two international awards for his comedy specials. Tue 8 p.m.
Bring your little explorers to this dinosaur-themed story hour and craft time. Kids will enjoy multiple tales; adorn paper dinosaurs with glitter, jewels, and other decorations; and delight in snacks from Happy Family Foods. Don't forget to take them on a walk through the Discovery Center, which is filled with information about animals and plants that lived in Colorado millions of years ago. Wed 10 a.m.
Travel back to the age of Hollywood before talking pictures were commonplace with this classic 1928 silent film starring Buster Keaton. As you root for the protagonist in his attempts to become an MGM cameraman and win the heart of a secretary, delight in live musical accompaniment by Denver-based pianist Hank Troy. Plus, catch Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle in 1918 slapstick comedic short The Cook. Wed 7:30 p.m.
Dust off your tassels for this four-day festival of variety shows, featuring five unique performances from award-winning burlesque artists—both male and female—from across the country. Be sure not to miss Denver native and headliner Vivienne VaVoom in Saturday’s Colorado Burlesque Festival Spectacular, and if you’re feeling a little frisky yourself, test out your skills with one the festival’s specialized classes on topics including dancing with a boa and facial expressions. Thu-Sun, times vary.
—Photo courtesy of Colorado Burlesque Festival
At this twangy concert, the Grammy Award-winning star and former singer for Hootie and the Blowfish is taking the stage with songs from his 2013 True Believers album such as the Platinum-certified rendition of “Wagon Wheel.” This North Carolina native will blow the crowd away with his R&B-turned-country tunes. Thu 7 p.m.
This pop country artist topped Billboard's country albums chart with his 2013 album, True Believers, which features his platinum single, “Wagon Wheel.” The Charleston native’s newest record, Southern Style, represents an expansion of his vocal range and a move toward more personal lyrics. Thu 7 p.m.
With surrealist Salvador Dali as the inspiration for this short play festival, things are bound to get weird. Theater lovers, Dali enthusiasts, or anyone with a taste for the absurd will enjoy watching the world premieres of seven brand-new works that feature characters based on the artist and his homonymic counterparts, including Dolly Parton, Dolley Madison, and even the Dalai Lama. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 6 p.m.
—Image courtesy of the Van Vechten Collection
There's no need to travel to New York or Chicago to network with innovative designers—you can find dozens of creative minds right here in the Mile High City. Kick off the city’s inaugural design week at the launch party, where you can check out an interactive art wall by local illustrator Christian Musselman with a Teakoe Tea cocktail in hand. For inspiration on revamping your space, tour a renovated 1970s home designed by Colorado architect Charles Haertling or a modern ranch home in Hilltop. Fri-Fri, times vary.
—Photo courtesy of Denver Design Week
Knitting and crochet aren't the only way to make beautiful woven pieces—this group exhibition features 11 artists who each have their own take on creating masterpieces out of fibers and textiles. Deidre Adams’ colorful stitched textiles almost look like paintings, while Thomas Lundberg’s embroideries are full of texture that creates a unique three-dimensional effect. After browsing through the gallery, you can also attend artist talks on subjects such as rust printing technique—the process of transferring rust from metal surfaces to materials like paper and textiles—and fiber art history.
Enjoy the best of visual, performing and musical arts during this three-day celebration of African-inspired art and culture. In the sculpture garden and along “Visual Arts Avenue,” you'll find paintings, etchings, and photography by elite and emerging black artists. Then you can catch the Hendersons Band giving a soulful performance to match the weekend theme of "Rock Steady." Fri-Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Born out of a love for two-stepping and rodeo, this Front Range event is put on by the oldest gay rodeo association in North America. The creative roundup features a range of equestrian competitions, including barrel racing, keyhole racing, and pole bending, as well as square dancing and the crowning of the rodeo king and queen. Fri-Sun 6 p.m.
The hilariously spooky Addams family makes their way to an Evergreen stage for a musical performance that proves opposites can attract.
Thanks to this brand-new mountain drive-in, your summer movie nights just got a little more retro. During the opening weekend for this 30-foot-wide boutique theater, you can park your car and tune in your FM radio to catch screenings of classic films, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Goonies, and a special sing-a-long version of Grease. Before the movies start, don't forget to grab snacks at a ’50s-themed concessions stand or DIY your own campfire-roasted s’mores. Wed 8:30-11:30 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Flickr/Denise Mattox
Shriek, these alternative rockers’ fourth and newest album, took their sound in a new direction—the songs depart from acoustic-guitar-driven melodies, evolving into raw vocals punctuated by synth and bass. The Baltimore natives’ thunderous live shows display their expert instrumentation and vocal skill. Fri 9 p.m.
Turn movie night into a drinking game at this '90s film screening. As you watch the cult classic Office Space, which follows three company workers who rebel against their stingy boss, you'll have plenty of opportunities to take a swig of your booze. The cinema recommends taking a drink when you see Bill Lumbergh carrying his Initech mug and finishing your refreshment anytime you hear, "Someone has a case of the Mondays." Fri 9:30 p.m.
Find inspiration for your outdoor space during this family-friendly bike tour. Visit 10 colorful yards designed in a variety of landscape styles, including a cottage garden (a small space brimming with colorful, dense plant coverage) and a Southwestern garden (a yard filled with plenty of desert native plants), then relax with a glass of lemonade and savor an Italian meal from Pietra's Pizzeria at a post-tour luncheon. Proceeds benefit the Jefferson County Center for Mental Health and the Wheat Ridge Community Foundation. Sat 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Perfect your cycling skillset at this comprehensive event, which offers skill camps, bike maintenance lessons, and even nutrition for improved bike performance. After instruction, you can head out on a group bike ride on the Idlewild Trails to show off your new talents. Don’t miss an opportunity to meet former pro cyclist and coach Alison Powers on Saturday, or the free yoga on Sunday morning to recover from your ride. Sat-Sun 8-11:45 a.m.
Saddle up for a country-themed workout. Navigate your way through farm obstacles like hay bales, tractor tires, and giant inflatable pigs and cows to vie for a first place medal, and then stick around or a family-friendly country fair to enjoy live music and a cold one at the beer garden. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentoring network that pairs adult volunteers and children in local communities. Sat 8:30 a.m.
Technology may have changed the art world, but this juried exhibition proves that the age-old skill of drawing isn’t going anywhere—in fact, it’s evolving. The display features drawing of every type, from traditional graphite on paper to images drawn in the earth to three-dimensional drawings in space. Peruse the gallery to see the nature-inspired works of Denver-based artist Trine Bumiller, or colorful, poppy sketches and prints by Jennifer Belair. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Come rain or shine, you can celebrate this brewery’s 26th year in the craft beer scene. Sip a tasty brew or sample roasted pork while you enjoy music from Colorado rock group Big Head Todd and the Monsters on the main stage, or catch other local indie bands such as Grant Farm and We Dream Dawn on the beer garden stage. Proceeds benefit nonprofit Conscious Alliance, which organizes grassroots efforts help feed thousands of people nationwide. Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Bring the whole family along for this summer fair filled with activities your little ones will love, including a trackless train, bubble foam pit, and pony rides. Make sure to set aside the whole day so you can stop by the many activity stations (think: caricatures, face painting, photo booths, and spin art). Sat 11 a.m.
Denver Beer Co. and Outdoor Project have teamed up for this summer spectacular. Try a new petite saison brewed in collaboration with Portland brewery Base Brewing Company, and snag swag from Zeal Optics, Mile High Clothing Company, and Spyder. As you sip, musical acts such as the Dollhouse Thieves, Josh Moorehead, and the Gin Doctors will take the stage. Proceeds from the pints sold benefit First Descents, which provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults impacted by cancer.
This colorful live performance will give spectators a glimpse into the studio process of Denver-based painter Laura Krudener. Watch as her literal kinetic movements translate into two-dimensional aesthetic drama in her paintings. As viewers look on, the artist will pour and layer paint on a canvas to create one of her signature large-scale works, each of which communicates movement, impermanence, and energy. Sat-Sun noon-3 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Laura Krudener
Bring your whole family (including the four-legged members) to this 5K fun run circling Sloan's Lake Park. Racers will have the opportunity to don earplugs during their run to experience what it’s like to be hard-of-hearing since proceeds benefit International Hearing Dog Inc., an organization that rescues dogs from local shelters and trains them as hearing service dogs. Sat 8 a.m.
This true riches-to-rags story of the love between Elizabeth (Baby) Doe and iconic silver tycoon Horace Tabor returns to the Central City Opera stage—60 years after its world debut at the respected operatic institution.
Independence Day might be over, but that doesn't mean you have to stop celebrating revolutionary milestones. Honor France's sovereignty at this cultural festival, during which you can sample fresh French pancakes from Crepes A Go-Go and listen to a live performance by accordion player Alicia Baker and vocalist Maria Lopez. For the most authentic experience, be sure to play round of Pétanque—a French game similar to bocce ball—for a chance to win a bottle of wine. Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
At this lively concert, this ’70s new wave band will perform their MTV Video Music Award–winning tunes. This throwback show will feature post-punk hits like “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack.” Sun 7:30 p.m.
Your children can play at being a superhero during this week-long course. They'll complete a kid-size obstacle course, learn the basics of first aid, and even cook firefighter-quality meals in the firehouse. Animal helpers and other special guests will make surprise appearances throughout the week. First session: Mon-Fri 1:30-3:30 p.m., ages 5 to 7; Second session: Mon-Fri 12:30-3:30 p.m., ages 8 to 12.
These aren't the jazzy tunes your grandfather listened to. The Bad Plus, an indie rock trio that Rolling Stone called "beautiful noise," shreds the notion of smooth jazz during this live performance by playing loud, fearless covers of Nirvana, Radiohead, and Pink Floyd, as well as a host of booming original tracks. Mon 7 p.m.
—Image courtesy of The Bad Plus
These Seattle natives rose to international fame in the ’90s as part of the grunge movement. The heavy metal rockers have redefined their genre and developed a more mature sound over the past two decades. Expect to hear classics from their 1993 acoustic-based EP, Jar of Flies, as well as hits from their 2013 album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Tue 8 p.m.
These two English musicians met while on an Amnesty International benefit tour in the ’80s and have remained close ever since. The iconic lead singer of the Police and the unforgettable singer-songwriter have now teamed up for a summer tour, in which they'll riff on old hits and perform solo as well as collaboratively. Tue 8 p.m.
A United Kingdom–based paddleboard company is splashing across the pond for a three-month tour of the United States—including a stop in Colorado. You'll get to test out any or all of the organization's inflatable boards, including those designed for surfing, touring, whitewater, and racing. Wed 4:30 p.m.
For hours, award-winning Heritage Mulefoot Hogs swiveled on spits over plum-wood embers in preparation for this farm-to-table dinner. The smoky pork will be paired with fresh Lyons Farmette veggies tugged from the ground that morning. To truly celebrate the summer harvest, purchase a bottle of bubbly, which will benefit Middle Boulder Creek Coalition and its efforts to preserve the local ecosystem. Wed 6-9 p.m.
Creede Repertory Theatre's Kid Show program, an opportunity for young artists to create and star in original theatrical pieces, puts a twist on a classic production. Local writers and directors Emily Van Fleet and Nathan Jones bring a kid-friendly version of the well-known Shakespearean tragedy (think: bull riders, clowns, and trapeze artists) to the stage. Thu-Sat 11 a.m.
Join Women Empowering Change for a day of leading ladies inspiring each other through chats, presentations, and demonstrations. Over 100 local and global organizations will be set up around the event to get the word out about their missions to change the world, including WorldDenver, the Colorado Women’s Education Foundation, Friendship Bridge, and Threads Worldwide. Thu 4-8 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Kimberly Dawn
Even if you couldn't get tickets to the String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, you still have a chance to glimpse their keyboard player, Kyle Hollingsworth, at this boozy festival. Sip craft beers from more than 30 local brew houses, including Odell Brewing Company and Platt Park Brewing Company, and dance along to live performances by the Kyle Hollingsworth Band as well as Denver funk group Jalbatross. Proceeds benefit Conscious Alliance, a Boulder-based nonprofit that organizes emergency food relief and youth empowerment programs across the country. Thu 5-9 p.m.
Take a bite out of Denver's restaurant scene with food tastings from more than 50 restaurants, including Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar and Denver Biscuit Company. A ticket at this food-lovers festival gets you unlimited samples as well as beverages from many local breweries and distilleries including Great Divide Brewery Co. and Woody Creek Distillers. Proceeds benefit EatDenver, a nonprofit that promotes independent restaurants in Denver. Thu 6-9 p.m.
Shakespeare buffs rejoice—this summer you can catch a performance of something other than Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet. In this lesser-known mythic tale set in ancient Britain, the king, Cymbeline, is unhappy with his daughter Imogen’s secret marriage to a lowborn man. The characters deceive one another and mistake each other's identities, ultimately leading up to an ending that is both tragic and comic. Wed-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:00 p.m.
The seven New Jersey natives in this ska band blend rock, jazz, latin, folk, and klezmer musical traditions to produce the group’s eclectic sound. Since its debut release of Everything Goes Numb in 2012, the ensemble has produced three full-length studio albums that are rife with energy and expert instrumentation. Fri 8 p.m.
At this opening ceremony, three new exhibitions will be unveiled: Adam Pendleton’s mixed media show Becoming Imperceptible, Guido Ignatti’s installation exhibition Setup, and Molly Bounds’ Critical Focus, which features unconventional body drawings. After you admire each artist's unique medium, enjoy mixes from DJs John Tyler and Maya Amack and snack on bites from Phenomenal Falafel and 5280 Sliders. Fri 4-10 p.m.
This six-artist exhibit explores artistic creations that achieve depth without complexity. For instance, Melissa Borrell’s works will immerse you in a shifting landscape of angles and hues with elemental use of light and color, while Patricia Finley’s clean, elegant lines are painted on colorless canvases. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
After releasing a self-titled EP in 2014, this Colorado-based folk band was voted Best New Artist by the Colorado Sound. Frontmen vocalist Joshua Scheer and guitarist Johnny Day deliver quick-strumming melodies inspired by alternative rock to create a sound all their own. At this lively show, expect to hear catchy tunes such as "Out to Sea" and "My Oh My." Tue 5:30-7:30 p.m.
At this intimate exhibit, explore the intersection of two genres of art that might seem to be mutually exclusive: expressionism and realism. Colorado-based painter Jeffrey Harrison possesses a style that is at once emotive and camera-like, subjective and objective. What results from Harrison’s holistic evaluations is something akin to portraits of his subjects' identities. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Jeffrey Harrison
Introduce your aspiring thespian the world of live theater at this magical production featuring a familiar story. Your child will delight in seeing this Disney classic, which follows a poor boy who falls in love with a princess and battles a sorcerer with help from a lovable genie, performed by a cast of their peers. Fri 6 p.m.
This Last Comic Standing finalist is more than just a stand-up comedian—she’s also a podcast host and comedic actress. Onscreen you can see her in Failosophy, Trainwreck, and her new sex-themed talk show Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, and her stand-up shows offer more of the same blunt, female-driven comedy. Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.
Journey down to Skid Row to witness the comedic adventures of Seymour, Audrey, Mr. Mushnik, and their secret man-eating plant.
This uproarious farce, filled with hilarious puns, satirical comments, and instances of mistaken identity, makes its way to Conifer. In the witty show, slave Pseudolus attempts to win his freedom by helping his young, clueless master woo his crush. The original Broadway version won several Tony Awards and inspired the 1966 cult classic film. Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
This punk band has been bringing third wave ska tunes with a distinctly early 2000s feel to audiences around the world for more than a decade. The New Jersey natives sing about love, loss and remembrance in songs like "The Three of Us" and "Would You Be Impressed." Fri 8 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Streetlight Manifesto
Take a break from hiking this weekend to get some exciting aerial exercise. During this high-flying experience, you'll take in breathtaking views of the Arapaho National Forest as you soar down 3,900 feet of five increasingly higher and faster zip lines. You can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, so we won't blame you for screaming when you're 78 feet above ground on the High Lonesome Line. Fri-Sat 8-11 p.m
—Image courtesy of Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa
Saddle up for this wild western race, which will take you on routes such as the East Plum Creek Trail through the rolling hills of Castle Rock. Dress up in your best country gear to win first place in the costume contest, or bring your kids younger than 11 to participate in a free 2K race. Proceeds benefit the Castle View High School Cross Country team. Sat 8 a.m.
Watch as expert championship triathletes race through a one-mile swim, a 25K mountain bike course, and a 9.3-kilometer trail run. Amateur competitors can challenge themselves in a half-distance race (half-mile swim, nine-mile mountain bike, three-mile trail run) or on five, 10, or 20-kilometer trail runs around the Beaver Creek Resort. Sat 8 a.m.
Chip, putt or drive your way to the top at this charity competition. If you don't quite hit par on the course, participate in a separate hole-in-one or putting contest. Off the green, attendees can enter a raffle to potentially win a three-day stay at a Las Vegas luxury condo or memorabilia from golfer Jordan Spieth. Proceeds benefit the Angelite Group, which provides assistance to survivors and victims of domestic violence. Sat 8:30 a.m.
—Photo courtesy of the Angelite Group
Join this motorcycle ride and rally to support the furry friends that help veterans living with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and mobility impairments. The 75-mile route will wind through the beautiful mountain roads of the Front Range, and you’ll finish at the Quaker Steak & Lube in Westminster for a lunch special including dishes like hamburgers and jalapeño cheddar sausages. Proceeds benefit Freedom Service Dogs of America, an organization that trains dogs to help veterans with specific needs. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
A calming, fresh scent and picturesque purple blooms await you at this celebration of summer's most versatile plant. While you're there, browse sachets and lavender-flavored beverages from local vendors; enjoy a hay ride around the farm with the kiddos; and take a class on creating medicinal oils ($30) with local herbalist Zoë Williams, the founder of folk medicine business Stellaria Spellcraft. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Float around and nosh on kebabs, Russian sochni, and sarma. (Yes, those are all food samplings, and they're served à la carte for optimal tasting.) Then, send the kids over to the jump castle as you enjoy ethnic performances such as folk dancers and singers. If you get a hankering to spend some money, hit up the vendors where you can find homemade crafts and international trinkets. Sat 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Whether you're looking to enjoy the sun or chow down on a Deluxe patty from Park Burger, this block party is the place to do it. With an Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Co. in hand, you can sway along to live performances from reggae groups the Original Wailers and the Hip Abduction. Proceeds benefit Denver Urban Gardens, a nonprofit that builds and manages community gardens throughout the metro area. Sat noon-8 p.m.
This crafty workshop is a chance for your little one to get creative and learn about the past. Students will make thaumatropes, which are unique toys from the 19th century that consist of a disk with a photo on each side attached to a string. When your child spins her creation, she'll see her own two-dimensional animation. Sat 1-2 p.m.
Indulge in a "to-die-for" menu and don your detective cap for this murder mystery dinner, which celebrates Rebel Restaurant's first year of business. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour featuring slasher-themed drinks such as the "Hello Clarice," made with chianti and Apostles yerba mate gin. Then chefs Dan Lasiy and Bo Porytko will be serving up four killer courses,including a foie gras, truffle, and pork terrine as well as a savory short rib pastrami, the cleaver-happy culprit will be revealed. Sat 6 p.m.
At this whimsical exhibit, the world of Dr. Seuss leaps straight off the pages into real life. Featuring 17 taxidermy wall sculptures crafted by the author himself in the 1930s, the display showcases creatures of all shapes and sizes—from the blue-hued carbonic walrus to the ram-like goo-goo-eyed Tasmanian wolghast—that toe the line between real and imaginary. Sat 6-9 p.m.
It's almost election season, and there’s a new candidate coming to town. After creating a television show that considered class, race, and gender issues, beloved sitcom star Roseanne Barr offers a unique take on the political landscape. At this documentary screening, she'll be there in person to introduce the dark comedy that follows her 2012 presidential campaign and uncovers her past along the way. Sat 7 p.m.
You admired these attorneys when you saw them defending Stephen Avery in Making A Murderer—now you have the chance to swoon over their commitment to justice in person. At this intimate lecture, they'll discuss the Avery case and its broader implications for the American legal system before taking questions from the audience. Without any video editing or media angles, you can experience their candid thoughts first-hand during what they call "a live director's cut" of the Netflix series. Sat 8 p.m.
If you believe cats can't be trained, you've certainly never met this dynamic band of acrobatic felines. Led by Samantha Martin, a Chicago-based animal expert, these talented kitties jump through hoops, walk tightropes, raise flags, and push skateboards. After marveling at their astounding physical feats, don't miss the show’s grand finale: a performance by the all-feline musical group the Rock Cats. Days, times vary.
—Image courtesy of the Amazing Acro-cats
For half a century, the arts haven tucked into the Roaring Fork Valley (close to Aspen and Snowmass) has supported nationally and internationally recognized artists through residencies and other programs. The week-long celebration of the ranch’s anniversary, then, is perhaps not long enough. The schedule is stacked with artist lectures, celebrations, and exhibits, but we suggest you keep an eye out for designer (and coder) Joshua Davis’ interactive mural of geometric shapes in the Snowmass Village Mall and the retrospective Anniversary Exhibition at multiple locations. Days, times vary.
For this seasonal meal, Chef Dakota Soifer from Cafe Aion will prepare a vegetarian menu with items grown at Oxford Gardens. Using a variety of greens, the chef will prepare a whole wheat tart with caramelized shallots, chilled Hakurei turnip soup, and rolled pasta with baby Swiss chard. The farm-fresh dinner will be paired with Citrus Lager, Cherry Saison from Sanitas Brewing Co. Sun 5:30 p.m.
This camp will have your little Picasso seeing art in a new light. In the morning, he can engage in a food painting session that uses everyday foods as a means to create art. Later in the day, he'll participate in a workshop that includes a find-this-texture scavenger hunt, rubbings of interesting textures around the museum, and discussions on ink and mono prints. For an additional charge, little ones can stay for lunch each day. Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to noon; 1-5 p.m.
Enjoy a stunning view of the Flatirons as you stroll the brick-paved Pearl Street Mall during this creative gathering. Browse arts and crafts in a range of mediums: stunning landscapes, kitschy sculptures, handmade jewelry (keep an eye out for Nordic transplant Anita Gronstedt's woven, Sami Lapland style bracelets), photography, and more. Artists hail from around the country, so enjoy this chance to pick up a unique piece for your home and support the creative industry. Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Follow the journey of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai and her commitment to fighting for women’s education worldwide in this portrait documentary. Guests can enjoy a patio wine reception prior to the screening, as well as an interview with financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein. The film will be shown in coordination with the opening night of the Resnick Aspen Action Forum, which encourages entrepreneurial leaders to make a positive change in the world. Mon 5 p.m.
Inspired by the 30th anniversary of the Beastie Boys' debut album, this Musical Chairs dinner series meal appeals to music lovers and foodies alike. The dishes are named after songs on the album, including the "Brass Monkey," which is hop and vodka cured sockeye salmon, and the "No Sleep Till Brooklyn," a cheesecake parfait with espresso-brown butter. Sun 5:30 p.m.
Part theologian, part anthropologist, this prolific folk singer has inspired a loyal following that's equally entranced by his somber acoustic albums and his expansive orchestral pieces. Steeped in metaphor, the lyrics of this singer-songwriter’s repertoire draw on autobiographical events as well as religious tradition, fantasy worlds, and historical events. Mon 7:30 p.m.
Colorado sculptor Sara Ransford assembles delicate pieces of paper clay, creating forms reminiscent of natural shapes: sedimentary deposits in rock formations, the spongey, stringy flesh of bark, the pods of a seed. Her work, in abstract form, evokes a sense of time and erosion inherent to both the natural and man-made worlds. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
During this unusual screening, glimpse the exciting start of mussel season in the Dutch province of Zeeland and marvel at how much its inhabitants love these mollusks. Start with a pre-film cocktail and snack from New World Cheese, then learn about Dutch biologists, chefs, and gynecologists, all of whom depend on this sea creature in their work. After the movie, enjoy a dinner of gourmet mussels prepared by Three Tomatoes Catering, Bistro Vendôme, and the Oceanaire Seafood Room. Tue 7:15 p.m.
This inspiring musical tells the true story of legendary singer-songwriter Carole King and her rise to fame. The show chronicles everything from King's songwriting with her husband and her relationship with fellow writers Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann to the hits that became some of the most prolific expressions to define the ’60s and ’70s. Tue-Fri 7:30, Thu, Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.
Think of this installation as a work of artistic synesthesia. During the interactive sense-blending exhibition, Colorado artist Jonathan Mason pairs seven musical notes with seven different colors, so guests can choose a combination of hues to produce their own melodies. Up to seven viewers at a time can experiment with the shades to create their own harmonies on a glockenspiel. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
—Image courtesy of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
The next total solar eclipse is a year away, but since a similar event hasn't happened since 1979, you should start planning your watch party now. Scott McIntosh, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, will help you prespare at this fascinating presentation, during which he'll discuss this rare interaction between celestial bodies and give you tips for observing it effectively and safely. Wed 6-8:30 p.m.; Sat 3-5:30 p.m.
English rock band Glass Animals will play their unique sound alongside indie group Portugal.The Man at this hip show. The U.K. group brings their signature blend of intricate beats and odd lyrics, while the Alaska natives are delivering groovy tracks off their 2013 album Evil Friends. Wed 7 p.m.
Next time you visit the airport, avoid the TSA line and celebrate Colorado's Western heritage at this lively festival instead. After you sip on whiskey from Old Town Distilling Co., visit ponies at a Colorado Horse Rescue's petting zoo, try to spend eight seconds on a mechanical bull, or take silly selfies in a cowboy-themed photo booth. As you listen to live performances by folksy group Rocky Mtn. Bluegrass and singer Eric Lane, who plays covers of pop and rock hits, make sure to savor this worry-free time in DIA—it might never happen again. Thu 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Take a trip over the rainbow with Dorothy, Toto, and all of her friends at this beloved family-friendly musical. Fan favorites like “If I Only Had a Brain” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard” will have you tapping your toes and maybe even clicking your heels—because there’s no place like the theater. Bonus: This elegant playhouse serves up a scrumptious selection of Oz-inspired entrees, including the Emerald City stuffed pepper and the cornmeal dusted trout, while you're watching the show. Thu-Fri 6 p.m.; Sat noon, 6 p.m.; Sun noon.
Make a good lookin' (and tastin') cupcake with a glass of wine in hand. The hosts, Girls Gone Grape, know how its done. Join them for an after-work happy hour and relieve some stress as you bake and decorate these mini-cakes. Go home with a souviner—four cupcakes to get your through that Friday workday. Thu 6-8 p.m.
Come together for a night that combines music from the Beatles with a spread of brews named after their greatest hits. This evening tasting will feature new Joyride Brewing Company beers, including the White Double IPA and the Sgt. Pepper Sour Mashed IPA, paired with small bites such as the Spotted Trotter's black pepper salami and Parish Hill Creamery's aged Suffolk Punch cheese. Dave Berger, owner and brewmaster at Joyride Brewing, will explain the Beatles-inspired beers while Steve Duty, cheesemonger at Cheese & Provisions, will walk guests through the pairings. Thu 7-8:30 p.m.
Inspired by James Cameron's multi-million dollar 2001 hit film, Cirque du Soleil plunges into the Avatar world with a unique acrobatic twist. Aerial dancing, gravity-defying tumbling, and elaborate, moving sets all complement a story of war and the pursuit of knowledge. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 4, 8 p.m.; Sun 1:30, 5:30 p.m.
Vincent Xeus has created large portraits by ladling colorful blobs of paint on planks of wood before. Ron Hicks has created haunting images based on historical events, and Daniel Keys has painted still lifes and farm scenes with a life-like sense of motion. But none has ever completed such works on so grand a scale. Twenty-five artists will create their largest pieces to date in this boundary-pushing show. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Inked Magazine named Denver the fifth most tattooed city in America, so it's no surprise this massive body art–centric convention is coming to the Mile High City. For three days, festival attendees can peruse the works of tattoo artists from 22 states as well as the United Kingdom and enjoy dance performances from Darshan Dance and Ooh La La Burlesque. You're not required to have a tattoo to attend—but if you have a piece you'd like to show off, you can enter into a tattoo competition to see if your body art is the best in town. Fri noon-10 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-8
The A-list lineup for this three-day festival will feature national acts such as Kid Cudi, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Passion Pit, and the Fray. Get the full festivarian experience by camping, enjoying craft brews, and hiking and biking in the surrounding area throughout the weekend. Fri 3 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon.
This three-day mountain bike extravaganza will begin with a kick-off party at the newly renovated New Belgium Brewery and progress to the Screamin’ Beaver Enduro race featuring three of the Front Range's most technical descents. Sunday morning will feature the infamous 40 in the Fort, a difficult 20-mile single-track course that covers more than 4,500 vertical feet of terrain. Fri 4 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.; Sun 7 a.m.
During this outdoor fund-raiser, you'll have the chance to get some exercise alongside an inspirational athlete. Start your weekend with a cocktail party on Friday, then spend Saturday on an invigorating six-mile hike up Dercum Mountain accompanied by legendary climber Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind man to summit Mt. Everest. Proceeds benefit No Barriers, a nonprofit that creates opportunities for disabled individuals to participate in recreational activities. Fri 5-8:45 p.m.; Sat 5:45 a.m.-noon
—Photo courtesy of Brian Smith
This beer-centric festival started in 2004—back before craft beer was even cool. (Well, maybe craft beer has always been cool, but you get the point.) Grab your souvenir glass and join some of your closest brewing friends including Avery Brewing Co. and Ratio Beerworks for a weekend full of hops. Mosey from tent to tent for unlimited tastings all weekend long. Fri, Sat 6-10 p.m.
Lose yourself in towering works of art during this larger-than-life exhibition. This unique show, which highlights 25 of the gallery's featured artists, gives painters the chance to leave average-sized canvases behind and create giant masterpieces. Landscape artist David Grossmann recreates the immersive experience of walking through a forest in his 30-by-50-inch painting "Autumn Color Patterns," while Mia Bergeron uses her massive wooden canvas to create a detailed portrait of a woman's face through frosted glass. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Gallery 1261
As part of his 25th anniversary concert tour, this soulful singer-songwriter will play his eponymous debut album circa 1991 in its entirety, including his hit single, “Walking In Memphis.” The Grammy Award–winning musician’s sound is inspired by the folk rock tradition of singers such as Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Fri 6:30 p.m.
This dramatic, thought-provoking show deals with questions of faith, mortality, and the meaning of life. Based on the 1957 film of the same name directed by Ingmar Bergman, this production tells the story of Antonius, a knight who returns from the Crusades only to find himself in the midst of the Black Plague. To avoid being overcome by the rampant disease, the knight challenges Death to a game of chess—during which he may just win a chance at life. Fri, Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 5:30 p.m.
In collaboration with Spotlight Theatre Company, Vintage Theatre brings this witty musical comedy back to Denver. The over-the-top play attempts to tell the history of the entire universe, all in about an hour and 40 minutes. As the characters laughably portray legendary characters like Jesus Christ and Ghandi, they find that their performances are funnier and more thought-provoking than they could have predicted. Mon-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
Reassume your high school persona—whether you were a jock, a goth, or a nerd—for this hilariously relatable night of readings. Excerpts read straight from performers' own teen diaries, yearbooks, and secret notes reveal their juiciest gossip and deepest insecurities from their past. In this special edition, hear coming out stories, anecdotes, and inner musings from member of the LGBTQ community. Fri 8 p.m.
Looping from the Beaver Creek Ski Resort out along the banks of the Colorado and Eagle rivers, the 42-, 68-, 100-mile courses (and the new, 17.4-mile mountain bike route) of this gorgeous ride are sure to challenge even the most devoted Vail Valley road bikers. Stop by the River Ride Rendezvous VIP event at the Dusty Boot the night before the event for appetizers, drinks, and a silent auction. Proceeds from the ride benefit youth development nonprofit SOS Outreach, which connects at-risk youth with adventure sports and mentoring opportunities in that sphere. Sat 7 a.m.
Skip the bathtub and sprint right into the suds at this foamy 5K. Volunteers will cover you in fluffy, colored foam throughout the course, which winds throughout the city of Lowry. After the race, jam out to dance music and brave the blasts of two giant Bubble Foam Cannons. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society, an organization dedicated to eliminating cancer through research and education. Sat 8 a.m.
Explore the Jurassic world with your child during this dino-focused day of acitivities. Sift through sand for replica fossils, put together dinosaur puzzles, or glimpse massive dinosaur skeletons that were unearthed by railroad workers laying the original train tracks in the area. In addition, a steam locomotive will be offering rides through the 15-acre railyard, and real fossils from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will be available for your junior paleontologist to inspect. Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
—Photo courtesy of Matt Isaacks
This weekend, your kids can swap their Saturday morning cartoons for a movie instead. Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, this ’90s animated film follows a young boy named James as he embarks on an unconventional journey to New York City riding a giant, magical peach. Don't bother making breakfast before you head to the show—during the screening, your little film buffs will be treated to a cereal bar full of morning favorites such as Lucky Charms and Frosted Flakes. Sat 10:30 a.m.
Bring your little one to an outdoor concert put on by this award-winning children's music group. Justin Roberts will bring along his high-energy five-piece classic rock band to sing about recess, sea monsters, and (of course) the pros and cons of nap time. Sat 11 a.m.
More than 25 craft breweries and 36 barbecue teams will take over Ralston Park for a summer day of 'cue and brews. As barbecue teams vie for that $10,000 prize (yes, you'll get to taste the meaty contenders), sip on some homegrown suds from establishments such as Boulder Beer and Loveland Aleworks. Our recommendation: Buy the $10 sampler pack for a tasting beer mug and 10 tokens good for brew and barbecue. Sat noon-7 p.m.
Both fine art and wine will be demystified during this gala held by one of Denver’s most acclaimed contemporary art galleries. You’ll glimpse masterpieces from start-to-finish as local artists Jessi West Lundeen and Greg Dye, both known for their vivid lanscapes, paint live. Meanwhile, sommelier Greg Thomas will lead attendees through a tasting of international wines, each paired with hors d’oeuvre by Evergreen caterers La Cuisine. RSVP required. 4-7 p.m.
At this politically charged concert, rocker Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, hip-hop star Talib Kweli, and Denver-based group the Flobots will unite in musical protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. They'll use their lyrics and thunderous chords to call attention to their negative views on the trade deal, which they see as a corporate attempt to ignore environmental concerns and bypass local and national democracy.
As your enjoy a red ale on the patio, this Denver-based indie band will play a set of twangy folk tunes. Expect to hear catchy melodies from their recent EPs, Armadillo and Artichoke, as well as a opening performance from Delaney Davis, an acoustic singer-songwriter from New Mexico. Tue 7 p.m.
During this impactful movie night, you're sure to become more aware of your carbon footprint. The evening's lineup includes four films that will inspire you to make more sustainable choices, including Cowspiricy: The Sustainability Secret, a documentary exploring the environmental impact of animal agriculture, and Baraka, a collection of footage from around the world capturing the destruction and beauty of nature.
At this upbeat performance, jazz musician and composer Matt Savage will delight you with his solo piano music. Though he was diagnosed with a high-functioning type of autism at a young age and couldn't tolerate a lot of sound, the 24-year-old taught himself how to play and has worked alongside jazz veterans such as trumpet player Wynton Marsalis and pianist Chick Corea. During this show, expect to hear tunes from his new album, Matt Savage: Piano Voyages, as well as his previous record, A Bigger Celebration. Sun 6 p.m.
Got a little one who's fascinated with trains? Take him to the railroad museum to get an idea of train technology beyond Thomas & Friends. Field trips, crafts, and demonstrations will teach campers about the variety of technologies used in model railroad construction. Kids will also compare and contrast their findings to real, life-size trains on the museum grounds. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Spend an evening remembering the legendary David Bowie at this fantastic installment of Film on the Rocks. In the classic 1986 film, teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) teams up with an odd band of creatures to thwart the Goblin King (Bowie) and rescue her baby brother. Between Bowie's musical numbers, Jim Henson's elaborate puppets, and the outlandish sets and costumes, this is one throwback worth digging through the archive for. Mon 7 p.m.
In this historical documentary, the legacy of poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has been captured on screen for the first time. During the screening, watch interviews with several iconic figures, including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, who will offer their take on Angelou's impact throughout history. Stick around after the film to ask questions and hear about the production process from the directors, Rita Coburn-Whack and Bob Hercules. Mon 7-9 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Ron Groeper
During this food-focused block party, you can chow down on grub from Colfax restaurants, including flaky sandwiches from the Denver Biscuit Company; sweet and savory pies from the Humble Pie Store; and modern Mexican fare from Mezcal. After you've eaten your fill, dance along to live performances by local Americana band Strange Americans as well as pop-blues vocalist Shilo Gold and explore street art by local painters Steven Oskay and Max Rowe. Tue 5:30-8:30 p.m.
—Image courtesy of Don Novak
This three-day, activity-filled food and wine event offers everything from a wine hike, to a croquet and wine event to art seminars. The don't-miss event of the weekend is Saturday's grand tasting when over 500 wineries from far and wide (Elk Cove Vineyards of Oregon to Oyster Bay of New Zealand) gather to offer abundant tastes. Thu-Sun times vary
Mark Andrew Bailey is known for his expertly lit impressionist scenes; Kristy Gordon has drawn acclaim for her life-like portraits with surreal backdrops; and Robert Spooner employs Pollock-like chaos in his vivid street scenes. But what else might they like to create? See what these and seven other artists produced for this group show when given no requirements—except to show the depths of their creativity. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
A singer-songwriter with a voice that’s been compared to Billie Holliday, this jazz vocalist began her professional career at 15 as a busker on the streets of Paris. She recorded her first album, Careless Love, in 2004 with renowned producer Larry Klein and in 2013 released The Blue Room, an homage to Ray Charles' 1962 LP, Modern Sounds in Country Western Music. Thu 8 p.m.
As part of a 1940s tradition that began as a trail ride from the Buffalo Bill Saddle Club to Buffalo Bill’s Grave, golfers will compete in the Golden Challenge Golf Tournament. The format will be a four-person scramble with first-, second-, and third-place prizes for the team with the lowest gross and net scores and a $10,000 cash prize for any golfer who can make a hole-in-one on a par three hole. Thu 1:30 p.m.
Magical sets, captivating costumes, and stunning special effects from acclaimed artist and puppeteer Basil Twist all bring new life to this Shakespearean dramedy. Choreographed by the renowned Christopher Wheeldon, the hybrid production unites comedy, tragedy, and fantasy into an elaborate and touching look into loss, redemption, and family. Thu-Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2, 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Renowned electronic artist Bassnectar will produce and headline this star-studded EDM showcase. Others sets will come from Flux Pavilion, Wu-Tang Clan, Flying Lotus, and Porter Robinson. The festival will also offer two campgrounds adjacent to the venue for guests as well as offsite after-party shows at several venues in Denver. Fri-Sat, times vary.
Nearly three dozen balloon pilots will treat more than 300 veterans and their families to sunrise balloon rides that fly from Sulfur Mountain to South Park. The annual event is held to thank both active and non-active military members and their families for their courage, service, and sacrifice. Breakfast will be served following the flight courtesy of Lobacks Bakery. Sat-Sun, sunrise.
If you're hoping to see your newly finished manuscript on the shelves at the Tattered Cover, this intimate workshop is a smart opportunity for networking. Between attending presentations on the publishing industry and submitting the first page of your book to a panel for criticism, you can meet one-on-one with an agent to pitch your ideas and receive feedback. Bonus: Writer's Digest editor Chuck Sambuchino will read your query letter and give you tips for sending it to publishers in the future. Sat 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Get a breath of fresh air with this day-trip-worthy festival in stunning Keystone. Admission is free, but the works for sale are high-end. Whether you're out to decorate your LoDo penthouse or just enjoy the stroll-worthy setting, be sure to admire the striking paintings (like Steve Ward's vivid abstract works), eye-catching sculptures, and local crafts. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Grab some burger bucks ($1 each) and make your way around this beefy festival; redeem your bucks for beers and burgers. Twenty of Colorado's best chefs fire up the grill and compete for the title of Colorado's Best Burger and a ticket to the nationally televised World Food Championship in Florida. (Stuft Burgers from Fort Collins won last year.) Tip: Look for the pre-sale VIP tickets for the best deal on the block. Sat 1-4 p.m.
In a world where many curate (seemingly) perfect lives for social media, Colorado artist Matthew Harris is questioning how social status is truly gained. His demonic ceramic busts (which we think call to mind the noble outcast hunchback Quasimodo) are meant to pose the question: How do wisdom, compassion, and humility stack up against wealth, physical appearance, and charming personality? Wed-Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
See who will take the title of Beer vs. Beer World Champion as Ska Brewing takes on Wibby Brewing, the reigning champ. Will the hometown favorite retain its title or will the Durango-based, music-inspired counterpart dominate? You get to decide. Oh, and there will be food for noshing, too. Sun 6:30-9:30 p.m.
The Canada-born singer of the hit single “Stitches” first rose to fame when his Vines of song covers went viral. The sentimental tracks on the 17-year-old’s debut studio album, Handwritten, tell predictably romantic stories but also showcase a serious vocal talent and ear for catchy melodies. Sun 7:30 p.m.