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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Journey down to Skid Row to witness the comedic adventures of Seymour, Audrey, Mr. Mushnik, and their secret man-eating plant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.