08/2016

Jurassic Brick Land Summer Camp

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 6:52am

Your child will Lego of their worries and digest new knowledge about dinos at this creative camp. Instructors will teach your little learner about the tyrannosaurus rex and then lead them in building remote-controlled versions of the beast themselves. Kids can't take home the motorized raptors to terrorize their siblings, but they will leave with a crafted Lego souvenir. Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-noon.

—Photo courtesy of Bricks 4 Kidz

Making America Grate Again

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Tue, 07/26/2016 - 8:13am

At this curious tasting, history buffs and dairy lovers can come together for an educational meal. James Beard Award–winning author Adrian Miller will share fascinating stories on the history of soul food in the White House kitchen as you chow down on bowls of three-cheese macaroni. This comfort food staple will be served up buffet-style with plenty of tasty toppings, so be sure to come hungry. Mon 6:30-8 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Flickr/Gail

Summer of Reading Cupcake Party

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 6:57am

Celebrate all the reading your little bookworms have done this summer by treating them to a sweet reward. Your kiddos will join a wacky workshop that will teach them to decorate cupcakes like pros such as Katherine Kallinis Berman of DC Cupcakes, and then they can eat their handiwork. Tue 2-3 p.m.

Crawfish Boil

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 12:17pm

Let this event take you down to the good old south. Join East Coast Joe's while they prepare an all-you-can-eat comfort meal of crawfish, corn, and potatoes. Enjoy live music from Soultyme, a bluegrass and funk band, and local beer along with your meal. Wed 6-8 p.m.

Movies in the Park

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 06/13/2016 - 4:20pm

Dive into a weekly adventure with your favorite on-screen characters every Wednesday in August thanks to this outdoor screening series. Travel across the country with Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, follow the shenanigans of a fictional British metal band in the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, and join a pair of young lovers on the run in Moonrise Kingdom. Movies don’t start until dusk, but arrive early to grab a bite at various food trucks or snag a good seat and set up your own picnic for dinner and a show. Wed 6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Don Mills

White Rose Evening

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:31pm

During this picturesque visit to the gardens, enjoy a romantic sunset view and lush blooms. Take in the serene ambiance as you admire artwork from the "Stories in Sculpture" exhibit, which features large pieces by Henry Moore, Deborah Butterfield, and George Segal. After embarking on a private rose garden tour with senior curator Panayoti Kelaidis, you can purchase a limited edition white rose plant that was grown exclusively for the event. Proceeds benefit Lutheran Medical Center. Wed 6 p.m.

Film, Chefs, and Glorious Song

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:20am

This gourmet meal will delight all of your sense. Snack on tasty small plates, including stone fruit panzanella salad from River and Woods and Carter Country beef tartare from the Blackbelly Butcher Shop, while you enjoy a performance by Opera on Tap Colorado. Then check out A Tale of Three Seasides, a short film by the Perennial Plate. Proceeds benefit the Flatirons Food Film Festival, which screens movies and hosts food-related activities. Wed 6:30-10 p.m. 

Volunteers of America Legends Golf Tournament

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Mon, 06/06/2016 - 3:57pm

Tee off to support local service projects at this friendly tournament. Steve “Iron Man” Garvey, a former first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, will join you on the private course and meet you at the Denver ChopHouse & Brewery for the after-party. Proceeds benefit Volunteers of America, an organization that offers transitional housing, health services, and career training programs for individuals in need. Thu 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Denise Robert

ArtLab: P.O.V.

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 1:25pm

Thanks to this thought-provoking exhibition, you'll dive into a discussion about current events. Thirteen high school students teamed up with Denver artists Taylor Balkissoon and John Lake to explore social issues, such as gentrification and homelessness, in their creative works. From zines to multimedia pieces to large-scale photography, the students contributed their own perspectives and grappled with each topic in an individualized way. Thu 5:30-7:30 pm.

Covered Wagon Days

Submitted by Molly Longman on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:43am

Journey to the past at this historic festival honoring Colorado's Western roots. Glimpse covered wagons in the parade downtown, enjoy a charity pork roast dinner, and learn about Del Norte's past during a hay wagon tour. After a weekend full of activity on the frontier, refuel at an ice cream social on Saturday. Thu-Sun, times vary.

Governor's Cup Wine Tasting

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:45am

To celebrate the Centennial State's 140th birthday, sample 236 wines from 33 local wineries. Sip blends from Plum Creek Winery as you snack on small plates made by chefs from Cafe Marmotte and the Arvada Tavern. Plus, the judges will announce the first, second, and third place winners in the Governor's Cup Wine Competition. Thu 7:30-10 p.m. 

Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 06/13/2016 - 11:45am

Calling all book lovers, collectors, and print junkies: This two-day festival boasts novelties including rare books, maps, posters, and historic records. In addition to exhibitors such as Fahrenheit’s Books, Jeff Jeremias Fine Arts, and the Old Map Gallery, the event welcomes speakers Thomas Haller Buchanan, author of Beauty and the Book, and Karen Jones of the Book Arts League, who will discuss and demonstrate the restoration, repair, and care of old books. Fri 2-8 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. -Photo Courtesy of Eric Mayer

Dillon Open Regatta

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 7:16am

This sailboat race at 9,000 feet promises breathtaking views of the Front Range and plenty of action. Watch sailing contestants from the shore or hop in a spectator boat to glimpse Lil Irene, Blue Streaker, and more than 20 other speedy crafts up close as they carve their paths around the chilly reservoir. After you've gotten your adrenaline fix, stick around for dinner by Moe's Original Barbeque on Saturday or sip on drinks from Breckenridge Distillery and McNab Ridge Winery during the Sunday after-party. Fri 6-9 p.m.; Sat noon-10:30 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

Archetype Revival

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:11am

Archetypal figures, such as the hero and the villain, are the focus of this inventive group exhibition. In this display, nine emerging artists reimagine these classic characters in their paintings, sculptures, and video installations. Peruse the gallery to view collaborative projects such as "Tea Cup Teddy," a stuffed bear–shaped sculpture made from broken china, and "Flower Weapons," a bow and arrow constructed from delicate blooms. Tue-Thur 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Museum of Outdoor Arts

Superposition

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 7:42am

At this collaborative, conceptual fashion show, local designers Cyrus and Keenan Ferguson will showcase their original pieces. Denver musician Jason Corder, better known by his stage name Off the Sky, will spin moody electroacoustic tracks as models show off their minimalist looks, which have been crafted from hand-painted fabrics made by artists at RedLine's Reach Studio, a space where individuals experiencing homelessness can express themselves creatively. Fri 7-9 p.m.

—Image courtesy of RedLine

Under The Bug Top

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 1:57pm

A night at the circus promises plenty of surprises. Watch live shows by entertainers such as Ginger Snap, a girl who shocks herself with over 500,000 volts of electricity, or check out the creepy Cabinet of Curiosities, which contains shrunken heads from Bora Bora and the reptilian Alligator Man. Afterward, enjoy classic snacks such as popcorn and hot dogs while challenging your friends to carnival games. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Aerial Dance Festival Showcase

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 9:16am

This gravity-defying showcase, presented by the Frequent Flyers of Boulder, features aerial artists who have worked with nationally touring ensembles such as Cirque du Soleil. The performances are the culmination of a two-week-long workshop festival and include acts from festival faculty members such as Rain Anya, Ana Prada, and Danielle Garrison. Using aerial silks, lyra hoops, trapeze, and rope, dancers perform daring physical feats and theme-oriented concept pieces set to music from artists such as Beyoncé and the Portland Cello Project. Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2 p.m., 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.

Copper Triangle Alpine Cycling Classic

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:10am

Conquer the towering Fremont, Tennessee, and Vail passes during this intense mountain cycling race. The course will gain 5,981 feet in elevation over 78 miles, and riders will pass by multiple historic mining outposts as well as the famous Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army trained during the ’40s. Following the ride, a tasty lunch from Copper Mountain Resort will cap off a day off cardio. Sat 8 a.m.

Denver Aquarium Mystic Mermaid Breakfast

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:02am

At this family-friendly meal, your little underwater enthusiasts can glimpse mermaids in their natural environment. Savor made-to-order scrambled eggs and syrupy French toast as you watch swimmers in mermaid costumes float alongside aquarium fish. You can't travel under the sea, but this is the next best option. Sat 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m 

Rugged Maniac

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Mon, 06/06/2016 - 4:05pm

Adrenaline junkies take note: This 5K off-road challenge is more than just a foot race. As you make your way through the course, you'll navigate underground tunnels, trampolines, balance beams, and a 50-foot water slide. Afterwards, grab a beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., take part in a pie-eating contest, or snag some swag from vendors such as Colorado Obstacle Racers and Krave Jerky. Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

—Photo courtesy of Dan Palumbo

Antique Row Neighborhood Block Party

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 2:19pm

Score antique steals and deals at your favorite boutiques during this colorful street fair. Browse vintage home goods at Finders Keepers or the city's largest supply of costume jewelry at Somewhere In Time, then snag free samples at Capital Tea. Afterward, take a break from retail therapy to enjoy a live performance of blues tunes from local group Stanley Milton's Mean Streak and check out vintage automobiles at the car show. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Antique Row

Bloodlines

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 9:28am

Longmont-based painter Sophy Brown re-envisions the Wild West in this equine-centered exhibition. With her acrylic tableaus, Brown focuses in on the visceral emotions of horses and riders on the modern frontier. Browse these captivating portraits for an intimate look at the culture and landscape of Western America. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Evergreen Fine Art Gallery

Taste of Ethiopia

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 8:22am

The Centennial State's second-largest immigrant population will share the flavors of their homeland during this authentic feast. Savor a meal of injera (Ethiopian flat bread), spicy beef stew, and tiqel gomen (cabbage, potatoes and garlic) prepared by volunteer cooks with Ethiopian heritage while enjoying a folk dance performance by the Ethiopian Youth Dancers of Colorado. Congressman Mike Coffman will speak during the festival, which doubles as a naturalization ceremony for 15 Ethiopian immigrants. Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Elati Photography

Denver Beer Co.’s Fifth Anniversary

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 3:42pm

During this birthday shindig, sip on an Anniversary V, a chocolate coconut Graham Cracker Porter concocted to celebrate the popular watering hole's fifth year in operation. After a drink or two, take a turn on the water slide or challenge a buddy to a game of cornhole. Then local funk group SoulTyme and cover band the Gin Doctors will jam as you chow down on treats from Coastal Summit Fish Tacos, Brava Pizzeria, and Little Man Ice Cream. Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Denver Beer Co.

Lest We Forget: The Mission

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Fri, 07/29/2016 - 4:20pm

To honor the Americans who lost their lives during World War II, retired fighter pilot Fredric Arnold created this moving exhibit. As a memorial, the 94-year-old carved 12 life-size bronze sculptures resembling the fallen men in his former squadron, all of which will be on display. While you admire the large-scale works, be sure to read plaques about the soldiers' lives and the sacrifices they made. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Jafe Parsons

Leftapalooza

Submitted by Molly Longman on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:30am

At this crowd-pleasing charitable concert, nine local cover bands will battle it out at the Mile High Tribute Band Competition. As you sip on a Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company, enjoy the hard rock harmonies of VanWholen as well as pop melodies by REMember. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Left Hand Brewing Foundation, which works with the Longmont Community Foundation to provide financial support to the state of Colorado. Sat noon-10 p.m.

Bluegrass and Beer Festival

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:27am

Grab your official festival sampling mug and get sipping. This festival will feature more than 100 beers with options from multiple Colorado breweries including Left Hand Brewing Company and Great Divide Brewing Company. Snag an "Eat, Drink, Pick" pass for the kick-off event Friday to sample from six small plate stations each featuring New Belgium beer samples. Live music will include the bluegrass bands Jeff Scroggins & Colorado and the Larry Keel Experience.

Structured

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 11:58am

In this group exhibition, four Colorado artists examine the architectural forms of the spaces in which we live and work. Rick Dula's paintings explore scenes of industrial decay and reveal his fascination with the corrosion of metal, while painter Sarah McKenzie focuses her eye on the light and lines of temporary spaces, such as hotel rooms and parking garages. As you browse through the works, reflect on the emotional effects different types of buildings can have on their inhabitants. Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 8:56am

Theater connoisseurs can reflect on the redemptive power of building relationships during this emotional performance. In this intimate three-act play by Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley, two young people meet at a bar in the Bronx, go home with each other, and share their violent stories to overcome the darkness in their pasts. After the show, attendees can stick around for a talk-back session to ask the crew and two-person cast about the artistic choices they made. Thu-Sun 7-9:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Visionbox Studio

The Gold Hill Art Project

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:48am

Presented by Black Cube Art, this contemporary art installation explores themes of landscape, migration and tourism in the historic mining town of Gold Hill. The outdoor exhibition, installed in the authentic mining cabins and gardens dotting the town, features sculpture, mixed media, and photography by Molly Berger, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, and Eric Stewart. The site will also feature interactive events like guided curator and artist tours, outdoor film screenings, and workshops on ceramics and pinhole photography. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Vespertina's Summer Sizzler

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 9:23am

This community showcase features group and solo belly dance performances from the Vespertina Dance Project and the Kalandaka Tribe, as well as other local troupes and professional artists. The dancers will showcase a range of styles, including modern tribal improvisational belly dance, tribal fusion belly dance, and classical belly dance. Before the event, visit booths from vendors selling belly dance-themed wares, including artwork, jewelry, and costumes. Sun 2 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Dennis Nejtek Photography

Invasive Species Mutiny at the Bottle

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 12:04pm

Help eradicate invasive species by incorporating them into your next meal. Dine on a purslane salad, charcoal-cured lionfish with charred jimmy pepper vinegar and smoked olive oil, and prickly pear macaroons made by chef Paul C. Reilly. The seafood will be provided by Sea to Table, an organization that partners directly with fishermen to deliver sustainably caught foodSun 5-9 p.m.

Space Yoga Camp

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:06am

Your little yogi will want to Nama-stay at this blissful workshop forever. During meditative classes with a space-based theme, your child will learn basic yoga poses inspired by space and astornauts from patient instructors at the Cherry Creek studio. After your tyke has their blood flowing, they'll make music of their own creation on hand-made instruments after making sensory crafts such as mandalas of the planets. Mon-Wed 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:42am

Bruce Hornsby once played piano for the Grateful Dead, so it makes sense that he has a slightly psychedelic sound. His performance with the Noisemakers, however, is much more soulful and upbeat. Expect a blend of country, pop, and jazz at this exciting outdoor show. Mon 6:30 p.m.

 

Feast: Dune

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 1:55pm

Journey 21,000 years into the future during this screening of an ’80s sci-fi flick from director David Lynch. The story, which was based on a 1960 novel by Frank Herbert, follows two rival noble families on the desert planet Arrakis. As they battle to gain control of the empire, you can indulge in a dinner of brown sugar–encrusted, bacon-wrapped scallops paired with Ska Brewing Co.'s Buster Nut Brown Ale or grilled oysters accompanied by a Stella Anselmi Prosecco. Tue 7:30 p.m.

Unframed: Print for a Change

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:20pm

By checking out this gallery show, you'll be doing your civic duty. In this exhibit, local artists create their own fictional campaigns using print and paper-based art to represent social and political issues important to the Denver art community. Accompanying the salon-style exhibition will be an “election” in which patrons can vote for their four favorite designs to be included in a future outdoor display located in the RiNo neighborhood. Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stars Above Aspen

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 1:30pm

Amateur stargazers can hone their skills during this stellar educational experience. Ride a gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain, where experts from the Aspen Science Center will teach you how to use a telescope and tell you the legends behind the names of different constellations. Then astronomer David Aguilar will deliver a keynote presentation about NASA's 2015 fly-by mission to Pluto. Wed 6-10:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company

From the Garden

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:25pm

To create her unique "dark-room aesthetic," former photographer Heidi Jung uses light and movement to create drawings that conjure up the atmosphere of a photograph. Nature is one of Jung’s constant subjects, and her images regularly depict greenery and insects. This particular exhibition features ink and charcoal works inspired by edible plants in Jung’s own garden as well as photographs snapped at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Gabrielle Shannon: Floating Migration Art

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 11:16am

Inspired by a traumatic brain injury that pulled her back to art, Denver-based painter Gabrielle Shannon is fascinated by the concept of the in-between. Using a combination of fluid acrylics and pastels, her colorful, swirling tableaus relay the chaos and ambiguity of an out-of-body experience as she attempts to capture a visual representation of dynamic energy. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Colorado Brazil Fest

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:45pm

Embrace the lively music and delicious flavors of Brazil at this lively cultural festival. Start by taking workshops in samba dance and pagode percussion, move along to the beats of Choro Das Três, Moyseis Marques, and Ginga. To refuel after your dance floor workout, snack on feijoada, a stew of beans with beef and pork, and other traditional Brazilian bites from Little Brazil. Thu-Sun, times vary.

—Photo courtesy of Moyseis Marques

Solshine Music Festival

Submitted by Molly Longman on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 12:04pm

During this concert series, Centennial State bluegrass lovers can hear all their local favorites. Boulder-based band Leftover Salmon expertly blends rock and country influences into its folksy melodies, while Telluride Bluegrass Ban Competition–winning group Trout Steak Revival plays their signature banjo-heavy tunes. Bonus: Deadheads can enjoy a performance by Colorado-based DeadPhish Orchestra, a Grateful Dead and Phish tribute band. Thu-Sun, times vary. 

Polynesian Picnic

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Sun, 08/07/2016 - 9:46pm

Pair your most colorful lei with your favorite Hawaiian shirt at this tiki-themed celebration. Snack on lumpia and mango peach salsa from Taste of the Philippines as surf rock DJs Mario Zoots and Jeromie Dorrance spin tracks and local entrepreneurs, such as Spinster Sisters' founder Kelly Perkins and River North Workshop's owner Alicia Hendricks, give a presentation. Bonus: Enter a drawing to win two tickets to CultureHaus' Star Wars-themed party in January. Thu 6-9 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Sam Nguyen

Sinbad

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 9:28am

You may know him from Necessary Roughness, but now you can find Sinbad on the stand-up comedy circuit. He's recognized for his clean approach to comedy and was named one of Comedy Central’s 100 greatest standup acts. The actor and comedian has also appeared in a number of films and television series, such as Planes, Comedy Bang Bang, The Eric Andre Show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and The Celebrity Apprentice. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m.

Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 7:57am

At this colorful extravaganza, you can take the kids on carnival rides, listen to a live performance by country singer Buckstein, and sip on a craft brew in the beer garden. Then explore the Jackalope Art & Craft fair, where you'll find a variety of homemade wares such as greeting cards from Rum Bird Studio’s and adorable lollipops from Sweet Caroline Confections. Fri 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sat noon-11 p.m.

Zoppé Circus

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:11am

Nino the Clown is sure to keep your kiddo clapping at this vintage Venetian circus, which has been on tour in some form since 1842. Canine performers who walk on their hind legs, flying trapeze artists, and foot archers (yes, they shoot arrows with their feet) are common attractions under the big top. Fri-Sat 4-9 p.m.; Sun 1-6 p.m.

Welcome Reception for the American Master Chefs Order

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 2:58pm

More than half of the United States' 68 Certified Master Chefs, an elite group who have passed an eight-day ACMC exam, will come together in the Mile High City for this gourmet dinner. The menu will feature ingredients sourced from Colorado, including lamb, seasonal vegetables, and peaches. Beer and wine will be provided by Colorado Wine and Classic Brewing Company, and this event will benefit the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chef's Association, which provides culinary educational opportunities for Colorado residents. Fri 6 p.m. 

Phil Palisoul

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 3:20pm

This seasoned stand-up comedian is all about good, clean comedy—his story-centric jokes riff on life experiences, childhood memories, and married life. This 20-year comedy veteran will give a family-friendly performance, so feel free to bring the kids along. Stick around after his act to hear a live performance from Denver rap-rock band the Flobots. Fri 6 p.m.

New Works Festival

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 8:56am

During two weekends of performances, theater buffs can cast their votes in this year's chapter of a three-year-long playwrighting competition. On opening night, watch two plays by the 2015 finalists and help the judges decide which production will be added to the Historic Elitch Theatre's 2017 lineup. Then meet characters such as Thai-American ghost hunters and a trio of closeted gay men as you listen to dramatic readings of works by a new group of writing hopefuls, all of whom are competing to continue on as finalists next year. Fri-Sat 6-10 p.m.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Submitted by Molly Longman on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:42am

Introduce your child to opera at this whimsical performance. Composer Tobias Picker's lighthearted melodies are the perfect soundtrack to this modern-fable-turned-musical about a fox that steals from the gardens of three nasty farmers. Your child will want to sing along as Mr. Fox and his woodland friends defend themselves from the humans' attempted revenge. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 5 p.m.

Queen City Festival

Submitted by Molly Longman on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 11:52am

Artists such as hip-hop mogul ESTA and rapper Michael Christmas are joining forces with some of the best local talent Colorado has to offer at this two-day soiree. From Turner Jackson’s pulsing party music to Denver-raised Kid Astronaut’s soulful R&B-meets-modern-hip-hop jams, the lineup consists of regional artists drawing on a wide variety of musical influences, including jazz, trap, and house music.  Fri-Sat, times vary.

The Toxic Avenger: The Musical

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 10:45am

We've all heard the story of a radioactive reaction resulting in superhuman powers—this quirky rock musical follows the same script, but with a few twists. The Toxic Avenger, affectionately known as Toxie, is an average-guy-turned-superhero who just wants to stop everyone from polluting his home state of New Jersey. Up against a corrupt mayor and some mean-looking mobsters, he’s got his work cut out for him. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.

Eli Young Band

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:45am

This three-time Billboard chart–topping quartet will send you to country heaven with their tricked-out Southern sounds at this saloon show. As the Texas natives sing popular ditties such as "Drunk Last Night" and the Grammy Award-nominated “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” you and your friends can line dance the night away. Fri 8:30 p.m.

B Strong Ride

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:15pm

Strap on your helmet, pump some air into your tires, and head to the heart of Boulder for this spirited cycling fund-raiser. Serious bikers can take on the 69-mile Mountain Loop or the 24-mile Countryside Loop, while kids 10 and under can tackle the one-mile Mini B route. Once you’ve completed your ride, sample some tea at the Celestial Seasonings Factory and enjoy live funk and R&B music from Denver band Jakarta. Proceeds benefit the Boulder Community Health Center for Integrative Care and the George Karl Foundation. Sat 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Holy Cow Trail Stampede

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 9:13am

Join the herd for a western race along the winding Big Dry Creek Trail. Runners will run either a 5K or 10 to compete for medals within their age group as well as the coveted Top Male and Top Female title. Afterward, enter a raffle for prizes such as a Colorado-themed gift basket, snack on Mexican food from R Taco, and two-step to popular country songs. Proceeds benefit Growing Home, an organization that helps impoverished families. Sat 7:30-10 a.m.

Woofstock

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 9:21am

At this groovy festival, you can either bring your furry companion along or adopt a new one. The Modnicks, a ’60s cover band, will play psychedelic tunes as you and your pooch get a reading from an animal psychic, visit a dog wash station, and participate in a Woodstock-themed canine costume parade. When you get hungry, humans can chow down on barbeque from Mount Vernon Country Club for lunch. Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Special Olympics Plane Pull

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 9:36am

Achieve the impossible through teamwork at this competition, during which you and a team of up to 25 people will attempt to pull a 164,000-pound plane a distance of 12 feet. If you pull it off, you can win awards such as "fastest team" or "best-dressed team." After your team has completed their task, they can visit face painters, play a round of cornhole, and refuel with sandwiches from Subway. Sat 11 a.m.

Blues and Brews Festival

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:51am

Enjoy an afternoon sipping on soulful bass lines, then chase the harmonica-heavy jams with a cold peach pale ale from Lone Tree Brewing Company at this summery street fair. Soak up the sun as you catch acts including bluesy band the Roustabouts, the jazzy Lionel Young Band, and Fort Collins–based folk group Young Ancients. Sat 1-10 p.m.

Star Wars Trilogy Marathon

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 1:45pm

Brush up on classic Star Wars lines for this rare opportunity to watch the original Star Wars trilogy on the big screen in its entirety. This movie marathon is only the second time in decades that viewers will have the chance to watch the entire trilogy outside the comfort of their homes. Start the evening with A New Hope, then stick around until the Return of the Jedi to proclaim yourself a die-hard fan. Sat 4 p.m.

Stompin' Ground Games: Whittier and Five Points

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 1:46pm

During an interactive walk, learn more about the Mile High City's past and get to know the individuals that shape the city today. Influential Denverites, including historian Phil Goodstein and artist Rochelle Johnson, will share scholarly insight and personal anecdotes as they lead you on a guided tour of the neighborhoods. Afterward, you can set off on your own quest to find historic sites and buildings during a scavenger hunt. Sat 4:30-6:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Hops in the Hangar

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 3:30pm

Soar through the Colorado craft beer scene at this collaborative event dedicated to aircraft, cars, and icy brews. Sip samples from more than 30 Colorado breweries, including Little Machine Beer and Lost Highway Brewing Company, while enjoying barbeque provided by Jim 'N Nick. Proceeds benefit Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Sat 5-9 p.m. 

DitchFest Art Show

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:36am

Local creations take center stage at this community-driven art and music festival—and yours could steal the spotlight. Attendees are invited to submit their own masterpieces to the art show on the day of the event, during which artists will showcase a variety of genres, including paintings, sculpture, and photography as well as tattooing and welding. Don't forget to vote for your favorite—the most popular submission will be crowned "Most Interesting Art Exhibit." Sat 5:50 p.m.

Cherry Creek North Food & Wine

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 2:29pm

Among the 19 restaurants at this sophisticated feast are three newcomers offering a taste of their eclectic menus. Satisfy your curiosity by sampling bites from Departure Restaurant & Lounge, Sol Cocina, and Thirsy Lion Gastropub & Grill. As local band Mostly Harmless plays covers of classic rock hits, wash down your meal with a glass of Stranahan's whiskey or a crisp Chardonnay from the Vineyard Wine Shop. Sat 6-9 p.m.

Live at the Vineyards

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 7:54am

When it comes to pairings, wine and world-class music go together perfectly. Sip on fine wines from Balistreri Vineyards as you feast on cuisine from hot spots such as Lucky Cat Denver, Little Man Ice Cream, and Jax Fish House. Jamaican native and pianist Monty Alexander, who has performed with legends like Frank Sinatra and Dizzy Gillespie, will play jazzy tunes alongside reggae group the Harlem-Kingston Express. After the show, visit the silent auction to bid on one of 22 pieces donated by the Colorado Potter’s Guild. Sat 6:30 p.m.

Women Behaving Badly

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 9:05am

In this exhibit of portraits, Denver-based artist Adrienne Norris showcases pioneering female role models. She combines watercolor paintings with newspaper clippings and old photos to create unique collages that depict influential women within the context of the eras they lived in. As you browse the gallery, reflect on the lives of these women, including Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman in the House of Representatives, and Dolores Huerta, a Latina civil rights activist. Mon-Sat 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 7 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Adrienne Norris

Caffeine Crawl

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Mon, 08/08/2016 - 1:55pm

Whether you're a caffeine addict or an occasional latte drinker, this tour is the perfect way to learn more about the Mile High City's craft coffee scene. Visit a handful of local coffee houses and sample three- to six-ounce pours of different roasts, chai, or kombucha at each stop. Bonus: The java experts at each location will give an educational presentation on the ingredients they use and steps they take to make your beverages. Sun, times vary.

—Photo courtesy of Flickr/Ryu1chi Miwa

The Throwdown

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:43am

Show off the cornhole skills you've acquired while waiting for a table at brunch by entering a round-robin tournament dedicated to bag tossing. Play three matches for a chance to win a the trophy, then refuel with a cuppa from Marley Coffee or a Chipotle burrito bowl. Proceeds benefit the Cottonwood Institute, which provides environmental education and service-learning programs for local students. Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tacolandia

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 08/09/2016 - 3:59pm

While exploring the diverse dining scene in Denver, if you always find yourself gravitating toward tacos, you're not alone. Starting as one of many concepts at DISH, an annual dining festival, this taco-centric event is going solo this year. Indulge in unlimited tacos from 40 taquerias and Mexican restaurants including Lola Mexican Fish House, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, and Burrito Giant, and sip on boozy beverages containing Estrella Jalisco and Exotico Tequila. Sun 3-7 p.m. 

Julien Baker

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:53am

Expect minimalist acoustic melodies and raw emotions at this 20-year-old singer-songwriter's performance. Audience members might even feel a little voyeuristic listening to songs from Baker's Sprained Ankle, which are intimate and honest, revealing both her darkness and her resilience. Sun 8 p.m.

Adventure Quest

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:16am

Send your small one on a Renaissance-themed adventure a knight would envy. This three-day camp will turn tykes into heroes: They will choose a special ability and team up with a band of fellow adventurers to solve puzzles, complete make-believe quests, and swashbuckle with fictitious foes. Mon-Wed 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Renaissance Adventures

Boulder International Fringe Festival

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:26pm

This 12-day festival follows the Scottish fringe tradition of highlighting non-juried talent in unconventional performances. Get a taste of variety at the Opening Night Hullabaloo and buffet at Twisted Pine Brewing Co., during which 25 acts each give a one-minute interview and a one-minute preview of their show. The performers cover a range of styles—from Objectivity Dance Theatre’s circus-inspired movement art to a Fort Collins transgender man’s stand-up comedy—and perform in 10 non-traditional performance spaces. Wed-Sun, times vary.

Blackbelly Farm Dinner

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 12:02pm

Focus on summer vegetables during a seasonal, multi-course dinner prepared with hand-picked ingredients fresh from the garden. Chef Hosea Rosenberg and his culinary team will prepare the farm-fresh meal, and staffers from the Boulder County Arts Alliance will be serving beer and wine. All proceeds from alcohol sales will benefit the BCAA, which works to stimulate and sustain arts programs in Boulder County. Wed 6-9 p.m. 

Moonlight Hike at Roxborough State Park

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:33am

Avoid the brutal afternoon sun and opt for an evening hike through one of Denver’s most beautiful state parks. One of the park’s volunteer nature enthusiasts will lead you on a challenging 6.7-mile trip down the South Rim, Fountain Valley, and Willow Creek trails. You'll have to leave your furry friends at home, but even without Fido, you can still enjoy the most satisfying part of an evening hike—stargazing. Wed 6:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Dick Vogel 

Organic Indulgence: Tracey Russell and Suzanne Kramer

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:30pm

Escape from the bustling city by walking through this exhibition. Though they often work with urban subjects, these two expressionists will turn to elements in nature as their inspiration for this abstract mixed media exhibit. Tracey Russell’s works focus on lines, marks, movement, and rhythm, while Suzanne Kramer incorporates bold shapes and colors into her paintings. Thu, Sat noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Deborah Williams

Unboxed: Exploring the Edges

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:34pm

Janice McDonald’s abstract collage pieces are made from scraps of paper she comes across in her everyday life, including bits of magazines, newspapers, and junk mail. This exhibition takes the concept of recycled art one step further as McDonald turns to used consumer packaging as her canvas. From flattened shipping crates to soap packages to granola bar boxes, the varying shapes and sizes of the collages create a diverse and unique display. Thu, Sat noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Janice McDonald

Camping Adventure in Joy Park

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:23am

The evening camp will teach your little ones all about the round orb in the sky. Your kiddos will kick the night off with a picnic dinner in the park, followed by crafting clay craters and chomping into Oreos to recreate phases of the moon. Thu 5-8 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

Shining Lights of Hope Gala

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Mon, 06/13/2016 - 2:21pm

Rendezvous for a reason at this charity gala. Indulge in blackened chicken breast, loaded mashed potatoes, and chocolate pudding from Footers Catering as you listen to jazz singer Hazel Miller croon your favorite tunes. After dinner, don't miss the live auction, where you can bid on items such as artwork from photographer John Fielder. Proceeds benefit the Carson J Spencer Foundation in its mission to make suicide prevention a health and safety priority. Thu 5:30-9 p.m

—Photo courtesy of Steve Peterson

Corks & Forks

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 08/17/2016 - 11:17am

Aspiring critics can cast their votes for Denver's best dishes and drinks at this tasty competition. Prominent Denver chefs from restaurants such as Max's Wine Dive and Lucky Cat will create small plates, including tuna poke and fried snow crab sliders, as they battle to win the coveted Golden Fork award. Wash down each bite with beverages from breweries and distilleries such as Suerte Tequila and Spangalang Brewery, all of which are competing for the Golden Cork.

The Moth: Into The Wild

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:38pm

This intimate night of readings by NPR's acclaimed storytelling group, the Moth, is tailor-made for an adventurous Colorado audience. Dame Wilburn, a Detroit-based poet and Moth Grand Slam champion, will host a performance filled with true tales of adventure, discovery, and uncertainty inspired by storytellers' experiences in the wilderness and in wild cities. Don't miss 10-minute stories by author Abeny Kucha and poet Chris Gilbert. Thu 7:30-9:30 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Denise Ofelia Maugen

As You Like It

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:00am

During this outdoor performance, a talented troupe of actors will lead you on a trek through the fictional Forest of Arden. This innovative production of one of Shakespeare's comedies focuses on Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, as she disguises herself as a boy and woos her true love Orlando with live covers of songs by the Beatles and Johnny Cash. You'll be doing some walking as you follow the actors, so be sure to snag a glass of Fiction Beer Company's Dual Nature hoppy lager before you set off on your journey. Mon, Thu 7:30 p.m.; Sat 4, 7:30 p.m.

Fjällräven Classic USA

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 7:19am

Escape the stress of your daily life during this three-day, 20-mile guided trek in the backcountry. As you wind along the North Canadian Trail and the Ruby Jewel Trail, take in breathtaking views of 12,951-feet-tall Clark's Peak and spend a few hours relaxing by Jewel Lake. Then after a long weekend of hiking and camping, celebrate your successful journey during a barbecue cookout on Sunday afternoon. Fri-Sun, times vary.

—Image courtesy of Fjällräven

Museo de las Americas 25th Anniversary Celebration

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 12:43pm

Dress to the nines for an evening honoring this cultural institution. Jive to the beats of Latin funk and salsa group Barrio Funk Band, then savor a menu of Latin-inspired small bites, including empanadas and ceviche, alongside margaritas and mojitos. Before you leave, bid in the auction to score pieces from the museum's private collection, including work by Mexican artist Gunther Gerzso as well as locals Delilah Montoya and Carlos Frésquez. Fri 6-10 p.m. 

Trio House Press Poetry Series: Bradford Tice and Kyle McCord

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 4:32pm

During this intimate reading, narrative poetry lovers can get their fix. Listen as Tice, a professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University, reads from his new novella-in-poems, What the Night Numbered, which reimagines the gay rights struggle of the Stonewall period through the lens of Greek myths. Then McCord, who teaches in Des Moines, Iowa, will discuss Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders, his imaginative collection that focuses on the intersections of art, politics and lived experience. Fri 7-9 p.m. 

Grace Potter

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:59am

After a night with this funky rocker, you'll be humming her bluesy tunes for weeks. The Vermont native’s debut solo album, Midnight, is somewhat similar to the songs she played with the Nocturnals, but the sultry vocalization is all her own. Fri 7:30 p.m.

Together: The Musical

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 10:51am

This heartwarming original musical, first produced at the Denver Center of the Performing Arts in 1994, is a piece of art imitating life. The production tells the story of a group of at-risk youth who begin visiting elders in a nursing home. As they discover shared interests and get into trouble together, the two groups learn that they can relate to another generation more than they ever thought possible. Proceeds benefit Bessie's Hope, an nonprofit that organizes youth volunteer programs in nursing homes. Fri 7:30 pm.; Sat 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 p.m.

South Park End of Summer Hot Air Balloon Flyout

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:15pm

You've seen Colorado from the ground plenty of times—take a break from hiking with this aerial alternative. Kick back a cup of coffee as your guides set up the balloons, then soar high above the mountains for a thrilling hour-and-a-half ride with breathtaking views. Once your flight descends, celebrate a successful journey with a champagne toast and a barbecue dinner in nearby Fairplay. Sat-Sun, 7-11 a.m. 

Sleep Tight Colorado's 6th Annual 5K Pajama Jog

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:19am

You don't need to do anything more than roll out of bed and onto the starting line to prepare for this casual race through City Park. Runners, joggers, and walkers are encouraged to dress up in pajamas or other eye-catching outfits, and prizes await the most creative or unique looks. Proceeds benefit Sleep Tight Colorado, which collects sleeping bags for Coloradans experiencing homelessness. Sat 8 a.m.

—Photo courtesy of Meredith Gershberg

Western Colorado Senior Games

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Mon, 06/06/2016 - 4:38pm

Revisit your high school glory days at this weeklong competition, which is open only to those 50 and older. Test your skills in sports ranging from basketball to archery to bowling, or show off your mental prowess playing cribbage and pinochle. Don't forget the meet-and-greet social on Thursday evening, where you can socialize with you fellow athletes and celebrate the end of a successful tournament. Sat 8 a.m.-Fri 1 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Lorie Gregor

Integrating Social Justice Frameworks, Arts Engagement & Restorative Practices

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:38am

At this innovative workshop, learn how to use the arts to build stronger, more equal relationships and organizations. Led by the founders of local nonprofit Creative Strategies for Change, participants will use theater games, creative writing, and dance to explore their own identities and understand cross-cultural issues such as power, equality, and oppression. Between exercises, attendees can nosh on sandwiches from Snarf's or Chipotle burrito bowls. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Golden Fine Arts Festival

Submitted by Molly Longman on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:58am

More than 130 award-winning artists from 20 states will show off their skills during this two-day celebration. If you're looking for more traditional art, don't miss Golden-based painter Janet Nunn, who will show off her watercolor landscapes, or sculptor Kent Kraus's desert-inspired pieces. Then check out practical art, such as rings and bracelets from jeweler Margaret Aden. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Board Game Republic Grand Opening

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 6:52am

Thanks to this geeky celebration, you don't have to choose between going out to a bar and playing three hours of Settlers of Catan. At this new pub, you and your friends can check out one of 600 board games, such as Boss Monster or Istanbul, and play it while sipping on a Crazy Mountain Amber Ale. Bonus: Meet game designer Mike Fitzgerald, the mastermind behind card game Wyvern, and local vlogger Mark Streed from Board Game Corner. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Keith Meyers

6th Annual Denver Pet Expo

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 12:00pm

Animal lovers rejoice: you and your pooch have an excuse to go out on the town. At this two-day event, you can browse pet-focused vendor booths, get Fido a discounted vaccination, or learn grooming and training tips from the experts. Then you and your canine pal can meet Pit Boss star Shorty Rossi and his loveable companion Hercules at a meet-and-greet session. Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

—Photo courtesy of Amazing Pet Expos

College Survival Cooking

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:32am

You won't find any ramen noodles or microwave pizzas at this introductory cooking class. Here you'll learn basic culinary techniques that won't break the bank if you're on a college budget. Recipes include carrot ginger soup, roast chicken, and a wedge salad with honey buttermilk dressing. Sat 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

 

Rover Rally Robotics Competition

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:31am

Young engineers with love geeking out at this revved-up contest. After your child has transformed a remote-control car into her own speedy robot, she can try her luck in several race events, including a long jump and figure-eight competition. Bonus: Let the kiddos explore the technology expo, where they can try hands-on demonstrations. Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Chromatics

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 4:40pm

This kaleidoscopic show will focus on vibrantly colored artwork in a wide variety of genres. Check out University of Colorado graduate Dylan Gebbia-Richards' hanging installations and colorful abstract blocks from Santa Fe-based sculptor Greg Joubert. Then consider the juxtaposition between bright colors and shabby structures in Georgia-based painter William Mize’s depictions of houses. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Mike Wright Gallery and Mark Mawson

Athena Amplified: Pop-Up Performances

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:50pm

During this festival celebrating female artists, you'll actually be entertained during your light rail journey. Attendees will board the train together and get off at select stops to enjoy live demonstrations, including a performance of Polynesian dance by Bella Diva and a costume showcase by local designer Kati Oltyan, on their journey to Union Station. At your final stop, check out a runway show curated by Darlene C. Ritz, the fashion design chair at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Sat noon-2 p.m.

Global Fest

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:55am

Forget going around the world in 80 days—you can make the journey in one. This fête offers a tasty way to learn about different cultures: Delight in a feast inspired by the flavors of Nigeria, Vietnam, and Italy, sample local brews from breweries including Dry Dock Brewing Co., Ursula Brewery, and Caution Brewing Co., each of which is made with brewing techniques and flavors from around the globe. Sat 1-7 p.m.  

On Tap: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Submitted by Molly Longman on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:03am

At this brewery show, denizens of the Mile High City can enjoy two of their favorite pastimes: listening to local music and sipping on craft beer. As you kick back an Agave Wheat from Breckenridge Brewery, this Denver-based folk-rock group will play their songs that blend gospel, folk, and rock influences. Sat 1:30 p.m.

Yonder Mountain String Band and Drive-By Truckers

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:58am

Defined by a pioneering blend of bluegrass and progressive improvisations, Yonder Mountain String Band returns to its home state with alt-country rock group Drive-By Truckers for a night of genre-bending performances. Both groups balance fresh tunes from last year’s recent releases with favorite hits and innovative covers, mixing rock ’n’ roll, acoustic, and bluegrass with Southern influences. Bonus: Special guest Preservation Hall Jazz Band, named after the famous French Quarter venue, opens the show with traditional New Orleans jazz. Sat 6:30 p.m.

An Evening Under the Stars

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:56am

This summer you can see the stars of the Colorado Ballet in a whole new setting—under a sky full of stars to match. This outdoor performance features excerpts of past and upcoming Colorado Ballet productions, including pas de deux from Swan Lake, It’s Not a Cry, and Light Rain. The evening will culminate in a production of the tango-inspired ballet The Angel of Buenos Aires, choreographed by ballet mistress Lorita Travaglia, which premiered at the Colorado Ballet in March 2016. Sat 7:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Mike Watson

Micky and the Motorcars

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 8:02am

This alternative country band is bringing true-blue Texas twang to the Centennial State at this lively show. The Austin-based outfit will compel you to dance along to the playful lyrics and drawling outlaw odysseys including “Lawyers, Guns, and Money.” Sat 8 p.m.

Throwing Shade

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 10:55am

Comedy duo Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi—known on their show as “Feminasty” and “Homosensual”—are taking their unapologetically honest podcast Throwing Shade on tour. The weekly audio program, which humorously covers topics that are particularly relevant to women and LGBTQ listeners, serves as the inspiration for their live sketch. On stage, they're sure to be just as funny—and just as politically incorrect. Sat 9 p.m.

What it Meant to Be Modern, 1910-1965

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:40pm

Featuring the works of Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, John Marin, and Charles Sheeler, this exhibition explores the emergence of modernism during the first half of the twentieth century. The show houses 18 works on paper that showcase the diversity of the early modernist movement. While Burchfield's watercolor landscapes combine defined objects and structures with vibrant color and a mystical atmosphere, Davis's works depict landscapes layered with shapes to create increasingly abstract planes and perspectives. Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Punks & Pints Brewhouse Workout

Submitted by Paul Albani-Burgio on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 4:50pm

Thanks to ten years' practice teaching fitness classes for kids and grown-ups, trainer Lauren Howe knows people of all ages want to have fun while they exercise. She'll make sure you enjoy this playful workout session, during which participants will motivate each other in partner exercises while they listen to hard rock classics and crowd pleasers such as Bohemian Rhapsody. After you break a sweat, unwind over a Rented World IPA or Major Nights Lime Gose from Ratio Beerworks. Sun 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Lauren Howe

Tequila, Tacos, & Cerveza Fest

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 5:07pm

Whether you're in the mood for beer and tequila or you're the designated driver for the evening, this festival has you covered. Sample more than 70 tequila options, including 1800 Silver, Patron, Herradura, and Corralejo, or opt for non-alcoholic beverages such as Jarritos soda. Local mariachi bands will give an entertaining performance as you snack on tacos or play a game of cornhole. Sun 2-8 p.m.

 

History Lessons

Submitted by Molly Longman on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 10:25am

At this playful show, local musician Reed Weimer and his band, the Flat Out Five, will school you in modern folk music—and history. Their dynamic new album History Sounds takes you back in time with 10 songs that tell the stories of the band's ancestors. Don't miss the string-heavy tune, "The General's Coffee Pot (A Hero)," which is about an antique mug from which a famous man drank whiskey. Sun 7 p.m.

98 Degrees

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 8:07am

Soulful vocals from this reformed quartet might remind you a little of the ’90s—but you shouldn't skip this throwback show. The boy band, which reunited in 2012 after a long hiatus, still delivers high-energy songs and well-tuned melodies. Sun 7:30 p.m.

How to Meditate

Submitted by Sarah Soenke on Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:41pm

Whether you're new to the practice or an avid meditator, you can benefit from expert advice on how to better overcome distractions at this informative talk. Kadampa Meditation Center Colorado teacher Lucy James will lead a 30-minute guided meditation followed by an inspirational 45-minute workshop, during which she'll offer tips and advice for finding inner peace. Drawing on 35 years of meditation experience, James presents practical advice on how to apply Buddha’s teachings on Dharma, or protection from suffering, to your everyday life. Tue 7-8:30 p.m.

Patio Rosé Wine Dinner

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:11pm

Summer might be winding down, but that doesn't mean you should limit your rosé intake. At this four-course dinner, indulge in decadent pairings, including smoked goat cheese with greens paired with pinot noir rosé from Dundee Hills in Oregon and duck with sunflower seed risotto paired with Sangiovese Rosé from Montalcino, Italy. Tue 7:30 p.m. 

High Plains Comedy Festival

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:08am

Get ready to split your sides—this four-day festival is bringing more than 70 stand-up comedians to multiple venues across the Mile High City. Attendees can catch individual stand-up shows and watch performers test their improv skills in a competitive erotic fan fiction event. Don't miss headliners Garfunkel and Oates, a comedy-folk duo made up of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, as well as raunchy comedian Kyle Kinane and Cameron Esposito. Wed-Sat, times vary. 

Mini Pearl the Mini Horse & Book Reading

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:47am

At this heartwarming reading, local author Elaine Pease shares her newest collection of stories with a little help from a four-legged ambassador. The book, Safe at Last, tells the true tales of six rescue horses from Colorado, including that of Mini Pearl, the miniature "spokeshorse" for Colorado Horse Rescue. After the reading, kids will get a chance to hang out with Mini Pearl and ask the author questions about her equine friends. Wed 3-4 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Colorado Horse Rescue

Beaver Creek Blast Mountain Bike Race

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 3:22pm

Elevate your heart rate at high altitude during this exciting race, which ranges from 6.7 to 16 miles depending on the course you choose. Riders of all ages and ability levels can compete for the chance to win $5,200. After a long day of riding, swing by the Dusty Boot afterward for a complimentary steak dinner and a cold one. Wed 4:45 p.m.-9 p.m. 

—Photo courtesy of Hannah King

Jack's Backyard Bash

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 3:34pm

When prominent local chefs come together to create a six-course meal, the results are bound to be delicious. For this gourmet dinner, Brett Smith of the Post Brewing Company, Hosea Rosenberg of Blackberry Market, and other guest cooks will craft a menu including lobster consomme served with oyster mushroom flan as well as crispy pork belly served with smoked corn. Wash each course down with beers from the Post Brewing Company and Bru Handbuilt Ales & Eats while enjoying tunes played by pianist Adam Bodine.

Mesa Verde National Park Curation Tour

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 10:42am

Celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday by taking a behind-the-scenes look at the history of this Colorado tourist destination. In the archives, take a guided tour and examine a collection of artifacts, including 700-year-old Ancestral Puebloan relics excavated by archaeologist Wetherill Mesa in the 1960s and photographs taken by anthropologist Jesse Walter Fewkes around 1910. After your trip to the past, savor a meal on the patio at Far View Terrace Cafe as you admire view of the the national park's sandstone formations. Thu 9 a.m., 3 p.m. 

Summer Wines & Cheese

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 3:18pm

The cheesiest night of your summer awaits. At this hands-on workshop, Steve Duty, former cheese- and winemaker at Cheese & Provisions, shows you how to select the perfect cheese to accompany any wine. Come prepared for a filling, seasonal platter of up to 18 cheeses and perfectly paired glasses of rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, and Pinot Noir. Thu 7-8 p.m. 

The Phantom of the Opera

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:13am

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved Tony Award–winning musical is gracing the stage again, and it's gotten a facelift with new set design, choreography, and staging. Veteran producer Cameron Mackintosh offers a fresh incarnation of the classic rock opera, which is focused more on character development than spectacle. Modern audiences won't miss the ’80s glamour when they hear this darker and grittier take on "The Music of the Night." Tue-Wed 7:30 p.m.; Thu 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Fri 7:30 pm.; Sat-Sun 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:45pm

This juried exhibition features works from 75 member artists of the International Guild of Realism, which currently has more than 375 members from 35 different countries. The display strives to show the diversity of realist work, highlighting artists specializing in a range of styles including photorealism, magic realism, and contemporary realism. David Eichenberg's detailed portraits focus on capturing the personalities of his subjects through their outer appearance, while Beth Sistrunk adds dimension to her works by painting and stacking translucent panels. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Colorado Springs Comic Con

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:53am

Join your favorite superheroes, sidekicks, and fantasy characters during this weekend-long extravaganza. Enter a costume contest, and meet some of your favorite stars including Dean Cain from The New Adventures of Superman, Alfonso Ribeiro from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Sons of Anarchy star Ryan Hurst. After snapping a few celebrity photos, you can find the Superman to your Wonder Woman during a sci-fi-themed speed dating session. Fri 3-9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Colorado Cider & Beer Circus

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:24am

At this funky outdoor festival, you can indulge in two of Colorado's most refreshing craft beverages. More than 75 cideries and breweries, including Colorado Springs–based Colorado Common Hard Cider and Denver's C Squared Ciders, will offer samples while acrobats and jugglers show off their talents between booths. Bonus: On Friday evening, learn how to pair varieties of cider with cheese, chocolate, and cured meats. Fri 6-8 p.m.; Sat 1-8 p.m.

—Image courtesy of Superfly Fabulous Events

Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series: Orenda

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 9:39pm

If you're a fan of jazz, Latin, and funk, come to Orenda's five-piece instrumental set to hear all your favorite genres combined into one unique sound. The Denver-based group draws influences from Afro-Cuban rhythms and blends drum, conga, guitar, and saxophone melodies with funky synthesizer beats to create its own style of improvisational dance music. Before and after Orenda's performance, DJ David B. Smith (owner of the David B. Smith Gallery in LoDo) will spin tracks from his collection of vintage vinyl records. Fri 7 p.m.

Urban Nights: A Runway for a Reason

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:07pm

You don’t have to sit front row at New York Fashion Week to see serious style. Dubbed the largest outdoor fashion extravaganza in Colorado, the fund-raiser highlights local designers like Andrea Li and Parasite Eve Designs on the catwalk. After the runway show, snack on hors d’oeuvres from Three Tomatoes Catering or take part in a live auction for a chance to win a trip to Vegas, complete with a stay at the Four Seasons and tickets to a Mariah Carey concert. Proceeds benefit Urban Peak, a nonprofit organization that serves youth experiencing homelessness. Fri 7:30 p.m.

I Prevail

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 8:10am

This metalcore ensemble rose to fame after playing an edgy cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space" for a volume of Pop Goes Punk at the end of 2014. The Michigan natives produce pop-punk, metal medleys with a touch of screamo. Fri 8 p.m.

Suddenly Last Summer

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 11:19am

This suspenseful one-act play, written by Tennessee Williams, tells the story of a young woman who is seemingly driven insane by the mysterious death of her cousin. Her cousin’s mother, in an attempt to hide the perverse circumstances of her son's death, has her institutionalized and threatens to do whatever necessary to prevent her from telling the story of his gruesome end—but the truth must always come out. Shocking, dark, and poetic, this play examines humanity's potential for cruelty. Fri-Sun, times vary. 

Color Run World Tour

Submitted by Grace Marlowe on Tue, 06/07/2016 - 2:11pm

If you love art as much as you love exercise, you won't want to miss the Mile High stop on the Color Run's "Tropicolor" tour. Volunteers will douse you in bright pink, blue, and yellow chalk paint as you move, so your white T-shirt will be a rainbow painting by the time you start dancing at the beach-themed post-race party. Proceeds benefit Children's Hospital Colorado. Sat 8 a.m. 

—Photo courtesy of the Color Run

SUP & Sip

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 9:46pm

Whether you're new to the trendy sport of SUP-ing or an expert from all your practice on the South Platte River, this day of exercise is worth its boozy reward. Newbies can take an introductory lesson in stand-up paddleboarding from guides at Colorado SUP Sports as pros make their way around the reservoir. Then everyone will stretch out their sore muscles during a relaxing group yoga class led by instructors from City Surf Fitness.

Larisa Aukon & Lyudmila Agrich: Cityscapes

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:49pm

These two Soviet bloc–born artists are internationally recognized for their distinctive contemporary styles and bold, striking colors. In this exhibit, they turn their attention to the beauty of cityscapes. Denver-based contemporary artist Lyudmila Agrich swaps paintbrush for palette knife to create more vibrant impressionist pieces. Larisa Aukon, who studied art in Latvia and is now based in Arizona, incorporates striking light and color into her scenes. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun noon-4 p.m.

Oktoberfest Season Opener

Submitted by Lauren Saxe on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:12pm

It’s never too early to start celebrating Oktoberfest, and the T.E.V. Edelweiss Club invites you to kick off the festivities before the summer even ends. Snack on a bratwurst from Austrian-born chef Walter Neuhold, then learn some traditional German folk steps from the club's Volkstanzgruppe. As local bands Alpine Echo and the Austrian Connection strike up their polka tunes, you'll have the perfect chance to try out your new moves. Sat noon-11 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.

Breckenridge Hog Festival

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Wed, 06/08/2016 - 5:20pm

Bacon and bourbon unite at this party dedicated to the salty meat and its ideal pairing. Sample 15 of the 75 bourbon options, including Old Forester, and attend a lavish hog-themed dinner at Taddeo's Breckenridge Italian Restaurant. A portion of the proceeds benefits Breckenridge Mountain Rotary, which organizes regional community service projects. Sat 3-6 p.m.

Affordable Arts Festival

Submitted by Meg McIntyre on Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:54pm

Finding beautiful art for your home no longer has to break the bank—this outdoor fair offers quality pieces for $100 or less. With 245 artists from all over the country—including Denver-based jeweler Sean Brown and Littleton-based watercolor artist Bruce White—showcasing a wide variety of styles, you're sure to find stunning decor. Proceeds benefit the Arapahoe Community College Foundation, which provides scholarships and grants for students and faculty. Sun 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Jim Delutes

Family Chemistry Bonds

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 7:35am

Molecules aren’t the only things bonding at this scholarly family workshop. Teach your tyke about the world science while working together to construct tremendous density towers and perfect polymers out of household materials such as oil and molasses. Sun 10 a.m.-noon.

Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams Tour

Submitted by Molly Longman on Fri, 06/10/2016 - 8:14am

A night with these veteran British pop rockers is dreamlike, thanks to an array of sleek sounds from their seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams. Songs from the U.K. chart–topping record are much more uplifting than those from their previous Ghost Stories, so you'll also be able to dance between ballads. Mon 7 p.m.

Women & White

Submitted by Rachel Trujillo on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:44pm

Thanks to this patio party, you have another excuse to wear your favorite white sundress. As you admire fragrant floral centerpieces, sip on a three-taster flight of organic white wine from the Harvest Wine Co. and nosh on cheese and charcuterie from the Farmhouse at Jessup Farm and the Loafing Shed. Proceeds benefit Women& Inc, a Fort Collins—based nonprofit that sponsors networking opportunities for women. Wed 6-8 p.m.