Signing up for this low-key 5K doesn't take much effort, but recovering from a stroke does. Celebrate the strength of millions of survivors by running a course through Littleton's lush Hudson Gardens and along the Mary Carter Greenway. Proceeds benefit the Centennial-based National Stroke Association, which focuses on stroke prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and support for caregivers. Sun 8:30 a.m.
Celebrate Passover with an authentic Israeli meal and unique activities at this cultural festival. After enjoying spicy falafel from Saj Mediterranean Grill, learn some traditional folk dance steps while the kids find artifacts in a mock archaeological dig. Before you leave, round out your meal with desserts from Congregation B'Nai Chaim's new cookbook, Recipes For Life. Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Spend an evening with Ron Burgundy and the inappropriate Channel 4 news team at this quote-a-long screening. With a yazz flute prop in hand and a faux mustache on your face, you'll be ready to yell out your favorite ridiculous lines and play along with Ron as he attempts to seduce news team newcomer Veronica Corningstone. Mon 7:30-9 p.m.
Influences as diverse as My Bloody Valentine and Michael Jackson provide inspiration for these self-proclaimed post-modern rockers. The UK–based group released its second full length album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, in February to critical acclaim—and the number one spot on the UK Albums Chart. Mon 7:30 p.m.
Author and illustrator Molly Idle comes to Denver to talk about her newest children’s book, Flora and the Peacocks. The third in its series, the book features the adventurous Flora and her newfound, feathered friends as they learn the value of true friendship in the toughest of times. The Tattered Cover will provide copies for purchase, with the option for Idle to sign them. Tue 6 p.m.
Valerie Savarie, a multi-media artist known for her Tim Burton–esque illustrations, collages, and carved books, is teaming up with three other Colorado artists for an eclectic exploration of trilogies in religious symbolism. Expect to see oil paintings, assemblage sculptures, and a divine corpse collaboration—no decaying body involved—in which three different artists each paint a third of an individual on panels without seeing the others’ work. Thu, Sat noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
If you liked watching Julia Roberts travel across Italy, India, and Indonesia in Eat Pray Love, you'll love hearing a talk from the author whose life inspired the popular film even more. The New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love and Big Magic, a inspirational read about living more creatively, will divulge her writing process and answer audience questions during this inspiring evening. VIP ticket holders even have the chance to meet Gilbert in person at a cocktail reception prior to the main event. Thu 8 p.m.
This nine-piece ensemble’s sound channels the funk legacy of the group's heroes (the Beatles, Ray Charles, and James Brown) while also remaining fresh with innovative electronic beats and heady lyrics. Don’t fear, diehard fans: The band’s newest album, Digitonium, has stayed loyal to the late-night dance crowd with groovy tracks and strong female vocals. Thu 9 p.m.
Each of the 27 photographers featured in this show embody a unique dynamic between subject and artist, highlighting the ambiguous process of muse-making. While Aaron Blum, for instance, uses stark portraiture to capture his hometown, Liz Arenberg turns a piercing lens on her sister to create a visual discussion on anxiety and body image. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Featuring the junior company of Stage Door Theater, this light-hearted musical follows the quirky doctor who can speak to animals. When he attempts to help Sophie the seal, Dolittle becomes wrapped up in a murder trial, a quest for an illusive sea snail, and an adventure that takes him around the world. Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 3, 7 p.m.
These popular Colorado Springs five-mile and 5K races trace a route through the picturesque Garden of the Gods Park. The course weaves its way across paved track, trail, and through the iconic towering red sandstone formations that give the park its name. An awards ceremony and finish-line refreshments will immediately follow the race. Sat 8 a.m.
Head to downtown Loveland to catch Colorado artists painting live in the fresh spring air. This Governor’s Art Show spin-off project features 50 of the Centennial State's most talented creatives, who will each paint a street scene to be auctioned off later that day. Proceeds benefit the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary clubs. Sat 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Head south of the border without ever venturing below 5,280 feet at this two-day cultural festival. After a colorful parade snakes its way through downtown, ambitious competitors will face off in a taco-eating contest and green chili cook off as traditional dancers such as Ballet Folklorico Baile Caliente and live bands perform on two separate stages. Plus, dozens of vendors will sell a variety of one-of-a-kind wares, including artwork and handmade jewelry. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
You and your little ones are cordially invited to a proper tea to celebrate Mother’s Day. Your hosts are the quirky jolly nanny and the fiery Scottish princess, both of whom know all about the value of family. Tea, light refreshments, archery lessons, photo opportunities, and sing-a-longs will combine for a magical holiday fit for any princess or queen. Fri 10 a.m.
Bring kids ages six to 12 to this artistic experience for a discussion on immigration and its interpretations through works of art. The workshop includes a tour of the Dairy Arts Center’s Crossing Borders exhibit, which highlights the personal immigration experiences of local artists. Talkbacks with educators from the Dairy will round out the afternoon, but your little ones will also take home a painting to remember their conversations. Sat 10:30 a.m.
Denver art scene rookies Jamie Gershen and Doug Spencer are building a space to ponder the afterlife. Inspired by the Coasters’ classic, quirky, and haunting song “The Shadow Knows,” the duo has created installations, drawings, and other nonconventional works of art using materials like found objects and furniture, smoke-manipulated glass, and hand-embroidered fabrics to consider what a post-death world would look like. Wed-Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
With a wide-brimmed summer hat and a fresh julep in hand, you can take part in an American tradition and support a good cause. After you've cheered on your favorite jockeys, 7News anchor Mitch Jelniker and Reggie Rivers, a former running back for the Broncos, will emcee a lively auction where you can bid for treasures like a print of Affirmed, Steve Cauthen Up signed by artist Tom Chapman. Proceeds benefit MyLifeLine.org, a nonprofit working to create a digital community for cancer patients and caregivers. Sat 2-6 p.m.
At this libation-centric festival, grab your complimentary tasting glass and sip on more than 150 local beers, wines, and ciders from local establishments such as Elevation Beer Company, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, and Tallgrass Brewing. Boulder-based bluegrass group Timber! is the featured band, but if you're not feeling rhythmic, participate in yard games such as giant flip cup. Food trucks including El Toro The Tot and Spud Nation will be available with plenty of eats. Sat Sun 2-5 p.m.
Knowing that 100,000 children have already benefited from the organization you're supporting isn't the only reason to celebrate at this black tie fund-raiser. You'll also savor food catered by Denver's most renowned chefs, including a sit-down meal from Rioja and a delicious buffet of hors d'oeuvre from Lola and Ace Eat Serve, as well as have the chance to bid on a vacation to the Bahamas or Pitbull concert tickets. Proceeds benefit Invest in Kids, an organization that has helped fund child-focused programs across the state for nearly 20 years. Sat 5:30 p.m.
We like to think we think our mothers everyday, but this weekend calls for a special treat (wine). Treat Mom to a five-course wine pairing dinner at one of Denver's urban wineries. Sit among wine barrels and fermentation tanks as you enjoy menu items such as seared scallops and shrimp custard cake paired with chardonnay. Sat 6 p.m.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's well-known tale of overcoming stigma, Hester Prynne conceives a daughter out of wedlock and is sentenced to live with a red "A" on her chest so no one will forget her sin. Prynne and her story are reimagined for the opera in this world premiere. Nervous about understanding the words? Subtitles in both English and Spanish will be available on a screen at every seat. Sat-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Equal parts dusty-road bluegrass musicians and modern innovators, this acoustic quintet has taken the New Grass world by storm. The band is at its best in live performances when the group showcases the agile harmonies and expert instrumentation that propelled them to their 2011 Grammy Award nomination. Sat 9 p.m.
May is the time for songbird migration through the South Platte River corridor. Follow a light continental breakfast with a leisurely 10-minute walk guided by an Audubon Center naturalist to the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies banding station. Watch as the ornithologists catch and band yellow warblers, lazuli buntings, chickadees, and northern flickers and help them collect data by weighing and measuring the birds and finally releasing them back into nature. Sun 9-11 a.m.
Magician and comedian Justin Willman invites you to spend Mother’s Day with him at his family-friendly show. Seen on Ellen, The Tonight Show, and Conan, Justin combines clean humor and magical prowess for a show that will have your kids believing anything is possible. Bring the little ones along for a fun day of entertainment and stop by Lucy’s Restaurant above the club for a special brunch before the show. Sun 3 p.m.
Although his wit and biting social critique come across on the page, David Sedaris is even funnier in person. At this evening reading, the writer of best-selling essay collections such as Holidays on Ice and When You Are Engulfed in Flames will share hilarious excerpts from his work and then sign your favorite books of his. Tue 8 p.m.
You don't have to go far from home for this intimate celebration of food and wine. The main event is the pairing challenge, in which local chefs work with University of Denver hospitality management students to create ideal food and wine pairings. But don't miss the grand tasting, which features more than 100 wines and a variety of samplings from Denver-area eateries, including Osteria Marco and Mizuna. Proceeds benefit student scholarships for DU's hopsitality management program. Thu 6-9 p.m.; Sat 1-4 p.m.
Saddle up for this musical set in the Wild West and filled with adventure, comedy, and hidden treasure. The notorious Mad Dog McNut and his rough-and-tumble gang are causing trouble in Splodge City and it's up to a cowardly cook and a lively cowgirl with her faithful steed to stop the crooks and save the town. Thu-Sat 7 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.
The voice behind the radio hit, “Nobody Love,” this star originally caught the world’s attention through her viral Paramore and Frank Ocean covers on YouTube. Kelly's masterful vocals carry her most record, Unbreakable Smile, and elevate her indie pop beats above radio singles. Thu 8 p.m.
When a white man befriends a single black mom while on his daily bus commute, their relationship sparks fiery debate and highlights the stark socioeconomic divide between them. This thought-provoking drama offers a deep analysis of racial tensions in America. Wed-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Kick off (or rahter, pedal toward) the start of cycling season with this biking-themed festival. Expect BMX aerial stunters, adult big wheel races, a bike polo tournament, live music, and discounts from local retailers like Denver-based Guerilla Gravity. Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This comedy revamps the Greek tales of traveling to the underworld. When two old summer camp buddies go to the woods shortly after the death of a close friend, they try to cope with the concept of death in their own hilarious ways (aided by the narration of their childhood camp counselor who acts as a guide to the after life). Featuring a CPR mannequin as a main "character" the friends bring along to practice survival skills on, Buntport Theater Company offers the darkly humorous world premiere of a show that will have you laughing away the darkness. Mon-Sat 8 p.m.; Sun 3 p.m.
The classic Whose Line is it Anyway? duo reunites for a comedic takeover of Denver. The night promises to be a hilarious improv extravaganza made up of unique scenes and games based on suggestions from the audience. Unsuspecting audience members have been called on stage to participate in the past so come prepared with your funniest jokes. Fri 8 p.m.
Hailing from Santa Cruz, California, this low-key group originally found success within the surf rock world. But with a sound more reminiscent of bands like Slightly Stoopid, the reggae rock outfit has pushed the boundaries of the genre with its combination of jam band-worthy guitar solos, punk-influenced style, and memorable melodies. Fri 9 p.m.
This cycling race series features different routes for a range of hardy riders: a 50-mile endurance course, a 30-mile cross-country course, and six-, 10-, and 20-mile junior courses. The 10-mile path that the racers loop around Bear Creek Lake Park features five intense climbs as well as rolling, high-octane single-track. Sat 7 a.m.
Denver Beer Co. will transform Canworks, the company’s new production brewery and cannery, into a summer beach party complete with bluegrass tunes. Well-known bands such as Hot Buttered Rum, Caribou Mountain Collective, and the Railsplitters will hit the stage while beach volleyball matches and beer balloon fights take place in the background. Sat noon-8 p.m.
Be good to your gut and mix some homemade probiotic-rich kraut into your diet. Mara and Willow King of Boulder's Ozuké, a store for all things pickled, will teach you how to ferment vegetables to create colorful sauerkraut and kimchi. By the end of the class, you'll leave with a jar of healthy snacks. Sat 2-4 p.m.
At this vibrant charity gala, escape your daily routine to explore the varied cultures of India. Dine on authentic Indian dishes, then shop for intricate textiles and decorate your hands with henna at the bazaar inside the historic Mining Exchange Hotel. Proceeds benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Pikes Peak Region, a group that supports children who have suffered from abuse or neglect. Sat 6-10 p.m.
No physical activity is required at this boot camp, which will last from one to three days depending on your lactose tolerance. Either way, a hands-on cheesemaking class will be followed by lunch, a local Longmont brewery tour (300 Suns Brewing, Shoes & Brews, or Left Hand Brewing, depending on the session), and a beer and cheese pairing. Sun-Tue 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
With a fresh new sound that he's dubbed “chamber rock,” this singer-songwriter’s collaboration with the yMusic ensemble has produced some of the most interesting and innovative music of Folds' career. The overlap of pop and classical music worlds was fueled by mutual admiration between the two groups and a desire to push the boundaries of accepted genres. Mon 8 p.m.
In this magical drama, join classic fairytale characters such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming, and more as they discover what it means to truly live happily ever after. When their plots intertwine, they must learn to make their own decisions without a narrator to guide them through their respective stories. Venture down the path with Broadway star and Grammy Award–winning singer Debby Boone as the witch for the first three weeks of the show (May 19 through June 5). Thu-Fri 6 p.m.; Sat noon, 6 p.m.; Sun 12:30 p.m.
If you’re familiar with this comic's stand-up, then you’ll know his raw and honest content encourages laughing off everything from the apocalypse to mistakes like drinking too much. Coming off a Comedy Central special that premiered this past summer, Titus has performed his one-man show across the country to frequently sold-out theaters. Thu 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:15, 9:45 p.m.
Immerse yourself in the natural worlds of seven distinct artists at this group exhibit. Reclaimed barn wood cubes by Lee Harkin will complement Kellie Cannon's rustic, decayed steel prints, which foil Don Quade's colorful paintings of seasons' changes and Derrick Breidenthal's muted, dreamy landscapes. Works span levels of abstraction, mediums, and message. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment.
When Elle Woods is dumped by her longtime boyfriend, she follows him to Harvard Law School in an attempt to win him back. Faced with tough professors and tougher courses, Elle must learn her own self-worth and question if she’s willing to trade her upper class Malibu lifestyle for that of a dedicated lawyer. This catchy musical, based on the 2001 film, tackles stereotypes and scandal in a heart-warming way. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
The Professional Disc Golf Association will host this three-round tournament designed for teams of advanced, intermediate, and recreational players. Its setting, Carmenisch Park, has earned the moniker "Badlands" for a reason: The wooded, hilly terrain requires skill to navigae. Plus, each round of the tournament is played on a different course, adding an extra challenge. Sat 7 a.m.; Sun 8 a.m.
Learn about the people and the historical and contemporary techniques behind household items—from toy cars to tools to shoes—and northern Colorado's factories. Bring the whole family to learn how to mold, cut, deform, and assemble everyday objects at this hands-on exhibit. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m.
Foster a love of crafting in your child at this event filled with sewing and quilting tutorials. The Colorado Quilting Council presents lessons using handmade patterns that your budding quiter or seamstress can mimic, plus door prizes and raffles, healthy refreshments, and a parade. Sat 9 a.m.
Don't bother cooking with dried herbs this spring—learn how to grow fresh ingredients instead. During this interactive class, experts will provide tips on incorporating home-grown herbs, like lavender and mint, into tea blends, homemade bath products, and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Bonus: As part of the workshop, use herbs from the garden to craft (and eat) a tasty lunch of tomato gazpacho, herbed chicken salad, and rosemary-rhubarb cobbler. Sat 9:30 a.m.
Treat your little ones to a picnic, a bit of live music, and some demonstrations of model trains. Pack your favorite spring lunch and sway along to the musical stylings of Denver jazz pianist and singer Wendy Fopeano. Don’t miss out of the museum’s model railway, on loan from the Denver Garden Railway Society, and relax while you explore the lush grounds with your children. Sat 10 a.m.
Get a sneak peek of Independence Pass, one of Colorado’s most scenic mountain byways, before it’s open to cars for the season during this road bike race. Recreational riders can enjoy a two-mile route ending at Weller Lake while competitive cyclists will continue up Highway 82 to finish at the Independence ghost town. A party at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Aspen follows the jaunt. Proceeds benefit the Independence Pass Foundation’s restoration work. Sat 10 a.m.
Satisfy your sweet tooth after picking up some tricks in this hands-on baking class. Chef Marilyn Morgan will teach you how to work with pastries, from making meringues to using decorative edible flowers. Try not to eat all the confections before plating begins. Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Join the top pole dancers in the state for the Colorado Pole Championship, Colorado's largest pole dancing competition and part of the Pole Championship Series. Dancers from across the state will compete to win a spot in the 2017 PCS Championship at the Arnold Sports Festival in Ohio. While typically seen as taboo, this dance competition will showcase the athleticism it takes to become a master of a difficult art form. Sat 8 p.m.
Frontman Jon Braun of Start Making Sense plays the perfect David Byrne for this seven-piece Talking Heads tribute band, whose performances evoke all that you loved about ’80s art punk. The show will be played with Denver-based Wake Up and Live, which pushes the boundaries of the tribute genre through improvisation and original arrangements of Bob Marley classics. Sat 9 p.m.
This challenging duathlon is not for the faint of heart (or breath): Racers will complete 30 miles of technical, single-track mountain biking that climbs around 4,000 vertical feet and an 11-mile trail run. Proceeds benefit Gunnison Trails, an organization dedicated to maintaining and developing the Gunnison-area mountain bike trail system. Sun 7 a.m.
This kid-friendly triathlon offers another outlet for your little athlete's energy. Three age divisions mean the youngest competitors (ages five to six) will only swim one pool length, bike one lap around Butterfield Crossing Park, and run about a third of a mile while kids as old as 14 can take on a 100-meter swim, an eight-kilometer bike ride, and a two-kilometer run. The food, prizes, and athletic activities will keep your children happy, healthy and, most important, occupied.
With easy access to an entire globe full of products at our fingertips, it's easy to forget how to live simply. Thanks to the regional premiere of this stunning documentary, which won the Most Inspirational Film award at the Orlando Film Festival, however, you can draw inspiration from a variety of minimalists. Watch stories ranging from a couple living in a tiny house to an entrepreneur who never stops traveling to a family of four living with as few possessions as possible. Tue 7:30 p.m.
Catch this hauntingly beautiful love story of a struggling Dublin street musician and a young woman who takes an interest in his songs. Their relationship blooms as they collaborate to get a record deal, but their connection turns out to be more complicated than expected. Featuring an ensemble of actors who play their own instruments onstage, this memorable production reinforces the impact music can have on the human experience. Tue-Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat-Sun 2, 7:30 p.m.
Stuck in her suburban home while watching her small children, Katie Caron found herself questioning her relationship with the natural world. This query prompted her to build an immersive installation exhibit using plastic and styrofoam. Plasticized renditions of the Rocky Mountains will rise up around visitors, while LED lights and projections stain the room with a digital glow, showcasing the integration of nature with technology in our lives. Wed-Thu noon-5 p.m.
Colorado transplant Anna Marie Mead dabs bright, jovial colors across her canvases in forms suggestive of natural landscapes, cloudscapes, and sunsets. In her new exhibit she employs her signature smears to recreate the Centennial State's stunning scenery. The resulting works are cheerfully abstract renditions of the natural world. Open by appointment.
Tote your free drinking vessel around this historic park for an afternoon of local food and drinks. Sample libations from establishments such as Mu Brewery, Black Canyon Distillery, Wild Cider, and Redstone Meadery. Then, wander between the stalls of food vendors, including Brothers BBQ and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Proceeds benefit Four Mile Historic Park's free or low-cost programming for underprivileged students in Denver. Thu 5:30-8:30 p.m.
This rock group has been producing genre-busting tracks since its inception in 1983. The two-time Grammy Award–winning quintet is most well-known for its raucous shows, which feature wild light configurations, elaborate costumes, and art video projections. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Take a break from your own outdoor excursions for an adventure film extravaganza. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will flock to the mountains for dozens of movies plus lectures, book signings, gallery tours, and even an ice cream social. At the symposium kick-off event, New York Times columnist Timothy Egan and Betty Reid Soskin, America's oldest national park ranger, will come together to discuss the future of the national park system. Fri-Mon, times vary.
The river will take freestyle kayakers for a wild ride as they spin, flip, and hurdle through rapids to compete in the Buena Vista PaddleFest’s penultimate event. Spectators can enjoy pro and amateur class events as well as a beer garden that showcases local brew, wine, and cocktails as they cheer on competitors. Fri 4-6 p.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
This team of 12 musicians brings some serious talent and soul in their homage to the music of Steely Dan. With saxophones, trombones, trumpets, drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and vocals, the dynamic band brings an authenticity and truthfulness to classic tracks that dedicated fans of the originals and new listeners alike will enjoy. Fri 9 p.m.
Climb over six-foot walls, slosh through mud, and crawl across cargo nets to conquer the tricky terrain in this obstacle course race. With the map kept secret until race day, the 5K and 10K mud run will require some serious grit and teamwork to complete. The event will also include a Little Monkey half-mile race with similar hurdles for kids ages two to eight years old. Sat 8 a.m.
As the weather warms up, humans aren't the only ones spending time in the sun. Take advantage of the spring climate to head outside and search for difficult-to-spot birds with an Audubon Master Birder from the Front Range Birding Company. With binoculars in hand, birders and non-birders alike will learn facts about bird ecology and tips on identifying birds by sight and sound. Sat 8-11 a.m.
If you're feeling the springtime itch to spruce up your space, drive up to Stapleton for this outdoor market brimming with adorable antiques. The talented David Potter will treat you to a live banjo performance as you browse the vendor stands for the perfect reclaimed coffee table or vintage print from the likes of artists such as Amanda Vela and Robin Thayer. Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fossils reveal much about the past. Take your little ones on a journey through time and space as they discover not only the remnants of history, but also the current tracks being made (such as those on Mars) that future generations will look back on to learn about our culture. Travel to other planets through immersive shows and exhibits in partnership with the Fiske Planetarium to learn about the world around you. Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
In this perceptive comedy, callous Margie finds herself middle-age, unemployed, and squandering her money away at bingo. Yet she finds hope for a secure future when she tracks down an old flame, who is now a successful doctor. Don't miss the darkly funny production for its surprisingly compassionate views on class and culture. Thu 6:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 2:30 p.m.
Experience the sounds, steps, and imagery of Plains Indians dance in this multimedia exhibit. In keeping with the Denver Art Museum's summer-long celebration of dance, the institution is displaying drawings of animal, healing, and rite of passage dances; large-scale, dance-themed portraits dating back more than 70 years; and contemporary Native American dance regalia. Viewers can also experience traditional dance performances through a dancing circle video installation by Mohawk artist Alan Michelson. Tue-Fri, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Considered Arapahoe Basin's largest party of the year, this brew-focused springtime festival features unlimited tastings from local breweries such as Left Hand Brewing, Pug Ryan's Brewery, and Ska Brewing. Food vendors will offer fair delicacies such as turkey legs and brats, and there will be live music from Denver-based, old-school funk band Jakarta. We'll toast to that. Sun noon-4 p.m.