1. All Senses GO
This larger-than-life multimedia performance is a Cirque du Soleil show as you’ve never seen it before—an exuberant display blending ideas, melodies, people, and images. With projection space nearly equivalent to four IMAX screens and enough technical equipment to stage two major rock concerts, Delirium ensnares each audience member as if he or she were the star of the show. The contemporary urban tale folds in tribal beats, flying acrobats, 80-foot costumes, 2,700 watts of power, and a host of other elements to bombard all your senses at once.
Delirium: Aug. 30–sep. 2, Pepsi Center
In a town famous for its annual winter celebration of a frozen dead guy, you never know quite what to expect when the summer shindigs roll around. But Nederland’s NedFest never fails to deliver a laid-back, three-day jam session in a groovy mountain setting far easier (and quicker) to get to than most of the festival-laden resort towns. Take in an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, and bluegrass with the sounds of New Monsoon, Kan’Nal, The Motet, and plenty of others while you sample local libations at the accompanying MicroBrew Festival. Plus, for the first time ever, non-Neders can stake out a campsite just across the creek from the festival grounds. Tickets are cheap and the cause is righteous (benefiting several sustainable-energy nonprofits), so trade the Crocs for Birks and take your inner hippie to the hills.
Eighth Annual Nederland Music & Arts Festival: Aug. 25-27, Nederland
3. Strong Legs, Strong Will, Strong LIfe
Sporting the yellow bracelets was just the beginning. Continue the LiveStrong pledge by walking (5K), running (5K/10K), or biking (up to 100 miles) to support and inspire those affected by cancer. The Lance Armstrong Foundation, which has raised over $9.6 million since the seven-time Tour de France champ founded it in 1997, selected Denver as one of only five cities to participate in this year’s challenge. Participants will have access to a Nike training program, a personal fundraising coach and tools, and a community team program.
LiveStrong Challenge: Aug. 20, Denver Metro
4. Plaid is Rad
Thousands of miles away from their homeland, local Scots are breaking out the kilts in celebration of their bagpiping heritage. Find out where your Scottish roots lie with a visit to the genealogy tent or a bit of haggis tasting, where your tongue will quickly tell you if you’ve got Highland genes. Whether you know your tartan or not (or if you’re dying to find out who wins the hammered dulcimer competition), a big old dose of
5. They're Ba-aaaack....
Tribute bands galore have ridden the coattails of the Beatles. But rarely does a remarkable group worth its British shag come along. Take a stroll down Penny Lane with a live performance by the fab four themselves—or the closest thing you’ll find to the rock ’n roll legends who changed musical history. “1964” The Tribute is an authentic Beatles performance group hailed by Rolling Stone as “the number one Beatles tribute show on Earth.” Come see for yourself if they’re as good as you remember.
“1964” The Tribute: Aug. 26, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison