155 Things To Do This Year

We don’t want to hear you say there’s nothing to do around here ever again. C’mon folks, we live in Colorado—there’s loads of great stuff to experience all year long. So, pull out your calendar and find a permanent marker. From must-see concerts and summer festivals to sporting events and holiday activities, we’ve got you scheduled for fun throughout 2012.

January 2012





Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild. // 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, http://avalanche.nhl.com, ticket prices vary.


Lizards & Snakes. This spring at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, see more than 60 live snakes and lizards from five continents. // 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Denver Museum of Nature & Science, dmns.org; adults: $12; seniors: $8; kids: $6.


Soup R Salad Bowl. With a goal to raise $20,000 for the Food Bank of the Rockies and Arvada Community Food Bank, this friendly disc-golf competition is perfect for newbies and pros alike. // 8:30 a.m. check-in, Bird’s Nest Disc Park, Arvada, mhdgc.org, participants must get donations.


Widespread Panic. Panic plays the Fillmore for three straight days. Consider buying the three-day pass. // February 10 to 12, 6 p.m., Fillmore Auditorium, livenation.com, ticket prices vary.


Winter Teva Mountain Games: Day Two. Saturday’s full lineup of winter sports insanity includes slalom biking, telemarking, and ski mountaineering. // February 10 to 12, Saturday’s events begin at 7:30 a.m., Vail Mountain and Vail Village, tevamountaingames.com.


Colorado Garden & Home Show. For nine days this winter, you can ogle the latest ideas and trends in gardening, landscaping, and home improvement. // February 11 to 19, times vary, Colorado Convention Center, gardeningcolorado.com; adults: $12; seniors: $10.


Valentine’s Day. Take your special someone on a snowy hot chocolate sleigh ride with Breckenridge Sleigh Rides. // Breckenridge Sleigh Rides, Breckenridge, brecksleighrides.com, $59.50 per person.


DeVotchKa with the Colorado Symphony. This homegrown, multi-instrumentalist band, which you know from the soundtrack to Little Miss Sunshine, joins forces with the Colorado Symphony. // 7:30 p.m., Boettcher Concert Hall, coloradosymphony.org, $25 to $87.


Boulder International Film Festival. This yearly event has become one of the up-and-coming film festivals in the country. Enjoy lesser-known films, documentaries, and shorts on Sunday. // February 16 to 19, event times and venues vary, Boulder, biff1.com, ticket prices vary.


University of Denver Pioneers vs. University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. // 8:07 p.m., Magness Arena, denverpioneers.com, ticket prices vary.


Denver Restaurant Week. More than 300 of Denver’s fine-dining establishments participate in this two-week-long culinary extravaganza. Reservations are a must. // February 25 to March 9, denver.org.


Leap Day. According to popular folklore, as long ago as the 1200s Leap Day was the only day on which a woman could propose to a man. So, ladies, make the most of the opportunity—it won’t come around again for four years.