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.
Hit the Court. Brush up on your forehand with an instructional drill class. // 11 a.m. for advanced beginners; Gates Tennis Center, gatestenniscenter.info, $25.
American Idiot. A smash hit on Broadway, American Idiot is based on Green Day’s multiplatinum album of the same name. // March 6 to 11, show times vary, Buell Theatre, denvercenter.org, tickets start at $20.
Colorado Rapids Opening Day. // Game time TBD, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, coloradorapids.com, ticket prices vary.
Cross Country in City Park. March is the snowiest month of the year in Denver. When the white stuff piles up, head to City Park with your skinny sticks. // City Park, denvergov.org.
Jack Kerouac’s Birthday. This literary icon reportedly bellied up at Denver’s My Brother’s Bar on more than one occasion. Order a pint, nab a barstool, and do the same in honor of this pioneer of the Beat Generation. // My Brother’s Bar.
American Red Cross Month. Sign up to be a volunteer with the Mile High Red Cross. // denver-redcross.org.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade. // 10 a.m., Blake Street, downtown Denver, denverstpatricksdayparade.com.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames. // 7 p.m., Pepsi Center, http://avalanche.nhl.com, ticket prices vary.
Denver Auto Show. // March 21 to 25, times vary, Colorado Convention Center, denverautoshow.com; adults: $10; kids: $5.
Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective. A look at Saint Laurent’s career of creativity, featuring 200 couture outfits as well as photographs, drawings, and films. // March 25 to July 8, hours vary throughout the week, Denver Art Museum, denverartmuseum.org; adults: $22; seniors/students: $18; youth: $14.