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Cider Days

303-987-7845
The dog days of sticky, summer heat are over, and it's time to welcome crisp, colorful fall at Cider Days. This fall-themed festival in Lakewood embraces all things apple (think: apple pie, apple pressing, and of course, apple cider.) Adults can even try up to 50 hard ciders provided by the Rocky Mountain Cider Association.…

Pizzeria Lui

303-922-3202
Delicious, seasonal pies are baked to order in a Gianni Acunto Napoli oven imported from Naples, Italy. Try the peach pizza, which is topped with Palisade peaches, prosciutto, and ricotta cheese.

A Delicate Balance

303-232-0363
Edward Albee’s 1967 Pulitzer Prize–winning drama went on to snag a Tony Award in 1996 for its Broadway revival. In the play, which comes to Lakewood this month, a middle-aged couple whose life is disrupted when longtime friends show up to stay with them, claiming a nameless fear has forced them out of their home.…

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race

If the classic 5K has you bored, you might want to give this mud-filled, obstacle-ridden race a try. Racers will scramble their way over 25 obstacles ranging from fire jumps to underground tunnels, all while vying for the No. 1 Maniac spot. Beyond the mud, the finish line festival features a mechanical bull, beach volleyball,…

Festival Italiano

303-742-1520
Explore artisanal markets, taste freshly made pasta, and sip both Italian and local wines as Florentine flag throwers perform. Or, take the little ones to Balistreri Vineyards,where they can stomp on grapes—which will then be used to make Little Feet Merlot—while you sample the winery’s vino. Proceeds benefit Project Angel Heart, a nonprofit that provides…

40 West Invitational + Josh Davy

303-433-4933
More than 20 creatives from the metro area use their work to make a political statement about Next Gallery’s recent move from Denver to Lakewood during this group exhibition. With his ceramic sculptures, Mile High City–based artist Josh Davy laments the loss of the gallery and other historical buildings in the Navajo Street Art District,…

Dinner

303-232-0363
This dark comedy offers a witty twist on the classic plotline of a mysterious dinner party. When Paige organizes an elegant get-together to celebrate the publication of her husband’s best-selling book, her guests quickly realize the soiree is meant to hide their hostess’s true intentions: taking revenge on her so-called friends and nasty husband.

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy!

303-987-7845
Elderly parents, a chain-smoking sister, and a dim-witted cousin— Steve Soloman impersonates them all during this unconventional one-man production. In the form of a conversational monologue, the actor shares anecdotes from his bicultural upbringing centered around the colorful family members who had the greatest impact on both his childhood and adult life.

Substance Dissolved: Kelly Clements

303-433-4933
At this eccentric show, local ceramicist Kelly Clements will explore the emotional process of transitioning from girlhood to womanhood. Drawing inspiration from her own experiences, Clements forms sculptures of household objects to highlight the tools women use to craft their identities during adolescence. By doing so, she urges viewers to consider the ways in which…

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

303-987-7845
The entire family will delight in Denver-based Ballet Ariel’s take on this classic short story from The Jungle Book. Lovable and loyal mongoose Rikki is determined to protect his new adopted family of humans from two slithering, sinister cobras, Nag and Nagaina. In this charming ballet, little thespians can watch the hero foil the malicious snakes' plot to invade the family’s garden.

Mud Blue Sky

303-232-0363
For middle-age flight attendants Beth, Sam, and Angie, life is beginning to feel dull—but a layover in a run-down motel outside Chicago’s O’Hare Airport might change that. When they convince a teenage pot dealer to join them in their room, the unlikely foursome reflects on the friendships they have that make their hardships worthwhile.

Artists in Residences Studio Tour

720-933-3813
For the first time, art lovers can venture into the home studios of professional artists living in Lakewood. Abstract painter Carrie MaKenna and 20-plus other local creatives will show off their works-in-progress. As you tour their spaces, glimpse pieces in a variety of different mediums, from sculpture and mosaics to photography and hand-made violins, and…

Brodo Italian Scratch Kitchen

303-953-1121
Enjoy Italian comfort food from the founders of the Wooden Table. Choose from a collection of pastas such as the house-made tortellini with herb goat cheese, or try the mussels cooked in garlic and white wine.

Lechuga’s Italian Restaurant (Lakewood)

303-238-1037
An offshoot of the Highland location, this old-school Italian restaurant serves dishes such as savory cannoli (dough pockets stuffed with sausages and meatballs) and buckets of spaghetti and marinara sauce. Multiple locations.

Tstreet Roadhouse

303-936-5179
Stop in for breakfast, lunch, and then again for dinner. This gathering spot offers a variety of eats—from fresh oysters to the more simplistic Roadhouse Burger, a Colorado-raised beef patty topped with melted Gruyére cheese and caramelized onions on a brioche bun.

Taja Indian

720-328-6158
This fast-casual Indian eatery focuses on curries made from scratch using fresh and healthy ingredients. Order the kati roll, a burrito-esque wrap that comes on fresh-baked roti, stuffed with your choice of fillings.

Pho 96

303-568-9262
Vietnamese noodle bowls and soups abound at this South Federal restaurant. Top off your authentic meal with a boba smoothie.

Pho 95

303-936-3322
Don't miss the steaming bowls of traditional Vietnamese pho at this restaurant. The noodle soup can be ordered in 21 different ways. Enjoy other regional favorites, including pan-fried noodles and spring rolls. Also try the Centennial location.

La Cave

(720) 963-2046
La Cave—located inside the Sheraton Denver West Hotel—is a wine-centric restaurant that riffs on upscale continental cuisine. Order up the New York steak au poivre or the seared sea scallops.

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