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Tara Donovan’s “Untitled (Mylar)” is coming to the MCA Denver. Photo by Mick Vincenz/Courtesy of Tara Donovan and Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck (“Untitled (Mylar)” by Tara Donovan)

Five Artsy Events to Check Out This Fall

A Tony Award-winning musical, an outdoorsy music fest, and more are coming to Colorado.

The overflowing crowds at this month’s Grandoozy music fest not your thing? Worry not. This fall, Denver is packed with a dizzying variety of other cultural events. Just follow our prompts to find your next artsy occasion.

If You Take Your Art With a Side of Hiking, Try This: Orpheus Music and Arts Festival

Photo courtesy of Orpheus Music and Arts Festival

Spend a weekend at Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort soaking in both mountain air and music from up-and-coming Colorado artists. Genres at the inaugural festival/campout include jazz, rock, electronica, and more. (Hike all you want; just make sure you’re back to hear neo-soul group Sol Burial’s dynamic cover of “Valerie.”) August 31 to September 1

If You Would Happily Spend Hours Wandering a Museum, Try This: Tara Donovan: Fieldwork

Photo by Ron Blunt/Courtesy of Tara Donovan and Smithsonian American Art Museum (“Untitled” by Tara Donovan)

A collage made of plastic straws. An ink print of Slinkys. A mountain of index cards tall enough to ski down. For the first time, MacArthur Genius Grant winner Tara Donovan’s wall-based and site-specific works will be together in one place: the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Each piece reminds viewers that everyday objects have extraordinary potential. September 21 to January 27

If You Geek Out Over Foreign Films, Try This: CineLatino Film Festival

Photo by Jason DeWitt/Courtesy of Denver Film Society

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave the Denver Film Society a $10,000 grant to blow out its fourth annual celebration of Latin cinema. That means nine feature films (such as the documentary Devil’s Freedom), one shorts package, and Q&A sessions with filmmakers. September 6 to 9

If You Like Your Theater With a Side of Politics, Try This: The Cake

Photo courtesy of Curious Theatre

Making its regional debut at Denver’s Curious Theatre Company, The Cake is inspired by the real-life Colorado baker who famously refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The play was penned by Bekah Brunstetter, also a writer for NBC’s This is Us. Prepare to feel all the feels. September 1 to October 13

If You Can’t Stop Belting Showtunes, Try This: Dear Evan Hansen

Photo courtesy of Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Broadway audiences fell in love with the story (and soundtrack) of a teenager struggling with social anxiety and a lie spiraling out of control when it premiered in 2016. Now, the Tony Award–winning musical kicks off its first-ever national tour at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Buell Theatre. Pro tip: Bring lots of tissues. September 25 to October 13

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