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101 Things to Do in Colorado This Year

5 Cool Colorado Classes to Take in 2021

No worries if you (purposely) missed the sourdough train. You’ve got a whole year ahead of you to learn something new.

For Art Lovers:
For his Rhapsody in Light workshop (pictured above), artist Joseph Thomas, who’s contributed shots to National Geographic, combines classic Centennial State must-sees (Crested Butte’s wildflowers, meteor showers over the Rockies) with intensive, multiday photography lessons—ensuring your Instagram posts get all the likes. From $1,200

For Geeks:
Once a month, the Bug Theatre in LoHi hosts (virtually, for now) Nerd Nite, a more casual take on the TED Talk. Here, intellectuals of all kinds give 20-minute crash courses on Star Wars audio production, sharks, working in haunted houses, and even more random topics. From $8 per person

For Fashionistas:
You know how good it feels when someone compliments your footwear? Imagine being able to reply, “Thanks, I made them myself.” To craft sneakers or sandals, opt for a daylong class at Colorado Shoe School in Bellvue, northwest of Fort Collins—or, if you need to get runway-ready, set aside five days to make a pair of boots or an original design. From $190

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For Desperate Parents:
This past summer, Boulder nonprofit Growing Gardens moved its classes online, combining video lessons with a variety of at-home crafts and snack recipes for kids ages five to 11. In-person sessions for the same age group start again in April with Mondays On The Farm, covering engaging gardening topics like soil health and seeds. $30 per class

For History Buffs:
Elevate your next downtown amble by tuning in to one of the Denver Architecture Foundation’s two audio tours (available online as of August 2020). You’ll learn stories and secrets about the Mile High City’s most iconic structures, such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the Colorado State Capitol. Free

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