Dairy Arts Center’s Musical Vanguards Series
Coloradans can see world-class musicians without leaving the Front Range, thanks to this program from Boulder’s Dairy Arts Center. This week, jazz guitarist, singer, and Grammy Award winner John Pizzarelli will perform alongside bassist Mike Karn and pianist Isaiah Thompson. After that, see acts including singer-songwriter Ariel Posen, funk band Miss Mojo, and vocalist and violinist Emmaline. June 30–Aug. 18; times vary; starting at $15

Fan Expo
Whether your fandom of choice is comics, video games, anime, or plain ’ol books, this massive festival will have something for you to nerd out on. After you don your cosplay of choice, you’ll be able to peruse more than 400,000 square feet of vendors hawking rare comics, memorabilia, and T-shirts; attend workshops, panels, and seminars (drawing demonstrations, Q&As, trivia); and meet special guests, including actors Elijah Wood (hello, Frodo) and Kevin Smith (of Clerks fame), DC Comics chief creative officer Jim Lee, and New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones, a horror novelist who wrote 2021’s My Heart Is A Chainsaw. July 1–3; times vary; $12–$52 for one day

Cherry Creek Arts Festival
It’s a good thing this festival is three days long, because with more than 250 artists’ work on display—plus a dozen musical acts and a bevy of food trucks—you’ll need more than one trip to take it all in. You’ll be able to contemplate some of the West’s best artists, including Denver-based Sarah Bowling’s concrete-pillow sculptures and Englewood’s Mami Yamamoto’s oil-based prints. In between, catch tunes from rock band Peach Street Revival and art pop group Tune-Yards and bites from Alpine Sausage Co. and Lazo Empanadas; families with young tots in tow can also check out the children’s programming. July 1–3; Fri–Sat 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; free (Tune-Yards concert is ticketed.)

STILLness: Meditation in the Galleries
If you need 45 minutes of guaranteed relaxation—and who doesn’t these days?—enroll in this series of meditation classes at Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum. The Saturday morning sessions take place in the museum’s gallery, meaning guests will be surrounded by abstract expressionist art while they’re guided through meditation exercises by local experts from the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver. July 2 & Aug. 6; 9:15–10 a.m.; free with museum admission, registration required

Art in the Garden
Most people memorialize Boulder’s famed Chautauqua Park with an iPhone snap—but after this workshop, you’ll be able to capture the scene in a painting. Experts from Arts in the Open will provide attendees (of all skill levels) with materials (canvas, paints, brushes) and guide them step-by-step through the landscape-painting process. Though materials are provided, make sure you bring sunscreen, water, and a blanket to sit on. July 2 & Aug. 13; 10 a.m.; $25–$30

Central City Opera Festival
One of the nation’s oldest operas, this Colorado institution is celebrating its 90th season starting this Saturday with the premiere of The Light in the Piazza. Aided by a Tony Award–winning score, the story follows 1950s Southern housewife Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara as they vacation in Florence, Italy. When Clara falls in love with a local, the duo must face family secrets and a cultural clash. Don’t miss the pre-dinner show at 6 p.m. to mark the opening of the production. July 2; 8 p.m.; starting at $40

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