Boulder Comedy Festival
No matter if your comedy proclivities lean clean or lewd, observational or completely out-there, this four-year-old funny fest will bust your gut. At venues around Boulder, expect sets from comics such as Linus Leas, who got his start in Asia; Denver-raised Miriam Moreno, whose jokes are infused with dark humor; and Today Show and NBC alum Sarah Kennedy. June 19–23; times vary; $25–$30

Riverfront Park Summer Sessions
While Red Rocks is pretty much on all of our summer bucket lists, it’s not exactly financially responsible to head to the venue every time we need a music fix. Luckily, this free music series provides audiophiles with a way to watch live music. This week, hear Your Smith, whose music mixes Laurel Canyon vibes with the sound of her native Minneapolis; later in the summer, Launder and the Shivas will perform. Food and beverage vendors will also be in attendance. June 20–Aug. 15; Thursdays 5–9 p.m.; free attendance

Moovers and Shakers Cocktail Competition

Booze and cups arranged on a table at the Moovers and Shakers Cocktail Competition
Moovers and Shakers Cocktail Competition. Photo courtesy of Dairy Arts Center

Forget your standard vodka soda or Jack and Coke. At this cocktail showdown, Boulder’s preeminent mixologists from restaurants such as Gemini, Salt, and Stella’s Cucina will be pouring experimental sippers in an attempt to win the competition. (Hint: Guests vote for the winner, so pay attention as you quaff.) The drinks will be paired with bites; guests will receive a souvenir glass to take home. June 20; 5:30 p.m.; $75

Cherry Blossom Festival
For half a century, this festival has celebrated Japanese culture in all its forms—from culinary delights to esoteric art forms to traditional music. Attendees can expect Japanese bites (think: Teriyaki beef bowls, gyoza, and mochi), dozens of purveyors selling wares such as kimonos and bonsai bamboo plants, and performers playing traditional instruments (like the Taiko drums and Shinobue flute) and showing off karate and sword skills. June 22–23; Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; free

Highlands Street Fair
A lot of Denverites won’t even have to leave the neighborhood to attend this gathering of live bands, delicious food, and local creatives. Come just for lunch—Super Smash Burgers, Greek Flame Foods, and Bohemian Wurst will be serving up indulgent eats—or stay for the whole day and catch hours of acts such as the Desert Furs, peruse booths of more than 100 local makers, and even participate in an outdoor exercise class. June 22; 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; free

Edgewater Music Festival
This neighborhood music fest changed its name this year—it was previously the Blues & BBQ Fest—but its central mission stays the same: to raise awareness and funds for Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver. Similarly, attendees will get to eat finger-licking barbecue bites and hear top-tier tunes again this year, including shows from the Who tribute band the Substitutes and Graham Good and the Painters. Upgrade to a VIP ticket to gain access to free food and drinks provided by caterers such as Texas Roadhouse and Edgewater Inn. June 22; 2–10 p.m.; $10–$100