Winter is finally here (for the moment, anyway), but there's still plenty to do inside (and outside) in the Mile High City. From proms to late-night full moon-watching to adult skateboarding parties and more, we've rounded up the ten best events for this last weekend in February. And as a bonus, over half of them are free!
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LOOPS: North American Handmade Bicycle Show Party, meet-up at the Colorado Convention Center (Friday, free to ride, $10 suggested donation for the party) Now four years strong, Loops -- a free, weekly bike ride around the city -- is throwing a big party in celebration of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show's massive gathering in Colorado. Starting under "I See What You Mean", aka the Big Blue Bear, at the Colorado Convention Center at 6:30 p.m., Loops founder Broox Pulford will lead the pack on a ride, and then it's on to Mouth House for a show featuring Thee Dang Dangs, The Photo Atlas, Zebroids and more.
Untitled #54 (Turf) at Denver Art Museum (Friday, $5-10) In conjunction with the current exhibition Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land, this 54th edition of the Denver Art Museum's Untitled series looks to the land for inspiration. Local guru of everything Andrew Novick will discuss the art of Astroturf, and as an added bonus, artist Nick Cave will hold open auditions for dancers for his summer exhibition, Sojourn. Untitled events are included with general museum admission.
Nerd Prom 2013 at Summit Music Hall (Friday, $10 advance, $15 at the door) A fun take on high-school redemption, this year's Nerd Prom is all about being extra nerdy. Dress in your finest formal wear and Buddy Holly specs and dance to prom-throwers Bop Skizzum plus Filthy T, the Messers and Medic; KTCL's Alf will be spinning between sets.
Art Lounge #3: Love On The Reel at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (Friday, Free) Made for and by middle- and high-school teens, this night at the museum will feature cinematic work by peers and an open discussion on healthy relationships and sexual awareness. There will also be a special screening of Inocente, the story of one girl's journey for self-discovery in the face of adversity.
Boppo! Games at Boppo Warehouse (Saturday, free before 10 p.m.) Hit up the Boppo Warehouse for the pre-party or the after-party, or make this your spot all night. The 21-and-up (after 10 p.m.) evening of adult-friendly fun, games and music features indoor skateboarding and prizes for the best skate tricks. And $10 gets you all-you-can-drink beer from Great Divide.
Hoa Nguyen Tarot Card Reading and Benefit at Counterpath (Saturday, Free) Poet Hoa Nguyen makes a special stop at Counterpath Press to share selected readings from her latest collection, As Long As Trees Last. She will also be offering tarot readings to anyone who purchases at least two books from Counterpath; slots for readings are first come, first served.
Full Moon Open House at State Forest State Park (Saturday, Free) Get an unobstructed glimpse of the moon tonight and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the Chocolate Cabin on the trail at State Forest State Park. Begin at the Moose Visitor Center and snowshoe or cross-country ski the six-mile Gould Loop lit by glowsticks, before circling back for an evening potluck. Or check out the park earlier in the day for the Artist Showcase, featuring paintings and jewelry by local artisans.
Ski With a Ranger Day at Loveland Ski Area (Sunday, free) This fun-for-all-ages, free-skiing event invites participants of all skill levels to join a ranger on the slopes, who'll discuss terrain, geology and local history. These runs happen once a month through the season at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Primo's Wrestling Presents: Jerry Lynn's Last F'N Show at Casselman's (Sunday, $10) Making one last stop in Denver on his retirement tour, world-renowned wrestler Jerry Lynn brings his decades of experience to the ring in this Primos Hardcore & Wrestling-sponsored throwdown. He will be taking on some of the city's finest fighters, including Trajan, Chris Wrath, Prince Raheem and more. As with all Primo's events, this showdown is all-ages, but parental discretion is advised.
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Watch the Oscars at your house (Sunday, free!) Pop some popcorn and snuggle up on the couch to debate the best-dressed in Hollywood with your honey. Or if you want to view in style with friends, drinks and food, check out one of the many parties happening in Denver and Boulder.