We released our 2012 Summer Guide in June, including hundreds of events and opportunities to escape both in the city and in the great outdoors. Each Thursday, we'll roll out the best things to do this week, making it easier for you to plan your summer. Among this week's listings are the Westword Music Showcase, the Greeley Stampede and Bike to Work Day. For a full guide of things to do in and around Denver, consult westword.com/calendar.
This week in the Denver area:
Aspen Environment Forum: Living in the New Normal: A forum examining how the planet is adapting to climate change, how humans are adapting it, and how such adaptation does not mean acceptance. June 22-25, Colo. 82, Aspen, www.aspenenvironment.org.
Aspen Ideas Festival: Lectures, presentations, debates, and panel discussions designed to present ideas that matter. June 27-July 3, Colo. 82, Aspen, www.aifestival.org.
Aspen Summer Words 2012: Solazu: A literary festival celebrating stories from Latin America and the Caribbean. Featuring lectures from a variety of writers, including Edqidge Danticat, Luis Urrea, Daniel Alarcon, Francisco Goldman, and others. Through June 22, Colo. 82, Aspen, 970-925-3122, www.aspenwriters.org.
Bike to Work Day: Instead of driving, ride your bike. Wed., June 27, Denver metro area, www3.drcog.org/biketowork 303-832-2700.
Cherry Blossom Festival: A festival celebrating Japanese American culture and heritage with taiko drumming, traditional food and drink, martial arts, and more. June 23-24, free, Sakura Square, 19th and Lawrence streets, Denver, 303-295-0305 www.cherryblossomdenver.org.
Climb4Life: Rock climbing, hiking, yoga, skills clinics, and other activities designed to empower women and raise public awareness of ovarian cancer. Presented by HERA Womens Cancer Foundation. June 22-23, $75, www.herfoundation.org. Boulder Rock Club, 2829 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303-447-2804, www.totalclimbing.com/page.php.
Colorado Brewers Festival: Featuring over 70 beers from 40 Colorado breweries with live music and more. June 23-24, $20, Civic Center Park, Mason and Laporte, Fort Collins.
Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals: Tue., June 26, 6:40 p.m.; Wed., June 27, 6:40 p.m.; Thu., June 28, 1:10 p.m., $7.95. Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., Denver, 303-292-0200, colorado.rockies.mlb.com/.
Crested Butte Restaurant Week: A week-long highlight of the best meals local eateries and lodging establishments have to offer. Through June 22, $8.85-$88.85, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Crested Butte, 800-814-7988, www.crestedbuttechamber.com.
Donkey Derby Days: A festival celebrating Cripple Creek quirkiness, featuring a race honoring the towns resident donkey herd. June 23-24, www.visitcripplecreek.com. Cripple Creek, 67, Cripple Creek, www.cripple-creek.co.us.
Enduro # 1: Thu., June 21. Keystone Resort, 6, I-70 exit 205, Dillon, 800-468-5004, www.keystoneresort.com.
Feed Me Seymour: A selection of live comedy, acting, and musical performances by members of the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League. All proceeds benefit PHAMALY. Fri., June 22, 7-10:30 p.m., $70, History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver, 303-447-8679, www.phamaly.org.
Frank Fairfield with Two Thin Dimes: Presented as part of the Shady Grove Picnic Series. Wed., June 27, 6 p.m., $10 GA; $7 members/seniors/cyclists; $2 kids under 12, Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver, 720-865-0800, www.fourmilepark.org, www.swallowhillmusic.org.
Gallery Talks: One Painting at a Time: Explore the Museums 825 paintings one by one. Each discussion lasts 30 minutes and examines Stills paintings and artistic process in detail. Tue., June 26, 2:30 p.m.; Tue., July 10, 2:30 p.m., $10 GA; $3 youth; free for kids under 5. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St., Denver, 720-354-4880, www.clyffordstillmuseum.org.
Ghostbusters: Mon., June 25. Infinity Park, 4599 E. Tennessee Ave., Denver, 303-639-4604, www.infinityparkatglendale.com.
Greeley Stampede: Featuring Justin Moore, Luke Bryan, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Skillet, and others. June 22-July 4, 970-356-7787, www.greeleystampede.org. Greeley, Weld County, Greeley, www.greeleygov.com.
Gunnison River Festival: Featuring a community raft parade, competitive raft racing, a raft rodeo, kayak competitions, a hooligan race, live music, games, and more. June 22-23, Gunnison, www.gunnisoncrestedbutte.com.
Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival: Four nights of headline concerts from national and international musicians. Through June 22, Colo. 82, Aspen, www.jazzaspensnowmass.org.
Journeys Backyard Barbecue Tour: Professional skaters, BMX bikers, and motocross riders perform life stunts. Sat., June 23, 12-7 p.m., free, Colorado Mills, 14500 W. Colfax Ave., Golden, 303-279-1169, www.journeysbbq.com.
Lorna Doone: A screening of the 1922 Madge Bellamy classic. Wed., June 27, 7:30 p.m., $10 GA; $5 members & kids. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Rd., Boulder, 303-440-7666, www.chautauqua.com.
MagiCabaret starring Doc Eason: Magician Doc Eason performs alongside Dave Elstun. Fri., June 22, 8 p.m., $15, Lumber Baron Inn, 2555 W. 37th Ave., Denver, 720-939-4076, www.magicindenver.com.
Mary Taylor Young: The author of Colorado Wild: Wildlife to Watch For discusses her book. Mon., June 25, 7 p.m., free, www.douglascountylibraries.org. Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock, 303-791-7323, www.philipsmillerlibrary.org.
Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud & Obstacle Series: Race alongside local military personnel, police academy trainees, and public safety officers on 5K and 10K courses filled with military-style obstacles. Sun., June 24, 7 a.m., $50-$70, Aurora Sports Park, 18601 E. Sports Park, Aurora, 303-695-7201, www.downanddirtymudrum.com.
Mountain Air Music Series: Weekly family-friendly concerts with onsite kids activities and vending. Lineup includes Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams, The Pimps of Joytime, OBrien Part of 7 with Tim & Mollie OBrien, and Chuck Prophet. Thursdays. Continues through June 28, Free. Ouray, U.S. Highway 550, Ouray, 800-228-1876, www.ouraycolorado.com.
The Notebook: With The Dunwells. Mon., June 25, 6:45 p.m., $12, Film on the Rocks, www.denverfilm.org. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, 720-865-2494, www.redrocksonline.com.
Official Westword Music Showcase After-Party: With Classixx and Boyhollow. Sat., June 23, 10 p.m., $12/$15. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666, www.bluebirdtheater.net.
Salida Art Walk: A city-wide showcase of art, music, and theatre hosted at 50 Salida venues. June 22-24, free, Hwys. 50 & 291, Salida, 719-530-0466, www.salidaartwalk.com.
Sanford Biggers: Presented as part of Anderson Ranchs Featured Artist Lecture Series. Thu., June 21. Anderson Ranch Arts Center, 5623 Owl Creek Road, Snowmass Village, 970-923-3181, www.andersonranch.org.
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival: A traditional, Scandinavian-style solstice celebration featuring live music, folk dance, parades, food, art, and more. June 23-24, www.estesparkcvb.com, Hwy. 36, Estes Park, 800-443-7837, www.estes-park.com.
Summer in the Rockies III Grand Prix: Grand Prix show jumping accompanied by equestrian-themed vending. Sat., June 23, 4:30 p.m., free, Colorado Horse Park, 7522 S. Pinery Drive, Parker, 303-841-5550, www.coloradohorsepark.com.
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Telluride Wine Festival: Featuring winemakers luncheons, cooking demonstrations, reserve programs, seminars, tastings, and more. June 22-26, www.telluridewinefestival.com, 145, Telluride, 888-783-0257, www.visittelluride.com.
Westword Music Showcase: Featuring Girl Talk, Battles, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Baywood, Karl Densons Tiny Universe Presents a Tribute to the Beastie Boys and more than 150 local bands on 15 stages and one outdoor stage. Sat., June 23, noon, $25/$100 VIP, Golden Triangle Neighborhood, Located between Lincoln St., Colfax Ave. and Speer Blvd., Denver, 720-253-2774, microapp.westword.com/musicshowcase/2012/.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Wed., June 27. Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-794-0640, www.shopaspengrove.com/Index.asp?x=010|000&~=.