The 21 Best Events in Denver, July 24 Through July 30

When Boxyard Park pops in RiNo, be ready to party.
When Boxyard Park pops in RiNo, be ready to party. RiNo Boxyard Park Project
click to enlarge The Underground Music Showcase returns on July 27! - WESTWORD
The Underground Music Showcase returns on July 27!
As usual, there's plenty to do in Denver this week. If music is your thing, don't miss the Underground Music Showcase, which kicks off on July 27, or Halsey performing at Red Rocks on July 30. Parkour gets a nod at the Parkour Festival, as does burlesque at the Burlesque As It Was Twentieth Anniversary Party. Find more things to do in this week's 21 best events calendar!

Tuesday, July 24

The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is spilling all over town this week, but the action moves indoors — to Bellco Theatre in the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street — on Tuesday, July 24, for A Night of Stoke, presented by 5Point Film Festival. This year's Night of Stoke theme is "Our Stories, Our Lands," and the evening will showcase some of the outdoor industry’s most impactful adventure films programmed by 5Point Film, along with stories from industry experts and personalities; Luis Benitez, director of Colorado's Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, will host alongside 5Point emcee Paddy O'Connell. “Coming together to listen to the storytellers, adventurers and people all making such an incredibly positive impact is what makes this industry so inspiring," says Jennifer Holcomb, senior marketing director for Outdoor Retailer. "A Night of Stoke is an opportunity, when the entire industry is together for just a few days, to celebrate the people who evoke the pursuit of adventure in all of us.” Pursue some adventure when doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a program that begins at 7:15; tickets are $20 at Find out more about A Night of Stoke at

Can kink and BDSM help heal people who've had traumatic experiences? That’s the question raised by A Kink in the Cure, a Vagina Monologues-style play written by Tim Murray, a queer, polyamorous therapeutic kink practitioner who spent ten years interviewing hundreds of people about their experiences with how BDSM did — or didn’t — help them overcome sexual trauma and abuse. The play will be presented by Radical Intimacy, a Colorado-based group that hosts workshops about kink, sex, relationships and intimacy. The performance begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at 3 Kings Tavern, 60 South Broadway. Find tickets, $15 to $50, at

Wednesday, July 25

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on at the youth-arts organization Youth on Record, here’s your chance to look in on one of its big projects, the Youth on Record Fellowship, which awards creative young participants with micro-grants of $500 to $2,000 to follow their dreams after completing ten months of mentorships and professional development. Mentor Molina Speaks and the latest group will host If they let us... / NO Permission Needed, a public afternoon and evening with panel discussions and workshops led by fellows, a pizza dinner, artist performances and a culminating party, on Wednesday, July 25, from 4 to 10 p.m. at the McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue. Admission is free, and people of all ages are encouraged to come and see what’s up at one of Denver’s coolest nonprofits. Come as you are and bring the kids. Get more info at

Thursday, July 26

The Colorado Music Festival continues its longstanding tradition of welcoming the finest musicians from all over the world to Boulder with a concert from Grammy Award-winning classical violinist Augustin Hadelich, who will perform at Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road in Boulder, on Thursday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m. After a house fire left him badly scarred and unable to perform for over a year, Hadelich fought through unimaginable pain to regain his mastery of the violin. Under the guidance of conductor Peter Oundjian, Hadelich will work through a centuries-spanning program that includes Paul Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber" and George Walker's "Lyric for Strings," among others. Visit the Colorado Music Festival's box-office page to buy tickets, $14 to $55, and get more details. The 2018 Colorado Music Festival concludes on August 4.

DIY spaces come and go, but a few leave their mark forever. Such is the case with Monkey Mania, a much-missed Denver DIY venue that closed around 2006. Syntax Physic Opera will celebrate the space and its creative culture at I Heart Monkey Mania, a concert that will reunite the performance artists/musicians in legendary local band Mr. Pacman with others who played at Monkey Mania, including the members of Cyclo-Sonic, a local supergroup of sorts comprising musicians from the Fluid, the Rok Tots, the Choosey Mothers and the Frantix; some newer bands will round out the bill. Chris Bagley will produce visual art for the concert, which starts at 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at Syntax Physic Opera, 554 South Broadway. Tickets are $7. For more information, search "I Heart Monkey Mania With Mr. Pacman at Syntax" on Facebook.

click to enlarge Elevate your senses at the Parkour Festival. - TRANQUIL MOVEMENT
Elevate your senses at the Parkour Festival.
Tranquil Movement
Friday, July 27

Jump Fest brings the international parkour community together for a week every summer in Colorado Springs, where everyone camps out and bonds while bouncing off walls and vaulting over obstacles. But the outdoor convention also involves training for the main event: the culminating Parkour Festival, with competitions including speed battles, tech races and ten-minute team-style events. Spectators won’t have to stay on the sidelines all day, as the fest also hosts all-ages activities, parkour-related games and challenges, and music and food for all. Catch the action from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28, at Acacia Park, 115 East Platte Avenue in the Springs; competition prelims are on Friday, and finals follow on Saturday. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted for the National Breast Cancer Foundation; visit for more details.

Hard to believe, but it was twenty years ago this week that Michelle Baldwin, aka Vivienne VaVoom, set off Denver’s new-burlesque boom at the Bluebird Theater with Burlesque As It Was, a nostalgic update of the girly shows of old, complete with elaborate costumes, vaudeville, fan dances and mermaids on the half-shell. So it's a fitting time, says Colfax Museum director Jonny Barber, to honor Baldwin with induction into the Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame, which he’ll do on Friday, July 27, with a ceremony and a Burlesque As It Was Twentieth Anniversary Party. (There'll be a little bumping and grinding on the side, too.) Join the fun from 5 to 9 p.m. and get a look at the museum’s new digs, at 6851 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood. Learn more at the Colfax Museum Facebook page.

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