Tuesday, July 3
Goat mania has overtaken everything from beer tastings to yoga classes in Denver, turning local hot spots into de facto petting zoos. Fireworks and Goats in RiNo Movie!, a four-legged fiesta on Tuesday, July 3, at LFX Filmworks and Events Space, 1701 31st Street, typifies this adorable trend. A grand birthday celebration for the founder of Broken Shovels Animal Sanctuary, the evening will include a screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s One From the Heart, starring Tom Waits and Crystal Gale, followed by a set of Waits covers from the Lost Dog Ensemble, plus a fine view of the Coors Field fireworks display and all the goats you can pet. Goats in RiNo movie events are BYO-chair, and organizers recommend arriving early. Doors open at 6 and the movie screens at 7:30, followed by live music at 9 and fireworks at 10 p.m. Tickets are $18 at brownpapertickets.com, where you’ll also find more details.
Have a blast at the ninth annual Independence Eve at Civic Center. The fun starts earlier than ever this year, with new wine and beer gardens (sponsored by local favorites Great Divide Brewing and the Infinite Monkey Theorem) opening at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3; food trucks will be selling plenty of snacks. You can always pack in a picnic, of course, and stake out your spot early for live performances by Chris Daniels & the Kings and the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard. The stage show starts at 8 p.m., followed at dusk by a light show and the biggest fireworks finale in the event’s history. Admission is free; find out more on civiccenterconservancy.org. (And for more fireworks options, keep an eye on westword.com/arts.)
Don your most patriotic apparel and boogie to the sounds of yesteryear at the fourth annual Stars & Stripes Express Fest, which returns to Denver's Union Station for a rollicking Independence Day Eve on Tuesday, July 3, from 1 to 10 p.m.. Gather with a crowd of red, white and blue-clad revelers on the Terminal Bar's extended patio and party through the decades with hits from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and beyond. Representatives from Boulder's own Avery Brewing Company will be on hand with prize giveaways and special beer tappings so guests will never be too far from a cold one. The performance lineup includes the Denver Dolls, Boomers, New Sensation and Phat Daddy. Visit Union Station's Facebook events page for more details.
Ring in the year's most patriotic holiday with the sounds of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which presents the annual Family Friendly Fourth of July concert at Englewood's Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, with enough panache to make the founding fathers proud. Under the guidance of conductor Christopher Dragon, the orchestra will offer a musical buffet of Americana with a stirring concert program that includes triumphant classics like John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" juxtaposed with pop songs such as Pharrell's "Happy" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" performed by vocalist Darius de Haas. And since no Independence Day is truly complete without one, guests will be treated to one of the finest fireworks displays in the state. Visit coloradosymphony.org to buy tickets, $22 to $36.75, and learn more.
Thursday, July 5
From July 6 to 8, an estimated 350,000 art lovers will descend upon Cherry Creek for the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival, a celebration of local artists and arts education that's approaching its twentieth anniversary. The intrigued but crowd-averse should not miss the opening Artist Preview Event on Thursday, July 5, which will offer a sneak peek at forty of the 260 artists who will exhibit at the festival. But the fun doesn't end there: The evening will include live music, adult beverages of all kinds, and a surprise street performance at 8:45 p.m. at the intersection of Second Avenue and Clayton Street. The free festival preview takes place from 7 to 10 p.m; find out more about it and the festival itself at cherrycreekartsfestival.org.