The 21 Best Events in Denver, August 8-14

Casus Circus will perform "Driftwood" at the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.
Casus Circus will perform "Driftwood" at the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts. Courtesy of Casus Circus
The days may be getting shorter and the weather chillier, but don't let that keep you from enjoying the last few weeks of summer in Denver. This week's list of the 21 best events in Denver includes plenty to do in the great outdoors, including a bike race and music festival, an arts festival in Breckenridge and more, plus loads to do indoors, too.

Tuesday, August 8

Widely considered the current reigning queen of country music, Miranda Lambert has evolved from the promising winner of third place on Nashville Star into an acclaimed solo country artist. She’s also won a Grammy for Best Country Album (for Platinum) and been feted by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Touring in support of her latest album, The Weight of These Wings, Lambert will be joined by opening acts Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen at 7:30 p.m. on August 8 and 9 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway in Morrison. Visit for information and tickets, $49.75 to $69.75.

Wednesday, August 9

With national policy changes happening almost every day (and often announced on Twitter, of all places), ingesting news from D.C. can feel like drinking out of a fire hose. Try to apply that news locally, and you’ll wind up even more overwhelmed. Here to help is Joining Vision and Action, a nonprofit social-enterprise group based in Denver. On Wednesday, August 9, JVA will assemble a panel of local policy experts — including representatives from the mayor’s office, the Colorado Immigration Rights Coalition and Conservation Colorado, among others — who will speak about the impacts that the federal budget, set to pass on October 1, could have on social services, climate change and defense policy, all with an eye toward local communities. Panelists will also offer advice on how to make sure the causes near and dear to your heart remain supported. Trump Budget: An Information and Action Session begins at 5:30 p.m. at JVA, 2465 Sheridan Boulevard. Attendance is free; RSVP at

The 32nd Annual Chautauqua Silent Film Series continues this week with 1916’s Sherlock Holmes, a film many figured had been lost to time. William Gillette’s turn as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuthing hero is widely considered to be the definitive performance of the character, and this newly restored version represents the last surviving footage of Gillette’s interpretation of Holmes. Like films in the rest of the series, the screening on Wednesday, August 9, revives that special old-time picture-house ambience with a live musical accompaniment from pianist Hank Troy. Join the crowd of cinephiles and history buffs at 7:30 p.m. at Boulder’s Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road. Visit for tickets, $6 to $12, and more information.

Thursday, August 10

The doors to the Brown Palace opened on August 12, 1892, and they’ve never been locked since — although decades ago, the entrance moved from busy Broadway to Tremont. To mark its 125th birthday, the Brown Palace will be celebrating all weekend long with a wide range of events. You can go big with the seven-course, $150 Anniversary Degustation Menu in the Palace Arms, offered Thursday, August 10, through Saturday, August 12; try a special afternoon tea with music in the Atrium Friday, August 11, through Sunday, August 13 (prices start at $40); or just stop in the lobby anytime through the weekend to see a free display of historic artifacts, including Thomas Edison’s signature on the register! Overnight package deals are also available; for the complete lineup, go to

Friday, August 11

If you grew up watching cartoons between the ’60s and ’00s, you’ve seen Ron Campbell’s work. He’s animated everything from a Beatles television show and the film Yellow Submarine to Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, The Smurfs and Rugrats. After spending decades behind the animation, the craftsman has retired and embraced a second career as a painter. Now he’s traveling the world selling art and meeting the fans of the TV shows he helped create. Campbell will be at Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe Drive, on Friday, August 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, August 12, from noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, August 13, from noon to 4 p.m, presenting his Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show, with original cartoons of the Fab Four and artwork based on his fifty-year career. For more information on this free show, go to or call 303-862-9367.

RiNo will be the center of the action starting Friday, August 11, when the inaugural Colorado Classic bike race rolls into town, accompanied by Velorama, a three-day celebration of bands, bikes and beyond. The festival will stretch over a dozen blocks in the area, filling them with a special Denver Flea and vendor village; fun and games including adult big-wheel races; food and drink curated by Drink Rino; after-parties; and a family-friendly day on Sunday, August 13. Local and national acts — Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Old 97’s, the Jayhawks, Saint Motel and Tennis among them — will perform through the weekend...and, yes, there will be bicycle racing. Get the complete schedule plus ticket pricing (and download the app) at

click to enlarge Catch Birdmen by Close-Act Theatre at the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts. - CLOSE-ACT THEATRE
Catch Birdmen by Close-Act Theatre at the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.
Close-Act Theatre
Multidisciplinary spectacle, interactivity and natural beauty mingle freely at the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, a Colorado fest like no other, bringing local and international performances and installations both intimate and large-scale to the mountainsides of Breck each summer. If you long for a total arts-immersion experience in the glorious Rockies, Breck is the place to be this year starting Friday, August 11. Highlights of the ten-day event include projection artist Craig Walsh’s “Monuments,” which casts giant, eerie faces on trees; a performance by Denver’s avant-garde marching band Itchy-O; ticketed circus performances by Casus Circus; Polyglot Theatre’s roving giant ants; impromptu installations and pop-up concerts along Breckenridge trails — and, unbelievably, much more. Most of BIFA is free (tickets are required for only a few events); for a complete rundown of attractions, concerts, tours and workshops, visit

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