Things to Do

The 21 Best Events in Denver, August 12-18

Iconic singer Mônica Salmaso will perform in Denver as part of Colorado Brazil Fest.
Iconic singer Mônica Salmaso will perform in Denver as part of Colorado Brazil Fest. Courtesy of Marcílio Godo
We've seen busy weeks in Denver, but this one might top them all. Between a slew of big-name concerts, art shows and food festivals, there is truly something for everyone.

Monday, August 12

Three decades into an illustrious career, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals show no signs of giving up life on the lam. A child prodigy who evolved into a highly respected musician and frequently sought-after collaborator for the likes of Taj Mahal, Jack Johnson and Mavis Staples, Harper has won three Grammys and recorded twelve studio albums. His signature blend of rock, gospel, reggae and soul transcends genre, so don't miss the opportunity to kick back to his easygoing grooves, along with music from Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and opening act Jessy Wilson, at the Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop Street, on Monday, August 12; doors open at 6:30 for the 7:30 p.m. show. Visit for tickets, $55 to $109.50, and more information.

Dedicated to promoting plays by female playwrights, Denver’s And Toto Too Theatre Company hosts full-scale stage productions as well as an annual play crawl and quarterly readings of plays in development. Local playwright Tracy Shaffer gets in the summer limelight this month with a staged reading of her new play, American in Hiding, a story that takes on the dark side of current events. Get in on the ground floor of the work at 7 p.m. Monday, August 12, at the Black Buzzard, 1624 Market Street; admission is free, but the company asks that you support the venue by purchasing food and drinks. Learn more and reserve your seat at

Tuesday, August 13

You’ve been enjoying the great outdoors all summer; now it’s time to give back. From 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, join members of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and help pull invasive weeds from along the High Line Canal in Aurora. VOC is partnering with the High Line Canal Conservancy on the project, and the nonprofits will provide water and snacks. No registration is required; simply show up at the DeLaney Farm Historic District, 16300 East Centretech Parkway in Aurora, with gloves and an eagerness to do good. Find out more at

Wednesday, August 14

Hello? Is it Lionel Richie you're looking for? If so, your search will end on Wednesday, August 14, when Ritchie's career-spanning Hello Hits tour delivers a retrospective on one of R&B's best careers at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. From his tenure with the Commodores to the present day, Richie has continued to pen and croon such classic ballads as "Say You, Say Me" and "Hello" alongside dance-floor jams like "All Night Long," remaining a dynamic live performer into his seventies. The concert starts at 8 p.m.; get tickets, $59.95 to $299.95, and learn more at

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