As you draft the list of ways you're going to improve this year, consider investing in your community through any of the events happening in Denver on any given week. To start 2019 off right, head to History Colorado to see some of the U.S.'s newest citizens being sworn in, take off in one of Denver's many races, or help close out a beloved winter tradition at the last night of Blossoms of Light. Find all that and more in this week's events calendar. And Happy New Year, Denver!
Tuesday, January 1
If you’re the sort who gets all hopped up when the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, a spacey after-party might be just the thing to lull you: Spectra Art Space’s NYE 2019: An AfterHours Space Odyssey
fills that bill with an immersive environment shot with lasers, art installations and soundscapes, plus a safe-space heated patio where you can land back on Earth. The 21-plus party kicks off at the stroke of midnight, when New Year’s Eve shifts into New Year’s Day, and runs until 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 1, at Spectra, 1836 South Broadway; get tickets, $20 to $25, and RSVP at eventbrite.com
Denver Audubon, the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in 2019, which means one thing: This year is already for the birds! To celebrate, Denver Audubon is sponsoring a six-county Big Year
, a contest to identify as many species as possible over twelve months. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, January 1, participants will compete to identify birds in one or all six of these counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson. Register for the Big Year at denveraudubon.org
; the fee is $10 but includes a presentation by Mark Obmascik (author of The Big Year
) at a kickoff celebration on January 23.
Start 2019 off on the right foot.
Via the Walk2Connect Facebook page
A brisk walk in the hale and hearty company of other hikers is a positive way to greet the new year and get your heart pumping for 2019 adventures. Walk2Connect
, a cooperative Denver-based organization that promotes group walking events, will give you a healthy head start with an all-ages New Year’s Day Walk and 2019 Celebration that begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 1, in Parfet Park, 701 Tenth Street in Golden, and meanders along Clear Creek for two or three miles (there will be two walking groups to accommodate hikers at different paces). You’re invited to bring a palm-sized stone to participate in a ceremonial Resolution Stones tradition, and to wear jingle bells for extra cheer. Admission is free; RSVP at walk2connect.com
Did Blossoms of Light
at the Denver Botanic Gardens get away from you in all the holiday madness? Luckily, the attraction is open for one last beautiful evening on New Year’s Day. Walk through the twinkling lights and interactive displays of Denver’s most jaw-droppingly gorgeous holiday display for the first time — or the second or third, if that’s the case — on Tuesday, January 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. (5 p.m. slots are sold out) at the DBG, 1007 York Street; snap up your tickets, $11 to $16, at botanicgardens.org
Be the sandwich king or queen of Denver.
Colorado born and bread, Snarf’s Sandwiches is launching the 2019 “Top Snarf” Best Sandwich Recipe Competition
on Tuesday, January 1. Do you have a dream sandwich? From now through February 15, you can submit your sandwich recipe at topsnarf.com
; Jimmy “Snarf” Seidel, who founded the chain in 1996 (it now has twenty locations), will be judging the competition. The winner, who’ll be announced on February 25, will get free sandwiches for a year, as well as bragging rights on the menu. To find out more about Snarf’s, go to eatsnarfs.com
You resolved to get out and about more in 2019: You live in Colorado — why not take advantage of it? Colorado Ski Country USA is here to help. This is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Mont
h, and for people ready to explore skiing and riding for the first time, the resort members of CSCUSA have a variety of great deals on lift tickets, rentals and beginner lessons. Close to home, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are both offering family private-lesson packages so that you all can learn to ski or snowboard with the same instructor, in relative comfort. For details on those deals, go to skiloveland.com
; for more possibilities, visit coloradoski.com
Wednesday, January 2
If you missed Undesign the Redline
— an exploration of U.S. housing policy, race segregation and its impact on Denver — during its month-long run at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, resolve to catch it at the Wellington E. Webb Municipal building, where you can see the display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Wednesday, January 2. The exhibition combines historical artifacts, storytelling, photographs and activities to illustrate redlining’s roots and lasting repercussions in such Denver neighborhoods as Five Points, Park Hill, Montbello and Globeville. Admission is free; find more information at enterprisecommunity.org/news-and-events/undesign-the-redline
Thursday, January 3
On the heels of a winter-solstice full moon, it’s time to ring in a new year with the first new moon of 2019. Get in touch with your spiritual side at Ritualcravt, 2842 West 44th Avenue, during a New Moon Ceremony
with therapist and shamanic practitioner Genie Hobbs, who will lead a celebration of things to come with chants, drumming and guided meditation in the spirit of indigenous Huichol, Q’ero and Shipibo traditions. Stretch your horizons with Hobbs on Thursday, January 3, at 6:30 p.m.; find more details on the Ritualcravt Facebook page