See our list of ten free activities here, and keep reading for ten of the best ticketed events in and around town:
WhimsyCon 2021: Victorian Faerie Carnival
Saturday, September 25, 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday, September 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Delta by Marriott, Northglenn
Use your imagination this weekend at WhimsyCon, Denver's steampunk and costuming convention, complete with the Victorian Faerie Carnival. There will be costume classes and contests, panels with artists and authors, an art show, board gaming, a burlesque show and concerts b the musical guests of honor, Dust Bowl Faeries. Tickets range from $22 to $45; find out more here.
Maize in the City
Saturday, September 25, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with select dates through October 31
10451 McKay Road, Thornton
Maize in the City, created on a forty-acre farm complete with a pumpkin patch and other celebrations of the season, is opening. Farmer-owned, MITC offers locally grown pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and other fall décor for purchase. Admission is free, but you'll need to buy tickets to go through the mazes or enjoy other attractions (which close at 5 p.m., with mazes closing at 6). Get the full schedule and buy tickets here.
Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival
Saturday, September 25; 10 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, September 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Union Avenue, Pueblo
Go green in Pueblo, which is hosting its 27th annual Chile & Frijoles Festival. Designed to promote the area's rich agricultural heritage, the event includes live entertainment, street vendors, cooking competitions, and chilies, chilies, chilies! Take that, Hatch! Special activities this year include a hot balloon flyover and a George Lopez show on Saturday (extra ticket required). Admission to the festival is $5; find out more here.
Totally Tennyson Retro Pub Crawl
Saturday, September 25, 4 to 11:45 p.m.
Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue
What else is back on tap? The Totally Tennyson Retro Pub Crawl, for one. A combination of bar-hopping, live music and a costume party par excellence that demands allegiance to your favorite decade, it's a perennial favorite in the Berkeley neighborhood. Cash prizes will be handed out at the 8 p.m. costume contest for best group, duo and individual regalia (register by 7:30 p.m. to participate); afterward, the 6 Million Dollar Band takes the stage for the big finale. Get tickets, $35 to $75, here, and info here.
Latin Fashion Week Colorado 2021
Saturday, September 25, and Sunday, September 26, 5:30 to 10 p.m. nightly
Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street
Latin Fashion Week is back from a digital show in 2020 to a live one in 2021 with a pan-American panache, featuring designers hailing from Colorado to Peru, Latinx models, and a sense of style recognizing Spanish and mestizo roots, different subcultures and crafty handiwork from across the Americas. Limited this year to two runway shows, Latin Fashion Week is using the City and County Building as a dramatic background for clothing that’s sexy, southwestern, ethnic, high fashion and even historical. Learn more and get tickets, $30 to $75 nightly, here.
Saturday, September 25, 7 p.m.; Sunday, September 26, 4 p.m.
Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Avenue, Boulder
Wild Heart Dance, a contemporary dance company based on the Front Range, presents its newest creation, Grace, that celebrates the seasons and the gift of being alive. Performances continue through October 3, and tickets are $25 to $35; get them here.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble: Journeys
Saturday, September 25, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, September 26, 2 p.m.
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis Street
Dance maven Cleo Parker Robinson keeps on going, just as she has since 1970, breaking out another dance concert of old favorites and new premieres at the magnificent Ellie. Journeys, a two-day program, includes such visitors as Denver-born jazz vocalist Diane Reeves and Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus, as well as a world premiere work — "The Four Journeys" — choreographed by Maesta Amalia Viviana Basanta Hernánde of Mexico, and "Standing on the Shoulders," last performed as the finale to this summer’s Vail Dance Festival. Find tickets, $25 to $75, and info here.
Theatre Or: Sisters in Law
Saturday, September 25, 7:30 p.m., through October 31
John Hand Theatre, 7653 East First Avenue
Theatre Or, in collaboration with the Mizel Center’s JAAMM fest, is presenting Sisters in Law, a tribute to Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first two women to be seated on the Supreme Court. It tells the story of their friendship, which flourished despite their differing politics and backgrounds, and rightly honors their trailblazing careers. Find showtimes (opening night on September 24 is sold out) and tickets, $29 to $32, here.
Sounds from the Soil: A Salon
Saturday, September 25, 7:30 p.m., online
After the gala earlier this month was cancelled, the Ars Nova season kick offs in the countryside at Longmont's Lone Hawk Farm, with a virtual salon of resonant works by modern American and English composers and in-depth discussions with guest artists. Watch performances by Ars Nova Singers and special guests Trio Duende (Shannon Pennell, mezzo; MinTze Wu, violin; and Alfredo Muro, guitar), and learn about the upcoming season. Tickets are $25; find out more here.
Randy Rainbow: The Pink Glasses Tour
Saturday, September 25, 8 p.m., Sunday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place
YouTube sensation Randy Rainbow’s countless left-leaning fans can’t get enough of his satirical song parodies and faked interviews, always delivered with a knowing smile and an unapologetically gay flair. How does he register live on stage? Are you kidding? He’s a natural, and says he learned everything he knows about comedy from his grandmother, whom he once described as “a combination of Joan Rivers, Elaine Stritch, Betty White and Bea Arthur rolled into one.” That’s a pretty high bar. Tickets, $39.50 to $69.50 are flying; get yours at Ticketmaster before they disappear.
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