Get up and get out on the town today. You can explore fringe performances, sample food from twenty restaurants, and see what art can come out of tragedy.
Keep reading for eight of the best events in town this weekend:
Boulder International Fringe Festival
Now Through August 22
Various locations around Boulder (and online)
Tickets: Prices vary (many events free)
Founded in 2004 by Donna Gartenmann, the Boulder International Fringe Festival is a celebration of arts in all forms showcasing independent artists in non-traditional spaces; it was adapted from the original Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which started in 1947. Boulder International Fringe Festival kicked off on August 11 with an in-person All You Can Artist Buffet, high-speed, one-minute sneak peeks of all the performances this year. Now you can see them in their entirety. Presentations and prices vary; find all the details here
Tales From the Tipping Point
Saturday, August 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, August 15, 4 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
Tickets: $14 to $24 online
It’s hard to describe the art of Betsy Tobin, who works with puppets but is unlike any puppeteer you’ve ever seen. For her newest work, Tales From the Tipping Point
, Tobin upcycled ordinary and found materials into puppets, costumes and sets for a show about sustainability. She plunks her DIY pieces, some of which double as musical props, into a crafted multimedia world blending music by Janet Feder, masks, shadow theater and video projections to tell primeval tales. In addition to three performances this weekend in Boulder, Tobin will lead a free puppet-building workshop; get show tickets and info here
Saturday, August 14, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 15, 2 p.m.
John Hand Theatre, Colorado Free University Lowry Campus, 7653 East First Place
Tickets: $23 to $25 here
Firehouse Theater Company goes live for a three-week run of Jeffrey Hatcher’s Three Viewings
, a trio of monologues set in a funeral parlor in the Midwest over three days. Black comedy underlies the plot changes as you meet an undertaker driven to crime over his secret love of a woman who frequents funerals, a thieving drifter who burglarizes corpses for jewelry, and a woman who loses her husband and inherits his debts. Fun stuff. Shows continue through September 4; find more information and tickets here
Versatility Dance Festival 2021
Saturday, August 14, 7 p.m.; Sunday, August 15, 2 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
Tickets: $20 to $25 here
T2 Dance Company will introduce audiences to a variety of Denver and Boulder dance ensembles and heavy-hitting choreographers through paired live and filmed performances running two nights at the Dairy Arts Center. In addition to T2, live guests Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, JK-CO and Hannah Kahn Dance Company will perform, while screenings include a film of CU Boulder dance professor Helanius Wilkins’s duet “EntangleMEN From the Dugout” and other selections from around the globe. Programs are slightly different each night; learn more here
Cherry Creek North Food & Wine Grand Tasting
Saturday, August 14, 5 to 8 p.m.
Cherry Creek North, 2401 East Second Avenue
Although the smaller events have sold out, Cherry Creek North Food & Wine will culminate with the Grand Tasting, with small-plate bites from twenty-plus neighborhood restaurants, along with samples of fine wines. Enjoy good food and good company out in the open air; find out more here
Rocky Mountain Land Library Friends & Family Ranch Day
Sunday, August 15, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Buffalo Peaks Ranch
Recommended donation: $10 individual, $30 families
If you love history, art, photography, music, nature, books and more, head to Buffalo Peaks Ranch for Friends & Family Ranch Day, presented by the Park Country Creative Alliance and the Rocky Mountain Land Library. Artists, musicians, photographers and historic interpreters will be demonstrating their creative arts, sharing tips; basic supplies will be on hand. Kids can also use a pocket guide to explore the ranch and join in a scavenger hunt. Or you can just enjoy the beauty of the spot and learn about the history of this historic ranch and South Park. Although admission is free, donations are recommended; find out more here
Fashion West: A Fashion Show for and From the Wild West
Night One: Vanity, Sunday, August 15, 5 to 11 p.m.
Night Two: Ilk, Monday, August 16, 5 to 11 p.m.
ReelWorks/Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th Street
Tickets: $30 to $75 each night here
A group of Denver-area fashion professionals put their heads together and came up with Fashion West, a concept encompassing designers whose work embodies a Western spirit. Fashion West’s first outing goes down in two parts: Vanity
, a hair show, and Ilk
, a series of runway shows by a who’s who of regional designers; learn about the featured salons and designers here
Monday, August 16, 7 p.m.
Levitt Pavilion, 1380 West Florida Avenue
Tickets: $30 at TicketWeb
Taking last summer’s East Troublesome fire in Grand County as inspiration, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts has crafted a traveling live show, Wild Fire
, that follows the experiences of eight Coloradans connected only by relentless fire. Music is the glue that holds the storytelling together in this lively musical performance, thanks to a score created by a gang of Colorado favorites — but it’s the talented cast that makes the music sing on stage. The show will move to Dillon Amphitheater on August 18 and the Rendezvous Event Center in Winter Park on August 20; find information here
Know of a great event in Denver? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]