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More Things to Do in Denver (and Beyond) This Week

Giddyup for a great summer!
The Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo returns this weekend.
The Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo returns this weekend. Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo
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This weather is hot, but there are plenty of cool events along the Front Range, including the seventh annual Tacolandia and the country's longest-running gay rodeo.

To plan through the summer, catch our annual Summer Guide calendar; for bargains, see our free events roundup. Now keep reading for activities worth the price of admission:

Boulder Environmental/Nature/Outdoors Film Festival
Through Sunday, July 14
Various venues in Boulder

Boulder ENOFF returns for a sixth year, offering narrative and documentary features and short films as well as Q&A sessions with guests from the worlds of film, science and outdoor sports. And yes, there will be parties. Opening night starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m. July 11, followed by the future film Hard Miles, the story of a remarkable bike ride from Denver to the Grand Canyon starring Matthew Modine. Closing night starts with Chasting Time, a film about a groundbreaking study of melting glaciers by Sara Keo and co-director Jeff Orlowski-Yang, a Boulder resident who's this year’s recipient of BENOFF’s Earth Angel award, in honor of his work in environmental advocacy. Find a complete schedule and tickets here.

Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo
Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14
National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street

Celebrate Western spirit and LGBTQIA+ pride at the Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo July 12-14. Hosted by the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association, this three-day event features thrilling rodeo events like bull riding alongside drag performances and live music by country sensation Dixon Dallas. Find more information at
click to enlarge lineup of tiny houses on lawn
The Colorado Tiny House Festival returns.
Colorado Tiny House Festival
Colorado Tiny House Festival
Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
9755 Henderson Road, Adams County Fair and Regional Park Complex, Brighton

The region's largest tiny home event returns for a seventh year. This year's features include tiny houses on wheels, a 3D-printed tiny home, container homes, skoolies, converted vans, unique recreational vehicles and accessory dwelling units (ADUs);  builders and sustainable living experts will also be on hand. Tickets are $15 online in advance, $20 day of. Learn more here.

Deer Trail Rodeo
Saturday, July 13, 1 to 10 p.m.
Deer Trail
The country's oldest rodeo continues with a parade starting at 1, followed by all the traditional rodeo events (including mutton bustin') and ending with a concert by Double Wide. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 kids; learn more here.

Grand Lake Folk Festival
Saturday, July 13, 2 p.m.
828 Lake Avenue, Grand Lake

AEG Presents proudly presents the highly anticipated Grand Lake Folk Festival, featuring the electrifying sounds of Trampled by Turtles, along with Josiah and the Bonnevilles, Clay Street Unit, Magoo and Bottlerocket Hurricane. Stunning scenery and bluegrass music: What more could you want? Tickets are $75, sixteen and over. Get tickets and learn more here.

Saturday, July 13, 4 to 7 p.m.
Civic Center Park

It's back! Westword's Tacolandia returns to Civic Center Park for a seventh year, offering unlimited tacos and plenty of fun...including lucha libre wrestling, dance performances, live mariachi, axe throwing and more. General admission is $45, VIP is $75, and tickets are going fast. Get yours here.

Opera On Tap: On Our Way
Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Brewability, 3445 South Broadway

Catch the world premiere of a new opera: On Our Way is a short, comic tale by Nathan Wasner and librettist Alan Olejniczak, about youthful idealism and resilience to failure. Opera on Tap singers Chloe Scull, Jerome Síbulo, Ben Boskoff, Chad Reagan and Teresa Crane will tell the story through song. Tickets are $10, $8 in advance; get them here.

Fiesta de la Música y Toros
Sunday, July 14, 5 to 9 p.m.
Corrida, 1023 Walnut Street, Boulder

The latest installment of Corrida's Sunset Series, Fiesta de la Música y Toros pays tribute to the San Fermín Festival, a week-long celebration in Spain best known for the running of the bulls and endless music, dance and cultural experiences. The evening will include live music by the Nico Martinez Band and flamenco performances, as well as unlimited drinks (sangria fountains, gin & tonics, tequila sunrises and Spanish wines), plus tapas, pintxos, bocadillos “para la corrida," traditional beef shank stew, a beef-carving station and churros. Tickets are $125; learn more here.


Friday, July 12, through September 11
Bird Lot, 2532 Larimer Street

"The darkness surrounds you. You are completely alone, together, as a strange new world unfolds around you." Welcome to Darkfield, making its U.S. premiere in Denver this summer after sold-out runs in Australia, Asia, Mexico and the U.K., and presented by the DCPA Off-Center and Realscape Productions. It's a collection of immersive audio experiences — Seance, Flight and Coma — inside custom-built shipping containers, all in complete darkness. You can sign up for one or all three in sequence; get ticket info and full details here.

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Colombian Culture Week
Tuesday, July 16, 5 to 7 p.m.

Aurora City Hall, 15151 East Alameda Avenue Parkway, Aurora
The Latino Arts & Cultural Institute is hosting this event kicking off the inaugural Colombian Cultural Week. The cultural immersion will include traditional dances and costumes, a curated art gallery, appetizers and signature cocktails, as well as a welcome from Mayor Mike Coffman. Tickets are $50; get them as well as the week's schedule (including info on the family festival July 20) here.

Benefit for Bar Bar With Toaster Bath
Saturday, July 27, 5 p.m. (music starts at 6)
Deep Space Parker Lounge and Event Center, 11020 South Peak Drive, Parker
the Carioca Cafe, aka Bar Bar, sustained major damage in a fire a few weeks ago; now the band Toaster Bath is organizing a benefit for the venue that gave so many punk bands their start. The lineup includes Toaster Bath, Fragile City, Probe, Nub, Shit Drugs, Mostly Dont's and Spit Hood; suggested donation is $10 at the door. Learn more here.

Do you know of a great event in Denver? We'll be updating this list through the week; send information to [email protected].
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