Hot times, summer in the city...and all around Colorado.
Denver reportedly has 300 days of sunshine a year, and sometimes it seems like they’re all packed into the three months of summer. Whether you’re heading off on a long trip into the mountains or just a quick jaunt around town, the days ahead look bright with promise.
For our annual Summer guide, we compiled a list of hundreds of festivals, runs, shows and other activities in Denver and throughout the state this summer. Check our Ongoing section to get a jump on events that run through the summer, then continue on for our week-by-week listings through the week of September 26.
72nd Annual Juried Art Show: Through August 2, free, Gilpin County Arts Association, 117 Eureka Street, Central City, 303-582-5952, gilpincountyartsassociation.org.
Beer Here! Brewing the New West: An exhibit tracing the history of beer in Colorado, from the Gold Rush through today’s craft-beer explosion. Through August 9, 2020, History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, 303-447-8679, historycolorado.org.
Billy Budd: Benjamin Britten’s tragic opera centered on the British navy. Through August 2, $31-$108, Central City Opera House, 124 Eureka Street, Central City, 303-292-6700, centralcityopera.org.
Boulder County Farmers’ Markets: Weekly markets hawking farm-fresh produce run through the summer at various locations in Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette and Denver. Days and hours vary, free admission, 303-910-2236, bcfm.org.
Butterflies at Chatfield Farms: Swallowtail, monarch, mourning cloak and painted lady butterflies flit through this seasonal habitat. Through September 2, $9 (includes Gardens admission), Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Cherokee Castle Tours: The story of a fifteenth-century-style Scottish castle built on Colorado’s Front Range in the 1920s can’t be anything but fascinating. Year-round, $20, Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, 303-688-5555, cherokeeranch.org.
Children’s Museum of Denver Free Nights: The museum is open for free on the first Tuesday evening of every month, and the outside Joy Park is free on the third Friday of each month. 4-8 p.m., 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, 303-433-7444, mychildsmuseum.org.
Cinderella and Her Barely Godmother: Viewers hike along the Enchanted Mesa Trail in Boulder and stop along the way to watch scenes from the fairy tale unfold. Through August 4, 9:30 a.m., $20, Chautauqua Picnic Shelter, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 720-541-9538, chautauqua.com.
Civic Center Eats: Over eighty food trucks serving everything from arepas to zeppole set up shop on Tuesdays through Thursdays all summer long. New this year: a Thursday beer and wine garden. Through October 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free admission, Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue, civiccenterconservancy.org.
Civic Center Moves: Summer means five days a week of free outdoor fitness classes ranging from yoga and dance to body weight and HIIT training. Monday through Fridays, year-round, Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue, civiccenterconservancy.org.
Clark Richert in Hyperspace: This retrospective of the Colorado artist follows his work from geometric abstraction to pictorialism and back again. Through September 1, $8, MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street, 303-298-7554, mcadenver.org.
Colorado Brewery Running Series: Runners, joggers, walkers and just plain drinkers can all participate in this series of 5K runs that begin and end at local breweries. Cost includes a free beer, and 10 percent of proceeds are donated to nonprofits. Dates vary, $30, various locations, breweryrunningseries.com/colorado.
Colorado Fresh Markets: Includes flowers, fashion and food vendors at locations in Cherry Creek, City Park, Stapleton and RiNo. Days and hours vary, free admission, 303-442-1837, coloradofreshmarkets.com.
Colorado Rapids: The 2019 season runs through October 6. $35 and up, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, coloradorapids.com.
Colorado Renaissance Festival: The turkey legs are as big as the cornball factor at this perennial family favorite. Saturdays and Sundays through August 4, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., $11-$23, 650 West Perry Park Avenue, Larkspur, 303-688-6010, coloradorenaissance.com.
Colorado Rockies: The 2019 season runs through September 29. $8 and up, Coors Field, 2001 Blake Street, mlb.com/rockies.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night, through August 11; As You Like It, through August 10; Romeo and Juliet, through August 10; King Charles III, through August 11. $17 and up, various locations, Boulder, 303-492-8008, cupresents.org.
Denver Art Museum Free Days: The first Saturday of each month finds general admission to the DAM free to the public; special ticketed exhibitions are not included. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, 720-865-5000, denverartmuseum.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms Free Days: See native plants, a working farm and exceptional birdwatching for free on the first Tuesday of every month through August (Butterflies at Chatfield Farms is not included). 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Denver Botanic Gardens York Street Free Days: Guests can take in the sights, sounds and aromas of a traditional Japanese garden, water gardens and arid Western landscapes at no charge on the first Tuesday of every month (excluding August). 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Denver Mart Drive-In: A double feature every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend, 7 p.m., $10 per person, 451 East 58th Avenue, denvermartdrivein.com.
Denver Outlaws: The Major League Lacrosse team’s 2019 season goes through September 20; the July 4 game includes a fireworks display. $20 and up, Broncos Stadium at Mile High, 1701 Bryant Street, 303-688-5297, denveroutlaws.com.
Dillon Farmers’ Market: Every Friday through September 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., free admission, Dillon Amphitheater, 201 West Lodgepole Street, Dillon, 970-468-2403, townofdillon.com.
Disney’s Tarzan: Me Tarzan, you amazed at the lasting power of this character created way back in 1912. Through August 25, $33.95-$64.95, Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, 970-744-3747, coloradocandlelight.com.
Downtown Parker Art Walk: On the second Friday of each month (excluding August 2), guests can stroll through art exhibits and live music performances, with dancing and bites provided by local eateries. Through September 13, 6-8:30 p.m., free admission, Mainstreet, Parker, downtownparker.com.
Electric Chaco: This art exhibit invites you to imagine Chaco Canyon as a center of trade, imagination, ceremony and celebration. Through July 28, free, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, 720-865-5570, mcnicholsbuilding.com.
Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park: The park is open daily through August 18 and weekends through November 2. $39.99-$69.99, 2000 Elitch Circle, 303-595-4386, elitchgardens.com.
Espacial Liminal/Liminal Space: Contemporary Latinx artists explore changing cultural identities and interpretations. Through August 24, $8, Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, 303-571-4401, museo.org.
First Friday: Art District on Santa Fe: Art from emerging and established artists is on display as galleries, studios and co-ops welcome visitors from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. Year-round, free, 500 through 1200 blocks of Santa Fe Drive, denversartdistrict.org.
Four Mile Historic Park Free Day: Admission to Four Mile Park is free the second Friday of each month, with tours at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. 715 South Forest Street, 720-865-0800, fourmilepark.org.
Friday Night Bazaar: The combination of cocktail bar, artisan market and food truck rally has proved wildly successful for Denver Bazaar; its summer markets pop up in RiNo every Friday night through September 27. 5-10 p.m., 2845 Walnut Street, denverbazaar.com.
Grown-Up?: This group show exploring growth, renewal and change runs through July 20, free, Foolproof Contemporary Art, 3240 Larimer Street, 303-641-3472, foolproofcontemporaryart.com.
Historic Denver Walking Tours: These guided tours cover the usual suspects like LoDo, Capitol Hill, 16th Street and Larimer Square as well as Curtis Park, Five Points and Quality Hill. Through October 31, $15-$20, various locations, 303-534-5288, historicdenver.org.
Human|Nature: Figures From the Craig Ponzio Sculpture Collection: See the human form in the natural world at this sculpture installation. Through September 15, $12.50, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
The Land: Large-format landscapes from Michelle Codrat, Dave Santillanes, Dana Hawk and Deb Komitor. Through August 3, free admission, Abend Gallery, 1412 Wazee Street, 303-355-0950, abendgallery.com.
The Last Defender: It’s 1983, so get that Flock of Seagulls hair out of your eyes and prepare to save the world from impending nuclear war in this combination of puzzle room, live-action game and theatrical performance. Through July 28, $25 and up, beneath Patagonia, 1510 Blake Street, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius: Five centuries after his death, da Vinci remains an enduring figure; view seventy of his inventions brought to life as well as a detailed analysis of the “Mona Lisa.” Through August 25, $28.95 (includes museum admission), Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-8326, dmns.org.
Losing Time: The first solo art exhibition for Devin Urioste, a Denver artist with a background in graffiti. Through July 31, free admission, Rochelle Johnson Studio, 1229 West 10th Avenue, rochellejohnsonstudio.com.
Louisville Street Faire: Downtown Louisville turns into a giant stage, with concerts, kids’ activities and fair food and drink, every Friday through August 9, 5:30-9:30 p.m., free, 824 Front Street, Louisville, downtownlouisvilleco.com.
Lunch on the Terrace: Channel your inner Meghan Markle while you lunch on the terrace of a real castle; ticket price includes a tour of the chateau. Through October 25, 11:45 a.m., $50, Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, 303-688-5555, cherokeeranch.org.
Lunch and a Song: Opera lovers can enjoy lunch followed by a 30-minute performance of classic arias during this summer concert series. Through July 28, $30, Teller House, 120 Eureka Street, Central City, 303-292-6700, centralcityopera.org.
Madama Butterfly: Puccini’s 1904 opera tells the story of a young geisha and her tragic devotion to her cowardly American husband. Through August 4, $31-$108, Central City Opera House, 124 Eureka Street, Central City, 303-292-6700, centralcityopera.org.
Northside: You may know the neighborhood as Highland, but it’s Northside to the characters in this play, who are reckoning with the area’s gentrification. Extended through July 21, $17-$20, Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, 303-296-0219, suteatro.org.
One Fell Swoop by Patrick Dougherty: This site-specific art installation was created with local willow branches and will be on display until it naturally falls apart. Free with Garden admission of $5; Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Making Faces: Irreverent, irascible and immediately recognizable caricatures by famed artist John Kascht are on display through August 25. Free, McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, 720-865-5570, mcnicholsbuilding.com.
Metro Denver Farmers’ Markets: Markets include Southwest Plaza, Lakewood, Littleton and Highlands Ranch. Days and hours vary, free admission, 303-887-3276, denverfarmersmarket.com.
Museo de las Americas Free First Fridays: The Latin American art museum welcomes visitors for free on the first Friday of each month. 5-10 p.m., 861 Santa Fe Drive, 303-571-4401, museo.org.
Of Places and Spaces: Abstract works by Colorado artists Sandy Kinnee and Homare Ikeda. Through August 25, free, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, 720-865-5570, mcnicholsbuilding.com.
Our Senses: Creating Your Reality: Everyone know about the five senses — but are there more than just taste, touch, sound, smell and sight? Through August 4, free with museum admission of $19.95, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-8326, dmns.org.
The Orchard Friday Night Family Fun: Every Friday night through August boasts a different themed performance for the whole family. 6-8 p.m., free, Orchard Town Center, 14697 Delaware Street, Westminster, theorchardtowncenter.com.
Park Hill Farm & Flea: The creators of Denver Bazaar are taking their winning formula to Park Hill for a weekly Thursday night market that runs through August 29. 4-9 p.m., free admission, 2255 North Oneida Street, parkhillfarmandflea.com.
Plains Conservation Center Free Day: The nature center dedicated to pioneer life in the mid-1800s has free days on the third Thursday of every month through August., 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 21901 East Hampden Avenue, Aurora, 303-326-8380, botanicgardens.org.
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Songs from the 1971 film are paired with a new score in this whimsical and occasionally ominous tale of little Charlie Bucket and the mad genius Willy Wonka. Through July 28, $45 and up, Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Short Works: Opera novices (or aficionados pressed for time) will enjoy these 30-minute performances of the genre’s most famous scenes. Through August 2, $15, Williams Stables Theater, 113 Eureka Street, Central City, 303-292-6700, centralcityopera.org.
Skyline Beer Garden: This community beer garden serves brews, wine, cocktails and street food on Tuesdays through Sundays in the heart of the city (weather permitting). Through September 29, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., free admission, 16th and Arapahoe streets, skylinebeergarden.com.
Small Works: Gallery 1261’s fifteenth annual small-works exhibit. Through August 3, free, Gallery 1261, 1412 Wazee Street, 303-571-1261, gallery1261.com.
Spark Gallery 40th Anniversary Show: Part one of the show celebrating four decades of alternative art runs through July 28, part two runs August 1-18 with a reception on August 9. 900 Santa Fe Drive, 720-889-2200, sparkgallery.com.
Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series: Steamboat’s weekly Friday and Saturday night rodeos include live music, calf scrambles for the kiddos and a barbecue. Through August 17, $20, Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 501 Howelson Parkway, Steamboat Springs, steamboatprorodeo.com.
Summertime Tea in the Gardens: A traditional tea service presented in scenic surroundings on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Through September 21, 10 a.m., $42, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Urban Market: Artisans, vendors and local restaurateurs set up shop at this outdoor marketplace in Skyline Park. See website for dates, free admission, Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Volleyball of the Rockies: Summer leagues run through early September. Dates, times and locations vary, 303-745-2255, votr.com.
Water World: Open daily through August 18 and weekends through September 2. $29.99-$45.99, 8801 North Pecos Street, Federal Heights, 303-427-7873, waterworldcolorado.com.
World of Wearable Art: Hailing from New Zealand, this extravagant exhibit challenges designers to reimagine clothing as fine art. Through September 22, $10, Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs, 719-634-5581, fac.coloradocollege.edu.
Yates Street Summer Pop-Up Collective: A neighborhood party with live music, runway shows, food trucks and artisan markets on the first Friday of every month. Through September 6, 4-9 p.m., free admission, 44th Avenue and Yates Street, free admission, facebook.com.
Yoga on the Rocks: It’s not just warrior pose that will take your breath away; the scene of hundreds of yogis practicing at Red Rocks is just as breathtaking. Select dates through the summer, 7 a.m.-8 a.m., $16, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, 720-865-2494, redrocksonline.com.
Continue reading for week-to-week event listings through the summer:
Apollopalooza: A week of events celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with talks by astronauts, flight directors and more; film screenings and a STEAM festival. Through July 20, $22.95-$185, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard, 303-360-5360, wingsmuseum.org.
The Blessed Damozel and Litanies to the Black Virgin: Central City Opera presents a double bill of works by Debussy and Francis Poulenc. July 23-August 1, $30, St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 135 Pine Street, Central City, 303-292-6700, centralcityopera.org.
Blues & BBQ Festival for Better Housing: Tickets cover the blues — tribute bands covering Aretha Franklin, Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughan and more — while brews and barbecue can be purchased separately. July 20, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., $10, Citizens Park, 24th Avenue and Chase Street, Edgewater, bluesnbbq.com.
Chautauqua Silent Film Series: An Evening of Comedy Classics: Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and Buster Keaton star in a series of short films spanning 1915 to 1928. Hank Troy provides live musical accompaniment. July 24, 7:30 p.m., $12, Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 720-541-9538, chautauqua.com.
Color of Conversation Film Festival: This offshoot of the Martha’s Vineyard African American Festival spotlights the work of experienced and up-and-coming filmmakers of color. July 18-20, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue, 303-871-7720, colorofconversation.com.
Denver County Fair: The always quirky fair includes a beer fest, mariachi metal band, whiskey and wine tasting with wiener-dog racing for entertainment and the city’s favorite drag queen pageant. July 19-21, $10 admission, National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, denvercountyfair.org.
Elizabeth Celtic Festival: Competitions at this celebration of British culture include highland dance, caber toss, hammer throw, piping and bonny knees. July 20-21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $13 admission and parking, Casey Jones Park, Highway 86 and Hummingbird Drive, elizabethcelticfest.org.
The Full Monty: A troupe of down-and-out steelworkers decides to make some money in a revealing revue in this musical based on the 1997 comedy. July 19-August 4, $29-$34, PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, 303-805-6800, parkerarts.org.
Historic Styles Brewfest: As an adjunct to its Beer Here! exhibit, 25 Colorado breweries will recreate historic beer styles for this festival that will really give you a taste of the past. July 20, 7-10 p.m., $35-$55, History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, 303-447-8679, historycolorado.org.
Kit Carson County Fair: Animal and livestock shows (new this year: miniature cattle!), mutton busting and three pro rodeos are on the agenda at this Eastern Plains fair. July 22-27, Kit Carson County Fairgrounds, Burlington, colorado.gov/kitcarsoncounty.
Lake Dillon Arts Festival: The thirteenth year of this juried fine art show promises to be extra-lucky for artists and shoppers alike. July 19-21, free admission, Village Place and Schroeder Avenue, Dillon, summitcountyartfestival.com.
Lavender Festival: Over 2,000 plants set the scene for this celebration of the fragrant herb. Classes, food and drink (including lavender beer) and lavender products are available for purchase. July 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $12 (includes Gardens admission), Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Local Tastes: This fifth year of this beautiful food fest has chefs and bartenders around town crafting bites and beverages that are inspired by Clyfford Still’s work and that taste as good as they look. Tickets include access to museum galleries. July 24, 6-9 p.m., $40, Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock Street, 720-354-4880, clyffordstillmuseum.org.
Lucha Libre at the Museo: Celebrate the beloved and melodramatic wrestling matches of Latin America at the Museo de las Americas’ fourth annual lucha libre party and show. July 18, 6-9 p.m., Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive, 303-571-4401, museo.org.
Mile High Global Bazaar: An international marketplace with food and art from around the world. July 19-21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Margaret Brown’s Birthday Party: Celebrate the indefatigable Titanic survivor’s 152nd birthday in high Edwardian style at a garden party with lawn games, punch and cake. July 18, 6-8 p.m., $20, Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania Street, 303-832-4092, mollybrown.org.
Mixed Taste: “The Dewey Decimal System & Indigenous Medicine”: Another year, another round of completely unrelated lectures paired for a bizarrely entertaining evening. Show up early (5 p.m.) to purchase happy-hour bites and brews. July 24, 7 p.m., $20, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Nirvamlet: This interactive production imagines what would happen if Hamlet wore flannel, Ophelia wore Doc Martens, and both were obsessed with the Seattle sound. July 18 and 25, as well as August dates. 7:30 p.m., $12 and up, Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria, artscomplex.com.
Pearl Street Arts Fest: Over a hundred artists from across the country converge on Boulder to turn the Pearl Street Mall into a riot of color. July 20-21, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, boulderdowntown.com.
Sci-Fi Film Series: Get Out: A Denver Museum of Nature & Science expert and a film studies professor join forces to break down the science in this surprise hit from 2017 that addresses race, eugenics and really, really bad in-laws. July 24, 7 p.m., $15, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-6000, dmns.org.
Science Lounge: “Moon Mayhem”: Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the lunar landing with drink in hand at this lecture, planetarium show and crafting mashup. July 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $15, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-8326, dmns.org.
Slow Food Nations: The festival highlighting traditional cooking and ingredients gets bigger and better every year, with chefs, producers and food lovers coming to Denver from across the globe. July 19-21, free admission, ticketed events start at $20, various locations, slowfoodnations.org.
Sonder: Circus Foundry mounts a modern circus performance with aerialists and acrobats. July 20-21, $25, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, 303-444-7328, thedairy.org.
Summerfest: Over a hundred artists and craftspeople will be in attendance at this two-day event, which includes the Palette of Brews beer festival, with over a dozen breweries, on July 20. July 20-21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $5-$30, Buchanan Park, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, 303-674-0056, evergreenarts.org.
USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships: Over 1,200 competitors from six to seventy years old will participate in downhill, cross-country, enduro, short-track and dual slalom events. July 23-28, various locations, Winter Park, usacycling.org.
Yoga on the Mountain: National and local yoga personalities will be teaching Yin, Ashtanga, Jivamukti and Ayurveda classes at this three-day mountaintop retreat. July 19-21, $199, various locations, Snowmass Village, yotmfestival.com.
Boulder Magic Show: Braden Carlisle (host of the weekly podcast Awesome People Talking) injects laugh-out-loud comedy into his magical performances. July 29, $20, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, 303-444-7328, thedairy.org.
Breckenridge Food and Wine Festival: This three-day food fest includes a wine-pairing dinner, grand tasting and Sunday brunch — all with a side of with fabulous views. July 26-28, $50 and up, various locations, Breckenridge, gobreck.com.
Buffalo Bill Days: Golden’s largest festival includes a reenactment of Cody’s Wild West Show, mutton busting, a car show, parade and Native American dances. July 25-28, free admission, various locations, Golden, buffalobilldays.com.
Carbondale Mountain Fair: The eccentric community fair promises contests from the mundane (foot and bike races) to the oddball (wood splitting, limbo, exotic pies) along with nonstop live music and plenty of artists and fair food. July 26-28, free admission, Sopris Park, Carbondale, 9720-963-1680, carbondalearts.com.
Chautauqua Silent Film Series: The Mollycoddle: Douglas Fairbanks plays a mark unwittingly roped into a diamond-smuggling ring in this 1920 film; he’ll need all his wits to extricate himself from the dastardly gang. Hank Troy will play a live piano score. July 31, 7:30 p.m., $12, Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 720-541-9538, chautauqua.com.
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival: While food, arts, music and dancing from a wealth of Asian Pacific countries will be on display during this cultural fest — including the famed dragon races — this year’s celebration highlights Vietnam. July 27-28, free admission, Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 Sheridan Boulevard, cdbf.org.
Compass Coaching Program: Colorado Conservatory of Dance offers individual coaching on technique, improvisation, nutrition and personal goals to young dancers age 17 and older. July 29-August 10, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., $900, 3001 Industrial Lane, Broomfield, 303-466-5685, ccdance.org.
Cottonwood Club: These Roaring ’20s-themed parties promise great music and entertainment with swing bands, aerial performers and fire artists taking the stage. July 26, 7 p.m., $35 and up, Ironworks, 25 Larimer Street, roaringtwentiesdenver.com.
Festival de la Independencia de Peru: Celebrate the South American nation’s Independence Day with music, dancing and food. July 28, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., free admission, Columbus Park, 1501 West 38th Avenue, peruvianfestivaldenver.com.
Indigenous Pop X: Everyone is welcome at this inaugural pop-culture con that highlights the contributions of Native people in the realms of fashion, film, comics, art and more. July 26-28, $20-$225, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, indigenouspopx.com.
International Aerial Dance Festival: The two-week festival promises immersive classes for novices and experts, plus performances on July 29 and August 2-4. July 28-August 9, $10 and up, various locations, Boulder, frequentflyers.org.
It’s Not You, It’s Me: The Second City comedy troupe takes on love, lust and loss in this cabaret show. July 31-August 25, $46, Garner Galleria Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Mac & Cheese Fest: Indulge in not one, but two full days of ooey, gooey goodness in the mountains. Got something to prove? Sign up for the mac-eating competition. July 27-28, $20, Copper Mountain Resort, Frisco, coppercolorado.com.
Ms. Butterfly: The opera Puccini penned in 1904 is updated in the world premiere of this adaptation that includes futuristic art design and an electro-acoustic score. July 25-28, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue, 303-871-7720, newmantix.com.
Mixed Taste: “Celery & Emo Rap”: Another year, another round of completely unrelated lectures paired for a bizarrely entertaining evening. Show up early (5 p.m.) to purchase happy-hour bites and brews. July 31, 7 p.m., $20, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Premier Lacrosse League: The touring lacrosse league tears up the field in Denver with two games on Saturday and a third on Sunday. July 27-28, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, premierlacrosseleague.com.
River Run Village Art Festival: Artists from across the country set up shop at this outdoor arts festival. July 27-28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, River Run Village, Keystone, artfestival.com.
Sci-Fi Film Series: Jurassic Park: A Denver Museum of Nature & Science paleontologist and a film studies professor join forces to break down the science in this classic summer blockbuster. July 31, 7 p.m., $15, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-6000, dmns.org.
Sinatra’s Purple Martini Party: If you feel like you should have been around in the swinging ’60s, this party with Sinatra impersonator Derek Evilsizor is for you. July 26, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $65 admission, Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, 303-688-5555, cherokeeranch.org.
Stargazing by Canoe: Spend three days floating down the Colorado River near Grand Junction with an expert astronomer from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Paddlers will see deep box canyons, easy rapids and black rock formations by day and brilliantly bright stars by night. July 27-29, $406-$436, begins in Loma, Colorado, 720-283-0553, centennialcanoe.com.
Tails, Tunes & Tastes: Put on your dancing shoes and see rare glimpses of dingos and dragonflies after the sun goes down at this party with unlimited apps and an open bar. July 25, 6-9:30 p.m., $45.75-$50.75, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, 719-633-9925, cmzoo.org.
Top of the Town Party: Celebrate everything that’s great about Denver (according to 5280 magazine) at this block party with booze, bites and bands. July 25, 7-10 p.m., $75, Larimer Square, Larimer and 14th streets, 5280scene.com.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bar: Happy hour starts with a tour of a 93-year-old castle, followed by drinking, dining, dancing and stargazing through high-powered telescopes. July 25, 5:30-9:30 p.m., $20 and up, Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, 303-688-5555, cherokeeranch.org.
Vail Dance Festival: American Ballet Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, Malpaso Dance Company and BalletX will perform at this two-week-long festival. July 26-August 10, $10 and up, various locations, Vail, vaildance.org.
Westy Craft Brew Fest: There’s plenty of room to spread out at this sprawling park, where over forty breweries will converge to give north suburban denizens a tastes of Denver’s best brews. July 27, 6-9 p.m., $40-$55, City Park, 10455 Sheridan Boulevard, Westminster, westybrewfest.com.
Anastasia: The legend of Tsar Nicholas II’s youngest daughter, Anastasia, and her escape from the Bolsheviks gets the musical treatment in this production based on the 1997 film. August 7-18, $45 and up, Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Aurora Pride: Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 headlines this LBTQ+ celebration that includes a beer bust, drag shows, music, swimming and beach volleyball. August 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., $10 per car and up, Aurora Reservoir, 5800 South Powhaton Road, Aurora, 720-277-9109, aurorapride.com.
Bluegrass & Beer Festival: Colorado’s longest-running bluegrass and beer hoedown, now entering its 23rd year. August 3-4, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $40-$80, River Run Village, Keystone, keystonefestivals.com.
Boulder County Fair: The oldest fair in Colorado is celebrating 150 years in business with a firefighter combat challenge, musical performances, Mexican rodeo, 4-H projects and jousting. August 2-11, free admission, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, bouldercountyfair.org.
Breck Bazaar: Sip local craft beer while shopping for local crafts at this market, which includes live music and homemade and vintage items. August 3, 1 p.m., free admission, Farmhouse Restaurant at Breckenridge Brewery, 2990 Brewery Lane, Littleton, breckbrew.com.
Chautauqua Silent Film Series: 7th Heaven: The Mont-Alto Picture Orchestra provides the score to this 1927 love story set in the shadow of World War I. August 7, 7:30 p.m., $12, Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 720-541-9538, chautauqua.com.
Chicago: PHAMALY Theatre Company takes on the rise and fall (and rise again?) of murderous starlets Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. August 1-25, $25 and up, Studio Loft, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Community Pool Party: The heated saltwater pools at the JCC host the summer’s final public swim with a jungle-themed pool party. August 5, 12 p.m.-3 p.m., free, Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center, 350 South Dahlia Street, 303-316-6305, jccdenver.org.
Clyfford Still Museum Free Day: Guests can enjoy the galleries at the Still Museum for no charge. August 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1250 Bannock Street, 720-354-4880, clyffordstillmuseum.org.
Denver International Festival: Food trucks representing over thirty countries, global music and plenty of kids’ activities (bilingual storytelling, piñatas and water fights) take center stage at this family-friendly global fest. August 3, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, Civic Center Park, Colfax Avenue and Broadway, 720-319-8441, internationalfest.org.
Denver Tattoo Arts Convention: Entertainment at the expo includes tattoo contests, an appearance by the Enigma, and (primarily) people-watching. August 2-4, $22-$45, Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, 215-423-4780, villainarts.com.
Encore: A Musical Revue: Central City Opera’s season closes out with a collection of musical-theater pieces from Broadway and off-Broadway works. August 3 and 6, $55-$75, Central City Opera House, 124 Eureka Street, Central City, 303-292-6700, centralcityopera.org.
Film on the Rocks: The Mighty Ducks: The 1992 pee-wee underdog story is the perfect movie for people who hate hockey and don’t like kids. Starring Emilio Estevez’s hair. August 5, 7 p.m., $16-$32, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, 720-381-0813, denverfilm.org.
Flamingle After Dark: Don your pink party pants and practice standing on one leg for this wildlife-centric wingding that includes food trucks, animal encounters and dancing. August 1, 6 p.m., Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street, 720-337-1400, denverzoo.org.
Geology and Archaeology by Canoe: Spend a week floating down the Gunnison River with an expert in earth sciences from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. August 7-11, $661-691, begins in Moab, Utah, 720-283-0553, centennialcanoe.com.
Grillin’ & Chillin’ Beer & Music Festival: Two full days of bands and beer, plus the First Responders Chili Challenge on Saturday and a poker run winding through the foothills on Sunday. August 3-4, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and 12 p.m.-6 p.m., $5 and up, 101 Idaho Springs Road East, Idaho Springs, epiceventsandentertainment.com.
Boom Days: Commemorate the mountain town’s 1880s silver boom with three days of burro races, cowboy church, a pie-eating contest and a parade. August 2-4, free admission, various locations, Leadville, leadvilletwinlakes.com.
Littleton Twilight Criterium & Bike Fest: The main event at this high-speed race around downtown Littleton are the pro races, but there’s also live music, a beer garden and a cruiser ride. August 3, 3:30-10 p.m., free admission, West Main and South Prince streets, littletonrocks.com.
Mixed Taste: “Lenticular Photography & American Sign Language”: Another year, another round of completely unrelated lectures paired for a bizarrely entertaining evening. Show up early (5 p.m.) to purchase happy-hour bites and brews. August 7, 7 p.m., $20, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Nirvamlet: This interactive production imagines what would happen if Hamlet wore flannel, Ophelia wore Doc Martens, and both were obsessed with the Seattle sound. August 1-3, 7:30 p.m., $12 and up, Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria, 14th and Curtis streets, artscomplex.com.
Olathe Sweet Corn Festival: A larger venue this year means bigger bands, more corn (and corn-eating contests!) and family-friendly activities for the kids. August 3, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., $18-$100, Montrose County Event Center, 1036 North 7th Street, Montrose, 970-765-0481, olathesweetcornfest.com.
One Sol Dance Festival: This immersive dance festival welcomes participants of all ages and experience levels, with classes, workshops and shared meals that foster collaboration instead of competition. August 7-11, $555, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, 119 Park Avenue West, solvidaworldwide.com.
Save the Ales Beer Festival: Conserve water by drinking beer — at least at this beer fest, which is a fundraiser for Conservation Colorado. August 8, 6-10 p.m., $35-$80, Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Avenue, 303-333-7846, conservationco.org.
Sci-Fi Film Series: Prospect: A Denver Museum of Nature & Science expert and a film studies professor join forces to break down the science in this gritty indie movie about an ambitious space traveler and his daughter. August 7, 7 p.m., $15, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-6000, dmns.org.
Seeking Charlie Russell: Bill Pullman performs his self-penned show; ticket price includes a talkback with Pullman after the show, followed by a reception with food and drinks. August 2, 4-10 p.m., $200, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, visionbox.org.
Translating the Building: Architects and city planners know how to translate abstract values into concrete structures; non-professionals can also get a glimpse of the process at this exhibit. Panel discussion and reception on August 4, 3 -5:30 p.m. August 2-25, free, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, 720-865-5570, mcnicholsbuilding.com.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Bar: Happy hour starts with a tour of a 93-year-old castle, followed by drinking, dining, dancing and stargazing through high-powered telescopes. August 1, 8 and 15, 5:30-9:30 p.m., $20 and up, Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, 303-688-5555, cherokeeranch.org.
Union Station Buskerfest: Union Station’s outdoor plaza will come alive with street performers showing off their juggling, comedy, acrobatics, breakdancing and unicycling skills. August 1-4, free, 1701 Wynkoop Street, 303-592-6712, unionstationbuskerfest.com.
Water Garden Society Water Blossom Celebration: The Monet Pond will be the site of plant giveaways (including carnivorous pitcher plants!) and expert water gardening advice; free with Garden admission. August 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $12.50, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, colowatergardensociety.org.
16th Street Fair: The 16th Street Mall turns into a marketplace for emerging artists and designers to showcase their fine art and artisan goods. August 9-10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, 16th Street Mall, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
24 Hours Block Party: Live performances and interactive art projects will focus on responsiveness and responsibility during times of cultural and social division. August 10, free, RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe Street, 303-296-4448, redlineart.org.
Adventure Van Expo: Take in a lot full of souped-up Mercedes Sprinter vans and other adventure vehicles at this lakeside location; beer and food will be available for purchase. August 10-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, Dillon Amphitheater, 201 West Lodgepole Street, Dillon, 970-468-2403, townofdillon.com.
Animalia: The animal kingdom is an evergreen subject for artists, as this group show proves. Opening reception: August 10, 6 to 8 p.m. August 10-31, free admission, Abend Gallery, 1412 Wazee Street, 303-355-0950, abendgallery.com.
Bacchanal x Denver: Chef Alon Shaya of Safta brings the vibe of the celebrated New Orleans wine shop to Denver with two days of live jazz, wine, cocktails and food. August 10-11, the Source Hotel & Market Hall, 3330 Brighton Boulevard, facebook.com.
Bike Winter Park Weekend: The Sunrise to Sunset race returns and is joined by two gravel routes. August 9-11, $90 and up, various locations, Winter Park, rollmassif.com.
Boulder Market: Live music at this creekside arts marketplace starts at noon. August 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, Central Park, Broadway and Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Breckenridge International Festival of the Arts: This fest is firmly grounded in nature, with outdoor art installations and dance performances, trailside concerts and more all exploring environmental themes. August 9-18, various locations, Breckenridge, breckcreate.org.
Colorado Mycological Society Mushroom Fair: Learn about the wide world of ’shrooms at this annual celebration of fungi. Free with Gardens admission. August 11, $12.50, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
A Connecticut Yankee: The Musical: This adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic is staged by Westcliffe’s youth theater and casts the modern protagonist as a teenage boy. August 8-11, $15, Historic Jones Theater, 119 Main Street, Westcliffe, 719-783-3004, jonestheater.com.
Denver Sloan’s Lake Art & Music Festival: This juried art show hosts artists working with paint, wood, leather, jewelry and more, plus plenty of live music. August 10-11, free admission, Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 Sheridan Boulevard, coloradoeventsandfestivals.com.
Dining al Fresco: The restaurants of Larimer Square serve dinner under string lights and twinkling stars that light up the night sky. August 10, 5-11 p.m., Larimer Square, Larimer and 14th streets, larimersquare.com.
Estes Park Wine Festival: Attendees get their fill of over 150 wines from 25 wineries at this scenic Estes Park fest. August 10-11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $30-$75, Bond Park, East Elkhorn and Macgregor avenues, Estes Park, 970-218-4545, estesparkwinefestival.com.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical: The newest tenant in Armadillo Acres is wreaking havoc on the trailer park’s social order. August 9-31, $25, Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street, equinoxtheatredenver.com.
Hops in the Hangar: The planes at this beer festival aren’t operational, so you don’t have to worry about mixing your ales and airplanes. August 10, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard, 303-360-5360, wingsmuseum.org.
Karen Roehl Solo Exhibition: Evolution — artistic, technical, intellectual and emotional — is at the core of Karen Roehl’s new show. Opening reception: August 10, 6 to 8 p.m. August 10-31, free, K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee Street, 303-590-9800, kcontemporaryart.com.
Mixed Taste: “Julia Child & Nordic LARPing”: Another year, another round of completely unrelated lectures paired for a bizarrely entertaining evening. Show up early (5 p.m.) to purchase happy-hour bites and brews. August 14, 7 p.m., $20, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Sci-Fi Film Series: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: A Denver Museum of Nature & Science health expert and a film studies professor join forces to break down the science in this story of a breakup with some serious repercussions. August 14, 7 p.m., $15, Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue, 303-370-6000, dmns.org.
Swingin’ Summer Bash: A vintage-inspired party including eats, drinks, tunes and even vendors inspired by a bygone era. August 10, 5 p.m., $20-$69, Mile High Station, 2027 West Colfax Avenue, swinginsummerbash.com.
Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival: This old-school fair has fireworks, carnival rides, a chili cook-off , pancake breakfast and even a one-ring circus that’s been in operation since 1942. August 9-11, free admission, Anderson Park, 44th Avenue and Field Street, Wheat Ridge, thecarnationfestival.com.
72nd Annual Members Art Show: Opening reception: August 17, 5-8 p.m. August 17-September 20, free, Gilpin County Arts Association, 117 Eureka Street, Central City, 303-582-5952, gilpincountyartsassociation.org.
AIDS Walk Colorado: The 5K walk/run has raised money for the Colorado Health Network and people living with AIDS and HIV for years; this year’s Festival of Life includes the Diva Dash (race a quarter-mile in three-inch heels), volleyball tournament and the AIDS Memorial Quilt. August 17, Cheesman Park, coloradohealthnetwork.org.
“Art Into Science, Science Into Art”: Find out how Leonardo da Vinci’s passion for both arts and sciences were deeply symbiotic. August 20, 7-8:30 p.m., $15, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-6000, dmns.org.
Battle of the Badges: This fundraiser for the Lakewood High School football team pits the Lakewood PD, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and LHS faculty against each other in a basketball tournament. August 17, 1-5 p.m., $5, Lakewood High School, 9700 West 8th Avenue, Lakewood.
Boulder Market: Live music at this creekside arts marketplace starts at noon. August 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, Central Park, Broadway and Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Cherry Creek North Food & Wine: The neighborhood’s restaurants set up shop outdoors and compete for the titles of Best of Show, Best Dessert, Best Table Decor and People’s Choice Award. August 17, 6-9 p.m., Fillmore Plaza, Fillmore Street and 1st Avenue, cherrycreeknorth.com.
The Color Run: Can’t decide whether to run a 5K or post a bunch of selfies to your Instagram? Do both at the Color Run, where you’re doused in a different color every kilometer. August 17, 9 a.m., $20-$45, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, thecolorrun.com.
Copper Crush: A wine festival that promises workshops for first-time attendees, a candy bar and wine pairing and boxed-wine seminars. August 16-18, various locations, Copper Mountain, coppercrushwinefest.com.
Dome Derby: R. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes were a major influence on artist Clark Richert; visit the museum to build your own and see the exhibit Clark Richert in Hyperspace. August 21, 7 p.m., $8-$13, MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street, 303-298-7554, mcadenver.org.
Film on the Rocks: Free Solo: Red Rocks is the perfect backdrop to this Oscar-winning documentary about climber Alex Honnold’s attempt to scale El Capitan absent any ropes, harnesses or protective equipment. August 19, 7 p.m., $16-$32, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, 720-381-0813, denverfilm.org.
Golden Fine Arts Festival: This juried art show in historic downtown Golden includes beer and wine gardens, food vendors, fine art and live music. August 17-18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, 11th Street between Arapahoe and Maple streets, Golden, goldenfineartsfestival.org.
Mixed Taste: “Tornado Chasing & Sports Mascots”: Another year, another round of completely unrelated lectures paired for a bizarrely entertaining evening. Show up early (5 p.m.) to purchase happy-hour bites and brews. August 21, 7 p.m., $20, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Palisade Peach Festival: Celebrate the harvest at this festival with farm dinners, a parade, a peach-eating contest, ice cream social and peach barbecue throwdown. August 15-18, $7-$10 admission, Riverbend Park, 451 Pendleton Street, Palisade, palisadepeachfest.com.
RARE: The Denver Steak Championships: Why did it take Denver so long to own our roots with this homage to the bovine? Top restaurants in town will provide cocktail pairings and compete for the title of best traditional and creative steaks at this cowtown chowdown. August 15, 6-10 p.m., $110-$150, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1400 Curtis Street, facebook.com.
Science Lounge: “Bicycles”: Bicycling is simple, right? Maybe not. Learn about the physics of cycling, get bike-maintenance tips and even get a prize if you ride your bike to the museum. August 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m, $15, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-8326, dmns.org.
Summertime in Scotland: Imagine you’re in a castle: There are bagpipes, mountain views and whiskey. You must be in Scotland….or is it Colorado? August 16, 6 p.m., $80, Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, 303-688-5555, cherokeeranch.org.
Tacolandia: The street taco: humble, delicious, perfect. Westword’s annual festival celebrates Denver’s top taquerias and Mexican-American culture. August 17, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., $25-$55, Civic Center Park, Colfax Avenue and Broadway, westwordtacolandia.com.
Affordable Arts Festival: Every piece of art at this festival rings in at under $100; it’s never been easier to start your collection, even if you’re on a tight budget. August 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $10-$11, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-330-8237, affordableartsfestival.com.
Arts & Ales: Who says beer can’t be a work of art? This beer fest includes brews, fine art for purchase, food trucks and beer seminars. August 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $30-$55, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org.
Blissfest333 International Film Festival: Odyssey 2019: The twentieth anniversary of this fest includes the Colorado premiere of Jurassic Thunder and Hush Little Baby. August 24-25, $10 and up, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 4255 West Colfax Avenue, blissfest333.com.
Boulder Craft Beer Festival: This six-year-old beer fest has sold out every year; snag your tickets while you can. August 24, 1-5 p.m., $35-$50, North Boulder Park, 9th Street and Balsam Avenue, boulderdowntown.com.
Breckenridge Hogfest: Start the weekend with a bourbon-pairing dinner Friday night, spend Saturday at the grand tasting (which includes swine, samples and seminars) and finish up Sunday with bacon Bloodies and a brunch buffet. August 23-25, $55 and up, various locations, Breckenridge, rockymountainevents.com.
Chevy Chase Live: Watch a screening of Caddyshack, then join comedy legend Chevy Chase as he answers audience questions and tells tales of his storied career. August 25, 6 p.m., $49.75 and up, Bellco Theatre, 700 14th Street, bellcotheatre.com.
Colorado Ballet: An Evening Under the Stars: This collection of excerpts from classical and modern ballet favorites culminates in a performance of George Balanchine’s Serenade. August 24, 7:30 p.m., $15-$46, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, 720-898-7200, arvadacenter.org.
Colorado Cider & Beer Circus: The whimsical fest is bringing its cider and beer lineup — and its sideshow vibe — to Denver from Copper Mountain this year. August 24, 1-6 p.m., $30-$55, C Squared Ciders, 2875 Blake Street, cidercircus.com.
Colorado Classic: The four-day pro cycling race is going to the girls in its third year as it becomes a women-only event; female cyclists from around the country will converge on Colorado for both mountain and urban stages. August 22-25, free for spectators, coloradoclassic.com.
Colorado State Fair: The state fair isn’t all funnel cake and 4-H; there’s also a creative cinnamon roll bake-off, poetry contest, doll show, pet portraits, and home-brew and winemaking competitions. August 23-September 2, $12 admission, Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Avenue, Pueblo, 800-876-4567, coloradostatefair.com.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science Free Day: The museum opens its doors free of charge to all visitors. August 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-6000, dmns.org.
Duende!: Flamenco guitarist René Heredia and the Flamenco Fantasy Dance Theatre bring the spirit of Spain to a Scottish-style castle. August 23, 6 p.m., $65, Cherokee Ranch & Castle, 6113 North Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, 303-688-5555, cherokeeranch.org.
Fête de Fleurs: The black-tie affair amongst the flowers raises funds for the Botanic Gardens and includes cocktails, dinner, dancing and more cocktails. August 23, 6 p.m.-12 a.m., $600, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Great Central City Beer Fest: Central City’s Main Street becomes Bourbon Street of the West thanks to craft brews and the ability to tote drinks purchased in casinos outside for the day. August 25, 1-6 p.m., free admission, ticket packages $40-$60, Main Street, Central City, stillsinthehills.com.
Handmade in Colorado Expo: This juried art show boasts only Colorado artists as well as live music and shopping. August 24-25, free admission, Bond Park, MacGregor and Elkhorn avenues, Estes Park, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Mountainfilm on Tour: A selection of documentary shorts from Telluride’s annual Mountainfilm festival comes to Boulder for one night only. August 24, 7 p.m., $20, Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 720-541-9538, chautauqua.com.
Oktoberfest: The earliest of Denver’s Oktoberfest celebrations includes a früschoppen, or boozy German brunch, on Sunday. August 23-25, $8 admission, TEV Edelweiss Club, 17832 CO-8, Morrison, styriacatering.com.
Winter Park Uncorked: Could there be a prettier combo than wine and Winter Park? Not likely. August 24, 2-6 p.m., Hideaway Park, 78841 US Highway 40, Winter Park, playwinterpark.com.
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Commonwheel Art Festival: Live bands, face painters, a kids’ activity booth and balloon artists are just a few of the family-friendly features of this juried arts show, now celebrating its 45th year. August 31-September 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com.
Clark Richert Closing Party: DJ Pictureplane will be spinning at this closing party for the exhibit Clark Richert in Hyperspace. August 31, $15-$25, MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany Street, 303-298-7554, mcadenver.org.
Crush Walls: The RiNo celebration of graffiti and urban art harks back to the ’hood’s history as a gritty art district. September 2-8, free, various locations, Denver, crushwalls.org.
Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End: This ode to the famed columnist honors an “average” housewife who championed women’s lives with humor and insight. September 4-22, $39 and up, Garner Galleria Theatre, 14th and Curtis streets, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Fall Fest Arts Festival: Historic Dillon hosts this juried fine art and craft show over Labor Day weekend with giveaways and live music. August 30-September 1, free admission, Village Place and Schroeder Avenue, Dillon, summitcountyartfestival.com.
Keystone Oktoberfest: A family-friendly celebration that includes Kinderfest for the little ones (polka classes, pretzel necklace making and a root beer hoisting contest) as well as Das Bier Burner 5K and a beer garden for adults. August 31, noon-6 p.m., free admission, River Run Village, Keystone, keystonefestivals.com.
Mountain Men: Songs and Stories: Singers, songwriters and storytellers gather ’round the campfire to spin a few good yarns. August 30-31, 7:30 p.m., $20, Historic Jones Theater, 119 Main Street, Westcliffe, 719-783-3004, jonestheater.com.
PoloFest: You’ll see more than horses thundering down the field at this polo and music festival; there will also be performances by Kygo and Sofi Tukker, the chance to interact with the animals and a vendor village. August 31, $65-$175, Denver Polo Club, 6359 Airport Road, Sedalia, 307-752-5279, polofest.com.
Rocky Mountain Showdown: Colorado State University Rams vs. the University of Colorado Buffaloes. August 30, Broncos Stadium at Mile High, 1701 Bryant Street, csurams.com.
Salida Wine Fest: The serene park setting is the draw for this festival, which includes unlimited wine samples, live music and arts vendors. August 31, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., $22, Riverside Park, Salida, salidawinefest.com.
Tails, Tunes & Tastes: Put on your dancing shoes and see rare glimpses of dingos and dragonflies after the sun goes down at this party with unlimited apps and an open bar. August 29, 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m., $45.75-$50.75, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs, 719-633-9925, cmzoo.org.
A Taste of Colorado: Get a taste of both Colorado food and music at this Labor Day weekend tradition. August 31-September 1, free admission, Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue, 303-322-5108, atasteofcolorado.com.
Big Chili Cook-Off: Get there early to sample all the contestants’ chilis, then stick around for men’s and women’s firefighter challenges. September 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $18, Buchanan Park, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, 303-973-1209, bigchili.org.
Bonsai and Suiseki Show: It’s the fiftieth year of this botanical show, where attendees will be able to see tiny trees (many of them native Colorado species), bonsai demos and even purchase starter trees. Free with Botanic Gardens admission. September 7-8, $12.50, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, rockymtnbonsai.org.
Cemetery Crawl: Gilpin Historical Society’s annual cemetery crawl is leaving its usual stamping grounds to explore the graves of Gilpin County residents who relocated for the afterlife. September 7, 11 a.m., Fairmount Cemetery, 430 South Quebec Street, 303-582-5283, gilpinhistory.org.
Dining al Fresco: The restaurants of Larimer Square serve dinner under string lights and twinkling stars that light up the night sky. September 7, 5-11 p.m., Larimer Square, Larimer and 14th streets, larimersquare.com.
Esoteric Meanderings: Ron Hicks solo exhibition; opening reception is 6 to 9 p.m. September 7. Regular run September 7-28, free admission, Gallery 1261, 1412 Wazee Street, 303-571-1261, gallery1261.com.
Festival Italiano: The two-day event is going strong as it enters its fifteenth year of celebrating Italian food, wine, arts and culture. September 7-8, free admission, Belmar, 7337 West Alaska Drive, Lakewood, belmarcolorado.com.
Miss Saigon: This modern take on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly sets the action in Vietnam during the 1975 Fall of Saigon. September 10-22, Buell Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 303-893-4100, denvercenter.org.
Salida Fiber Festival: Artists and crafters will be in heaven at this riverside fest with a beer and wine garden and mountains of fluffy yarn and fiber to pet and play with. September 7-8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Riverside Park, Salida, salidafiberfestival.com.
Oddments: Melissa Furness solo exhibition. Opening reception: September 7, 6 to 8 p.m. September 7-28, free, K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee Street, 303-590-9800, kcontemporaryart.com.
Stanley Arts Festival: The folks behind the Cherry Creek Arts Festival head east to bring their blend of art, entertainment, food and drink to Aurora. September 7-8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora, 303-355-2787, stanleyartsfestival.org.
1340 Penn/After Hours: “Is Mrs. Brown Still Here?”: Search for sprits, then sip them after a spooky ghost-hunting tour of the Molly Brown House. September 13, 7-9 p.m., $16, Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania Street, 303-832-4092, mollybrown.org.
Blue Moon Bridge Party: Overlook the Platte River while you party, and fuel the hours of silent disco-ing with unlimited cocktails, beer, wine and food from Fogo de Chao. September 13, 6-10 p.m., $70 and up, 19th Street Pedestrian Bridge, thegreenwayfoundation.org.
Boulder Fall Fest: The annual community celebration brings an eclectic group of Colorado bands, a beer garden, Firefly Handmade Market and fun for all ages to downtown Boulder. September 13-15, free admission, Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, boulderdowntown.com.
Breckenridge Film Festival: Over 100 films, parties, workshops, demos and panels comprise the four-day fest that celebrates movies in the mountains. September 19-22, passes start at $40, various locations, Breckenridge, breckfilmfest.org.
Children’s Day International Film Festival: Kids 18 and under get in free to this festival focusing on film for children from around the world. Also included: a screening of the International Youth Silent Film Festival winners. September 14-15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street, etfest.com.
Clyfford Still Museum Free Day: Guests can enjoy the galleries at the Still Museum for no charge. September 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1250 Bannock Street, 720-354-4880, clyffordstillmuseum.org.
Larimer Square Sidewalk Sale: Larimer Square vendors bring their wares outside for late-summer bargains. September 13-14, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, Larimer and 14th streets, larimersquare.com.
Lindy on the Rocks: This dance festival celebrates vintage moves like the Lindy Hop, Charleston and Jitterbug, with classes for every level and high-energy contests. September 13-15, $139 and up, various locations, cmdance.org.
Pedal the Plains: Unlike many of this summer’s epic bike rides, this 200-miler eschews the mountains for the Eastern Plains. Single-day rides are available. September 13-15, $105-$285, begins in Lamar, 303-954-6703, pedaltheplains.com.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World Tour: Drag queen royalty hits the stage in Denver. September 14, 8 p.m., $52-$62, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver performing Arts Complex, vossevents.com.
Solo Flights: This inaugural theatrical festival mounts one-person shows in early stages of development as well as talkbacks and panels with established and emerging talent alike. September 18-21, Hurst Theatre, 470 Rio Grande Place, Aspen, 970-925-9313, theatreaspen.org.
Suave Fest: Get unlimited beer and support underrepresented talent at the first fest in the country to highlight exclusively Latino-owned breweries. September 14, noon-6 p.m., $35-$75, Raíces Brewing Company, 2060 West Colfax Avenue, suavefest.com.
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival: Telluride hosts festivals all summer, but none more famous than this legendary weekend that includes hiking, yoga, over thirty blues acts at eight venues and a beer fest. September 13-15, $30 and up, various locations, Telluride, tellurideblues.com.
The Watering Hole: This lecture series gives attendees an inside view of the Denver Zoo’s workings and its wildlife conservation efforts. Ticket includes one drink and apps. September 18, 6-8:30 p.m., Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street, 720-337-1400, denverzoo.org.
Winter Park FallFest: Bring the family for a day full of music, food, face painting, bobbing for apples and other fall favorites. September 14, noon-5 p.m., free admission, downtown Winter Park, playwinterpark.com.
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Biennial of the Americas: Leaders from North and South America gather to explore the theme of “Empathy in Action” through art, workshops, lectures and a family-friendly festival. September 25-28, various locations, biennialoftheamericas.org.
Breck Bazaar: Sip local craft beer while shopping for local crafts at this market that includes live music and homemade and vintage items. September 21, 1 p.m., free admission, Farmhouse Restaurant at Breckenridge Brewery, 2990 Brewery Lane, Littleton, breckbrew.com.
Colorado Mountain Winefest: This harvest-time festival puts you in the thick of the action as tastings and events unfold around many of Colorado’s Western Slope wineries. September 19-22, $60 and up, various locations, Palisade, coloradowinefest.com.
Corn Maze: A seven-acre corn maze (plus a mini-maze for little ones) is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with pony rides, human hamster wheels and fall fair foods available for an additional fee. Starts September 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., $11-14 (includes admission), Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
Denver Oktoberfest: Now in its fiftieth year, Denver’s massive celebration of all things Teutonic returns for two weekends in September. September 20-22, free admission, 2100 Larimer Street, thedenveroktoberfest.com.
Doors Open Denver: Over sixty churches, performance venues, schools and historic and modern buildings with architectural significance open their doors to self- and expert-guided tours for this annual event. September 21-22, various locations, denverarchitecture.org.
Handmade in Colorado Expo: A juried art show boasting only Colorado artists as well as live music and shopping. September 20-22, free admission, Skyline Park, 16th and Arapahoe streets, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Jefferson Park Farm & Flea: Get both farm-fresh food and flea market finds at this double-duty market. September 21, free admission, 25th Avenue and Federal Boulevard, jpfleamarket.com.
Monarch Crest Crank: This tough, 25-mile ride takes bikers up Monarch Crest Trail to the Continental Divide and benefits victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. September 22, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $85 registration plus fundraising, begins at Salida Bike Co., 148 North F Street, Salida, monarchcrestcrank.com.
Parker Art & Music Festival: Hazel Miller and Scarecrow Revival will perform at this juried art show held in a picturesque park. September 21-22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m., free admission, O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive, Parker, coloradoeventsandfestivals.com.
Salida Bike Fest: Weekend warriors will love scenic Salida, where events include the Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race, the Soul Ride (that runs through the middle of Soulcraft Brewing) and a historical tour by bike. September 20-22, $40 and up, various locations, Salida, 719-539-6738, salidabikefest.com.
St. Jude Walk/Run: Lace up your shoes for the 5K fun run and walk that raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. September 21, $10 registration plus fundraising, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, stjude.org.
Ten Minute Play Competition: Winning short plays selected by the Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts will be put on for the first time ever. September 20-21, 7:30 p.m., $20, Historic Jones Theater, 119 Main Street, Westcliffe, 719-783-3004, jonestheater.com.
ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival Colorado: The JLF’s mission is to bring South Asia’s literary legacy to countries around the world; find a slate of free events around town. September 20-22, free, jlflitfest.org.
16th Street Fair: The 16th Street Mall turns into a marketplace for emerging artists and designers to showcase their fine art and artisan goods. September 27-28, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission, 16th Street Mall, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Boulder Market: Live music at this creekside arts marketplace starts at noon. September 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, Central Park, Broadway and Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, 720-272-7467, coloradoevents.org.
Dash & Bash: This fundraiser for the Boulder County YWCA includes a 5K or 10K walk/run, plus a one-mile dash for little ones. September 29, 8 a.m., Boulder Reservoir, ywcaboulder.org.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science Free Day: The museum opens its doors free of charge to all visitors. September 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2001 Colorado Boulevard, 303-370-6000, dmns.org.
Denver Oktoberfest: Now in its fiftieth year, Denver’s massive celebration of all things Teutonic returns for two weekends in September. September 27-29, free admission, 2100 Larimer Street, thedenveroktoberfest.com.
Fall Plant & Bulb Sale: Stock up on bulbs ready to go into the ground and Gardens-grown plants that will keep your house lush and colorful during the winter months; admission to both the sale and the Gardens is free. September 27-28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission, Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, 720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org.
More Than Pink Walk: Formerly Race for the Cure, this event is now a 5K walk benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. September 29, 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m., $20-$40 registration plus fundraising, Auraria campus, 900 Auraria Parkway, komencolorado.org.
Salida Heritage Days: Costumed performers and sideshow acts wander the town, with history and ghost tours, an art contest and a community picnic rounding out the weekend. September 27-29, ticketed events start at $20, various locations, Salida, salidaheritagedays.com.
Salida Studio Tour: Follow the tour map for a self-guided expedition around Salida’s art studios and galleries. September 28-29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, salidastudiotour.com.
Strings, Ciders & Sours: As the days get cooler, the music gets twangier and the brews get tangier at this fest that includes a pairing dinner, grand tasting and recovery brunch. September 27-29, $40 and up, various locations, Breckenridge, rockymountainevents.com.
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