Ice, ice, baby! The national curling championships are in town, joining an entertainment lineup that includes the home show, new museum exhibitions and a run of The Holly at the Sie FilmCenter.
See our list of a dozen free events in Denver this week here. Now keep reading for six things worth the price of admission:
Colorado Garden & Home Show
Daily through Sunday, February 12
Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street
The 64th annual Colorado Garden & Home Show, produced by the Colorado Garden Foundation, has returned; it's a one-stop marketplace of inspiration and advice from more than 500 companies across the country and internationally. There are also landscaped gardens and free educational seminars and how-to demonstrations by CSU Master Gardeners. And don't miss the flower sale at noon February 8! Hours are Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday noon to 6 p.m. (tickets are two for one those days at the door). General admission tickets are tickets are $12 online; get them and more info here.
The USA Curling Men’s and Women’s National Championships
Daily through Saturday, February 11
Ice, ice, baby! The 2023 Men’s and Women’s National Championships is coming to town, and there will be more action than you can sweep a broom at. A full round-robin schedule will be played, with four men’s teams and four women’s teams advancing to playoff rounds. Early qualifiers include teams led by 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist John Shuster and two-time Olympian Tabitha Peterson; Team Dropkin, which represented the United States at the 2022 World Men’s Curling Championship, has also secured its berth. Both the men’s and women’s championship games will be played on February 11, but there will be plenty to see before then. Tickets range from $24 per day to a $175 bundle; find out more here.
Daily hrough Thursday, February 9, 4:30 and 7 p.m.
Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue
Journalist Julian Rubinstein directed this documentary based on years of research he did for his book The Holly. In it, he follows Terrance Roberts, a former gang member who is working to bring the community together when he shoots a gang member. Rubinstein, who grew up in Denver, finds himself caught up in a world of gang members, activists, informants, cops and developers uneasily co-existing in a rapidly gentrifying community as he looks into the case. Learn more and get tickets here.
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Daily through May 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway
On February 2, 1848, the Mexican-American War ended and Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ceding more than half of its land to the United States to create much of what now comprises the American Southwest. The exchange brought new directions and people to Colorado, even as cultural communities in remote border regions connecting Colorado and New Mexico remained untouched. Now you can see preserved pages from the document in the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit at the History Colorado Center. Admission to the museum ranges from free to $14; get tickets here.
Pioneers - Pacesetters - Possibilities: Colorado on the Aerospace Frontier
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard, Denver
What is it about Colorado? This state has had a major impact across every aspect of aviation and space exploration, producing the first American flying ace, the first civilian helicopter ambulance service, and the first female airline pilot. They're all part of Pioneers – Pacesetters – Possibilities, which just opened at Wings Over the Rockies. The museum is open daily, and the exhibit is included with admission — $18.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors and veterans. Get tickets here.
3D Movies at Infinity Theater
Daily, times vary
Infinity Theater, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has two new 3D films playing at its revamped Infinity Theater. Interested in the myriad ecosystems of Africa? Learn about the continent's wildlife and more with Serengeti. Or you can trade lions for whales in Ocean Odyssey, which follows a three-month-old baby whale along the Australian coast and explores how ocean currents affect the world's well-being. Learn more here.
Do you know of a great event in Denver? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]