This weekend is full of living history, as Historic Downtown Denver hosts a citywide scavenger hunt that takes place right after the Juneteenth and Pride celebrations. But you can also head to the hills, where Winter Park opens for the summer season and Silverthorne introduces a new Sunday walk. And you can also experience the story of Alice in Wonderland in two very different ways.
Read on for fifteen of the best things to do in and around Denver this weekend (and don’t miss our list of even more activities, all free):
Hunting at the Capitole crossroads
From Thursday, June 17 at 1 p.m. to Sunday, June 20
Are you ready to learn more about Denver’s past on a city-wide scavenger hunt? You will have four days to complete the game, an innovative way to discover more about the city you love, while enjoying an adventure activity with family, friends or even alone. Teams of up to six players have four days to complete the challenge (although it shouldn’t take more than 2.5 hours). The first fifty people to complete the hunt will receive special finishing medals; awards will be given to teams with the fastest time to complete, the best teamwork photo, and outstanding history buffs. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary since Historic Denver began preserving the places that matter in Denver, starting with the Molly Brown House; your ticket, from $ 12 to $ 18, benefits the non-profit organization. Register here.
Thursday June 17th 7pm online
Welcome summer with an early solstice celebration hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Erin Baxter, Curator of Anthropology, will host an evening highlighting the past and present solstice festivities. Erica Ellingson from the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder will take you on a tour of the ancient skies of Stonehenge and discuss the astronomical events revered by its builders; Deborah Whitehead, associate professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, will explore how modern religious groups like the Druids and neo-pagans interpret and interact with the ancient site of Stonehenge. It’s $ 5 for members, $ 10 for others; Register here.
Stories on stage: “Slumber Party”
Thursday, June 17, 7 p.m., online
Diana Dresser will perform Denver author Jennifer Wortman’s story “Slumber Party”: Parental angst reigns supreme when a worried mother begins to get too involved in her ten-year-old daughter’s social life. Dresser and Wortman will join the Stories on Stage team for a post-story conversation. Tickets cost $ 10; buy yours here.
The flower war
Thursday June 17, Friday June 18, Saturday June 19, 7:30 p.m.
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive
The play written and directed by Anthony J. Garcia that tells the story of the Kitayama Carnation Strike that began in July 1968 in Colorado is back. See it in person on a return trip until June 27. Tickets cost $ 20; get yours here.
Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure
Thursday June 17, Friday June 18 and Saturday June 19 7:30 p.m., Sunday June 13 2 p.m.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
Aurora Fox is back in performing live this summer with an upbeat Lewis Carroll reboot featuring live music performed by actors who double as musicians. Beyond the Jabberwocky she meets, the protagonist of Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure weaves her way through uncharted territory to Carroll fans as she dances to a ska beat and Bollywood beats. Admission ranges from $ 15 to $ 40 online; find additional information here.
Music Day 2021
Friday, June 18, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Stanley Marketplace Hangar, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
Due to the collapse of its building, La Belle Maison, last week, the Alliance Française Denver was unable to host its annual fundraiser on site. But after a quick run, he moved the Fête de la Musique to the Hangar of Stanley Marketplace, which will be full of live music – including Spectrum String Ensemble, Grande Orquesta Navarre with special guests Tom Hagerman and Nick Urata from DeVotchKa, and DJ Nice Titi – as well as food and drink. Tickets are $ 25 for the concert only, $ 40 ($ 30 for AFD members) for the concert as well as two drinks, a sandwich and a dessert; children’s tickets cost $ 20. Learn more and get tickets here.
Southern Colorado Day
Rebel Ranch, 6597 County Lane 14.5 to Hwy 96, Ordway
Friday June 18 and Saturday June 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sometimes you have to go a long way for a real vintage market – a market like Junkfest, a company that is honorably truthful when it comes to describing itself. The Junkfest takes place at the Rebel Ranch in Ordway, forty minutes east of Pueblo, on the edge of the Great Plains. And here are a few of what you’ll find there: antiques, farm stuff, old pots, things dads like to play with, farmhouse chic, crafts, garage sale bargains. , stuff and stuff and everything. Admission is $ 5 (children under 12 enter free); get information here.
In the rainbow
Friday June 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Spectra Art Space, 1836 South Broadway
An array of queer artists and allies – 85 in total – transform Spectra Art Space into a huge rainbow and adorn it with sculptures, paintings, toys, jewelry, and other items to celebrate all things LGBTQ. At an opening reception, drag artist and DJ Markie Arendelle will perform, and Ratio Beerworks will feature beers. And while this free shindig is about pride, it’s also about the goals of the gallery itself: to create collaboration, community, inclusiveness, and inspiration. RSVP on Eventbrite.
Colorado Brazil Fest 2021
Friday June 18, 6 p.m .: Brazilian Jazz, Choro and Bossa Nova Night with Dexter Payne Quintet & Michele Castro Quartet
Saturday June 19, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m .: Sambadendê with Bateria Alegria and Samba Colorado
Saturday June 19, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m .: Ginga with Bateria Alegria and Escola from Samba Denver
Boulder Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
Bring out your feathers and dance moves: Colorado Brazil Fest features bahia beats, bossa nova, Afro-Brazilian samba, and syncopated chorinho at Boulder’s Central Park Bandshell for a weekend of concerts with a powerful lineup of local Brazilian musicians. Choose from three distinct shows over two evenings, or let yourself be lulled by the rhythm and see them all; admission is $ 25 for each individual concert, $ 40 for the two Saturday shows, or $ 63 for a full weekend pass here.
Colorado Wonderland: An Alice Experience
Vernissage from Friday June 18 to July 3
Lemmon Staggs Homestead, Fort Collins
Descend the rabbit hole for an evening of adventure and wonder with familiar characters interwoven with local flavor and history as LunAseas presents this immersive performance maze filled with live bands, dance, circus, theater and more. multimedia visuals. There are two shows each night, and tickets are $ 35 to $ 200; get yours here.
R&B summer kicks off in June
Friday June 18 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Levitt Hall, 1380 West Florida Avenue
Juneteenth will be jumping with this outdoor concert featuring the Atlanta 112 headliner, as well as Rachel Bailey, the Grand Alliance and DJ Kid Above. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. bring blankets and lawn chairs and dance until dark. Tickets are $ 29.50 to $ 49.50 at Ticketmaster.
Summer is here !
Winter Park Summer
From Saturday June 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The mountain opens up for summer activities, including the Trestle Bike Park, Alpine Slide, E-Bike Tours, Mini-Golf, Scenic Gondola Rides, Disc Golf, and Guided Mountain Top Hikes. Of course, you can also go hiking and enjoy the beautiful scenery on your own. Unlimited attraction passes start at $ 10; get yours here.
TheBigWonderful with Rob Drabkin
Saturday June 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Belleview Station, 6785 East Chenango Avenue
This weekend’s TheBigWonderful features Colorado folk art musician Rob Drabkin in two sets. In between songs, you can check out the vendors at the large open-air market and enjoy food and drink (unlimited, if you buy that kind of ticket). Dogs are welcome and the event is family friendly. In fact, children under sixteen enter for free; tickets range from $ 20 to $ 55. Buy them here.
Art walk in Silverthorne
Sunday June 19 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Blue River Trail, Silverthorne
Enjoy the fresh mountain air and the debut of the Silverthorne Art Strolls series as you stroll along the Blue River Trail, where you’ll find seventeen pop artists and nine musical groups, including harp duo Janet Harriman and Shane Werts and oboe; Lisa White, native flutes; Mark Schlaefer, blues; Nate Spencer, singer-songwriter; Randall McKinnon, cowboy / folk; Max Wolpert, violin; Ghanay Gloude and Shane Henderson, rhythm and blues duo; Rocky Mountain Brass. Everything is free ; find out more here.
Divergent and proud variety show
Sunday June 20, 7 p.m.
2620 2nd Avenue West, Unit 1
Anything goes when the neuro-UN-typical Divergent variety troupe takes the stage, starting with gender identity, ethnicity, abilities, sartorial choices and orientations. This is exactly what it takes for Pride Month, as LGBTQIA communities are learning to live with each other. There will likely be some drag, but that’s not all: as the idea for a variety show suggests, there could be song, dance and comedy, with a wink of an eye. and a touch of vaudeville. Tickets cost $ 10 at Ticketleap; get the details here.
Do you know of a big event around town? We will update this list throughout the weekend; send information to [email protected]
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