Almost Summer Weekend Events

May 25, 2017

Summer begins unofficially this weekend, with holiday observances, endless block parties, book clubs in breweries, benefit car shows and, as always, classes galore. You can kick up your heels or kick back and relax, in and around the lakeside community of Southshore. And, don’t forget to remember our servicemen and women who sacrificed to make our country free!

TODAY/TONIGHT! Thursday, May 25

If you need help with one of your digital devices – smart phone, tablet or computer –  tech experts at the library can answer your questions and troubleshoot problems. Call ahead to check for availability: 303-739-1572.

Hoffman PC Center and Library, 1298 Peoria St., Aurora
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1572

A quick note for parents whose kids play (or want to) baseball, soccer, basketball and tennis this summer: the YMCA-sponsored camps are taking registrations! Camps begin soon!

Contact: Brady Lyons,
Phone: 303-968-0916

This is the event rescheduled after last week’s unexpected snow storms!

Bring your young ones to meet the people of Aurora who help residents every day – members of the Aurora Fire Department, the Aurora Police Department and first responders from Falck Ambulance. The meet-and-greet will be followed by a craft and RSVPs are recommended. Don’t forget your Cub Club Membership Card, and if you need one – click here to enroll.

Southlands Shopping Center, Town Square, Aurora
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Local artisans offer their brewed, distilled and plated creations at this annual tasting event and fundraiser. Sample the delights of summer while helping Four Mile Historic Park continue to provide engaging community events and low-cost school programming year-round.

Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver,
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$45

Thursday-Sunday, May 25-28

This beloved classic blooms anew as an enchanting musical full of beautiful melodies. When young Mary is sent to live with her uncle after the death of her parents, she finds herself surrounded by distant relatives who are overcome by grief and fear. But when she uncovers the key to her late aunt’s long-lost garden, she becomes determined to revive the beauty that once flourished. Surrounded by spirits of the past, she uses the magic of hope to help the world around her grow once again.

The Stage Theatre, DCPA Complex, Arapahoe and Speer, Denver
Thurs./Sun., 6:30 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 1:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $42-$77

Thursday-Wednesday, May 25-31

The DaVinci Machines Exhibition displays over 65 hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500-year-old designs. Many of the machines are interactive and feature replicas of the major and most striking inventions of the original Renaissance Man. Visitors will also find many of DaVinci’s artistic masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, remastered for an up close and personal look at the greatest genius of all time. This exhibit includes a 45-minute film, an interactive kid’s area, audio tours for nearly every piece and guided tours!

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
Mon.-Sat., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: Free-$20.000
Phone: 303-360-5360 x105

Friday, May 26

If it’s Friday that means it’s time for kids use their creativity to dream up different things (cars, bridges, buildings) to construct. For every engineer-in-the-making, the library makes available the materials – kids just bring their imaginations and their energy!

Martin Luther King, Jr., Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
3:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1940

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Cir., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

The Austrian Connection is heading over to Helga’s to perform live music to accompany the authentic German food and free beer, plus door prizes! Come early to get your Germany/Austria fix – seating is limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis!

Helga’s, 14197 E. Exposition Ave., Aurora
6:00-11:00 p.m.

Friday-Monday, May 26-29

The 16th Street Mall will be transformed into an almost-summer block party all weekend long with food, drinks and free concerts on five stages. It’s four days of fun and frivolity at the Denver Day of Rock, and the event is free for everyone. Proceeds from drink and food purchases will benefit Amp the Cause to raise awareness about children’s issues in our communities.

16th Street Mall, Downtown Denver
2:30-9:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 27

They’ve been fishing in the reservoir for awhile, but now you can don your bikini or trunks and take a dip! (The water temperature is still a little chilly – after all summer’s still really three weeks away – so bring your towels and beach blankets!) There are boats to rent, fish to catch, games to play and sun to bask in – all weekend long!

Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Rd., Aurora
5:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Day Pass: $10 (per vehicle)
Phone: 303-326-8425

The Annual WarBird Auto Show at the Front Range Airport will feature some of the most jaw-dropping cars in the region, mixed with classic aircraft and military vehicles, it’s fun for the whole family! With a swap meet, hundreds of cars, aircraft, vendors, entertainment and more!

Front Range Airport, 5200 Front Range Pkwy., Watkins
8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
$20 per carload
Phone: 303-261-9103

You know it’s almost summer when the farmers show up at the market with their fresh and lip-smacking produce, bakers bring their mouth-watering baked goods, jams and jellies, and local artisans display for sale their hand-crafted items. With 40 vendors offering fruits, veggies and a variety of wares, there’s much to see, smell, taste and buy!

Southlands Town Square, Main Street, Aurora
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

This is the fourth anniversary of the Colorado Freedom Memorial unveiling and many will head to the site to remember what Memorial Day is about – honoring and remembering our military men and women who served our country. The remembrance will be followed at 2:00 p.m. by live musical performances by the Denver Brass Band and Colorado Celtic Pipes and Drums, plus there will be hamburgers and hot dogs (for a donation) while they last! Bring your lawn chair or a blanket to sit on and join this patriotic salute to Colorado’s military.

Colorado Freedom Memorial, 756 Telluride St., Aurora
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Meet up at a local pub for lively discussions about popular and contemporary literature. Register online and the library will contact you via e-mail with the title of the next book and the location of that month’s brewery. Adults 21 and over only.

Various Breweries
1:00 p.m.
Register Here

Nothing says summer’s here (or almost!) like a day at the amusement/water park. Take the kids for an afternoon of water slides, roller coasters and great family entertainment, with a fireworks show to cap off a day of fun!

Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver,
Park Hours
Season Passes

This sleeping beauty, Aurora, is a princess, but has dreams of being a rock and roll star. But the curse of forever-sleep chases her and the question is – can she avoid it? Join the theatre-goers for a family-friendly interactive experience in this retelling of a classic fairy tale.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat./Mon, 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$31
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday-Sunday, May 27-28

This adaptation of a family-friendly Turkish folktale is the story of a culture which brought the world agriculture, coffee houses and pastrami!

The Bitsy Stage, 1137 S. Huron St., Denver
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Free (donations accepted!)
Phone: 720-328-5294

Sunday, May 28

This Memorial Day Car Show will be an epic event to raise money for homeless veterans in the metro area. The people’s choice voting categories will include: Best Foreign; Best Exotic; Best Tune; Best Classic; Best Low Rider; Best Bike; Best Truck; Best Muscle; Best of Show and Most Unique!

Battle Royal, 111 N. Havana St., Aurora
10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Phone: 720-266-0459

Tuesday-Thursday, May 30-June 1

Join other budding leaders for a nine-week summer program for young people ages 11 to 14 to build leadership skills, create strong relationships with team-building activities and teach the importance of giving back to the community. Register here or contact Rachel Sloan at to find out about squeezing into this worthwhile program!

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
(Additional cost: 7:00-9:00 a.m. and 4:00-6:00 p.m.)
Phone: 720-870-2221

This contemporary drama of a young woman, found drifting in the North Atlantic, who claims to be a survivor of the Titanic tragedy. The question is – how could she possibly be telling the truth? She’s either a lunatic or a liar, but if she’s spinning an elaborate tale, why?

John Hand Theater, 7363 E. First Pl., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$23
Phone: 720-880-8727

Monday-Friday, May 29-June 2

With daily activities to include electrical circuits, coding, robotics, 3-D design and printing, math games as well as daily team-building, leadership, English and engineering projects, this summer camp for students interested in science, technology, engineering, art and math ages 5 to 12 years old is a combination of fun, learning and friendship.

Colorado Steam Academy, 6820 S. Liverpool St., Unit E., Aurora
Daily: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $400
Phone: 303-699-6381

Tuesday, May 30

Bring your UFO, just started or unfinished, to work on at the library. Drawing, scrapbooking, knitting, weaving, coloring, the possibilities are endless as you meet new people who share your passion for creativity (and extraterrestrials!).

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Cir., Aurora
11:00 a.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

Wednesday, May 31

Do you love browsing through cookbooks and trying new recipes? Do you enjoy sampling new dishes? Then grab your apron and sign up for this book club!

We pick the cookbook theme, select a recipe from the cookbook theme, then we all get together to cook the recipe, discuss the different cookbooks and share the finished product. Registration is required and space is limited and the them for May is: Easy and Simple Dishes.

Expo Recreational Center Kitchen, 10955 E. Exposition Ave., Aurora
Register Here
Phone: 303-739-6600

Peter Biedermann is an instrumental guitarist from New Jersey who has been composing and performing for over 35 years. While his music spans several genres, his songs are entirely original, performed on a variety of six, eight and 12-string guitars in unique tunings.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy.
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Almost Summer in Southshore!

It’s almost summer her in Aurora’s premier lakeside master-planned community, just minutes from the Aurora Reservoir! See what it’s like to live here by exploring the new Delaney model from Richmond American Homes, and the latest designs from Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore. It’s life at the lake priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.