Catch a Fireworks Show and More!

June 29, 2017

Show us a holiday weekend, and we’ll show you some fun! The Fourth of July is next Tuesday and leading up to the big fireworks shows are comedy performances, live outdoor music and a bunch of gourmet food trucks to feed your summer appetites! From George Lopez and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, to Cirque du Soleil acrobats and lots of eye-popping pyrotechnics, it’s all happening near the lakeside community of Southshore in Aurora.

TODAY/TONIGHT! Thursday, June 29

Elitch Gardens opened a new water slide this summer called the Mega Wedgie where riders who make the height and weight requirements will plunge off a six-story tower at 40 mph down a choice of three body slides! By the time you rush to the bottom, you’ll understand why this soaking attraction got its name, but we know you’ll be hiking back to the top to ride these bad boys over and over again.

Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
Tickets: $35-$40 plus parking

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Here’s your chance to attend Hogwarts Camp and learn all about magical creatures, practice your Quidditch skills, drink butter-beer, and more! This is a free week-long program. Participants — ages 6 to 12 only — must be familiar with the book series. Space is limited so please call 303-739-6746 for more information and about availability.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy.
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6746

Learn to play popular card games like Magic, The Gathering or YuGiOh!  Unlock new adventures with pen and paper role-playing games with other teens acting out fantasy escapades.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy.
3:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

Phat Daddy is a high-energy band that has blended some of Denver’s top nightclub and music venue performers. This uniquely flexible five-piece group caters to a variety of musical tastes and was a finalist in the Denver A-List of 2014 Best Local Bands. Their R&B show prompts impromptu dance parties wherever they play and sing.

Southlands Mall, Town Square, Aurora
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Stapleton MCA is repeating the lively MoJaBlue Concert Series, featuring Motown hits, jazz jams and blues tunes, performed live by area artists in an outdoor summer show.

Conservatory Green at Stapleton, Valentia St. & E. 49th Pl., Denver
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Thursday-Sunday, June 29-July 2

Somewhere suspended between dreams and reality are the breath-taking performances of Cirque du Soleil artists in the crowd-pleasing production LUZIA. The troupe will transport you a make-believe Mexico with poetic acrobatics and the amazing integration of water in a circus environment. The cast of 44 performers from diverse backgrounds offer energetic routines and exciting acts of athleticism in this amazing show to entertain audiences of all ages.

The Pepsi Center Prius West Parking Lot, 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 4:30 & 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 and 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $39

Visitors to the museum can view many of DaVinci’s artistic masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, remastered for a glimpse of the greatest creative genius of all time. But the biggest attraction is the DaVinci Machines Exhibition with 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.

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-$20.00
Phone: 303-360-5360 x105

Friday, June 30

Learn all about the wildlife and animals in Aurora and the tools they use to survive through an interactive puppet show. For children ages 2 through 5.

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
10:30 a.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

For boys in the fourth through sixth grades, come out to the library to play interactive games, meet new friends and learn life skills you’ll use again and again. Snacks are provided.

Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy.
5:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-6600

Friday-Sunday, June 30-July 2

George Lopez is a multi-talented entertainer whose career spans television, film, stand-up comedy and late-night television. For two seasons, Lopez hosted the TBS late night talk show Lopez Tonight, after his groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. Time magazine named him one of the “25 Most Influential Hispanics in America,” and the Harris Poll named him one of the “Top Ten Favorite Television Personalities.”

Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village
Fri./Sat., 7:15 & 9:45 p.m.; Sun., 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $45
Phone: 720-274-6800

It’s Only a Play, by Terrance McNally, is a drama within a drama as a playwright’s career hangs in the balance on opening night as he shares his anxiety with the new producer, a silly diva, the talented director, a sarcastic drama critic and an inexperienced coat-check attendant. For audiences aged 17 and older due to strong language.

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22-$30
Phone: 303-856-7830

Five actors take you on a musical journey paying tribute to the life of country music legend Johnny Cash. His signature songs offer a unique musical journey of hardship and success, love and redemption, and home and family. This revealing and exhilarating musical revue features more than two dozen songs made famous by the “man in black” including Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line, A Boy Named Sue, and Ring of Fire.

Vintage Theatre,1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat./Mon, 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $17-$34
Phone: 303-856-7830

Friday-Monday, June 30-July 3

Featuring 260 different jury-approved artists from all over the world, the festival is a perfect opportunity for art lovers to add to their collections or just gawk at the incredible array of jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photographs and sculptures on display. Attendees will also enjoy live music on the main stage along with pop-up performances throughout the weekend.

Cherry Creek North, First to Third Ave. Between Clayton and Steele, Denver
Fri., 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Sat.-Mon., 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free

Saturday, July 1

For artsy types in the know July 1 is Free First Saturday at the Denver Art Museum. Admission to all the museums non-ticketed exhibitions is free and open to the public, which include Pre-Columbian artifacts to paintings by Claude Monet and Winslow Homer.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy, Denver
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free to $18
Phone: 720-865-5000

Join the cookbook book club! Every month home chefs choose and cook a different recipe from a selected cookbook, then bring in samples and discuss cookery with other foodies. Stop by Tallyn’s Reach to decide what delicious dish you will create. Register here or call 303-627-3050.

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
11:00 a.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

Sunday, July 2

When the Fourth of July rolls around, you know the fireworks shows about to light up the sky for miles. To celebrate with the masses, check out the Independence Eve celebration which gets rocking with party band Soul X before giving way to the powerhouse sounds of the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard. Food trucks will have a variety to choose from, although you’re free to bring your own eats. Be sure to bring your own seating and arrive early to grab a good spot for the show and the fireworks show.

Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax, Denver
8:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Phone: 303-892-1112

Tuesday, July 4

The city of Aurora invites you to celebrate our country’s independence this Fourth of July with music, entertainment and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Billed as one of the best in Colorado, this event features great food, live music from the School of Rock (6:00 p.m.); David Gerald (7:00 p.m.) and Syndicate (8:30 p.m.). Bring your lawn chairs, an ID to purchase $5 beers, blankets and money for good eats! Don’t like crowds? Here are the best viewing areas in town for this fabulous fireworks show!

Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
6:00-10:00 p.m.

Show Up at Southshore!

We’re putting on our patriotic best to welcome you to Southshore, the lakeside master-planned community just minutes from a host of recreation and entertainment possibilities in Aurora! Tour the new models fromRichmond 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.