Concerts, Comedy and a Denver Zoo Flock Party!

June 24, 2021

Everyone felt like celebrating when the Denver Zoo re-opened—now is your chance to do it in style! The Flock Party is one of Denver’s most anticipated events, raising money for the Zoo and putting on a first-class evening of entertainment. There’s never been a better time to attend the party you’ve always wanted to. There are still tickets left! Don’t wait to get yours!


Put your WWII knowledge to the test by taking part in this in-depth virtual discussion all about Winston Churchill! You may know he was one of the key architects of the Allied victory in World War II, but what else do you know about one of the most important political leaders of the 20th century? You’ll learn all about his life before becoming prime minister of England, his years in the job, and his lasting impact on his country and the world.

Active Minds Online
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Information: FREE

One of Denver’s favorite summer bands is back live and in-person at the popular MoJaBlu FREE concert series! Dotsero is a band of true musicianship, with roots in contemporary jazz that cross over into funky sounds on the bass and drums. Vocals, dual keyboards, and sax solos punctuate their original music as well as covers.

The outdoor concert experience wouldn’t be the same without food trucks selling delicious bites! Featured trucks include Pozzetti’s Gelato & Ice Cream, Em’s Ice Cream, Bombo’s Shave Ice, WeChef Kitchen, Dos Gringos, and Hecho En Colorado.

North Green, 49th Ave. & Valentia St., Denver
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

It doesn’t get any better than this—Stand Up Comedy and BBQ! Dave Williamson is the comic genius who came up with the idea of performing his traditional stand-up show in BBQ restaurants across the country, followed by an audience Q&A for both him and the hosting Pit Master. All while enjoying delicious ribs, of course!

Ticket price includes the show, a BBQ plate of two meats, sides, and an adult beverage of your choice (or a non alcoholic one). Local Pit Master Terry Walsh will join Dave Williamson after the show for the Q&A.

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $45-$50

Thursday – Sunday, June 24-27

The compelling original podcast that combines a fictional story with an investigative podcast about the city of Denver is releasing its final episode this weekend! Catch up or binge-listen to the entire thrilling series!

When aspiring novelist-turned-journalist Ryan Streeter begins diving into the history and allure of Denver for his new podcast, he gets caught in the middle of a Mile High mystery he could never have anticipated. Play along with this city-wide scavenger hunt and story!

DCPA Online
Information: FREE

Have you been thinking of trying your hand at a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or kayak? They’re not as hard as you might think—and they’re tons of fun! Why not try before you buy by renting one for the day at the Aurora Reservoir? The reservoir is in full-swing with lifeguarded swimming beaches or you can bring your own non-motorized watercraft.

Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Rd., Aurora
5:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (park hours); 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (rentals); 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (lifeguard on duty)
Entry Fee: $10/car
Phone: 303-739-7000

If you’re heading downtown to the 16th Street Mall, be sure to visit the ethereal beauty of the Pavilions immersive exhibit, Earth Illuminations. This captivating display is appropriate for all ages, and kids especially will get a kick out of taking photos and selfies of themselves against natural and digital media backgrounds.

You can wander through a 13,000-square-foot space that showcases our planet’s beauty from air, land, and sea. Explore a series of interactive environments and large-scale art installations that will change the way you experience art and nature.

Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street Mall, Suite 180, Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $18-$25
Phone: 720-897-3855

What could be more fun than an updated version of Alice in Wonderland with a soundtrack made up of classic rock and punk, ska, and even a bit of Bollywood? Like the original tale, Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure shows Alice leaping through that legendary looking glass, but the host of strange creatures she encounters are made even stranger with the help of rock-n-roll! 

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$40
Phone: 303-739-1970

Friday, June 25

In case you missed last week’s Kids Night Out (or if you want another one), Southlands YMCA is back with another chance for kids and parents to each get a night out on their own! Kids ages 3-12 will be well taken care of and have plenty of fun watching a kids’ movie, playing games, and doing some crafts.

Pack a dinner or snacks—no food will be served.

Southlands YMCA, 6155 S. Main St. #220, Aurora
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Register: $15

The popular summer series Movie on the Green is back! Bring some blankets or lawn chairs and relax with the family at a FREE outdoor screening of The Secret Garden. Food trucks will be on-site, including Pozzetti Gelato & Coffee, Em’s Ice Cream, Bombo’s Shave Ice, WeChef Kitchen, Hecho En Colorado, and Original by Greeks!

South Green, 29th Ave. & Roslyn St., Denver
8:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Friday-Sunday, June 25-27

Get your weekly dose of stand-up with a serving of sushi! Denver Comedy Lounge  features up-and-coming local talent, as well as established comedians, performing their acts live and in-person. Shows take place in the back of Colorado Sake, so you can order from the sushi and ramen menu while enjoying the laughs!

Colorado Sake Co., 3559 Larimer St., Denver
Fri., 6:45 and 8:45 p.m.; Sat., 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.; Sun., 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12.75 – $18 per person

Saturday, June 26

It’s officially summer, and that means plenty of produce from local Colorado farms spilling over the booths at the Southlands Farmers Market! In addition to fresh fruits and veggies, you can buy homemade baked goods and breads, salsas, dairy products, honey, flowers and more!

Southlands, 6155 S Main St., Aurora
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

Denver’s most anticipated party is back! You get to schmooze with all your favorite zoo animals during this all-inclusive food and beverage celebration. There will be an assortment of tasty bites as well as locally-crafted beverages. Entertainment is by small ensembles of the Colorado Symphony spread throughout the zoo and performing chamber music sets. 

There will also be more than 20 Animal Demos and Keeper Talks, as well as an Animal Art Auction, featuring paintings and casts created by talented animal artisans. This opportunity is available exclusively to Flock Party attendees!

Denver Zoo, 2900 E. 23rd Ave., Denver
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $125
Phone: 720-280-7507

Join a talented group of improv actors and comedians as you help them come up with the funniest act ever! The Ride is a comedy troupe that takes suggestions from the audience and builds a song or scene from scratch, right in front of your eyes. They’ll be competing in comedy games—and your laughter (or groans) will help determine the evening’s champion.

The People’s Building, 9995 E Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15

Saturday-Sunday, June 26-27

Come one, come all! Loosely based on Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Cirque de Minuit is a live variety show that’s part of the 2021 Denver Fringe Festival and performed for all ages on the Zabiti Circus Wagon. 

You’ll meet unusual characters such as Sybil the Snake Woman, who slithers up and down aerial fabric; the Black Widow Spider, who weaves her web on the lyra; Addy Venturer the Fearless, who conquers the rope and steals our hearts; the Bird of Paradise, who shows her colors; and Burlerina (half man/half woman), who finds love on her stilts!

Montessori Academy of Colorado, 2500 Curtis St., Denver
Sat., 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 
Phone: 303-245-8272

Sunday, June 27

This DIY brunch provides the free entertainment and elegant space—you bring your own food from neighborhood favorites Third Culture Bakery and Baba & Pops! Jazz will be performed by Daryl Gott and other professional jazz friends, who will lead a youth jam session. 

This family-friendly environment gives the next generation of music-makers the chance to interact with professionals and learn jam etiquette. The bar will be open and stocked with wine, canned cocktails, and beer from Lady Justice Brewing.

The People’s Building, 9995 E Colfax Ave., Aurora
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE admission

The FREE Outdoor Concert Series at Stanley Marketplace continues this weekend with the dazzling female electric string quartet Spinphony! There are no boundaries when  these talented musicians mix and mash classical, rock, and pop melodies into their own unique arrangements. Mozart meets ACDC and Bach collaborates with Journey in a Spinphony concert!

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Family-Friendly Activities in the Southshore area!

There’s always something to do near the family-friendly community of Southshore! Enjoy Life at the Lake with plenty of cultural and entertainment activities in the surrounding area! Check out the beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes, Toll Brothers, and Taylor Morrison, and picture yourself in your very own dream house! With ranch and two-story models available, new homes are priced from the upper $400s to the $700s.