Don’t Miss The Hat Queens This Weekend!

August 1, 2019

Local-theatre buffs won’t want to miss the final weekend of Crowns, the story of a Chicago teenager who gets acquainted with her black heritage by visiting a group of southern Hat Queens! And Chicago is visiting Denver and Aurora this weekend in many different forms! The Windy City’s famous comedy troupe, Second City, brings their unique humor to the Mile-High City, and a special stage production of Chicago is playing at the DCPA for one weekend only!


What’s the Best Burger in Denver? To discover the answer to this mouthwatering question, you’ve got to come out to the Denver Burger Battle! You’ll be able to sample the offerings from dozens of independently-owned restaurants from across the Denver-metro area, including Bully Ranch, Hearth and Dram, Stanley Beer Hall, 5280 Burger Bar, and many more—all gathered right here in Aurora! Then cast your vote for your favorite to help determine who goes home with the coveted title!

This evening of fun for adults 21+ also includes full-sized beer, wine, and cocktail samples, as well as non-alcoholic options, in addition to unlimited burger samples. There will be live music and fun activities, making this a can’t-miss event of the summer!

Stanley Marketplace Festival Grounds, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $65 – $125

Fans of this kooky 1980s phenomenon will be delighted to hear that not only is Weird Al still making music, he’s moving up in the world! For one night only, he will be appearing at Red Rocks, backed by none other than the Colorado Symphony!

The King of Pop Parody will be performing his most extravagant show ever, complete with a trio of female back-up singers, elaborate costumes and sets, and the full-sound of a string symphony. Sure to show up on the song list are hits like I Love Rocky Road (his parody of Joan Jett’s I Love Rock and Roll), Like a Surgeon (parody of Madonna’s Like a Virgin), White and Nerdy, and many others!

Red Rocks Amphitheater, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $49.95-$90
Phone: 303-623-7876

Head out to Southlands for the ultimate 80s experience! The Six-Million Dollar Band leaves the gimmicks behind and focuses on putting on a high-energy, professional quality show that includes classic 80s tracks performed exactly as the original artists, with the sounds and musical style that made them famous! You will be on your feet, dancing the night away!

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

This dynamic and musically-rich show includes a wide spectrum of styles and genres including jazz, funk, R&B, pop and more. With an amazing rhythm section and iconic vocalists, Ron Ivory’s Motown Review is one of the most entertaining shows you’ll find in Denver!

Stapleton’s Conservatory Green, 49th Pl. and Valentia St., Denver
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-388-0724

Thursday-Sunday, August 1-4

The Second City is one of the most famous comedy troupes in the world for good reason—they have been writing, performing and improvising the kind of humor that resonates with everyone since 1959! Alumni of The Second City include some of the biggest names in comedy, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and more.

This Chicago company will be in Denver with a side-splitting comedy show about one of the funniest topics of all time—love! It’s Not You, It’s Me takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections, and the mire of human relationships. If it fits into the “it’s complicated” category, you can bet it will show up in this performance! 

Garner Galleria Theatre/DCPA, 1101 13th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $42-$46
Phone: 800-641-1222

The Windy City also appears in Denver this weekend in a different light, with a performance of the longest running show in Broadway history! Chicago is the steamy story of 1920s speakeasies, gangsters, torrid love affairs, murder, celebrity, sensationalized press—and of course, some of the most memorable Broadway songs and Fosse’s iconic choreography, including All That Jazz!

This production is by the Phamaly Theatre Company, who only casts actors with disabilities in their shows. Support artists of all kinds and get your tickets today!

The Studio Loft/DCPA, 980 14th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$80
Phone: 800-641-1222

Friday, August 2

With a different theme and variety of wines each month, the Stapleton Summer Wine Series is an event you can attend over and over again! Enjoy a lovely summer evening outdoors, sampling wine and cheese pairings with your friends and neighbors. This event is for adults over 21 only—no children or infants, even if you are carrying them.

The West Crescent, 29th Ave. & Roslyn St, Denver
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $15-$30
Phone: 303-388-0724

You simply can’t miss this astounding replica of 33 frescoes from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel while it’s in the neighborhood, so events have been planned right under it in order to give you an evening to remember!

Tango Night at the Sistine Chapel kicks off with a tango dance lesson from CM Dance, and includes a complimentary cocktail, light bites, and full access to the exhibit. It will be a passion-filled evening with great art floating over you and the sounds of tango floating all around you! Price includes the group dance lesson, one complimentary drink, and access to the Sistine Chapel exhibition. A cash bar will be available for additional libations.

The Hangar at Stanley, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora
7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Friday-Sunday, August 2-4

If you and your kids are Harry Potter fans, you will love this immersive Harry Potter experience! As part of the Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series, this performance screens  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ while the Colorado Symphony Orchestra plays the film’s score LIVE underneath it!

Relive the magic of Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts and be swept away by the live symphony music! This fan-favorite event includes the FULL screening of the movie!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$94
Phone: 303-623-7876

This is your last chance to see the powerful stage performance everyone is talking about! Laced with hip-hop, spoken word, gospel, jazz, blues, and R&B, Crowns is the story of a black Chicago teen, Yolanda, who is sent down south to stay with her Grandma Shaw. There she meets Grandma Shaw’s circle of “Hat Queens”—each with a collection of over one hundred hats—and she discovers the importance of each in the complex lives of the women. The hats aren’t just a fashion statement—they are hard-earned Crowns.

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, August 3

If you’re looking for a certified 5K course that’s a BolderBOULDER qualifier, and you want to support a great cause, then look no further than the 4th Annual Run for the Ring 5K and Fun Run! 

This event brings together Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes patients, loyal supporters, and running enthusiasts to run for the brass ring—the cure. Proceeds support programs and research at the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes. Registration includes breakfast bites, timing chip (5K only) race bib, gift bag, awards ceremony, and Run for the Ring t-shirt.

The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes, 1775 Aurora Ct., Aurora
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration: $30-$40
Phone: 303-863-1200

Celebrate diversity and discover what we all have in common! The 4th annual Denver International Festival is a FREE summer celebration of the best traditional food, music, and art from Colorado—and around the world! 

Enjoy local and international beer and wine tastings, homemade cuisine, and the sounds of live cultural rhythms in the heart of downtown Denver. There will be over 25 performers, 20 food trucks, 50 vendors, a Kids Village and more! The Denver International Festival is not only Colorado’s largest celebration of culture but it also gives back to less fortunate communities in our own backyard and around the world. The evening concert will feature a headliner in addition to a diversely talented group of homegrown musicians!

Denver Civic Center Park, Colfax and Banncock, Denver
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Cool down your summer with an R&B tribute to Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Chaka Khan! This FREE concert in the park is a chance to unwind and relax with friends and family on a blanket on the lawn while enjoying your favorite R&B tunes!

The Green, 29th Ave. & Roslyn St, Denver
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-388-0724

Sunday, August 4

If you are sporting a baby bump this summer, you won’t want to miss the The Prego Expo, the premier pregnancy, parenting and baby event! This informative all-day expo brings you the latest trends in everything related to having a baby. Filled with knowledgeable vendors, experts, and lots of goodies, The Prego Expo is designed to help you plan for the big arrival.

Attend educational seminars on topics such as birth design, fertility, breastfeeding and car seat safety. And bring your family and friends so they can gather baby shower ideas and gifts!

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – $60; Children under 12 FREE

Just Below the Lake…Southshore!

Chicago may have a lakeshore to boast of, but we enjoy Life at the Lake in the master-planned community of Southshore with access to a big city, but feeling away from it all. You’ll find culture and entertainment within easy reach! And if you’re looking for a new home you can add your signature style to, explore the beautiful model homes from Toll Brothers, Century Communities, and Richmond American Homes. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s and the $700s.