Don’t Miss the Stock Show This Weekend!

January 16, 2020

Iconic Western events are on the schedule at the National Western Stock Show this weekend, including Pro Rodeos, horse jumping, and the fan-favorite Wild West Show. New theatre and music events are also in town, including Mandolin Orange’s first collaboration with the Colorado Symphony and an edgy social satire, The Squirrels, at the Aurora Fox Theatre.


Feel extra smart while enjoying a glass of wine! This workshop revolves around the educational aspects of wine tasting. You’ll learn about a particular wine theme from a professional wine educator, helping you to distinguish between 6 and 8 different wines.

There will be a sit-down tasting you can participate in, followed by time to ask questions, mingle, and have some extra tastes! 

The Cube, 8371 Northfield Blvd., Denver
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$40

Phone: 303-388-0724

Thursday-Sunday, January 16-19

Did you know there are entire areas of the Stock Show devoted just to kids—with most activities included in Grounds Admission or for a nominal additional fee? Many of the Kids’ Activities are located on the 3rd Floor of the Expo Hall, including the Petting Farm with mini Sicilian donkeys, pygmy goats, and mini call ducks! While there, kids can also ride beautiful, purebred Welsh ponies for just $6.

Special shows just for kids feature an adorable duo: Dally & Spanky, a Jack Russell Terrier and rescued miniature horse! There’s also an Old West Antics show and a hilarious animal entertainment show that features goats, sheep, and llamas performing with a trouble-making spotted donkey. Check out the complete schedule for all of the Kids’ Shows.

Starting at 8:00 a.m. daily
Grounds Admission Tickets: Adults: $12-$24, Children 3-11: $3-$4, Ages 2 and under are FREE
Phone: 866-627-0083

Friday, January 17

This high-energy show-jumping competition combines the elegance of high society with the attitude of rock-n-roll. These beautiful, powerful horses are paired with talented riders as each team proceeds through a challenging course of fences and obstacles. 

The daring nature of the horse and rider pair comes into play as the faster, higher jumping horses can get around the course faster and cleaner, thus accumulating the most points. Once the initial jump course is finished and points tabulated, each rider then has the option of taking the Joker fence with the risk of gaining a large number of points or losing those points with a knockdown.

Events Center, National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $26-$55 (includes Grounds Admission)
Phone: 866-627-0083

The special sounds of Mandolin Orange feature singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz. The duo from North Carolina radiate a mysterious warmth that feels like whispered secrets. This is their symphony orchestra debut—with the Colorado Symphony co-creating a new depth and masterful layering of their intimate songs. 

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$99.50
Phone: 303-623-7876

Friday – Sunday, January 17-19

In celebration of fine artists and craftsmen representing Western and Native American heritage, this colorful art show is a cultural treasure! The work of over 200 artists will be on display to peruse or purchase, featuring designs that are both contemporary and traditional. There will also be traditional dancing, music, entertainment and food on hand. Great fun for the entire family!

Daily live musical entertainment is scheduled all-day, every day! Emcee T-Texas Terry starts and ends each day, with featured entertainers that include contemporary flute players, Inka Gold, and singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphy. Check out the complete entertainment schedule!

Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver
Fri./Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15, good for all three days; kids under 12 are FREE
Phone: 505-273-7363

The featured event of the National Western Stock Show is the Pro Rodeo! These cowboys and cowgirls display amazing feats of skill and athleticism during each performance! There will be bronco-busting, bull-riding, lassoing, and barrel racing—whether you prefer thrills and spills or speed and agility, the National Western’s Pro Rodeo is the event for you.

Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., Denver
Fri., 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m., 3:30 and 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $19-$65 (includes Grounds Admission)
Phone: 866-627-0083

You Lost Me is a wistful ghost story that weaves throughout time, from the 1800s when Ann Harvey saved 160 Irish people from a wreck off of Newfoundland’s Shipwreck Coast to contemporary times, when her homestead has become a tourist attraction run by her descendants. 

This Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Festival finalist is a poetic new drama that freely flows through time as unexpected guests and long-forgotten memories leave their indelible mark on the people that hold vigil along their remote and rocky shore.

Ricketson Theatre/DCPA, 1400 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$45
Phone: 303-571-4401

A gripping and wickedly funny satire about class, prejudice, and politics—all while telling the tale of two clans of squirrels! The rich Gray Squirrels have earned the mistrust of the outcast Fox Squirrels, and with winter approaching, tensions are greater than ever. A wily outsider gets in the mix and ignites an epic animal kingdom soap opera, complete with rebel rebel armies, dark conspiracies, and divided family loyalties. 

No squirrel will go unharmed in this deliciously demented dark comedy hailed by Broadway World as “a very entertaining and timely play that will make you laugh and think at the same time.” If you liked last year’s controversial hit, Hooded or Being Black for Dummies, you’ll love this smart social commentary!

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$33
Phone: 303-873-6622

Saturday, January 18

The Colorado Symphony’s energetic tribute to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops is back by popular demand, with a fresh and fun program of accessible light classics and popular hits. This is the perfect introduction to a symphony concert! 

This festive tribute features Colorado Symphony Principal Tuba Stephen Dombrowski and Principal Contrabassoon Roger Soren performing works that will showcase the virtuosity of the talented Colorado Symphony musicians!

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

So much more than a tribute concert, Hairball takes you back in time to your favorite memories of the 1980s! For an even more excellent time, bring along your tweens and show them what real music sounds like! 

Operating at a level that is above and beyond most cover bands, Hairball is a show that people anticipate year after year. In addition to playing all the standards like Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, and Kiss, they also cover Queen and Prince. This is the concert that highlights all the BEST 80s music!

Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50 – $39.50
Phone: 303-623-0106

Saturday-Sunday, January 18-19

This historical day trip back in time educates as well as entertains. The color and pageantry of the Old West is reenacted as a replica of the original Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.

Known for bringing nations and people together, Buffalo Bill’s show demonstrates that at the end of the day, “we’re all cowboys.” Fans of all ages will reminisce about Wild West legends, including Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and others. The show is full of quick draw antics and cowboy entertainment, painting the story of how the West was won.

Events Center, National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
Sat., 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $28-$55 (includes Grounds Admission)
Phone: 866-627-0083

Sunday, January 19

Be there for the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven as the Colorado Symphony performs a special concert at their first collaboration with the Local Set, Red Rocks’ indoor winter venue!

The evening begins in the Visitor Center, then works up to the top of the venue in a heated tent. This will be a magical night of music and delicious bites, with food stations located throughout the venue, including carving stations and cash bars. Themed menus at a dinner buffet is included!

The Visitors Center, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $112.50 – $200
Phone: 303-623-7876

Plenty to Do Near Southshore!

Away from it all, but close to everything, the lakeside community of Southshore offers access to plenty of things to do every weekend! If you’re new to Life at the Lake, drive around and check out the beautiful model homes from Century Communities, Richmond American Homes, William Lyon Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s to the $700s.