Eat, Drink and Be Festive!

July 19, 2018

No need to wait for October to enjoy an authentic German Beer Garden and festival, complete with live Polka music and European arts and crafts! Or maybe you’d rather vote on the best salsa in Denver at the Salsa Showdown! Outdoor concerts and exciting theatre events also await you this weekend in the Aurora area.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, July 19

Kids ages 3-10 will be catching a groove in this pre-concert dance party at Southlands! Dance Scene Studios will be on hand to demonstrate some of the coolest dance moves to young dancers. Then kids can teach their parents what they’ve learned later at the free summer concert, so the whole family has no excuse to sit on the sidelines!

Town Square, Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE (but RSVP)
Phone: 720-870-2221

The Long Run is a Colorado band that has worked hard for the past 10 years to emulate the sounds of the iconic California band, The Eagles! You will feel like you’ve gone back in time and place to a laid-back beach in Southern California as The Long Run performs all of The Eagles’ greatest hits, including Hotel California, Desperado, New Kid in Town, and many more!

Come on out to Southlands’ free Summer Concert Series at the Town Square to catch this slice of quintessential American rock-and-roll!

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-627-5000

It’s not just a small town on the Western Slope! The jazz band Dotsero decided on this name because it means “Something Unique” in the Ute tradition, and the band Dotsero certainly lives up to its name!

Performing contemporary jazz at its best, Dotsero is full of energy and spontaneity. Their no-nonsense sax and guitar-driven shows are a thrill ride of energy and excitement, as much fun to watch as they are to listen to! The band has performed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as well as major jazz festivals such as JVC Winter Park Jazz Fest, Jazz Trax Catalina Island, and the Cancun Jazz Festival.

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

Thursday-Sunday, July 19-22

Once upon a time…a baker and his wife longed for a child, and when they set out on a quest to make their dream come true, they met up with all kinds of fairytale characters also seeking to fulfill their own wishes and dreams. Princes and princesses trying to find love, a witch trying to reclaim youth and beauty, and families trying to put food on the table. As they all venture deeper into the woods, they discover the realities of life, as well as its consequences.

This classic Sondheim musical, winner of five Tony Awards including Best Original Score (1988) and Best Revival of A Musical (2002), is a magical reminder that life is an unpredictable journey— “to mind, to heed, to find, to think, to teach, to join”—and that no one is alone.

Space Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29
Phone: 800-641-1222

Dan Anderson is the flamboyant author of the book, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, and the featured speaker at a local university’s “Meet the Author” night, moderated by a prim and proper English major named Robyn. This hilarious romantic comedy follows the antics that ensue when Dan will stop at nothing to promote his book.

Garner Galleria Theatre/DCPA, 14th & Curtis, Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $32-$41
Phone: 800-641-1222

This former gang member turned stand-up comedian proves that you can’t judge a book by its tattooed cover! Shayne Smith offers surreal and strangely funny interpretations of his real-life horror stories in his stand-up routine. Smith was the winner of the 2015 Salt City Comedy Superstar contest and voted best Alternative Comedian of 2016 by City Weekly.

Always outgoing and overflowing with contagious positivity, Shayne Smith is an act you don’t want to miss!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; Sun., 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $14-$22
Phone: 303-595-3637

Friday, July 20

What better way to celebrate summer than with a Salsa Showdown?  EarthLink Gardens will offer a spread of great salsas to try from several restaurants around town, as well as drinks provided by Strange Craft Beer Company! You can vote for your favorite salsa, including a special award for the spiciest!

The afternoon includes live music by High Strung String Band, and you can walk the gardens and peruse the Participant Art Show, with original artwork created by EarthLink participants. Also view hand-crafted gifts made in the EarthLink Workshop Program which includes cards, candles, vases, skin care products, honey, bee boxes and much more.

EarthLinks, 2746 W. 13th Ave., Denver
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Cost: $20
Phone: 303-389-0085

Your kids won’t be able to stop singing the upbeat tunes of one of Disney’s most beloved animated classics of all time! Treat them to a screening of The Lion King at this Kids’ Night Out at the YMCA Southshore Lakehouse.

They’ll have lots of fun with other kids up to age 12 as they enjoy dinner, crafts and the movie screening. Children must be potty-trained in order to attend, and registration for the event is required.

The Lakehouse, YMCA Southshore, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $15-$17
Phone: 720-870-2221

This is the hip-hop band that has been innovative in crossing genre lines and presenting an alternative take on everything they do! As the house band for Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, they have captured the hearts of Americans everywhere! They will be appearing in the iconic Fillmore Auditorium for one night only, delivering a show filled with high-energy antics!

This multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-award-winning band is best known for their breakthrough smash-hit duet with Erykah Badu, You Got Me, and their wildly popular 2010 collaboration with John Legend, Wake Up! Don’t miss your chance to catch this legend-making band in concert!

The Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver
8:00-11:00 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $103
Phone: 303-837-0360

Friday-Sunday, July 20-22

Harry Potter movie lovers and orchestral music lovers will appreciate this one-of-a-kind experience: the Colorado Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire live, during a full screening of the feature film!

The orchestra brings out every nuance of the magnificent score, while the audience relives the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DPAC, 1000 14th St. #15, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$99
Phone: 303-623-7876

Saturday, July 21

Who can resist an outdoor beer-drinking extravaganza on a gorgeous summer day? This annual event, held on the Green at Stapleton, offers a wide variety of beer vendors as well as live bands performing throughout the event. The Beer Fest is open to all ages, but you must be at least 21 years old to drink.

Stapleton Green, 29th Ave & Roslyn St, Denver
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $50-$75
Phone: 303-388-0724

Saturday-Sunday, July 21-22

You don’t have to wait for October to enjoy a German-themed festival for the entire family! German Fest Denver is a weekend of fun, featuring pavilions with tents, benches and tables, and a feast of traditional German foods including wiener schnitzel, Sauerbraten, spätzle, German brats, black forest cake and apple strudel, and of course, plenty of German beer!

Surrounding the beer garden tables are a variety of vendors with fun European crafts and food. Artisans will be painting faces, creating arts and crafts, and making some huge soap bubble—plenty of fun for the kids! And don’t forget your dancing shoes—there will be a covered dance floor with popular bands playing a variety of music including polka, waltz, tango, cha-cha, fox, rock, country, western, and more. Kids can participate in the popular Duck Dance! 

Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S Yarrow St, Lakewood
Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $2-$7

Sunday, July 22

Mistura Fina, loosely translated from Portuguese, means “A Fine Mixture,” and in the music of the band Mistura Fina, you will hear a fine mixture of South American musical styles. The band is led by saxophonist Alex Nekrasov and percussionist Frank Ayala. Ayala says their take on jazz is one where musicians from around the world elaborate on their own traditions to create an always-growing, never-ending musical form.

Mistura Fina has dug deep to discover arrangements of traditional songs that fit into their unique Latin-jazz format. Audience members may find that a particular song has triggered a memory from their homeland or another time in their life. You won’t want to miss this special culturally-diverse concert in the City Park Jazz Series!

City Park Denver, 1600 City Park, Denver
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Plenty to do in Southshore!

When you’re in the mood to go out, the master-planned community of Southshore offers endless options: shopping, dining, recreational and entertainment. Check out this wonderful community with designs by top Colorado builders: Richmond American Homes at Lakeview, Toll Brothers in Vista Point, and Century Communities in The Hills. Ranch and two-story models in Southshore are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.