Festivals, Symphonies and Street Fairs!

September 27, 2018

Fall has arrived and brings with it a wave of fun events! The Above and Beyond exhibit at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is a nationally-touring interactive exhibition that specializes in making space dreams come true! And fall festivals promise corn mazes and Oktoberfest celebrations throughout Denver and Aurora this fine fall weekend!

Thursday-Saturday, September 27-29

This hilarious comedian’s work is infused with a “Tex-Mex” sensibility, since he hails from Texas and is becoming the new voice for the 21st century Mexican-American. But Steve Treviño’s comedy has a uniquely American voice that transcends anything about ethnicity, making him universally relatable. 

You may have seen Treviño in one of his many TV appearances, including on The Late Late Show, Comics Unleashed, and BET’s Comicview, among others. He was also a writer on Mind of Mencia and produced and wrote on rapper Pit Bull’s La Esquina.

His first Showtime comedy special, Grandpa Joe’s Son, landed in the Nielsen Top 20, and his second comedy special, Relatable, is currently streaming on Netflix. 

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $17-$25
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, September 27-30

Some universal themes transcend time, and this classic play from the 1920s has many of them! Written by Somerset Maugham more than 90 years before the #MeToo movement, The Constant Wife addresses the inequality of the sexes with a wit and style that is particularly relevant today. 

Constance Middleton has perfected her role of charming, traditional housewife—and she has everyone fooled! Set in the midst of strict expectations of relationships, fidelity and social roles, this social satire features a heroine that is the predecessor of the kind contemporary female characters we love in Desperate Housewives and Sex in the City (Variety). Don’t miss this sharply witty comedy that proves when it comes to the battle of the sexes, nothing much has changed!

Space Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs., 6:30; Fri./Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$65
Phone: 303-571-4401

A contemporary musical like no other, Dear Evan Hansen is the profoundly personal story of an outsider teenager who finds his window of acceptance through an unintentional deception. Poignant, powerful, and courageously truthful, this winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the 2018 Grammy Award is not like any musical theatre you have ever seen.

The Washington Post calls Dear Evan Hansen “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” and The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” Don’t miss this relevant and uplifting theatrical event!

Buell Theatre/DCPA,1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$145
Phone: 800-641-1222

Friday-Saturday, September 29-30

Fall is the perfect time to wander around Denver’s wonderful 16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver! In its 10th year, the 16th Street Fair celebrates fine art, handcrafted goods—and the pleasure of being on the Mall itself! Stroll along booths showcasing emerging artists and designers who are producing original and unique handmade goods in a wide array of media. This is Downtown Denver’s premier art and craft festival located in the city center along the busiest pedestrian street in Colorado.

16th Street Mall, Denver
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone:  720-272-7467

Friday-Sunday, September 28-30

You know fall has arrived when the corn mazes open their paths to the public! This is one of the biggest and best corn mazes in the state, at approximately 20 acres in size, and it takes a minimum of 40 minutes to complete. Inside the maze, check out the smart phone trivia game. Great fun for the entire family, this maze is not scary or haunted. Come on in and have a great time getting lost! 

You don’t have to drive for hours to reach this “rural” destination! Additional farm-themed events for the kids include pony rides, an easy-pick pumpkin patch, a mini corn maze for the youngest children, a petting zoo, and a mini-train!

Maize in the City Farm, 10451 McKay Rd., Thornton
Fri., 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $3-$12

Everyone is German when it comes to Oktoberfest! Raise your stein and dance a polka as you take part in the festive traditions of German heritage including authentic German music and dance, entertainment for all ages.

It’s a day of fun for the entire family, filled with delicious German delicacies, including Bratwursts, turkey legs, sausage, Sauerkraut, potato salad, warm pretzels, pizza, sweet treats, and of course, German beer! The kids will love cheering on their favorite dachshund in the Long Dog Derby!

2100 Larimer St., Denver
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Tickets: FREE

What better way to understand artists’ works than by seeing them displayed in their home studios? This FREE self-guided tour of 24 visual artists studios in the Stapleton area gives you a chance to explore a wide range of artwork, including painting, jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass and fiber art. Artists will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions for the public.

The evening prior to the studio tours, meet the artists at an Artists Opening Reception with refreshments and plenty of good company!

The Cube, 8371 Northfield Blvd., Suite C, Denver
Fri. – Opening Reception, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Sat./Sun. – Tours, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Join the Colorado Symphony for a journey of urban symphonic jazz, celebrating three masters of American music—Gershwin, Ellington, and John Adams. The concert features Gershwin’s Concerto in F, the first large-scale jazz composition in a traditionally classical form. This piece is performed with the mastery of pianist Joyce Yang in her much-anticipated Colorado Symphony debut, and demonstrates why this work stands out as one of the most striking and original pieces of its time.

The dynamic concert moves on to Duke Ellington’s last major work, Three Black Kings, where one of the greatest songwriters of all time explores the orchestral form. Rounding out the evening is John Adams’ City Noir, featuring virtuosic saxophonist Timothy McAllister in a work that evokes the tone of 20th century America as it harkens back to the golden age of jazz.

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$89
Phone: 303-623-7876

Friday-Tuesday, September 28-October 2

This winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize is a sweeping epic of three families in eastern Kentucky, spanning 200 years of American history from 1775 to 1975. The show is so big it requires two parts! Fast-paced and finely drawn, the story examines the myths of the American past which have created, for better or worse, the country we are today.

Part One of the play is performed in the afternoon and Part Two in the evening. You may see one or both of the parts on the same day (or spread them out over more than one day), but a separate ticket is required for each part. The Vintage will be serving dinner during intermission at $15 per person. Advanced dinner reservation is required.

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton Street, Aurora
Part One: Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.; Mon., 6:30 p.m.
Part Two: Sat./Sun./Tues., 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$32 per part
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, September 29

Vintage, antique, retro, nostalgic—find them all at the Sweet William Market! This beloved Denver flea market is a little smaller and more manageable, close by in the Park Hill and Stapleton neighborhoods. You’ll find an ample spread of handmade goods and vintage merchandise along with live music and the best food trucks! Bring the family for a day of fun and finds!

Founder’s Green, 29th Ave. and Syracuse St., Denver
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

This traveling aerospace exhibition has been seen at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C., The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Space Center Houston, and now it’s right here in Denver for a limited time! The innovative exhibit chronicles the paths where dreams take flight. Packed with fun interactive challenges, vehicle concept models and prototypes, immersive media presentations, and inspiring stories, this large-scale exhibition invites you to experience what it takes to make the “impossible” possible.

Design—and test-fly—your own supersonic jet. Pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane to measure nature’s fury. Spread your wings and experience flight as a bird or a futuristic wing-flapping aircraft. Or take an elevator ride to the edge of space. Explore advanced aircraft and spacecraft that change our lives and transform our world. And join the epic journey into the sky and beyond!

Wings Over the Rockies, 7711 East Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8.50-$15
Phone: 303-360-5360

Sunday, September 30

Celebrate the best of Denver dining with the cutting edge of the local restaurant scene! The annual Westword Feast brings an epic foodie afternoon back to the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park. Once again, Feast will be a true feast for the senses, with live entertainment, unlimited drink samplings, and dishes from more than forty favorite restaurants of Westword food writers and readers.

McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver
12:00-3:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone:  720-548-7712

Celebrate Fall in Southshore

Activities, recreation and entertainment options are never far away from the master-planned community of Southshore. Stop by to explore one of the awe-inspiring models from Toll Brothers, Richmond American Homes or Century Communities, three of Colorado’s top home builders. It’s Life at the Lake, in ranch and two-story designs, priced between the upper $300s and the $700s.