Food, Fun and Summer Frivolity!

August 3, 2017

It’s a food fight fiesta – only not the kind you’re thinking! The Denver Burger Battle, the Beer, Bites and Baseball event and the Food Truck Rodeo are three food-centric activities happening this weekend in and around Southshore, but there’s much, much more! Don’t miss the last of the summer camps, outdoor movies and neighborhood concerts, right in your backyard!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, August 3

The Make Math Fun camp will help your children change the way they think about math and help them look forward to the next school year. The all-day class will give kids confidence in math with extra practice learning basic facts. Teachers will help lay the foundation of math and play games like Jenga and cup stacking to help kids learn the basics. Plus, kids attending this summer math camp will receive a take-home a math toolbox to play and practice at home!

The Lakehouse/Library, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
9:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Tuition: $35-$40
Phone: 720-870-2221

This award-winning charity competition pits makers of the city’s 16 best burgers against each another so that one can be crowned the best burger in town! The judges are some of the city’s premiere chefs, and you! General admission to the event is $69.99 and VIP tickets are $124.99, both with unlimited tastes of beer and wine, and of course, tasty burgers. Hurry, the event is already 90 percent sold!

Tivoli Quad Park, 1363 E. 9th Ave., Denver
5:30-9:30 p.m.

Sounds of Southlands will feature the 17th Avenue All-Stars, a popular a cappella group celebrating 27 years as one of Denver’s top musical acts. The All-Stars have performed across the nation, sharing the stage with B.B. King, The Temptations, Dave Mason, Mel Torme and Robert Cray. The All-Stars were named the official anthem singers of the Denver Broncos and their wide range of a cappella performances include shows for American presidents.  Experience the a cappella magic that is the 17th Avenue All-Stars at the Sounds of Southlands!

Southlands Mall, Town Square, Aurora
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Friday, August 4

It’s another delicious round-up of good eats for lunch at the Food Truck Rodeo! This Friday you can choose from: J Street – seasonal street food (MENU); Simply Pizza – Neapolitan inspired wood fired pizza (MENU); The Real Deal – Natural Smoothies and Latin Food (MENU); Street Frites – Globally inspired street food (MENU);  Royal Hustle – Fun and Inventive Tacos (MENU); Maine Street BBQ – Eclectic cuisine of BBQ and New England Fare (MENU) Gigi’s Cupcakes – Gourmet Cupcakes & Cookies;
Repicci’s – Italian Ice, Gelato, Gelati (MENU).

Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-7182

Join neighbors and friends for a few hours of fun, entertainment, games and food. It’s a great way to get the kids outside this summer with free, healthy food/snacks, inflatables, board and field games, plus an opportunity to get in a little golf. A gymnastics team will be onsite, as well as the library with plenty of fun crafts for the kids!

Aurora Municipal Center Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Bring the kids by the Lakehouse for dinner and a movie while you enjoy a night to yourselves! This week we’re showing Tangled, the 2010 animated Disney film about the magically long-haired Rapunzel who has spent her entire life locked in a tower. But now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. Kids will have games and crafts with food provided, and will get to watch a movie in our movie theater.  Parents can relax with the night off for $15 for the first child, and $10 for additional children. 

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $10-$15
Phone: 720-870-222

Friday-Saturday, August 4-5

The largest antiquarian book and paper fair in the Rocky Mountain region is this weekend, featuring booksellers from across the U.S. and England offering an outstanding selection of fine, rare, collectible books, maps, paper and ephemera for sale. This fair provides an opportunity for people to see, feel, and purchase special books and historical items that are seldom seen outside of libraries and museums.  Collectors will find a broad selection of affordable items of interest, and three special events featuring fascinating presenter stories.

Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver
Fri., 2:00-8:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission: $7

Vintage Theatre proudly presents our first ever New Play Festival! Featuring six staged readings of all new, original works from Colorado playwrights:

– LARNED by David Jensen
– FISHEATERS by Nina Alice Miller
– THE SPARE ROOM by Dakota Hill

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$20
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, August 5

The annual Run for the Ring 5K and Kids’ Fun Run will bring together running enthusiasts and patients and supporters of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (BDC). The Run for the Ring the run for the brass ring – the cure for diabetes. Whether you’re a competitive runner or want to enjoy a walk/jog around the beautiful Anschutz Medical Campus, you can support the mission to fund research and assist families in need. Plus, kids will love their own designated track with splash zones, bounce houses, games, food and more!

Anschutz Medical Campus, 1775 Aurora Ct., Aurora
7:00 a.m. (registration); 8:00 a.m. runners start
Entry Fee: $10-$30

Kids of all ages can climb aboard select Wings aircraft and get a pilot’s perspective of the instruments and controls and set their imagination free to soar. Don’t miss an opportunity to navigate billowing clouds and blue sky in these historic aircraft.

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: $6-$12.50
Phone: (303) 360-5360

Support our boys in purple and the neighborhood they call home with LoDo’s Beers, Bites and Baseball event. There are several event packages available, with options for guaranteed parking, tickets to the Rockies game against the Phillies, and tailgate wristbands to enjoy food and drink specials at The Tavern downtown! We don’t want to spoil all the fun, but there will be baseball-themed activities and giveaways, all to benefit the LoDo District.

The Tavern and Coors Field, 1949 Market St., Denver
3:00-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$155

Don’t miss The Loaners, a lively blues band that covers hits from the 1950s and 1960s. Some of their favorite artists include The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Bod Diddley, Elvis, The Monkees and Tom Jones. Bring your picnic blankets and a food basket and enjoy the afternoon at the Southshore Lakehouse!

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-870-222

Whether it’s a drop-in evening or a special themed night, Teen Night at Southlands on Saturday is the place to bring old friends and make new ones. Kids ages 8 to 15 can also play ping-pong, challenge friends in Guitar Hero or Rock Band, foosball, billiards or board games. Register here.

Southlands Town Center, 6155 S. Main St., #220, Aurora
6:30-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $7

Saturday-Sunday, August 5-6

The Tanner Gun Show has been drawing collectors and aficionados since the mid-1960s. At the Denver show you’ll find 700 tables with all types of guns, knives, ammunition, survival gear and food, plus related hunting and fishing accessories including, holsters, Western wear, gun safes, books, war relics and other collectibles. The show attracts vendors from throughout the Western half of the U.S., so show-goers are will see the largest selection of old and new firearms in the state. Concealed carry permit classes are also available at the show through Tac*One Consulting. Classes are held once on Saturday and once on Sunday during the show, and food vendors will be on hand for snacks and drinks.

Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver
Sat., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun., 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Admission: $10

Monday-Friday, August 7-11

For students aged 8 to 12 who are interested in space travel and aviation, this summer camp will immerse them in exciting, daily activities inside a WWII-era Air Force hangar filled with different aircraft and space vehicles. Through the hands-on design of water rockets, a Martian Settlement, and gliders, campers will learn to troubleshoot some of the challenges tackled by aerospace engineers. Campers and their parents can take advantage of before and after care if desired, from 7:00-9:00 a.m. and from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $295 (returning campers 10% discount)
Phone: 303-360-5360

Wednesday, August 9

August 6 and August 9 mark 70 years since the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ushering in the nuclear age. Join Active Minds for a look at the origins and history of atomic weapons and a discussion about the achievements of the Manhattan Project and the subsequent nuclear arms race during the Cold War. The discussion will wrap up with a look at current nuclear proliferation.

Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way, Aurora
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
RSVP: 303-751-1811

Go to the Movies on the Square Facebook page to learn more about how you can choose the final movie showing at Southlands on the Town Square. Cast your vote for Storks, Zootopia or The Secret Life of Pets. Whichever movie gets the most votes, will be the one you see!

Southlands Mall, Town Square, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
6:00-9:00 p.m.

Food for Thought: Why Not Live at Southshore?

Aurora’s lakeside master-planned community is just minutes from the Aurora Reservoir, the Southlands Town Center and a short ride to downtown Denver! Tour the beautiful new  models from Richmond American Homes, and  Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore. It’s life at the lake priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.