Great Concerts PLUS The Great Outdoors!

May 31, 2018

Put together great concerts and the great outdoors, and it just doesn’t get any better! The beginning of June marks a move to outdoor entertainment—including Colorado Symphony’s debut at Red Rocks Amphitheatre! There are also a number of great new theatre openings this weekend, including School of Rock, and plenty of weekend festivals for the entire family in the Denver and Aurora area!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, May 31

As if hearing the Colorado Symphony under the stars at the most beautiful outdoor venue isn’t reason enough to attend, they will be playing Rachmaninoff! This is the Red Rocks Amphitheatre debut for the Colorado Symphony—and you won’t want to miss it!

The evening will include a celebratory nod to Bernstein’s 100th birthday, with the entire symphony performing his fantastic Overture to Candide. The centerpiece of the evening will be Rachmaninoff’s wildly popular Piano Concerto No. 2, a thrilling work that’s a perfect fit in the dramatic setting! The night will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, one of his most popular symphonies. This incredibly powerful classical repertoire performed by the Colorado Symphony will shine a spotlight on Red Rocks Amphitheatre as a truly stellar, acoustically-sound, world-renowned outdoor venue.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50-$69.50
Phone: 303-623-7876

Thursday-Saturday, May 31-June 2

Jordan Rock was recently named one of Just for Laughs’ “New Faces to Watch,” but he’s already well-known for portraying a string of memorable characters, such as Kevin in the Netflix series Love, and starring opposite Josh Peck and Tony Revolori in the Netflix feature film Take the 10. 

He is also set to star as “High Guy” in the Comedy Central half-hour comedy, Drunk Girl, High Guy. He has appeared on FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Gotham Comedy Live, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Don’t miss your chance to see him on stage!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$24
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, May 31-June 3

Go on an immersive musical trip through history with this entertaining 3D movie! Experience the sounds of jazz, blues, zydeco, and old-time country music—you’ll be tapping your toes as you learn how this wide variety of music has shaped our nation’s distinctive musical heritage. 

In America’s Musical Journey, singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc takes you to vibrant places where American music was born, from New Orleans to New York City. You’ll become acquainted with the diverse artists, music makers, and innovators who continue to shape our culture today with the adventurous spirit that has always characterized America. 

Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
2:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $17.95 – $23.95 (including Museum Admission)
Phone: 303-370-6000

When Jack Black created Dewey Finn, the wannabe-rock-star-turned-substitute-teacher character in his movie, School of Rock, the energy was contagious! It has spilled over into a blockbuster Andrew Lloyd Webber musical with 14 new songs by the musical theatre master, as well as all the original songs from the movie!  

The stage version of School of Rock is a New York Times Critics’ Pick, and Entertainment Weekly calls it “an inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skills!” The class of straight-A students, who Finn molds into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band, are played by musical theater’s first-ever kids’ rock band, performing with their instruments live on stage! Don’t miss this high-octane smash hit, where “fists of all ages shall be pumping!” (Vanity Fair).

Buell Theatre/DCPA, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$115
Phone: (303) 893-4100

Everyone is talking about the unique theatre event where you are the audience and the actor! This experiential theatre performance puts you out on the streets of Denver as part of a group of 50 people, swarming the sidewalks on a guided audio tour that seems to follow you as much as you are following it! A computer-generated voice guides your group’s movements in real time. Become a part of the soundtrack of the streets, sights, and rooftops of the Mile-High City!

Walking distance covered is approximately 2.5 miles and duration is approximately two hours. This event is recommended for ages 13+, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Children 6 and under are not permitted to attend.

Lincoln Park – Corner of 13th Ave & Mariposa St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 6:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$35
Phone: 800-641-1222

When a young nun, Sister Agnes, is found with a strangled infant she claims to know nothing about, a court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Martha Livingston, is sent to investigate. The convent’s Mother Superior is fiercely determined to protect Agnes, who has displayed stigmata and other signs of faith, while Dr. Livingston uncovers evidence less divine in nature.

Agnes of God is a critically-acclaimed drama that explores themes of faith, maternal instinct, and how far people will go to preserve their chosen way of life. It was nominated for two Tony awards during its successful 1982 Broadway run.

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$32
Phone: 303-856-7830

Friday, June 1

This is the first event in a series of fun, FREE entertainment for kids in Aurora! Summer in the City is a great way to get the kids outside this summer! Kids will enjoy free, healthy snacks, inflatables, board and field games, and an opportunity to try their hand at golf or gymnastics! The library will be there with fun crafts, and the Aurora History Museum will offer some mind-blowing facts!

If you don’t want to drive or hassle with parking, the RTD R-Line is now open! Get dropped off at the Aurora Metro Station, which is within walking distance from the Summer in the City location!

Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

If your kids are crazy about Finding Nemo, treat them to this Kids’ Night Out event—and use the time for your own Parents’ Night Out! When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver, and his horrified father, Marlin, must set out to find him.There will be a movie screening, dinner, crafts, and lots of company! Kids up to age 12 who are potty-trained are welcome to attend! Please note that registration is required.

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

Saturday, June 2

Outdoor carnival games with an international flair—that’s what this family-friendly festival is all about! This celebration of summer and internationalism features games, face painting, henna, international-themed food trucks, and live performances. Carnival games include a bounce house, an inflatable slide, quad jumpers and hamster ball bowling, dunk tanks and more! 

The whole family will love the Cultural Villages, featuring crafts, activities and presentations from Spain, France, China and the USA! Experience flavors from around the world including Ethiopia, Korea, India, France, and Mexico! Entry to the event is free; however, food and activities require tickets that may be purchased on site.

International School of Denver, 7701 E. 1st Place, Denver
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-340-3647

This is the way to have fun in the sun in the city! Spend the day at Denver’s premier open-air marketplace, now in its 12th year! Browse through a vast array of local arts and crafts sold directly by the artists. You’ll find one-of-a-kind jewelry, antiques, furniture, holistic services, unique treasures, delicious food, and just about anything else you could want. It’s the ultimate flea-market find! At noon, there will be live concert, featuring an outstanding local band!

Skyline Park, 15th and Arapahoe, Denver
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Michael Franti and his band Spearhead have been using music as a vehicle for positive change for many years. Franti is a musician, humanitarian, and filmmaker who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry, but his many fans love him for his energetic live shows, inspiring music, worldwide philanthropy efforts, and connection to his global fan base.

Franti’s popularity has been ever-increasing in recent years, adding momentum to his message of positivity-minded political consciousness. Franti continues to push his artistry even further, stating: “I feel a deeper sense of purpose in music today than I ever have in my career. My goal is to make the most inspiring music I possibly can for this intense, crazy and wonderful time we’re all living in.”

Red Rocks Amphitheater, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
7:00 p.m.
Cost: $46 – $75

As their legions of fans will tell you, The Alan Parsons Project’s music is timeless! Although Eye in the Sky was produced in 1982, the sound is as fresh and relevant as ever. What’s more, Alan Parsons has never been content to sit back and call it a day!

Did you know this legendary talent began his far-reaching career as an assistant engineer at the famed Abbey Road Studios working on projects such as The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Let It Be? Before he was known as a musician himself, Parsons became one of the most sought-after engineers in the recording industry for his work on Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and many more. As a true Renaissance man and talented musician, Parsons then went on to form The Alan Parsons Project, a multi-platinum selling, progressive rock band that produced such hit singles as Eye in the Sky, Time, and Don’t Answer Me. Don’t miss your chance to see this legendary musician live in concert!

Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave., Denver
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50 – $250.00
Phone: 800-745-3000

Sunday, June 3

What could be a more fitting setting for an evening of elegant jazz than the crown jewel of Denver’s parks—City Park? This is the first of ten free concerts in City Park this summer, highlighting the best in jazz, blues and salsa music. Denver’s finest food trucks will be on hand, offering delicious bites at affordable prices. You can enjoy ice cream, pizza, burgers, vegetarian, barbecue, Indian, Thai, gyros, smoothies and iced coffee! Bring your own blankets or folding chairs for the grassy area in front of the stage.

This concert features Jyemo Club, musicians from four different countries, each bringing their own flavor to spice up the vibes. This is dance music to celebrate life! Uniting Latin and Caribbean beats with North American funk and rock, they perform songs in both English and Spanish. Jyemo Club rocks the radios and sound systems of the world!

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

Plenty to do near Southshore!

There’s no end to your entertainment choices near the master-planned community of Southshore! If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and see why this is a great place to be! You can tour the inspiring models and check out additional designs from Toll Brothers in Vista Point, Century Communities in The Hills, and Richmond American Homes at Lakeview. Ranch and two-story models in the lakeside community are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.