It’s a Lively Weekend in Aurora and Denver!

August 12, 2021

Don’t miss out on the entertainment offerings in Denver and Aurora this weekend! From a Prince tribute concert in the park to a Colorado Symphony collaboration with hip-hop legend Wu-Tang Clan, you’ll be grooving to a lively beat. This weekend is also the kick-off to Denver’s annual Parade of Homes—both online and in-person this year!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, August 12

The exciting Mile High City has always captured the imagination. Join in this virtual presentation about the colorful stories that make up the history of Denver. You’ll learn all about how our city was founded and the roles played by William Larimer, John Evans, and others. Follow the tremendous booms and debilitating busts of this resilient city!

Active Minds Online
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

With the posthumous release of a new Prince album, Welcome 2 America, Prince fans everywhere are wearing purple this week. To pay special tribute to this most uniquely talented performer, don’t miss the LIVE performance of Prince cover band, Paizley Park at Southlands!

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5 (for 1 to 4 tickets)
Phone: 303-627-5000

If you have a 6th to 12th-grader who is interested in aerospace or aviation, don’t miss this parent information night to introduce you to the spectacular program at Wings Over the Rockies, the Aerospace Pathways Program!

Come out and learn about this hands-on program that focuses on aerospace learning, skills and experiences. Taught by professionals in the field of aerospace and aviation, Wings Aerospace Pathways is a wonderful enrichment program designed to enhance students’ skills such as problem-solving and teamwork.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Register: FREE (Parent meeting is free)

Thursday – Saturday, August 12-14

Central City Opera presents a bilingual youth opera, En Mis Palabras/In My Own Words. Fifteen-year-old Ana Maria feels stifled by her strict father; he is bewildered by her wish to be herself.

Wise Abuela and brother Rodolfo try to help, but ultimately Ana Maria needs to express: “I’ll never be free unless I dare to be me.”

Founders Green, 29th Ave. and Roslyn, Denver
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Phone: 303-292-6700

If you are an accomplished amateur orchestral musician, an advanced student looking for additional experience, a professional looking to build your repertoire, or a retired professional who just can’t quit—Aurora Symphony Orchestra wants you!

The Aurora Symphony is a volunteer community orchestra, welcoming new musicians through auditions this weekend. The ASO performs a wide range of challenging and enjoyable music in a friendly and warm environment. For auditions, please prepare two contrasting selections: a lyrical piece that demonstrates good musical style and a piece that showcases technical ability. 

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax, Denver
Thurs./Sat.: By Appointment
Register: FREE

Thursday-Sunday, August 12-15

Despite what you may have heard, there are plenty of tickets available this weekend for the exciting Van Gogh exhibit at the nearby Hangar at Stanley Marketplace. This immersive and larger-than-life experience is so much more than a museum visit—it will make you feel like you are walking right into a Van Gogh painting! 

The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora
Thurs., 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$55

You don’t have to wait for Halloween to indulge your love of haunted houses! Now in downtown Denver, Monster World is a series of cinematic environments featuring infamous creatures and characters, many of whom are from your favorite horror films and stories! Special Friday the 13th pricing: all tickets for $13!

Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street Mall, Suite 180, Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $13 on Friday; other days, $18-$25

Denver’s popular home design event is both live and online this year! Tour the largest showcase of the latest in architecture and home design along the Front Range when, where, and how you want. Whether you participate online or in-person, you’ll discover  the latest interior design trends, and outdoor living and landscaping inspiration. This event is FREE and open to the public, and so are all the stunning models from Southshore’s amazing builders, with quality craftsmanship and up-to-the minute designs, floor plans and interior decor. 

Online and In-Person
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

Friday-Saturday, August 13-14

The Colorado Symphony is always looking for new musical adventures, and this weekend’s collaborative performances with the hip-hop band Wu-Tang Clan is a perfect example of why we love our Symphony so much!

Twenty-five years ago, the Wu-Tang Clan burst onto the music scene with innovative beats and clever lyrics, as well as the diverse personalities and talents that make up its nine member hip-hop group. Now they bring their unique mythology to share the stage with the Colorado Symphony at two iconic Denver venues this weekend!

Friday: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison
Saturday: The Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop St., Denver
Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $69.95 – $149.95

Friday-Sunday, August 13-15

If you’re wondering what this exuberant musical might be about…well, five guys (all named Moe) show up to teach a down-on-his-luck dude how to shake off the blues and live life to the fullest! 

Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe all perform chart-topping tunes by R&B pioneer Louis Jordan like Is You Is, or Is You Ain’t My Baby, Let the Good Times Roll, and Caldonia, putting everyone in the theatre on the road to happiness!

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m
Tickets: $38
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, August 7

Colorado’s bountiful harvests are pouring into farmers’ markets everywhere—lucky for you there’s a nearby neighborhood market at Southlands with the best in produce, breads, homemade jams and goodies, and more! Bring plenty of bags—you won’t be disappointed!

Southlands, 6155 S Main St., Aurora
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

Every Saturday morning, start your weekend on the right note when you come down to this popular neighborhood coffee house for some live local music. Bring the family for a little culture or call up some friends and catch up over a latte!

Jubilee Roasting Company, 1452 Kenton St., Aurora
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE

Find out what this exercise craze is all about—learn some Latin dance moves while getting fit with this outdoor Zumba class! Afterwards, enjoy half-priced beer and beverages at Cheluna Brewing Company.

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Register: $6

Sunday, August 15

Winterize plantsLearn how, when, and why you would want to cut off the heads of the flowers in your garden! The Nome Community Garden is right in the neighborhood and is home to the Aurora Seed Farm, which grows flowers, herbs, and vegetables for seed production. 

Stop by this weekend for a FREE community hands-on learning experience as you help to harvest seeds and package them for the Aurora Seed Library, located at the Aurora Public Library. Produce not selected for seed will be donated or given to volunteers and  class participants. 
Nome Community Garden, 1200 Nome St., Aurora
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Register: FREE

The Arts, Music and More Near Southshore!

Hike and Bike at Aurora ReservoirEnjoy Life at the Lake in the master-planned community of Southshore—and find culture and entertainment within easy reach! Looking for a new home you can add your signature style to? With beautiful model homes from Toll Brothers, Taylor Morrison, and Richmond American Homes, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the upper $400s to the $700s.