Lots New To Do This Weekend Near Southshore!

January 10, 2019

This weekend ushers in one of the oldest traditions in Colorado history—the National Western Stock Show! Also finishing up its run in the Mile High City is the Above and Beyond aerospace exhibit at Wings Over the Rockies. New events in town include the opening of the Broadway hit musical, A Bronx Tale, and local live music at the People’s Building, Aurora’s newest community venue! Take your pick and take in some fun!


For a moving, exuberant musical experience, you won’t want to miss the world-renowned violin master, Itzhak Perlman, when he appears in concert with the Colorado Symphony! Perlman is known for his joyful, expressive method of playing his instrument, as well as his deep humanity that reveals a genuine desire to share his gift with others. The concert features Beethoven’s beloved Violin Concerto, as well as works by more contemporary composers. 

The program begins with the enchanting and lively Fanfare Ritmico by Pulitzer prize-winning Brooklyn composer Jennifer Higdon, followed by a work by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, considered one of the most important composers in the Americas. Variaciones Concertantes offers a host of roles starring Colorado Symphony musicians! 

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $75-$175
Phone: 303-623-7876

Troy Walker is a local comedian who is making it big! You may have caught one of his shows at Comedy Works, where he’s won the New Faces contest twice. Or maybe you saw him in his network TV debut on The Late Late Show, VICE’s Flophouse, or playing the role of Don Lemon on Fusion TV’s Trump vs. Bernie. Walker was also just featured in a PetSmart commercial directed by Christopher Guest and starring Jane Lynch.

Walker has opened for some of the most prominent comedians in the country and serves as a fine ambassador of Denver comedy at national and local comedy festivals including The Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, The Great American Comedy Festival, and Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival. He was also selected as one the Just for Laughs Montreal’s prestigious New Faces.

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $14
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, January 10-13

This is the out-of-this-world interactive exhibit everyone is talking about! Don’t miss your final chance to catch this traveling aerospace exhibition while it’s in Denver, only through Sunday! From flying cars and supersonic planes, space elevators and mega-rockets, the special Above and Beyond interactive exhibit celebrates the power of innovation to make dreams take flight. 

You can take part in immersive simulations that put you in the pilot’s seat of a drone flying through a hurricane, or you can design and test-fly your own supersonic jet. Experience the joy of flying in a futuristic aircraft that flies with the ease of a bird! This exciting exhibit lets you glimpse the visionary concepts of the future—right now! 

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $1.00 – $15 
Phone: 303-360-5360

Sportsmen and women will revel in this exciting expo that highlights the newest trends not only in hunting and fishing, but everything that has to do with living the outdoor life! Camping (tent, campers, and trailers), wilderness survival, responsible environmental stewardship, and travel tips will all be showcased at the huge event at the Convention Center in downtown Denver. In its 42nd year, this is Colorado’s largest annual outdoor lifestyle show!

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $16
Phone: 303-228-8000

A taste of vintage New York sweeps into the Mile High City with this Broadway blockbuster that’s bursting with energy and the kind of original doo-wop tunes that will have you humming them for weeks! This crowd-pleasing musical takes place in the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. The electric dance numbers illuminate a classic story of family loyalty and coming of age.

Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick. The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

Buell Theatre/DCPA, 1400 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$120
Phone: 303-571-4401

Friday, January 11

Treat your kids to a fun night out with everyone’s favorite ogre! At the Lakeside YMCA’s Kids Night Out, you know your kids will be well cared for and have a great time. In addition to the movie screening, kids will enjoy dinner, crafts, and games. And you can enjoy a parents’ night out at the same time! This event is for potty-trained children up to age 12. Registration is required.

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

Friday-Sunday, January 11-13

The story of a love triangle told in reverse, Betrayal is an uncompromising look at the nature of romantic relationships, marriage, and loyalty. This classic drama by Harold Pinter starts in 1977 when Emma and Robert’s marriage is dissolving, and she meets up with her long-time lover Jerry. The play then moves back in time to 1968 when their love affair first began. As the years spin backwards, a complex web of secrets about the trio emerges and makes them all question the nature of intimacy as it relates to them.

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

Saturday, January 12

Who says preschool shopping has to be a chore? The 7th annual Preschool Showcase gives Denver families an opportunity to check out their options at a FREE one-stop event! Check out numerous quality-rated programs throughout the city and connect with the people who will have such an important impact on your kids. You can also learn about early childhood resources, including tuition support through the Denver Preschool Program. The event will feature free food, family-friendly activities, photo ops with Minions and admission to the Denver Zoo!

Denver Zoo, Norgren Hall, 2300 Steele St., Denver
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Information: FREE
Phone:  720-287-5055

A real crowd-pleaser, the Colorado Symphony’s energetic tribute to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops is back by popular demand, with a fresh and fun program led by the animated Christopher Dragon on the podium!

Featuring many of the Symphony musicians in cameo performances, the concert includes crowd favorites such as Rossini’s The Barber of Seville Overture, Dvorak’s Three Slavonic Dances, Bernstein’s West Side Story Overture, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, and a tribute to John Williams! 

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$94
Phone: 303-623-7876

Check out the newest spot in Aurora for live music! The People’s Building, a new arts, culture, and event space located directly across from The Aurora Fox, is adding live music to its programming to foster a healthy community and highlight the diversity of the arts and culture of East Colfax in Aurora. This live concert will showcase local independent musicians, a welcome break from the holiday music from the past few weeks! The show is open to all ages and will feature E-Scapes, Zealot, and The Far Stairs. 

The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone:  729-819-6680

Saturday-Sunday, January 12-13

This is the opening weekend of the premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show that’s been coming to Denver for over 100 years! The National Western Stock Show was established in 1906 and is one of Colorado’s preeminent tourist destinations, held every January for 16 days. 

As an internationally-renowned western heritage event, the National Western Stock Show celebrates western lifestyles and communities, and it’s one of the best venues in the world to marvel at professional rodeo performers. The entire family will enjoy being a part of this western tradition! 

National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$22
Phone: 303-296-6977

Plenty to Do Near Southshore!

Away from it all, but close to everything, the lakeside community of Southshore offers access to plenty of things to do every weekend! If you’re new to Life at the Lake, drive around and check out the beautiful model homes from Century Communities, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $300s and the $700s.