March Brings a Wave of New Events to Denver!

March 1, 2018

A huge assortment of events and activities await you this weekend! With spring just around the corner, you can get inspired at the Colorado Home and Garden Show, enjoy an after-hours cocktail party at the Botanical Gardens, or celebrate the Indian Festival of Color at Cheesman Park! The kids also have plenty of options from a fun Kids Night Out at the Y to the largest model train show west of the Mississippi! And Hamilton is finally here—with a lottery for $10 tickets! Get out there and have some family fun!

Thursday-Saturday, March 1-3

Self-proclaimed nerdy comedian Brian Posehn hasn’t let his awkwardness interfere with his success. As a comedian, actor, and writer, Posehn has appeared in a slew of TV sitcoms including the acclaimed Netflix show Lady Dynamite, The Big Bang Theory, New Girl, and such seminal sitcoms as Seinfeld, News Radio, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, and Just Shoot Me. You might recognize his voice in animated shows from Scooby Doo to The Simpsons to Captain Underpants.

In the world of stand-up comedy, he’s known as one of the original members of the Comedians of Comedy and he has recorded two half-hour specials for Comedy Central, four comedy albums, and two hour-long specials, The Fartist and Criminally Posehn (just released on Seeso). Don’t miss this funny and versatile comedian as he delivers laughs in Denver this weekend!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. & 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$29
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, March 1-4

One of the joys of living in Colorado is seeing nature’s bounty just outside your windows—which is why attending the annual Colorado Home and Garden show is such an inspiration! You will find dozens of exhibits, booths and vendors who will help you make your own yard a beautiful surrounding, including exciting floral displays and 11 fully-landscaped plots covering more than an acre! Considered the “Premium Garden and Home Show in Colorado,” this spectacular event is the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest and most prestigious show of its kind. You won’t want to miss it!

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver
Thurs., 12:00-7:00 p.m.; Fri., 12:00-8:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:0 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$12
Phone: 303-932-8100

Despite the huge anticipation and demand for this blockbuster Broadway show, there are still tickets available for Hamilton, including a lottery for $10 orchestra seats before every performance! Click here for more information about the lottery!

Still not clear what all the fuss is about? Hamilton is a timely and hugely entertaining story from American history that still resonates today. Alexander Hamilton was one of America’s Founding Fathers, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. The music is what makes this show memorable, blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway styles. Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.

Buell Theatre/DCPA, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 & 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $175-$585
Phone: 800-641-1222

Friday, March 2

Your kids won’t want to miss this screening of The Jungle Book, based on Kipling’s classic children’s story! Let them journey along with Mowgli and his friends, Baloo and Bagheera, as they outrun and outwit Shere Khan, the ferocious tiger—you know they will be safe and have plenty of fun at the Southshore YMCA Kids Night Out! This event is for kids who are potty-trained through the age of 10. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy their own night out!

The Lakehouse, YMCA Southshore, 27151 East Lakeview Dr., Aurora
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 (Pre-registration required)
Phone: 720-870-2221 

Enjoy an after-hours cocktail party inspired by the Emerald Isle and all things green! At Off the Clock: Kilts and Clovers, you will warm up your winter night as you enjoy live music by Avourneen and The Rare Ould Times, Celtic dance by Celtic Steps School of Irish Dance, and the sounds of Colorado bagpiper, Scott Beach.

Revel in the lush warmth and beauty of Marnie’s Pavilion and the Orangery, enjoy hands-on activities in the Boettcher Memorial Center, and savor specialty dinners and drinks from Offshoots Café or a cash bar. Great for singles, couples and friends!

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$25
Phone: 720-865-3500

Friday-Sunday, March 2-4

It may be one of the most recognizable pieces of classical music, with its thunderous opening chords serving as inspiration for the song Tonight We Love and its introduction played at the closing ceremony at the Sochi Winter Olympics—there was even a disco version of it performed on Letterman’s final show! For many people, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is the sound of classical music.

This Colorado Symphony performance features Olga Kern playing Tchaikovsky’s memorable concerto, but you might walk away from the concert captivated by the works of two Polish composers who could very nearly steal the stage from the Russian great! Lutoslawski’s capricious Concerto for Orchestra illuminates every section of the Symphony, creating an orchestra of soloists. Its big sound and contrasting moods are set off by the driving energy of Kilar’s Orawa, which creates lush layers using strings. Don’t miss this foray into the very depths of classical music!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DPAC, 1000 14th St. #15, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$99
Phone: 303-623-7876

After playing last summer to rave reviews, the same superb cast and director who re-created the life of country music legend Johnny Cash in the hit Broadway musical, Ring of Fire, are back at the Vintage Theatre! Playing all of “The Man in Black’s” famous tunes as faithfully as a jukebox, this production will put you right in the midst of his roller-coaster life.

His iconic songs string together a unique musical journey of darkness and faith, struggle and success, love and redemption, and home and family. This revealing and exhilarating musical revue features more than two dozen songs, including Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk the Line, A Boy Named Sue, and Ring of Fire. “The tunes are great, but the atmosphere they create makes this one special” (Broadway World). Don’t miss this chance to be immersed in the greatness of Johnny Cash!

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22-$38
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, March 3

Come experience an exhilarating new way to cheer on the coming of spring! Called the world’s happiest transformational event, Holi is the Festival of Color, celebrated in India to announce the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. This festival ushers in an atmosphere of social merriment where people throw their worries—and colored powders—to the wind.

In Denver, you can join in the celebration with exciting activities from live music, vendors, carnival games, and four powder throws. The Festival of Color gives you the chance to participate in a beautiful human collage as you throw colorful powder on friends and strangers alike. Sponsored by Shadhika, a local non-profit dedicated to bringing awareness of women’s issues in India, all ticket sales will be invested in providing education, empowerment and economic self-sufficiency to at-risk young women in India.

Cheesman Park, 1900 E. 11th Ave., Denver
12:00-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$50
Phone: 303-455-1819

Do you have a stand-up comedian inside you that’s been hankering for the spotlight? Or maybe you just wish you had what it takes to communicate effectively to your colleagues? This improve workshop will give you better communication skills, creative problem- solving savvy, and the ability to be a supportive team member—all in a FUN, safe environment! No sexism, racism, discrimination, or mean-spiritedness will be tolerated. The workshop is open to ages 16 and older.

This is the first workshop over the course of eight weeks, and you can come to workshops when you can and as you like. There is no package purchase required but purchasing tickets in advance will assure that you have a spot since space is limited. Walk-ins are welcome, if there is availability, and can be purchased at the box office on the day of the workshop. Edith Weiss, the improvisational actor who teaches the course says, “improvisation helps you make original choices. In all areas of life, it brings out the artist in you.”

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
1:00-3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30
Phone: 303-595-3637

Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4

This is the model train show for train enthusiasts of all ages! Bring the family for the day or the entire weekend and enjoy a myriad of activities at the largest model train show west of the Mississippi! Filling more than two acres with model and toy trains of all scales, the show boasts 30 operating train layouts! See classic and modern trains from American Flyer, Athearn, Atlas, Bachmann, Blackstone, Broadway Limited, Kato, LGB, Lionel, Marx, MTH and Walthers.

Free kids’ activities include hands-on layouts, Thomas the Train, railroad story time, kid-in-a-cab, railroad theater, train town and our build-a-layout project. Train rides, face painting and Lil’ Engineer portraits are available at an additional cost. For adults, there are dozens of workshops and clinics as well as hundreds of tables of trains for sale! Representatives from numerous train manufacturers will be on hand to show their newest products. The show features door prizes including train sets! For this 2-1/2-acre model train extravaganza, one admission price is good for both days!

Denver Mart, 451 East 58th Ave., Denver
Sat., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Phone: 303-364-0274

The Convenience Southshore

You will always find something to do near the master-planned community of Southshore, close to all of the events that Denver and Aurora have to offer! The beautiful models by Richmond American Homes at Lakeview, Toll Brothers in Vista Point, and Century Communities in The Hills, are all inviting and inspirational! Ranch and two-story designs in the conveniently-located neighborhoods are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.