Memorable Events This Weekend

September 7, 2017

From edgy plays and festival events, to exhibitions and expos, over the next four days take time to make some memories! You can sing the songs of Frozen, laugh with Howie Mandel, play with drones and rivets, or feed your body, mind and spirit! It’s all happening this weekend near Southshore in Aurora!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, September 7

The time is now for delicious food, fresh air, gorgeous views, live music and a great cause! Join the lunch crowds at metro Denver’s largest gathering of gourmet food trucks and carts at Civic Center EATS. The Thursday, Tuesday, Wednesday event runs through October 5 for downtown employees, residents and visitors. Combine an alfresco lunch with live music and a chance to connect with the community through these events. Shaded seating is available.

Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave., Denver
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cost varies per vendor

Starting today for six weeks, the Hoffman Library will bring you a program from our friends at 4-H (remember the baby chicks?) about remarkable mad science! The program organizers will direct awesome experiments so you can learn amazing things, rooted in science. Please register for this series.

Hoffman Library and PC Center, 1298 Peoria St., Aurora
4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-739-1572

Colorado Remembers 9/11 will include two events:  a special remembrance ceremony and an in-depth analysis of current national security threats, featuring former CIA Director John Brennan (2013-2017) and Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. Presented by the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL), Governor John Hickenlooper, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, The Denver Post and University of Denver.

Newman Center for Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Admission: $25
Phone: 303-871-7720

Thursday-Sunday, September 7-10

Denver is a favorite testing ground for Broadway-bound Disney musicals and you can get a sneak peek of the latest event, Frozen, before it heads to the Big Apple. Frozen is all about sisterhood and women standing up for one another and the music includes the now infamous song, Let It Go, an Academy Award-winning tune that’s mega-inspirational, no matter your age or gender.

Buell Theatre, DCPA, Champa and 13th Streets, Denver
Thurs.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$105
Phone: 303-893-4100

The DaVinci Machines Exhibition displays over 65 hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500-year-old designs and is closing this weekend. Many of the machines are interactive and feature replicas of the major and most striking inventions of the original Renaissance Man. Visitors will also find many of DaVinci’s artistic masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, remastered for an up close and personal look at one of the greatest geniuses of all time. This event includes a 45-minute film, an interactive kid’s area, audio tours for nearly every piece and guided tours. If you haven’t been to the exhibition – this is your last chance!

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
Thurs.-Sat., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Tickets: Free-$20
Phone: 303-360-5360 x105

Thursday-Wednesday, September 7-13

eventsKnown for his playful imagination and an engineer’s technical know-how, American sculptor Alexander Calder popularized the mobile, a moving sculpture with balanced hanging pieces. The versatile artist also created static, large-scale metal sculptures called “stabiles,” which you can see in Calder: Monumental, a site-specific outdoor survey.

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Admission: $10-$14
Phone: 720-865-3500

The new play Appropriate tweaks our view of racial issues without ever presenting an African American character on stage. It is the story of a white family thrown together at the old homestead in Arkansas to divvy up their deceased patriarch’s possessions. Events go sideways with the discovery of an old photo album documenting lynchings and an old slave cemetery on the former plantation’s grounds.

Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma St., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $18-$50
Phone: 303-623-0524

Friday, September 8

Bring your friends and learn to play popular tabletop games like Betrayal at House on the Hill, Fluxx, Ticket to Ride, Apples to Apples, and more. Teens must turn in a permission form, and can start by registering here. This event is for grades six through 12.

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-627-3050

Friday-Sunday, September 8-10

About 30 minutes from Southshore (north and east) sits the town of Bennett and every year this thriving small town on Colorado’s high plains celebrates Bennett Days. Expect a parade, food vendors, rides and events for the kids, and locals displaying and selling their collectibles, artwork and wares. It’s small town fun at its finest!

Main Street, Bennett, CO
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Body, Mind, Spirit Expo is a juried event featuring over 100 professional readers, healers, and exhibitors for one fantastic weekend. The event is affordable and generates a sense of community through mutual interests. A $7 admission welcomes you to free presentations plus in-depth workshops into subjects from animal communication to Tibetan meditation!

Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver
Fri., 1:00-9:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Admission: $7 (Readings $20)

The Little Dog Laughed is a new play about Mitchell Green, a Hollywood star on his way to the A-list – if he can only keep that pesky “recurring case of homosexuality” under wraps. When he falls in love in New York, Mitchell’s acerbic, fast-talking Hollywood agent takes matters into her own hands. Will there be a Hollywood-style happy ending when the credits roll?

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $30

After the Weston family patriarch disappears, family tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat. Darkly comic, but also violent and sad, August: Osage County explores the painful issues all families must eventually face in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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

Saturday, September 9

Learn one stroke painting and create a one-of-a-kind keepsake box to take home. A library volunteer teaches this class, which is designed for adults. Register here.

Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Ci., Aurora
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Phone: 303-326-8600

The city of Centennial is organizing its second annual Car Show and Concert featuring a collection of exotic cars and music by The Nacho Men, a local band playing hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. With a variety of booths, food trucks and a Senior Resource Fair, these events have something for everyone. The music begins at 5:30 p.m. and you’ll want to bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the entertainment!

Centennial Center Park, 13050 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial
3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Howie Mandel has remained a constant force in show business for more than 30 years. He currently serves as a judge on NBC’s hit summer talent competition, America’s Got Talent, but his versatile career has spanned all aspects of entertainment including television, film and stage. From his work on the Emmy Award-winning TV series St. Elsewhere, to the international animated children’s series, Bobby’s World, Mandel has been a mainstay of the American comedy scene. The Zarlengo Foundation is presenting this comedy event with opening comedian Dan Naturman, also seen on America’s Got Talent. The Zarlengo Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports programs for learning disabled children in and around Denver.

Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $39-$69

Sunday, August 10

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is partnering with fellow institutions, industry-leaders and experts in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) for this female-centric event. The activities and events are designed to encourage young women towards careers in STEAM, aerospace and beyond. Attendees will find out how these fields can be used for personal and career development. Experience an inflatable planetarium; learn what it takes to become a STEAM professional; play with drones and other aerial vehicles; participate in flight simulators from Shades of Blue; take part in workshops about survival at high altitudes and sign up for lessons in riveting – among others!

Wings Over the Rockies, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., #1, Denver
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cost: Adults $5; Ages 16 and under Free
Register Here

Tuesday, September 12

Even though opera began as entertainment for royals it became one of the most popular musical styles in the 18th and 19th centuries. The development and public reception of opera from Baroque era superstars like Farinelli to the commercial opera industry in Italy and France in the 19th century (Rossini, Meyerbeer, Verdi) are up for exploration in this hour-long look at opera music.  

Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax, Denver
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Info: 303-322-7727

Wednesday, September 13

Join Active Minds to hear the stories of the original inhabitants of Colorado.  From Mesa Verde to the high plains, the civilizations of the Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Pueblo and other tribes will be explored in a look at Colorado’s Native American history and legacy.

Heather Gardens (Auditorium), 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way, Aurora
2:00-3:00 p.m.
RSVP: 303-751-1811

Events at Southshore

The master-planned community of Southshore offers homebuyers lakeside living, with access to downtown Denver, plus nearby shopping and entertainment. Check out the stunning new models from Richmond American Homes and the latest designs from Century Communities in The Hills at Southshore. It’s life at the lake priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.