Music for Everyone This Weekend!

September 6, 2018

With the approach of fall, many new shows have come to Denver! Carole King fans won’t want to miss Beautiful, the musical based on her life, and also opening at the Denver Center for Performing Arts is an innovative all-African American version of the classic musical Oklahoma! Music lovers can choose from an international ukulele superstar or the return of Hanson—both appearing with the Colorado Symphony! 

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, September 6

Shop the day away at Denver’s premier open-air marketplace, specializing in handcrafted items! 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

Thursday-Sunday, September 6-9

If you love the songs of legendary singer-songwriter Carole King, this musical is for you! Beautiful is the Tony Award-winning musical that tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Featuring all of her beloved songs, including I Feel the Earth Move, One Fine Day, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, You’ve Got A Friend, and the title song, Beautiful is an experience you won’t want to miss!

Ellie Caulkins Opera House/DCPA,1385 Curtis Street, Denver
Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$125
Phone: 303-571-4401

Friday, September 7

Your kids will love the movie Trolls, a cross between Shrek and Smurfs, with music as catchy as Happy Feet! Treat them to a night out with these adorable little characters at the YMCA Southshore’s Lakehouse, where they will also enjoy dinner, arts and crafts, and games. It will be a fun-filled evening for potty-trained children through the age of 12! 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 

You may have heard of international ukulele superstar, Jake Shimabukuro, who went viral with his virtuosic covers of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Hallelujah, and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Shimabukuro returns to Denver to join the Colorado Symphony in this exciting performance of his fan favorites, as well as some of his own electrifying originals for ukulele and orchestra.

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

Spend the rest of the evening reviewing the outstanding performance of Jake Simabukuro with fellow symphony lovers at a cocktail reception. Remix is the group of Young Professionals of the Colorado Symphony who regularly sponsor after-concert mixers. Cash bar, hosted light bites, and mix and mingle fun!

The Nickel at Hotel Teatro, 1100 14th St., Denver
9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$15
Phone: 303-623-7876

Friday-Sunday, September 7-9

As fall approaches, it’s a great time to think about spiffing up your home! Just in time, the Colorado Fall Home Show sweeps into town, offering great ideas for home and hearth, and featuring sustainable living options, as well. With more than 250 vendors and experts, you’ll find all the advice and inspiration you need to renew the look of your home!

Themed vignettes and theater sessions will be presented by the American Society of Interior Design (ASID). The Show will also feature Sweet Times of the Rockies Cake Competition. One hundred percent of every ticket sold is invested in college scholarships for education in the green and agricultural industries, and horticulture-related grant projects throughout Colorado. 

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $6-$10
Phone: 303-932-8100

The Stanley Arts Festival is creative fun for the entire family, all weekend long! Starting with a festive kick-off party on Friday night, this aquatic-themed art festival runs all day on Saturday and Sunday, with lots of fun events for kids. The Creation Station features interactive activities including, a Collaborative Mural, Fish Hats, Shell Necklaces, and Schools of Fish.

The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
Fri., 6:00-10:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: Friday night party, $40.50-$45; Sat./Sun., FREE
Phone: 303-355-2787

This innovative production of the beloved musical, Oklahoma, sets the story in an all African-American town in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory. The familiar songs and story center around cowboys and farmers who have chased their destinies to a land that promises love, opportunity and a brighter future. See and hear this favorite Broadway musical in a whole new way!

Stage Theatre/DCPA, 1101 13th St, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$70
Phone: 303-571-4401

Friday-Monday, September 7-10

It’s not possible to not like Craig Ferguson. HIs infectious grin is impossible to resist, along with his self-deprecating stories and his silly observations about life that ring remarkably true. While many comedians appear to barely conceal a mean streak, Ferguson seems like a guy you would want to have a pint with.

Ferguson is probably best known for his ten-year run as the host of CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, which set all-time viewer records, earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination and the 2009 Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Ferguson got his start in the entertainment industry as a drummer for some of the worst punk bands in the U.K. Don’t miss your chance to see this charming entertainer live on stage!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; Sun., 6:00 and 8:15; Mon., 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $50-$55
Phone: 303-595-3637

Saturday, September 8

It’s a festive morning for you and your best friend! High Line Canal Conservancy presents its first annual Dogs and Donuts. Bring the whole family—including your pup—to enjoy complimentary coffee, donuts and Santiago’s breakfast burritos (while they last) and lots of fun with our four-legged friends on the High Line Canal. Take a walk along the two-mile loop that passes the historic DeLaney Community Farm!

High Line Canal, near Community College of Aurora, 16000 E. Centretech Parkway, Aurora
8:00-10:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 720-767-2452  

If you love homemade and local items, you will love this market! The Denver Handmade Homemade Market is a fantastic way to shop local and get in touch with the products you buy—and those who make them. Many of these vendors are just starting out, and this market is a chance for them to show their stuff! In addition, you will find great music, food trucks, and a swell time all around!

Forge 970, 970 Yuma St., Denver
12:00-5:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 720-598-2490  

Remember one of the original boy-bands, those three teenage brothers named Hanson? They’re all grown up now but still immersed in music! After a sold-out world tour celebrating 25 years together, Hanson marks their 26th birthday with a musical experience unlike any other. 

The Hanson String Theory is a classically-influenced musical manifesto with new works from Hanson and performed with the Colorado Symphony!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $34-$94
Phone: 303-623-7876

Saturday-Sunday, September 8-9

This show is so big it requires two parts! The sweeping epic of three families in eastern Kentucky spans 200 years of American history from 1775 to 1975. The story is fast-paced and finely drawn, as it examines the myths of the American past which have created, for better or worse, the country we are today.

Part One of the play is performed in the afternoon and Part Two in the evening. You may see one or both of the parts on the same day (or spread them out over more than one day), but a separate ticket is required for each part. The Vintage Theatre will be serving dinner during intermission at $15 per person. Advanced dinner reservation is required.

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton Street, Aurora
Sat./Sun., Part One: 2:00 p.m.; Part Two: 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$32 per part
Phone: 303-856-7830

Sunday, September 9

See the Colorado Symphony for FREE at the Levitt Pavilion! In a continued celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, the brass and percussion sections of the Symphony will perform a program highlighting spirited pieces by the master of twentieth century American music. 

The ensemble will play some of Bernstein’s most beloved works in a tribute fit for the world-wide celebration of the composer, conductor, educator, musician, and humanitarian. Admission is free, but tickets are required for admission.

Levitt Pavilion, 1380 West Florida Ave., Denver
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-623-7876

Southshore: Ideally Located

There’s no end to your entertainment choices near the master-planned community of Southshore! Near shopping, dining, recreation and educational events, take an afternoon and tour the spectacular models from Toll Brothers in Vista Point, Century Communities in The Hills, and Richmond American Homes at Lakeview. Ranch and two-story models in the amenity-rich community are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.