June 27, 2019
The Southshore area has plenty of community events going on this weekend, including outdoor movies, culinary offerings, and of course, FREE outdoor concerts! Vote for your favorite taco at the Top Taco food show, take part in an all-inclusive community square dance, or jam to your favorite tunes—from country to classical!
TODAY/TONIGHT, June 27
TOP TACO 2019
This could possibly be the most important question you’ll encounter all summer—who has the “Top Taco” in Denver? Best of all, this event is a culinary extravaganza like no other, which means tickets are all-inclusive—you don’t pay for anything once you’re inside the fest! Food and drinks (including alcoholic and non-alcoholic), are included in the price of your ticket—and that means all the tacos you can sample!
Top Taco is the tasting party of the summer, with more than 50 restaurants—including Denver’s best Mexican restaurants, Comida, Dos Santos, Margs, Los Chingones Tamayo, and Los Dos Potrillos—competing head-to-head for the Top Taco title in the Creative Taco, Traditional, Vegetarian Taco and Signature Tequila Cocktail categories! You will enjoy unlimited samples of all the tacos and margaritas, along with unique tequila samples, beer, wine and more. Even better, you get to dance the night away to the live rhythm and beat of La Candela, Denver’s hottest salsa band! This event is for adults 21 and over.
The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
SOUTHLANDS GOES COUNTRY
If you’re hankerin’ for some classic country sounds by the likes of Merle Haggard, George Jones, or Tammy Wynette, as well as today’s Top-40 country hits from Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, or Dierks Bentley, you won’t want to miss this FREE outdoor concert!
The Country Music Project is one of Colorado’s most popular country cover bands, with both male and female lead vocals, as well as instrumentation that includes acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars, mandolin, keyboards, bass and drums. You’ll hear the old sound of country music along with crossover country-rock favorites and good old rock-n-roll as well!
Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
HAZEL MILLER ON THE GREEN
The MoJaBlu Summer Concert series continues with the renowned and ever-popular Hazel Miller. This powerful singer leads her own band in an eclectic repertoire of jazz, R&B, blues and gospel, in performances that are stunning and moving, designed to excite and engage the audience!
Hazel Miller is not just a great singer—”She is a force of nature!” (Rocky Mountain News).
Conservatory Green, 49th Pl. and Valentia St., Aurora
CHINA’S HUMAN RIGHTS STRUGGLE
It’s hard to believe, but the Tiananmen Square Massacre occurred thirty years ago. This in-depth presentation about China’s human rights issues will explore how modern China continues to struggle with the balance between authoritarian government and basic human rights. The discussion will highlight the ways in which Chinese society is restricted when we look through the lens of American freedoms we sometimes take for granted.
Sam Gary Branch Library, 2961 Roslyn St., Denver
COMMUNITY SQUARE DANCE
Swing your partner, round and round! Aurora’s all-inclusive square dance is stepping its way down to Colfax East, giving everyone—including LGBT couples and singles—a chance to get out on the dance floor and have some fun! No square dance experience is necessary! Dance caller Larry Edelman will be calling the moves with old-time music accompaniment of local bands, Bridger Dunnagan, Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose, Sam Parks and K.C. Groves.
“There is something magical that happens when everyone—no matter their color, creed, religion, or orientation—are in friendly community with each other” (Aaron Vega, curator for The People’s Building).
The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax, Aurora
THE PRINCESS BRIDE UNDER THE STARS
Everyone’s favorite fairy tale is projected onto a 25’ outdoor movie screen with a full sound system for a magical summer evening! If you can’t quite remember the details of this enchanting movie—or if your kids have never seen it—it’s time to see it in all its beauty in the Colorado night sky!Pack a picnic, and bring some friends and plenty of blankets to spread out on the lawn! This is a FREE community event!
Bradley Elementary Field, 3051 S. Elm St., Denver
8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, June 27-29
CINDERELLA EATS RICE AND BEANS
What do you get when you cross the story of Cinderella with Latina-American tradition? A delightful musical that turns the classic fairy tale on its head! When Puerto Rican Cinderella comes to visit her stepsister Rosa in the U.S., there’s a slight problem: Cinderella speaks only Spanish and Rosa speaks only English!
The two girls have to figure it out at the big ball…game, that is! It’s an exciting game for the school’s basketball team, and it takes a fairy godfather and other imaginative twists to the original story to work it all out! Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans: A Salsa Fairy Tale crosses language and gender barriers, weaving together a subtle lesson on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect.
Aurora Fox Art Theatre, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora
Thursday-Sunday, June 27-30
INTERACTIVE THEATRE – THE LAST DEFENDER
It’s Nuclear War. Wear sensible shoes. This is the live-action theatrical game that makes you the hero! It’s not a play, but it is an awesome story about mutually-assured destruction where the players need to work together to save the world. While it doesn’t have actors (YOU and the other players are the actors) or an audience (YOU and the other players are the audience), it does have the kind of awesome special effects, story lines, and mind-bending puzzles to solve that you might find in the most intriguing thriller.
Upon arrival, each player will receive a standard issue jumpsuit to be worn over their civilian clothes. Wear comfortable clothing to more easily perform your duties as a Defender. This 90-minute game is designed for adults and recommended for ages 15 and over. No one under 13 will be admitted.
Under the Patagonia Store, 1510 Blake St., Denver
Thurs., 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 3:00 and 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Friday, June 28
Colorado Rapids fans, this event is for you! The 2nd annual Burgundy Brewfest includes unlimited tasters from multiple local breweries, as well as a postgame fireworks show after the game. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate your favorite team, win or lose!
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $50
This fun, FREE music series lets you sample the nostalgic sounds of summers past with big band music and modern swing quartets! You’ll enjoy the breezy, romantic music of less complicated times, while participating in free swing dance lessons to learn the basic steps. No partner or experience is required! This week, the popular Jeremy Mohney Band will entertain you with their authentic period sound.
Eastbridge Town Center at Stapleton, 10155 E. 29th Dr., Denver
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN – OUTDOOR MOVIE
This star-studded baseball movie from 1992 features Tom Hanks, Gina Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna, and Gary Marshall! When America’s stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, an all-female professional baseball league springs up in the Midwest. Whether you are a fan of WWII history, baseball, or the awesome cast, you will love this chance to see A League of Their Own under the stars!
Bring your blankets and your friends. There will also be a concession stand selling candy, popcorn and drinks. All proceeds from the concession stand will benefit a local non-profit. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Conservatory Green, 49th Pl. and Valentia St., Aurora
Friday-Sunday, June 28-30
CROWNS – A POWERFUL PLAY ABOUT HATS
When a black Chicago teen, Yolanda, is sent down south to stay with her Grandma Shaw, she learns more about herself and her heritage than she would have ever imagined. Grandma Shaw introduces Yolanda to her circle of “Hat Queens” (each woman owns at least one hundred hats) as this community joins together to save Yolanda’s life.
Yolanda’s story is told through a mix of hip-hop and spoken word, with gospel, jazz, blues, R&B, and other idioms of the women who become a part of her life mixed in. Each hat holds a story of a wedding, funeral, or baptism as the women share their stories of how they moved through life’s struggles. They baptize Yolanda in their history and memories so that Yolanda realizes she’s not alone. The hats aren’t just a fashion statement—they are hard-earned Crowns.
Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 29
FREE COLORADO SYMPHONY BRASS CONCERT
Colorado Symphony Brass Quintet takes the stage at Parkfield Lake Park this evening! Get ready for Independence Day with this family-friendly event that features the resounding majesty of a Colorado Symphony Brass Quintet in a beautiful outdoor setting. There will be an on-site instrument petting zoo for kids of all ages, as well as ticket giveaways for select titles coming in 2019/20.
This event is a FREE community concert. No tickets are required for admission, but seating is first come, first served.
Parkfield Lake Park, 15555 E. 53rd Ave., Denver
ROCK DA MIC
This is an open-stage event for youth performers! If you know a teen who can shine at the mic, encourage her or him to come down to this community event. There will be cash prizes in the hundreds of dollars, determined by audience applause, so come down to support your favorite youth performer!
The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax, Aurora
Family-friendly Things to Do Near Southshore!
There’s always something to do near the family-friendly community of Southshore! Enjoy Life at the Lake with plenty of cultural and entertainment activities in the surrounding area! Check out the beautiful model homes from Richmond American Homes, Toll Brothers, and Century Communities, and picture yourself in your very own dream house! With ranch and two-story models available, new homes are priced from the upper $400s.