Outdoor Movies, Kenny Chesney and Kevin Hart!

June 28, 2018

Nothing says summer like watching a family-friendly film outdoors! This week marks the start of outdoor movie series at Elitch’s Water Park and Stapleton’s Founders Green! Big-name entertainers in town include Kevin Hart and CMA Entertainer of the Year, Kenny Chesney. And free summer concerts continue through the Fourth of July in Denver and Aurora.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, June 28

Anyone who saw this talented Denver native in her depiction of Billie Holiday at Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill surely fell in love with her dulcet tones and winning stage presence. Now Mary Louise Lee appears as herself leading her own band at Stapleton’s FREE MoJaBlu outdoor concert series! 

Every Thursday this summer is an opportunity to experience Motown, Jazz and Blues on Conservatory Green, complete with the best food trucks in Denver! Don’t miss this extraordinary singer and performer as she under evening skies!

Conservatory Green, 49th Pl. and Valentia St., Denver
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-388-0724

Southlands will be grooving when the Hot Lunch Band takes the stage! Known as “the funk specialists,” this Denver-based R&B band was the local winner in the Fifth Annual Budweiser Showdown featuring the best original, urban contemporary music talent. Their soulful, instrumental sound, complex harmonies, and high-energy choreography make for a performance not to be missed!

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-627-5000

If you have to explain what an 8-track tape is, you are no doubt aware of the masterpieces from the 1970s that are hidden on them!  Mr. Majestyk’s 8-Track Revival performs 70s classics from ELO, Alice Cooper and Led Zeppelin to rarities by Nick Gilder, Gary Wright and Sweet! Westword Magazine has included this band in their 2016 edition of the 10 Best Cover Bands in Colorado. 

As part of the FREE Aurora Rhythms Summer Concert series, this is the first of four concerts held this summer on the Municipal Center lawn in Aurora. Indian food by Karma Food Truck will be available for purchase.

Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora 
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-739-7160

If you are a fan of artistic photography or adventurous travel—or both—you won’t want to miss this lecture by renowned landscape photographer Adam Jeppesen, who captured his 487-day solo trek from the North Pole through the Americas to the South Pole in Antarctica on film.

Jeppesen was born in Denmark but lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His work is inspired by travel, the landscape, solitude, and the experience of making and looking at a photograph. Jeppesen’s work is included in New Territory: Landscape Photography Today, which is currently on view in the museum.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave., Denver
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$12
Phone: 720-865-5000

Thursday-Sunday, June 28 – July 1

This is the experiential theatre event everyone is talking about! Out in the streets of Denver, you are both the audience and an actor as part of a swarming group of 50 people. With a guided audio tour on headphones, your group’s movements are guided through back alleys and hidden parts of the city in real time. You will become a part of the soundtrack of the streets, sights, and rooftops of the Mile-High City!

Walking distance covered is approximately 2.5 miles and duration is approximately two hours. This event is recommended for ages 13 and older, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Children under age 7 are not permitted to attend.

Lincoln Park – Corner of 13th Ave & Mariposa St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 6:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$42
Phone: 800-641-1222

Friday, June 29

Your kids will delight in the, when the YMCA Southshore Lakehouse screens Finding Dory for this Kids Night Out! Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who is super forgetful. The one thing she can remember is that she became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them.

In addition to the movie screening, kids will get dinner, crafts, and lots of company! Kids up to age 12 who are potty-trained are welcome to attend! Take advantage of the safe and entertaining evening for your kids to enjoy a Parents’ Night Out of your own! Please note that 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 

Nothing beats the combination of swimming and watching a great outdoor movie! Every Friday night this summer, Elitch’s Island Kingdom Water Park screens a movie beginning at around 7:30 p.m. Movies are free with any park admission or Season Pass. 

The first movie in the series is Despicable Me 3, which finds Gru temped to return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The brothers must join forces to bring down an evil former 1980s child star, and Gru must call on the mischievous minions and his old criminal ways to keep the villain from taking revenge on the world.

Elitch Gardens, Island Kingdom Water Park, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE with park admission (starting at $29.99)

Better than a drive-in movie, the Movie on the Green Series brings an outdoor movie experience to Founders Green Park at Stapleton! Movies are FREE to attend and open to the public. Arrive early to get a good seat, and bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. Complete with a concession stand selling freshly-popped popcorn, candy, sodas and bottled water—what more can you ask for?

This week’s movie is the star-studded Spiderman Homecoming, with Tom Holland as Peter Parker, and featuring Michael Keaton and Robert Downey, Jr. Bring the whole family for a movie under the stars! 

Founders Green Park, 29th Ave & Roslyn St, Denver
Dusk (approximately 9:00 p.m.)
Cost: FREE

You know him from any number of memorable, hilarious movie roles, but Kevin Hart announced this tour with a goofy, profane trailer video in which five sides of his personality – the author, the athlete, the mogul, the actor and the comic – argue with each other on a private jet. 

Hart is a master storyteller, one who’s much more complex than the characters he plays in films. In his stand-up show, the audience gets to know “good” Kevin (who wears khakis) and “bad” Kevin (who prefers leather) and how he handles both. Soon after taking the stage, Hart quickly explains how his tour got its name. “A lot of things happened last year. Whatever happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas.”

Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $44-$175

Daniel Howell and Phil Lester are two of the world’s biggest YouTube stars. From producing their own comedy videos, they have gone on to present a Radio Academy Award-winning show for BBC Radio 1, host international coverage of the BRIT Awards, release an app game The 7 Second Challenge, which reached number one on the iTunes store, and in 2017 the hit board game Truth Bombs.

This is your chance to see Dan and Phil in their new stage show—Interactive Introverts—where two internet-dwelling, insecure nerds stand under the spotlight to give the audience an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, and stories. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a person aged 18 or over. 

Bellco Theater, 700 14th St., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$153
Phone: 303-228-8260

Friday-Sunday, June 29-July 1

First it was a book, then a play by a Tony Award-winning creative team, and even a movie with Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. Don’t miss your chance to see this hopelessly romantic theatrical performance—live in Aurora! 

The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if…?” This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless.

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

Saturday, June 30

There’s a reason Kenny Chesney is a two-time and current Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year and sold more tickets in North America than anyone last year—he understands and captures the way the people of the fly-over live their lives, dream their dreams and feel the moments that define them. “The more people I get to see in front of me, the more I realize how much we all have in common,” Chesney says. “We all want the same things, all hope for the same stuff, and I feel like pretty much worry about the same stuff, too.”

Chesney will perform hits such as the feel-good Got a Little Crazy, the shimmering, wide-open embrace of Just Not Today, as well as the more introspective Better as a Memory in this epic concert that is sure to be memorable! 

Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St, Denver
5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $27-$246

Sunday, July 1

Eufórquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh — think euphoria + orchestra) is energy and rhythm personified. An ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove. For over a decade the band has been igniting dance floors across the country, blending the roots of funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae and dub to create a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss”(Chris M. Slawecki; AllAboutJazz.com).

The band takes you on an hour-long adventure that will touch your heart and mind, and keep your fingers and toes tapping.

City Park Denver, 1600 City Park, Denver
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Wednesday, July 4

A bike parade for kids will kick off the celebration with kids and parents meeting at the Lakehouse at 10:30 a.m. with bikes decorated in all their patriotic glory. The mid-day meal will be catered by Jim and Nick’s and there will be beer kegs for adlts and bounce houses for the children. Sign up by Saturday, June 30.

The Lakehouse, 27151 E. Lakeview Drive, Aurora
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Cost: $10

You don’t need to travel far from home to enjoy a spectacular 4th of July celebration! Festivities in the city of Aurora will feature a fireworks show that will light up the night sky! The Municipal Center Great Lawn is the place to be, with live music to dance to, delicious food, and pyrotechnics revered as some of the best in Colorado! 

You can avoid traffic and parking by riding the new RTD R Line and exit at the Aurora Metro Station—within walking distance from the event site!

Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E Alameda Pkwy. Aurora 
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-739-7160

The quintessential Fourth of July family-friendly event—a day at Elitch Gardens, culminating in a fireworks extravaganza that lights up the Downtown Denver skyline! The fireworks display starts at park closing time and is free with any park admission or Season Pass.

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver
9:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE with park admission (starting at $29.99)

Celebrate the Fourth in Southshore!
There’s no end to your entertainment choices near the master-planned community of Southshore! If you are in the neighborhood (any day but the holiday!) stop by and see why this is such a great place to live! Tour the amazing models from Toll Brothers, Century Communities, and Richmond American Homes. Ranch and two-story models are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.