Ride Like the Wind This Weekend!

August 19, 2021

With the bustle of autumn just around the corner, why not relax this weekend? There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor concerts, including the first-ever Joey Pearlman Memorial Jazz Festival. There are also motorcycle and bike rides for a good cause—so get out and enjoy the warm weather while it’s still here! 

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, August 19

Did you know it’s National Aviation Day? Now that you know, you must celebrate! And the perfect place to do that is at Denver’s very own Air & Space Museum, where they are offering a special PAY AS YOU WISH admission fee today only!

There will special activities like paper plane building, science demos, an opportunity to sit at a simulator—even drone flying! Your donation will support the Wings Over the Rockies’ mission to educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. Please note: pricing for MaxFlight and Doron simulator experiences are standard pricing.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: Pay as you wish

Thursday – Saturday, August 19-21

If you loved them in the Before Times, wait til you see what this trio of self-proclaimed “liberal rednecks” has in store for post-lockdown times. In case you aren’t familiar with these viral-video Southern comedians, they’re the real thing!

Trae Crowder (The Liberal Redneck), Corey Ryan Forrester (The Buttercream Dream), and Drew Morgan (The Ginger Ninjer) are stand-up comedy and writing partners. They share a combination of liberalism and redneckedness that people all over the country find intriguing. AND they’re hilarious.

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

Thursday-Sunday, August 19-22

Why just look at a Van Gogh painting when you can immerse yourself in an airplane hangar full of them? Bigger than life and multi-sensorial, the Van Gogh Alive experience will make you feel like you are walking into a painting. You’ll understand the artist by walking in his shoes, and you’ll never look at colors again in the same way!

The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora
Thurs., 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$55

Friday, August 20

Motorcycle enthusiasts come together for a great cause AND a celebration of the freedom of biking. Mile High Harley-Davidson of Aurora has partnered with Ride the Wind, a nonprofit supporting victims of domestic violence—100% of proceeds will go straight to them! Join in a motorcycle ride past the Wings Over the Rockies Museum and return back to Mile High Aurora for a celebration of Women United!

The party is open to the public and free to attend. Enjoy live music from Dear Marsha and tasty bites from Chile Con Quesadilla Food Truck. There will be guest speakers from the USA Women’s World Record Ride, free drinks, giveaways, and more!

Mile High Harley-Davidson of Aurora, 16565 E. 33rd Dr., Aurora
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $11

You don’t have to drive far to experience life on a farm—and you don’t have to leave the present to find out what life was like back in the pioneer days! The Plains Conservation Center is a nature preserve and educational center with replicas of a homestead village and tipi camp that showcase pioneer and plains Native Americans life in the late 1800s.  

The City of Aurora and Denver Botanic Gardens have paired up to offer classes about the animals that were on a pioneer farm as well as the wildlife that pioneers had to contend with in the olden days. Meet the farm animals and have a chance to feed them and learn how to care for them! 

Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Register: $10
Phone: 303-326-8380

Friday-Sunday, August 20-22

Neighborhood musical theatre is back! Productions at the Vintage Theatre have begun, with the first show of the season highlighting chart-topping tunes by R&B pioneer Louis Jordan. 

The premise of Five Guys Named Moe sounds like a blues version of Scrooge—five different “Moes” visit a despondent musician to show him what life is really all about. Through songs like Is You Is, or Is You Ain’t My Baby, Let the Good Times Roll, and Caldonia, everyone emerges on the road to happiness!

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

Saturday, August 21

It’s prime zucchini season, so that means you need to start looking for great recipes to use up the bounty! Have you tried Lemon Zucchini Bread from Eating Well? Great for breakfasts and snacks! Head over to Southlands and pick up all the zucchini you can carry, as well as fresh bread, homemade goodies and more! 

Southlands, 6155 S Main St., Aurora
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

For a great vibe that matches your Saturday morning mood, why not chill out at a neighborhood coffee house and take in some live music? Catch up with friends or bring the family and expose them to a little culture!

Jubilee Roasting Company, 1452 Kenton St., Aurora
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE

You may not need a reason to enjoy a bike ride this weekend, but why not combine your love of cycling with Denver Food Rescue’s mission to increase health equity in Denver neighborhoods? This fundraiser includes a bike ride, a silent virtual auction and a party in Central Park Denver with vendors and food!

Central Park Denver, 8601 E. Martin Luther King Blvd S., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Register: $25
Phone: 720-273-9350


Kenneth Hamblin III

Ten local jazz bands went to the studio last spring to compose and record music in honor of beloved jazz musician Joey Pearlman, who tragically passed away recently. To celebrate the completion of the album and the life of Pearlman, they are hosting the first-ever Joey Pearlman Memorial Jazz Festival, an all-day concert series featuring some of Denver’s best professional jazz musicians.

Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, 800 Kalamath St., Denver
11:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-928-9026

Is it an exciting exercise routine? Is it an exhilarating Latin dance class? Yes! It’s both! Have fun while you work out when you join this Zumba-inspired outdoor class that will make you feel like you’re vacationing south of the border! Afterwards, enjoy half-priced beer and beverages at Cheluna Brewing Company.

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Register: $6

There’s nothing like hanging out on a Saturday afternoon, listening to live music! Kory Montgomery, an accomplished blues, funk and jazz-fusion musician, has taken an introspective turn during the pandemic, emerging with a self-titled EP filled with exciting new songs like Ache, Lovin Lies, and Black Goes With Everything.

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

Sunday, August 22

Late-season gardens are tricky—there’s not much time to prepare for harvests before the first frost, and you have to know what to grow. Join in this hands-on activity and class where you’ll help harvest seeds for the Aurora Seed Library, located at the Aurora Public Library, and learn from experts how to make your own fall garden flourish. Produce not selected for seed will be donated or given to volunteers and class participants. 

Nome Community Garden, 1200 Nome St., Aurora
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Register: $5 suggested donation

The Sunday Summer Music Series continues with the Nico Martinez Trio! Enjoy a fusion of rhythms from multiple genres and eras of music. An eclectic combination of Colombian folk, jazz, flamenco, reggaeton, Spanish rock, Caribbean, pop-rock, and American classics will have you feeling fine this Sunday afternoon!

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 N. Dallas St., Aurora
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE

The Accessibility / Exclusivity of Southshore!

Hike and Bike at Aurora ReservoirAway from it all, but close to everything, the lakeside community of Southshore offers access to plenty of things to do every weekend! If you’re new to Life at the Lake, drive around and check out the beautiful model homes from Taylor Morrison, Richmond American Homes and Toll Brothers. Available in ranch and two-story designs, Southshore homes are priced between the upper $400s to the $700s.