Southlands Town Hall Grand Opening!

September 24, 2020

A reimagined Southlands is revealed with the grand opening of The Peak at Southlands this weekend! A laser light show on Friday night kicks off the celebration, and various events are planned all weekend long, including a sidewalk chalk art festival, sidewalk sales, tulip bulb plantings, and free fitness class demonstrations!

TODAY/TONIGHT, September 24

How much do you really know about the land of alpine lakes and picturesque Alps mountain peaks? Were you aware there’s not one but three official languages in this tiny country, roughly the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined? 

Join this FREE virtual presentation about Switzerland—including exquisite photographs of the beautiful landscapes—and find out why the country is renowned for its neutrality, yet maintains an impressive state of military preparedness. You may want to open a box of Swiss chocolates at home to enjoy during the discussion!

Active Minds Online
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Register: FREE

Who wouldn’t want to spend the evening with Ricky Bobby and friends? Bring the family to a hilarious screening of NASCAR antics with Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen as the Film on the Rocks series presents Talladega Nights. Don’t miss the chance to participate in this most picturesque drive-in movie theatre, surrounded by the beauty of Red Rocks! 

One ticket is all you need for admission, regardless of the number of passengers in the car! Movie snacks will distributed upon entry, including a bag of CityPop Popcorn, theatre-size box of plain M&M’s, Twizzlers, and two drinks!

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $59 per car

Thursday- Sunday, September 24-27

One of Denver’s most heartwarming seasonal events takes on special significance this year. Harvest Week is the Mile High City’s celebration of farm-to-table creations by more than 50 Front Range restaurants, inspired by Colorado farmers and producers. Best of all, by enjoying these special menu items, you’ll also be helping the community in a a time of need with donations to EatDenver and The GrowHaus, two organizations working tirelessly to support independent Colorado restaurants and food justice, respectively.

Check out the list of independent Denver restaurants that are supporting food justice, and show your support by visiting them or ordering take-out from them this week. It’s a win-win situation: you get a great culinary experience and the community gets much needed support in these challenging times!

Information: Harvest Week Facebook Page
@eat_denver, @thegrowhaus, and #harvestweek2020 on Instagram

Friday, September 25

We just can’t get enough of them! This week, MCA Stapleton presents a special virtual wine tasting featuring the rarely-mentioned wines of Greece! Did you know that Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world?

Sign up in advance to receive a link to the wine tasting and don’t forget to purchase your two or four-bottle order of wine from the Vineyard Wine Shop, which includes a bottle of Moscofilero (white), a bottle of Aghirghitiko (red), and with the four-bottle option, you also get a bottle of Xinomavro (full-bodied red) and a bottle of Aghiorghitiko/Cabernet Sauvignon blend (Greece’s version of a top Bordeaux). 

Online, MCA Stapleton
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Registration and Wine Purchase: $35-$95

The sky will be filled with a sensational display of colorful lasers over Southlands as the Grand Opening of the new Town Square commences! You must pre-register and have a ticket in order to attend.

Social Distancing Circles’ maximum capacity is four people, with children of all ages included in this count!

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
7:00 and 8:15 p.m.
Tickets: $5

One of the best things about the Film on the Rocks Drive-In—aside from the picturesque vistas—is the fact that Denver Film curated the series. That’s why a film like Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, which might be the quirkiest and sweetest film you never heard of, is screening tonight.

Michael Cera plays a garage-rock-band bass guitarist who finds himself in an unusual dilemma. His new girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) brings some troublesome  baggage to their relationship: an army of ex-boyfriends who will stop at nothing to eliminate him from her list of suitors.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $59 per car

Friday-Saturday, September 25-26

Take a look at how Southlands has transformed into the kind of space you’ve always dreamed of! The grand opening of The Peak of Southlands is full of family-fun activities and a chance to see how your favorite spaces have been renovated.

The New Town Square includes upgraded landscaping, a state-of-the-art jet fountain, shaded seating areas, and a cozy fire pit for chilly nights. Your little ones will enjoy playing at the Cub Hub, a new place to play right on Main Street, with a playground and refreshing green areas. The kick-off celebration includes a Mini Chalk Art Festival, sidewalk sales, a craft market, and fun fitness classes and demonstrations!

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
Information: FREE
Phone: 303-627-5000

Start thinking about next spring by planning your annual garden and planting bulbs this fall! The Denver Botanic Gardens offers the highest-quality specimens at their annual Fall Plant and Bulb Sale. 

Due to COIVID-19, ordering will be entirely online with in-person pick up at the Garden’s York Street location. The sale will go live online on September 25th where you’ll be able to choose your order from a large selection of bulbs and plants, custom seed mixes and more. Then you’ll pick up your order in October at the Botanic Gardens. 

Online, Denver Botanic Gardens
Fri., 10:00 a.m. to Sat., 5:00 p.m.
Information: Prices vary
Phone: 720-865-3500

Have a classical music night out under the stars at The Field at Stanley Marketplace when the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra’s performs their first socially-distanced outdoor concert!

The night air will make a lovely backdrop to Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, which is filled with the romantic sound that was popular in his day and still rings true today. Next on the program are two masterpieces for strings—George Walker’s Lyric for Strings and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings—followed by the world premiere of Threnody by Christopher Marshall. This is a contemporary composer’s response to racial injustice, expressing our country’s collective pain. The program concludes with Mozart’s joyous  serenade, Eine kleine Nachtmusik.

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
Fri., 7:00 p.m.;  Sat., 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE to $25
Phone: 720-432-9162

Saturday, September 26

This is a very special event to raise funds and awareness to fight DIPG, a terminal childhood cancer diagnosis that has affected a child in our community. Until April of this year, Owen was a typical five-year-old who loved kindergarten, ninjas, his scooter, and Legos. Recently he was diagnosed with DIPG, a very rare and aggressive brain cancer that affects 300 kids each year. Devastatingly, DIPG has a zero survival rate. 

The first O’Stanley Day will celebrate Owen and help support DIPG advocacy, giving Owen and his family and others like them better research to lead towards greater understanding and more hope. There’s a full day of outdoor music planned, including performances by The Cody Sisters, Groove and Motion, and Jack Hadley. And at 4 p.m., the adjacent ticketed performance by the Denver Philharmonic will be audible from the Stanley Marketplace patio!

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

You’ve got two ways to take on a 5K run for a super good cause: to help support DIPG advocacy and research. The Chad Tough Foundation is already doing work to fund research for DIPG and is sponsoring the 5K virtual run.

If you choose the virtual run, make sure to sign up for Team Owen! For the real-time, in-person run, just show up at Stanley Marketplace with your running shoes!

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St. – West Patio, Aurora
10:00 a.m.

The cooler temperatures and sunny days make outdoor shopping a pleasure! This popular Autumn Bazaar at Belleview Station is family-friendly and dog-friendly and features over 50 local makers and fashion trucks, spread out on extra-wide streets for socially distanced shopping.

Get your Guaranteed Entry ticket in advance to reserve a spot to Shop Local at this fun neighborhood street fair! You’ll get guaranteed entry to the market as well as one Free Drink at TheBigWonderful Beer Garden!

6785 E. Chenango Ave., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $5 – $8

Let your kids help make the new Town Square at Southlands beautiful by participating in planting some bulbs in the flower beds at the new Cub’s Garden. Be sure to register in advance for a time slot.

Social distancing and other safety requirements will be observed as mandated by local officials. Remember that masks are currently required in all public indoor/outdoor spaces. Ticket proceeds will be donated to the Aurora Family YMCA.

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St. #Suite 260, Aurora
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Registration: $1

Explore a new way to stay fit or get into shape with these FREE demonstrations at The Peak of Southlands’ grand opening celebration. You can reserve a spot to try out a great Pilates workout, check out a combat-worthy routine or get into the groove with Zone Fitness.

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St. #Suite 260, Aurora
12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Registration: FREE

Who can forget Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and his adventures when he goes back in time in a flying DeLorean to meet the teenage versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson)? All with the help of the unforgettable mad scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd)! Treat the family to this gem of a 1980s film as it’s screened at the drive-in at Red Rocks! 

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $59 per car

Sunday, September 27

You will begin to wonder if futuristic films are becoming a little too real when you watch the sci-fic classic, The Fifth Element, when it screens at the Red Rocks Drive-In. Bruce Willis plays a 23rd-century New York City cabbie who must bring all the good elements together if he is to save the world from a wicked industrialist (Gary Oldman).

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $59 per car

The Arts, Music and More Near Southshore!

Enjoy Life at the Lake in the master-planned community of Southshore—and find culture and entertainment within easy reach! Looking for a new home you can add your signature style to? Tour 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 and the $700s.