Spring into Action This Weekend in Southshore!

March 18, 2021

With a variety of events to usher in spring, you’ll have a busy weekend in the Southshore area! Live music is back with a record release concert by alt-country singer Derek Dames Ohl, and in-person exhibits at the Denver Zoo and Botanic Gardens open this weekend. Kids can get pictures taken with the Easter Bunny and you can learn how to make museum-quality Ukrainian folk-art Easter eggs! 


Movie music has touched the hearts of millions in a very special way. From cinema’s very beginnings, music was an essential part of the experience, with live piano music accompanying the great silent films. Many of the past century’s most memorable melodies were songs written for the silver screen.

Join in this delightful webinar led by Active Minds for a comprehensive and satisfying look at (and listen to!) the expansive repertoire of music in the movies! No prior musical or movie knowledge is required—only a curiosity and love of both.

Active Minds Online Link
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Information: FREE
Phone: 303-933-3449

Friday, March 19

Teens in grades 6-12 can join this fun online community game that mixes “Guess Who?” with dinosaurs wearing monocles! You’ll need to sharpen your social deduction skills in order to excel at this witty game!

Aurora Libraries Online
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Register: FREE

The whole family will enjoy this all-ages version of Aurora Libraries’ community game night! The youngest members of your family may even know the most when it comes to the dinosaur trivia part of the game! All you need is a computer and internet to join this WebEx meeting.

Aurora Libraries Online
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

Derek Dames Ohl is a local musician from Boulder who’s been playing bass for Flash Mountain Flood for a while, but lately he’s also been recording songs for his new EP, Derek Dames Ohl & Friends. Tonight’s live show is to celebrate his newest release, If Love Stinks.

According to Post To Wire, “it’s a lighthearted swing at a love song but one with a really nice country sway and lyrical quality to it—in the vein of John Prine’s playful tunes.” Grab some friends to share a table and a beer with, and enjoy some in-person live music for a change!

The Black Buzzard, 1624 Market St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 per person; sold as tables

Just for grown-ups—it’s the same dinosaur version of “Guess Who” that kids and teens have a chance to participate in during earlier sessions, but this WebEx meeting gives adults a chance to mix and mingle online while playing a fun game about the complexities of social cues!

Aurora Libraries Online
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Register: FREE

Friday-Sunday, March 19-21

Learn how to make Easter Eggs that are a work of art! The Ukrainian art of pysanky uses ornamental patterns and bright colors to create the kind of exquisite folk-art decorative eggs found in museums. Over this three-day online course, you can create your own works of art, including learning how to develop your own meaningful egg designs.

You’ll learn the method of wax resist (batik) and how it can be used to decorate eggs in the traditional Ukrainian style using aniline dyes and special stylus-like tools (kystka). This class is part of the Botanical Art Exploration Series. The course fee does not include materials.

Denver Botanic Gardens Online
Fri./Sat./Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $210-$250

Better get hopping! Easter’s coming quickly and you won’t want to miss your chance to get a FREE photo with the Easter Bunny! Due to COVID restrictions, reservations are necessary to hold your spot in line. Each Easter Bunny visit is limited to five minutes—plenty of time to snap lots of photos! Please arrive ten minutes early to get checked in.

Southlands, 6155 S. Main St., Aurora
Fri., 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Register: FREE
Phone: 303-627-5000

Saturday, March 20

The spring equinox is upon us, so celebrate with a joyful early-morning nature walk! All ages are welcome in this community event sponsored by

The City of Aurora’s Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces! Advance registration is required.

Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora
7:00 a.m.
Register: $5
Phone: 303-326-8380

What a fun way to spend Saturday—visiting a real live hobbit home! The kids (and you!) will be thrilled with this custom-made space that can serve as a playhouse, office space, or meditation/yoga studio! 

Mayan artist Rudi Monterrosso uses sustainable materials to craft unique and customized hobbit holes for his clients—check this one out and maybe you’ll be signing up for one of your own!

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Suite 148, Aurora
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Information: FREE

St. Patrick’s Day continues on just a wee bit longer with another performance of Irish step dancing from the Wick School of Irish Dance! The FREE show will be held outside so there’s plenty of air and space for social distancing!

Do wear your mask, however, since masks are required both indoors and outdoors at Stanley Marketplace.

Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Suite 148, Aurora
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Information: FREE

Saturday-Sunday, March 20-21

If you are missing your spring break trip to Mexico this year, let Mexico come to you! The Denver Zoo is reopening their interactive Stingray Cove exhibit, where you have a chance to get up-close and personal with some stingrays and sharks. 

Inspired by the landscape of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, this open-air attraction lets you touch and feed gentle cownose and southern stingrays as they swoop and glide freely around the 15,000-gallon tank along with peaceful bamboo and bonnethead sharks. Animals always have a choice about interacting with guests, so the cove is designed with special “quiet zones” where they can hang out if they’re not in a social mood.

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Exhibit hours vary
Exhibit Tickets: $2-$3 (in addition to Admission Tickets: $14-$20)

Sunday, March 21

Here’s a great reason to head out to the always-exciting Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum—a brand-new exhibit that lets you view the utter beauty of the universe! 

This is the opening day for All the Cosmos a Canvas, a spectacular exhibit of images captured through the Hubble Telescope that highlights the awe and majesty of the cosmos.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9.95 – $16.95
Phone: 303-360-5360 

As seen on all the major TV networks and in bridal magazines everywhere, the Colorado Bridal Show is one-stop shopping for all things nuptial! Held in the elegant downtown Curtis Hotel, the Bridal Show is the place to get ideas about and shop for your special day.

In addition to on-site vendors, you’ll also find all kinds of ideas for rings, honeymoons, flowers, dresses, and more! There will be giveaways and drawings and random gifts of roses and wedding bags! Be sure to register in advance for your time slot.

The Curtis Hotel Downtown, 1405 Curtis St., Denver
11a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Timed-Entry Tickets: $7

Plenty to Do Near Southshore!

Away 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.