Summer Theater, Outdoor Concerts, and BBQ!

June 14, 2018

With a number of excellent plays in town, including the return of the outrageous Book of Mormon, you’ll have a hard time choosing which one to see! Also in full swing are many FREE outdoor summer concerts, with music from folk to soul to jazz. And don’t forget it’s Father’s Day, which means the Denver BBQ Festival—what a great way to treat Dad and the entire family to fabulous food! Get out there and have some summer fun!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, June 14

Class is now in session! Join Soul School at a free concert at Southlands for a rockin’ evening that includes a vast repertoire of music from golden oldies to Motown to jazz, rock, funk, rhythm and blues, and maybe even some beach or country music thrown in! Don’t miss this highly entertaining band as they kick it into gear at this outdoor dance party!

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

Thursday-Saturday, June 14-16

Joe List is a funny guy. Pretty much everything in his life revolves around the fact that he tells jokes for a living. From appearances on multiple TV shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon to the Netflix series The Stand Ups, Joe List tells jokes on TV. You can hear him telling jokes on his two albums and weekly podcast, see him as his alter ego “The Ultimate Worrier” telling jokes in his video series, and even read his jokes on Twitter. But the best way to experience Joe List telling jokes is to catch him live on stage!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs., 8:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$23
Phone: 303-595-3637

Thursday-Sunday, June 14-17

It’s been called “the funniest musical of all time” (Entertainment Weekly) and certainly acknowledged as the most outrageous. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, this groundbreaking stage production is a result of them musing about how funny a musical about Mormons would be. So they created a buddy story about a couple of mismatched Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda to convert the locals. 

While their lyrics are characteristically obscene and offensive, they are set to upbeat, singable tunes reminiscent of Broadway’s best. The result, according to Jimmy Fallon, is a show that’s “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” If you’ve always wondered what all the hype around this nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical is about, now’s your chance to see it—but be warned! Like the comedy in South Park, it’s not for the easily offended! 

Ellie Caulkins Opera House/DCPA, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Sat./Sun., 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$145
Phone: 800-641-1222

What happens when the fertility clinic mixes up the test tubes from a conservative, red-state couple with a liberal, blue-state couple? This hilarious and politically-sharp 2017 Colorado New Play Summit debut by Eric Pfeffinger follows the two couples on an uproarious nine-month odyssey of culture shock, clashing values, changing attitudes and unlikely—but heartfelt—friendships.

Garner Galleria Theatre/DCPA, 14th & Curtis, Denver
Thurs., 6:30 p.m., Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $55
Phone: 800-641-1222

Become part of a swarming group of people roaming the sidewalks of Denver in this engaging experiential theatre event that has the whole town talking! You will be both the audience and an actor as you follow the directions of the soundtrack, guiding your group’s movements in real time. You will see the Mile-High City through a new lens, via back alleys and forgotten places, and you will become a living part of the streets, sights and rooftops of the City!

Walking distance covered is approximately 2.5 miles and duration is approximately two hours. This event is recommended for ages 13+, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Children 6 and under 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-$38
Phone: 800-641-1222

Friday, June 15

Welcome summer in style with the annual Summer Porch Party, featuring a performance by the Colorado Symphony small ensemble! This year the event is being held at Leopold Bros. Distillery for an evening filled with inspired cocktails, light bites, and the Symphony performance as the highlight of the evening! 

In addition to enjoying specialty Leopold Bros. cocktails, you will receive tasting samples of the Leopold Bros. portfolio (including over twenty spirits) and light hors d’oeuvres provided by Mezcla Maggie Catering! Even better, 10% of all bottle sales purchased will be donated back to the Colorado Symphony!

Leopold Bros. Distillery, 5285 Joliet Street, Denver
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $50
Phone: 303-623-7876

Kids Night Out will screen A Dolphin’s Tale, the heartwarming true story of a dolphin named Winter, who was saved with the help of some devoted kids! 

This is a great opportunity to enjoy your own parents’ night out while your kids are safe and entertained at this YMCA Southshore Lakehouse event! In addition to the movie screening, kids will get dinner, crafts, and plenty of company! Kids up to age 12 who are potty-trained are welcome to attend! 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 

Don’t miss this eclectic, foot-stompin’ home-grown band in a FREE concert at the amazing Levitt Pavilion! The Ghost of Paul Revere’s style is a cross between Radiohead and the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd—played on traditional bluegrass instruments! The result is a sound that the Portland, Maine-based band describes as “holler folk,” with their call-and-response melodies, sing-along hooks, and densely layered harmonies. Also on the bill is local favorite, Treehouse Sanctum, a six-piece Americana/folk-rock band known for their groove-filled rhythms and soulful harmonies! Come out and enjoy some great folk music!

Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave., Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 800-745-3000

Friday-Sunday, June 15-17

What dad wouldn’t love going to Denver’s BBQ Festival and hanging out with the best pit-masters in Denver for three days of award-winning BBQ, live music, cold beer and drinks, as well as BBQ tutorials and demonstrations? Even better, admission is FREE on Saturday and Sunday (beginning at 11 a.m.), and you can listen to great music and purchase world-class BBQ from some of the most iconic pit-masters and restaurants across the country!

If you want to take your BBQ experience to the next level, there are ticketed all-you-can-eat Pit Passes, or you could buy a ticket to the ultimate Friday Preview Party, a world-class BBQ event!

Sports Authority Field At Mile High, 1701 Bryant St., Denver
Fri., 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: Fri., $125 (preview party); Sat./Sun., FREE (must purchase food)

Don’t miss the local production of this critically-acclaimed drama that explores themes of faith, maternal instinct, and how far people will go to preserve their chosen way of life. Agnes of God was first produced on Broadway in 1982 and nominated for two Tony awards, and later was adapted for the screen starring Jane Fonda, Meg Tilly and Anne Bancroft.

The play opens when a court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Martha Livingston, is sent to a convent to investigate the death of an infant. A young nun, Sister Agnes, was discovered with a strangled infant in her room that appears to be her own child. Agnes claims to know nothing about the pregnancy or birth, and the convent’s Mother Superior staunchly defends Agnes’s innocence while Dr. Livingston uncovers evidence that would indicate otherwise.

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16-$32
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, June 16


Kids aren’t the only ones who dream of what it would be like to be a pilot, so treat yourself to this awesome opportunity to sit behind the instruments and controls of a plane! Kids and adults alike can climb aboard select aircraft and get a pilot’s perspective of what it feels like to control one of these amazing and complex machines. From a furious F-111 Aardvark to a late 20th century DC-10, you’re sure to walk away with an appreciation for those who fly!

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8.50-$10
Phone: 303-360-5360

Don’t miss this novel way to have fun with your dad during Father’s Day weekend! This special FREE workshop will help you create musical instruments together with your dad, and then jam out in the ultimate family band! All ages are welcome.

Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Rd., Aurora
2:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Phone: 303-627-3050

Sunday, June 17

The City Park Jazz 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).

Enjoy a relaxing evening of free music, with Denver’s finest food trucks nearby, offering delicious bites at affordable prices. You can enjoy ice cream, pizza, burgers, vegetarian, barbecue, Indian, Thai, gyros, smoothies and iced coffee! Bring your own blankets or folding chairs for the grassy area in front of the stage.

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

Music and More, Near Southshore!

Summertime multiplies the entertainment choices near the master-planned community of Southshore! Pay us a visit and tour the models offered by Toll Brothers in Vista Point, Century Communities in The Hills, and Richmond American Homes at Lakeview. Ranch and two-story models are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.