The Stock Show Comes to Town!

January 9, 2020

When you see a herd of longhorn cattle being driven down the streets of Denver, it can mean only one thing—they’re ushering in this year’s National Western Stock Show! And today’s kick-off parade is just the beginning! There will be rodeos to watch, photo ops with adorable llamas and alpacas, plus mariachi bands and all kinds of stellar entertainment throughout the week. Check out the complete schedule and start making plans for this iconic family-friendly event!  


Everyone’s a cowpoke in downtown Denver today, as the National Western Stock Show Kick-Off Parade rolls into town! The streets will be lined with boots, chaps, and cowboy hats to celebrate Colorado’s western traditions. 

The sight of 30 longhorn cattle strolling on the urban streets of downtown Denver will take you back in time to when horses, cowboys and cowgirls, and cattle drives reigned over the Mile High City. Marching bands and floats pulled by tractors will put everyone in a festive western mood! 

Union Station to 17th and Tremont, Denver
Starting at 11:30 a.m. at Union Station
Information: FREE
Phone: 303-297-1166

Continue to celebrate the day that’s been proclaimed “Dress Western Day,” with a delicious barbecue lunch and party! Colorado State University hosts this annual event that features delicious western food and live music—all to benefit the 4-H International Youth Group!

Atrium, 1700 Broadway, Denver
11:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12

It may seem like everything in our lives revolves around the internet, but TV used to be the primary influencer, and prior to TV, it was radio. The invention of radio was the first technology that brought the world together in a way that simply hadn’t existed before.

In the first half of the 20th century, through two world wars, radio was the way people connected with others in a profoundly new and powerful way. 

Sam Gary Branch Library, 2961 Roslyn St., Denver
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Registration: FREE

Thursday-Saturday, January 9-11

Coloradoans know how to have an outdoor adventure—and this show takes it to the next level! If you’re thinking of graduating from tents and backpacks to a more comfortable way of experiencing the great outdoors, the Colorado RV Adventure and Travel Show is worth checking out!

Makers of the top recreational vehicles will be on hand with floor models of their vehicles that you can walk through and experience for yourself. Industry vendors, campgrounds, and tow vehicles will also be on hand to answer questions as you consider your own RV vacation! 

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sat., from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12

Thursday-Sunday, January 9-12

It’s everyone’s dream to don a cowboy hat for a day! The entire family will love the variety of Western entertainment at the National Western Stock Show. You can check out the complete schedule of events, or purchase a Grounds Admission ticket and stroll around dozens of exhibits that don’t require additional ticket purchase. Grounds admission pricing varies by date.

Starting at 8:00 a.m. daily
Grounds Admission Tickets: Adults: $12-$24, Children 3-11: $3-$4, Ages 2 and under are FREE
Phone: 866-627-0083

There may be snow on the ground now, but it’s not too early to start dreaming of fishing, camping, hunting, and off-roading! Outdoor activity enthusiasts will find dozens of gear and adventure services vendors gathered in one location to show off the newest and best ideas for your upcoming outdoor adventures. 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosts the Outdoors Colorado Pavilion, where you’ll come  face-to-face with Colorado’s wild places and creatures. The Youth Fair offers free activities, including off-road RC track, live raptors, fly-tying and a catch-and-release fishing pond.

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: $16; kids 15 and under are FREE

Friday, January 10

Treat the kids to their own night out with a screening of Disney’s version of Rapunzel! Tangled is the funny animated film about the classic fairy tale, and it’s so much more fun to see with a big group of other kids! Also included in this fun-packed evening are dinner, games, and a craft! 

You can rest assured knowing the kids are safe and well-cared for at the the Southshore’s YMCA Kids Night Out. Children must be potty-trained in order to attend, and registration for the event is required.

The Lakehouse, YMCA Southshore, 27151 E. Lakeview Dr., Aurora
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Registration: $15-$17
Phone: 720-870-2221

Friday – Sunday, January 10-12

The three pieces performed by the Colorado Symphony this weekend may be firmly rooted in Romantic and Classical traditions, but this concert is also full of modernity and innovation! Dubbed “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart,” composer Missy Mazzoli has written a work that she describes as devotional music for a non-existent religion, Holy Roller.

Also on the program is early 20th-century Romantic composer, Samuel Barber, who was known for his expressive melodies and intuitive lyricism. Performing his Piano Concerto is audience-favorite Olga Kern. The program concludes with late 19th-century Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, brimming with brilliant Romantic orchestral writing. Of the work, Saint-Saëns exclaimed, “I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again.” 

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$89
Phone: 303-623-7876

Saturday, January 11

Need to explore preschool options for your family? Make it a fun morning out with the kids at the Denver Zoo! This wonderfully imaginative showcase is a FREE opportunity for you to connect with dozens of quality-rated programs throughout the city. You can learn all about early childhood resources, including tuition support through the Denver Preschool Program.

The indoor event will feature free food, family-friendly activities, photo ops with Minions—AND admission to the Denver Zoo!

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 720-287-5055

There is nothing cuter than these wizened-faced creatures with the fluffy fur and spindly legs! They are naturally curious and friendly, with humorous facial expressions that will have you taking tons of photos! The Llama and Alpaca Show is one of the many exhibits included with your Grounds Admission ticket, but beware—your kids may beg to take one home!

Stadium Arena, National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
1:00 p.m.
Tickets: Included with Grounds Admission – Adults: $12-$24, Children 3-11: $3-$4, Ages 2 and under FREE
Phone: 866-627-0083

How do Colorado cowboys stack up against the World Team? Come out and see for yourself in this exciting rodeo that displays the best riding skills in the world! This fast-moving and exciting rodeo features Ram Team Colorado vs. the Cinch World Team. It will be a night of bucking broncos, raging bulls, wrangling and roping—with comic relief from rodeo clown, Justin Rumford!

National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $34 – $78 (includes Grounds Admission)
Phone: 866-627-0083

Sunday, January 12

You’ve been dreaming and planning for months—this is your opportunity to see it all come together! With a spectacular bridal runway fashion show and displays of everything wedding from the area’s best professionals, you’ll have a chance to envision your own special day and start making those important decisions!

Dress? Cake? Flowers? Venue? See your pins and magazine photo ideas come to life with in-person samples and inspirations. Bring your mom, sisters, and best friends to help you choose!

Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$15

Like a cross between Cinco De Mayo and a Spaghetti Western, the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza is great fun for the entire family! This fiesta features Mutton Bustin’, a chance for some younger cowpokes to try their hand at riding a bucking sheep!

Of course, the western costumes and cowboy boots will be second to none. And all those sequins will be even more dazzling with the sounds of mariachi bands accompanying them!

National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
2:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $39-$75 (includes Grounds Admission)
Phone: 866-627-0083

Lakeside Living in Southshore!

There’s no shortage of things to do near the master-planned community of Southshore! You get the tranquility of lakeside living with easy access to your favorite urban activities. Stop by and see for yourself how great Life at the Lake can be! With beautiful model homes from Toll Brothers, William Lyon Homes, Century Communities, and Richmond American Homes, it’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home, priced from the upper $400s to the $700s.