Wine Fest, Global Fest and Pet Expo!

August 16, 2018

A wide range of entertainment is in the Denver and Aurora area as summer winds down! There are still some free outdoor concerts to catch, wine tastings, local theatre, a pet expo, an urban flea market, and some special comedy events, including an evening with Paul Reiser (Mad About You, Stranger Things)! Take a look at all the events and find the ones that suit you best!

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, August 16

Your kids will enjoy learning more about nature at this Cub Club event at Southlands! August is a great time to explore the riches of nature, and Colorado Natives with Nature’s Educators will demonstrate why Colorado is such a great place to live, not only for people, but for our feathered, scaly and slimy neighbors as well! Also, kids will have a chance to meet animal ambassadors that are true Colorado Natives!

YMCA Youth Center, Southlands, 6155 S. Main St. #220, Aurora, CO
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 720-870-2221

As Denver’s free outdoor concerts are winding down, don’t miss a final opportunity to get out and enjoy some tunes in the park. The Denver Municipal Jazz Band is a group of talented local jazz aficionados who are passionate about sharing their love of jazz with you!

Conservatory Green at Stapleton, Denver
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Thursday-Saturday, August 16-18

Known for his appearances in one successful and critically-acclaimed film after another, Chris Tucker is a movie star who happens to love comedy. He’s best known for his role of Detective James Carter in Brett Ratner’s Rush Hour film series, and his first starring role was in the 1995 film cult classic Friday. In 1997, Tucker co-starred in the hit movie, Money Talks with Charlie Sheen and shortly after appeared in Luc Besson’s classic, The Fifth Element. 

Tucker co-starred in the Oscar-nominated film, Silver Linings Playbook, and his latest project is Ang Lee’s powerful Iraq war-centric film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, co-starring with Vin Diesel and Steve Martin. See him live on stage as he recounts entertaining stories from his experiences in the movies!

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

Thursday-Sunday, August 16-19

Gloria Estefan is an amazing performer and singer—but she also has an amazing and inspiring real-life story that is portrayed in On Your Feet, a musical extravaganza that is much more than a concert! 

When Gloria and her husband Emilio Estefan came to America from Cuba decades ago, they broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But a life-threatening tragedy changed everything, and this groundbreaking couple had to find a way to overcome adversity and land on their feet.

Buell Theatre/DCPA, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$115
Phone: 800-641-1222

Friday, August 17

As summer winds down, take one last chance to enjoy an outdoor wine tasting before they’re gone! The Stapleton MCA hosts a wine tasting with a unique theme and a variety of wines, provided by The Grape Leaf. The evening includes light snacks and cheese samples. Must be 21 to attend. 

The West Crescent, 29th Ave & Roslyn St, Denver
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Cost: $15-$30
Phone: 303-388-0724

Before all the other superhero movies, there was…Zoom! Tim Allen stars in this kid-centered action movie about a former superhero who is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private Academy.

Treat your kids to a night out—while you enjoy a parents’ night out of your own! Held at the YMCA Southshore Lakehouse, you’ll know your kids are safe and having a good time at this event that also includes dinner and crafts. They’ll have lots of fun with other kids up to age 12! 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.
Cost: $15-$17
Phone: 720-870-2221

Friday-Sunday, August 17-19

Two old vaudevillians who worked together for over forty years part ways after a huge falling out. When a network show invites them both to appear on a segment of the History of Comedy, their reunion is poignant—and hilarious! This show is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

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

Saturday, August 18

Urban Market is Denver’s premier open-air marketplace, now in its 12th year! Bring the entire family and browse through a vast array of local arts and crafts sold directly by the artists.

You’ll find one-of-a-kind jewelry, antiques, furniture, holistic services, unique treasures, delicious food, and just about anything else you could want. It’s the ultimate flea-market find! At noon, there will be live concert, featuring an outstanding local band!

Skyline Park, 15th and Arapahoe, Denver
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Get a taste of cultures from all over the world, without ever leaving Aurora! Global Fest is Aurora’s annual international celebration of food, art, and entertainment. Come and experience fantastic flavors, cultural experiences and artistic expression from around the world, including an international fashion show.

Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

For a wine-tasting evening that features the flavors of the Pacific Northwest, in an environment that puts you as close to the ocean as you can get in Denver, you won’t want to miss the Downtown Aquarium’s annual Wine Fest! Enjoy the beauty of the 

Aquarium while mingling with winery representatives and fellow fine wine aficionados for an afternoon of wine tasting, appetizers and live entertainment.

Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St., Denver
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $60-$65
Phone: 800-641-1222

The Concert on the Green summer concert series continues with the renowned and ever-popular Hazel Miller Band. This powerful singer delivers 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).

Founders Green Park, 29th Ave & Roslyn St, Denver
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

Best known for his lovable role of Paul on the 1990s sitcom, Mad About You, Paul Reiser is recognized more recently as Dr. Owens in Netflix’s Stranger Things, a role the Duffer brothers created with him specifically in mind. 

Reiser is a comedian, actor, musician and best-selling author who relishes the chance to appear on stage, telling hilarious stories and charming audiences with his signature wit and warmth. Don’t miss his one-night appearance in Denver!

Gates Concert Hall, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $29-$49
Phone:  303-871-7720

Saturday-Sunday, August 18-19

If you love pets, you’ll love the two-day Denver Pet Expo! Now in its 8th year, this event is a must for the entire family, including your pets! The expo features live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, author readings and book signings, educational booths, and pet products. To keep your furry friend safe and healthy, there will be microchipping, discounted vaccinations, and heart worm and flea preventatives. Enter your pet in the pet costume contest or let your kids and pets take part in a variety of fun activities. There’s even a mega adoption event!

National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 800-977-3609

Sunday, August 19

This event brings over 40 of Denver’s taquerias and Mexican restaurants to you! Westword Tacolandia is a Mexican-food extravaganza, with unlimited taco samples, live entertainment, a cash bar and even a car show! Wash down those delectable tacos with libations from a cash bar and plenty of spicy entertainment! Featuring live performances and the Tacolandia Car Show, presented by the Saints & Sinners Car Club.

Civic Center Park, 101 14th Avenue, Denver
4:00-7:00 p.m.
Cost: $35-$65

So Much Fun in Southshore!

There’s no end to the entertainment choices near the master-planned community of Southshore! Tour the inspiring models and check out additional designs from Toll Brothers in Vista Point, Century Communities in The Hills, and Richmond American Homes at Lakeview. Ranch and two-story models in this lakeside community are priced from the upper $300s to the $700s.