Statewide Events

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Chris Segal

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9

An Evening with David Sedaris — Comedian, NPR humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris will deliver an evening of satire and riveting conversation. 7:30 p.m. Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge, 970-547-3100.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Rise and Shine Rando Series (1 of 6) — Join in for a six-part series of uphill challenges Tuesday mornings in November, December and January. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, 28194 U.S. Highway 6, Keystone, 970-468-0718. Through Jan. 23.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Mary Poppins: the Broadway Musical — The world’s most “practically perfect” nanny takes the stage in this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure, complete with a live orchestra. 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-221-6730. Through Nov. 19.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18

Estes Holiday Market — Check out handmade items from local vendors including rugs, jewelry, knitted hats, scarves and more. Estes Park Conference Center, Rocky Mountain Park Inn, 101 St. Vrain Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-9519. Through Nov. 19.

Estes Park Tree Lighting Ceremony — Enjoy family activities as the sun sets and the countdown begins to illuminating the village with thousands of lights. 4 p.m. George Hix Riverside Plaza, 184 W. Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, 970-577-9900.

Thursday, NOVEMBER 23

Second Annual gO Turkey Trot — Work up a Thanksgiving appetite while also raising awareness for mental and physical health on this 5K turkey trot and 1K kids’ gobble wobble. Day-of sign ups and start at Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce. 8:30 a.m. 601 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, 970-349-5103.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Light Up the Night — Kick off the holiday season the evening after Thanksgiving by partaking in the annual lighting of the community’s trees with a cup of piping hot chocolate to warm your hands. 5 p.m. County Courthouse Lawn, 1955 Shield Drive, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-0880.

Montrose Tree Lighting — Be dazzled as the festive tree lights up to kick off the holiday season, followed by the opening of Santa’s Cabin for the season. 5:30 p.m. 320 S. First St., Montrose County Historic Courthouse, Montrose, 970-240-1400.

Salida Christmas Mountain Lighting and Parade of Lights — At sunset, Riverside Park is transformed into Holiday Park and Tenderfoot Hill is lit up as Christmas Mountain. 6 p.m. SteamPlant Event Center, 220 W. Sackett Ave., Salida, 719-539-2068.

Snowcat Santa and Fireworks — In anticipation of an exciting December, Santa will arrive in Burning Stones Plaza on a Pisten Bully Snowcat with fireworks as an exciting backdrop. 4 p.m. Copper Mountain Resort, 209 10 Mile Circle, Frisco, 970-968-2318.

Thanksjibbing — Come watch skiers and snowboarders throw down in the park for their piece of the cash purse before checking out the rest of the post-Thanksgiving action at Base Village. Aspen Mountain, 601 E. Dean St., Aspen, 970-923-1227.

Two Rivers 2017 Craft Show — With over 60 vendors in attendance, get your wallet ready for this holiday gift-buying extravaganza. 10 a.m. Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St., Grand Junction, 970-263-5700. Through Nov. 25.

Victorian Christmas — Enjoy the wonders of a true Victorian Christmas in a lavishly decorated castle where homemade refreshments abound. 10 a.m. Miramont Castle, Manitou Springs, 719-685-1011. Through Nov. 26.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Holiday House Christmas Bazaar — An annual event where visitors can find antiques, arts, baked goods, Christmas decorations and more, all set to holiday music. 9 a.m. Rocky Mountain Park Inn, 101 S. St. Vrain Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-7205.

Holiday Market and Tree Lighting — Join the second annual Holiday Market featuring local crafts, holiday treats and more followed by the annual lighting of the village’s beautiful holiday tree. Noon. Winter Park Resort, 85 Parsenn Road, Winter Park, 970-726-1564.

Lighting of River Run Celebration — Fresh-baked cookies, Santa Claus and the fourth annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. 3:30 p.m. Warren Station in River Run, Keystone Mountain Resort, 164 Ida Bella Drive, Keystone, 800-919-0038.

Tree Lighting and Dinner with Santa — Christmas carols with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the annual tree lighting. 5 p.m. Miner Street to Citizens Park, Idaho Springs, 303-567-4660.

Welcome Winter Carnival — Start the winter season off right with family activities and jammin’ bluegrass. 3 p.m. Warren Station in River Run, Keystone Mountain Resort, 164 Ida Bella Drive, Keystone, 970-423-8997.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1

Palisade Olde-Fashioned Christmas — Experience the holiday magic of yesteryear and sing old-school holiday carols, decorate gingerbread houses and participate in the parade of lights. 4 p.m. Downtown Palisade, 970-464-7458. Through Dec. 3.

25th Annual Paonia Holiday Art Fair — Local artists sell their handcrafted wares, including original paintings, prints, photography, cards, sculpture, pottery, fiber arts and clothing. Now’s your chance to stock up on holiday gifts. Blue Sage Center for the Arts, 228 Grand Ave., Paonia, 970-527-6570. Through Dec. 2.

Wassail Days — Join in Frisco’s annual holiday festivities including the lighting of the tree, a soup contest and, of course, the warm comforts of Frisco’s famous holiday cider. Main St., Frisco, 970-668-9132. Through Dec. 10.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2

Holidays in the Rockies Artisan Market — Complete your holiday gift buying with handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts. 9 a.m. Strawberry Park Elementary, 39620 Amethyst Road, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-9008.

Lighting of Breckenridge — A day full of family-friendly winter activities, including a race of the Santas before the town’s holiday tree lighting. 2 p.m. Main St., Breckenridge, 888-251-2417.

Tommyknocker Holiday Bazaar — Come explore the historic Teller House, see the face on the barroom floor and browse through the Central City Opera boutique. A great time to purchase holiday gifts. Teller House, 120 Eureka St., Central City, 303-352-5919. Through Dec. 3.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7

The Velveteen Rabbit A production of the timeless tale of love and sacrifice as revealed through the story of a small stuffed rabbit given as a gift to a little boy on Christmas morning. Gunnison Arts Center, 102 S. Main St., Gunnison, 970-641-4029. Through Dec. 16.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8

The Nutcracker Canyon Concert Ballet presents their 36th annual production of the holiday classic, with a dazzling score by Tchaikovsky performed by the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-221-6730. Through Dec. 10.

Paula Poundstone — Fresh on the heels of her hilarious new book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search For Human Happiness, NPR’s Paula Poundstone comes to entertain audiences with her casual, observational humor. 8 p.m. Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland, 970-962-2120.

Vail Snow Daze — Enjoy fresh tracks and a sponsor expo village during the day and après parties and free live concerts at night. Vail Resort, Vail, 970-754-8245. Through Dec. 10.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9

Fruita Parade of Lights — Kick off the holiday season with this annual parade. 5:30 p.m. Downtown Fruita, 100 Aspen Ave., Fruita, 970-244-1480.

Santa Ski and Crawl — Help Crested Butte break the world record for the most number of skiers in full Santa costumes. 2 p.m. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, 500 Gothic Road, Crested Butte, 800-547-5143.

Ninth Annual Wine, Chocolate and Cheese Festival — A scrumptious event set to live 1930s swing music. 6 p.m. Ouray Community Center, 320 Sixth Avenue, Ouray. 970-325-4746.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11

U.S. Rev Tour — Top snowboard and free-ski athletes compete in the Main Vein Superpipe. Winners may earn an invitation to the U.S. Grand Prix. Copper Mountain Resort, 209 10 Mile Circle, Frisco, 970-968-2318. 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16

Vail Holidaze — The perfect place for a family celebration this holiday season, as the town and mountain come alive with lights, sounds, events and holiday cheer. Vail Resort, Vail, 970-754-8245. Through Dec. 31.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23

MacKinnon Royal Dance — A program of dance including a competition of dance teams, all in celebration of the winter season. 6:30 p.m. Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland, 970-962-2120.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24

Santa at A-Basin with the Summit Choral Society — A Santa and his elves arrive to hand out candy with live music accompaniment. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Base Area, Mountain Goat Plaza, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, 28194 U.S. Highway 6, Keystone, 970-468-0718.

Torchlight Parade and Santa’s Sleigh Ride — Santa arrives with candy, good cheer and a torchlight parade on Christmas Eve. 5:30 p.m. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, 500 Gothic Road, Crested Butte, 800-547-5143.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27

John Denver Tribute Concert — Celebrate the American musician and songwriter in a concert led by John Adams and his all-star band. 7:30 p.m. The Wright Opera House, 462 Main St., Ouray, 970-325-4399.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28

Neil Berg’s Broadway Holiday — Direct from New York, five of Broadway’s brightest stars will take audiences on a journey through Broadway history. Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Springs Road, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-5056.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29

Harwood and Woodward Magic Illusion — With a 1940s theme, this show features five big stage illusions, song, dance, comedy and lots of magic. 7:30 p.m. Michael D. Palm Theater, 721 W. Colorado Ave., Telluride, 970-879-5056.

Magical Winter Knights — A fully immersive renaissance festival unlike any other, this indoor event includes a medieval festival, a fantasy faire and a combat sporting event. 10 a.m. Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland, 877-544-8499. Through Dec. 30.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30

The Good Humor Men — Three of America’s funniest comedians, Pete Lee, Pat McGann and Pat Hazell, join forces to showcase their original brand of humor 7:30 p.m. Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland, 970-962-2120.

Jason Latimer — The curator of impossible science performs an unprecedented act as the reigning world champion of magic. Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, 970-920-5770.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31

Copper’s New Year’s Eve Celebration — Say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 with a children’s glowstick pageant, a torchlight parade and a mountain-side fireworks display. Copper Mountain Resort, 209 10 Mile Circle, Frisco, 970-968-2318.

Extreme Rodeo Challenge — This rodeo is packed with favorites like saddle bronc riding, bull riding and bull fighting along with family-friendly mutton bustin’. 7:30 p.m. Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland, 877-544-8499.

First Night Fort Collins — A diverse array of entertainment including performing arts, storytelling, comedy, magic, street performers and fireworks. 5:30 p.m. Various locations, Old Town, Fort Collins, 970-484-6500.

New Year’s Eve at the Kauffman House — Enjoy treats and a tour of this historic house while you await fireworks over Grand Lake. 10 p.m. Kauffman House, 407 Pitkin St., Grand Lake, 970-627-9644.

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Celebration — Make your way to Butte 66 for live music, drink specials, fireworks and a torchlight parade. 5:30 p.m. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, 500 Gothic Road, Crested Butte, 800-547-5143.

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks — Join Telluride Ski Resort for a favorite tradition among locals and visitors alike. 6:30 p.m. Mountain Village, 565 Mountain Village Blvd., Telluride, 866-754-8355.

Royal Gorge Dinner Train — There are few better ways to enjoy New Year’s Eve than with a three-course, award-winning meal aboard a train. 6:30 p.m. Santa Fe Depot, 330 Royal Gorge Blvd., Cañon City, 719-276-4000.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4

The MusicFest  — Fifty Southwestern Americana bands play at this weeklong music festival taking place on Steamboat’s five mountains. Various Locations, Steamboat Springs, 512-295-8447. Through Jan. 9.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10

Ullr Fest — Celebrate the Norse god of snow with a weeklong celebration. Breckenridge Ski Resort, 1599 Ski Hill Road, Breckenridge, 888-251-2417. Through Jan. 13.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11

Mountain High Music Festival — Listen to the hottest new songwriters along with icons like Dean Dillon and more. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, 500 Gothic Road, Crested Butte, 800-547-5143. Through Jan. 13.

Wintersköl — Aspen invites you to drop in and toast to winter with four days of events and activities. Downtown Aspen, 970-920-7143. Through Jan. 14.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13

Skadi Fest — Get inspired by the Norse goddess of winter and gather your girlfriends for a weekend of lady-specific ski demos, customized lessons and events. Vail Resort, Vail, 970-754-8245. Through Jan. 14.

Estes Park Winter Festival — Visitors and locals come together to revel in the winter season. Noon . Estes Park Events Complex, 1209 Manford Ave., Estes Park, 970-586-6104. Through Jan. 14.

MONDAY, JANUARY 15

44th Annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill — Nothing says Steamboat like cowboys on skis. 1 p.m. Gondola Square, Steamboat Ski and Resort, 2305 Mt. Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-6111.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18

Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend — Interactive cooking demonstrations, innovative spirits events, gourmet wine pairing dinners and endless hours of phenomenal skiing. Beaver Creek Resort, 29 Avondale Lane, Avon, 970-754-4636. Through Jan. 21.

Ouray Ice Festival — For three days and three nights, Ouray is an absolute ice climbing mecca; ice climbers, both novice and pro, travel from around the world to celebrate the growing sport of ice climbing. Ouray Ice Park, County Road 361, Uncompaghre Gorge, Ouray, 970-325-4288. Through Jan. 21.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19

Telluride Fire Festival — Watch flames flicker and burn in this celebration of light and motion. 565 Mountain Village Blvd., Telluride, 970-708-1059. Through Jan. 21.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20

12 Days of Aspen — Join in the winter fun with a week full of events and activities. Downtown Aspen, 970-925-1940. Through Dec. 31.

The CrucibleA staging of Arthur Miller’s dramatic and iconic masterpiece dares to put us all on trial. Lincoln Center Magnolia Theater, 417 W. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970-221-6730. Through Feb. 17.

Pagosa Paw Sled Dog Race — Watch or join the Colorado Mountain Mushers in a dogsled race and try to keep up on your Nordic skis. 8:30 a.m. Toner Ranch, Pagosa Springs, 970-264-9358. Through Jan. 21.

MONDAY, JANUARY 22

Snow Sculpture Week — Discover the process of snow sculpting and marvel at fantastical icy creations by world-class sculptors. Breckenridge Ski Resort, 1599 Ski Hill Road, Breckenridge, 970-453-5000. Through Jan. 29.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25

Fat Bike Worlds — The second annual event featuring a fat bike conference, vendor showcase, demos and two days of fat bike races and fun. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, 500 Gothic Road, Crested Butte, 855-681-0941. Through Jan. 28.

X Games Aspen — Celebrating its 17th year in Aspen Snowmass, the premiere winter action sports competition. Aspen Mountain, 601 E. Dean St., Aspen, 970-923-1227. Through Jan. 28.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26

Alamosa Ice Fest and Rio Frio 5K — This year’s tropical-themed festivities include a Moana ice sculpture contest, scavenger hunt, faux snowman building contest, bonfire and wintery races. Downtown Main St., Alamosa, 719-589-6955. Through Jan. 28.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27

The Great Fruitcake Toss — The fruitcakes will fly again in downtown Manitou Springs. Join the old fashioned game, a costume competition and a fruitcake bake-off. 1 p.m. Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs, 719-685-5089.

Saturday, FEBRUARY 3

16th Annual Beacon Bowl and Après Party — Participate in or watch the annual beacon search competition, avalanche dog competition and a big party to end the day. 8 a.m. Mountain Goat Plaza, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, 28194 U.S. Highway 6, Keystone, 970-468-0718.

48th Annual Frisco Gold Rush — The longest-running Nordic event in Colorado, with classic and skate races open to skiers of all ages and abilities. Post-race party at Frisco Nordic Center. 9 a.m. Frisco Day Lodge, 621 Recreation Way, Frisco, 970-668-9133.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

Winter Carnival — Festivities include people riding on shovels being pulled behind horses and skiers jumping through fiery hoops. 5:30 p.m. Various Locations, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-0880. Through Feb. 11.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off — Experience Mardi Gras and Cajun cuisine in the 23rd annual cook-off. 10:30 a.m. Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs, 719-685-5089.

Summit County 50+ Games — People 50 and older get a chance to compete in a series of winter games. Keystone Mountain Resort, 100 Durcum Square, Keystone, 970-423-8997. Through Feb. 11.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14

26th Annual Mountaintop Matrimony — A mass wedding ceremony at 12,050 feet. 8 a.m. Ptarmigan Cabin, Loveland Ski Area, Exit 216, Interstate 70, Georgetown, 800-736-3754.

Valentine’s Day Torchlight Parade — Watch a spectacular on-snow parade down the mountain lit only by torches and a fireworks finish. 7 p.m. Steamboat Ski and Resort, 2305 Mt. Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-6111.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15

19th Annual Telluride Comedy Fest — This festival is a world-class event with a grassroots feel that will leave you feeling tickled. 8 p.m. Sheridan Opera House, 110 N. Oak St., Telluride, 970-728-6363. Through Feb. 18.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18

San Juan Symphony — Things heat up with a sizzling selection of Spanish and Latin American composers. 3 p.m. Community Concert Hall, 1000 Rim Road, Durango, 970-247-7657.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

WinterWonderGrass Festival — Authentic bluegrass music and Colorado craft beer come together for one of the best music festivals of the season. Steamboat Ski and Resort, 2305 Mt. Werner Circle, Steamboat Springs, 970-879-6111. Through Feb. 25.

Fireman’s Firehose Relay — Teams of firefighters race down a 15-gate slalom course for charity. 10:30 am. High Noon, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, 28194 U.S. Highway 6, Keystone, 970-468-0718.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Special Olympics Winter Games — Come support these amazing athletes as they compete in events including alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding at Copper for the 30th year. 9 a.m. Copper Mountain Resort, 209 10 Mile Circle, Frisco, 970-968-2318. Through Feb. 25.

Telluride Gay Ski Week — Telluride Gay Ski Week is a community event where the LGBT community, Town of Telluride and Mountain Village come together for some rainbow fun in the mountains. Various locations, Telluride, 844-479-8355. Through March 3.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Durango Independent Film Festival — This festival screens global, innovative and diverse films and connects independent filmmakers. Various locations, Durango, 970-375-7779. Through March 4.

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering — See all four resorts in Aspen over the course of this day-long race. Aspen/Snowmass, 601 E. Dean St., Aspen, 970-923-1227.

Crafted Tasting Event — Featuring Colorado’s best craft brews, spirits and local fare slope-side. 2 p.m. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, 500 Gothic Road, Crested Butte, 800-547-5143.

Ski Joring Weekend — Watch as horses pull skiers into amazing feats of daring over jumps and obstacles. 12 p.m. Downtown Leadville, 719-486-2014. Through March 4.

MONDAY, MARCH 5

Burton U.S. Open — The longest-running snowboarding competition in the world attracts the world’s top competitors. Vail Resort, Vail, 970-754-8245. Through March 10.

Classical Convergence — PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the classical music scene, presenting new works for the string quartet. 7:30 p.m. Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St., Fort Collins, 970-221-6730.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14

Wolves on the Mountain — Have you ever wanted to get to know a wolf? Now is your chance. Wolfwood Refuge is bringing wild dogs to the slopes. 11 a.m. Purgatory Resort, 1 Skier Place, Durango, 970-247-9000.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23

Elk Mountain Grand Traverse — An extraordinary 40-mile backcountry ski race between the towns of Crested Butte and Aspen. Starting at midnight from Crested Butte, often in sub-zero temperatures, racers traverse Colorado’s spectacular Elk Mountains. Crested Butte to Aspen Mountain, 601 E. Dean St., Aspen, 970-923-1227. Through March 24.

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

10th Annual Save Our Snow Celebration — You have the power to save the powder! All proceeds from this demo event will benefit the High Country Conservation Center, a local nonprofit that provides awareness, education, appreciation and preservation of our environment. 9 a.m. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, 28194 U.S. Highway 6, Keystone, 970-468-0718.

Winter Chainless Downhill Race — Grab your townie, fat bike or summer mountain bike for this annual downhill race. 4 p.m. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, 500 Gothic Road, Crested Butte, 800-547-5143.

MONDAY, MARCH 26

Let it Be — The end of The Beatles era was never thought to be in sight when The Beatles played their last show on the roof of Apple Offices in 1969. Imagine what would have been — enter a time capsule and turn back to John Lennon’s 40th birthday, Oct. 9, 1980. Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, 719-520-7469.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

Full Moon at Ten Peaks — Take a self-guided, moonlight skin or snowshoe tour to the top of Ten Peaks and warm up inside the Umbrella Bar. 5 p.m. Crested Butte Mountain Resort, 500 Gothic Rd., Crested Butte, 800-547-5143.