Summer Scene Front Range Events Calendar 2018

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Friday, May 25

Boulder Creek Fest. Celebrate summer in Boulder with a day of fun-filled entertainment. Boulder Creek/Downtown Boulder, 303-449-3137. Through May 28.

The Denver Arts Festival. Come celebrate 20 years of Colorado artists mixed with a few national names, too. 10 a.m. Denver Arts Festival Conservatory Green, Stapleton, 8034 E. 49th Place, Denver, 303-330-8237. Through May 27.

Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo. 7:30 p.m. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 303-410-0700. Through May 27.

Thursday, May 31

Lakewood Symphony Orchestra. For its season finale, the symphony presents “Dynamic Desert” with a combination of music from around the world. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845.

Friday, June 1

People’s Fair. Celebrate summer with attractions, arts, music, events and activities at Denver’s biggest and longest-running block party. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-830-1651. Through June 3.

Denver Children’s Museum Birthday Bash. To celebrate its 45th birthday, the Children’s Museum takes a trip to L. Fran Baum’s Oz with its Wicked Affair theme. 6 p.m. Denver Children’s Museum, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver, 303-433-7444.

The Little Mermaid. BDT Stage goes under the sea in this Disney classic. 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-449-600, Through Sept. 8.

Saturday, June 2

Burning Can Festival at Lyons Outdoor Games. Almost 100 breweries, athletes, camping and tons of musical acts get together to kick the summer off. Bohn Park, 199 Second Ave., Lyons, Through June 3.

Denver Chalk Art Festival. More than 200 amateur and professional artists gather to chalk up the streets of Larimer Square. Larimer Square, Denver, 303-534-2367. Through June 3.

Golden Super Cruise. Watch classic cars cruise down the open road. 5 p.m. S. Golden Road, Golden, 303-968-7536. First Saturday of the month through Oct. 6.

Poudre Riverfest. A free, family-friendly festival that encourages education and restoration of the Cache la Poudre River, not to mention plenty of fun with food, live music, beer and activities for kids. Adjacent to New Belgium Brewery, 500 Linden St., Fort Collins,

A Taste of Louisville. Taste the “Quality of Life” in Louisville with food, beer, kid’s activities, local merchants and local bands playing Steinbaugh Pavilion for the Louis-Palooza. Plus, it’s the opening day of the Farmers’ Market. 9 a.m. Main St., Louisville, 303-666-5747.

Zikr Dance Ensemble. For “Runes,” dancers will abstractly explore the ancient northern European alphabet used in divination. The night will also include Zikr’s signature piece “In Your Eyes.” Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845. Through June 3.

Sunday, June 3

Boulder Jewish Festival. This one-day, free festival features live entertainment, ethnic food, music, fine art, Judaica and all-age activities. 11 a.m. Courthouse Lawn, Pearl Street Mall, 1200-1400 Blocks of Pearl Street, Boulder,

OUT Boulder County Garden Party. This year’s garden party theme is SPARKLE! Join Out Boulder County for a fun afternoon of food, friends and awards for heroes of the local LGBTQ community. 4 p.m. RSVP for location or check out, 303-499-5777.

TedX Boulder. Listen to the latest ideas the community has to offer. 5 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-442-3282.

Yoga Rocks the Park. Strike a pose, get in the zone and then cool down with drinks, food and music at an after party. Kids’ camp for children ages 5-10. 8 a.m. Sunken Gardens Park, Speer Boulevard and 11th Street, Denver. Through Sept. 19.

Thursday, June 7

Longmont Art Guild Annual Member Show. The Guild’s largest show of the year. This year the show will also feature work from the St. Vrain Photographic Society. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, Barn A,
303-678-6235. Through June 10.

Taste of the West. Come taste a smattering of food samples from a variety of chefs and restaurants around Jefferson County, not to mention sips from a selection of local craft brews. 5 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Frontage Road, Golden, 720-399-5656.

Taste It Broomfield. Grab a bite from an all-star lineup of restaurants from around the area. Local breweries and wineries offer a list of selections as well. 5 p.m. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 303-466-1775.

Friday, June 8

Taste of Fort Collins. Sample the best of Fort Collins cuisine with local food and drink. Pair that with arts and crafts, kid’s activities and live music from the likes of Eddie Money and more. Civic Center Park/Washington Park, Fort Collins, Through June 10.

Saturday, June 9

Erie Brewfest. The sixth annual outdoor Brewfest featuring a long list of beers from local breweries. Grab a brew and some food and enjoy live music from local bands. 12 p.m. Briggs Street, Historic Downtown, Erie, 303-828-3440.

Grillapalooza. 10 a.m. Learn from the best by spending the day watching demos by expert grill masters. McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-443-1822.

Anthony Jeselnik: Funny Games. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.

Sunday, June 10

Molly-Dharma Motorcycle Run. Motorcyclists gather to ride through the Foothills in support of local animal shelters. 10 a.m. Platte River Bar & Grill, 5995 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-871-8290.

A Taste of Puerto Rico. One of the largest Latino festivals in the state with more than 25,000 people coming together to celebrate the food, culture, art and music of Puerto Rico. 11 a.m. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-351-5499.

Paula Poundstone. 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-442-3282.

Friday, June 15

The Denver Moth Storyslam. Hear five-minute stories about the theme “Endings.” 7:30 p.m. Swallow Hill Music at Daniels Hall, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003.

Greek Festival. For the 53rd year, the Greek Festival celebrates all things Greek, from food to dance to music and more. 11 a.m. Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 4610 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, 303-388-9314, Through June 18.

Denver Comic Con. Nerds and fans alike unite at our local Comic Con where hordes of cosplayers, celebrities, writers and more come together to celebrate comics, movies and books. Denver Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver, Through June 17.

Denver Pridefest hits the streets June 16 in the Civic Center Park, Denver. Wikimedia Commons/Jeffrey Beall

Saturday, June 16

Denver PrideFest. Support and celebrate the LGBTQ community in Denver with a parade and party. Proceeds go to programs and services. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-733-7743. Through June 17.

Juneteenth Music Festival. Celebrate the 1865 abolition of slavery with a parade, events and music culminating in a performance by hip-hop artist Ramkin. 9 a.m. Five Points, 27th  and Welton streets, Denver, 720-505-3274.

TEDxMileHigh: Uncommon. Get ready to be inspired by ideas and experiences with the power to change the way you think. 10 a.m. Buell Theatre, 1340 Curtis St., Denver,

Thursday, June 21

Do at the Zoo. Graze on dishes and drinks from 70 of Denver’s finest restaurants and breweries, benefitting education, conservation and animal care. 7 p.m. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver, 720-337-1400.

William Shatner and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.

Friday, June 22

The Summit. As a part of the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, enjoy a night of unlimited specialty beers served by the brewers themselves. Washington Park, 321 Maple St., Downtown Fort Collins, 970-484-6500.

16th Street Fair. Celebrate Colorado’s artisans, fine art and handcrafted goods. Check out emerging artists from a variety of fields. 11 a.m. 16th Street Mall, Denver, 720-272-7467. Through June 23.

SeriesFest. An award-winning festival showcasing the best new episodic storytelling from established and emerging creators. SIE Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Through June 27.

Saturday, June 23

Longmont Pride. Activities, art, flash-mobs, photo booths and music to celebrate equality and diversity in the community. 2 p.m. Fourth Street between Main and Emery streets, Longmont, 303-499-5777.

Breakfast & Brews. As a part of the Colorado Brewers’ Festival, pair the two best B’s: beer and brunch. Union Bar & Soda Fountain, 250 Jefferson St., Fort Collins, 970-484-6500.

Colorado Brewers’ Festival. The 29th annual festival features more than 150 Colorado beers from more than 40 Colorado breweries. The weekend also features food, art and a full lineup of live music. Washington Park, 321 Maple St., Downtown Fort Collins, 970-484-6500. Through June 24.

Brighton Art in the Park. Come get to know the newest destination for art. Meet and visit with local, regional and international artists showcasing their craft, dine on fine cuisine and enjoy musical performances. 10 a.m. Carmichael Park, 650 Southern St., Brighton, 303-655-2176.

Cherry Blossom Festival. Experience the beauty of Japanese culture through the beauty of the cherry blossom. The weekend will be filled with taiko drumming, food, sake and art. 11 a.m. Sakura Matsuri, Lawrence Street between 19th and 20th streets, Denver, Through June 24.

High Peaks Art Festival. A juried exhibition of fine arts and crafts, paired with live music and food in a beautiful mountain setting. 10 a.m. Town Square, Nederland, Through June 24.

Rocky Mountain Beer Festival Tour. Craft beer, live music, local artists, lawn games and more come together for a family-friendly forum. 1 p.m. Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Dr., Louisville,

Westword Music Showcase. Listen to local and national acts, including St. Lucia, The Front Bottoms, Bonobo, Treepeople and more. 12 p.m. Various stages across the Golden Triangle, 1100 Acoma St., Denver, 303-293-3571.

Vertical Fusion presents Crave: Pole and Aerial Dance Showcase. Shows at 5 and 8 p.m. Dickens Tavern & Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont, 303-834-9384.

Sunday, June 24

Off the Hook Arts SummerFest. For this year’s festival, SummerFest explores “Mission Earth,” by taking a look at climate change through music, science, visual art, lectures and lectures. Locations all along the Front Range,
970-305-2261. Through July 20.

Boulder Beer 38th Anniversary Celebration. Check out Boulder Beer’s Rare Beer Garden with a dozen new and experimental brews on the menu, plus music, tie-dye and cheese pairings. 11 a.m. 2800 Wilderness Place, Boulder, 303-444-8448.

Wednesday, June 27

Sounds Exciting! Concert Series. Wednesdays through summer, stop by to hear music from bands like WE DREAM DAWN, Paa Kow and local favorite Hazel Miller. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood,
303-987-7845. Wednesdays through Aug. 8.

Friday, June 29

First Thursdays. After a stressful day at work, stop by the Civic Center Plaza for food trucks, happy hours specials, games, music and more. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, 303-987-7845. Through Aug. 2.

The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour. 7 p.m. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, 303-405-1100.

Saturday, July 1

Boulder Arts and JazzFest. Get ready for July Fourth by celebrating early with arts, music, food and more. Boulder Bandshell, Central Park, between Broadway and Canyon St.,
303-990-9177. Through July 3.

Independence Celebration. Ring in our nation’s birthday with old-time games, horse-drawn wagon rides, historic demonstrations and live music. Don’t forget to stay for the Glendale fireworks show. 5 p.m. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St., Denver, 720-865-0800.

Tuesday, July 3

Erie July Third Extravaganza. For those who can’t wait until the Fourth, head to Erie to join in the Independence Day celebration a day early. Colorado National Golf Club, Highway 7, Erie, 303-926-1723.

Wednesday, July 4

Fourth of July Celebration. Enjoy a beer and wine garden, food, bounce house and face painting at an old-fashioned celebration with fireworks at dusk. 4 p.m. Waneka Lake Park, 1600 Caria Drive, Lafayette, 303-666-9555.

Golden Lion’s Club Fourth of July Festival. An all-day party in Lions Park with food, live music, beer, free rides, face painting for kids and fireworks for everyone. Noon. Lions Park, 1300 10th St., Golden, 303-279-2282.

Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast. Celebrate the Fourth of July with Ralphie in the home of the Buffs, a tradition since 1941. Fireworks start as soon as it’s dark. 8 p.m. Folsom Field, University of Colorado, 2400 Colorado Ave., Boulder, 303-541-1928.

Thursday, July 5

West World and Rocky Mountain Regional Pony of the Americas Shows. Check out this horse competition and show featuring English and Western events, games and more. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-678-6235. Through July 8.

Friday, July 6

Cherry Creek Arts Festival. As its tagline suggests, “Art is for everyone.” The Cherry Creek Arts Festival exhibits world class and award-winning artists. Proceeds benefit Cherry Arts for year-round arts education. Denver’s Cherry Creek North Shopping District, from Second to Third avenues, between Clayton and Steele streets, Through July 3.

Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo. The annual statewide competition celebrates diversity in the rodeo world. 5 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W. Sixth Ave., Golden, Tickets available through Through July 8.

Saturday, July 7

Breckenridge Brewery Hootenanny. To celebrate its 28th birthday, Breckenridge Brewery is throwing a hootenanny with food, beer, dancing and music from bands like Hard Working Americans, The Sweet Lillies and more. Breckenridge Brewery, 6775 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, 303-623-2739.

Wednesday, July 11

Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival.  Stop by this festival to enjoy bluegrass, square dancing in a barn and workshops to hone your skills. Parrish Ranch, 15722 Parrish Road, Berthoud, Through July 15.

Friday, July 13

Biergarten Festival. The 22nd Annual Biergarten Festival features beer and much more. 17832 Highway 8, Morrision, 303-837-1146. Through July 15.

Colorado Black Arts Festival. An event dedicated to the role of black arts and culture, featuring a variety of music from jazz, blues, reggae, gospel and traditional African drum. The weekend also includes visual art, film and much more. 10 a.m. City Park, 17th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, Denver, 303-306-8672. Through July 15.

Rhythm on the River. Featuring activities, entertainment, art, offerings from local restaurants and breweries, and live music. 6 p.m. Roger’s Grove Park, 220 Hover Road, Longmont, 303-651-8404. Through July 14.

Colorado Irish Festival. Experience the largest Irish celebration in the Rocky Mountains with traditional Irish music performances, dancing, theater, storytelling, crafts, games and food. Clement Park, 7306 Bowles Ave., Littleton, Through July 15.

Denver County Fair. A showcase of Denver’s unique character and culture all wrapped up in a carnival featuring attractions such as goat yoga, alpaca obstacle course, mullet 5k run, LARPing and more. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver, 303-297-1166. Through July 15.

Saturday, July 14

Longmont Kinetics Rhythm on the River.  Gather your human-powered, all-terrain art sculptures for a parade full of costumes, fun and races. 6 p.m. Rodger’s Grove Pond, 220 Hover Road, Longmont,

Saturday, July 21

German Fest. A weekend full of German food, dance and tradition all right here in Colorado. 10 a.m. Lakewood Heritage Center Amphitheater, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood,
303-987-7850. Through July 22.

Pearl Street Arts Fest. Sculptures, watercolors, oil paintings and more take over Pearl Street, turning the mall into an outdoor art gallery in the heart of Boulder. Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, 303-449-3774. Through July 22.

Arvada On Tap. “Brew it. Cook it. Taste it. Sip it.” Sounds good. Noon. Ralston Park, 11200 Ralston Road, Arvada,

Thursday, July 26

Buffalo Bill Days. This festival is now the largest community festival in Golden. The event dates back to the 1940s and celebrates the hero of the Wild West with a parade, games and more. Golden, 303-278-9898. Through July 29.

Friday, July 27

RockyGrass. Come put your feet in the river and listen to some of the best tunes in the world at the 46th annual festival. Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons, 800-624-2422. Through July 30.

Saturday, July 28

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Celebrate Colorado’s rich Asian Pacific American heritage with races, music and more. Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 N. Sheridan Blvd., Denver,
303-953-7277. Through July 30.

Vegfest Colorado. Food, chefs, speakers and more promote a plant-based lifestyle. 10 a.m. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 303-466-1775.

SummerFest. A free afternoon of hands-on, nature-inspired activities designed to be educational and fun for all ages. 1 p.m. Boulder Bandshell, Central Park, Boulder, 303-413-7222.

Sunday, July 29

Aerial Dance Festival. Two weeks of aerial dance class, events, performance and training. Frequent Flyers Studio, 3022 E. Sterling Circle, Suite 150, Boulder, 303-245-8272. Through Aug. 11.

arise music festival brings three days of Music, yoga, art and film to the sunrise ranch in Loveland, August 3-5. Sam Dyer

Friday, August 3

ARISE Music Festival. Music, yoga, camping, art, film, activism and more in a wonderland-like experience. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland, Through Aug. 5.

Discon 2018. A weekend to explore ideas surrounding the tech world, including digital currency and distributed web. 9 a.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder,

Saturday, August 4

Boulder County Fair. A week of rides, games, rodeos, jousting, a demolition derby, tractor pulls, carnival games and more. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road,
Longmont, 303-678-6235. Through Aug. 11.

Friday, August 10

16th Street Fair. Celebrate Colorado’s artisans and their fine art and handcrafted goods. Check out emerging artists from a variety of fields. 11 a.m. 16th Street Mall, Denver,
720-272-7467. Through August 11.

Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. Join in the celebration of Fort Collins’ birthday with its annual showcase of arts and crafts vendors and a rockin’ music festival with many local bands. Downtown Fort Collins,
970-484-6500. Through Aug. 12.

Western Welcome Week Grand Parade and Festival Day. Participate in the 90th celebration of community and friendship. Downtown Littleton. 303-794-4870, Through Aug. 19.

Saturday, August 11

Erie Air Fair. A day to celebrate aircraft, cars, trucks, aviation and STEM education with helicopter rides, food, beer and musical entertainment. 10 a.m. Erie Municipal Airfield, 395 Airport Road, Erie, 303-664-0633.

Sunday, August 12

National Poetry Slam Finals. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.

Friday, August 17

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. The mellow moods of the festival are the perfect antidote for the late summer sun. Not to mention the lineup features Regina Spektor, Indigo Girls, Los Lobos and more. Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons, 800-624-2422. Through Aug. 19.

Saturday, August 18

Boulder Craft Beer Fest. Be a part of Boulder’s beloved breweries in a boisterous beer bash. 1 p.m. Municipal Building Campus Park, 1777 Broadway, Boulder, 303-449-3774.

Golden Fine Arts Festival. A weekend of high quality artwork in multiple fields, a friendly atmosphere, a lovely creek setting and lots of complimentary activities. 10 a.m. Downtown Golden, 303-279-3113. Through Aug. 19.

Lafayette Peach Festival. Take a bite out of Lafayette with its annual peach festival. 9 a.m. Old Town Lafayette on Public Road, Lafayette, 303-666-9555.

Thursday, August 23

David Cross “Oh Come On.” 8 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder,

Friday, August 24

High Plains Comedy Festival Presents David Cross “Oh Come On. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Ave., Denver, 303-623-0106.

NedFest. Nederland’s celebrated music festival returns for its 20th year with bluegrass, funk, rock and roll and a hint of jazz. Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Field, 151 E. St., Nederland, Through Aug. 26.

Saturday, August 25

Tour De Fat. Throw on a costume and party down with beer, bikes, music, dance and tons of fun. Noon. Sculpture Park, 1736 Speer Blvd., Denver, 970-221-0524.

Colorado Ballet: An Evening Under the Stars. 7:30 p.m. Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 720-898-7200.

Saturday, August 26

Downtown Block Party. Celebrate the final days of summer with a fun-packed festival of music and activities suitable for all ages. 1 p.m. Downtown Longmont, 303-651-8484.

Saturday, September 1

Boulder Creek Hometown Festival. Close out the summer with a celebration with music, food, beer, a 5K and more at Boulder Creek. 10 p.m. Central Park, Boulder Creek, Through Sept. 3.

Tour De Fat. Throw on a costume and party down with beer, bikes, music, dance and tons of fun. 2 p.m. New Belgium Brewing, 500 Linden St., Fort Collins, 970-221-0524.

A Taste of Colorado. Grab a bite of traditional Colorado fare but also tickle your taste buds with authentic cuisine from  Mexico, China and Italy, and much more. 11 a.m. Civic Center Park, E. Broadway Avenue and Colfax, Denver, 303-295-6330. Through Sept. 3.

Pints at the Park. Celebrate the end of summer with beer, bites and more. Noon. Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive, Louisville, 303-666-5747.

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