KUSA – After a cold, snow-filled start to the week, it looks as though temperatures will climb back into the 40s by the weekend. As the snow starts to melt away, be sure to check out our 9 things going on this weekend.
Steamboat Winter Carnival – Feb. 3 through 7 – Steamboat Springs – http://bit.ly/1Ksrjxl
If you're heading to Steamboat Springs this weekend to revel in the recent fresh powder, you'll also be treated to a long-running carnival. The 103rd Steamboat Winter Carnival is the oldest running Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi and features winter racing, ski jumping and a parade. Be sure to check out the Night Extravaganza on Saturday for an impressive winter sports show lit up in colors. You can register for the carnival, and see the full schedule of events online.
Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off – Feb. 6 - Manitou Springs - http://bit.ly/1oazO68
The event name alone is a mouthful—and the food promises to be even more filling. Professional chefs and amateur cooks alike will help determine the best gumbo in Manitou Springs during the 23rd annual cook-off on Saturday morning. Admission to the event is free, with samples of the gumbo priced at two for a dollar. Stick around for a Mardi-Gras themed parade following the cook-off.
Breckenridge Ice Sculptures – Jan.30 through Feb. 7 – Breckenridge - http://bit.ly/1TGRm5P
It's your last weekend to take in the impressive ice sculptures still standing from the International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge. What started out as 12-feet tall, 20-ton block of snow have been cleverly crafted into works of snow art. The sculptures will disappear under the darkness of night about 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Super Bowl 50 watch parties – Feb. 7 – Denver - http://bit.ly/1K0uSef
The big game is finally here! Cheer on the Broncos as they take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Tons of local bars are hosting Super Bowl watch parties around the city so you can score some good deals on drinks and food. If you're looking for more than a traditional sports bar experience, check out these 9 ideas: http://on9news.tv/1NTcqPx
The Piano Lesson – Feb. 5 through 7, 10-14 – Greeley – http://bit.ly/1SLKqUj
The University of Northern Colorado's Performing Arts Series is kicking of its spring season with an adaptation of The Piano Lesson opening this weekend. The story follows Boy Willie, a sharecropper, who wants to sell the family piano to buy land where his ancestors worked as slaves. He's faced with opposition from his sister, who co-owns the piano and is sentimental about the heirloom that's been in the family for generations. Tickets range from $9 to $18.
Charlie Murphy – Feb. 4 through 6 – Denver - http://bit.ly/1QIMgmQ
Head to Comedy Works' downtown location at Larimer Square to catch one of five stand-up shows with comedian Charlie Murphy. Murphy is known for his role as a cast member and writer on Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show. He's also the older brother of former Saturday Night Live standout Eddie Murphy. Tickets are about $30.00 and can be purchased online.
Rocky Mountain Mardi Gras – Feb. 5 to 7 – Parker – http://bit.ly/1Plt8Jk
A three-day Mardi Gras Celebration is making its way to downtown Parker this weekend. Get your fill of Cajun food while playing a Black Eyed Bingo Bash set to live music and featuring $1,500 in winnings to players. On Sunday, take part in a tailgate Party celebrating Denver Broncos at Parker Garage on Mainstreet. Check out the full list of events online.
Hearts of All Ages – Feb 6. – Denver - http://bit.ly/20JedzL
Support the University of Colorado Hospital Transplant Program during a family-fundraiser celebrating generosity and compassion on Saturday. This year, Dr. Igal Kam will be honored for his 30's years of service at UCH. Enjoy games, face painting, dancing and a silent auction. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center.
Ruby Hill Rail Yard – All weekend – Denver - http://bit.ly/1P9t2Xi
It's the perfect weekend to grab a sled, skis or a snowboard and enjoy the recent snowfall before it melts away in its typical Denver fashion. Free rental gear is available for kids 8-17 courtesy of Christy Sports. The park is located off of South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue, and is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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Bus - Visit http://www.rtd-denver.com/ to plot your route
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