KUSA – With temperatures getting well into the 40s and 50s this weekend (which is pretty much tropical compared to what we've experienced lately …), it's high time to end hibernation and go do something.
And hopefully, these nine events help:
Fort Collins Comics and Gaming Festival –March 8 –CSUhttp://noconow.co/1NdfR6N
Let's be real: nerd is the new cool, and can you think of a better way to spend a Sunday than to immerse yourself in all things nerdy? Comic book creators, illustrators, artists, writers and animators will converge on CSU's Lory Student Center, along with vendors Gryphon Games and Comics, Charming Fox and Secret Compass. Tickets are $10 for CSU students, faculty and staff, and $15 for general admission.
Cartier Exhibit –Through March 17 –Denver Art Museumhttp://bit.ly/1DGxl3E
The Denver Art Museum has announced expanded hours for its hugely popular Cartier Exhibit, which has a tendency to easily sell out. This exhibit features jewelry, timepieces and precious objects created between 1900 and 1975. You can check out time slots and ticket availability at the link above.
Royal Gorge Railroad opens –Opens March 7-Canon Cityhttp://on9news.tv/1BRn89I
If air travel makes you miserable (and let's be real: most people will answer "yes!" to that question), then get from one place to another the old fashioned way via the Royal Gorge Railroad. More than 100,000 guests partake in the railroad each year, enjoying fancy food and even better views. Tickets for coach start at $39 for adults and $28 for children.
Harlem Globetrotters –March 7 –Lovelandhttp://bit.ly/1BDSyPd
Will the Washington Generals finally pull off a victory? Find out this Saturday at the Budweiser Events Center, as stars Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, T-Time Brawner and more duke it out against the unlucky Generals. New this year is the chance to vote online for new rules for the next season. Pretty much, you'll never want to watch the NBA again. Tickets range for $20 to $100.
US Open Snowboarding Championships –March 2 – 7 –Vailhttp://bit.ly/1BRngWM
Skiing got its time to shine last month via the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, and now, its cousin with slightly more swag will get its turn. Some of the best male and female snowboarders in the world will compete in halfpipe and slopestyle competitions for thousands of fans. The best part? Admission is free. You just have to brave ski traffic to get there.
Boulder International Film Festival –March 5 – 8 –Boulderhttp://bit.ly/1aKeTjP
It's one of MovieMaker Magazine's "25 Coolest Film Festivals," attracting more than 25,000 film enthusiasts to a city that personifies everyone's stereotype of Colorado. This festival features new-but-unknown feature films, documentaries and shorts – some of which have gone on to make serious money and earn lots of acclaim. Unique this year? Saturday's evening with Alan Arkin. Tickets to that are $25. For other ticket options, check out the link above.
Little Shop of Horrors –Ends March 8 –Evergreenhttp://bit.ly/1KelHG0
It's your last weekend to catch the Evergreen Chorale's hugely popular adaption of the unique play "Little Shop of Horrors." Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for those 62 and over and students and $15 for kids 12 and under.
Shen Yun –March 6-8 –Temple Buell Theatrehttp://bit.ly/18iqzbv
If you thought making a live movie out of Les Miserables was impressive, try fitting 5,000 years of civilization onto one stage! Shen Yun features classical Chinese dance, an orchestra that combines East and West like no other (according to its website), awesome backdrops, exquisite costumes and magical legends and heavenly realms. So pretty much, mic drop. Tickets range from $50 to $150 and kids under five aren't allowed.
Free day at the Colorado Railroad Museum –March 7 –Goldenhttp://bit.ly/1M3Hb4e
The railroad is a pretty integral part of Colorado's history, and you can return from your weekend a bonafide train expert thanks to the Colorado Railroad Museum. Take a walk in the museum's 15-acre railyard, which features over 100 narrow and standard gauge steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and more. You can also check out the 1880s replica Depot Museum – all for free!
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If you aren't keen on driving to the events, here are some alternative-transportation suggestions:
Taxi - Call 303-333-3333, 303-444-4444 or 303-777-7777. For Uber, text an address and city to 827-222.
Light Rail - Visit http://www.rtd-denver.com/lightrail.shtmlto plot your route
Bus - Visit http://www.rtd-denver.com/ to plot your route
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