KUSA – If it’s not totally obvious by our rainy and slightly cold weather, we’re about to hit the official kickoff to summer!

Ok, maybe it’s not that obvious, but there are still very summery events happening this weekend, and since we’re Coloradans, we’d be foolish to let something stupid – like weather – get in the way.

Enjoy everything from free music downtown to a beer festival at a ski resort (that as of this week, had fresh powder) and one of the world’s biggest races as you kick off the summer in style.

Denver Day of Rock –May 23 – 16th Street Mall http://bit.ly/1LiKntM

“Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.” – Elvis Presley

In addition to being an excuse to use a gratuitous Elvis quote on 9NEWS.com, this pretty much sums what the Denver Day of Rock is about. This year’s event, which benefits the Food Bank of the Rockies, showcases national and regional artists on five stages up and down the 16th Street Mall. The headliners for the free concert are Matt Kearney and St. Paul & the Broken Bones. The music starts at 2:30 p.m., and lasts until 9:30 p.m.

Festival of the Brewpubs –May 24 – Arapahoe Basin http://bit.ly/1S8Yk28

Combine a beer festival with about a foot of fresh powder (yes, we know it’s May, but that’s what happened this week at Arapahoe Basin), and you’ve got the Festival of the Brewpubs. For $30, you get to sample beer from 11 breweries over a four-hour period … and a commemorative mug! A portion of the proceeds benefits Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment and the Avalanche Rescue Dogs of Colorado.

Bolder Boulder –May 25 – Boulder http://bit.ly/1L7wOg4

There are 10ks, and then there are legends. The Bolder Boulder, which attracted 54,000 runners last year, is the latter. In fact, Wikipedia calls it the fifth largest road race in the world. Put on your best costume, toss on your running shoes and have a good time along a course that winds through Boulder before ending at Folsom Field, where free stuff galore awaits you at the finish line. Along the way, listen to live music, get passed by people in weird outfits and enjoy the fact that you live in the fittest state in the nation. And if running isn’t your jam, it’s still fun to watch – in fact, it’s a better party than most Memorial Day barbecues.

Denver Comic Con –May 23-25 Colorado Convention Center http://bit.ly/1IJSLEF

Orange is the new black, and nerd is the new cool. Show off how awesome you are at Cosplay, and take part in countless panels and presentations ranging from everything from NASA to a look at Native Americans in comic books. This year’s guests include Anthony Michael Hall, Rebecca Mader, Llan Mitchell Smith and Kelly Lebrock. Check out the link above for ticket information, and the rules and regulations when it comes to Cosplay.

Boulder Creek Festival –May 23 – 25 – Central Park http://bit.ly/1LiJiSZ

If you’re in town for the Bolder Boulder, why not experience Boulder in all its glory while you’re at it? This is considered the unofficial kickoff to summer in Boulder (despite our recent cold/rainy weather), and features 500 vendors showing off community arts and crafts, as well as health products (because Boulder). There’s also a rubber duck race down the creek, food and carnival rides.

ArtStir Denver –May 23 – 24 – Denver Pavilions http://bit.ly/1Ei1rdE

More than 100,000 attendees are expected to venture downtown for ArtStir Denver, which features more than 225 local and regional artists showing off their painting, photography, illustration, textiles, furnishings, mixed media and locally designed and handcrafted goods. This event is rain or shine, proof that not even Mother Nature can stop art. Twenty percent of the proceeds support VSA Colorado, which gives art opportunities to people with disabilities.

Film on the Rocks: Mockingjay Part I –May 23 – Morrison http://on9news.tv/1PUKBYW

You always hear about what a great concert venue Red Rocks is (because it’s true), but it’s also a stellar place to watch a movie. As the sun sets over Denver, watch Katniss Everdeen take on the Capitol as you sit in the most poetic setting possible. Tickets to Film on the Rocks run for $12, and you get to catch a band beforehand.

Territory Days –May 23 – 25 – Colorado Springs http://bit.ly/1PUKwV1

This free, 40-year-old Memorial Day tradition takes place in Old Colorado City on the west side of Colorado Springs. This year’s event is slated to have 180 food and craft booths, live music, a kids’ play area and petting zoo. Since this is the west, you can also check out performances by Native American dancers, Wild West gunfight reenacts and live blacksmith demonstrations. Check out the link above for a full schedule.

Realities for Children Motorcycle Poker Run –May 23-24 – Fort Collins http://noconow.co/1cNEeK8

Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the single-largest poker run in the entire world, this two day event aims to recognize veterans for their service as well as help children silenced by abuse. It’s an event for bikers and non-bikers alike, with free music and apple pie. The 100-mile ride features live music at every stop and controlled intersections, making it one of the safest of the year.


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