KUSA - In 1981, rock band Loverboy perhaps summed up the function of Friday night, Saturday and Sunday best with the lyric "everybody's working for the weekend."
And this week, you can work for the opportunity to attend Buffalo Bill Days, drink copious amounts of beer from more than 100 brewers, listen to music that -- unless you're the biggest music snob ever -- you've probably never heard before and watch the best dancers in the world congregate in one of the most beautiful cities in the state.
Buffalo Bill Days – July 23-27 – Golden - http://bit.ly/1tGLWcd
For those about to grow an amazing moustache, we salute you. And there is no better moustache to salute than American soldier, bison hunter and showman Buffalo Bill's. Buffalo Bill Days dates back to the 1940s, when it was simply a trail ride up Lookout Mountain to Buffalo Bill's grave. Now, it's the biggest community festival in Golden, with entertainment including a car show, Cody's Wild West, a parade and performances by Chris Daniels and the Kings, and the Long Run, "Colorado's Tribute to the Eagles." We know this is a cliché, but we're going to say it anyway: Yee haw!
El Paso County Fair – July 24-26 - Calhan - http://bit.ly/UqIxlC
Fun fact: The El Paso County Fair began as a potato festival in 1905 (the notion of a potato festival actually sounds pretty awesome). Now in its 109th year, the festival has everything from a monkey show to a backseat driver contest to a demolition derby to entertainment from the Exit West Band on Saturday. You can buy tickets at the gates. It costs $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for kids 3-12 years old and is free for kids under 3.
UMS – July 24-27 – Various venues on South Broadway – http://bit.ly/SbgOVp
Do you ever say to yourself: "Golly, I wish that my jeans could be a little tighter!" even if your jeans are tight enough? Do you wear large black-rimmed glasses not because you have a vision problem, but simply for fashion? Do you forego Colorado's craft beer scene in favor of PBR? If so, you'll probably really enjoy the Underground Music Showcase. But even if you're not of the hipster variety (note: there's nothing wrong with hipsters), there's a lot to love about Colorado's premier indie music festival, which is now in its 14th year. More than 400 local and national acts will be showcased across more than 20 awesome venues in Denver over four days. Headliners include Blonde Redhead (it's a thing), Real Estate (who are fantastic) and People Under the Stairs (not to be confused with Harry Potter). Other performers include local indie folk act Covenhoven, party rap group BMMZK and live virtuoso Kitty Crimes.
RockyGrass 2014 – July 25-27 - Lyons - http://bit.ly/WKXEb1
The glow of the sunset off of Colorado's foothills compounded with the St. Vrain river makes Planet Bluegrass hands down one of Colorado's best concert venues, and RockyGrass is simply one of the best shows you can see there all year. The festival opens with the sound of bagpipes, but that's quickly replaced by some of the best bluegrass artists in the country. Another big part of the RockyGrass experience? Walking through the campground at night, where festivarians (as they are called) create their own jam sessions.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America – July 25 – Civic Center Park - http://bit.ly/1tgWane
If it takes an extended amount of time to scroll through the full list of a brewers on a beer festival's website, you know it's gotta be good. More than 200 craft beers from 100 breweries from Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming will be there. And don't worry about being left hungry when the beer inevitably hits you: you can buy food from a dozen food carts, including Moe's BBQ, Cilantro Truck, Crock Spot and Fried Pie Mama. Equally importantly, you can dance to Oregon-based MarchFourth Marching Band, a group that blends burlesque, vaudeville, horn-driven funk and actual marching band stuff. Tickets are $64, and they include a commemorative tasting glass.
Union Station Grand Opening – July 26 – Denver - http://bit.ly/1nYfYTB
What better way to celebrate a $54 million remodeling project (which includes a totally rad hotel and new restaurants and stores) than a party? Like most good parties, the festivities begin at 10 a.m., with opening ceremonies starting at noon. The free(!) event has everything from beer, to food, to fun (that's according to the website) and a plethora of family-friendly activities. Featured bands include Rachel and the Kings, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers and the Railbenders (see what they did there?). Even better? Uber is giving new riders $20 off if they take the ride service to the block party.
26th annual Kid's Cure for Cancer – July 26 – Anschutz Campus, Aurora - http://bit.ly/1pgIyAU
Walk, run and enjoy a 2-mile run through the Anschutz Medical Campus to raise money for Brent's Place, a housing facility for kids with life-threatening cancer. There's no registration fee, but Brent's Place asks that participants raise $93 – an amount equal to how much it costs families to spend one night at the facility. The run kicks off at 9 a.m. and afterwards, you can enjoy a pancake breakfast, activities for kids and live entertainment.
Cheesman Park Art Fest – July 26-27 – Cheesman Park - http://bit.ly/1nEFgvB
Since last year was so successful, the organizers of the Cheesman Park Art Fest figured they'd do it again! More than 100 artists and craftsmen will show off their work during the two-day outdoor festival. In addition to visual art, there is also slated to be live music, sustenance provided by local food trucks and activities for kids.
Vail International Dance Festival – July 27-August 9 - Vail - http://bit.ly/1hTRIWS
To quote the incomparable David Bowie, "Let's dance!" Or more specifically, watch talented performers around the world dance in one of Colorado's most beautiful places. The 26th season of the Vail International Dance Festival features performers from New York City Ballet MOVES, the Martha Graham Dance Company, stars from the Royal Ballet, the Harlem Dance company and many others. It all kicks off on Sunday, which a preview of the artists and companies you can expect to see during the rest of the festival. The Pennsylvania Ballet finishes things off with a performance of George Balanchine's Rubies. General admission tickets for opening night start at $20.
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