KUSA – It might be more than 80-degrees with Sunday – a pretty big deal, given that we've become more used to clouds than the sunshine that we're typically spoiled rotten with in Colorado.
And since it's going to be so nice, why not get outside and enjoy it? This weekend, you can enjoy everything from outdoor movies to a beer/outdoor activity festival, to an open-air market, to late May skiing.
And if you feel like exploring the great indoors, then you can listen to Star Wars music or take in a roller-derby tournament.
"Grease" at the Historic Elitch Gardens Theater –May 29 – Denver http://bit.ly/1J1Y8iv
There are movie musicals, and then there is "Grease," the seminal tale of teenage love featuring pre-creepy Christmas album John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (this description was probably unnecessary). And what better way to enjoy this movie musical than outside, at the Elitch Theatre? Kids six and under are free (note: "Grease" has some adult themes), and the rest of you are asked to pay a $5 suggested donation. Things kick off at 7 p.m. with live music, and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m.
A Weekend of Star Wars –May 29 to 30 – Denver http://bit.ly/1SCo9YN
Sure, you can argue that every weekend should be devoted to Star Wars, but the Colorado Symphony picked this one. Check out music from deep in the Star Wars repertoire, and wear your best cosplay (both the Imperial Forces and Rebel Troops are invited). This event is not in a long time ago, nor a galaxy far away, but rather on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.
Rocky Mountain Rollergirls tournament –May 29-31 – Lakewood http://bit.ly/1Fb7PUK
It's called the "Besterns," and this to us indicates that it's the best roller derby in the west, hence its inclusion on this list (that's a high bar, because roller derbies are pretty cool). Watch as the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls duke it out with the Terminal City Rollergirls, the Wasatch Roller Derby and more in a sport that's so awesome it's criminal it's not more popular. You can get a full tournament pass for $40. Tickets run for about $20 per day otherwise.
Bluegrass at the Fair – May 29 through 31 – Pueblo http://bit.ly/1AybzDT
Bluegrass festivals are increasingly becoming a clichéd part of the Colorado summer, but this one is the original (it's so old it has been able to buy a beer legally for five years). Check out local and national acts on two different stages before you jam into the night with fellow Bluegrass fans at the campsite. A weekend pass runs for $40 per person, and the prices of individual days are as low as $5 (that's for Sunday). For more information and camping rates, check out the link above.
Castlewood Canyon Benefit Concert –May 30 -http://bit.ly/1LIrxMo
Help support one of Colorado's coolest state parks (it features a dam that looks vaguely like the Gates of Mordor ... ) while checking out free live music. This year's benefit concert is performed by Mark Cormican, a John Denver tribute artist (which is so Colorado). Donations to the Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park are encouraged, though not required. The concert kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Amphitheater. You'll need a state parks pass or to buy a day pass to get in.
Central City Complex Scavenger Hunt –May 30 – Central City http://bit.ly/1SColY1
You might know Central City for its casinos, which is fine, but this historic mining town also boasts one of the most beautiful and historic cemeteries in the country. The scavenger hunt takes you through the Knights of Pythias Cemetery where, armed with a camera to track your finds, you'll look for some of the strangest details of the cemetery. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Afterward, meet up with the group at the (allegedly haunted) Gold Coin Saloon to discuss your findings.
French Nest Open Air Market –May 30 – Fort Collins http://bit.ly/1SCnJSg
If you like to enjoy beautiful parks in Downtown Fort Collins while simultaneously shopping for vintage, antique, artisan, handmade and hand-collected goods (in additional to wares that encompass other buzzwords), then this is the market for you. In addition to finding one-of-a-kind treasures (that's right, no Ikea for you!), you can also enjoy coffee, pastries, performers, face-painting and fun, according to the event's website.
Ski (!) at Arapahoe Basin –Until June 14 - Keystone http://on9news.tv/1SCobQu
One benefit of the super weird May we've been having? You can still ski at Arapahoe Basin, which last week, somehow got two feet of powder. Even though you'll probably enjoy slightly more spring-like conditions this weekend (oh, hi slush!), it's still skiing. And it's still late May. Let that sink in. And if that's something you're into, toss on your light ski gear and book it up Interstate 70.
Lyons Outdoor Games – May 30 – Lyons http://on9news.tv/1JVx1F7
This full day of sporting events includes sunrise yoga, a pro-BMX biking competition, slackline events, kayaking and more than 50 breweries. That's right: since we're Colorado, we'll celebrate fitness, while simultaneously consuming plenty of beer – and combining them via the beer relay, where participants can chug a beer every 5K for extra points. All of the events are free, and proceeds from camping and parking will support the town of Lyons.
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