KUSA - Admit it: it's easy to fall into a routine during the weekend, be it watching TV, going for a hike or just generally vegging out after a long, arduous workweek. These 9 events are aimed at taking you out of that rut and restoring you to weekend glory, be it by interacting with fellow homebrewers, meeting people on the streets (it's a thing), riding your bike at midnight during a sanctioned activity, watching people race dragon boats and "all that jazz" (no pun intended).
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival - Sloan's Lake Park - July 19-20 http://bit.ly/1mHSgiQ
It's one thing to be able to proudly proclaim "I'm on a boat!" It's quite another to be able to say "I'm on an awesome dragon boat!" You will meet people who can say that -- and thousands of others who get to watch people hang out on awesome dragon boats -- this weekend at Sloan's Lake for the 14th year of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Fifty two teams are expected to compete -- some of them coming in from across the country!
Winter Park Jazz Festival - Hideaway Park - July 20 http://bit.ly/1mr9xtQ
If you want to be "cool like Miles Davis," (and who doesn't?) a good place to start is to get into the music he's known for: we're talking about jazz. You can do just that amid the beautiful Rocky Mountain backdrop provided by Winter Park while tapping your feet to artists like the Mary Louise Lee Band, Dotsero, Brian McKnight and many others. General admission is $45, and free for kids 12 and under who go with a ticketed adult. Another benefit of hitting the jazz festival this weekend? The ample opportunities to quote Chicago's "All That Jazz."
Meet in the Street - 16th Street Mall - July 20 http://bit.ly/1mNMAUv
Usually, roaming streets usually occupied by buses and meeting people is not an activity we would recommend, however, it's encouraged this weekend at the 16th Street Mall. MallRide shuttles will be detoured onto 15th and 17th streets to make room for various family friendly activities like biking, ping pong, face painting, drum circles (lest you forget you're in Colorado), yoga (again...you're in Colorado) and extended restaurant patios (you earned it! you just did yoga!).
Homebrewers Rally - Epic Brewing Co. - July 20 http://bit.ly/1qIoM3n
Homebrewers need interaction with other homebrewers to survive… that's just a fact of life. And Denver homebrewers can get that interaction this Sunday at Epic Brewing Company in Denver. The event features a VIP tour of the brewery, a Q&A session and even a Firkin Design Workshop, in which teams compete to design their own custom firkin (note to non-beer enthusiasts: a firkin is both a unit of measure and accoutrement with which to store beer).
Moonlight Classic - Downtown Denver - July 19 http://bit.ly/WctzAV
Admit it: you've always sort of wanted to take a pajama bike ride through the streets of downtown Denver beneath a shroud of darkness (ok...maybe you haven't, but you want to now, right?). Well… this is your chance. The 10-mile, non-competitive ride winds through LoDo, Congress Park and Cherry Creek. Don't worry about cars: Denver Police closing the streets to all but those on bikes. The night bike ride supports the InnovAge Foundation, which aims to help aging adults by providing a broad spectrum of services.
Acro-Cats - Boulder - July 18-20http://bit.ly/1stxEhg
Don't let the name fool you: these are literally acrobatic cats who perform amazing tricks and acts of strength...such as drumming and pretending to play the guitar. The Amazing Acro-Cats are one of only four "cat shows" in the country. Not only is it entertaining...it's also educational. Cat trainer Samanta Martin will teach you about why "clicker training" is actually important. The show goes July 17 to 27 at the Nomad Theater in Boulder. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for kids.
Festival in the Clouds - Alma - July 19-20 http://bit.ly/1l8EYXW
At a pretty significant elevation of 10,578 feet, it will be easy to get your Rocky Mountain High on at this free outdoor art and music festival, which is set to include 25 bands and 40 regional artists. In true Colorado fashion, there will also be a beer garden and dancing because...priorities.
Open Arts Fest - Boulder - July 19-20 http://bit.ly/1oRz5Q4
Even though you never need an excuse to go to Boulder, you actually have a pretty good one this weekend. The Open Arts Fest features more than 100 artists from around the country, but don't let that fool you: the focus lies on the talented people of Boulder. In addition to visual art, street performers will also be in attendance and there will be a kids' art activity tent. Admission to the festival is free, and you can even park in city of Boulder Parking Garages for free every weekend!
Colorado Shakespeare Festival - Boulder - July 18 - 20 (with shows throughout the summer) http://bit.ly/1zNaQeF
If you're sophisticated, perhaps you'll enjoy one of Shakepeare's most sophisticated plays (according to the Colorado Shakepeare Festival's website)? Henry IV has pretty much everything, from political sparring to a clash of swords in battle to Falstaff, one of Shakespeare's best comedic characters. Tickets are still available to opening night on Friday.
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Taxi - Call 303-333-3333, 303-444-4444 or 303-777-7777. For Uber, text an address and city to 827-222.
Light Rail - Visithttp://www.rtd-denver.com/lightrail.shtmlto plot your route
Bus - Visit http://www.rtd-denver.com/ to plot your route