KUSA –Look, with the snow, the continuing grief about the Broncos' early exit from the playoffs (we should be prepping for a Super Bowl right now, gosh darn it!) and normal daily commitments, it's been a long week.
And what better way to unwind than watch other people do death-defying things, and then catching a Snoop Dogg concert? If that isn't your bag, you can buy premier Indian art, celebrate a local favorite's 75th anniversary or wander around the museum (for free!).
And, in true #9Events fashion, there are five other events to check out, if the above examples don't suit your fancy.
Have a great weekend!
See the stock show this weekend. 9NEWS at 4 p.m. 1/23/15.
ESPN Winter X Games 19 – Jan. 22-25 – Aspen http://xgam.es/1EtwBRQ
Watch as 200 of the world's best athletes (some of them are Olympians) compete for extreme winter sport glory at the legendary Buttermilk Mountain. In addition to watching sports, you can also catch performances from Chromeo, Snoop Dogg, Skrillex and Wiz Khalifa. Watching the X Games is totally free, though VIP packages are available. ESPN has details on the spectator experience in the link above.
Winter Park 75th Anniversary Celebration Weekend – Jan. 23-24 - http://bit.ly/1E3EGPF
When Winter Park first opened in the 1940s, skiers were basically wearing suits, the chairlift hadn't quite caught on everywhere and participants in the winter sport were constantly breaking their legs because ski boots weren't yet a thing. Today, there's WiFi in gondolas, and ski boots have gotten (moderately) more comfortable. One thing has stayed constant: the existence of Winter Park. Take a journey up Berthoud Pass this weekend and celebrate the resort's anniversary with free cake and live music at the Club Car and Derailer Bar, and if you're feeling super celebratory, a gala dinner at the Lodge at Sunspot. And if none of that appeals to you, just go skiing: the mountains got dumped on this week.
3 Lakes Ice Fishing Contest – Jan. 23-25 – Granby/Grand Lake - http://bit.ly/1CQfZT6
Even if you don't end up catching anything, this ice fishing tournament is totally worth it because Grand Lake and the surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous. Regardless, join dozens of fellow ice fishers in a three-day tournament that features more than $6,000 cash prizes each day. If you're confident in your abilities, it's a pretty good investment: entry is $35 for one day, $45 for two days and $50 for all three days.
Colorado Indian Market – Jan. 23 to 25 – The Denver Mart http://bit.ly/15B4bK5
Hundreds of premier artists from across the nation will be on-hand at the Denver Merchandise Mart for the 34th year to present their dazzling displays of Indian, Southwest, Western and Wildlife art. In addition to perusing the work, you also get to meet the artists! Brule, the most popular Native American musical group in the country, and American singer and songwriter Michael Martin Murphey will provide auditory entertainment. Tickets are $13 for adults (it's good for all three days) and free for kids under 13.
Bourbon and Bacon Fest – Jan. 24 - http://bit.ly/1ChwzwG
If you find yourself strolling by the McNichols Civic Center this weekend and become overwhelmed with an odor that smells strongly like a combination of heaven, your mom's cooking, breakfast and something you probably should not have before noon, this is it. The Bourbon and Bacon Fest is a celebration of, well … Bourbon and Bacon (duh). For details, check out the link above.
RMNP 100th anniversary celebration – Jan. 24 –Boulder Theater http://1.usa.gov/1yLZlGF
One of the most beautiful places in Colorado turns 100this weekend, and it doesn't look a day over 2 million (this is a compliment. The geological features in the park are a few million years old). To celebrate, head to Boulder (one of the most nature-loving places in the world) and catch a presentation by acclaimed Rocky Mountain photographer Eric Stensland, as well as take part in a celebration that involves live music, a silent auction, a prize drawing, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Proceeds benefit the National Parks Conservation
Winter Farmer's Market – Jan. 24 –Fort Collins http://bit.ly/1JfCXVP
We don't mean to stereotype, but let's be real: folks in Colorado love farmer's markets. But as the weather gets colder, farmer's markets become more and more scarce. Don't worry though: you can get your fix this weekend at the Opera Galleria in Fort Collins, where you can shop for winter vegetables. In true farmer's market fashion, there will also be face painting for kids and live local music. The Winter Farmer's Market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science – Jan. 25 - http://bit.ly/1Cfm3qb
The kids love the museum, we don't need to tell you that. And adults love going to the museum and taking selfies in front of all of the dioramas so it looks like they took a trip around the world (ok… maybe most adults don't do this). Regardless, the museum is a great place, and you can experience it for free this Sunday. While you have to pay $8 to check out the Silk Road exhibit (which is very cool), the whale exhibit is free, in addition to all of the permanent fixtures.
National Western Stock Show and Rodeo – Daily until Jan. 25 - http://bit.ly/1DGs0Ow
It's your last weekend to check out one of Denver's most defining events. Don that pair of cowboy boots you pretty much only wear at the Stock Show, pop a Garth Brooks CD in your car to get ready and immerse yourself in a world of rodeos, a petting zoo, consumerism (the expo is in fact pretty legendary), a bar located near where they keep the cows and fair food. More than anything, though, the stock show is a chance to appreciate Colorado's agricultural tradition. General admission is $10 to $19 for adults, $2-3 for kids from 3-11 and free for youngsters under 2. Check out the website for prices at specific events.
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