KUSA – Even though you probably wouldn't bat an eye if you saw a bunch of people dressed as fairies honoring tulips in Boulder (because Boulder), this weekend, it's a sanctioned event.
And that's not the only unique thing happening this weekend. You can catch Fort Collins' version of a big local music festival, go into cool Denver buildings without seeming like a total creep and help make two kids' dreams come true during Corey Rose's annual benefit concert.
And since this is a weekend, and we are in Colorado, don't worry: there's a beer event.
Corey Rose's 5th annual benefit concert – April 24 – Hard Rock Café, Denver http://on9news.tv/1yQ3kSK
Colton is only six years old, but he's gone through more in six years than most people have in a lifetime. He was born with Down Syndrome, and had heart surgery when he was just seven months old. Three days before his third birthday, he was diagnosed with Leukemia – a disease that he's been fighting ever since. Colton is one of two young children who will split the proceeds from the fifth annual Make-A-Wish Benefit Concert at the Hard Rock Café. The other, Jayden, also has leukemia, and his wish is to go on a Disney cruise. Tickets to the concert are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. It starts 9 p.m., and features Funkiphino Live.
Denver Silent Film Festival – April 24-26 – DU Campus http://bit.ly/1HVeAiO
In today's world of loud, obnoxious blockbusters (we're looking at you, "Transformers …"), there's something elegant about telling a story without saying anything at all. Cue, the Denver Silent Film Festival, which features numerous classic silent films including "The Birth of a Nation" and "The Thief of Baghdad." You can buy a festival pass for $55 (there are discounts for students and seniors), or tickets to individual screenings.
FoCoMX – April 24-26 – Downtown Fort Collins http://noconow.co/1OGubTo
Austin has South by Southwest. Denver has the UMS. And Fort Collins has FoCoMX, which features dozens of bands at 25 local venues. Highlights include the Yawpers, the Epilogues, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Post Paradise, Maxwell Hughes and more. A wristband that will get you into as many shows as you want runs for $30. If you volunteer, you get free admission.
Denver Music Summit – April 24-26 – McNichols Building http://bit.ly/1yKlYWU
The Denver Music Summit brings together musicians, industry professionals, civic leaders and music fans during an event aimed at showing off Denver's scene to a national stage, as well as open up new channels of collaboration. Opening night includes multiple national acts (including Stelth Ulvang of the Lumineers), and as the days go on, you can catch musician workshops, a performance by the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra and an All Songs Considered listening party (if you're an NPR nerd, it's hosted by Bob Boilen).
Doors Open Denver – April 25-26 – Various Locations http://bit.ly/1qHq9Ov
Look, you've probably seen the outside of buildings like the Da Vita World Headquarters or Denver's Masonic Temple, but now, you can go inside … without seeming like a total creeper. The 11th annual Doors Open Denver gives folks interested in architecture and history a look at numerous landmarks in the Mile High City during free self-guided tours. If you want a closer look, insider tours cost $10 for members and nonmembers, and start at Union Station. You can find a full schedule and list of locations at the link above.
BruFou 2015 – April 25 – Wings Over the Rockies http://bit.ly/1h9KM5h
It's just not Colorado without a beer event. And any seasoned beer drinker knows that it's pretty hard to get your money's worth when it comes to drinking beer without food to help (unless you want to regret it in the morning). Cue the second annual BruFrou, where you get to sample awesome beer and food pairings in a WWII-era hanger in the Lowry community of Denver. Tickets are $95 for a full-pairing ticket (this gets you into a three-hour session, as well as lots of food and drinks), or a $65 ticket for just food (this is perfect for designated drivers … which you should have). You can get $20 off your ticket by signing up for the BruFrou newsletter as well. Helpful hint: According to the website, it's pronounced "Broo-Froo."
Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival – April 26 – Boulder http://bit.ly/1ySN97F
We probably didn't need to list Boulder in the event listing above for you to know that this event is occurring in Boulder. This unique festival features a Tulip Fairy and her pint-sized helpers celebrating the tulips in the Pearl Street Mall (note: this event is intended for children. Last weekend was 4/20 weekend). Free activities include foam sword dueling, dino dig, face painting, cookie decorating and more. You can also catch free performances from Waking the Bear, the Boulder School of Rock, Boulder Ballet and Wandering Natives. Also cool? Parking is free in all City of Boulder garages during the weekend.
Dia del Nino – April 26 – Denver Art Museum http://bit.ly/1yQ2dCz
This event features free admission to the Denver Art Museum and surrounding institutions like the History Colorado Center, the Byers-Evans House Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, in addition to family-friendly programming. You can also catch live dance performances outside the DAM, as well as Shadow Puppets performances and a chalk art-game. You can also just go into the museum for free and find the oldest thing there, because priorities.
Last performance of Greeley Children's Chorale season – April 26 – Greeley http://bit.ly/1HVaMyc
The 25th season of the Greeley Children's Chorale finishes up on Sunday with the Spring Sing concert at the Monfort Concert Hall. In addition to commissioned work from composers with Greeley ties, you can catch the grand finale: a medley of songs from "The Little Mermaid." The chorale consists of more than 100 third through eighth grade students in the Greeley area. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.
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