COLORADO, USA — Kids being pulled on skis behind horses and stunning mountain fireworks are just a few of the events planned this weekend at the oldest-running winter carnival in the western United States.
Steamboat’s annual celebration of winter and western heritage is back this weekend along with Frisco's Spontaneous Combustion Community Bonfire.
No matter where you live in the Centennial State there is sure to be an exciting adventure awaiting you this chilly February weekend. Grab the hot cocoa and check out one of these fun events across Colorado.
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DENVER — The "most action-packed live event on four wheels" makes its annual stop in Denver this weekend. The massive monster truck extravaganza Monster Jam will rock Ball Arena for four performances this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Trucks scheduled to appear in Denver include El Toro Loco, Megalodon, Monster Mutt Dalmatian, Velociraptor, Raminator, Rammunition and the legendary Grave Digger. Get your Monster Jam tickets at MonsterJam.com.
Loveland Sweetheart Festival
LOVELAND — The “Sweetheart City” gets sweeter for Valentine’s Day with the annual Loveland Sweetheart Festival. The two-day festival begins Friday, Feb. 10, in downtown Loveland with free fun for the entire family. The festival features something for everyone — families, couples, beer and chocolate lovers, art lovers and forever loves — with a kids' zone, light snow, live entertainment, beer hall, food trucks and more. For a full schedule of Sweetheart Festival events, visit VisitLovelandCO.org.
Spontaneous Combustion Bonfire & Fireworks
FRISCO — The Spontaneous Combustion Community Bonfire is an annual Frisco community celebration. The bonfire, fueled by the town's recycled Christmas trees, kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by a firework show at 8 p.m. The Town of Frisco will be accepting Christmas trees for the bonfire through 4 p.m. Saturday at the Frisco Bay Marina dirt lot.
Steamboat Winter Carnival
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Head to Steamboat Springs this weekend to experience the oldest, continuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. Although the festival has been underway since Wednesday, the highlights of the festival are on Saturday and Sunday. The street events feature kids being pulled on skis behind horses and adults being pulled on shovels through downtown Steamboat. On Saturday, Howelsen Hill will be lit up with illuminated skiers descending the mountain and a spectacular fireworks show to end the night. For a full schedule of snow sculpture judging, s’more parties, winter sports events and more, visit SteamboatChamber.com.
USA Curling National Championships
DENVER — The USA Curling Men’s and Women’s National Championships bring the country’s best teams together to compete and earn the right to represent the United States at the World Men’s and World Women’s Championships. The championship will be at Denver Coliseum through Saturday, Feb. 11. Single-game tickets and event-long passes are available for purchase here.
DENVER — AMA Arenacross, one of the nation's top indoor motorcycle race series, features massive race course with high-bank turns, massive air, and technical rhythm sections. The AMA Arenacross team invades the National Western Complex this Friday and Saturday. Grab your tickets at NationalWestern.com.
Frisco Gold Rush
FRISCO — The 52nd annual Frisco Gold Rush is the longest running Nordic event in Colorado. The event consists of classic and skate races open to skiers of all ages and abilities. There will be a 20K Skate, 7.5K Skate, 5K Skate and 1K Kids’ Fun Ski at the event on Saturday. Gold Rush registration can be completed at FriscoGoldRush.com.
Love 'Em or Leave 'Em Valentine's Day 5K/10K
PARKER — Parker Parks and Recreation Run Series' signature run/walk arrives this Saturday, Feb. 11, at Salisbury Park. The Valentine's Day 5K/10K is a fun, festive workout followed by a post-race pancake breakfast. A free kids' dash follows the race for children 8 and under. Runners and walkers are welcome to register at ParkerRec.com.
Hotter Than Egypt
DENVER — "Hotter Than Egypt," the newest production from Denver Center for the Performing Arts, opens Friday, Feb. 10, at the Kilstrom Theatre. Hailed as an audience favorite at the 2020 Colorado New Play Summit, "Hotter Than Egypt" is the tale of a couple's own personal revolutions. For a middle-aged American couple traveling to Egypt on a business trip-slash-vacation, their relationship is put to the test when an old connection leads to new temptation. For tickets and showtimes, visit DenverCenter.org.
Castle Rock Bull Riding Challenge
CASTLE ROCK — The 11th annual Castle Rock Bull Riding Challenge is Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The family-friendly event features a 2 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. show. More than 100 bulls will buck and be individually scored no matter if the rider stays on for the required eight seconds. While the bull riders compete, guests can learn about bucking bulls, how they are cared for, the equipment that is used, training and more. There will also be a mechanical bull, pony rides and food vendors. Tickets are sold at TicketBud.com.
LAKEWOOD — Denver BAZAAR is hosting a one-stop Valentine's shop for all your on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12, in downtown Lakewood. The event features more than 50 Colorado small businesses, drink experiences, DIY workshops and more. Admission is free and open to all ages at Belmar.
CSU Spur 2nd Saturday
DENVER — A year of “2nd Saturdays at CSU Spur” begins on Saturday, Feb. 11, with a day of free, family-oriented programs, activities, and demonstrations centered on the campus’s core themes of food, water, and health. The event will be the first 2nd Saturday since the water-themed Hydro building opened Jan. 6. CSU Spur’s three buildings will be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Colorado Garden & Home Show
DENVER — The annual Colorado Garden & Home Show runs through Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. The Rocky Mountain region's largest and oldest consumer garden and home improvement show features more than 500 companies and 1,200 booths. Guests can learn about gardening and home improvement ideas, products and services. Tickets are sold at AXS.com.
Lady of the Camellias
DENVER — Colorado Ballet's newest production, "Lady of the Camellias," plays the Ellie Caulkins Opera House through Sunday, Feb. 12. Based upon the novel "La Dame aux Camélias" by Alexandre Dumas fils, "Lady of the Camellias" follows a troubled courtesan as she navigates forbidden love, betrayal, and loss in the heart of 19th-century French society. The ballet is set to the music of Frédéric Chopin, which will be performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. For tickets, head to ColoradoBallet.org.
Movies this weekend
For the first time in almost two months, the box office doesn't belong to blue people. After seven weeks as the top film in theaters, “Avatar: The Way of Water” was knocked out of the No. 1 spot by the M. Night Shyamalan thriller “Knock at the Cabin” and the octogenarian comedy “80 for Brady.”
Opening this weekend
- Magic Mike's Last Dance
- Titanic 25th Anniversary
Last weekend's box office
- “Knock at the Cabin,” $14.2 million.
- “80 for Brady,” $12.5 million.
- “Avatar: The Way of Water,” $10.8 million.
- “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” $8 million.
- “BTS: Yet to Come in Cinemas,” $5.1 million.
- “A Man Called Otto,” $4.2 million.
- “M3gan,” $3.8 million.
- “Missing,” $3.7 million.
- “The Chosen Season 3 Finale,” $3.6 million.
- “Pathaan,” $2.8 million.
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