Event round-up: Cinco de Mayo, Elitch, Mother’s Day & More!
Saturday. It’s Opening Day at Elitch’s and the coasters will be rolling once again. The park is under new management again this year, but expect to see all your old favorites. Days and hours are sporadic over the next few weeks, but the doors open daily starting Memorial Day weekend. The water park at Elitch’s will open that weekend, as well—keep your bathing suits in the drawer just a few more weeks. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle; 303-595-4386. Tickets: $37.99 for guests 48 inches tall and over, $27.99 for guests under 48 inches. Seniors age 62 and older are $27.99. Kids age 3 and younger are free. elitchgardens.com
Saturday-Sunday. Cinco de Mayo was officially on Thursday, but that was just a warm-up: Join thousands of revelers in Civic Center Park for the 24th annual Cinco de Mayo Celebrate Culture Festival. The fun begins with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by two days of yummy food, live music and family activities. Three stages of entertainment will be going all three days, featuring a variety of bands and dance ensembles. Kids can get a thrill at the Children’s Carnival, or just relax with cute animals in the petting zoo. Come a little early on Sunday, Mother’s Day, for a special “Mariachi Mass” at 10 a.m. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Civic Center Park, Colfax Avenue and Broadway. Admission is free. cincodemayodenver.com
Saturday. Hundreds of paws will hit the pavement at the Furry Scurry at Washington Park. A major fundraiser for the Dumb Friends League, the 2-mile walk brings out animal lovers of all stripes for a stroll in the park. After the walk, guests can enjoy refreshments, watch demonstrations, and shop from vendors. Enter cute contests, too, like “Best Tail-Wagger” and “Best Pet/Person Lookalike.” Keep in mind that dogs are welcome at the event, but kitties should stay snoozing at home. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Washington Park, 1000 S. Downing St. Registration is $50 per person. ddfl.org
Sunday. Celebrate Mother’s Day with the Boulder Ballet when the company presents “The Little Mermaid.” Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, the performance features choreography by Boulder Ballet artistic directors Ana Claire and Peter Davison. Keep in mind: The show isn’t just for grownups, but don’t expect singing lobsters or seagull sidekicks. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. The Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder; 303-786-7030. Tickets are $36.50 for reserved seats, $27.75 for general admission, $19.50 for students and seniors. boulderballet.org
Through May 14. The “World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions” gallop into Colorado starting Saturday in Broomfield. The ethereal white horses put on quite a show, going through their paces with costumed riders in the saddle. One segment, “Airs Above the Ground,” has the horses jumping, dancing and soaring—it looks like ballet now, but was once a series of battlefield maneuvers. This weekend, the show visits Broomfield and Loveland; Cortez hosts the stallions on Tuesday, with a final stop in Colorado Springs on May 14. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield; 303-410-0700. 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland; 970-619-4100. Tickets for both shows are $22.50-$32.50, with discounts for students and seniors. lipizzaner.com
-Kathleen St. John