Event Round-up: Wildlife Experience’s Megalodon, Animal Stars at the Zoo & More!
Through Monday. Celebrate the arrival of summer fun at the Boulder Creek Festival. The weekend-long fest starts Friday with a concert, starring That Eighties Band at the 29th Street Mall. Things kick really kick into gear on Saturday: Two food courts, five stages of entertainment, an art show, carnival rides and more, all running through Monday. One of the fest’s signature events, The Great Rubber Duck Race, starts at 4 p.m. Monday: Sponsor a duck for $5 and cheer it on as it floats down Boulder Creek—the big winners get sweet prizes like a trip to Mexico or $1,000 cash, and the duck money benefits Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department. Kickoff concert: 6-9 p.m. Friday. 29th Street Mall, 1710 29th St., Boulder. Festival: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. Canyon Boulevard between 9th and 14th Streets. Admission is free. bceproductions.com
Through Sunday. The Denver Pavilions transform into an outdoor art gallery during the Downtown Denver Arts Festival. More than 130 Colorado artists, chosen by a jury, set up booths all around the mall to exhibit their works. A variety of media are represented, from oil paintings and photography to leatherwork and fiber arts. It’s free to attend, so take a leisurely stroll, search for inspiration and discover new talent. 4-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. Denver Pavilions, 16th and Glenarm Streets. Admission is free. downtowndenverartfestival.com
Through Jan. 2, 2012. Jaws has got nothing on this: Meet “Megalodon: The Largest Shark That Ever Lived” at The Wildlife Experience, starting Saturday. Walk through the giant jaws of the megalodon and learn all about this prehistoric shark: its evolution, animal relatives, massive size and, most important, its diet. Get a feel for the fearsome beast through interactive components, fossils, life-size models and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Wildlife Experience, 10035 Peoria St., Parker; 720-488-3300. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors age 65 and up, $6 for children ages 3 to 12. thewildlifeexperience.org
Through August 21. Elitch Gardens is officially open for the summer, starting Friday. The amusement park is open every day—with a couple rare exceptions—through August 21. Elitch’s water park opens the floodgates today, too; it’s open daily through Labor Day weekend. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends, with some exceptions. Water park: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle; 303-595-4386. Admission includes entrance to both parks: $42.99 for adults 48 inches tall and up, $29.99 for kids under 48 inches tall and for seniors age 62 and older. elitchgardens.com
Through Sunday. You don’t need a festival pass to join in the Mountainfilm fest in Telluride. Every evening, the community’s invited to screen free movies at the “Base Camp” outdoor theater. Tonight’s offering, “Buck,” is a documentary about horse trainer Buck Brannaman and his nonviolent horse training methods. Saturday’s show is a package of rad sports docs, while the Sunday movie, “The City Dark,” explores what we’re missing in the urban night sky. Also: On Saturday, everyone’s invited to a free ice cream social on Main Street from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. Movies: 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Town Park, 500 E. Colorado Ave., Telluride. Admission is free. mountainfilm.org
Through Labor Day. The Denver Zoo’s “Animal Stars” return for the summer on Saturday. Amazing animals perform every day at the zoo’s Conoco Wildlife Theater, showing off skills with their trainers. Catch Cosmo the barn owl, Sheldon the armadillo, Bodie the Wonder Dog and other talented critters in two daily shows through Labor Day. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St.; 303-376-4800. Shows are free with zoo admission: $13 for adults, $10 for seniors age 65 and older, $8 for kids ages 3 to 11. denverzoo.org
Kathleen St. John