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Event Round-up: Chinese New Year Parties, Buckaroo Breakfast & More!

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Friday-Saturday. The Chinese New Year begins on Monday, but the time to celebrate is now: New Year’s parties will be happening all over the city in the coming days, with a few big ones banging the gong this weekend. Friday, the Denver Language School welcomes the Year of the Dragon with a performance by students in its kindergarten through third grade classes. The kids have been learning Mandarin through immersion, and will use their skills in presenting lion dances, handkerchief twirling and traditional Chinese songs. Pro groups from the Chinese Cultural Academy and Wah Lum Kung Fu will take the stage, too. On Saturday, The Arvada Center hosts a Chinese New Year Festival, sponsored by the Colorado Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Arvada Sister Cities International. Drop by through the day to check out the Cultural Fair, filled with Chinese art, crafts and food. A “Celebration Show” will run twice during the festival as well. Also on Saturday, the Denver Art Museum marks the final week of its “Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting” exhibition with a Chinese New Year Festival. Expect dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and art projects throughout the museum. DLS New Year: 6 p.m. Friday. Hamilton Middle School, 8600 E. Dartmouth Ave. Free. Arvada Chinese New Year Festival: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Shows at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada; 720-898-7200. Admission to cultural fair is free; show tickets are $18 each. Denver Art Museum: Dance performances at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m.; Kung fu demo at 2 p.m. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy.; 720-865-5000. Activities included with admission–$13 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, $5 for youth ages 6 to 18. Colorado residents receive a discount. denverartmuseum.org

Saturday. Grab your lassos, grandparents—it’s time for the Buckaroo Breakfast at the Children’s Museum of Denver. Round up the grandkids for a tasty catered breakfast and an Old West-themed morning play session at the museum. Listen to stories around the campfire and gather a posse for a photo session to create a Wild West wanted poster. The museum opens after breakfast—stick around to visit the revamped “Fire Station No. 1” exhibit, newly outfitted with a firefighter bunk, pole, dispatch station and additional bells and whistles on the truck. 8-10 a.m. Saturday. Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive; 303-433-7444. Breakfast is $20 and includes admission to the museum. Make a reservation by calling 303-561-0110. mychildsmuseum.org

Through Sunday. This is it: After this weekend, the National Western Stock Show hangs up its spurs for the year. It’ll be business as usual, with lots of livestock judging, stick-horse rodeos and real-deal rodeos, too—ProRodeo contests continue through Sunday, including daytime and evening shows. The Draft Horse Show and Pull, running Friday through Sunday, stars some of the equine world’s hardest workers competing for more than $100,000 in prize money. Stop in for stock dog trials, an antique tractor show, yak demonstrations (why not?) and more frontier fun. Events run 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St.; 303-297-1166. Grounds admission is $8 today, $14 Saturday, $12 Sunday; admission for children ages 3 to 11 is $2 Friday, $3 Saturday and Sunday. Tickets required for special events. nationalwestern.com

Saturday. Misty medieval Britain comes to the stage in “King Arthur’s Quest” at the D.L. Parsons Theatre in Northglenn. Presented by the Missoula Children’s Theatre, the musical features local kids in classic stories of King Arthur’s Round Table. The gang’s all here: Arthur and Lancelot, Guinevere and Morgan le Fay. Expect swords in stones, foreboding towers, and even an attempt at befriending a dragon. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. D.L. Parsons Theatre, 11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn; 303-450-8800. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for students and seniors. northglenn.org/theatre

Kathleen St. John

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