CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNERS LARA J., ANGELA M., MONICA H., CARRIE M., SAMMIE J., TAMMY B., LORI D, JANE B.!
Prepare for family fun this Labor Day Weekend at A Taste of Colorado! Featured acts, including the Wayne and Wingnut’s Red Hot Chili Puppets, Jim Jackson’s Busker and Me, and Chad Wonder, the comedic magician, will entertain on the KidzStage presented by MIX 100. Children and adults can stay busy for hours with carnival rides, games, educational exhibits, and more. The 32nd annual event takes place Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7 in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park. And, as always, the festival is free admission.
Sharing her juggling skills on the KidzStage, Bekah Smith presents her unicycle, fire dancing and lasso tricks. Up in the Air with Peter Davison weaves physical theater, dance, and poetry to create a kinetic celebration of life unlike anything you’ve seen before. “Go wild” for books with Mr. Shine’s music, magic, puppets and more. Experience unique acts of expression from Kinetic Movement Dance Academy.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
11:45: Poppy The Clown—Followed By A Juggling Workshop
12:45: The Mysto Magic Show
1:45: Bekah Smith—Juggling Show
2:45: Wayne and Wingnut’s Red Hot Chili Puppets
3:45: The Mysto Magic Show
4:45: Bekah Smith—Juggling Show
5:45: Wayne and Wingnut’s Red Hot Chili Puppets
Roving Entertainment: Wayne Francis, Poppy The Clown, Bekah Smith
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
10:45: Poppy The Clown—Followed By A Juggling Workshop
11:45: Go Wild With Mr. Shine—Music, Magic and Puppets
12:45: Hora Romaneasca Folk Dance Ensemble
1:45: Up In The Air With Peter Davison
2:45: Chad Wonder—Comedy Magic
3:45: Go Wild With Mr. Shine—Music, Magic And Puppets
4:45: Up In The Air With Peter Davison
5:45: Chad Wonder—Comedy Magic
Roving Entertainment: Poppy The Clown, Mr. Bones, Chad Wonder
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
10:45: Kinetic Movement Dance Academy
11:45: The Elstun’s Magic, Marriage and Mayhem!
12:45: The Millibo Art Theatre Presents: Book Dawg
1:45: Jim Jackson Presents: Busker and Me
2:45: The Elstun’s Magic, Marriage and Mayhem!
3:45: Eric West—Music For Kids
4:45: The Millibo Art Theatre Presents: Book Dawg
5:45: Jim Jackson Presents: Busker and Me
Roving Entertainment: Birgitta Depree, Jim Jackson, Dave Elstun, Connie Elstun, Mr. Bones
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
10:45: Patti Smithsonian’s Puppet Show
11:45: The Wick School of Irish Dance
12:45: Katherine Dines and The Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Band
1:45: Magician Erica Sodos Presents: The Magic Within
2:45: Reid Belstock: Comedy Juggling
3:45: Patti Smithsonian’s Puppet Show
4:45: Magician Erica Sodos Presents: The Magic Within
5:45: Reid Belstock: Comedy Juggler
Roving Entertainment: Erica Sodos, Patti Smithsonian
Kids of all ages can showcase their creativity in the KidZone, with a variety of free, hands-on craft activities. Also in the KidZone is the Baby Oasis, a place for parents to nurse, change diapers, and relax in a private environment. An assortment of supplies will be provided.
The whole family can enjoy carnival rides and games, located on Lincoln and Colfax, Saturday through Monday, presented by KOOL 105. Get the best deal and plan ahead by buying EARLY BIRD wristbands for $15 from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; they are good until 5 p.m. ALL DAY wristbands can be purchased for $25 from 10:30 a.m. until two hours before closing and are good until closing.
Other attractions located in the center of Civic Center Park include Water Balls (also known as “human hamster balls”), the Eurobungy Trampoline, the Human Gyroscope (also known as the “human gyro ball”), and a ropes obstacle course.
In the Festival of Mountain and Plain area, families can learn about the state’s pioneer past. Featured artisans will demonstrate spinning, lace crocheting, felting, blacksmithing and various demonstrations of Navajo culture including weaving and beading.
A Taste of Colorado is also an opportunity to encourage your children to eat something new, with more than 50 restaurants and food vendors participating at the festival. Many offer a one, two, or three ticket “taste” portion.
Menu items this year that might appeal to more adventurous palates include:
Barbed Wire Reef’s Wild Game Burger and Brat * Bayou Bob’s Fried Alligator * Crepes & Company’s Banalicious Crepe and Chicken, Bacon, & Ranch Crepe *Falafel King’s Falafel Wrap w/Hummus * Gyro’s Corner’s Baklava *HuHot Mongolian Grill & NuHu Mongolian Express’s Teriyaki Warrior Beef *Hot Wok Café’• Chicken Cilantro Dumplings *Rocks Modern Grill’s Smoked Elk Sausage on a Pita * Buffalo Bratwurst on a Pita *Tocabe’s Ground Beef or Vegetarian Indian Taco.
Admission to A Taste of Colorado is free; festival tickets are needed to purchase all beverages, food, and carnival rides – these are sold in strips of 15 for $10. Tickets can be purchased using cash at any of the ticket booths located throughout the festival. ATMs are located near most ticket booths.
Festival hours are Friday, Sept. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 5, and Sunday, Sept. 6, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 7, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Visit www.ATasteofColorado.com or call (303) 295-6330 for more information.