25 things to do in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
There are lots of fun events to enjoy including Bunk with the Beasts, Chinese New Year, a free day and more. See our event calendar for additional information.
Colorado Kennel Club Dog Show at the National Western Complex
Feb 15 – 19
It’s the Dog Days of Denver at the Colorado Kennel Club Dog Show. The fun includes a 4-H Dog Workshop with Showmanship, Obedience, Rally and Agility. The competition involves a dog jumping into the pool competitively. The longer the jump, the better the score. Also, the Continental Divide Herding Association is holding a Barn Hunt.
You Have My Heart, Valentine’s Day Celebration
Feb 16, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson is pleased to announce the 11th annual Valentine’s Day Event at her office. On Valentine’s Day, judges and clergy will perform free marriage ceremonies for couples. Food and beverages will be available for the couples. Drawings will be held for gifts from local businesses, elected officials and other city agencies. Marriage licenses are $30.
Bunk with the Beasts at Denver Zoo
Feb 16, 6:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Children are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a sleepover at a Denver Zoo’s Bunk with the Beasts adventure! From peacocks to primates and polar bears to pachyderms, participants will visit some of the Zoo’s most beloved animals while their parents enjoy a night out! Kids will make a special valentine for a zoo animal, and have fun at this special kids-only sleepover in Denver Zoo’s onsite Gates Education Center. The evening includes pizza dinner, an evening snack and full breakfast. *Children must be between the ages of 5-12 years to participate.
Romeo and Juliet at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Feb 16 – Feb 25
In the spring, Colorado Ballet presents the Shakespearean love story Romeo and Juliet. This romantic ballet will take your breath away with extraordinary choreography by Derek Deane, exceptional acting an artistry by the dancers, and a phenomenal musical score by Sergei Prokofiev, performed by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra. From the energetic crowd scenes, to the famous balcony scene featuring the star-crossed lovers, we’ll bring the story of Romeo and Juliet to life. This ballet is recommended for ages 6th grade and up.
Family Discovery Series: HawkQuest – Birds of Prey at PACE Center
Feb 17, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Is it a bird? A plane? It’s definitely a bird! This fun and educational program for all ages includes a Bald or a Golden eagle, an owl, a falcon, and features a free-flying hawk. Guests will learn about the importance of different raptor species, their specially-adapted tools, and their role in our ecosystems.
2018 Colorado Chinese New Year Celebration- Year of Dog
Feb 17, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Take a journey to the Far East right here in Denver and experience the largest and most exciting Chinese cultural event in the Rocky Mountain Region, the Chinese New Year Celebration. Enjoy two hours of first-class on-stage shows by award-winning professional artists performing Acrobats, Beijing opera, soprano and Chinese music; and by the talented DCS students, teachers and parents performing choir and dances; and everyone’s favorite, the lion dance and Kung Fu demonstration. Savor a variety of authentic Chinese foods.
Chinese New Year Celebration and Cultural Fair
Feb 17, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association is partnering with Great Wall Chinese Academy to celebrate the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. It ushers in the Year of the Brown Earth Dog in 2018. Those born under this sign tend to show great determination and could attain the highest level of achievement if they decide to. Dogs have excellent manners, easily make and keeps friends, works very hard, and appreciates luxury and the goodies in life. They are very romantic, loving, and make loyal partners.
University of Denver Hockey vs. Colorado College
Feb 17, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Come out and watch the National Champions defend their title!
Chinese New Year Celebration at Outlets at Castle Rock
Feb 18, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This February, Outlets at Castle Rock is proud to celebrate Chinese New Year with nearly three weeks of Chinese themed traditions and activities all throughout the center. From Feb. 1 – Feb. 19, the center will be honoring the ancient Chinese “Red Envelope” gifting tradition by giving away red envelopes filled with gift cards and center promotions at customer service. The red envelope tradition – symbolizing good luck and well wishes for the New Year – is a gift from Outlets at Castle Rock to express appreciation for the center’s wonderful shoppers and guests from all over the world.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers at Pepsi Center
Feb 18, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers
Lunar New Year at Outlets at Castle Rock
Feb 18, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This February, Outlets at Castle Rock is proud to welcome in the Year of the Dog with a Lunar New Year celebration! Live dancers and artists from the Denver Chinese School-Jasmine Flower Dance Academy and the Denver Shaolin Kung Fu Academy will perform dragon dances and traditional folk dances in the courtyard by Under Armour.
Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens
Feb 19, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Days occur throughout the year at both York Street and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). No tickets are needed for admission to Free Days. Free Days are for regular Gardens hours only and do not include ticketed events.
Snow Sisters! Winter story time with author, Kerri Kokias at Tattered Cover- Aspen Grove
Feb 19, 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Join us for a winter themed story time. Author, Kerri Kokias, will read her new picture book, Snow Sisters, as well as some of her other favorite winter stories and provide a snow themed craft. Ages 2-7, or anyone who likes children’s picture books.
Early Release Day Adventure at Colorado Adventure Point
Feb 19, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Throughout the year our various schools have several early release days. Colorado Adventure Point is available to make these days off more exciting by offering half day classes in various fun skills. Some of these classes include archery, rock climbing, art, cooking and robotics. Each day will cover two separate classes, please refer to our website for more details!
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
Be the Astronaut at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018; Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum (Wings) enthusiastically announces the arrival of Be The Astronaut, an interactive pod-based exhibit that thrusts visitors into a world of space discovery. Broken down into three interactive parts, Be The Astronaut first places “explorers” at a NAV (Navigation) Station to explore basic concepts of the universe. Second, guests move to a SCI (Science) Station that reinvents the way users think about the science and technology needed to thrive in outer space. Finally, participants move to the FLY Station. The FLY Station puts guests in control of a variety of spacecraft, including a lander, a rover and an interplanetary spaceship, on a wide variety of extraterrestrial missions. http://wingsmuseum.org/
Becoming Butterflies at CU South Denver
June 7, 2017-June 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: CU South Denver
Becoming Butterflies is a fascinating look at some of the world’s most captivating insects throughout their entire life cycle. A successful journey means overcoming natural enemies, evading predators and transforming from a tiny egg to creeping caterpillar to delicate winged flyer. Learn how butterflies impact our lives and the role we play in their survival. http://southdenver.cu.edu/events/event/becoming-butterflies/
Dream Big 3D: Engineering our World at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)
February 17, 2017 – February 15, 2018, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Dream Big 3D will transform how you think about the E in STEM. This adventure takes you around the world to explore engineering marvels both large and small, ancient and modern. From the Great Wall of China to the high-tech Shanghai Tower, from underwater robots to solar powered cars, you will see how human ingenuity pushes the limits of innovation. Dream Big celebrates engineers who build, invent, and shape our world, and inspire the youth of today who will be the great minds of tomorrow. http://www.dmns.org/imax/current-films/dream-big-3d-engineering-our-world/
Denver Puzzling Adventure at Civic Center Park
Puzzling Adventures™ are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an informative self-guided tour, and The Amazing Race®. Each adventure consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. http://puzzlingadventures.com
Eyes On at Denver Art Museum
December 3, 2017 – July 8, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Xiaoze Xie has a lifelong passion for books. In his worldview, books are conveyers of prestige and signifiers of collective cultural knowledge: repositories of historical meaning, cultural conflict, and political strife. For Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, the artist has created still-life paintings of books, videos, and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/eyes-on-xiaoze-xie
Ice Skating at the Pond
January 4 – February 19, 2018
Come join the Shops at Southlands at The Pond for some ice skating. https://www.shopsouthlands.com/event/ice-skating-at-the-pond/2145483706
Past the Tangled Present at the Denver Art Museum
November 14, 2017 – October 28, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This interactive and immersive installation by Denver artist Jaime Molina was born of imagination and the joy of discovery. Step into a different world where the paintings on the wall flow into 3-D objects that Molina created for the space. Sit on boxes painted with faces and play in a garden of fabricated cacti. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/past-tangled-present
Creatures of Light at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (upcoming)
February 23- June 10, 2018
They light up our lives, but have you ever wondered how? Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths. The new exhibition Creatures of Light explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence and biofluorescence, visible light emitted by living things. This enlightening experience features larger-than-life models, engaging immersive environments, fun activities, and real animals, fungi, and minerals that get their glow on. http://www.dmns.org
Colors of East Africa
January 20-May 19, 2018
Colors of East Africa, an exceptional showcase of eight countries along the Great Rift Valley, continues through May 19 at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. The exhibit features art and artifacts on loan from over 40 collectors and international travelers in Northern Colorado. Many items reflect the intersection between the wildlife and the indigenous cultures, such as a loin cloth fashioned from fish vertebrae and a Maasai shield & weaponry. http://globalvillagemuseum.org
December 3, 2017 – July 8, 2018
Xiaoze Xie has a lifelong passion for books. In his worldview, books are conveyers of prestige and signifiers of collective cultural knowledge: repositories of historical meaning, cultural conflict, and political strife. For Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, the artist has created still-life paintings of books, videos, and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China. http://denverartmuseum.org
Arts & Minds
February 6-May 22, 2018, 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays
Arts & Minds is a Movement and Creative Arts Program for children throughout Denver. Each class combines both Movement (dance, yoga, fitness) and Creative Arts (art, drama, sensory play, creative writing). Children do movement, then use Creative Arts to process what they experience physically and emotionally through the movement. This Winter, we are collaborating on an inspiring project at the McNichols Building in Downtown Denver. Bringing more than five children? Please register online. * There will be no events February 19 (President’s Day), March 26, 27 and April 2 (Denver Public Schools Spring Break) and May 7 (McNichols Building closed for a private event) http://www.mcnicholsbuilding.com