Top 20 events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
February is almost a wrap and there are plenty of fun events to celebrate. Don’t miss the opening of the Creatures of Light Exhibit, Denver Restaurant Week and the Snowman Stampede. See our event calendar for the full listings.
Creatures of Light Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
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.
Denver Restaurant Week
Feb 23 – March 4
The 14th annual Denver Restaurant Week will take place from Feb. 23 – March 4, 2018. Hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants offer multi-course dinners for tasty prices.
Wish Night, benefiting Make-A-Wish Colorado at the Hyatt Regency Denver
Feb 23, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Join Make-A-Wish® Colorado for a magical journey as together we experience the power of wish from the wish selection by an 8-year-old girl battling a critical illness to the granting of the wish. In addition to this rare insider’s view, Wish Night will feature performances by local wish kids and a special acoustic set by Joe King from The Fray, as well as a cocktail hour, silent and live auction, dinner and plenty of surprises along the way!
Boulder International Film Festival
Feb 22 – 25
The Boulder International Film Festival brings films and filmmakers from around the world to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema. Featuring a wide variety of films from local, national, and international filmmakers, including many that have gone on to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar nominations.
Denver Nuggets vs. San Antonio Spurs at the Pepsi Center
Feb 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the San Antonio Spurs.
Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Performances at Stanley Marketplace
Feb 24 and 26
Tiny Tots gets children truly inside the orchestra by seating the audience on the floor and surrounding them with a 30+ piece orchestra. Designed for children six and under, this 45-minute program gives young ones the chance to interact with the music and learn about the instruments in the process. Tiny Tots audiences receive an up-close-and-personal performance in a casual, fun environment. The experience is one-of-a-kind!
Low Sensory Morning at the Denver Art Museum
Feb 24, 8:30 – 10:00 am
At the DAM, we embrace the unique qualities of all who walk through our doors, and appreciate that many visitors need to explore the museum in different ways. For individuals and families who prefer a quiet, less sensory-stimulating environment we offer our Low Sensory Morning events on select Saturday mornings, before public hours.
Feb 24, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Snowman Stampede is a flat and fast half marathon, 10K and 5K race held every February in Littleton, Colorado. Come to Hudson Gardens and run the race that everyone is talking about. With chip timing, an innovative technical running shirt, and a finish line expo with vendors and food, this race will make you want to come back for more!
Jeff & Paige at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Feb 24, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Two shows with Jeff & Paige and everyone’s welcome! But wait, there’s more! Kid-friendly science and natural history exhibits, monthly family days and this 6th annual concert day with Jeff & Paige. Come to either show or come to both.
Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Sleeping Beauty Tea Party at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Feb 24 – 25
Ballet Ariel infuses new life into an ages-old tale. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is an original and fanciful production flawlessly danced by Ballet Ariel’s professional company. Choreographed by Director Ilena Norton and her creative team, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice will beguile children of all ages, introducing them to the enduring art of ballet in an exciting and delightful afternoon.
Denver Pops Orchestra: Myths, Legends, and Tales
Feb 24, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Join the Denver Pops Orchestra for an exciting concert at Denver’s historical Central Presbyterian Church. From Greek mythology to Game of Thrones, our “Myths, Legends, and Tales” concert will awaken your mind to some of the great tales that have sparked our imaginations.
The Music of George Gershwin and Billy Joel
Feb 25, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Acclaimed concert pianist, Avguste Antonov, will present a program featuring George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and several pieces by Billy Joel including Reverie, Fantasy, Air and Rot Beer Rag. Known more for his pop songs, Billy Joel is also an accomplished composer of classical music.
Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets at the Pepsi Center
Feb 25, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the Houston Rockets.
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
Now through 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
Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park
November 21, 2017 – February 14, 2018, 11 a.m-7 p.m.
Ready. Set. Skate. Skyline Park is the place for fun this holiday season. The Downtown Denver Partnership invites you and your family to join us for FREE skating at the Skyline Rink, located at 16th & Arapahoe in Downtown Denver. Ice skating is free! You may bring your own skates or rent a pair for just $6-$8. http://www.downtowndenver.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
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