25 top events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Top events in Denver this week include free days at the Colorado Railroad Museum, Four Mile Historic Park, and Longmont Museum. Also, don’t miss the Spring Flea, Sesame Street F is for Friends and more. See our event calendar for additional information.
Free Day at the Colorado Railroad Museum
April 12, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
To celebrate our partnership with the SCFD the Museum is proud to offer free general admission to all visitors select Wednesdays throughout the year:
Four Mile Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
April 13, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Every Second Friday of the Month
Travel back to 1859… for free! Enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum—a Denver landmark!—and meeting our many farm animals. Our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time will also be offered from 12-1 pm.
Garry Krinsky: Toying with Science
April 13, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Garry Krinsky: Toying with Science, is a fast-paced, varied and dynamic one-hour program that combines circus skills, mime, original music, and audience involvement in the exploration of the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines. Best suited for audiences ages 5 and up.
Henry and Mudge at the PACE Center
April 13, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Henry, who just moved from the city to the country, is having a hard time finding a playmate in his new neighborhood. But he has Mudge, a 182-pound canine buddy, with whom he can share all kinds of adventures!
Free Day at the Longmont Museum
April 14, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The second Saturday of each month is a Free Day. The Longmont Museum, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region. The Museum recently opened an expansion, featuring the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center.
Ski to Defeat ALS at Winter Park Resort
April 14, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join The ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter for our 5th Annual Ski to Defeat ALS on April 14th, 2018 at Winter Park Resort. In this one-day event participants take to the mountain in the fight against ALS, bid on awesome auction items, win raffle items and enjoy a nice lunch. The most remarkable part of the day is that those living with ALS can participate with their friends and family free of charge, as we collaborate with the renowned NSCD. If you would like to register, donate or just learn more about the event please visit the website at http://web.alsa.org/ski18.
Spring Flea at Denver Rock Drill
April 14 – 15
Get your shop, eat and drink on at the the Spring Flea, popping up at a new location in the RiNo/Cole neighborhood at Denver Rock Drill on April 14-15, 2018. The Denver Flea brings together more than 200 local makers and small businesses from Colorado and the Western region, making it the largest Spring Flea to date. Vendors will be selling their goods alongside food trucks and pop-up bars serving Great Divide beer and craft cocktails. Of the 200 vendors, over 40 vendors are new to the Flea.
Free Family Tour at Clyfford Still Museum
April 14, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Enjoy a free art adventure for the whole family! Designed for children five through ten years old and their caregivers, family tours are an interactive way to explore the art on view. Every tour features games, close looking, and an art project to take home. Our professional team of gallery teachers will introduce a different theme–such as color, line, shape, movement, music, or architecture–in every tour.
Hands On History Family Fun Days at the History Colorado Center
April 14, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us for our Hands on History Family Fun Days! On the second Saturday of each month, families have the opportunity to explore and create their own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick making, building log cabins, live performances, and role playing in our exhibits.
Sesame Street F is for Friends at the Southwest Plaza
April 14, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
F is for “Friends”! Join Sesame Street pals, Elmo and Abby as they help spread friendship and kindness during the Sesame Street Pop Up Tour: F is for Friends. Pre-schoolers and their families will learn that while we may be different from one another, we’re alike in so many ways too! It doesn’t matter if you’re a monster, a fairy or a kid, we can all be friends!
April 14, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Are you ready for some fútbol? ¡GOOOOAL! takes us south of the border with José Pablo Monyao’s Mexican anthem Huapango, Silvestre Revueltas’ Redes and American Aaron Copland’s lively El Salón México. From there, we kick around in Spain with music from Three-Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla.
Comics and More with Raul the Third at the Denver Public Library
April 15, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Award-winning children’s illustrator Raúl the Third will talk about his books and lead a BIC pen comic books workshop for kids. Books will be on hand to buy and have signed by the author courtesy of Tattered Cover Book Store. Ideal for ages 8-14.
Parenting Workshop at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
April 18, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Free parent-child workshop with Bright by Three! Parents and caregivers with children ages 0-3 are welcome to attend. Each family will receive a free program toolkit packed with fun games and activities, picture books and parenting handbooks. A trained volunteer will introduce and model various activities in the toolkits for parents to try with their kids. After the workshop families can stay and play for free!
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
Dead Sea Scrolls at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
March 16-Sept. 3
Dead Sea Scrolls is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. The scrolls will be dramatically presented within a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers, along with the full English translation. dmns.org/dead-sea-scrolls
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/
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
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
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
Jan. 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/upcoming-main-gallery/
Animals in Art
Sept. 10, 2017–May 19, 2019
Whether depicted as faithful companions or threatening adversaries, animals have been the subjects of human art for centuries. Stampede at the Denver Art Museum allows visitors to consider the roles animals play in our lives and in our art through more than 300 paintings, sculptures and more. https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/stampede
AI Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Oct. 18, 2017–Oct. 17, 2018
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park! https://www.denver.org
Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects
Nov. 21, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
History Colorado created a brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery, to house this 3,700-square-foot exhibit of 100 objects, each of which had a role in shaping the history and culture of Colorado. https://www.historycolorado.org/venue/history-colorado-center
Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting
April 28–Sept. 23, 2018
Mike Whiting’s geometric sculptures at the Denver Botanic Gardens also represent the intersection of two distinct visual styles: 8-bit pixel graphics—which have enjoyed a recent resurgence in games like Minecraft—and minimalist sculpture. Technological limitations in early video games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders reduced the graphics to simplified shapes, while the minimalist art movement created artworks that purposely lacked detail. Pixelated investigates the opposite intents of these two artistic approaches that result in a strikingly similar visual outcome. https://www.botanicgardens.org/exhibits/pixelated-sculpture-mike-whiting
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