25 fun Earth Day and other events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
There are plenty of great Earth day events this week, family fishing, free National Parks entrance and more. See our event calendar for the full listings.
Colorado Earth Day Celebration 2018 at the Colorado State Capitol
April 21, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Have plans for Earth Day? Join us for a FREE event! Colorado Earth Day will feature yoga, live music by The Broadcast, an opening ceremony by Four Winds Native American Council, a beer garden, children’s zone and guest speakers including Olympic gold medalist and coach Justin Reiter, Tay Anderson and Colorado State Representative Joseph Salazar.
Earth Day Celebration
Apr 21, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join us for a day full of Earth friendly activities for the entire family! 2349 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, CO 80121
10:00 a.m. – Mayor’s Tree Planting
10:00 a.m. to Noon – Have breakfast with the artists of Our Planet
Noon to 2:00 p.m. – Earth Friendly Art Activities
Lakewood’s Earth Day Celebration
April 21, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lakewood’s free 2018 Earth Day Celebration is bigger than ever, showcasing products, services and resources to help you find ways to better the earth. Fitness activities will be happening every hour, alongside sustainable gardening demonstrations and an electric vehicle expo.
2018 Washington Park Home
April 19 – May 12
The 20th anniversary of the Wash Park Home Tour will feature five fabulous homes representing a range of styles and eras. Stop by the Street Fair for food, drink, games and prizes! The Wash Park Home Tour benefits Steele Elementary and the Denver Public Schools Homeless Education Network.
Earth Day Concert at Alaya
April 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Alaya Preschool, 3340 19th Street, Boulder, CO 80304
Come celebrate Earth Day proper with an outdoor concert at this lovely North Boulder preschool. Expect songs and skits honoring and appreciating our wildlife, plant life and commitment to conservation. Front Range Cargo Bikes will be offering free test drives of their smooth-sailing e-bikes. Bring a blanket and weather appropriate clothing. $8/person, crawlers free.
Family Fishing Clinic at Buckingham Lake
April 21, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Fishing Clinic – Crappie Fishing and How to Clean and Cook Crappies. This clinic is perfect for families or people new to fishing. Participants will learn how to catch crappie. We will also show you how to fillet and cook crappies at the clinic so people can try some fish.
Free Entrance Day for National Park Week
April 21, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018:
A Beatles Tribute
April 21, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Experience the music of the greatest rock band of all time as it comes to life on the Antonia Brico Stage at Central Presbyterian Church. Mike Massé and the Rubber Souls will join the Denver Pops Orchestra to light up the stage with some of the classic Beatles songs including “Got to Get You into My Life”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Hey Jude” and much more.
Low Sensory Morning at the History Colorado Center
April 21, 8:00 – 10:00 pm
The History Colorado Center is happy to open its doors for families who prefer a lower sensory museum environment. The museum will be closed to the general public, attendance limited and sounds in the exhibits turned down. Come and enjoy! Admission is free and space is limited. RSVP is required.
Earth Day Celebration at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
April 22, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrate Earth Day with Healthy Planet Hero Stations where you can learn all about our big, beautiful planet and ways to take care of it. Check out Earth-themed StoryTimes, generate power with energiLAB, enjoy meet & greets with winged and scaly friends from Nature’s Educators and so much more.
French Chef Series in the Teaching Kitchen at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
April 24, 2:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Guests can practice their culinary skills with Alliance Française de Denver, making French cuisine like crepes and pastries. Space is limited, first-come, first-served. 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM.
Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary Open House
April 22, 2018, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join us for our 2018 LUVIN ARMS OPEN HOUSE on April 22nd, Earth Day, from 11am to 3pm! Family-fun activities will include: Food, Kids Area, Live Music, Self-Guided Tours and Vendors. Please RSVP online. Donations provide food, shelter, and related comfort for our residents.
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
Play Ball! at the History Colorado Center
April 7-September 30, 2018
See classic baseball artifacts—from Babe Ruth to the Blake Street Bombers. Treasured memorabilia and iconic photographs bring the past to life through stories that begin on the ball field and echo through American history. Size up your hand against Babe Ruth’s. Find the nails Ty Cobb used to hold his favorite bat together, and admire the glove flashed by Willie Mays to make some of the game’s most memorable catches. See the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series and a receipt for roses he sent to Marilyn Monroe. historycolorado.org/exhibit/play-ball
Robonology at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
May 1 – September 9, 2018
From a robotic arm on the International Space Station to a Mars Rover Challenge, Robonology presents a fascinating and challenging look into the world of robotics. Beginning Tuesday, May 1st, explore the fantastic reality of robotic technology as it applies to space exploration, ocean exploration, planetary exploration, industrial applications and more. An exhibition that is as visually stunning as it is educationally relevant, Robonology showcases real technological devices that are fully interactive and usable by the public. An exhibition that speaks powerfully to all ages, Robonology is a fun and challenging experience that tests visitors skills, while inspiring and encouraging a new generation of innovators. https://wingsmuseum.org/portfolio/robonology/
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