32 things to do in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
It’s Denver Restaurant Week, free days at area museums, Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and the Dairy Block Mardi Gras Petite Parade at the Dairy Block. See our event calendar for additional information.
Denver Restaurant Week, Denver Metro
Feb 22 – March 2
The 14th annual Denver Restaurant Week will take place from Feb. 22- March 3. Hundreds of Denver’s top restaurants offer multi-course dinners for tasty prices.
New to You Sale
Feb 28, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
It’s finally here! Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail.
Boulder International Film Festival
Feb 28 – March 3
The 15th anniversary Boulder International Film Festival, one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, will be held February 28 – March 3, 2019. Each year, BIFF features 60 to 70 acclaimed, new films for every taste—shorts, comedies, documentaries and features—along with parties, special events, celebrity interviews, filmmaker talkbacks, live music, free programming for students and seniors, our amazing CineCHEF culinary competition, and much more!
Ballet Ariel: Ballerina by Degas (PACE) at the PACE Center
Feb 28, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Ballet Ariel is bringing its original Ballerina by Degas back to the Denver Metro area. Inspired by the great Impressionist, Edgar Degas, Ballet Ariel’s creative team has captured not only the beauty and grace of his work but the vibrancy of the Paris art world during the 19th century.
Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz at the Pepsi Center
Feb 28, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the Utah Jazz.
University of Denver Men’s Basketball vs Western Illinois at the University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena
Feb 28, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
The University of Denver Men’s Basketball team takes on Western Illinois on Thursday, February 28 at Magness Arena.
2019 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel
March 1 – 2
Calling all champions for early childhood education and development! Learn, share, and connect with teachers, practitioners and more at one of the nation’s premier early childhood conferences – the 2019 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference (RMECC2019) on March 1st and 2nd in Denver. Take advantage of over 150 sessions, covering 10 different tracks in early childhood.
Free Day at Museo de las Americas
March 1, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at the National Western Complex
March 1 –2
More than 300 vendors will fill the trade show floor with the most innovative and exciting equine-related products and services. ‘Ride with our Experts’ and learn from renowned horse clinicians on your own horse.
Bring the entire family to ‘The Mane Event’ – a spectacular performance focusing on the beauty and incredible capabilities of horses set to music and lights.
Ski Joring & Crystal Carnival in Leadville
March 1 – 2
A fearless skier navigates an obstacle course connected by towrope to a horse and rider galloping at top speed, and it all takes place in the middle of town, in addition to a winter carnival with other snowy activities.
Off the Clock: Secret Garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens
March 1, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Step into a whimsical wonderland and let your imagination come to life! Enjoy the warmth and color of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, Marnie’s Pavilion and the Orangery after dark and savor themed food and beverages for purchase. Great for singles, couples and friends!
Banff Mountain Film Festival at Paramount Theatre
Get stoked for the 2019 presentation of the most outrageous, adventure-packed films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Follow along as some of the world’s best adventurers and film makers hike tough trails, paddle wild waters, ski steep slopes.
Colorado Children’s Chorale at St Johns Episcopal Cathedral
March 1, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Since 1974, the Colorado Children’s Chorale has brought its artistry and charm to audiences throughout the world. With a diverse repertoire ranging from fully staged opera and musical theater to standard choral compositions in classical, folk and popular traditions, the Chorale performs with an innovative stage presentation and a unique theatrical spirit.
UNCo Performing Arts Series: Beauty and the Beast at Union Colony Civic Center
March 1, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.
Free Day at Denver Art Museum
March 2, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Inside the Orchestra’s Tiny Tots Concerts at The Falls Event Center
March 2, 9:30 – 10:45 am
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!
Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest at Boulder County Fairgrounds
March 2, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Celebrating hands-on, interactive experiences, Maker Bolder’s 6th annual Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest gives kids of all ages the chance to hack, build, tinker, learn, and explore.
Over 100 exhibits covering every awesome letter of STEAM – science, technology, entrepreneurship, arts, making! We’re also fans of imagining and inventing.
Rocky Mountain Train Show at Denver Mart
March 2, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Visit the largest model train show west of the Mississippi River at the Denver Mart. Make it a day or a weekend of Family Fun with 2-1/2 acres of model, toy trains of all scales, with 30 operating train layouts and two Large LEGO displays.
PJ Masks at Bellco Theatre
March 2, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
PJ MASKS LIVE: is back with an all new super-heroic, live musical show, featuring the heroic trio from your favorite series: The PJ MASKS! Watch Catboy, Owlette and Gekko along with their new friend PJ Robot, as they try to save the day from the sneaky villains – Romeo, Night Ninja and Luna Girl! Fluttering Feathers! Leaping Lizards! What a CAT-tastrophe! Leaping, flipping and climbing – live on stage! Complete with your favorite music and brand new songs you’ve never heard before! Don’t sleep through it – watch the PJ Masks save the day, live on stage!
University of Denver Men’s Basketball vs Omaha at the University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena
March 2, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
The University of Denver Men’s Basketball team takes on Omaha on Saturday, March 2 at Magness Arena.
Catapult: The Amazing Magic of Shadow Dance at Lakewood Cultural Center
March 2, 2:00 – 7:30 pm
As seen on television shows like “America’s Got Talent” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” CATAPULT is the top company of its kind. Talented dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible shadow silhouettes – a theatrical art form that combines dance, storytelling and sculpture.
Così fan tutte for Kids at Loveland Opera Theatre
March 2, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Loveland Opera Theatre brings Così fan tutte – “A School for Lovers” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – to the Rialto Theater in downtown Loveland Feb. 22 – March 3, 2019. The opera pairs comedy and commentary at its best, set to some of the most extraordinary music Mozart ever wrote.
Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans at Pepsi Center
March 2, 7:00– 9:30 pm
The Denver Nuggets face off against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Harlem Globetrotters at 1STBANK Center
March 2, 7:30–10:00 pm
The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action packed World Tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. New this season, the Globetrotters will debut basketball’s first 4-point line. The 4-point line will be located 30 feet from the basket – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line. You won’t want your family to miss it – buy your tickets today!
Dairy Block Mardi Gras Petite Parade at the Dairy Block
Marchh 3, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mardi Gras is famous for elaborate parades with incredible floats – that’s why Dairy Block is throwing LoDo’s inaugural Petite Parade! Be part of the action by signing up and building your own creative float starting with a shoebox base.
Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
March 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Day at Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
March 5, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
Ongoing General Events
The Crystal Ice Festival at the Museum of Outdoor Arts
Dec. 15, 2018 – March 15, 2019
Deep in the winter covered forest atop a high mountain is the magical Crystal Ice Castle. Where winter wishes are sent to be considered by the Frost Queen Andorra. Your wish may be granted by the Frost Queen, but those that are not are buried deep within the ice of the castle for future consideration. A found object installation of old glass, cut crystal and acrylic. Including objects such as vases, candlesticks, goblets, bowls and more. Embellished with crystals, beads, rhinestones and silver filigree. http://moaonline.org/winter2018diorama/
Once Upon a Playground at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
January 29 – May 26, 2019
In Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s special traveling exhibition, Once Upon a Playground, take an interactive journey from the past to the present… and beyond. Share in the nostalgia for playgrounds form decades past with dozens of historic images while you celebrate playgrounds of Fort Collins present and future. We invite you to touch, to see, to smell, to listen, to climb, to build – and to experience this interactive exhibition that is sure to enliven all of your senses.
Denver Art Museum
During – – There are several family-friendly exhibits at the DAM including Stampede: Animals in Art on view at the museum through May 19, 2019. A Walk in the Woods is still on view, which coincides with Stampede, and includes animal-themed artmaking activities and after their summer break, Foxy & Shmoxy: Art Detectives, are back. Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection will be opening March 3, Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is also on view, and don’t miss the fun new interactive installation by local artist Nicole Banowetz, The Incubation Effect. Go to https://denverartmuseum.org/ for more information.
Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.