Denver Events

Dragon Boat Festival is fun for families

Dragon boat racing is a sport that’s 2,000 years old, and it’s coming back to Denver at the annual Colorado Dragon Boat Festival July 19-20 at Sloan’s Lake Park. There were an estimated 115,000 attendees at the festival last year, and organizers are anticipating 125,000 for 2014 — much more than the original 15,000 that attended the first festival in 2001, said Gil Asakawa, chair of the media committee. Although the festival is named after the dragon boat races, it’s also a celebration of traditional and contemporary Asian cultures, of which there are nearly 50 distinct ethnicities, said executive director Erin Yoshimura. “They all vary in food, clothing, language, culture and tradition,” Yoshimura said. “So we really want to bring together people ...

Denver deals: children’s consignment sales, Color Run & Spring Break ski deals

I try not to be on phone calls too much when I am with my kids (I only have them part-time since I’m divorced) – even my sister and parents have to wait until I’m not with them for any lengthy calls. Not only do I do this because I want to give my kids my attention – but inevitably that is when they need me most, have some blow out fight with each other or some other catastrophe. But, I have this friend who now lives in Arkansas (she spent some time in Texas). I find that my kids are more forgiving of needing my attention when I am on the phone with her – and they can usually tell it is her when a “short” call is somewhere around an hour. I end of talking like a Texan for several hours afterwards. But due to the length of the calls they only happen...

Denver Deal: Free Days, Liftopia, Yogurtland and More

Town has been adorned with orange and blue! And if you are like me, you are trying to figure out if you are having the Superbowl party at your house or if you will be going somewhere else. And then panic sets in. I don’t know what to make or what to bring to a party! YIKES. They want me to bring something? I am up for any suggestions, Pinterest ideas or more. I am thinking of taking my new Soda Stream soda maker to a party so everyone will get their own flavor of pop – maybe we can create our own Superbowl Soda! Pre-Broncos Game Fun Is anything more annoying that waiting? UGH! There are loads of things you can do before the BIG game this Sunday! There are free days at The Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo and Colorado History Center, Southwest Airlines Rink at Skyline ...

Family Denver Events: Screening Girl Rising, Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo!

Special Screening of Girl Rising. It might be the most important documentary you’ll ever watch. On Wednesday, Nov. 6th, the non-profit Water For People Presents Girl Rising: A Celebration and Screening.  As we continue to address the challenges of the water crisis, both in Colorado and across the developing world, there is an ongoing need to empower women and girls.  This will be a great local event to begin that conversation not only around how girls are affected by the water crisis (and poverty) but also around what we can do to make an impact. Be sure to view the Girl Rising trailer here. Popcorn will be provided for the screening; light appetizers will be available at the cocktail hour, as well as a cash bar with wine, beer, and cocktails. Tickets are $10. 6-9 p.m. at  Galvanize,...

Weekly Event Round-up: Arenacross, Illumination, Easter Celebration and More!

Wednesday-April 4. Everyday people and objects become fantastical in “Cirque Dreams Illumination” at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The show’s setting is a normal-seeming cityscape — until it fills with marvels, from crazy street tricks to awesome acrobatics. It’s all set to an eclectic original soundtrack of jazz, pop and more. A mix of Broadway-style staging and circus feats, “Illumination” is the 14th production from the Cirque Dreams troupe. 7 p.m. Tuesday-April 3, 2 p.m. April 3-4. Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis Streets. Tickets are $20-$55. Buy tickets online at denvercenter.org or call 303-893-4100. Friday-Sunday. The Denver Coliseum will turn into a giant dirtbike course when the American Motorcyclist Association Arenacross ...

Veterans’ Day Events

Wednesday Nov. 11 US Veterans who have served in wars from World War II to the War on Terror will take part in a panel discussion at noon at Aims Community College, 5401 W. 20th St., Greeley. “Journeys of Veterans in Foreign Lands,” will include a demonstration and tasting of selected MREs or Meals Ready to Eat. The presentation is sponsored by the Aims Human2Human project and is free and open to the public. The Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for veterans and military personnel, along with their families on Veteran’s Day. The waiver of entrance and/or standard amenity fees on Veterans Day applies annually on Nov. 11. The first Veteran’s Day Celebration at the Highlands Ranch Veterans Monument is at 5:30 p.m. with songs from the Cougar C...

Weekly Event Round-up: Baby Buffalo, Trains, Mile High Magic, and more!

Saturday. Bring your family to see North America’s largest land mammal right in Denver at Home on the Range out at The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Rick Keen/DPRA, Inc.) Three bison calves have been born in the last 30 days! They are a rusty, cinnamon color and easily stand out from the rest of the herd. Folks who come out for the program on Saturday are likely to see some of the babies! 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. (Please arrive at 12:45, as the tour leaves at 1 p.m.) Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, 5650 Havana St., Commerce City; Admission is free. Seating is limited, so RSVP for a spot by calling 303-289-0930. =================================== Every week, we will publish Denver Post writer Kathleen St. John’s top recommendations for family...

Ultimate Halloween Event Round-up: Masquerade Balls, Bootown, Creepy Walk in the Wood and More!

Mile High Mamas’ weekly event round-up includes the ultimate guide to keep adults and children spooked this Halloween! Halloween Calendar Boo Coo Jazz Band Masquerade Ball Oct. 31 Come dressed in costume for live music, food and drink. Great for young adults. 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. 601 E. Sixth St., Glenwood Springs. Call 970-945-2414 for tickets. Boo at the Zoo Oct. 23-25 Families with young children can trick or treat in a safe environment at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo from 5:30-8:30 p.m. $15 for ages 3-65, $13 over 65, free under 3. Ride the free shuttle from the Sears parking lot at the Broadmoor Towne Center. 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Colorado Springs. 719-475-9555 Bootown at Heritage Square Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Non-scary 5,000-square-foot outdoor Ha...