DENVER – Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some fun events you might enjoy. Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in the Denver metro area and beyond this weekend.
1. Brush off those cowboy boots for the 114th National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
What: The National Western Stock Show, the nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event with one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and a western trade show, returns for another year to the Mile High City. The kick-off parade takes place Thursday, Jan. 9 at high noon in Downtown Denver.
Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. in Denver
When: Now through Sunday, Jan. 26
Admission: Adult ages 12+ range from $12-$24; children ages 3-11 range from $3-4
More info: https://nationalwestern.com
2. Hear some western couplets at the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering
What: If the National Western Stock Show isn’t enough for you this weekend, head to Golden and join the Colorado Cowboy Gathering for a celebration of cowboy music, poetry and storytelling in the finest, friendliest western tradition. Did I forget to mention there will be campfire cooking?
Where: The American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St. in Golden, Colo.
When: Friday, Jan. 18 and Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 19 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Admission: $25-$189; buy tickets here.
More info: http://www.coloradocowboygathering.com/index.html
3. Shasay away and slay those runs at Aspen Gay Ski Week
What: The longest running gay ski week in America returns for the 43rd year to Aspen for 7 nights of parties, concerts, comedy, films, symposiums and dinners. Enjoy “mountain du jour” ski tours and group riding/skiing at Aspen, a downhill costume competition on the Little Nell run, a Miami-themed pink flamingo pool party at the Aspen Recreation Center and more.
Where: Aspen Snowmass and various locations throughout Aspen, Colo.
When: Now through Sunday, Jan. 19
Admission: Varies by individual event
More info: http://gayskiweek.com/
4. Colorado Indian Market & Southwest Art Fest – Denver Mart
What: Enjoy three magical days of art, craft, song, dance and culture at the 39th Annual Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase. The market showcases some of the country’s most prolific Native American artists. It also features storytelling, dancers, food vendors and more.
Where: Denver Mart, 451 East 58th Avenue in Denver
When: Friday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $15 (good or all three days); free of charge for kids 12 and under
More info: https://dashevents.com/productions/colorado-indian-market/
5. The Denver Boat Show is coming to Denver this weekend
What: Looking for a boat to use this upcoming summer? The Colorado Convention Center will be hosting the 2020 Denver Boat Show, billed as the premier boat show of the Rockies. Expect to see more boats, more fun, and more entertainment than in previous years for the whole family.
Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. in Denver, Colo.
When: Friday, Jan. 17 from noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $10 admission on Friday, $14 with a $2 discount if you bring a nonperishable food item for both Saturday and Sunday; Kids 16 and under get in free, as so active military with ID.
More info: https://denverboatshow.com/
6. Join an ‘epic bonfire event’ at the Cabin Fever Festival in Pagosa Springs
What: Billed as an “epic bonfire event,” the second annual Cabin Fever Festival returns to Pagosa Springs with live music, craft beer, food trucks, an epic bonfire, snow games, and more! Ready to get rid of your Christmas tree? Bring it along for the ride to add it to the fire pile!
Where: Downtown Pagosa Springs between Bank of the San Juans and the Ross Aragon Community Center, in Paga Springs, Colo.
When: Saturday, Jan. 18 starting at 4 p.m.
Admission: Free of admission
More info: https://visitpagosasprings.com/cabin-fever-festival
7. Love shredding snow? How ‘bout fireworks? Head to Winter Park for both
What: Skiing and snowboarding season is well underway, but if you’re telling yourself, “Meh, been there, done that” – don’t! This weekend, Winter Park Resort is having a Fireworks and Family Fest, which, you guessed it, includes slopeside fireworks, a bone fire at the base for front row views of the whole thing and if you’re hungry, why not calm that sweet tooth with a s’mores bar? Stick around for music with a local DJ.
Where: Winter Park Resort, 85 Parsenn Rd. in Winter Park, Colo.
When: Saturday, Jan. 18 starting at 6 p.m.
Admission: Free of admission
More info: https://www.winterparkresort.com/things-to-do/events/winter-park-family-fest-dec-14
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Ring in the Year of the Rat during the Colorado Springs Chinese New Year Festival
What: The Chinese New Year doesn’t began until January 25, but that won’t stop Colorado Springs from celebrating a week early. ctivities for this year will feature the traditional lion dance, Table Tennis, Kung Fu demonstrations, traditional Chinese dances, Chinese yo-yo demonstrations and Chinese musical performances.
Where: Colorado Springs Historic City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. in Colorado Springs, Colo.
When: Saturday, Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for active military, students, and children ages 5-9; Children 5 and under get in free
More info: http://www.cscci.org/cnyf
Celebrate Beethoven’s birthday at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony
What: Celebrate the 250th birthday of the iconic composer Ludwig van Beethoven at Red Rocks! This performance will feature the first-ever collaboration with the Colorado Symphony! Note: The event takes place at the Red Rocks Visitor Center.
Where: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway in Morrison, Colo.
When: Sunday, Jan. 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission: $112.50-$200; buy tickets here.
More info: https://www.redrocksonline.com/events/detail/beethoven-on-the-rocks-with-the-colorado-symphony
Fan of garage sales? The Super Duper Garage Sale is coming to Longmont
What: Over 100 vendors will be selling collectibles, household goods, vintage items, antiques and much more during the Super Duper Garage Sale! This once-a-year event is a can’t miss for collectors, shoppers, treasure hunters and gift givers.
Where: Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd. in Longmont, Colo.
When: Saturday, Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: $4 for adults; kids 12 and under get in free
More info: https://www.superdupergaragesale.com/event-info
Come out and show your support for local teams as the St. Louis Blues take on the Colorado Avalanche
What: Cheer on your Colorado Avalanche as they taken on the St. Louis Blus this weekend!
Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir. in Denver, Colo.
When: Saturday, Jan. 18 starting at 1 p.m.
Admission: Varies; find tickets here.
More info: https://www.altitudetickets.com/events/detail/colorado-avalanche-st-louis-blues-jan-18
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