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This weekend is full of living history as Historic Denver is hosting a citywide scavenger hunt that skips right past the Juneteenth and Pride celebrations. Or you can head into the mountains where the Winter Park opens for the summer season and Silverthorne introduces a new Sunday stroll. And the story of Alice in Wonderland can also be experienced in two very different ways.
Read on for ten of the best things to do in and around Denver this weekend (and don’t miss our list of even more activities, all of which are free):
Capitol Crossroads Hunt
Until Sunday June 20th
Ready to find out more about Denver’s past on a city-wide scavenger hunt? You have four days to complete the game. An innovative way to learn more about the city you love while enjoying an adventure activity with family, friends, or even alone. Teams of up to six players have four days to complete the challenge (although it shouldn’t take more than 2.5 hours). The first fifty people to finish the hunt will receive special finisher medals; Prizes will be given to the teams with the fastest completion time, the best team spirit photo, and outstanding history buffs. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary since Historic Denver began preserving the places that matter to Denver, starting with the Molly Brown House; Your ticket, $ 12 to $ 18, will benefit the nonprofit. Register here.
War of flowers
Saturday, June 19, 7:30 p.m.
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive
Written and directed by Anthony J. Garcia, the play that tells the story of the Kitayama Carnation Strike that began in Colorado in July 1968 is back. See it in person on a return trip by June 27th. Tickets are $ 20; get yours here.
Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure
Saturday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 13, 2 p.m.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
The Aurora Fox is rocking and rolling back to live performances this summer with an upbeat Lewis Carroll reboot of live music from actors playing as musicians at the same time. Beyond the jabberwocky she meets, the protagonist of Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure makes her way through terrain unknown to Carroll fans as she dances to a ska beat and Bollywood rhythms. Admission online is anywhere from $ 15 to $ 40; you can find more information here.
Junkfest Southern Colorado
Rebel Ranch, 6597 County Lane 14.5 on Highway 96, Ordway
Saturday, June 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sometimes you have to go a long way for a true vintage market – a market like Junkfest, a company that is honestly honest when it comes to describing itself. The Junkfest takes place at the Rebel Ranch in Ordway, forty minutes east of Pueblo on the edge of the Great Plains. And here’s some of what you’ll find there: antiques, farm stuff, old jugs, things dads like to play around with, farmhouse chic, handicrafts, flea market bargains, whozits and whatzits and whatever. Admission is $ 5 (children under twelve enter for free); you can get information here.
Colorado Brazil Fest 2021
Saturday, June 19, 4 to 5.30 p.m .: Sambadendê with Bateria Alegria and Samba Colorado
Saturday, June 19, 6 to 8:30 p.m .: Ginga with Alegria Drums and Denver Samba School
Boulder Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
Get your feathers out and dance: The Colorado Brazil Fest brings Bahia beats, bossa nova, Afro-Brazilian samba and syncopated chorinho to the bandshell in Boulder Central Park for a weekend concert with a powerful line-up of local Brazilian musicians. Choose from three separate shows over two evenings, or indulge in the rhythm and see them all; Admission is $ 25 for each individual concert, $ 40 for both Saturday shows, or $ 63 for a full weekend pass.
Colorado Wonderland: An Alice Experience
Opening Friday, June 18 to July 3
Lemmon Staggs Homestead, Fort Collins
Travel down the rabbit hole for an evening of adventure and wonder with iconic characters infused with local flair and history as LunAseas showcases this immersive performance maze with live bands, dance, circus, theater, and multimedia visuals. There are two shows every night, and tickets are $ 35 to $ 200; get yours here.
Summer is here!
Winter park summer
From Saturday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The mountain is open to summer activities, including the Trestle Bike Park, the Alpine Slide, e-bike tours, the mini golf course, picturesque gondola rides, disc golf and guided mountain hikes. Of course, you can also hike on your own and enjoy the breathtaking landscape. Unlimited attraction passes start at $ 10; get yours here.
TheBigWonderful with Rob Drabkin
Saturday, June 19, 5 to 9 p.m.
Belleview Station, 6785 East Chenango Avenue
TheBigWonderful this weekend features Rob Drabkin, a folk art musician from Colorado, in two sets. In between songs you can watch the vendors in the large open-air market and enjoy food and drink (unlimited if you buy such a ticket). Dogs are welcome and the event is family friendly. In fact, children under the age of 16 have free entry; Tickets cost between $ 20 and $ 55. Buy them here.
Silverthorne art walk
Sunday, June 20, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Blue River Trail, Silverthorne
Enjoy cool mountain air and the debut of the Silverthorne Art Strolls franchise as you stroll the Blue River Trail, where you’ll find 17 pop-up artists and nine musical groups, including Janet Harriman and Shane Werts, harp and oboe duet; Lisa White, native flutes; Mark Schlaefer, blues; Nate Spencer, singer-songwriter; Randall McKinnon, cowboy / folk; Max Wolpert, violin; Ghanay Gloude and Shane Henderson, rhythm and blues duo; Rocky Mountain brass. It’s all free; find out more here.
Divergent, proud variety show
Sunday, June 20, 7 p.m.
2620 West Second Avenue, Unit 1
Everything is allowed when the neuro-UN-typical variety troupe Divergent takes the stage, starting with gender identity, ethnicity, skills, choice of clothing and orientation. It’s just right for Pride Month, at a time when LGBTQIA communities are learning to live together. There will probably be drag, but that’s not all: As the idea of a variety show suggests, it can be sung, danced, and comedy played with a wink and a hint of variety. Tickets are $ 10 at Ticketleap; get the details here.
Do you know a great event in the city? We’ll update this list over the weekend; send information to [email protected]
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