PrideFest! Whether you’re gay, straight, bi, transgender – everyone in Denver always enjoy pride fest and it’s getting to the point where no one even needs to be reminded of the yearly event but instead they ask “when is pride fest coming up?” This year, it’s happening from June 15th – 16th. Recognized as one of the top ten pride fests and produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center), the festival includes a parade (advice: don’t ever miss a PrideFest parade), 250 vendors, dance stage for competitions and lessons and more. In fact, the Denver PrideFest features four stages of live entertainment all weekend! If you’re into numbers, PrideFest also provides a $25 million dollar economic impact to the City of Denver annually, as reported in a 2009 survey conducted by Birchill Enterprises.
WHEN: June 15 – 16th
Saturday, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, 10am – 6pm
Civic Center Park
14th St and Broadway, Denver CO
Free to the public
Are you ready to get your thinking caps on and dive into some philosophical and innovative discussions? TEDxMileHigh, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience, is a thought-provoking event full of lectures from maverick thinkers and doers to creative performers and many extraordinary people. Each series has a theme and this weekend is “Values and Instincts” where everyone will explore questions fundamental to human experience and existence such as “What happens when our values and instincts align?”,”What’s the difference between a habit, an instinct and a preference – and why does it matter?” or “What do we value in community?”
Confirmed speakers include Roxane White, Chief of Staff to Gov. Hickenlooper – Shannon Galpin, Nat Geo Humanitarian of the Year – Adam Brock, founder of the GrowHaus; and more!
WHEN: June 15th, 11 am – 6 pm
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
14th St. and Curtis St.
Denver, CO 80204
TICKETS: $59 – $100. Please click here to purchase.
Great Divide Anniversary Party
Another week and another beer event but wait, this one is a anniversary celebration for one of our local favorites – Great Divide Brewing Co.! This Friday, Great Divide is turning 19 years old and there’s not too much to elaborate except you can expect food trucks, good beers and special release beers that we won’t find out until the day of the event.
WHEN: June 15th, 2pm – 6pm
Great Divide Brewing Company
2201 Arapahoe St, Denver CO 80205
TICKETS: $30. Please click here to purchase.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Note: Not just for English majors. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theater company in association with the University of Colorado Boulder. Since 1958 the festival has celebrated and explored Shakespeare and his continuing influence and vitality through productions of superior artistic quality, education and community engagement. From early June to late August is a different Shakespeare play performed beneath summer night skies in the historic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and in the newly renovated indoor University Theatre.
This weekend, is the opening night of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) where three actors pay a hilarious homage for Shakespeare lovers, haters and everyone in between as they frantically attempt to perform the entire canon — all 37 plays! Other plays include Macbeth, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Richard III and Women of Will: The Overview.
WHEN: June 14th
Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
TICKETS: $18 – 38. Please click here to purchase.
1940’s WWII Ball
In case you missed our featured article, the 1940’s WWII Ball is a one-of-a-kind summer event where you get to dress as if you were 40’s/ 50’s girl swing dancing to old time tunes. Attendees will have the opportunity to have their photos taken with WWII planes and military vehicles and watch professional swing dancers heat up the dance floor under a canopy of movie set lights. Stop by the Tango Tango club tent otherwise known as the “Cantina” tent or enter the 1940’s costume contest and finish the night in a Conga Line, an authentic 1945 radio announcement of the end of the war with a balloon drop and celebration. Read more here.
WHEN: Saturday, June 15th at 5 p.m.
Boulder Airport (Blue Hanger)
3393 Airport Rd.
Boulder, CO 80301
TICKETS:$35. Please click here to purchase. Children under 12 not permitted.
Denver Greek Festival
Let the first cultural festival begin! Denver Greek Festival is a three day event featuring live traditional Greek dancing by the Hellenic Dance Academy of Denver and live music from Etho Ellas. Plenty of homemade and authentic food and pastries will definitely satisfy any appetite. In fact, have you heard or seen greek fries? They look something like curly fries but seasoned completely different. And you can most definitely expect Baklava, a popular dessert consisting of walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg layered between filo sheets and topped with honey syrup. In addition, Bonfils blood center will be onsite Saturday for a blood drive as well!
WHEN: July 14th – 16th
Friday and Saturday 11am – 11pm
Sunday 11pm – 6pm
The Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Metropolis Cathedral of Denver (at the field)
4610 East Alameda Avenue
Denver, CO 80246
Free to the public