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9 Things to do in Denver and Colorado this weekend: April 22-24

This weekend brings artwork and plant gross sales, science, kite and Shakespeare festivals and monster vehicles to Colorado.

COLORADO, USA — Grave Digger, Max-D, Blue Thunder, Jester, Kraken, Bad Company, Black Pearl and El Toro Loco are just some of the legendary monster vehicles arriving in the Mile High City this weekend. Monster Jam is again for an enormous stadium present at Empower Field at Mile High.

Season ticket holders will get the primary crack at exploring Elitch Gardens because the amusement park prepares for a summer season of enjoyable. This weekend, Colorado can take pleasure in a brand new ballet, drama, artwork present, music and Shakespeare festivals. The Nuggets carry the NBA playoffs to Denver and the Colorado Eagles and Rapids are each at house. CU and UNC are additionally providing followers a primary have a look at their soccer groups this Saturday.

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Monster Jam

DENVER — Following 4 performances at Ball Arena in February, Monster Jam will return to Colorado this weekend even bigger efficiency. The 2022 Monster Jam Stadium Tour will cease at Empower Field at Mile High on Saturday, April 23.

The 7 p.m. foremost occasion shall be preceded by a Monster Jam Pit Party on the stadium’s south garden from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. the place company can see the vehicles up shut, take footage, meet the drivers and get autographs. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.

Elitch Gardens Season Pass Holder Weekend

DENVER — Colorado’s largest amusement park opens for season this weekend — for season go holders. Elitch Gardens will open Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a season go holder appreciation weekend. The passes are $75 every and function limitless visits, free parking, memento cup and bring-a-friend tickets. Elitch’s opens to all formally Saturday, April 30. For tickets and particulars, go to EltichGardens.com.

Georgetown Loop Railroad Opening Day 

GEORGETOWN — A Colorado staple begins its 2022 season on Saturday, April 23. The Georgetown Loop Railroad affords spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. The railroad’s web site says the prepare transports riders again to a “time where the railroad ruled, mining was a way of life and outlaws littered the land.” You can buy tickets on-line at GeorgetownLoopRR.com.

Spring Science Extravaganza

FORT COLLINS — The Little Shop of Physics, Colorado State University’s long-running, touring science-for-everyone ambassadors, will host a “Spring Science Extravaganza” on campus Saturday, April 23. The out of doors occasion will from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Monfort Quadrangle and Lory Student Center Plaza at CSU and is free and open to the general public. In addition to a whole lot of hands-on science experiment stations, there shall be model new experiments which might be too massive to do inside.

Earth Day Fort Collins

FORT COLLINS — The twelfth annual Earth Day Fort Collins occasion is Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Civic Center Park. Earth Day Fort Collins evokes neighborhood members to honor the Earth every single day and incorporates a mixture of household actions and occasions together with informational cubicles and shows, youngsters actions, arts and crafts, stay music, audio system, native meals and a beer backyard.

Barr Lake Kite Festival

BRIGHTON — Barr Lake State Park will rejoice Earth Day with its annual Kite Festival this Saturday, April 23. Local kite golf equipment shall be available with kite experience and coaching. The pageant is free when you register online here.

FoCoMX

FORT COLLINS — The 14th annual Fort Collins Music eXperiment (FoCoMX) weekend will host 300+ Colorado bands and solo artists at 30 downtown Fort Collins venues representing all kinds of genres and types. This year’s lineup is crammed with stay music to discover together with bands who’ve made their mark on the Fort Collins’ and Colorado music scene and many new acts for followers to uncover. FoCoMX shall be held Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.  

Featured FoCoMX proficient Colorado artists embody The Burroughs, Alysia Kraft Band, Slow Caves, Liz Barnez, Musketeer Gripweed, John Magnie of the Subdudes, Gasoline Lollipops, SF1, Companion, Sugar Britches, iZCALLi, Write Minded, and Post Paradise. The FoCoMX website has a complete schedule with all of the music performances for followers to browse, pay attention to bands and plan their musical weekend.

Durango Bluegrass Meltdown

DURANGO — The annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown returns this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in downtown Durango. This year’s lineup options Unspoken Tradition, The Special Consensus, FY5, Big Hooray Bluegrass, Old Fuss and Feathers, The Blue Moon Ramblers, Crooked Measures, Fellowship of the Strings, La La Bones, Six Dollar String, Tone Dog, People We Know, Smelter Mountain Boys, Bluegrouse and many extra. Bluegrass followers can seize their tickets at DurangoMeltdown.com.

Choir Boy

DENVER — The coming-of-age drama “Choir Boy” is the latest manufacturing from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA). Created by Oscar-winning “Moonlight” screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney, “Choir Boy” options uplifting gospel music and electrifying dance routines. The drama “will inspire you to raise your voice and cheer as one student boldly stands up to the traditions that seek to silence him.” “Choir Boy” opens Friday, April 22 on the Kilstrom Theatre and performs via Sunday, May 29. For tickets and showtimes, go to DenverCenter.org.

American in Paris

LAKEWOOD — Experience springtime in Paris on the Lakewood Cultural Center with three ballets from Ballet Ariel. The company’s latest endeavor is about to Gershwin’s orchestral traditional “An American in Paris.” Second, Ballet Ariel’s authentic ballet “Tale of Molly Brown” tells the story of her humble beginnings in Leadville and her rise in Denver’s excessive society. Rounding out this system is “Konservatoriet,” a classical ballet set on the Paris Opera Ballet in the romantic interval. Performances of the three ballets are set for Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. at Lakewood Cultural Center. Tickets can be found on-line at BalletAriel.org.

Shakespeare Festival

DENVER — The Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) thirty eighth annual Shakespeare Festival returns to the Denver Arts Complex on Friday, April 22 for the primary in-person occasion since 2019. This year’s pageant theme is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and will function pupil performances on quite a few phases all through the Arts Complex.

More than 40 DPS faculties are scheduled to carry out all through the day on numerous phases and the DCPS Sculpture Park. At 2 p.m., the Shakespeare Challenge Bowl, a premiere occasion of the pageant, shall be held contained in the Joe Craft Theater throughout the Helen Bonfils Theater Complex. See the schedule here.

Ballet MasterWorks

DENVER — Colorado Ballet concludes its season with “Ballet MasterWorks.” This program options three world-renowned masterpieces that broadened the boundaries of ballet repertoire in the twentieth century: George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs. Ballet MasterWorks performs at Ellie Caulkins Opera House via Sunday, April 24. For tickets and showtimes, go to ColoradoBallet.org.

Colorado Governor’s Art Show

LOVELAND — The thirty first annual Governor’s Art Show & Sale opens Saturday, April 23 for a month-long exhibit on the Loveland Museum with each in-person and on-line high quality artwork gross sales. Recognized as one of many largest juried high quality artwork exhibits to solely function Colorado artists, this year 60 of the state’s most proficient artists shall be showcased, together with one Legacy Artist.

Find the right new piece on your artwork assortment, add an announcement piece to your own home décor, or choose a particular reward for associates or household – all whereas supporting Colorado’s best artists. The Opening Night Gala is Friday, April 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Loveland Museum.

Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors

DENVER — The Denver Nuggets are battling to keep alive in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. The Nuggets and Warriors meet for Game 3 at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at Ball Arena. Game 4 of the best-of-seven collection is Sunday, April 24 at Ball Arena. Ticketmaster.com is the place for Mile High basketball tickets.

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CU spring sport

BOULDER — The CU football team’s annual Spring Showcase is about for Saturday, April 23 at Folsom Field. The occasion will consist first of crew drills that may finish in an offense vs. protection scrimmage for about the final hour of the two-hour time slot. This year’s spring session will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Folsom Field, and will finish by 3 p.m. It shall be adopted by “Healthy Kids Field Day,” the place youthful followers could make their method on to the sector and take part in a number of actions hosted by CU student-athletes from a number of groups.

UNC spring sport

GREELEY — Northern Colorado (UNC) soccer hits the sector for his or her Spring Showcase on Saturday. Catch the Blue & Gold at Nottingham Field Saturday, April 23 at 11 a.m. The spring game is free to attend with entrances open on the north and higher west gates of Nottingham Field. Concessions shall be open for the sport on the west concourse. Parking for the sport is free.

Colorado Rapids vs. Charlotte FC

COMMERCE CITY — Your Colorado Rapids return to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this weekend for a match towards the growth Charlotte FC. Charlotte FC has not had a lot luck on the highway this season and is the primary growth membership to lose its first 4 away matches in MLS since Montreal in 2012. The Rapids have gained three of its final 4 matches towards growth sides.

The Rapids and Charlotte FC meet Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. For tickets, take a look at (*9*) the place Supporters Section tickets begin at $20.

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Colorado Eagles vs. Ontario Reign

LOVELAND — The Colorado Eagles, the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, play their remaining two common season video games this weekend. The Eagles host Ontario Reign at 7:05 p.m. Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at Budweiser Events Center. Saturday night time is Fan Appreciation Night. For tickets, head to ColoradoEagles.com. 

Rocky vs. Boulder County Roller Derby Double-Header

DENVER — You gained’t need to miss Rocky taking over Boulder County in a Colorado flat-track roller derby double-header event on Saturday, April 23. The house groups from each leagues will play towards each other again to again and discover out which of those native quad squads are the last word champions. The occasion begins at 5 p.m. at The Rollerdome at 2375 South Delaware Street. Tickets can be found to purchase online.

Plant and succulent sale 

GOLDEN — The Colorado Cactus & Succulent Society and The North American Rock Garden Society are having a weekend sale that promotes moral and sustainable gardening in our neighborhood. The sale is being held at Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry is $5.

ThriftCon

DENVER — Vintage clothes conference ThriftCon could have greater than 100 distributors in Denver this weekend in addition to a number of activations and installations celebrating classic and retro tradition in addition to sustainability in style. ThriftCon will host hundreds of merchandise starting from worthwhile, classic Men’s and Women’s clothes, to traditional, classic collectibles all beneath one roof. ThriftCon is at some point solely on Sunday, April 24 on the National Western Complex from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the door. Kids 13 and beneath are free.

Erie Home Fair

ERIE — Start spring off on the best foot and get a leap begin on your own home enchancment tasks on the Erie Home Fair. Dozens of distributors and companies shall be on the Erie Community Center on Saturday, April 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with recommendation, assist and companies on your portray, flooring, lighting, plumbing, heating, cooling, reworking or landscaping project.

Mile High 4.20K Virtual Run/Walk

DENVER — The Mile High 4.20K goals to elevate consciousness and promote a wholesome life-style with hashish for medicinal functions. The run could have a digital format this year. Registration for the “Mile Higher, A Mile Healthier” occasion may be completed online.

Canine Classic 5K

LAFAYETTE — Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) presents their annual Canine Classic 5K, a do-it-yourself run/stroll fundraiser occurring the week of Saturday, April 23 to Saturday, April 30. Participants will rejoice their involvement in this occasion with an after get together on Saturday, April 30 entitled Fievel’s Follies at 1455 Dixon Avenue in Lafayette. Event registration is available online.

9Health Fair

COLORADO — There are many causes to attend a 9Health Fair this weekend. You can be taught extra about you, benefit from free and low-cost well being screenings, and discuss to a number of medical professionals. Register in advance or simply present up, doesn’t matter to us! We simply hope to see you there. Either method, isn’t it time you make your well being a precedence? Find a good close to you at 9Health365.org.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition

DENVER — Fans of the “Jurassic Park” franchise can now expertise its dinosaurs in a brand new family-friendly present. “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” is now open on the new Stockyards Event Center of the National Western Center.

An immersive 20,000-square-foot expertise based mostly on one of many largest blockbusters in cinema historical past, “Jurassic World: The Exhibition” has grow to be a worldwide success with greater than three million guests since 2016. Exhibition guests stroll via the world-famous Jurassic World gates, encounter life-sized dinosaurs and discover richly themed environments. Tickets for the Denver run are on sale now at JurassicWorldExhibition.com.

The Art of Banksy

DENVER — The largest touring exhibition of genuine Banksy artworks in the world has arrived in the Mile High City. “The Art of Banksy” options greater than 100 authentic Banksy works from non-public collectors throughout the globe. The exhibition on the Denver Sports Castle affords the uncommon alternative to view authenticated and licensed Banksy artworks not often seen by most people. Tickets are on sale at BanksyExhibit.com.

Movies this weekend

“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” bought off sluggish begin in its first weekend in theaters. The third installment in the Harry Potter spinoff opened to $42 million in North America. “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” continued sturdy in its second weekend. Three new movies arrive this weekend.

New motion pictures this weekend

  • The Northman
  • The Bad Guys
  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Last weekend’s field office

  1. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — $42.2 million
  2. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 — $29.3 million
  3. The Lost City — $6.2 million
  4. Everything Everywhere All at Once — $6.2 million
  5. Father Stu — $5 million
  6. Morbius — $4.7 million
  7. Ambulance — $4 million
  8. The Batman — $3.7 million
  9. Ok.G.F.: Chapter 2 — $2.8 million
  10. Uncharted — $1.1 million

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Have a pleasant weekend!

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