Things to do this 4th of July weekend around Denver and beyond: Denver Fan Expo, burlesque and more | Culture & Leisure


A happy holiday weekend for pop culture fans at Denver Fan Lounge at the Denver Convention Center. That’s why there are costumed cosplay characters and superheroes all over downtown Denver. Celebrities all over “Cobra Kai”, “Clerks”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Star Wars Trilogy” and more. Anime, game booths, shopping. Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10am-5pm


Three days of exceptional art with jury to Cherry Creek Arts Festival along the streets at Cherry Creek North. Works by nearly 250 artists from across the country were chosen from 1,700 submissions. Artistic activities, a dozen live music performances, and food and drink fill the festival. The Saturday night Tune-Yards concert is a fundraiser for CherryArts programs year-round. A popular stage of the festival is Creation Station for young people. The poster for the event is an original artwork by Denver artist and environmental scientist Noelle Phares. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, with a tradition of more than 60 years, continues this weekend and until August 7th. The three plays presented with a professional theater company under the stars: “All is well that ends well”, “The Book of the Will” and “Two gentlemen from Verona.” Campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Tickets:


A summertime cultural tradition in the historic mountain town opens its 90th season this weekend, the Central City Opera Festival. Every evening except Monday. For the season, the familiar classic operetta “Die Fledermaus”, a modern musical, “Light in the Square” and a Holocaust memorial opera, “Two Remain”. Tickets $31-$100 at


a lecher holiday burlesque for adults, America the Boob-i-ful, at the Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. Raise your red solo cups and party, say the performers. 7 p.m., $40 Saturday, $35 Sunday.


“Tubby the Tuba” pays a holiday visit for a family concert, 11 a.m. As part of the Colorado Music Festival, 900 Baseline Road in Boulder. Tickets $10. Featuring Really Inventive Stuff storytellers and a creative way for little ones to learn all about all those orchestral instruments.


There are fireworks shows across the state, but others remain canceled due to fire restrictions. For something popular and new to celebrate the Fourth, drone and laser shows fill the skies. Drone shows are scheduled at Castle Pines (5:30 p.m. food trucks and music at Elk Ridge Park, drones at 8:30 p.m.), Eagle, Parker and, with music, Vail. laser shows planned in Aspen, Avon and Crested Butte. Among the great fireworks shows: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park after the Rapids game on Monday; Colorado Rockies, Coors Field, after Friday and Saturday games; Elitch Gardens, after Sunday closing; Civic Center Park, doors at 4 p.m., food trucks, music, 6 p.m. Sunday, with Colorado Symphony, fireworks at 9:30 p.m.,


A long-standing historic block party, the Park Hill 4th of July Parade does it in red, white and blue with marching bands, 50 floats, classic cars and music at 1:30 p.m. Lots of neighbors in costume. After the parade along 23rd Street from Dexter to Krameria, the Kearney Street Fair continues all the fun. Check towns and neighborhoods across the region for more festivals, celebrations and fireworks.

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