What’s Happening in Denver?

THE COWPARADE “MOOO-VES” INTO DENVER – Denver will host the CowParade, one of the largest and most popular public art events in the world, July 22-Oct. 20, 2006 During th is three-month time period, a herd of 150 life-sized cows designed by Denver-area artistis will be displayed throughout Denver’s streets, parks and public places, including the 16th Street Mall, Larimer Square and Cherry Creek North. At the conclusion of the public display, the cows will be auctioned off at live and Online auctions for the benefit of local nonprofits such as the Denver Children’s Museum, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, the Denver Zoo and The Eagle Fund of the Denver Foundation. http://denver.cowparade.com/

ALES, IPAs, PORTERS AND STOUTS: BOTTOMS UP AT THE WORLD’S LARGEST BEER FESTIVAL – Beer lovers can sample more than 1,400 beers from 320 American breweries at the Great American Beer Festival, Sept. 28-30, 2006. Held in Denver every year, the event attracts more than 20,000 beer lovers from around the world – and is the largest festival of its kind. Beer is arranged geographically on the festival floor, allowing visitors to sample beer from across the country or find a new hometown favorite. www.beertown.org

NEW SPACES RAISE THE PROFILE OF DENVER’S THRIVING VISUAL ARTS SCENE DENVER BUILDING THREE NEW ART MUSEUMS – On Oct. 7, 2006 the Denver Art Museum will open the doors of its new Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by acclaimed architect Daniel Libeskind, who is also the master planner of the new World Trade Center site in New York. The Denver Art Museum anchors the newly created Golden Triangle Museum District, which also includes the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art that preserves the artist’s studio and displays more than 3,000 pieces of 20th century decorative art. The district will also be home to the Clyfford Still Museum, which will be completed by 2009 and will house 2,000 pieces of his artwork, the largest collection of his work in the world. In Spring 2007, the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver will open in its new space in the Lower Downtown historic district. The skin of the new museum, designed by London architect David Adjaye, will be a lighted glass and polypropylene curtain wall system that will become yet another architectural icon for Denver. www.denver.org

THE INAUGURAL DENVER MARATHON KICKS OFF IN OCTOBER – The new Denver Marathon, is set for Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. The race, which includes a marathon, half-marathon and four-person marathon relay, starts in front of the State Capitol and travels past major landmarks such as the Denver Art Museum, with its newly opened addition, designed by famed architect Daniel Libeskind. The course loops through LoDo (Lower Downtown) including Larimer Square, Pepsi Center, Union Station and Coors Field and winds through City, Cheesman and Washington parks and their neighborhoods, creating a community-wide, athletic celebration. The final stretch will take runners down Denver’s art district on Santa Fe Boulevard past the Museo de las Americas to the finish line and a post-race festival in Civic Center Park – the city’s most historical park. www.denvermarathon.com

THE STARZ DENVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – The Starz Denver International Film Festival (SDIFF), held this year Nov. 9-19, presents approximately 175 films over 10 days and plays host to more than 100 film artists. This year’s festival, will include new international feature releases, independently produced fiction films and documentaries, animation, experimental works, children’s programs and short subjects. Acclaimed international film artists will be honored with tributes and directors, cast and crew often offer Q&A sessions following their film screenings. Most of the films are Colorado premieres, though the yearly festival line-up includes films from every corner of the world with new international releases, cutting-edge features, documentaries, short subjects, panels and seminars throughout the 10-day festival. www.denverfilm.org

THE SECRET IS OUT: DENVER’S GLBT SCENE – From the exciting downtown to the surrounding mountain communities, Denver is a safe, friendly place for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender travelers to enjoy solo, with a partner or with family and friends. According to the Rocky Mountain News, Denver ranks 10th among the country’s 50 largest cities with the highest population of gay and lesbian couples. Ongoing activities as well as GLBT-focused events cater to a wide variety of needs and lifestyles. Drawing upwards of more than 170,000 guests, the annual PrideFest in June is the largest GLBT event in the Rocky Mountain region and includes a parade, rally and festival featuring musical acts, entertainment, food and much more. In 1984, Denver became the second city in the country to host a Gay Rodeo, still going strong each July after more than 20 years. Nightlife opportunities range from high-definition sports to tHERe, a lesbian-couple-owned coffee bar and lounge. www.denver.org

THE MILE HIGH MUSIC EXPERIENCE – Whether it’s outside under the blue Colorado sky, in the hushed wonder of a world-class classical venue or bellied up to the jazz club bar, Denver’s music scene is hot, hot, hot – all year long. Rock, pop, reggae and jam-style musicians perform at the extraordinary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, while the new Ellie Caulkins Opera House provides a stunning venue for classical and contemporary opera, ballet and other performances. Jazz aficionados can experience El Chapultepec, a lower downtown bar that has hosted jazz greats and local combos since 1924. Everyone from Frank Sinatra to President Bill Clinton has stopped to hear music at the “Pec,” which was just picked by Esquire Magazine as one of the “best bars in America.” Locals and travelers alike jam out at the Fillmore Auditorium’s rock-and-roll ballroom and chill out at free outdoor concerts including Confluence Concerts, Hot Sounds in the City and City Park Jazz. www.denver.org/events

EVENT PLANNER

Denver Center Theatre Company presents “Amadeus,” Oct. 5-28, 2006
Jealous of Mozart’s genius and resentful of his own mediocrity, the composer Antonio Salieri secretly rejects God and vows to destroy his rival’s career.

Performed in honor of the 250th anniversary of his birth, “Amadeus” brings new insight to the life, music and myth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the
most prolific and gifted composers that ever lived. www.denvercenter.org

Denver Art Museum opens Frederic C. Hamilton Building, Oct. 7, 2006

The Denver Art Museum will open the Frederic C. Hamilton Building , designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, at a free weekend-long celebration. www.denverartmuseum.org

The Denver Mariachi Festival

An annual mariachi concert and workshops featuring world-class mariachi groups and ballet folkloricos. www.mariachivasquez.com

Opera Colorado presents “The Magic Flute,” Nov. 10-19, 2006

Opera Colorado kicks off the 2006-2007 season with the fairy tale world of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” as envisioned by world-renowned children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak at the renowned Ellie Caulkins Opera House. www.operacolorado.org

Georgetown Christmas Market, Dec. 2-10, 2006

Holiday celebration featuring international shopping markets, carriage rides, a Santa Lucia parade, crafts, homemade foods and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. www.historicgeorgetown.org

Colorado Symphony Orchestra presents “A Night in Vienna ,” Dec. 31, 2006

Ring in the New Year with Colorado Symphony Orchestra and some of the best-loved waltzes, polkas and classics, including a special salute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. www.coloradosymphony.org

National Western Stock Show, Jan. 6-21, 2007

One of the largest stock shows and rodeos in the world. See exciting horse shows, Wild West shows, Evenings of Dancing Horses®, Super Dogs, a downtown parade, Coors Western Art Exhibition, Children’s Ranchland, the Super Bowl of livestock shows, plus Colorado ’s largest tradeshow. www.nationalwestern.com

Denver 365: The Year-Round Guide to Denver Happenings

Visit the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau’s comprehensive Online events calendar, including detailed and user-friendly event information for museums, exhibitions, festivals, performances, all with exciting photos. www.denver.org/events

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