What’s happening near you

☆ If you haven’t already heard, today is Opening Day for the Colorado Rockies! The Rockies will play the Dodgers today, Friday, April 5th at 2:10 pm in Denver. For a full rundown on what to expect at the stadium, visit thedenverchannel.com. They cover everything you need to know about digital tickets, parking, uniform changes and FOOD options! There are 11 new choices, including Smashburger and Frozen Rose slushes.

☆ Nordstrom Rack opened a new store on April 4th at The Orchard Town Center in Westminster. You can find them at 14530 Delaware Street
Westminster, CO 80023 or online at nordstromrack.com.

☆ The Arvada Kite Festival is this Sunday, April 7 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Stenger Soccer Complex. This free event has something for the whole family- kite flying, music, food, kid’s activities, retail booths and more. Parking is free, but families are encouraged to bike or walk to the event. Gates open at 9:45 a.m. No animals allowed. arvadafestivals.com

☆ Head to Boulder for the annual Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival on April 7 from 1 – 5 pm at the Pearl Street Mall. This free event features the Tulip Fairy fluttering about, and little ones are encouraged to dress in fairy and elf outfits, wings and all. Fairy-friendly activities include live music, face painting and more. Enjoy the more than 15,000 blooming tulips. New this year: Join prAna on the Courthouse Lawn at 3 p.m. for a free kids’ yoga class. tulipfairyfestival.com

☆ Ben & Jerry’s free scoop day is Tuesday, April 9th, from noon until 9 pm. New flavors being introduced include Bob Marley’s One Love, Glampfire Trail Mix, Pecan Resist and more. Limit one cone per customer. There are four participating shops in Colorado: Boulder (1203 Pearl St.); Denver (2339 E. Evans Ave.); Fort Collins (1 Old Town Square); and Lone Tree (in Park Meadows Mall, 8515 Park Meadows Center Drive).benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

Denver Weekend Fun

Now that the snow is clearing, everyone is ready to get out and have some fun! St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday, March 17th and along with that comes many great, local events. So if you’re looking for something to do, we’ve got you covered!

☆ The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade is being held on Saturday, March 16th with a 9:30 am start time. For parade route or parking info, visit here.

☆ Olde Town Arvada is putting on a St. Patty’s Day festival from noon to 6 pm on Saturday, March 16th. The family friendly street festival will have food, vendors, beer and live music. There will also be kids’ activities and street entertainment. Admission to the festival is free. 

☆ Run in the the Lucky Laces 1 mile, 5K or 10K race on Saturday, March16th at 8 am. The races will be held at Denver’s City Park. A Lucky Laces after-party will have live Irish music, beer and more. Race registration can be completed online.

☆ The Denver Nuggets continue their stellar season with a Saturday night matchup against the Indiana Pacers. The Nuggets and Pacers will tip off at 7 pm at the Pepsi Center. Denver Nuggets Family Night and Military Appreciation tickets are available at AltitudeTickets.com or by the Pepsi Center box office.

☆ Actor John Cusack will attend a screening of his movie Gross Pointe Blank on Sunday at Denver’s Paramount Theatre. After the movie, Cusack will hold a live conversation regarding the making of the film and his career in Hollywood with hits such as Say Anthony, High Fidelity and Better Off Dead, sharing stories and taking audience questions. Tickets and VIP seats (with post-show photo op with Cusack), are sold through AltitudeTickets.com

☆ The 31st Annual Runnin’ of the Green begins St. Patrick’s Day Sunday in LoDo in front of Union Station. The family-friendly, race/walk begins at 10:15 am, with on-site registration opening at 7 am. The race, which raises funds for Volunteers of America, also features a post-race party and Irish celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and spring. Visit ROTG.org for Runnin’ of the Green race registration.

☆ If you’re looking to plunge into water to benefit Special Olympics Colorado, there’s still time this winter! Another plunge will take place at 11:30 am, Saturday, March 16th at the Boulder Reservoir. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in their best Irish costumes for a chance to win the coveted Irish Polar Bear Trophy. An After Splash Bash, hosted by Rayback, will offer one free beer per participant (21+), food and more. Boulder Polar Plunge registration information is available at SpecialOlympicsCO.org.

☆ The Colorado Avalanche complete their homestand with two games this weekend at Pepsi Center. The Avs battle the Anaheim Ducks at 7 pm, Friday, March 15th and the New Jersey Devils at 1 pm, Sunday, March 17th. Friday’s game is a Military Appreciation Night and Sunday’s event is a Family Night as well as a Happy Hour St. Patrick’s Day celebration. 

☆ Colorado’s largest rummage sale for a cause returns to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds this Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th. The sale is the largest bargain shopping extravaganza in Jefferson County with over 10,500 square feet of jewelry, collectibles, vintage odds and ends, a vast array of household items, sporting goods, holiday decor, kitchen gadgets and more. The show offers buy one, get one free general admission tickets for $5 and children 16 and under are free. Proceeds benefit Jeffco Action Center, which helps those in need.

→ And if you like to plan ahead, consider going to this fun event next weekend!

March 23, 2019 | 10 am – 1 pm

The Jacquard Hotel & Rooftop, Cherry Creek North

Indulge in a sweet and savory menu from the top brunch restaurants in Denver at The 5280 Brunch Event. Fun cocktails, a build-your-own drink bar, and photo booths galore. Get tickets for you and your crew!

Kickoff to Christmas

With 25 days until Christmas, NOW starts the busiest season of the year!  Kickoff off the holiday season with a fun event the the whole family can enjoy.  

Broomfield Tree Lighting Ceremony– Friday, December 7th, 6 pm

Welcome Santa Claus at the George DiCiero City & County Building while listening to carolers from local schools.  Watch the Mayor light the community holiday tree and enjoy a ride through the lights bundled up on a wagon!

Westminster Holiday Lighting Ceremony– Saturday, December 1st, 5:30- 8:30 pm

Experience the magical wonderland of lights at the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Westminster City Hall, complete with live holiday music, food trucks, carnival games and a visit with Santa! The full-size sleigh and kid-size train are perfect settings for family photos. Dress warmly—the event is mostly outside! 

Home for the Holidays in Lafayette- Saturday, December 1st, 1:30- 5 pm

Visit with Santa and his elf, enjoy carolers and the tree lighting at dusk.

Holiday Open House in Arvada- Tuesday, December 4th, 5:30 pm

Celebrate the holiday season with the Arvada Library during the Olde Town Arvada Lagniappe celebration and holiday tree lightning. Swing by the Library and maybe even share your holiday wishes with Santa Claus!

Thornton Winterfest– Friday, December 7th thru Sunday, December 9th

From the turning on of the holiday lights in the miniature Santa’s Village to the ice skating pond; from the tree decorating contest to the Holiday Marketplace and a grand finale fireworks show, there will be lots for everyone to see and do.

Noel Northglenn– Friday, December 7th, 5:30- 8:30 pm

Join Rudolph, Charlie Brown, Frosty the Snowman and The Grinch at the Northglenn Rec Center to kick off the holiday season.  Eat s’mores fireside before taking a carriage ride around the Civic Center.  Inside enjoy an indoor snowball fight and face painting.  Kids can get a holiday book at Rudolph’s Reading Raffle and play the “Guess How Many” game to win a ride to school in a Northglenn Police squad car!  Purchase a photo with Santa for $5 or take it yourself on your phone or camera.  

Louisville Parade of Lights– Friday, December 7th, 5:30- 9 pm

Enjoy musical entertainment provided by local schools & churches, a living nativity, petting zoo and visits with Santa.  The Parade begins at 7:00 p.m. at the south end of Main Street and ends on South Street.