End January on a high note with a fun local event

With a little over a week left of the first month of the new year, there is still time to get out and try something new. From goat yoga to the Winter Games, now is the time to check something off that bucket list!

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23

The 113th National Western Stock Show & Rodeo – Denver 

The National Western Stock Show, the nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event with one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and a western trade show, returns for another year to the Mile High City.

For a full list of events during the stock show, click here . 

LIGHT! at Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center – Aurora 

LIGHT! at Gaylord Rockies is an interactive holiday experience that immerses the viewer in color, fanciful patterns and wondrous light as you walk through indoor and outdoor paths of magical illumination and music. Highlights of the event include a forest of color-changing trees, the Valley of Light, giant music wind chimes and much, much more.

The event is free of charge.

A Kangaroo Experience at the Zoo Chateau – Golden  

Spend 45 minutes face-to -face learning and interacting with Red Kangaroos. This experience includes feeding the kangaroos treats (granola), taking individual photos, learning about the kangaroos and marsupials from our “Zoo Crew”, and learning about the missions of Zoo Chateau.

The Zoo Chateau is located 21050 Indian Head Road in Golden. Tickets are $40, buy them here.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center – Denver

The Minnesota Wild visit the Pepsi Center for the second time this season as they take on the Colorado Avalanche. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

To buy tickets, click here. 

2019 Winter X Games Aspen

The X Games return to Colorado’s Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen for the world’s best winter action sports, music and festival experience. Witness the very best across four action-packed days from the best athletes in skiing, snowboarding and more. Lil Wayne, The Chainsmokers, among others will perform. You can buy tickets for the musical performances here.

All sport competitions are free and open to the public. Live coverage of the Winter X Games will air on ESPN and Denver7.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

Denver Winter Brew Fest at Mile High Station 

Sample from over 100 amazing brews from over 40 breweries with your commemorative tasting glass, while listening to some great live music from the Burroughs on Friday night and Dead Floyd on Saturday night.

Two-day GA is $70; Friday or Saturday admission is $40. For more info, click here.

International Snow Sculpture Championships – Breckenridge

Throughout a span of five days and more than 90 hours of sculpting, 16 teams from around the world take on the challenge to hand-carve 20-ton blocks of snow into enormous works of art. The result is a temporary outdoor gallery in historic downtown Breckenridge.

Viewing days are from January 25 to January 30.

Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center – Denver

Coming all the way from Arizona, the Phoenix Suns will take on the Denver Nuggets at 7 p.m. Make sure to be on place as the Nuggets face Devin Booker and his team. The game starts at 7 p.m.

To get tickets for the game, click here .

3 Lakes Ice Fishing Contest – Granby

Have what it takes when it comes to ice fishing? Then you’re invited to come to Granby and fish in the lake, as well as try your chance on the Shadow Mountain Reservoir and Grand Lake for over $21,000 in cash and other prizes. Entries are $35 for one day, $45 for two days, and $50 for all three days.

To register, click here 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga at Lucky Weather Ranch – Longmont 

Find your Zen with goats and yoga through Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga at Lucky Weather Ranch!The ranch offers classes and a fun atmosphere to stretch and relax while baby goats keep the energy high. 

Buy tickets and find out more here.

Bourbon and Bacon Fest 2019 – Denver

Taste your way through the dizzying array of specialty bourbons and unique whiskies from distilleries both large and artisanal while you munch on smoky, bacon treats.

It all takes place at the McNichols Building in downtown Denver, 144 W. Colfax Ave. from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Buy tickets here 

Stagecoach Classic at Devil’s Thumb Ranch – Tabernash

Cross-country ski racers will take off from Devil’s Thumb Ranch, tracing the historic stagecoach route. The Stagecoach Classic traverses through the former Idlewild Ski Area and finishes with a post-race party, awards, and a beer garden with music at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park.

MONDAY, JANUARY 28

Justin Timberlake: The Man of the Woods Tour – Denver

Justin Timberlake is bringing sexy back to the Pepsi Center during his “The Man of the Woods” Tour. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., doors open an hour earlier.

Find tickets here.

Learn Salsa at Urban Survival Fitness and Wellness – Denver

Is Tango too passé? Tired of only knowing one dance move no matter what the party? Come learn Salsa! Topics covered will be basic steps, basic body movements, terminology and more.

Tickets are $80. Classes start at 7:15 p.m. More info here.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29/

Music BINGO at Blue Moon Brewing Company – Denver

Head out for an amazing night of music, prizes and drink specials all the while you test your music knowledge and compete against your friends and other patrons. The fun starts at 6 p.m

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31

An Evening with Fleetwood Mac – Denver 

Fleetwood Mac is returning to Denver for their North American Tour at the of this month. They’ll be performing at the Pepsi Center starting at 8 p.m.

Find tickets here .



10 gifts that give back

The Christmas countdown is on!  With 14 days left, now is the time to tie up those loose ends and check everyone off your list.  We all have that one person who is extra difficult to buy for- they either have everything already or just don’t care much about gifts in general.  Consider getting them one of these great presents.  Not only are they unique and fun, but each one gives back in a different way!

  1.  Scratch Cards- Everyone’s a winner when they scratch off a LottoLove card ($20 for a pack of two). Instead of winning money for yourself, a charitable gift (weeks of clean water, months of solar energy, sets of literacy tools, or nutritious meals) is given to someone in need in your honor.

2.  Bare Soaps- Bare Soap‘s products are all-natural and handmade, and 20 percent of proceeds are invested in the company’s efforts to provide vitamins, vaccines, and soap to those in need. This Bare Soap Sampler Pack ($18) also gives villagers entrepreneurship opportunities.

3. Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. gives back to animals by working with rescue organizations in your community. Twenty percent of all proceeds, including this Three-Blend Starter Kit ($44), go to a rescue partner closest to you.

4. State has an extensive collection of bags for everyone.  From backpacks to duffels, you can find what you need here.  The best part- for every bag you purchase, the company hand delivers a backpack filled with “essential tools for success” to an American child in need.  

5. With the mission to help artisans out of poverty through fashion and design, 31 Bits sells fairly made products like these brass Soma Bangles ($32), handmade by Javanese artisans in Bali.

6. Mitscoots Outfitters employs the transitioning homeless to package each and every blanket, like this Black and White Plaid Fleece Blanket ($49). With every purchase, one blanket is given to a shelter to help individuals in need.

7. Krochet Kids Intl. empowers women of Northern Uganda and Peru through jobs, education, and mentorship. Items like the Abby beanie ($24) provide a steady income for employees and help them to stay out of poverty.

8. Each bottle of One Hope Foundation’s wine is dedicated to a different cause. Every purchase of this Vintner Collection Cabernet Sauvignon ($25) helps provide ABA therapy to children with autism.

9. Socks are the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters- this fact is the driving force behind Bombas.  Bombas exists to help solve this problem, to support the homeless community, and to bring awareness to an under-publicized problem in the United States.  For every purchased pair of Bombas Socks ($12), a pair is donated.  

10. Parks Project– each product purchased contributes directly to one of over 30 different conservancies across the USA, providing vital funding for the ongoing care of National Parks.  This ultra soft, lightweight Yosemite t-shirt helps fund the Yosemite Conservancy. The trails are the gateway to Yosemite’s wilderness, and with over 800 miles, that’s a lot to maintain. The Yosemite tee supports enhancing the visitor experience and helps preserve the parks’ trails for years to come. For each Yosemite product sold, one meter of trail is restored in the Park. ($36)