Museum memberships, beers at the Children’s Museum and a bold, new music festival in Denver highlight the 2018 calendar.
Entertainment options continue to abound and thrive in the Mile High City. Museum memberships offer an easy way to save money year-round, the Children’s Museum is going to the big kids and Denver has landed the latest and greatest of outdoor music festivals, all of which could make for a highly entertaining 2018.
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Beer and the Children’s Museum don’t go hand-in-hand, at least they didn’t. The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus has decided to change that Thursday, February 1, with its inaugural adults-only (21-plus) extravaganza.
Guests will have the opportunity to let loose as they snack on soft pretzels, s’mores and other campfire classics while blowing bubbles, launching rockets and painting on a vintage Volkswagen Bug.
The kicker, however, is the craft beer tasting that allows inner-child to meet almost-responsible adult. Local brewery participants include Epic, Prost, Little Machine, Briar Common and Ratio Beerworks.
The event begins Thursday, February 1 at 7 pm and concludes at 10 pm. Tickets are $35 in advance ($40 at the door) and can be purchased online at www.mychildsmuseum.org.
“It was probably the best present I’ve ever received, as an adult anyway,” said Jason Brighton, 31, Littleton, of the gift he received from his girlfriend Andrea Chavez for his birthday.
The gift was a family membership to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The pass cost $109.95 and gives two named adults the opportunity to visit the museum when they choose as well as early reservations for special programs and invitations to members-only events and exhibition previews.
“I don’t know why we waited so long to do it,” Brighton said. “I’d say we visit the museum four or five times a year, so this is a huge discount for us.”
All of Colorado’s museums offers similar membership benefits that typically pay the cost of admission after two or three visits, plus multiple discounts on food and gifts as well as entrance into special events.
Another benefit offered at most of Denver and Colorado’s science and art museums and facilities are free days. For a calendar of all free days offered by month visit www.scfd.org.
Once the land of outdoor, mountainous festivals featuring artists from a variety of genres, Colorado has started bringing festivals towards its cities, though with meandering attendance. The Westword Music Showcase and the Underground Music Showcase have been Denver-based since their inception, but have never been able to draw as much as other major festivals around the country.
That is about to change
Last summer New York-based marketing and event company Superfly Productions received official approval to showcase its latest large music festival in Denver. The site will be the Overland Park Golf Course in South Denver adjacent to Ruby Hill Park, the South Platte River Trail and, perhaps most importantly, the University of Denver.
“To have a major festival like that so close to college housing, public transportation and one of the state’s most accessible bike trails is a huge win,” said Jason Whitmore, Denver recording artist and concert promoter.
Superfly will model the festival after its other successes Outside Lands in San Francisco and Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee and is expecting its three-day Denver festival to attract 30,000-40,000 people per day.
In 2017 Outside Lands featured headlining artists Metallica, The Who, Gorillaz and A Tribe Called Quest, while the 2017 Bonnaroo Festival boasted U2, the Weeknd, Chance the Rapper and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“I don’t think an inaugural Denver show will match the caliber of Bonnaroo or Outside Lands, mostly because those festivals have tenure,” Whitmore said. “You don’t really make any money on these things for a few years and that’s only if the reception is outstanding. Still, it’s going to be a lot of fun and there will be at least one band you like.”
The festival has yet to solidify a date, but has its sights set on late summer 2018.