Well, not officially, but given all the intriguing events happening in the metro area in June, maybe it should be. Ranging from zany Chicago improv to an immersive street arcade to a hike inspired by Alice in Wonderland, this is definitely the month to give Netflix a breather. Enjoy!
Second City’s American Mixtape – evenings and matinees, June 4-June 29
Chicago’s world-famous sketch and improv comedy comes to Denver. The well-reviewed American Mixtape makes musical mirth out of missed love connections, political partisanship, and a host of other afflictions that become hilarious when put to song. Who knows, you may see the next Tina Fey, Bill Murray or Steve Carell (all Second City alums) in action. Garner Galleria Theatre, prices vary. Learn more.
Wildlife Art & Wine – 6pm-9pm, June 6
Love animals? Love wine? Put those two together and you have one irresistible evening. At this unique event, you can enjoy samples from more than 200 bottles of wine, savor delicacies from local restaurants, and watch professional artists create new works using live animal models. The sensory feast continues as you listen to music from members of the Parker Symphony Orchestra, create your own piece of art to take home with you, and stroll through featured art exhibits. America’s Parks II and Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life. $25-45. Purchase tickets by May 23 to be entered to win one of six wine baskets. Learn more.
Oh Heck Yeah – 6pm-11pm, Begins June 7-July 26
The future is here as two city blocks transform into an immersive street arcade. Night after night. Using their bodies as controllers, players will be transported to a modern game world, powered through a combination of Denver Theatre District’s LED screens, projections, street art, social media, local media, and a website. Microsoft Kinect devices will be utilized so participants feel like they’ve jumped right into the video games. Local businesses and organizations will extend the gaming story with karaoke, live music, dancing, theatre, and comedy. On Champa Street, from the 16th Street Mall to 14th Street. Free. Learn more.
Kidsfest in Lone Tree- 11am-2pm, June 8
School’s out! A fact worth celebrating (at least for the kids), and the inspiration for a new event at the Lone Tree Arts Center. On the agenda: great bands, a science corner (with an electronic caving experience), crafts, face painting, professional 3-D chalk artists, and a Lone Tree Strider Cup Race for kids ages 2-5. Learn more.
Parker Days Festival – June 13-15
For 37 years running, this festival has been Parker’s go-to summer event. Whatever your pleasure, it’s there. Parades and carnival rides. Concerts and buskers. Beer gardens and tasty food. Entrance to the festival and concerts are free. Carnival rides, food and drink available for a fee. Learn more.
Alice in Wonderland Hike at Cherokee Ranch and Castle – 10:30am-1pm, June 21
Alice’s adventure literally jumps off the pages and onto the trails surrounding Sedalia’s amazing, Scottish-style castle. Built in the 1920s, it was designed to look like it’s from the 1450s. Randy Wyatt’s madcap adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic will have your whole family learning and laughing at this eco-friendly theater that promotes healthy family activity, Colorado preservation, and a whole lot of fun. $25 adults, $15 children ages 8-13. Learn more.