There’s a lot more to February than Valentine’s Day (and we’re not just talking about Groundhog Day). Thankfully, we found plenty of delightful diversions to get you through this not-yet-spring stretch, especially if you live in Stepping Stone. Here are our sweetest suggestions for the month, whether you feel like venturing downtown or enjoying all that Parker has to offer.
Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton-Feb. 6, 7:30pm; Feb. 7, 2:30pm
Close your eyes and think of the movie scores of Batman, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Alice in Wonderland. Those haunting, magical themes embody the partnership of composer Danny Elfman and director Tim Burton. They’re also the focus of this performance by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Colorado Children’s Chorale, enhanced by visuals of Tim Burton’s original film sketches, drawings, and storyboards displayed on the big screen. Held at Boettcher Concert Hall. Tickets from $25-89. Learn more.
Love ’em or Leave ’em 5K/10K Run and Walk-Feb. 14, 10am
View it as a warm-up for a romantic night ahead. Or a mad dash from Cupid altogether. Beginning at Salisbury Park, the annual Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Run and Walk is a sanctioned race that qualifies racers for the Bolder Boulder. A free Kids Dash for children ages 8 and younger follows the race. Participation includes prizes, race shirts, and a post-race pancake breakfast. Leashed dogs and strollers welcome. Registration fees $30-45. Learn more.
Denver Restaurant Week-Feb. 20-March 1
Why fight the perennial Valentine’s Day crowd? If you just wait a week you’ll have a whole city of restaurants to explore for the tasty price of $30 per person. Make your reservations now for the 11th annual Denver Restaurant Week, when local (and traveling) foodies enjoy multi-course dinners at a pain-free price. It’s a fabulous way to explore some of Denver’s top restaurants or revisit your favorites. Hundreds of restaurants participate each year. Learn more.
Mayor’s Ball Gala and Silent Auction-Feb. 28, 6pm
Dust off your black tie and tiara. It’s time for the second annual Mayor’s Ball and Gala held at the new Vehicle Vault Automobile Museum. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, and dancing to the music of Phat Daddy, as well as the opportunity meet and chat with the mayor and town officials. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening. Proceeds from these events will be used for Rotary Club of Parker local and international service projects. Learn more or purchase tickets here.