Nocturnal Bazaars, Folkfests and Reptile Expos: Things to do in Colorado inAugust
RiNo Night Bazaar - Every Friday; RiNo, Denver
Dawn your hippest art-market attire, and embark into the night — to RiNo — to explore Denver’s only after-hours artisanal fair. You’ll find knickknacks, decorative trinkets, baubles, dingle dangles and tchotchkes. The RiNo Night Bazaar has got it all.
New international exhibits open at Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures - August 6; Fort Collins
Two brand new international art exhibits open up at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures this month. In the Main Gallery, "Hold We Hold It: Containing Our Lives" featuring containers and vessels from around the world. In the Hall Gallery, "Color and Pattern: The Spirit of West Africa” — a spectacle of African cultural beads and textiles.
Folkfest - August 6-8; Lyons
Bring your bluegrass A-game, for this celebration of American folk music, folk beer and folk environmental awareness. Hosted by Planet Bluegrass, this event is the epitome of “sustainable festivation.”
Denver Museum of Nature and Science free night - August 8
Arguably the coolest of Denver’s museums, the DMNS has free entry this evening. Get in there and get educated on dinosaurs, space, and Colorado natural history. Just make sure you get out of there before closing time… things are supposed to get pretty weird in there after dark.
Boulder County Fair - August 6-15; Longmont
Do you like farm animals? Are you fascinated by gigantic pigs and goats? Do you have an affinity for bucket calf contests and cattle shows? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you should probably check out the Boulder County Fair. Yee - and I cannot stress this enough - Haw.
Comedy Night at Number 38 - August 15; Number 38, Denver
Number 38 serves their comedy the same way they serve their music: Free. Simply show up ready to laugh, buy yourself and your date dinner and a couple drinks and enjoy the show. Hosted by Kate Strobel and featuring Valerie Tosi & Kate Willet, this is bound to be a serious chuckle-fest.
Traveling Shamans Camp - August 20-22; North Fork of Gunnison River
Get in touch with the spirit realm and join this merry band of traveling shamans, visionary artists, healers and wisdom teachers, as they gather on the banks of the Gunnison to get weird under the summer stars. There’s sure to be lots of chanting, dancing, performances, art, music and “shamanic experiences” (if you know what we mean).
Reptile National Expo - August 21st;
For those of you who’re sick of buying your reptiles online, without a chance to see or meet them in person first, will be happy to learn that the National Reptile Expo is BACK! Now, you can load up on iguanas, geckos, snapping turtles and king snakes all in one place.
Hop Taco - August 26; Stanley Marketplace
We’re only going to say this one time: unlimited taco tastes, 5 different music stages, a creative tequila lounge and a tent just for mezcal tasting. What more could anyone need from life?
Colorado Springs Comicon - August 27-29; Colorado Springs
This annual gathering of the geeks will feature guests like Pro-Wrestler Britt Baker, musicians like Joey Fatone, actors from The Mandalorian, Mayans M.C., Red Dawn and Anchorman, and of course, a whole lot of cosplaying comic-book characters. Literally, the only downside is you’ll have to drive to the Springs to attend.
Mike Stanley standup- August 29; Comedy Works, Denver
His Rooster Advice column “Mike Drop” has become internationally famous and renowned around the world for its wit, wisdom and eloquence. Now, you’ve got a chance to see Mike Stanely, the philosopher king himself, doing his thing on stage, in his element. Don’t you dare miss this show.
BREWERY OF THE MONTH: New Image Brewing - Arvada
Adjacent to Old Town Arvada, New Image Brewing is not gimmicky or kitchy in any way. They serve good beer, straight up, and good basic bar food and that’s it. The atmosphere is chill, the music is tasteful, the vibe is always right, and no matter what you order off the menu, the flavors are exciting. Try the Moped or their Italian Pils on a hot August afternoon, and you’ll know what we mean.