Apr 11, 2024 - Things to Do

Denver weekend guide: Future Fest and a Michael Jackson musical

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Future Fest. Photo: City and county of Denver

This weekend in Denver, bring the kids to a new festival, check out a film festival in Castle Rock or head to Dairy Block for samples of wine from across Colorado.

1. ๐ŸŒณ Future Fest

Enjoy a day of fun at this new festival hosted by the city.

Why it matters: The inaugural Future Fest is a free family-friendly celebration aiming to be a resource fair for kids and teens.

What to expect: Events include a "Shark Tank"-style pitch competition, design competitions, a career fair, food trucks, flag football with the Broncos, basketball with the Nuggets, hockey with the Avs and lacrosse with the Mammoth and an appearance by Mayor Mike Johnston.

What they're saying: "This free event will provide a unique opportunity for families to come together and enjoy a wealth of resources and discovery," Johnston told Axios.

Between the lines: Events like Future Fest are a good opportunity to limit screen time for children, as prolonged smartphone use has been linked to poor mental health.

When: 10amโ€“6pm Saturday

Location: Civic Center Park

Free

2. ๐ŸŽถ "MJ: The Musical"

  • The Tony Award-winning musical about the making of Michael Jackson's 1992 Dangerous World Tour premieres at the Buell Theatre this week. Tickets start at $39
  • Dates: Through April 28

3. ๐Ÿฅ Colorado Mammoth

4. ๐ŸŽž๏ธ Castle Rock Film Festival

  • This festival will feature everything from shorts to music videos and documentaries, including one about an Army veteran who bravely acted during the 2022 Club Q shooting. Tickets
  • Cost: $13 matinee, $20 Friday and Saturday night, $65 all showings
  • When: 6pm Friday, 3pm and 6pm Saturday

5. โ›ท๏ธ Vertical Feet Ski Challenge

  • The National Sports Center for the Disabled is hosting a skiing fundraiser Friday and Saturday at Winter Park Resort. One ticket gets you priority lift access, a ski pass for the day, a swag bag and food and drinks. Register for $75

6. ๐Ÿบ Golden Mill's anniversary

  • Celebrate this food hall's third anniversary from 3โ€“6pm Saturday with a patio party, live music, food and drink specials and giveaways.
  • Address: 1012 Ford St.

7. ๐Ÿท Colorado Wine Walk

  • Head to Dairy Block to try wines from all over the state. Your ticket includes unlimited samples, a commemorative glass, discounts on bottle purchases and meet-and-greets with winery owners. Tickets start at $50
  • When: 11amโ€“6pm Sunday
  • Address: 1800 Wazee St.
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