Love is in the air this month, right? So, while you’re digging on the Valentine’s vibe, don’t forget to show our fair city a little love too. Below are the events we’re most excited for in February, most of which lean toward music-lovers, one for history-lovers, and all of them perfect for plain ole lovers!
Feb. 13: Have A Honky Tonk Valentines
In the immortal words of music legend Lefty Frizzell (who inspired the likes of Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, and John Fogarty), “We’ll go honky tonkin' and we'll have a time.” Yes, let’s!
When the likes of Barnraiser, Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe, and Wolfe Narratives, leaders in the sustainable food world, join forces, it’s sure to be one hell of a party. Have A Honky Tonk Valentines is described as “a riot of an event filled with music, dancin’, and raisin’ a hearty glass and a buck for a good cause.” If beer, bites, raffles, and live music sound like your kind of good time, get ready to get your honky tonk on.
What: Have A Honky Tonk Valentines
When: 8-11:30 p.m., Friday, February 13
Where: Converge Denver, 3327 Brighton Boulevard
Feb. 16: Levitt Pavilion Fundraiser at Illegal Pete's South Broadway
Do you know about Levitt Pavilions? They’re only about the coolest sounding thing we’ve ever heard. Levitt Pavilions is behind the largest free concert series in America and they’ve selected Denver’s Ruby Hill neighborhood as the site of the next venue. Once completed, the Levitt Pavilion Denver will host 50 FREE concerts each year. Though the shows will be free to the public, ALL participating musicians get paid! Cool, right? But the Levitt Pavilion Denver dream can’t become reality without your help.
Eat at Illegal Pete's South Broadway from 5 p.m. — 11 p.m. on Monday, February 16, and enjoy some live tunes to support Denver's next great outdoor venue! Make sure to mention Levitt Pavilion at the cash register, and Illegal Pete’s will donate 50% of sales back to the project.
When: 5 p.m., Monday, February 16
Where: Illegal Pete's South Broadway, 270 South Broadway
Feb. 18: Rufus Wainwright with the Colorado Symphony
Guys, Rufus Wainwright is someone whose music you can gently introduce your parents to. (C’mon, I mean I want to take my dad to this show!) Born into a talented family, Wainwright’s career has moved from singer and songwriter into the realm of author, composer, and screen actor, solidifying his place in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance, and film. As the Symphony’s website puts it best, “Rufus Wainwright brings his incomparable voice to Boettcher Hall for a one-night-only performance with your Colorado Symphony.” Le swoon.
When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 18
Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street
Feb. 24: Denver's Immigrant Heritage Tour
When you meet someone who can actually claim to be from Denver, the joke goes “Yep, I’m the one.” That’s because Denver has always attracted folks from all over the country and the world and true natives are like unicorns. Immigration waves have given the Queen City of the Plains the rich texture and cultural fiber that continues to attract new influxes in modern times. Jump on the History Colorado bus and tour various parts of the city, while also treating your brain to all kinds of learning about the people who really made Denver what it is.
What: Denver's Immigrant Heritage Tour
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, February 24
Where: Various locations
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—by Leah Charney
Leah Charney is sassy yet classy and is most excited by the things she can't stop writing about, like food, music, and people. She directs operations for the WideFoc.us team, which is just a fancy way of saying she is chief cat herder.