WideFoc.us employees are known for moving and shaking all over Denver and since we truly want to elevate your social status, we’ve compiled a list of rad June events. And this, friends, is no normal list. It’s all glitter, rainbows, and unicorns up in this joint. So grab your boas, pride, and flasks, and let’s get to dancing.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival - June 3 - August 7
The Fest itself says it best: “Since 1958, the festival has celebrated and explored Shakespeare and his continuing influence and vitality through productions of superior artistic quality, education and community engagement.” And if Shakespeare is your thing, this year’s festival promises to be their best yet. With more obscure plays such as “Equivocation,” “Troilus and Cressida,” and “Cymbeline,” CSF is taking risks, but creating a creative space for those of us who have seen “Hamlet” so many damn times we know the dialogue. No surprises there, brah. http://www.coloradoshakes.org/
LoHi Music Festival - June 11
Get your Space Odyssey outfit ready, kids. It’s time for LoHi’s music festival. Partnering with The Humanity and Hope United Foundation (an organization working to end poverty through sustainable change solutions), LoHi Music Festival has become one of Denver’s most-popular summer music events. Two stages, eight bands, all sorts of goodness. Only second-tier tickets and VIP passes remain—there’s no time to waste. (Of course, if you’re too hungover to get to the actual show, suit up and join us at Cervantes for the after-party.) http://lohimusicfestival.com/
Juneteenth Celebration - June 12th and June 18th
Juneteenth Celebration celebrates African-American heritage, freedom, and achievements. This celebration focuses on increasing awareness and bringing communities together while also remembering the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. June 12 is the Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant at Cleo Robinson Dance and June 18 is the massive parade and concert. Get the details here: http://juneteenthmusicfestival.com/
PRIDE!! (Catching our breath…) Denver PrideFest!! PRIDE!!
If you haven’t been prepping for Denver’s PrideFest on June 18 and 19, you’re running out of time. This year is the 40th anniversary of celebrating Colorado’s LGBT community. PrideFest is a month-long celebration featuring dozens of events throughout the month. So if you’ve planned some big Father’s Day thing, don’t fret—you can still take part in movies, concerts, and the Big Gay 5k. It’s a time for love, people. Feel. It. http://www.glbtcolorado.org/pridefest/
Denver Comic Con - June 17 - June 19
Nerds unite! Stan Lee is coming to town! Stan Lee is coming to town! Stan Lee is coming to town! We’re fairly certain that all of you already know what Comic Con is, but for that one dude who doesn’t, it’s a festival of awesomeness for comic book peeps. People spend thousands of dollars on their cosplay outfits, so the least you can do is stand outside and give them the validation they so desperately desire. If you’re not into dressing up, you’ll also find contests, bands, games, autograph lines, and overpriced food. Comic Con is one of those secret pleasures; so even if you go for nothing more than the people watching, it’s absolutely worth it.
--by Stephanie March
Stephanie March is a Denver native (people seem to like this detail), hates hiking, the mountains, but will travel for a cold PBR and an enlightening convo about the awesomeness of Anais Nin. She’s a community manager and specializes in sending semi-inappropriate GIFs to her team members. It’s a skill, people.