HECK YES, BRECK!
Not that you need any more reasons to go up to Breckenridge, but we’ve got one anyway: the International Festival of Arts, which runs Aug. 10–19. Listen to jazz (the Vijay Iyer Trio Aug. 9) or elevated music from Tree-o (Aug. 10); find large sculpted trolls in the forest (Aug. 9–19), watch skateboarders perform to music (Aug. 11–12) or a contemporary circus performance (Aug. 17–19) and learn plein air painting at a workshop for all ages.
BEE THERE OR BEE SQUARE
The Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual juried Botanical Illustrations Art Show, which presents the work of students in its School of Botanical Art and Illustration, opens Aug. 14 and runs until Oct. 14 at the Gates Court Gallery on York Street. This year’s show, titled “Invisible Links,” explores the link between plants and pollinators, predators and parasites.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
Feel what it’s like to fly above Paris with Eagle Flight. Walk on the surface of our sister planet with Mars Odyssey. Soar over Hoover Dam with Google Earth. Or become a virtual drummer with Beat Saber. At the Virtual Reality Arcade, a new offering (for ages 10 and up) at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, you have 10 ways to virtually experience worlds beyond this one.
Dance. Music. Theater. Circus art. Puppetry. Spoken word performances. Workshops. And parties! The Boulder International Fringe Festival has it all. The unjuried festival, which takes place at various locations around Boulder, including the Pine Street Church from Aug. 15 to 26, includes performers from across the country doing everything from a parody of a funeral speech to avant-garde burlesque.