7NEWS list of the 7 best things to do in Denver this weekend, February 7-9, 2014

DENVER - Every weekend, 7NEWS compiles a list of some family friendly events you might enjoy.  Here are our picks of the 7 Best Things To Do this weekend.


Olde Town Arvada’s Love Afair with Everything Chocolate

What: Samples of delicious chocolate confections will be offered with proceeds benefiting Ralston House, a child advocacy and resource center for neglected and abused children. Taste of Chocolate for just $1 per ticket. This includes a Chocolate Treasure Hunt and carriage rides.

Where: Historic Olde Town Arvada, 7307 Grandview Avenue, Arvada, Colo.


Saturday: 11 p.m.-3 p.m.

Admission: $1-$5

More Information: http://arvada.org/arts-and-culture/festivals-commission


Father & Daughter Sweetheart Ball

What: Little ladies and their dads are invited to dance the night away. Each girl will receive a corsage, a father and daughter photo, refreshments and a special gift. It’s all included in the ticket price.

Where: Highlands Ranch Mansion, 9950 E. Gateway Drive, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 80126


Saturday: 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Admission: $25 per person

More Information: http://hrcaonline.org/hrcainfo/calendarhrca/tabid/275/ctl/viewdetail/mid/1302/itemid/5837/d/20140208/Father--Daughter-Sweetheart-Ball.aspx


Chinese New Year Celebration

What: Celebrate the Year of the Horse with the Great Wall Chinese Academy and the Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association. The event features traditional Chinese art performances on stage. It showcases exciting programs to include lion dances, beautiful Chinese folk dances, traditional music and instruments, martial arts demonstrations, and an amazing children's chorus.


Southridge Recreation Center-Debus Wildcat Mountain Auditorium, 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch, Colo.



Cultural Fair: 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Stage Performances: 1 p.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: $7 in advance, $10 day of event

More Information:  http://hrcaonline.org/home/tabid/733/ctl/viewdetail/mid/3399/itemid/5758/d/20140208/Showtime-at-Southridge---Chinese-New-Year.aspx


Saturday and Sunday

43rd Annual Tri-State Swap Meet

What:  The Tri-State Swap Meet is the region’s largest indoor automotive swap meet. Come see thousands of automotive related products from over 450 vendors covering over two floors of the National Western Expo Hall.  There is everything for your car needs: bumper to bumper and everything in-between as well as tools, decals, memorabilia, and much more.  There is even a car corral.  Come find that next beauty or project.  Children 12 and under are always free, and ladies enter for free on Sunday.

Where:   National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver


Saturday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Admission:  Saturday: $10, Sunday: $6

More information:  www.tristateswapmeet.com



Pipes & Stripes VIII

What: The twin consoles of the Denver Paramount's Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ join forces with the 101st Army Band for an afternoon of entertaining and enjoyable music for the whole family. Bring friends and relatives. The event is free.

Where: Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver


Sunday: 2 p.m.

Admission: Free

More Information: http://www.rmcatos.org/


All Weekend Long

Monster Jam

What: Don’t miss the excitement as these monster trucks perform jaw-dropping tricks.

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver


Friday: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: 2 p.m.

Admission: Tickets starting at $20

More Information: http://www.monsterjam.com/Events/2014/02/07/Denver,_CO/


Black Odyssey

What: Playwright Marcus Gardley magically re-casts Homer’s Odysseus as a black soldier returning home from a harrowing tour in the Gulf War. The great Greek archetypes reverberate with new world African-American culture and fuse modern reality and humor with ancient myth in this gripping new play.

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th Street, Denver


Friday: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday: 1:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Sunday: 6:30 p.m.

Admission: $47

More Information: http://www.denvercenter.org/buy-tickets/shows/black-odyssey/about.aspx


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