DENVER – Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some fun events you might enjoy. Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in the Denver metro area this weekend.
1. Brush off those cowboy boots for the 113th National Western Stock Show & Rodeo
What: The National Western Stock Show, the nationally recognized western heritage and entertainment event with one of the world's richest regular season professional rodeos, one of the country's largest horse shows and a western trade show, returns for another year to the Mile High City.
Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. in Denver
When: Saturday, January 12 through Sunday, Jan 27
Admission: Adult ages 12+ range from $10-$22; children ages 3-11 range from $3-4
More info: https://nationalwestern.com
2. See the latest in outdoor recreation at the International Sportsmen’s Expo
What: International Sportsmen’s Expos (IES) is bringing the Rocky Mountain regin’s largest outdoor, fishing, hunting and travel show to the Colorado Convention Center from Jan. 10 through the 13.
Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. in Denver
When: Thursday, January 10 through Sunday, Jan 13.
Admission: $16 for adults; active military and youth 15 and under get in free
More info: https://www.sportsexpos.com/attend/denver/
3. Get in some healthy fun at the 23rd Annual Lafayette Oatmeal Festival
What: The annual Lafayette Oatmeal Festival returns for a 23rd year this 2019! The popular family event focuses on a healthy lifestyle, and includes an oatmeal breakfast and a 5K Walk/Run.
Where: Various locations around Lafayette, Colo.
When: Saturday, January 12 from 7:30 a.m. to noon
Admission: $8 for adults, youth 3-12 and seniors 60+ get in for $6; Anyone under 2 gets in for free
More info: Learn more about locations and registration for the 5K Walk/Run here.
4. Enjoy free art at Second Fridays in Longmont
What: On the second Friday of each month, downtown Longmont features gallery openings, restaurant promotions and extended business hours and activities. Come check out everything the creative district has to offer!
Where: Longmont, Colo.
When: Friday, January 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
More info: https://www.downtownlongmont.com/calendar/second-fridays
5. Burn old skies and try to break the world’s longest shot ski record at Ullr Fest
What: The Town of Breckenridge invites snow lovers and ski junkies to join Ullr Fest, a celebration in honor of the Norse god Ullr, the patron saint of skaters and skiers. Join hundreds of people donning Viking hats as they try to break the world’s longest shot ski record at Ullr Shot Ski, take part in the Ullr Parade down Main Street, burn old skies at the annual ceremonial ski burn (and also retire your Christmas tree in the process) at the Ullr Bon Fire, and prove your dedication to the cold at the Ullr Ice Plunge.
Where: Breckenridge, Colo.
When: Wednesday, January 9 through Saturday, Jan. 12
Admission: Varies; make sure to check the schedule for events and pricing
More info: Here’s everything you need to know about Ullr Fest
6. Celebrate Aspen’s annual toast to winter at Wintersköl
What: Aspen's annual toast to winter dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen's unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. Today the four-day celebration features on-mountain activities, live music, a canine fashion show, WinterFest, fireworks and much more.
Where: Downtown Aspen, Colo.
When: Thursday, January 10 through Sunday, January 13
More info: https://www.aspenchamber.org/events/acra-annual-events/winterskol
7. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center
What: NBA games are fun, but when the game features two teams in the same division, the fun dial turns up real high. The Portland Trail Blazers will face the Denver Nuggets this Sunday – it’s a game you won’t want to miss.
Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circ. In Denver.
When: Sunday, January 13 at 6 p.m.
More info: Click here to find tickets through StubHub
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