An Exclusive Preview: 155 Things Every Denverite Must Do!

December 2011

Warning: Get our your calendar! For January's issue, we pulled together 155 of the best concerts, festivals, sports, and more, so that every month of your year is jam-packed with things to do. Here, an exclusive preview of our picks for the first month of the year.  

01.01

Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs. // 2:15 p.m., Sports Authority Field at Mile High, www.denverbroncos.com, ticket prices vary.

01.05

International Sportsmen’s Exposition. Camo-clad aficionados of hunting, fishing, and all things outdoors can spend four days perusing the best outfitters and the newest gear. // January 5 to 8, times vary, Colorado Convention Center, www.sportsexpos.com, $15.

01.06

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil.

Trippy, jaw-dropping, and utterly fantastical, this Michael Jackson–themed Cirque du Soleil performance is wonderfully weird. // January 6 to 8. January 6 and 7 at 8 p.m.; January 8 at 4 p.m., Pepsi Center, www.cirquedusoleil.com, $50 to $175.

01.07

National Western Stock Show Super Saturday: Colorado Rodeo Champions vs. the World. Three rodeos in one day, all of which showcase our state’s best riders and ropers versus cowboys and cowgirls from around the globe. // 11 a.m.; 3:30 p.m.; 8 p.m., Denver Coliseum, www.nationalwestern.com, $12 to $60.

01.08

Ullr Fest. The town of Breckenridge pays homage to the Norse god of winter during this week-long celebration where Viking hats are considered appropriate attire. // January 8 to 14, event times and venues vary, Breckenridge, www.breckenridge.com; www.gobreck.com.

01.10

Bring It On: The Musical. Set against the world of competitive cheerleading, this new musical comedy comments on over-the-top high school rivalries (read: crazy teenagers hopped up on hormones get hilariously feisty). // January 10 to 21, show times vary, Buell Theatre, www.denvercenter.org, $25 to $95.

01.12

Adolph Coors III’s Birthday. Celebrate the Silver Bullet with a tour of Coors’ Golden-based brewery. // 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coors Brewery; tours begin at the 13th and Ford Street parking lot in Golden, www.millercoors.com, Free.

01.13

Wintersköl. Aspen’s four-day festival celebrates the season with fireworks, on-mountain activities, culinary events, and a canine fashion show. // January 12 to 15, event times and locations vary, Aspen, www.aspenchamber.org, many events are free.

01.16

Ruby Hill Rail Yard and Sledding Hill. Ruby Hill Park has a 35-degree slope for the old saucer as well as a mini terrain park for those looking to jib. // Ruby Hill Park, www.denvergov.org.

01.20

Letters from Mozart. “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” and “Requiem” are accompanied by readings of
Mozart’s personal letters to friends and family. // 7:30 p.m., Boettcher Concert Hall, www.coloradosymphony.org, $15 to $65.

01.21

Winter Park SnowFest. Enjoy festivities in honor of the birth of Mary Jane, the resort’s more rugged (and famous) side. // January 20 to 22, event times vary, Winter Park Resort and downtown Winter Park, www.winterparkresort.com, free.

01.22

Colorado Indian Market & Southwest Showcase. Three days of American Indian music and dancing, handmade crafts, fine art, native foods, and demonstrations. // January 20 to 22, Denver Merchandise Mart, www.indianmarket.net; adults: $12, children under 13: free.

01.24

International Snow Sculpture Championships. Teams from around the world convene in Breckenridge to create art from snow, using little more than hand tools and their imaginations. // Sculpting begins at 11 a.m. on Tuesday (January 24) and ends at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 28). Judging begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge, www.gobreck.com, free.

01.26

16th Annual Winter X Games.  // January 26 to 29, event times vary, Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen/Snowmass, www.stayaspensnowmass.com, free.

01.27

Icelantic’s Winter on the Rocks. Icelantic and AEG Live team up to produce the first-ever winter concert at Red Rocks. // 7 p.m., Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, www.icelanticswinterontherocks.com