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June 2010

Community: PrideFest

Expect the unexpected at one of the largest PrideFests in the country: We're talking dogs dressed as Lady Gaga; En Vogue headlining a raging concert; and outdoor line-dancing lessons on the country stage. The weekend bash—now in its 35th year—celebrates the gay community with food, music, dancing, wellness booths, and a festive parade. On Saturday, enter Fido in the Dogs in Drag contest and stay late to hear guest DJ Fred Schneider, front man for the B-52s (think "Love Shack"), rip some dance-worthy tunes. But be sure to bank some energy for Sunday's parade from Cheesman Park to Civic Center Park, featuring more than 100 entries that flaunt the city's GLBT spirit. June 19-20, Civic Center Park

Outdoors: Teva Mountain Games

It'll be hard to beat last year's games (the first-ever front flip in slopestyle biking was thrown), but expect even gnarlier tricks this month. New this year: two stand-up paddling events (a mix of surfing and kayaking). Stick around for old favorites, such as 8 Ball Kayak, where paddlers dressed as billiard balls thwart kayakers from racing down-river. Across eight sports, watch amateurs battle it out alongside pros. Plus, check out two nighttime concerts and stop by Gear Town, a veritable farmers' market for outdoor gear junkies. June 3-6, Vail

Fund-raiser: Jungle Jubilee

The Children's Museum is all grown up; help celebrate its 37th birthday at this jungle-themed fund-raiser, inspired by Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Go ahead and get silly—it's an adults-only event. Munch on hors d'oeuvres in the museum's plaza, and bid on exclusive items in the auctions—you could win a trip for four to the Indianapolis 500 or a two-night stay at a cabin in Estes Park or Snow Mountain Ranch. Plus, groove to the beats of the Nacho Men, a rollicking local group whose energetic performances combine swing, disco, and more with a whole lotta humor. June 4, Children's Museum of Denver

Film: DocuWest Film Festival

Catch more than 30 screenings from around the world, featuring hot topics such as our global energy crisis (Houston, We Have a Problem, pictured here). Don't miss SoleJourney, a flick codirected by a DU professor and adviser, about families tackling anti-GLBT rhetoric. June 23-27, American Mountaineering Center and Foothills Art Center, Golden