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Upcoming events, performances, and deals for the arts-interested parent.

June 16th at the Boulder Theater: Father’s Day Celebration featuring the music of the Grateful Dead for Kids. Presented by Rock & Roll Playhouse, “this family concert series offers its core audience of babies and kids games, movement, stories, and an opportunity to rock out. The Rock and Roll Playhouse is an early and often first introduction to a child’s lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll. Tickets are $15-$17, free for children under 1 year. 

Now until June 19th, 6:00-7:30 pm: FREE Bilingual Guitar Class at Valdez-Perry Branch Library – Have a good time at the Valdez-Perry Branch Library any Wednesday evening for informal guitar lessons, or just come practice what you know! Classes are bilingual in English and Spanish. The library will provide a limited number of guitars but please bring your guitar if you have one. Recurring weekly each Wednesday throughout the year.

June 22nd-23rd: Arts on the Block at Fletcher Plaza. The 2019 Aurora Arts Festival will be held the weekend of June 22nd-23rd from 12pm-8pm. Arts on the Block will celebrate Aurora and all the great things we have to offer in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. This event is FREE!

June 23rd at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm: RAIN at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, RAIN will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the “next best thing to seeing the Beatles”. One day only, two performances. Suitable for ages 4+. Tickets start at $45. 

July 4, 2019: Evergreen Music Festival. Join us this 4th of July at the Evergreen Music Festival at Buchanan Park in Evergreen. Activities start at 10 am, and will feature a lineup of amazing musical acts alongside a classic car show, children’s activities, food trucks, and more. Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $5.00 for teens 13-18. Children 12 and under, as well as active/retired Military get in FREE!

July 6th from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm: Harry and the Potters at the Bandshell. Visit the Central Park Bandshell at the Boulder Public Library to witness a free concert from the original wizard rock band. Fun for children, teens, and adults who are fans of the beloved series. This concert is FREE and sure to be a great time!

June 7th-August 11th: Colorado Shakespeare Festival. For over 60 seasons the Colorado Shakespeare Festival had delighted audiences with classic theater under the stars. This season features productions of Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, and King Charles III. Tickets start around $17 depending on the performance. Check out the calendar for the full list of events. 

Every Sunday until August 4th: City Park Jazz Concerts. City Part Jazz produces 10 FREE jazz concerts each summer in City Park. Whether you’re coming for the music, food, or friends, City Park Jazz is the group upon where community is built. Check out the website to get information about performers at these FREE, family-friendly concerts.

August 8th-10th: The Rockley Family Foundation Annual Musical Instrument Fundraiser. In support of the Boulder Valley School District, pianos, digital pianos, violins, violas, and cellos are available for purchase for all skill levels. Financing options and piano moving services are available at the event. Call (720) 648-2047 to make an appointment to view the instruments. Walk-ins welcome from 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm on August 10th.

Monthly on Tuesdays: FREE First Tuesday Nights at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. From 4-8 pm on the First Tuesday night of every month, families can play for FREE! Create in the Art Studio, power a hot air balloon, or make giant bubbles. There is always something new to explore. Admission is FREE.

Helpful Resources

We encourage parents to explore our list of resources below and check back for updates

Inside the Orchestra

Symphony-Based Websites

      • Fun and Games with Music with the San Francisco Symphony. “The music is your playground.  Let’s have a little fun!”
      • New York Philharmonic Kid Zone. Play match games and complete scavenger hunts, learn about instruments, meet conductors and soloists, make your own instrument or create your own music!

Games and Learning

      • Arts Alive: is a performing arts educational website produced by the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This site has a ton of information, from answers to questions to videos and podcasts.
      • PBS Kids Music Games. Play music to show how you feel, or make music with a sandbox symphony.
      • Classical Music Online: A list of resources for downloading free classical music
      • Colorado Public Radio: Stream classical music online
      • NAXOS: Classics for Children: A selection of children’s classics, including well-loved tales set to music by Prokofiev, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, and others.
      • National Association of Music Parents: If your child is already engaged in learning and instrument, here is a wealth of information for helping them learn and grow.
      • SFSKids: Check out educational modules presented as immersive environments and using animal avatars as guides; explore various linkages between composers, instruments and music compositions; game-based techniques to motivate repeated listening and engagement; gesture-controlled simulation scenarios using the mouse and keyboard to provide “hands-on” experiences of playing instrument and conducting music; interactive online tutorials to learn about music basics; the opportunity for users to compose and notate their own original music; and much more.
      • Music Learning Community: Learning games at a variety of levels, all designed to gain mastery of the elements of music theory, ear training and rhythmic skills in an exciting, challenging environment.
      • Classics for Kids: Games, music lessons, lesson plans and information on composers and classical music.

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