Chamberlin Observatory will be open to the public during Doors Open Denver. (
Doors Open Denver) Mar 4: Convocan a la primera Feria Educativa Universitaria en Commerce City Feb 23: 'Titanes de la Edad de Hielo' llegan a Colorado Feb 20: 'Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age' arrive in Denver Feb 5: Los Tigres del Norte regresan a Denver Jan 12: Dónde ir a patinar en o cerca de Denver When a rink's the thing to do: Skating rinks in and near Denver Jan 4: Last of holiday lights: One last weekend of seasonal light displays at the Butterfly Pavilion Dec 19: Ofrecen clases de defensa personal para niños Dec 7: Colorado holiday guide: 'Tis the season for ice rinks and 'Nutcrackers' Guía para las fiestas decembrinas en Colorado Golden gets festive with parades Dec 6: Regalaran juguetes para niños en Commerce City Juntos Colorado invita a participar de su Celebración de Invierno Denver Zoo welcomes trio of lion cubs on loan from Qatar Nov 30: Annual Parade of Lights casts its spell on downtown Denver Annual Parade of Lights in downtown Denver kicks off Friday night Nov 26: Colorado Gives Day leverages social media to get donors of all ages Nov 23: Se abre la inscripción para la sesión 2013 del Programa de Liderazgo Juvenil La Raza Nov 22: Comienza el corte de árboles de Navidad en los Bosques Nacionales Nov 13: Colorado Heights organiza Exposición Empresarial con posibilidades de empleo Nov 9: Regalarán este sábado cientos de abrigos de invierno para residentes de Denver Oct 25: Day of the Dead: A celebration of life not death Día de los Muertos es símbolo de cultura Sep 26: Museo de Arte de Denver inicia programa dedicado a familias latinas Sep 20: Pompeii before (and after) Vesuvius' eruption at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Sep 19: Pompeya antes (y después) de la erupción del Vesubio Sep 17: Museo de Arte de Denver inicia programa dedicado a familias latinas Fall colors to peak near Aspen this week Sep 15: Art District on Santa Fe highlights talent in Denver area Sep 14: Bibliotecas Públicas de Denver premian a destacados latinos por sus aportes a la comunidad Sep 11: Celebrate colorado cafés Feria de Empleos ofrece oportunidades laborales en Commerce City Sep 9: Arvada Harvest Festival celebrates 87th year of fun Aug 30: Adventures Denver ofrece un espacio para disfrutar del aire libre A Taste of Colorado trae sabor y diversidad a Denver Adventures Denver offers space to embrace the outdoors Denver street closures for "Taste of Colorado" have begun Aug 29: A Taste of Colorado brings a taste of diversity to Denver Aug 15: Eastern Colorado home to historic roadside attractions Aug 10: In its second incarnation, Denver County Fair has more food, Latin flare and fun contests Jul 28: Colorado Dragon Boat Festival launches in Denver Jul 24: Paddle boarding in Colorado lakes and rivers grows more popular Jul 20: Adams County cities host free summer concert series Conciertos gratuitos al aire libre en el Condado Adams Jul 19: The 2012 UMS tips: Navigating the region's largest indie music festival Jul 13: Film: IMAX spotlights cosmic "Space Junk" Jul 6: Tomato Battle comes to metro Denver for outdoor food fight Jun 26: Wildfires threaten Colorado's summer tourism Leopardo de especie en extinción nacido en Denver se suma a exhibición Critically endangered leopard born at Denver Zoo joins exhibit Jun 21: Nine of the best pools in and around Denver Nueve de las mejores albercas en el área metropolitana de Denver Jun 15: Father's Day is 'Free Day' at Denver Museum of Nature & Science Denver's first big Comic Con goes beyond 'True Blood' - it'll actually give kids a hand Jun 9: Record heat does not stop the party at the Puerto Rican festival Wildflower Festival at Lookout Mountain Nature Center in Golden Jun 8: Inaugural Historic Westminster Jazz Fest takes place Saturday Intriguing museums in and around Denver: Beyond the new History Colorado Center Jun 7: Puerto Ricans share their music and cuisine at Denver festival Jun 6: Colorado Urban Winefest set to tentpole state's inaugural Wine Week Comediante mexicano dará charla motivacional para padres Jun 2: 41st annual People's Fair gets party started in downtown Denver Jun 1: People's Fair to take over Capitol Hill this weekend May 26: Denver's Day of Rock puttin' on the hits on 16th Street Mall May 25: Memorial Day kicks off season of Colorado festivals May 24: Eventos en Colorado: Day of Rock/Festival de música rock May 23: Exhiben en Denver VW Beetle adornado a mano con tradicional arte mexicano Hand-beaded VW Beetle rolls into Denver airport as art display May 18: Eventos en Colorado: Vochol Art on Wheels/Arte sobre Ruedas con el Vochol May 16: El Tri llega a Denver para rocanrolear al estilo mexicano May 15: Trail Ridge Road opens weeks early through Rockies national park May 13: Denver's Five Points Jazz Festival brings heat for 9th year May 12: Denver Zoo gives sneak peek of new Elephant Passage exhibit May 11: Colorado summer concert calendar Hot Tix: "Idol Live," Nicki Minaj and more announce Colorado dates May 10: Denver's new American Museum of Western Art offers a unique opportunity to connect with American art May 8: Conferencia ayudará a jovencitas a "reconocer el poder" de las mujeres May 7: Invitan a clases de primeros auxilios en español May 6: Colorado Symphony's summer lineup reflects a whole new attitude May 5: Eventos en Denver: Elitch Gardens Theme Park opening/Apertura del parque Elitch Gardens May 2: Mothers Day celebrations and dining calendar for metro Denver Colorado tourism leaders share favorite spots, activities Apr 29: Colorado summer music preview: From Drake to Jack White, the UMS to Folks Fest, don't miss these 10 summer concerts Apr 26: Denver celebra el Día del Niño con festivales culturales Denver celebrates Día del Niño with cultural festivals Eventos en Denver: Neruda Poetry Festival/Festival de Poesía de Neruda Apr 22: Silverton, Colorado's weekly newspaper wins recognition as national historic site Colorado history museum lures visitors with new insights and interactive, fun activities Apr 20: Invitan a guatemaltecos a postularse para cargos en CONAMIGUA Apr 19: Best Bets: Earth Day, "Camelot", The Mask Project and more Eventos en Denver: Movie Chimpanzee/Película acerca de un chimpancé Apr 15: Stretch of Colorado River offers spectacular vistas, fishing Colorado Ballet announces 2012-13 season: includes "Rite of Spring," "Sleeping Beauty" Apr 12: Bets Bets: Latino cinema fest, "Doors Open Denver" and more Apr 11: Rodrigo y Gabriela rinden homenaje a la música cubana con 'Area 52' Apr 9: Denver Botanic Gardens 2012 summer concert series to feature the B-52s, Gipsy Kings, more Apr 8: "Wicked" allure endures for superfan Mike Meko of Denver Apr 6: Look out for baby bald eagles at Barr Lake Apr 5: Eventos en Denver: Bilingual programs at the library/Programas bilingues en la biblioteca Apr 4: Gastronomy festival brings top Mexican chefs to Denver Elitch Gardens announces summer concert lineup Apr 2: "Big Brother" casting in Denver Mar 30: Eventos en Denver: Cesar Chavez Day March/Marcha por el día de César Chávez Mar 29: Best Bets: Calder Quartet, Children's Museum, Disney on Ice and more Mar 28: Eventos en Denver: Festival Chicana/o de Artes Mar 27: Ofrecen clase gratis de prevención del uso de drogas en Commerce City Mar 26: At Opera Colorado, a rare and appealing "Florencia," sung in Spanish Mar 22: Denver Art Museum previews Yves Saint Laurent exhibition Best Bets: Bands Woven Hand and Swans, Spencer's Theatre of Illustion, lots of dance and more Mar 21: Ex jugador de fútbol americano encuentra destino en la ópera Keith Miller, former CU football player, makes Denver debut as opera singer Mar 16: Get Irish: LoDo goes green for the big parade Mar 15: Eventos en Denver: Paper Fashion Show/Show de moda de papel Mar 9: Denver Art Museum readying 200 outifts for Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective Mar 8: Best Bets: Rare classical music concerts, "Community" back on air, Flamenco and more Mar 6: New History Colorado Center to open April 28 Mar 2: This weekend: Englewood hosts March of the Zombies Mar 1: Centro educativo celebra medio siglo de ofrecer esperanza a niños y adultos School celebrates half century of offering hope to children and adults Bets Bets: Bao Bao fest, the Harlem Globetrotters and more Eventos en Denver: Denver Restaurant Week regresa Feb 16: Eventos en Denver: Cuban Music Experience/Música cubana Feb 14: Isn't this crazy? Join the insanity: These wacky Colorado events test creativity and athleticism Feb 10: Escuelas de Denver organizan talleres gratuitos sobre salud Romance, 18th century style, still endears in Opera Colorado's "Marriage of Figaro" Feb 9: Best Bets: "Cougar Town," Monster truck "Jam." "Love in the Digital Age" and more Centro San Juan Diego ofrece clases para completar la escolaridad mexicana Eventos en Denver: Daniel Valdez in concert/Serenata romántica Feb 8: Parque en Commerce City honra la memoria de veteranos Feb 6: Crean becas para que alumnos de bajos ingresos visiten un parque estatal Feb 5: Eventos en Denver: Tigres del Norte concert/Concierto de música norteña Ofrecen curso de primeros auxilios en español y a precio reducido Feb 2: Lively snake and lizard exhibit at Denver Museum of Nature & Science Jan 30: Sundance Winner to Close Boulder Film Festival Jan 27: Red Rocks' first-ever Winter on the Rocks show likely to live up to its name Jan 26: Little snow nixes Ruby Hill Rail Yard for this year Eventos en Denver: CUBA Seen & Heard/ Exhibición de arte y música cubana Best Bets: "Glee" shouts out to Michael Jackson; Cirque's "Dralion" and more Jan 21: Eventos en Denver: Taste and Tango: Argentina!/Comida y vinos argentinos Jan 20: Red Rocks hosts first winter show with hip-hop Jan 19: Piden voluntarios para programa de ayuda a víctimas Jan 17: Performing dogs abound today at stock show in Denver Jan 15: Colorado events for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Denver's 2012 calendar is a tourism magnet Jan 12: Universidad Colorado Heights invita a recepción con profesores y estudiantes Eventos en Denver: Sister Hazel in concert Jan 11: Invitan a visitar el nuevo centro de aptitud física en la Escuela West High Jan 10: Academia Mauricio Saravia ofrece opciones extraescolares Jan 6: Cheerleaders "Bring It On" at the Buell Theatre Jan 5: National Western Stock Show: 16 Days and 600,000 visitors Eventos en Denver: Cirque Du Soleil y Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza National Western Stock Show & Rodeo kicks off in downtown Denver with a parade Best Bets: Last chance for a "T.Rex Encounter"; Real, live "Mythbusters" and more Dec 29: New Year's Eve events list Blast into 2012, family-friendly New Year's Eve celebrations and more Dec 23: Eventos en Denver: Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz Dec 16: Vail Family Holidaze begins Saturday Eventos en Denver: Toy Drive at Centro San Juan Diego/Jugueton Dec 15: Honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe 'Morena del Tepeyac' Dec 9: Eventos en Denver: Disney on Ice Toy Story 3 Dec 8: El Museo de Arte de Denver exhibe famosa pintura de la Virgen de Guadalupe Denver Art Museum celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe with free entry, family events Dec 7: Denver Public Library hosts holiday used book sale Libros usados: un agradable regalo y una forma de ayudar Local crafters offer one-of-a-kind products at two downtown Denver holiday fairs Dec 5: Piccadilly Circus to visit Denver this weekend Dec 2: 30 days of Colorado holiday fun: Dazzling lights, markets, ballet and more make for a festive month Dec 1: Eventos en Denver: Arthur Christmas/Película animada navideña Nov 24: Eventos en Denver: Guns N'Roses/Concierto de Guns N' Roses Nov 17: Focus Points offers free parent training Focus Points ofrece clases gratis para padres Eventos en Denver: Latinos of the Caribbean/ Celebración de la cultura caribeña Nov 11: Veteran's Day events across Colorado Nov 10: Calendario Comunitario: Denver Arts Week is back/Regresa la semana de arte Oct 28: Noticias comunitarias: Comisión Latina de Denver convoca a foro sobre seguridad comunitaria Oct 24: Se abre la inscripción para programa de liderazgo hispano en Denver Oct 21: Calendario Comunitario: Cretaceous Dinosaur Carnival/Fiesta de dinosaurios Oct 18: Rincón Comunitario: Convocan a foro de candidatos a la mesa directiva de DPS Oct 13: Calendario Comunitario: Indigenous Film and Arts Festival/Festival de cine y arte indígena Film fest explores indigenous roots of Latino community Oct 12: Rincón Comunitario: Abogada de inmigración hablará sobre visas para víctimas de crímenes Accidente de actores vestidos como zombis confunde a socorristas Oct 8: Rock 'n' Roll Marathon to draw more than 17,000 to downtown Denver Oct 6: Calendario Comunitario: Elitch Gardens Fright Fest/Jardín de horror Sep 30: Colorado Halloween and Day of the Dead events Sep 23: Denver-bound Taylor Swift evolves into a genre of her own Sep 16: Best Bets: Mexican independence celebration, Rich Oaxaca region in the spotlight and more Sep 15: Calendario Comunitario: Joe Jonas comes to Denver Sep 13: Rincón Comunitario: Abren inscripción para el programa de inglés 'Maestro en Casa' Sep 9: Emily Griffith celebrates 95th birthday with a gala Calendario Comunitario: Altered Nature/Exhibición de arte Latinoamericano Sep 5: Taste of Colorado serves up many food choices and even some eating challenges Sep 3: Denver on foot: 30 walking tours of the city Aug 19: Greeley fiesta features flavors of Mexico Aug 18: Calendario Comunitario: Spy Kids features 4D technology/Jessica Alba regresa a la pantalla grande Aug 12: Calendario Comunitario: Santa Fe Indian School exhibit/Exhibición artística de estudiantes indígenas Aug 9: $10 fee at popular Mount Evans upheld by court Jurassic Park screening at Red Rocks will keep dino fans satisfied Community Corner: Hispanic Bar Association seeks candidates for diversity award Aug 5: Calendario Comunitario: Mexican folkloric dance show 'Novias de Mexico' Jul 29: Calendario Comunitario: Sabor is back/Evento culinario regresa Jul 27: Flamenco dancers and Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra pair up for show in Denver Jul 14: Calendario comunitario: Marvelous Mud family day/Actividades familiares en el museo de arte Jul 11: Latino opera singers shine at Carmen Jul 8: Calendario comunitario: Su Teatro presents a four-week film series Jul 7: Steamboat hosts art festival, hot air balloon rodeo Rincón Comunitario: Los Rockies solicitan candidatos para su premio al liderazgo Jul 4: 2011 Fourth of July events calendar Jul 2: Calendario comunitario: Greeley Stampede and 4th of July events Jun 30: Wacky West weather means snow on the 4th of July Jun 28: Rincón Comunitario: Taxis gratis durante las celebraciones del 4 de Julio Friday's Film Review: A Better Life Jun 23: Calendario de eventos: Tucanes de Tijuana llegan a Denver Jun 22: Rincón Comunitario: Convocan foro de inmigración con los congresistas Polis y Gutiérrez Actor mexicano protagoniza filme sobre inmigrantes Jun 17: Friday's Film Review: Mr. Popper's Penguins Calendario de eventos para la semana del 16 al 23 de junio Jun 10: Centro San Juan Diego presenta programa sobre cortes estadounidenses Bienestar Servicios Familiares hosts program about the court system Friday's Film Review: Super 8 Calendario de eventos para la semana del 9 al 16 de junio Jun 3: Calendario de eventos para la semana del 2 de junio May 28: Best Bets: Elitch Gardens opens, saluting America's fallen and more May 27: 24 bands to rock the mall in Concerts for Kids fundraiser Calendario de eventos para la semana del 26 de mayo May 12: Calendario de eventos para la semana del 14 de mayo May 5: Calendario de eventos para la semana del 5 de mayo May 3: Calendario de actividades para la semana del 28 de abril Apr 21: Calendario de actividades para la semana del 21 al 28 de abril Apr 14: Calendario de eventos para la semana del 14 al 21 de abril
The best thing about next weekend's
Doors Open Denver is that you can take it in at any level you want. You can plan a big weekend around it, map out the buildings you want to see and tag along on the insider tours of the city's best architecture.
Or you can simply pop into a few buildings that look interesting from the outside.
Everything is free, and the atmosphere is casual. You can satisfy your curiosity with a few well-timed drive-bys.
Virtual tour: The Firefighters Museum
That said, there is plenty worth taking advantage of, and a little planning can help, so we're giving you the heads-up a full week early so you can scan the opportunities. It's a huge lineup this year, with more than 80 buildings welcoming guests and scores of guided tours (and more self-guided ones), plus family activities, a photo contest and interactive events.
One warning: You do have to be
aggressive if you want to opt for the tours. They fill up fast, and there's no pre-registration, so you need to get there early and stand in line to sign up. It's worth it.
Here are our picks for 2012:
Byron R. White U.S. Courthouse, 1823 Stout St.
Pass through the 16 columns and between the bighorn sheep guarding the doors and the Byron White Courthouse offers amazing treasures. The 1910 neo-classical wonder has vaulted ceilings, terrazzo floors and its own art collection on the walls. The building has been renovated, so everything is crisp and up-to-date.
The courthouse is well aware of its rich history as a temple of justice and has plenty of historical info on hand to help you understand it.
The Special Event
A sundial graces the outside of the Emerson School, part of the Doors Open Denver tour. (
Helen M. Richardson, The Denver Post)
, 2930 E. Warren Ave. Chamberlin Observatory
The observatory has limited regular hours, so this is a good chance to pop in and check it out, especially if its a nice day and the grounds around it are in bloom. Designed in the 1890s by architect Robert Roeschlaub, collaborating with astronomy professor Herbert Howe, its most notable feature is a giant iron dome set atop its red-stone walls. It's a part of DU history that gets overlooked, and it still works.
The Best Deals Mike's Camera is hosting a couple of photo walking tours of downtown where experts will talk about the best ways to photograph buildings. This is the kind of thing people pay big bucks for, and it's free.
Virtual tour: Oxford Hotel & Cruise Room
Also, tours will get you a no-charge admit to the fascinating
Kirkland Museum (1311 Pearl St.), the swank Clyfford Still Museum (1250 Bannock St.) or the sleek Museum of Contemporary Art (1485 Delgany St.), so you could save serious cash. If you've been holding out on Clyfford Still, this is your moment.
You can also check out the Ellie Caulkins Opera House (1400 Curtis St.) without having to get the expensive ticket — and no dress-up needed.
The Secret Place Scottish Rite Masonic Center, Denver Consistory, 1370 Grant St.
Castle Marne will be open to the public during Doors Open Denver. (Doors Open Denver)
Here's another building that offers great surprises beyond its humble doorway on Grant Street. Inside there's a large theater and hallways full of the history of this serious and lasting brotherhood.
In past years, Masons have given guided tours and they're worth taking. These folks are all about their story and tell it with passion (and props) and they're the most welcoming hosts on the list.
Emerson School, 1420 Ogden St.
This 1895 red-brick structure is once again a work in progress as the National Trust for Historic Preservation undertakes
a $3.2 million renovation, turning one of Denver's oldest schools into an energy-efficient office building. They've kept some key architectural elements, including the original windows and a few blackboards in the old classrooms.
Virtual tour: Wazee Exchange Building
It's another Robert Roeschlaub effort, getting a careful update by Slaterpaull Architects. Ask about the geothermal heating system going in the backyard. It's fascinating.
The Best of the Rest
Places you can't normally get into and really should:
Zang Brewmaster's House (2345 Seventh St.) and Elitch Gardens Theatre (4655 W. 37th Ave.).
Places with history to match their architecture:
Denver Fire House No. 3 (2500 Washington St.) and Riverside Cemetery (5201 Brighton Blvd.)
Best architect's offices on the list:
Wazee Exchange Building/Roth + Sheppard Architects (1900 Wazee St.) and American Woodmen Insurance/Humphries Poli Architects (2100 Downing St.)
Tours you'll regret not taking:
Old Auraria Landmarks (10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday); Denver After Dark (7:30 p.m. Saturday); walk through Lower Highland (2 p.m. Sunday).
Ray Mark Rinaldi: 303-954-1540 or email@example.com
DOORS OPEN DENVER. The city's best buildings welcome guests to look inside. Next Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. Pop into buildings or take guided tours. Sign up at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St. Free. Look for an event guide in Sunday's Denver Post. More info at denvergov.org/doorsopendenver.