The Power of Patronage
This summer is the perfect time to get out and support the arts right in your neighborhood. From breathtaking art to soul-lifting music, to theatre performances from both community and national ensembles, Denver and Boulder offer countless opportunities to be a patron of the amazing.
By attending a show or buying a piece from a local artist at any one of the summer festivals listed below, you’re not only supporting the unique cultural identity of our community but contributing to the livelihood of the makers themselves along with local businesses.
In fact, according to a study by Americans for the Arts, for every dollar spent on event admission, an additional $12 is generated in the local economy.
Here are five more powerful reasons to be a patron of the arts:
- It can lead to thoughtful, invigorating conversation.
- Shared experiences bring neighbors closer together.
- Studies show it can enhance physical and mental health.
- It keeps you connected to history, locally and globally.
- You might be inspired to express your own creativity.
Here, we provide a list of upcoming shows and events—of course, these are just the start as the art and culture scenes in both Denver and Boulder are thriving and continually growing!
Now in the Spotlight: Boulder & North
CU Presents | Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
June 11-Aug 13, Much Ado About Nothing
June 24-Aug 12, The Winter’s Tale
July 8-Aug 12, King Lear
July 22-Aug 13, One Man, Two Guvnors
Dairy Arts Center
June 22-25, Boulder Comedy Festival at the Dairy
June 29-July 2, Blunt Force Drama Presents: Ruin
July 7-9, Luis Eades Centennial Art Exhibit
Opens June 10, agriCULTURE: Art Inspired by the Land
June 15-July 27, Thursdays, Free Summer Concerts
Museum of Boulder
Thru June 18, The Story of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
Thru Sept 2, Beer Here! Brewing the New West
Mary Miller Theater, Lafayette
July 21-Aug 4, Edmonds Stories
Colorado Music Festival
June 29-August 6
Pearl Street Arts Fest
Pearl Street Mall
Opera in the Park
Saturday, July 29
Sculpture In The Park
Benson Park, Loveland
Worthy of Applause in Denver and the South Suburbs
Denver Art Museum
Now on View, Islands Beyond Blue
Opens July 9, Desert Rider: Dreaming in Motion
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison
June 12-Aug 21, Film on the Rocks
June 21-July 2, The Book of Mormon
Aug 16-27, Jagged Little Pill
Sept 5-17, Beetlejuice
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
June 21-Oct 1, Dave Yust: Evidence of Gravity & Other Works
PACE Center, Parker
June 23-July 16, Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville
Lakewood Cultural Center
Thru June 25, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
June 21-July 19, Sounds Exciting! Summer Concert Series
Ball Arena, Denver
July 5-Oct 13, Cirque de Soleil–Kooza
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Cherry Creek North, Denver
Cheesman Park Art Fest
Evergreen Jazz Festival
Colorado Artfest at Castle Rock
Perry Street & Festival Park