Event Listings

2018 Spring Ballet Dance Concert
Peter Pan

Sense and Sensibility
Extremely limited availability. Tickets are sold out except for day-of ticket returns. For more info, please inquire with the box office at 720-898-7200.

This isn’t your grandma’s Jane Austen! This rollicking, ingeniously-theatrical new adaptation follows the Dashwood sisters – sensible Elinor and passionate Marianne. When they lose their fortune, marriage is their only hope, but can love and marriage go together for women without money? Surrounding them is a company of shape-shifting actors who transform into characters, animals, and even scenery to bring Austen’s story to life in this goofy, joyous and deeply moving play.

Seussical The Musical
Enter the fantastic world of Dr. Seuss in the musical, Seussical! Music and dance bring characters like Horton, the Cat in the Hat, and Gertrude McFuzz together on stage. Don’t miss out on all the fun and all the “thinks you can think”!

Electric Baby
A folktale for adults, The Electric Baby combines magic, myth, and humor to explore devastating loss and hopeful healing. Six strangers’ lives collide after a tragic car accident, forcing them to confront the secrets, hopes, and fears that haunt their lives. At the play’s center is a mysterious baby that glows like the moon and draws the characters together as they open their hearts and rediscover that human connection, laughter and stories shared can redeem sorrow.

2018 Stories of Wartime
Every spring semester for the past 23 years, Regis University’s Center for the Study of War Experience has led a public history series, "Stories from Wartime," featuring veterans and civilians sharing their wartime experiences. The moderated panels have represented WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This year, the Center partners with the Arvada Center to bring its panels to a larger public audience.

These events are free and open to the public. If you wish to attend, please register in advance.

All My Sons
Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, and the first-ever Best Play Tony Award, All My Sons is a powerful American classic that explores the dark side of the American dream, complex family dynamics and a person’s responsibility to the world beyond his own home. Based on the true story of an Ohio manufacturer who sold faulty parts to the U.S. military during World War II, the play’s central character faces the true cost of his choices and their devastating impact on the family he loves.

Sunday in the Park with George
This stunning masterpiece merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. The story spanning over a century begins in 1884 with George Seurat who is struggling to balance his extreme natural tendencies of artistic sensitivity and logical construction. Then the story skips ahead, a century later, to Seurat’s great-grandson, George, who is also an artist. Present-day George is frustrated as he searches for his artistic path only to find the answer to his future is in the past.

2018 Temple Grandin
Have you ever wondered what makes a kite fly or a boat float? have you ever thought about why snowflakes are symmetrical, or why golf balls have dimples? Have you ever tried to make a kaleidoscope or build a pair of stilts?

World-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor Temple Grandin explores the answers to all these questions and more in her new book for young readers, CALLING ALL MINDS: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor.

2018 Spring Jazz Dance Concert
Planet Earth

2018 Squirrel Nut Zippers
Swing revivalists The Squirrel Nut Zippers will be playing a summer concert in support of their new album at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheatre. The Squirrel Nut Zippers began their musical journey in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the mid 1990’s, as a musician’s escape from the cookie cutter world of modern rock radio at the time. Jimbo Mathus along with drummer/percussionist Chris Phillips formed the band as a casual musical foray among friends and family in the area. It wasn’t long before the band’s quirky mix of Jazz chords, Folk music, and Punk Rock leanings spread out of the region and attracted a national audience.

3rd Law Dance/Theater presents Lost in Place
As issues of migration, ethnicity, culture and spirituality consume our world “Lost in Place,” feels especially timely. Humans cultivate a deep feeling of belonging and personal narrative by identifying and memorializing the places they arrive from, return to, and draw memories from. But if we have no tangible item to attach to a memory, how do we not forget? What memories do we take with us and what do we leave behind? Filled with quirky interludes featuring shoes, suitcases, trunks, typewriters, birdcages, and juggling balls, this theatrical evening takes the audience on a rich and thought-provoking journey.

Wonderbound presents Aphrodite's Switchboard with Chimney Choir
Due to popular demand, Wonderbound is excited to present a special encore weekend of Aphrodite's Switchboard, the celebrated collaboration with Chimney Choir featuring all original music. Aphrodite is a switchboard operator who has the power to control the love lives of mortals with a single phone connection. Her mission, with the help of her steadfast companion Hermes, is to bring love and connection back into a drab world. But beware crossed wires and best-laid plans, as meddling may have unintended consequences and the goddess herself may become ensnared in the very cords she wields.

Colorado Symphony - Mozart Under Moonlight
The Colorado Symphony presents "Mozart Under Moonlight" at the Arvada Center for one-night-only. Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon leads the orchestra on a glorious evening celebrating the most revered composer of all time. Join us on the lawn for highlights from the concerto, operatic, and symphonic repertoire.

Hot Club of Cowtown and The Western Flyers feat. Katie Glassman
Western swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown, plus The Western Flyers feat. Katie Glassman, will perform at the Arvada Center on July 8, 2018 as part of the 2018 Summer Concert Series. Since 1998, this Western swing-gypsy jazz trio has traveled the world bringing their own brand of magical musical chemistry to audiences far and wide. Along with Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin are equal partners in this original marriage of gypsy-jazz-inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt with the hoedowns, traditional tunes, and Western swing-inspired music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. They have created a legacy of the preservation of musical traditions that have often been overlooked by the mainstream and alternative music worlds.

Hot Club of Cowtown are marking their 20th anniversary during the 2017-2018 touring season. They have released nine studio albums and they are among the youngest members ever to have been inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame.

Michael Martin Murphey with Jon Chandler
Cowboy Poet, Michael Martin Murphey, brings his full band for a summer concert on July 13, 2018 at the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheatre. In the early 1970s, Rolling Stone Magazine called Michael Martin Murphey “one of the best songwriters in America.” Since that time, Murphey has left an indelible mark on the American Music Landscape crafting and recording such iconic hits as “Wildfire,” “Carolina In The Pines”, “Geronimo’s Cadillac”, “Cowboy Logic,” “Cherokee Fiddle”, “Boy From The Country” and more. In the process, he has topped the Pop, Country, Bluegrass and Western Music charts, earned six gold albums and multiple Grammy nominations. Through all the chart-­-jumping and genre-­-busting, Murphey has remained constant to an honest, sophisticated approach to his songwriting.

Denver Brass with the 17th Avenue Allstars  - Good Vibrations 2018
Back by popular demand, join the Denver Brass and 17th Avenue Allstars for Good Vibrations! Featuring classic hits worthy of any summer playlist, come relive the magic of America’s golden age of rock through the nostalgic sounds of The Beach Boys, Elvis, Earth Wind and Fire, The Beatles, Chicago, and more. Gather friends and family of all ages for a memorable evening under the stars!

18-19 CO Jazz Rep Orch #1
One of the greatest jazz albums of all time was "Basie and Sinatra at the Sands,” recorded in Las Vegas in 1966. On July 21, the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra will collaborate with noted interpreter of Frank Sinatra, Steve Lippia to recreate this memorable event.

2018 The Wailin' Jennys
The Wailin Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse - three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. With their varying backgrounds, each of the Jennys is unique in their individual expression. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound — all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three.

Colorado Symphony - Wicked Divas with your Colorado Symphony
Join us for a Wicked-good evening of Diva showstoppers from the world of Broadway, opera and pop, highlighted by selections from the Tony Award-winning musical Wicked. This program features the Elphaba and Glinda from the Broadway production of Wicked and will showcase the depth of their high-flying talents. In addition to favorites from the "untold tale of the witches of Oz", the program also includes favorites from Gypsy, Ragtime, Titanic and opera selections from George Bizet's Carmen.

Los Lonely Boys with Lisa Morales
Los Lonely Boys, best known for the mega-hit "Heaven," return to the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheatre. The story of how the Garza brothers – vocalist/guitarist Henry, bassist/vocalist and drummer/ vocalist Ringo – rode their bluesy “Texican rock” sound from San Angelo, Texas, to worldwide fame is one of rock’s great Cinderella tales. Their debut single “Heaven” won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2005, after spending 76 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. Los Lonely Boys solidified their success with 2006’s Sacred, which brought two more Grammy nominations, and three subsequent albums. The brothers are known for their style of music they call “Texican Rock n’ Roll,” and for their singularly powerful live act.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
80s pop rock icon Pat Benatar, known for hits like "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "Love is a Battlefield" comes to the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater for a summer concert on July 31st, 2018. She’s always been a rule-breaker and a trail-blazer and now, after more than three decades in rock ‘n’ roll, she’s a bonafide living legend. Pat Benatar is joined onstage by her collaborator, guitarist and husband Neil Giraldo. More than just an explosive steel-bending guitar player, Giraldo’s innovative vision helped him create the signature Benatar sound from its inception. Together, they’ve been changing the changing the face of the pop charts since the 1980s.

Asleep at the Wheel with special guest Radney Foster
Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheatre icons Asleep at the Wheel returns for a summer concert with rising country star Radney Foster! Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look, sound and new album in 2018. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!

Toad the Wet Sprocket with The Samples
Toad the Wet Sprocket, featuring Glenn Phillips, brings their 90s alt rock sound to the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheatre on August 3, 2018 for a summer concert. Approaching 30 years as a band, Toad the Wet Sprocket released their first LP, Bread & Circus, about 25 years ago on their own, independent label, Abe’s Records. A quarter of a decade later, they are still making music, including their most recent full-length studio album, New Constellation, on the same label and in the same spirit of unwavering independence.

Air Supply
Classic 80s crooners Air Supply bring a summer concert to the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheater on August 5th, 2018. Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for "Jesus Christ Superstar" in Sydney, Australia and became instant friends. Sixteen albums and eight Top Ten hits later, the duo continues to play more than 150 shows a year worldwide. Their hit song "Lost in Love" became the fastest selling single in the world in 1980, leaping to the top of all the charts. The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply.

2018 FACE Vocal Band
A capella rock comes to the Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheatre with Boulder natives Face Vocal Band!. Face is an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, Colorado who have been captivating audiences for fifteen years with their infectious energy punctuated by an endearing love of performance. Beloved in their home state of Colorado, where their reviews boast no shortage of superlatives, Face regularly performs for sold-out audiences In classic venues such as Paramount Theatre, Boulder Theater, Soiled Dove Underground, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Pepsi Center and Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene and Davina & the Vagabonds
Rockabilly favorites, Kerry Pastine & the Crime Scene return for a summer concert with hot jazz experts, Davina & the Vagabonds. Since the release of their debut album Let's Do This Thing in 2015, Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene have taken the national roots music scene by storm, spending much of the past three years touring North America. The Crime Scene is now infamous for their no-holds-barred, pedal-to-the-metal live shows and their reputation has landed them on some of the best stages, shows and festivals throughout the US.

Poco, Orleans and Pure Prairie League
Revisit classic 70s pop rock with a summer concert by Poco, Orleans, and Pure Prairie League! POCO, originally formed by Jim Messina, Richie Furray and Rusty Young after the breakup of Buffalo Springfield in 1968. They are best known for the hits “Crazy Love”, “Call it Love” and “Keep on Tryin”.

Pure Prairie League hit the scene in the late 60’s and was skyrocketed to popularity with their hit country rock song “Aimee” as well as “That’ll be The Day” and “Let me Love You Tonight.

Orleans is best known for the hits “Dance With Me”, “Still The One” and “Love Takes Time” Orleans has been going strong since 1972. Orleans is currently led by Original Vocalist, Guitarist and Songwriter John Hall.

An Evening Under the Stars with Colorado Ballet
Join Colorado Ballet at the Arvada Center for An Evening Under the Stars. The program features ballet excerpts from classical and contemporary favorites, followed by a performance of Brief Fling by choreographer Twyla Tharp. The title references both the traditional Scottish dance and a short-lived romance. Isaac Mizrahi’s tartan costumes divide the dancers into clans of blue, red, green and off-white. The score by Michel Colombier intersperses Percy Grainger’s sunny interpretations of traditional melodies from the United Kingdom with an ominous electronic score. Don’t miss this enchanting evening with beautiful music and dancing, starring Colorado Ballet.