Carolyn Holding (Antiphola of Syracuse), left, and Emelie O'Hara (Dromia of Ephesus), right. Photo courtesy of Jennifer M. Koskinen

Denver Burger Battle 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Aug. 4, City Park, Denver. General admission tickets are $70, and include an open bar. For more information, visit for information.

Fifteen burgers, one open bar, two “Bachelor” contestants. Now that’s the recipe for a slushy night. Such is the case Aug. 4 when the Denver Burger Battle comes to town in an attempt to crown the best beef patty in all the land. Ben and Lauren of “The Bachelor” fame are slated to judge a portion of the competition. With all of the proceeds going to a local nonprofit that works to combat child hunger — and did we mention there’s an open bar? — it’s pretty tricky to go wrong with this one.

Colorado Renaissance Festival 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 & 7,  650 W. Perry Park Ave., Larkspur. Adult tickets are $20.50 when purchased online or $22 at the gate. Online tickets for children ages 5-12 are $9, or $10 at the gate. Children under 5 years old are free. Visit for tickets and details.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve already developed a few different coping mechanisms to deal with the fact that “Game of Thrones” won’t be back for the Season 7 premiere until long after winter in our world has come and gone. And while the annual Ren Faire isn’t exactly the same as the recently announced Con of Thrones, they certainly won’t dissuade you from dressing up as your favorite member of House Lannister or Stark. If anything, the Renaisance Festival embraces all fantasy and anachronism — which is why you’ll see at least two or three Jack Sparrows on any given weekend. But the basics remain the same: A nice trek through a faux-medieval village replete with beers, turkey legs, knights and wenches. Huzzah!

Free First Dance on the Plaza Times vary. Aurora’s Kim Robards Dance performs at 1:15 p.m., Aug. 6, near the Denver Monoliths Sculpture at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver. Free. Visit for more information.

If you happen to miss out on any of the First Friday happenings around the Denver metro region this weekend, fear not, noble reader. The Denver Art Museum is teaming up with more than two dozen local dance companies and troupes to host a series of dance performances for the facility’s free first Saturday, which offers free entrance to the museum on Aug. 6. Aurora’s resident dance guru Kim Robards will be performing a modern dance near the Denver Monoliths sculpture beside the museum from 1:15 to 1:30 p.m.


The Big Bang 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 & 6; 2:30 p.m. Aug. 7. The Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St. Tickets start at $24. Visit or call 303-856-7830 for more information.

In cooperation with Spotlight Theatre Company, Vintage Theatre Productions is resurrecting this raucous comedy for a second run in Aurora about six months after the show concluded its first run of 2016 at The John Hand Theatre in Lowry. More or less a bowl of theatrical potpourri, the show centers on two desperate actors who are forced to stage a last-minute audition for backers of their new show, entitled — you guessed it — “The Big Bang.” Using a slew of impromptu props, the duo walks through the history of the world, from the loud, instantaneous creation of the universe to Cher. The show runs through Aug. 14.

The Comedy of Errors” at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival Showtimes vary at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, 1301 Grandview Ave., Boulder. Visit for more information.

It appears that the unofficial end of summer has finally and sadly arrives — the CSF closes this weekend. Your best bet for a closing event is the Geoffrey Kent-directed take on “Comedy of Errors,” set in 1930s Paris.