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Thinking to taking a vacation but want to do so on a budget? Try a staycation instead. There is so much to do in and outside of Denver that you sometimes don't think about what all is right in front of you (especially the outdoors). Sound intriguing? Follow along and we'll highlight some things that you can do on your staycation that you may not have thought of before plus we'll highlight savings opportunities and coupons (if any are available) for even more savings on your Denver staycation. There's also plenty of day trip opportunities from Denver that are within a 2 hour drive or 100 miles from the center of Denver. Or, you can turn the day trip into an overnight or weekend trip for a getaway that's still on a budget. Sometimes it's nice to escape for just a little while and recharge.

The Latest Staycation Ideas

  1. Morrison Natural History Museum
  2. Jumpin Jordy’s
  3. Dinosaur Ridge
  4. Clyfford Still Museum
  5. Comedy Works
  6. Jesters Dinner Theatre
  7. Denver Merchandise Mart
  8. Butterfly Pavilion
  9. Lakeside Amusement Park
  10. Children’s Museum of Denver

Colorado Chocolate Festival – 47% Off

May 6, 2015

This weekend the Denver Merchandise Mart is hosting the Colorado Chocolate Festival. With 30,000 sq ft of chocolate it’s a sweet lover’s paradise! Stroll from booth to booth as you taste every type of chocolate known from dark chocolate to milk chocolate, truffles and everything in between. In addition to the booths there will be chocolate contests, baking demonstrations, wine […]


Family of Musicians Come Together in Dramedy "Fermata"

at ACAD Gallery Theatre, Aurora
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 30
Sun, May 31
FULL PRICE: $23.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.50

Four brilliant musicians gather to celebrate the 80th birthday of their grandmother and unearth all sorts of buried family drama in "Fermata", the new play from Maria Cheng. Set in an Italian villa an... [more+]

Four brilliant musicians gather to celebrate the 80th birthday of their grandmother and unearth all sorts of buried family drama in "Fermata", the new play from Maria Cheng. Set in an Italian villa and underscored with the classic sounds of Bach, Beethoven and Mahler, "Fermata" features three generations of Chinese-Western women, each with their own secrets, jealously, dreams and failures. Filled with humor, grace and honesty, this dramedy asks what is the price to be paid when you do or don't follow your authentic self? [less-]

"Unmarried in America": Gay Marriage Drama Inspired by Proposition 8

at Vintage Theatre, Aurora
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Sat, May 30
Sun, May 31
Fri, June 05
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FULL PRICE: $28.00
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Gay marriage has been one of the major issues of the 21st century, as state bans across America have faced increased pressure under a growing tide of tolerance. Inspired by California's notorious Prop... [more+]

Gay marriage has been one of the major issues of the 21st century, as state bans across America have faced increased pressure under a growing tide of tolerance. Inspired by California's notorious Proposition 8 trial, "Unmarried in America", a stirring new drama at Denver's Vintage Theatre, explores how the ongoing tumult over gay marriage has affected the lives of real people out in the world. Through a series of vignettes, it goes into homes, schools and public spaces, where raw emotions and deeply held convictions drive a cast of characters into an array of collisions. Meanwhile, a fictitious court reporter transcribes the Prop 8 case, and finds herself re-examining the nature of her own relationships as she watches plaintiffs fight for the right to marry. [less-]

"Children of Eden": Dinner Theater Production of Stephen Schwartz's Biblical Musical

at Jesters Dinner Theatre, Longmont
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Sat, May 30
Sun, May 31
Fri, June 05
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FULL PRICE: $24.00 - $40.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $20.00

Best known for creating such enduring musicals as "Wicked", "Pippin" and the New Testament-inspired "Godspell", Stephen Schwartz also penned the score and lyrics for this joyous play based on the bibl... [more+]

Best known for creating such enduring musicals as "Wicked", "Pippin" and the New Testament-inspired "Godspell", Stephen Schwartz also penned the score and lyrics for this joyous play based on the bible's book of Genesis. An entertaining and inspirational experience for the whole family, "Children of Eden" touches on themes of faith and generational conflict with humor and heart as it recounts the parental dramas faced by Adam, Eve and Noah. See the show performed by the talented ensemble at Denver's Jesters Dinner Theatre, and enjoy a delicious meal in the process. [less-]

A Mother & Daughter Bid Farewell in Pulitzer-Winning Drama "'night, Mother"

at Vintage Theatre - Black Box, Aurora
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Sat, May 30
Sun, May 31
Fri, June 05
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FULL PRICE: $28.00
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Marsha Norman's explosive 1983 drama "'night, Mother" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play. Now presented at Aurora's Vintage Theatre, the t... [more+]

Marsha Norman's explosive 1983 drama "'night, Mother" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play. Now presented at Aurora's Vintage Theatre, the two-person play centers around Jessie, a middle-aged, epileptic woman who moves back in with her mom. As mother and daughter spend a high-stakes evening together, the ensuing debate -- sometimes quiet, sometimes tempestuous -- ultimately gives rise to some of our deepest, most personal questions about how and why we value life. Because, you see, Jessie has decided that life is no longer worth living -- and as she calmly prepares for her own death, her mother will try anything she can to stop her. [less-]

"The Prince of Egypt": Animated Bible Film Turned into Play

at Jesters Dinner Theatre, Longmont
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 30
FULL PRICE: $7.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP

An adaptation of the Book of Exodus, "The Prince of Egypt" follows the life of Moses as he evolves from a prince into his true calling as he leads the children of Israel out of Egypt and eventually co... [more+]

An adaptation of the Book of Exodus, "The Prince of Egypt" follows the life of Moses as he evolves from a prince into his true calling as he leads the children of Israel out of Egypt and eventually comes into possession of the Ten Commandments. This production is based on the Dreamworks film that was nominated for an Academy Award, and features student-actors playing all of the parts. Bring your family to a Saturday matinee at Jesters Dinner Theatre and discover the wonder of this ancient tale of "The Prince of Egypt", brought to life for modern audiences. [less-]

"Motherhood Out Loud": A Play That Gives a Fresh Perspective On Parenthood

at Avenue Theater, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Sat, May 30
Sun, May 31
FULL PRICE: $26.50
OFFER PRICE: $13.25

"Motherhood Out Loud" dishes out everything they don't tell parents in the pages of "What to Expect When You're Expecting". This theatrical production -- back by popular demand and hosted by Denver's ... [more+]

"Motherhood Out Loud" dishes out everything they don't tell parents in the pages of "What to Expect When You're Expecting". This theatrical production -- back by popular demand and hosted by Denver's Avenue Theater -- shatters traditional notions about parenthood, unveils its inherent comedy and celebrates the deeply personal truths that span and unite generations. It's filled with illuminating insight, humor and raw emotions, making for a joyous, moving, hilarious and altogether thrilling look at raising children. Authored by an array of writers from journalism, fiction, television and the theater, "Motherhood" will leave you looking at child-rearing in a totally different light. [less-]

"Lucha Libre & Laughs" Pairs Piledrivers and Punchlines

at The Oriental Theater, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Sun, May 31
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00

Voted Denver's "Best Comedy Night 2015," "Lucha Libre & Laughs" combines a highly unlikely pairing -- comedy and wrestling -- to gut-busting effect. Denver's Oriental Theater hosts this lively mashup ... [more+]

Voted Denver's "Best Comedy Night 2015," "Lucha Libre & Laughs" combines a highly unlikely pairing -- comedy and wrestling -- to gut-busting effect. Denver's Oriental Theater hosts this lively mashup of live indie wrestling shows and stand-up. You get knock-down, drag-out action thrust at you by brawlers such as Xander Kreed, Danger Dean, Royce Isaacs and Lonnie Valdez. Then there's color commentary from Sam Tallent and Nathan Lund, as well as comedy sets by Adam Cayton Holland, Joey Devine and Brandie Posey threaded throughout the matches. [less-]

"DORK: Improvised Dungeons & Dragons" -- You Control the Comedy

at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Denver
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Thu, June 04
Thu, June 11
Thu, June 25
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FULL PRICE: $7.00
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Voodoo Comedy Playhouse invites all you LARPers and rollers of 20-sided dice (and all of you who have no idea what either of those things means) to take control of the comedic fates of the stars of th... [more+]

Voodoo Comedy Playhouse invites all you LARPers and rollers of 20-sided dice (and all of you who have no idea what either of those things means) to take control of the comedic fates of the stars of this improvised adventure-comedy show. "DORK: Improvised Dungeons & Dragons" finds a warrior, a wizard, a rogue and a cleric in the thick of battle, armed to the teeth with ... well, foam swords. Now you, the audience members, must guide their adventure with the help of some oversize d20 dice for an on-the-spot show that's sure to be filled with mirth, mayhem and monsters. [less-]

Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Get Physical in Flat-Track Derby Doubleheader

at Fillmore Auditorium, Denver
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Fri, June 05
FULL PRICE: $17.00
OFFER PRICE: $8.50

Get ready for plenty of spills, thrills and hard-hitting action when the eight-wheeled athletes of the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls take to the track for a derby doubleheader. The speedy skating and phy... [more+]

Get ready for plenty of spills, thrills and hard-hitting action when the eight-wheeled athletes of the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls take to the track for a derby doubleheader. The speedy skating and physical play of these fearless female competitors is always impressive to witness in person, and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls league is one of the toughest in women's flat-track derby. See the full event description for match information. [less-]

"Hit and Run: Musical Improv" -- Broadway-Style Shows Created on the Spot

at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Denver
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Fri, June 05
Fri, June 12
Fri, June 26
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FULL PRICE: $12.00
OFFER PRICE: $6.00

Get ready for a spontaneous Broadway-style, song-and-dance spectacular courtesy of Colorado's premier unscripted musical comedy team. Each week, audience members throw out suggestions, and the perform... [more+]

Get ready for a spontaneous Broadway-style, song-and-dance spectacular courtesy of Colorado's premier unscripted musical comedy team. Each week, audience members throw out suggestions, and the performers of Hit and Run create an hourlong musical comedy on the spot with live music. From the melodies to the lyrics and choreography, every show is different. You'll see flashy dance moves, soaring ballads and more emotional outbursts than "Rent" and "The Phantom of the Opera" combined. While Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber may take years to write a musical, Hit and Run thinks fast on their feet and sings whatever pops into their heads, debuting a hilarious new show every time they step on stage at Denver's Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. [less-]

"Driving Miss Daisy": Unlikely Friendship Emerges From Behind the Wheel

at Shaver-Ramsey Gallery, Denver
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Fri, June 05
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Sun, June 07
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FULL PRICE: $34.00
OFFER PRICE: $17.00

This warmhearted, humorous play that won Alfred Uhry the 1988 Pulitzer looks at the unexpected friendship between a fiercely independent Southern white woman and her African-American chauffeur. It's 1... [more+]

This warmhearted, humorous play that won Alfred Uhry the 1988 Pulitzer looks at the unexpected friendship between a fiercely independent Southern white woman and her African-American chauffeur. It's 1948, and after Daisy, an elderly Jewish widow who lives in Atlanta, has an auto accident, her son hires Hoke Colburn, a black man, to be her driver. Initially resistant, Miss Daisy gradually starts to accept Hoke, and an unlikely friendship begins to grow between the two. Ultimately a sweet tale of the transformative power of true friendship, the play also touches on the racism and prejudice that permeated the South at the time. Revisit one of America's most treasured stories of compassion, acceptance and mutual respect in this production by Cherry Creek Theatre at Denver's Shaver-Ramsey Gallery. [less-]

"America's Got Murder": Mystery Dinner Theater With a Twist

at Lumber Baron Mystery Mansion, Denver
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Fri, June 05
Sat, June 06
Fri, June 12
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FULL PRICE: $49.99 - $69.00
OFFER PRICE: $30.00 - $42.00

If you love watching those disastrous auditions for talent competition TV shows, you'll surely be entertained when a little "murder most foul" is thrown into the mix. Not your typical mystery dinner t... [more+]

If you love watching those disastrous auditions for talent competition TV shows, you'll surely be entertained when a little "murder most foul" is thrown into the mix. Not your typical mystery dinner theater, Lumber Baron Mystery Mansion's "America's Got Murder" plops you down in Maui, where a nationwide talent search has brought together singers, magicians, dancers, comedians and the occasional misfit act to audition for "America's Top Talent". The fierce competition takes a serious twist when a dead body turns up. Now it's up to you to figure out whodunit. So put on your thinking cap, because the killer could be anyone when a spot on a TV show is at stake. [less-]

"VODDVILLE": Sharp Wit & Digital Wizardry Combine in Romantic Comedy

at Avenue Theater, Denver
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Fri, June 05
Sat, June 06
Fri, June 12
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FULL PRICE: $20.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00

Dave Shirley wowed Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B with a style of comedy that had never been seen on "America's Got Talent", or anywhere else for that matter. Mixing precision dance ... [more+]

Dave Shirley wowed Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B with a style of comedy that had never been seen on "America's Got Talent", or anywhere else for that matter. Mixing precision dance moves, amazing digital projections and a wonderfully visual and offbeat sense of humor, Shirley floored the crowd with a set that was as stunning as it was funny. Now Shirley (who created the holiday stage hit "Santa's Big Red Sack!") funnels his considerable comedic genius into a new show, "VODDVILLE: Happiness comes in a cardboard box". An original play about a man searching for happiness in a digital world, "VODDVILLE" is completely unique, combining wit and technological wizardry in dynamic and hilarious new ways. [less-]

Electrifying Blues From the Austin Young Band

at The Oriental Theater, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Sat, June 06
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $5.00

Eyes shut, joints locked and body riding through alternating spasms of pleasure and pain, bluesman Austin Lee Young plays the guitar like a man possessed -- possibly because he is. How else could an a... [more+]

Eyes shut, joints locked and body riding through alternating spasms of pleasure and pain, bluesman Austin Lee Young plays the guitar like a man possessed -- possibly because he is. How else could an artist so young play with a hand so assured, a sorrow so sharp it could only have been honed over several lifetimes of hardship? Like so many other greats, Young is entirely self-taught, an unlikely but entirely worthy successor to the legends of old (Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, Blind Lemon Jefferson) and more contemporary masters like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Now Young and his band bring their high energy show to The Oriental Theater. Joining Young is Denver musical treasure Andy Sydow, whose New Orleans-influenced sound incorporates Americana, swamp blues, Southern rock and folk. [less-]

"The Dinner Detective": Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show

at Embassy Suites Downtown Denver, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Sat, June 06
Sat, June 20
Sat, July 11
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Sat, June 20
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FULL PRICE: $67.00
OFFER PRICE: $49.00

Could you be dining with a killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, "The Dinner Detective" serves up a tasty whodunit along with a four-course dinner at the E... [more+]

Could you be dining with a killer? Named "Best Dinner Show" in Los Angeles and Denver for four years running, "The Dinner Detective" serves up a tasty whodunit along with a four-course dinner at the Embassy Suites. And since this comedic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll have no way of knowing whether someone at your table is just another guest or one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect ... including you! The event starts out with a reception featuring passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, choice of entree and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth even wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights. [less-]

Barenaked Ladies, With Violent Femmes & Colin Hay (Men at Work)

at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison
OFFER DATES:
Wed, June 10
FULL PRICE: $53.45
OFFER PRICE: $32.00

"It's been ... " three years since multiplatinum-selling Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies first took their rollicking roadshow "Last Summer on Earth" on tour, packing more than 30 arenas and amphithe... [more+]

"It's been ... " three years since multiplatinum-selling Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies first took their rollicking roadshow "Last Summer on Earth" on tour, packing more than 30 arenas and amphitheaters with near sold-out crowds. They returned by popular demand in 2013, and now, more sure than ever that the Mayans were off by just a few years, they're bringing the 2015 edition of the "Last Summer on Earth Tour" to Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. Jam along to the latest songs from BNL's highly anticipated new album, "Silverball", along with their biggest hits like the chart-topping "One Week," "Pinch Me," "Brian Wilson," "If I Had $1000000" and the theme song to "The Big Bang Theory". Opening for Barenaked Ladies are alt-rock heroes Violent Femmes ("Blister in the Sun") and Colin Hay of Men at Work. [less-]

"Radio Voodoo": Comedy, Live Music & More

at Dangerous Theatre, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Thu, June 11
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00

Experience radio as it was meant to be heard and be part of the live studio audience for "The Radio Voodoo Show"'s podcast recording. A throwback to the golden days of radio, the show features comedy ... [more+]

Experience radio as it was meant to be heard and be part of the live studio audience for "The Radio Voodoo Show"'s podcast recording. A throwback to the golden days of radio, the show features comedy bits, a live band, special guests and holiday plays planned for this special event. "The Radio Voodoo Show" is a fun, hour-long ride featuring some of Denver's star performers, storytellers and personalities. Between interviews and musical performances, you'll also hear the new installment of the show's unscripted serial following the characters and crazy schemes of Palm Valley. Refreshments are included in the ticket price for this lively evening at the Dangerous Theatre. [less-]

Drinks, Snacks and Pop-Up Entertainment at Denver Botanic Gardens' "Unwind: Escape" Event

at Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Thu, June 11
FULL PRICE: $40.00
OFFER PRICE: $25.00

Start your weekend early with a Thursday night outing to Denver Botanic Gardens. Not only can you stroll through the grounds and enjoy being surrounded by stunningly beautiful flowers, plants and tree... [more+]

Start your weekend early with a Thursday night outing to Denver Botanic Gardens. Not only can you stroll through the grounds and enjoy being surrounded by stunningly beautiful flowers, plants and trees, but there are also plenty of fun surprises to make this event worthy of a date night or get-together with friends. First off, your ticket includes three drinks, so you can enjoy a beer or glass of wine after a long day of work. You can also partake in the fun snack bar, which includes a "Red Carpet Popcorn Bar" with three kinds of gourmet popcorn, including jalapeños + cheddar cheese and curry powder + golden raisins. The Gourmet Nacho Counter and 3-D Candy Bar (think all your favorite movie theater snacks but with 3-D labels) will also help fill you up. And as you're cruising through the gardens, be on the look-out for surprise pop-up entertainment for a little extra fun amongst the flowers. Plus, your ticket also includes admission to the exhibition "Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses". [less-]

Shakespeare + Denver's Top Improvisers = Voodoo Comedy's "Makeshift Shakespeare"

at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Denver
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Fri, June 12
Fri, June 26
Fri, July 03
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Fri, June 12
Fri, June 26
Fri, July 03
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Fri, July 24
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FULL PRICE: $10.00 - $12.00
OFFER PRICE: $5.00 - $6.00

None of Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies or histories is safe from the hilariously unpredictable and fast-on-their-feet improvisers of "Makeshift Shakespeare". Each week, Denver's brainiest improv tr... [more+]

None of Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies or histories is safe from the hilariously unpredictable and fast-on-their-feet improvisers of "Makeshift Shakespeare". Each week, Denver's brainiest improv troupe creates new Shakespearean plays on the spot at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, based solely on an audience member's suggestion for a title. The unlimited possibilities of improvisation combine with the richness of William Shakespeare's legacy, turning the language, characters and stories from the greatest playwright who ever lived into something totally new -- and totally hilarious. [less-]

Comedian Ben Kronberg (Comedy Central, "Jimmy Kimmel Live")

at The Oriental Theater, Denver
OFFER DATES:
Fri, June 12
FULL PRICE: $10.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $5.00

If Steven Wright and Zach Galifianakis had a heavily bearded love child, he would be named Ben Kronberg. For Kronberg is the new king of the wonderfully weird one-liners, each one a Russian nesting do... [more+]

If Steven Wright and Zach Galifianakis had a heavily bearded love child, he would be named Ben Kronberg. For Kronberg is the new king of the wonderfully weird one-liners, each one a Russian nesting doll of puns and insane references. He then double-downs on the comedy by combining his jokes with hilarious songs he performs on the guitar, Casio keyboard, even his iPhone. Since his breakout performance at the 2007 Aspen Comedy Festival, Kronberg has performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Last Call With Carson Daly", and recently starred in his first Comedy Central half-hour special. Along with his brilliantly crafted one-liners, much of Kronberg's material has been inspired by his girlfriends -- who are now, incidentally, his ex-girlfriends. Now Kronberg, who also stars in the viral web series "Ted & Gracie", performs live at the Oriental Theater. [less-]