Free? Not quite. But for free or less than half the price of a movie ticket, these special events offer delightful ways to engage with your loved ones or neighbors. Without a single moment of passive screen time. Or a budget-busting amount of cash. So, BackCountry residents and fans, grab someone you love for some quality time and enjoy one of these September activities. Your treat, of course.
Denver Firefighter Museum Free Day (Grandparent’s Day)– Sept. 5, 10am-4pm
Grandparents, this one’s for you. And your starstruck-by-firetrucks grandchildren. Both you (if you’re 65 or older) and they will enjoy free access on Grandparent’s Day. Built in 1909, Denver’s original firehouse is always worth a repeat visit, but if it’s your first time, you can look forward to innovative, fun, hands-on experiences, and an insider view of the living quarters, all the gear (including kid-sized), tools, and transportation, from horse-drawn to modern. From September 3-October 19, a special exhibit focuses on Denver’s immigrant firefighters. Learn more.
Empty Nesters Potluck– Sept. 10, 6pm-8:30pm
There’s always something fun in the works for empty nesters in BackCountry, from mah jong games to quarterly potlucks at the Sundial House. Residents, join this active, sociable group for this quarter’s potluck, sure to serve up plenty of delicious food and conversation. Please bring a dish to share that will serve eight, as well as your own beverages. Log into www.backcountrylife.org and RSVP by Friday, September 5.
Highlands Ranch Days– Sept. 10-12, 9am-2pm
Namesake and arguably the soul of the community, the 121-year-old Highlands Ranch Mansion is the perfect spot for celebrating the heritage of this special place. Highlands Ranch Days features historical reenactments, Native American dancing, raptor demonstrations, blacksmithing, weaving, a petting zoo, a real chuck wagon, and more. Hayrack rides provide views of the ranch not typically seen by the public. Tours of the mansion will be held throughout the event. Tickets sold at the gate. Adult $5, Children $3 (free for kids under age two). Learn more.
Blues and Brews– Sept. 12, 4pm-7pm
Ah, it’s been a good summer at BackCountry.
Residents, let’s bid it adieu together at one last concert and food truck event, featuring an exciting blues performance by the Delta Sonics, and gourmet, locally sourced, seasonal goodies from Gusto’s Food Truck. While you enjoy the blues, kids can don a temporary tattoo in bright silver or gold, rendered by a flash tattoo artist. Tribal patterns and other crazy designs are sure to appeal to both boys and girls. Come early for special caricatures, too! Free. RSVP at www.backcountrylife.org by Friday, Sept. 5.
$5 Day at The Butterfly Pavilion– Sept. 19
Only three Saturdays a year come at this less-than-half price. The Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster is the 30,000-square-foot home of more than 5,000 animals, including a tropical rainforest aflutter with 1,600 butterflies, plus an underwater world of sea creatures, and an outdoor garden and natural trail designed to attract other beneficial insects at all stages of their lives. Unlike a trip to the zoo, this gives you a chance to focus on nature’s smaller, but often breathtakingly beautiful, creatures. Learn more.