“Top Taco” Taco and Margarita Competition

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Aspen Ideas Festival
June 24 - July 3
The Aspen Institute, Aspen
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, this TED-style gathering brings together thought leaders from around the globe to present their ideas on such topics as health, creativity, robotics, biotechnology, climate change and education.
 
June 26, 6 p.m.
DPAC Galleria/Sculpture Park, Denver
25 restaurants compete to be known for serving Denver’s best taco and margarita. The inaugural event also includes a tasting featuring two dozen tequilas and live music from Brazilian reggae band Sambadende.
  

Watoto Children's Choir

(Photo: Courtesy of Watoto Children's Choir)
Watoto Children’s Choir
June 26 - 29
Pueblo (26 - First United Methodist Church), Castle Rock (27 - Faith Lutheran Church), Fort Collins (28 - Trinity Lutheran Church), Westminster (29 - Living Hope Community Church)
This venerable African vocal ensemble, comprised of children who have suffered the loss of their parents either through war or disease in Uganda, presents performances around Colorado including original music, dance routines and personal stories.
 
June 27 - 29
Fort Collins
This free, self-guided tour gives art lovers the opportunity to meet and tour the studios of more than 60 local artists.  A preview exhibition, including sample artwork by each artist, runs through July 5 at The Lincoln Center Art Gallery.
 
June 28 - 29
Sakura Square, Denver
Held each year since 1972, this staple of Denver’s cultural calendar celebrates the Japanese American heritage and culture of the Front Range. This year’s event features “The Awakened Spirit,” a traveling exhibit of contemporary Japanese calligraphy, and Japanese drumming group Denver Taiko.
 
June 28 - 29
Bond Park, Estes Park
A Scandinavian tradition that celebrates the summer solstice. The 2014 Festival features Scandinavian food, live music, an arts and crafts fair and a Viking encampment re-enactment by the Fjellborg Vikings of Colorado.
 
June 29 – November 2
Denver Art Museum, Denver
The Colorado painter displays more than 30 new portraiture and still life paintings that aim to blur the line between realism and abstraction.
 
June 28, 8 p.m.
Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder
Grammy Award-winning, West African native Angélique Kidjo mixes funky, vocal-driven dance music with the rhythmic and percussive sounds of her homeland.
  
June 28, 7 p.m.
Mercury Cafe, Denver
In her live presentation, Boulder psychic entertainer and magician Erica Sodos demonstrates and teaches about the history of intuition, intention and ESP while answering audience members’ questions by looking into her crystal ball.
  
June 29 – August 10
Various Venues, Crested Butte
This six-week-long musical event features opera, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, classical and other performances throughout the Gunnison Valley.  
 
June 26, 7 p.m.
Sie FilmCenter, Denver
Filmmaker Heather Dalton’s “Neal Cassady: The Denver Years” is a documentary based on the autobiographical accounts of 1950s counter-culture figure Neal Cassady, his troubled youth in Denver and the crucial role that it played in the germination of American beat culture.