Things to do in Denver: Elitch’s reopening, History Colorado and more

Things to do in Denver: Elitch’s reopening, History Colorado and more

Denver Travel & Adventure Show

Saturday-Sunday. Travel lovers looking for inspiration and information might want to plan a road trip to the Colorado Convention Center this weekend for the fifth Denver Travel & Adventure Show.

There will be educational opportunities and interactive experiences, along with a wide variety of products and services. Experts offering their insights will include author Patricia Schultz and travel guru Peter Greenberg. Author Laurie Woolever will share her experiences accompanying the late Anthony Bourdain on his world travels while travel writer Andrew McCarthy will share highlights from his new book, “The Longest Way Home.”

It all happens Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets and event information: travelshows.com/shows/denver — John Meyer

Elitch’s opens for 2022 season

Saturday. Still one of the only theme parks directly inside a city, the historic Elitch Gardens (well, the name’s historic anyway) opens for the 2022 season on Saturday, April 30. It’s back to full operations after two years of pandemic weirdness, although don’t be surprised is staffing issues impact some attractions.

Colorado’s biggest and best-for-roller-coasters park also competes with heavies like Water World for the summer splash crowd, with its Island Kingdom water park set to open on Memorial Day. Concerts are back with Le Crea and a Hispanic festival, officials said, as well as drive-in movies at the water park.

Opening-day tickets are $45, with kids 2 and under free. Season passes start at $75. Prices for both are effective online through May 8. Parking costs $20. Located at 2000 Elitch Circle in downtown Denver. 303-595-4386 or elitchgardens.com. — John Wenzel

Exploring Colorado’s history of Asians, LGBTQ community

Through June 30. With guided tours of Denver history hitting new heights of competitiveness — there are currently dozens around the city — History Colorado is taking advantage of renewed interest in our fast-gentrifying city’s roots with exhibitions that peer past the typical mining and cowboy history.

Running through June 30, “Rice and Resilience” explores Colorado’s Asian food culture; an in-depth walking tour of Denver’s Chinatown (for $35 per person) arrives on May 14 and will most definitely sell out soon. The “Bold Women Change History” lecture series” continues with Ph.D. archeologist Bonnie Clark; and the long-overdue and vaguely Pride-timed “Queer Capitol Hill” exhibition begins on May 20.

Call 303-447-8679 or visit historycolorado.org/events to make reservations and to buy tickets. History Colorado Center is located at 1200 N. Broadway. — John Wenzel

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