At the Ellie Caulkins Opera House,
home to the Colorado Ballet and Opera
Colorado, there are two standout spaces for
The Chambers Grant Salon, accessed
via a glass and terrazzo staircase from the
main lobby, is “a preeminent location for
social events,” said Fochi, who added the
salon offers a full bar, kitchen and a stage
for presentations or small performances.
The opera house’s Studio Loft, a performance and event space with a cathedral
ceiling, exposed brick, a dance floor and
audiovisual system, accommodates a large
variety of events and has its own private
Denver’s Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, a spectacular venue for live music, is
also available for group events. Spaces here
include the Rock Room—built around one
of the famous red rocks—and the open-air
Upper Terrace, from which attendees can
enjoy views of rock formations and the
Elsewhere in the Den-
ver Metro area, planners
will find more arts at-
tractions that double as
off-site event venues.
Aurora is home to
the Vintage Theatre,
a performance venue
that also hosts events
ranging from meetings
to general sessions, and
the Stanley Marketplace.
The Stanley Market-
place houses 50-plus independently owned
Colorado businesses, including eateries
and shops, as well as the recently opened
Hangar at Stanley, which adds a certain
character to events with its steel beams,
polished concrete floors, large wooden
wire spools and 30-inch light fixtures.
Downtown’s Boulder Theater, one of the
city’s largest venues that has been entertaining the community for over 80 years,
offers a calendar of events that includes
live music, movies and stand-up comedy.
“The Boulder Theater is a beautiful and
flexible Art Deco event space that’s a world
apart from hotel ballrooms,” said Cheryl
Liguori, CEO of Z2 Entertainment, which
operates the theater. “The colorful auditorium, lobby and mezzanine offer a different
Events frequently held here include
meetings, cocktail receptions, seated
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“It’s also home to some of Denver’s most
popular restaurants and a large concentration of
the craft breweries we’re famous for,” said Rachel
Benedick, vice president of sales and services for
Attendees who stop by The Source (www.
thesourcedenver.com) 3350 Brighton Blvd.,
formerly a brick foundry building, will find
Crooked Stave Artisans beer taproom, a bakery,
florist, the acclaimed Acorn restaurant, the Svper
Ordinary art gallery/boutique store and more.
Across the street from The Source is the
recently opened Great Divide Barrel Bar (http://
greatdivide.com) 1812 35th St., where
attendees can sample craft beers, and down
the street is Infinite Monkey Theorem (www.
theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com) 3200 Larimer
St., an urban winery that specializes in canned
Opened in RiNo in August 2016 is the city’s
third food hall, the Denver Central Market (www.
thedenvercentralmarket.com) 2669 Larimer
St., which showcases murals by local artists
outside. Attendees needing a morning or midday
pick-me-up will find a coffee shop, bakery and
Among RiNo’s noteworthy restaurants gaining
national attention are Work & Class (http://
After a bite or a beverage, groups should
check out RiNo’s inedible residents, including
Pattern Shop Studio (http://patternshopstudio.
squarespace.com) 3349 Blake St., an art
gallery, Topo Designs ( http://topodesigns.com)
2500 Larimer St., which sells outdoor attire
and gear, and Forney Museum of Transportation
( www.forneymuseum.org) 4303 Brighton
Blvd., which accommodates group gatherings
amid the Union Pacific “Big Boy” Steam Loco-
motive, Amelia Earhart’s 1923 Kissel “Gold Bug”
and other historic vehicles.
If the group is still exploring RiNo after dark,
attendees can swing by Nocturne ( www.nocturne
jazz.com) 1330 27th St., a supper club/
live-music venue featuring jazz.
— Carolyn Blackburn
River North Art District (RiNO)
Located just a mile north of downtown Denver is the River North Art
District ( https://rinoartdistrict.org), which locals call RiNo for short.
This increasingly popular neighborhood, known as the city’s creative
hub, is home to many of Denver’s artistic residents.
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