Calendar of Holidays, Observances, and Local Cultural Events:
Thank you for taking time to explore this Calendar of Holidays, Observances, and Local Cultural Events. This calendar was developed by the Office of Inclusive Excellence at the Community College of Aurora. Please note that this calendar of dates, times, holidays, observances, and events may not be 100% accurate as some do not operate under the Gregorian calendar or event dates/times/locations may change from the organizer. It is best to research and confirm, yourself, in addition to reading this document.
Each holiday, observance, or event title that is underlined is a link to an informative website. Participants of the religions/cultures noted may observe some of the holidays, none of the holidays, or all of the holidays. They may participate in the holiday in the ways listed or not.
This calendar is not all encompassing and hoping to grow in inclusion. For additions to this holiday, observances, and local cultural events calendar (or suggestions for modification), please submit them to this form: https://bit.ly/2DAdL2C
Special thanks to Missouri State for inspiration.
Women’s History Month, beginning in 1981, amplifies women’s voices to honor the past, inform the present, inspire the future, and deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to America and world. National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is a campaign that raises awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. Irish-American Heritage Month recognizes the contribution that Irish immigrants and their descendants have played in the formation of the United States. National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month promotes awareness and understanding of the scope of multiples sclerosis and assists those with MS in making educated decisions about their healthcare. Deaf History Month, celebrated March 13th through April 15th, honors several significant advancements for deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States and celebrates deaf history and awareness of American deaf culture.
- Tue, Mar 3: Free Day at the Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms occurs all day at 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton, CO 80128. Women’s Month March Kickoff, presented by the Colorado Mountain Club, celebrates the female adventurers of today, whilst paying homage to the women of yesterday. Tickets are $5-$10 and includes a beer, light appetizers, good company, a presentation and film screening. It occurs from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St., Denver CO 80205.
- Fri, Mar 6: Barbara Davis Center Diabetes Day is an annual symposium that highlights basic, translational, and clinical diabetes research. It is free to attend and occurs from 8:30am – 4:15pm at the Nighthorse Campbell Building, 13055 E 17th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045. Motown and More: From The Temptations to Lizzo celebrates the role of Motown in making pop music and is being performed by the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus. Tickets are $18 and the show starts at 8:00pm. It is occurring at the Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong St., Brighton, CO 80601.
- Sat, Mar 7: Free First Saturday at the Denver Art Museum is an opportunity to enjoy the art collections and non-ticketed exhibitions without spending a dime at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204. It occurs from 10am – 5pm. Vegan Denver International Market Tour invites you to wander through a massive Asian Market, a Middle Eastern market, and a Middle Eastern bakery with vegan culinary veteran and self-proclaimed food dork Chef Chris Clarke. Tickets are $30 and it occurs from 10am – 12:30pm at H Mart, 2751 South Parker Rd., Aurora, CO 80014. Compas CC Movie Night – Mi Vida Loca will screen the 1993 film and then provide a Q&A with some of the actors! Tickets are $25 each, or $40 for couples. Doors open at 4:00pm and the show/Q&A starts at 5:00pm. It occurs at Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Dr., Denver, CO 80204. IAOR – Rang Barse Holi Festival 2020 includes food, music, and surprises. Tickets are between $20 - $50 and the celebration occurs from 10am – 2pm at Willow Farm Park, 901 S Fordham St., Longmont, CO 80503.
- Sun, Mar 8: Daylight Savings Time starts at 2am (go forward one hour). International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Wilder Women is the sequel to the popular “Wild Women” show, and this time around, the gloves are really coming off. Tickets are between $15 and $28. Show times are 1:30pm and 6:30pm at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Dr., Denver CO 80204.
- Mon, Mar 9-10: Holi, sometimes called the “festival of love,” uses color to show love and respect to close ones and community and celebrates the coming of spring.
- Participants may light bonfires, provide offerings, sing and dance, throw colored powder, play games, and feast.
- Mon, Mar 9-11: Purim, beginning on Monday night and continued through Wednesday, commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot to “destroy, kill, and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” as recoded in the Megillah (book of Esther).
- Participants may fast on the day before Purim, read from the Megillah, use noise makers, give gifts, serve in the community, feast, spend time in the synagogue, and dress in costumes.
- Tue, Mar 10: Women Powering Change brings together more than 1,000 community members, leaders, activists, volunteers, and philanthropists to showcase what women are doing to catalyze social change locally and globally to create a better world. Tickets are a suggested $10 donation and it occurs from 4pm – 7pm at the Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th St., Denver, CO 80205.
- Wed, Mar 11: Women of Denver Spring Summit: Inspired to Lead invites you to join some of Denver’s brightest leaders as we learn how they achieved success, and discover new tools and strategies to achieve our personal goals for success, productivity, and impact. Registration is $69 - $250 and it occurs from 9am – 2pm at the General Assembly, 3858 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205.
- Thu, Mar 12: Facts on Tap: Tour & Trivia Night provides a crash course on the Aurora Hometown Pride exhibit at the Aurora history Museum and then invites you to test your new knowledge at their onsite trivia night. Tickets are $10 and includes 2 drink tickets. This occurs from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Pkwy. One Woman, One Vote is a living history presentation focusing on Jeannette Rankin’s rise to political prominence during the volatile political climate of the last years of the suffrage fight and her courage as a pioneering woman politician. Tickets are $15 and it occurs from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Center for Colorado Women’s History at the Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock St., Denver, CO 80204.
- Fri, Mar 13: 19th Annual St. Baldrick’s Denver Event funds childhood cancer research grants. It occurs from 11am – 6pm at Blake Street Tavern, 2301 Blake St, Denver CO. Motown and More: From The Temptations to Lizzo celebrates the role of Motown in making pop music and is being performed by the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus. Tickets are $18 and the show starts at 7:30pm. It is occurring at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St., Denver CO 80204.
- Sat, Mar 14: St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates community and culture with family and friends. The parade steps off at 9:30am and starts at Wynkoop and 19th St. in downtown Denver. Celtic Obsession, performed by Denver Brass, includes brass, bagpipes, hammered dulcimer, penny whistle, guitar, voice, and some of the best Irish and Highland dancing in town. Tickets start at $28 and it occurs from 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Ave., Denver CO 80210. Bollywood Dance Party – Holi Bash 2020 is 18+ and features DJs and non-stop dancing, performances by various professional dancers and troops. Tickets are $14.99, doors open at 9:00pm, and it occurs at Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, CO 80208. Motown and More: From The Temptations to Lizzo celebrates the role of Motown in making pop music and is being performed by the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus. Tickets are $18 and the show times are 2:00pm and 7:30pm. It is occurring at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St., Denver CO 80204.
- Tue, Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day began as a religious celebration in the 17th century to commemorate the life of Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. In the early 18th century, Irish immigrants brought the tradition over to the American colonies, and it was there that Saint Patrick started to become the symbol of Irish heritage and culture that he is today.
- Participants may attend Mass, attend a parade, spend time with family and friends, and feast.
- Thu, Mar 19-20: Nowruz, Persian New Year, or Iranian New Year is considered the biggest holiday of the year for many Iranians and Persians and celebrates the start of spring and the first day of the first month of the Iranian calendar. Naw-Rúz or Bahá’í New Year, evening to evening, also celebrating spring, serves as a symbolic reminder of the oneness of all the messengers of God, and the spiritual springtime they each brought to humanity.
- Participants in Bahá’í New Year may not work in order to spend time with family and the community, give gifts, sing, eat, dance, and socialize.
- Fri, Mar 20: Spring Equinox or Ostara celebrates the balance between extremes that is found amid the seasons and is the official beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, the moment of exact balance between the light and the dark.
- Participants may decorate altars, spend time in nature, meditate, and feast.
- Fri, Mar 20-22: Denver March Powwow features gifted dancers performing the historical dances of their tribal ancestors, storytellers sharing the legacy, legends, and history, artisans, makers, food, and drumming. It occurs approximately 10am-10pm and is located at the Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., Denver, CO 80227. Colorado Anime Fest is bringing all things Japan to the Mile High City, including cosplay, games, panels, entertainment and more. It occurs all weekend at the Denver Marriot Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver, CO 80237.
- Sat, Mar 21: Spring It On Festival occurs from 10am – 4pm. Bring the family and enjoy shopping with our local crafters and vendors at The Summit Event Center, 411 Sable Boulevard, Aurora, CO 80011.
- Sun, Mar 22: Free Day at the Botanic Gardens, York Street occurs all day at 1007 York St., Denver, CO 80206. Colorado International Nawroz Festival celebrates Navruz and the coming spring through inter-ethnic Nowroz celebration, featuring musicians, dancers, poets, food vendors, and more. It occurs from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th St., Boulder, CO.
- Fri, Mar 27: Cesar Chavez Day celebrates and honors Chavez on his birthday, a champion of farm worker and worker rights, economic justice, civil rights, environmental justice, peace, nonviolence, and empowerment of the poor and disenfranchised.
- Sat, Mar 28: Earth Hour speaks up for nature and inspires urgent action for the environment by, around the globe, thousands of landmarks switching of their lights in solidarity for our planet. It will occur 8:30pm – 9:30pm local time.
- Tue, Mar 31: International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness around the discrimination trans people still face.