Denver Zoo has been fortunate to partner with many of the artists, individuals and organizations that make Denver one of the country’s most creative and colorful cities. To celebrate its 125th anniversary, the Zoo invited its Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) peers to collaborate for on-site performances throughout July and August. These performances will give the SCFD organizations a unique venue to ply their respective trades and connect with new audiences, and enhance the experience for Zoo guests and members. Participating SCFD organizations include (in order of appearance at the Zoo):
MEXICAN CULTURAL CENTER
Tuesday, July 13 from 10 a.m. to Noon
Guest speakers from the Mexican Cultural Center will give a talk about the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly and their annual migration process, and incorporate the cultural significant of the species through interactive family activities.
CLEO PARKER ROBINSON DANCE
Thursday, July 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Performers from the internationally-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance will share "Yemanja" from their diverse repertoire that is based in the traditions of the Diaspora. This exuberant performance celebrates the joy that our relationship with the world's oceans can bring to us all!
Please Note: This performance takes place during our Adulting with the Animals event.
AUGUSTANA ARTS (STRATUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA)
Saturday, Aug. 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Stratus Chamber Orchestra presents a family-friendly concert: “Splash, Slither, Stomp & Soar into Arts.” Prepare to be taken on a journey as you introduce your little ones to classical music in an atmosphere that is fun and welcoming. Guests will hear music such as Carnival of the Animals, Flight of the Bumblebee, Haydn Symphony no. 82 “The Bear,” and others, performed by Stratus musicians.
COLORADO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Sunday, Aug. 15 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival will be on-hand to provide Zoo guests with an interactive experience with paddling demos, live performances and more. Guests will have the opportunity to try out a paddle apparatus and get a sense for the ancient Chinese sport of dragon boat racing.
Friday, August 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Colorado Ballet presents an evening of dynamic dance that will feature two original contemporary works choreographed by our Artists. Join us and experience Sean Omandam’s thought-provoking work Yeah, It’s About That and Sara Thomas’s upbeat piece Embrace It or Erase It, performed with passionate precision by Artists of Colorado Ballet.
Performances from all participating SCFD organizations are included in the price of daily admission to Denver Zoo. For more information and tickets, visit DenverZoo.org/Events.