A savage, the longtime Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival is here. It has been called one of the best winter carnivals in the world. Young people on skis and snowboards are pulled by galloping horses down the main street, sportsmen fly off Nordic jumps, rolling over on airbags. The winter carnival nighttime extravaganza down the mountain is full of fireworks. And there’s more. sswsc.org/events/winter-carnival
These fearless drivers have big names like Earthshaker, Grave Digger, Jailbird and Jurassic Park and they’ll roar their trucks Friday through Sunday at Ball Arena for Monster Jam. A limited number of Pit Parties this time. For tickets and COVID-19 restrictions: monsterjam.com/en-US/events/denver-co/feb-11-2022-feb-13-2022
The first retrospective of the famous Cuban artist Juan Roberto Diago, “Diago: the pasts of this Afro-Cuban present”, opens Friday through July 2 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St. in Colorado Springs. The 22 pieces in the exhibit spanning more than two decades are described by the museum’s director of visual arts, Michael Christiano, as “an exciting and thoughtful insight into an important Cuban artist who challenges official narratives about race at Cuba, an important conversation that resonates with the American context.” Admission $10, $5 senior/military; free for members, students with proof and teachers. Free museum days are the second Saturday and third Friday of each month. fac.coloradocollege.edu
It’s all about rods and reels, waders and fly casting this weekend at Denver Fly Fishing Show in Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. 50 fly tying demonstrations. A women’s showcase is a highlight and the fly fishing film festival is on Friday. Admission $18 for one day, $28 for two and $38 for three. From Friday to Sunday. Active Duty Military, $10. flyfishingshow.com/denver-co
Think of the gardens and many of them on a professionally landscaped acre at the 650 vendors Colorado Home & Garden Show in the downtown Colorado Convention Center. The 63rd annual exhibit presented by the Lakewood-based Colorado Garden Foundation will feature exhibits from 25 states and Canada. Weekend tickets $12, seniors $10, half price admission on weekdays. From Saturday to February 20. coloradogardenfoundation.org/colorado-garden-home-show
On Valentine’s Day weekend, runs or walks are planned. the 5k crush is in Arvada’s Johnny Roberts Memorial Park, $35 to $50, 10 a.m. to noon. To register: tinyurl.com/2p8kbcyy. the Highland Ranch 5k/10k, with a finish line afterparty, is at Highland Heritage Park, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $40-$60 and donations of five blessings in a non-perishable backpack pantry. To register: tinyurl.com/bdz26j54. Sundays Valentine’s Day 4 miles is a Washington Park tradition, from 9 a.m. to noon. Cupid will be there and runners are invited to dress up as their favorite TV/movie/book couple or dressed up for a romantic evening. $30 for children, $35 for adults. rundenverseries.com/valentine-s-day-4-mile
The monthly Star Party/Open House on the lawn of DU’s Chamberlin Observatory, which remains closed for now, runs from sunset to 11 p.m. Saturday. Members of the Denver Astronomical Society will have telescopes set up, but guests are also welcome to bring their own. Volunteers will answer celestial questions. 2930 E. Warren Ave. denverastro.org
If you never knew The Rocky Horror Picture Showyou’re grilled! Experience the cult classic, costumes encouraged, with mad scientist Dr Frank-N-Furter and lovers Brad and Janet. And you’ll spot rock legend, the late Meat Loaf. Audience participation is led by Elusive Ingredient of Colorado and there are throw bags for purchase with everything needed to participate. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St., 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $12 (code ROCKY for $2 off). tinyurl.com/yfd7ext3
Yes, there’s this big Bowl game today, but it’s also Puppy bowl day and he’s also represented by Colorado Rescue Pups, noon on Animal Planet and streaming on Discovery+. Get ready to cheer on these four from Brighton’s Lifeline Puppy Rescue: Kali and Storm, Team Fluff; Raven and Mario, Team Ruff. All rescued from kill shelters.
the 26th Annual Denver Jewish Film Festival has a most unusual three-part format for tracking personal preferences during COVID-19. It’s part in-person, part on-demand, and part entirely virtual. 30 movies. In person begins at 16 at the Elaine Wolf Theater in Denver or on demand. More than 10 more screenings begin Feb. 23 at home. Full festival instructions and tickets: jccdenver.org/arts-culture/festivals/denver-jewish-film-festival
REMARK: Check websites for last minute changes and COVID-19 protocols.