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SIGNATURE EVENTS


Denver Post Community's Signature Events offer readers opportunities they won't find anywhere else. These programs and events are produced by the paper and are designed to bring unique quality experiences to the community. These events benefit the Denver Post Community Foundation. The proceeds support local nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture; children and youth; education and literacy; and the provision of basic human services.

Basket of Joy
Cheyenne Frontier Days Train
Colorado State Spelling Bee
Passport to the Arts
Pedal the Plains
Pen & Podium
Ride The Rockies
Underground Music Showcase (UMS)
Unique Lives & Experiences

BASKET OF JOY
Co-founded in 1983 by Denver Post columnist Woody Paige, the Basket of Joy program continues to bring joy each year to over 5,000 isolated and homebound seniors in our community. On one day each December, over 500 volunteers come together to assemble and deliver holiday gift baskets filled with fresh fruit, candy and a handmade card from a Denver-area school child.

CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS TRAIN | visit website
This annual tradition, started in the early 1900s by The Denver Post, takes 800+ ticketed passengers up the rails on a steam engine train to Cheyenne for a grand ol’ day at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Train fans from across the county and the metro area come to experience a day of fun and the joys of riding a train pulled by the only operating steam engine in the country, the Union Pacific 844. The day includes a breakfast and dinner on the train, a parade in Cheyenne, a catered barbecue lunch, and tickets to rodeo.

COLORADO STATE SPELLING BEE | visit website
Each year more than 10,000 students from across Colorado participate in this longstanding tradition which encourages and rewards our young people’s love of learning. The winner of this state-wide contest goes on to represent Colorado in the National Spelling Bee held in Washington D.C.

PASSPORT TO THE ARTS | visit website
This one-of-a-kind performing arts sampler series offers patrons a diverse combination of Denver’s best music, dance, theatre and opera performances. By partnering with Denver Center Attractions, Denver Center Theatre Company, Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, we are able to offer a high-value, unique, multidisciplinary package highlighting the best Denver has to offer for the coming season.

PEDAL THE PLAINS | visit website
Started in 2012 in partnership with Governor Hickenlooper, The Denver Post Pedal The Plains is a popular three-day recreational bike tour featuring the wide-open spaces and star-filled nights of Eastern Colorado, a region rich in history and full of hidden treasures. Local communities host the riders with lodging, meals, entertainment and great hospitality. Three events are offered: a 3-day Tour, Century Ride and Family Run Ride.

PEN & PODIUM | visit website
This five-part literary lecture series features some of the world’s most distinguished and renowned writers. Authors featured have included: David Sedaris, David McCullough, Frank McCourt, Francis Mayes, Anna Quindlen and Sue Monk Kidd.

RIDE THE ROCKIES | visit website
For more than 27 years, this event annually hosts over 2,000 registered cyclists on a 6-7 day bicycle tour through the beautiful mountains of Colorado. The event is so popular that a lottery registration system is required. Riders stay in local communities along the route and are treated to fantastic hospitality, meals, entertainment along the way.

UNDERGROUND MUSIC SHOWCASE (UMS) | visit website
The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase is the largest indie music festival in the Rocky Mountain region held annually. The event features over 300 performances over 4 days every July.

UNIQUE LIVES & EXPERIENCES | visit website
This distinguished women’s lecture series features some of the world’s most respected and notable women. Past speakers featured have included: Diane Keaton, Barbara Bush, Cokie Roberts, Julie Andrews, Goldie Hawn, Maya Angelou and Jane Goodall.