"Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton"
Film explores in uncompromising fashion the surfing icon Laird Hamilton, who refused to compete professionally and yet dominated big-wave surfing like no one before. The Boedecker in the Dairy Arts Center screens the documentary; 7 p.m. today and 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; $6-$11; thedairy.org.
All Ages STEAM Storytime — Each week will feature stories and a new STEAM-based activity focusing on essential science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts. Sponsored by the Boulder Library Foundation; 10 a.m., Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder; free; 303-441-3100, firstname.lastname@example.org, boulderlibrary.org.
Limited cask tapping — A one-of-a-kind limited quantity cask tapping is planned. Once the beer has undergone its original fermentation, brewers siphon off a limited quantity and place that into a cask. It's in this small cask that the beer undergoes a secondary fermentation, natural carbonation and aging process; 3 p.m., FATE Brewing Company, 1600 38th St., Boulder; 303-449-3283.
Geeks Who Drink: Trivia — Join the best trivia event, and bring a team or just yourself; 7 p.m., Twisted Pine Brewing Company, 3201 Walnut St., Boulder; free; twstedpinebrewing.com/calendar.
Drop-in Acoustic Jam — Bring your instrument, grab a beer and come jam in a fun, fluid environment. Or, come enjoy the magic that happens when creative minds come together unrehearsed. Sit close for a great concert, sit far for some awesome background music; 6 p.m., 300 Suns Brewing, 335 1st Ave., Unit C, Longmont; 300sunsbrewing.com/events.
The Pilgrimage Run — A new and refreshing alternative for your typical Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is here. The mission, to make a direct and positive impact on the community. Proceeds from each year are given to a nominated family or person in the community who is facing a hardship. The Real Thanksgiving Run with purpose; 8 a.m., Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St., Erie; eriechamber.org/events/details/the-pilgrimage-run-861.
Louisville Turkey Trot — Join a free 5K fun run to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday while giving back to the community. Participants receive a free entry with the donation of non-perishable food or gently used winter clothing. Strollers are welcome, as well as pets on a leash. The flat, family-friendly course winds through Louisville and starts and finishes in downtown. Donations will be given to the Sister Carmen Community Center, a comprehensive assistance program for local families in need. Registration is required at no cost at louisvilleturkeytrot.com. Walk-up registration will be available race morning; 9 a.m., Downtown Louisville, 916 Main St., Louisville; free; 602-312-4499, 720-366-1544, louisvilleturkeytrot.com.
The Nutcracker Ballet — This Thanksgiving weekend, the curtain rises for America's favorite ballet, brought to life by Boulder Ballet and the Boulder Phil. Make your plans now for this thrilling and heart-warming spectacle, all performed to Tchaikovsky's masterful score. A holiday tradition with exciting choreography and a full, live orchestra; 2 p.m., Friday, Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder; $15-$82; 303-449-1343, boulderphil.org/nutcracker.
Jingle Bell Bash at Twenty Ninth Street — Join Santa for an event that features face painting, hot coco and more; 3 p.m., Friday, Twenty Ninth St., 1710 29th St., Boulder; free; twentyninthstreet.com/Events/JingleBellBash_2017.
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony — This event kicks off the holiday season in Downtown Longmont. This year we're featuring holiday-themed hip-hop dance battles, and a cultural unity celebration to help light up the holiday season. Hot cocoa, goody bags, and carolers provide the seasonal trimmings for this festive event; 6:30 p.m. Friday, 6th Avenue Plaza, 6th Avenue and Main St., Longmont; free; 303-651-8484, downtownlongmont.com/calendar/holiday-events.
Jazz at The Dairy Presents: A Very Soulful Christmas — Colorado favorite Hazel Miller, the most sought after performer in Colorado for the past 30 years, will kick off the holiday season with arrangements of seasonal favorite tunes infused with jazz, swing, gospel, latin and pop flavors; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; $10-$20; 720-773-9790, thedairy.org.