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As the weather rises, so does the range of personal offers, many of which are already sold out. But there’s still a lot to do in and around Denver (and yes, online) as COVID guidelines relax.
Read on for some of today’s best events (and check with the organizers for the latest rules that seem to change by the second).
Farmers Market on South Pearl Street
South Pearl Street between East Iowa and East Arkansas
Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For years, this busy Sunday morning market has taken over Pearl Street, where it serves as both a meeting place and a shopping district. There are dozens of vendors, ready meal seating, and samples to try. Find out more here.
Spring Bazaar: Sloan’s Lake
Sunday, May 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1611 Raleigh Street
The Denver Bazaar is back in full force this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the season’s first Sloan’s Lake Bazaar will feature 70 manufacturers and ten fashion sellers, as well as food trucks and live entertainment. Admission is free for everyone ($ 25 a sip-and-shop ticket is available), and dogs are welcome. Find out more here.
Boulder Creek Fest Summer Sundays Market Place
Sunday, May 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Boulder Bandshell, Central Park, 1212 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
The Boulder Creek Festival returns this year, but not at its regular Memorial Day weekend time. Instead, the festival is postponed to mid-July, but in the meantime, organizers are hosting the Boulder Creek Festival Summer Sundays Marketplace, a free weekly placeholder in the Boulder Bandshell with just enough vendors, food, and live music to whet your appetite for the big one Event. Details can be found here.
Free market presents: Sustainable fashion weekend
Sunday, May 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Milk Block, 1801 Blake Street
Sustainability could be the future of fashion, and you will learn all about it while trying on environmentally conscious clothing and accessories during Free Market’s Sustainable Fashion Weekend at the Dairy Block. Free Market hosts a free indoor market showcase from Colorado companies Tenth & Spruce, Dante Perozzi Jewelry, Meçlâ, Mimi Shim and YOU4ic Fitwear on Saturday and Sunday. Check out Eventbrite for information and answers in advance.
Tiki on Main Street
Sunday, May 16, 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 a.m. and weekends through the summer
Main Street, Louisville
The summer beach party has kicked off on Main Street in Louisville, where a pop-up bar will pop up every Thursday through Sunday for the next few months. Rum punches and reggae, DJs and daiquiris are on offer, and an outdoor grill serves fresh kebobs. Reservations are recommended; Get the full schedule and do it here.
Larimer Square Block Party
Sunday, May 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Larimer Square, 1400 block of Larimer Street
This free block party with live music and free cartoon art was postponed last week due to rain, but it’s Sunday again, with live performances by A Girl Named Sethe at 12:30 p.m. and Dotsero at 1:30 p.m. and a meal) on a restaurant terrace or bring a deck chair. Find out more here.
Adrian Miller, Black Smoke: African American and the United States by Barbecue
Sunday, May 16, 2 p.m., online
Want to learn more about African American cuisine? Look no further than Adrian Miller, Denver’s Best Food Ambassador, who followed up his books on soul food and black chefs in the White House with Black Smoke, a hymn to the history of grilling in this country in all its diversity, packed with 22 recipes to try for yourself. The tattered cover will stream a live book talk with Miller over Zoom. If you miss the live event (sign up here; it’s free, but a book is $ 34), wait two days to check out Tattered Cover’s YouTube channel archive.
Carmen Suite by Ballet Arial
Sunday, May 16, 3 p.m.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater, 119 Park Avenue West
After more than a year of postponement, Ballet Arial will finally be able to perform its version of Carmen Suite, an original work that reinterprets classical opera by resident choreographer Gregory Gonzales. The historical pas de quatre is also on the bill. Get tickets here.
The rise of the Aurora suburb during the Cold War
Until April 2022
Aurora History Museum, 15051 East Alameda Parkway
The presence of military centers ensured that Aurora got busy after World War II, when the town transitioned from a small agricultural community to a busy suburb. Between 1940 and 1960, Aurora’s population increased more than tenfold; This expansion and Aurora’s new economic prosperity are documented in a new exhibition. “In this exhibit we offer local stories about the experiences of the residents of Aurora during the Cold War to enrich our understanding of this great phase of city growth while expanding what happened here as the nation responded to the threat of a potential global country prepared nuclear holocaust, “said T. Scott Williams, director of the Aurora History Museum & Historic Sites. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. Entry is always free. Find out more at auroramuseum.org.
Bad bedtime stories
Now online until May
One Night Stand Theater, a Denver area theater company that only presents evenings with staged readings in the evenings, has just released its sixth online “mini-show”: an audio production called Bad Bedtime Stories. “While we wait for the chance to get back on stage, we’re doing these online productions with our writers and actors from the One Night Stand Theater,” says Art Director James O’Leary. “Our new show offers parodies and reinterpretations of classic fairy tales as well as reflections on children’s stories in general.” It’s free to tune in, though donations are encouraged. More information is available at onenightstandtheater.org.
CoronaVox: Stories from the beginning
Now online until May
CoronaVox: Stories From the Front is a compilation of plays created and performed by over fifty Phamaly writers and actors. They are based on other community members and their unique experiences during COVID-19, particularly key workers who were the unsung heroes of the pandemic: a health worker, a teacher, a food maker, a caregiver, and more. In classic Phamaly manner, the stories are brought to life with vitality, respect, humor and heart and show that we can find light in human connection and storytelling even in the darkest of times. Tickets start at $ 20; Bring her here.
Small mouth noises
Now through May
Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
The Arvada Center will reopen for live performances with this production of Small Mouth Sounds, which has been postponed from 2020. The poignant off-Broadway hit accompanies six participants on a silent yoga retreat and their attempts to connect and solve the problems of their lives. Tickets cost between $ 45 and $ 50. Bring her here.
Online until June 6th
Families have grown used to gathering on the home screen over the past year – and there has been more to see than ever, including live performances. And nothing could be livelier than New York-based performance group Cirque-taculars Spring-a-Ding-DING !, which tells the story of a girl in search of a butterfly whose arrival gets the spring weather pumping and she picks one up wild chase through a forest full of acrobatic and clown-like creatures. To introduce! Learn more and reserve tickets for $ 10-15 for links to on-demand video or live-stream platforms.
Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. until November 1st
Prismajic, 2219 East 21st Avenue
Shiki Dreams, Prismajic’s sequel to its long-running Natura Obscura at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, just took fourth place in the public vote for USA Today’s 10 Best Immersive Art Experiences. The walk-in visual adventure reopened after a COVID break. Now you can see what makes Shiki Dreams so fascinating. Timed tickets cost between $ 14 and $ 19.99. Reserve yours and find out more about Shiki Dreams here.
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