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Did Colorado Go To The Birds? During the pandemic, bird watching has reached new heights in popularity, and a free program is today to help you break out of your shell. While this program is virtual, as is Aurora’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, other personal events are popping up across town, including activities to celebrate the unofficial May 4th holiday.

And just in time for Mother’s Day, the market season begins this weekend, which stretches from Aurora via Littleton to northwestern Denver. For more activities, check out our list of fourteen free events in and around Denver (and online) this week:

Denver walking tour
Monday, May 3, 10 a.m.
This free walking tour is back for a spring season that begins at the Colorado Capitol and winds its way through the heart of downtown Denver. She takes you past the top landmarks and landmarks, and shares the stories and history behind them. Tours run almost daily at 10 a.m.; While they’re free, reservations are required (and they cost a $ 2 ticket fee). Login here.

Fourteen free activities in and around Denver (and online) this week

Everything you want to know about Greater Sandhill Crane Nesting
Monday, May 3, 7 p.m., online
The Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition hosted the Yampa Valley live streaming crane nest camera near Steamboat Springs. A chick is expected to hatch on May 15th. Get ready for this blessed event by watching this virtual webinar with crane experts Van Graham and Erin Gelling. Sign up here to access the free talk.

The first 100 days of President Joe Biden
Tuesday, May 4th, 11 a.m., online
The first hundred days of a new presidency is a historic standard set during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s rush to face the crisis of the Great Depression in 1933, and it will certainly be used to analyze President Joe Biden’s performance. What are the expectations in 2021? What were Biden’s early wins and failures and what’s next? Join the University of Denver Chancellor Jeremy Haefner, the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research, and the Center on American Politics for a free presentation from political scientists and experts discussing Biden’s first hundred days in office and the implications for America’s future Domestic and life will discuss foreign policy. Login here.

Virtual CPI Happy Hour: Saguache Hotel
Tuesday, May 4th, 4 p.m., online
Saguache’s Fourth Street Commercial District and Downtown Saguache were inducted into Colorado Preservation Inc.’s Endangered Places program in 2009. A decade later, Andy Hackbarth bought the Saguache Hotel, which when it opened in 1910 was called “the best in the San Luis Valley”. Learn more about his ambitious renovation project during this virtual happy hour. Login here.

Silver screen reinterpreted
Tuesday, May 4th, 6 p.m.
Rialto, 228 East 4th Street, Loveland
Loveland’s Rialto Theater turned 100 last year and is now launching its Silver Screen Reimagined capital campaign with a free showing of Star Wars: A New Hope. There is a Star Wars costume parade on stage before the film (all participants receive free popcorn and a drink). Although the show is free, tickets are limited; Call 970-962-2120 to get yours. And may the fourth be with you!

Art war! 2021 A party from a galaxy far, far away!
Tuesday, May 4th, 7pm to 11pm
BRDG Project, 1553 Platte Street, Unit 100
The return of Art War’s May 4th art show and costume party takes you straight into hyperspace. Hop into your X-Wing starfighter, put on a Stormtrooper helmet, and head to the BRDG project gallery on May 4th, where Star Wars geeks cross lightsabers to compete for the best costume awards and art in the spirit From Star Wars consider dancing to a live DJ, curated cocktail in hand. The party is free; You can find all the details on Facebook.

Cinco de Mayo virtual concert
Wednesday, May 5, 1 p.m. to 1.45 p.m., online
Aurora Fox’s virtual cultural concerts on Colfax conclude the season with a multicultural, multicollaborative Cinco de Mayo concert with Colorado’s leading ballet folklorico group Fiesta Colorado under the direction of Jeanette Trujillo and German dancers from Colorado under the direction of Ron Gehauf. The two groups joined forces six years ago to demonstrate the lesser-known influences that have contributed to Mexico’s culture over the centuries, including music from Germany. Check out this free show when the link goes online here.

Rick Griffith: Nonviolence & Activism
Wednesday, May 5th, 5 to 6 p.m., online
Rick Griffith, a graphic designer, artist, and design studio owner whose cutting edge work is featured in the Present Tense exhibition at MCA Denver as part of Colorado, is joined by Denver activists Stephen Brackett from Youth on Record and Evan Weissman from Warm Cookies accompanies the revolution in a round table sharing positive steps that people can take to shape a world where everyone can thrive. It’s free to tune into on YouTube (or pay what you want, $ 5-15). RSVP here.

The barre code
Wednesday, May 5th, 5:30 p.m.
Dairy Block Alley, 18th Street between Wazee and Blake Streets
This free fitness class combines barre work and isometric movements with high energy playlists. It’s free to sign up. Prior registration is required.

Rochelle Johnson's EXPAND

Rochelle Johnson’s “Future Gatherings (Detail)”, oil on canvas, 2020.

Rochelle Johnson / BMOCA

Exploring the mask
Thursday, May 6th, 5:30 p.m., online
The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting this panel with artists from the exhibition From This Day Forward – Ellamaria Ray, June Gruber, Michael Chip & Pat Coronel and Sabrina Marques – on the historical, cultural and psychological significance of masks in art and society. The virtual program is free; Login here.

Cultural Conversations in the Community: Motherhood, Domestic Violence, and Healing
Friday, May 7th, 5 p.m.
Museum of the Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive
The Museo’s brand new exhibition SOMOS: On Domestic Violence, Resilience and Healing takes an in-depth look at the social reverberations of domestic violence through the eyes and hearts of thirteen Denver artists. The show, curated by Carina Bañuelos-Harrison, is designed to stimulate discussion and to that end is accompanied by a strong range of public programs. Bañuelos-Harrison, Angela Ceseña, Director of the Latina Safehouses, and Museo Director will be accompanied by members of the Safehouse’s Comadre network as the series “Motherhood, Domestic Violence and Healing” begins. The live event is free, but an RSVP is recommended here.

Fourteen free activities in and around Denver (and online) this week

Weekends on the Main
Friday, May 7th, 5pm to 10pm and Saturday, May 8th, 8am to 11pm
Second Saturday Walk & Shop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 8th
Main Street Corridor, Rio Grande West to Rapp Street / Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
Downtown Littleton is bringing shoppers back to Main Street with two ongoing summer events – Weekends on Main and Second Stroll & Shop on the second Saturday – both starting this weekend. Main Street is closed to traffic Friday night through Saturday night every weekend, making it easy for you to stroll, shop, and dine along the city’s charming Main Street (and yes, a quiet disco from 6pm to 10pm). Artisan and vintage stalls are added during the day on the second Saturdays of the month. Parking information and further details can be found here.

Spring horseshoe market
Saturday, May 8th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Berkeley Chapel, 4345 West 46th Avenue
Horseshoe Market closes the circle in the parking lot where it all began on Tennyson Street, now in Berkeley Chapel. After more than one decoration, this market that promises “Lucky Finds” is as charming as ever. It will reopen for 2021 with a manageable contingent of seventy handpicked vendors selling handcrafted goods, art, antiques, groceries and vintage clothing. Admission is free; Find out more here.

Rebel marketplace
Saturday, May 8th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Del Mar Park, 312 Del Mar County, Aurora
James Grievous and a group of kids who discovered an affinity for gardening in his garden beds took their microfarm to the next level last summer by organizing the Rebel Marketplace, a monthly inner-city farmers market in Del Mar Park in Aurora. Just in time for Mother’s Day, there is again a second season with fresh products, plant starts, microgreens, mulch, baked goods and herbal remedies. See what’s in store for you here.

Do you know of a great free event in town? We’ll update this list later this week. Send information to [email protected]

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