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Colorado is reopening and people are coming out of their homes to attend actual events (or at least in the garden around those homes).
The weekend offers a mix of virtual and personal activities to fill your free time with – all for free. (And yes, there are ticketing events too, including those on this recommended list.)
Here are six of your best options:
Colorado XOs rugby
Saturday, May 22nd, 2 p.m.
Infinity Park, 950 South Birch Street (and online)
Infinity Park opens the gates for the first big event in a year: a free rugby match with the new crossover team Colorado XOs against LA Loyals Elite. The doors open at 1 p.m. No tickets required. Find out more here.
Opening Reception: Matt Barton, “Community Forms”
Saturday, May 22nd, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
TAXI, 3457 Ringsby Court
With this permanent public art project from the Colorado Springs artist and Black Cube resident Matt Barton, form follows function in more ways than one. “Community Forms” is an undulating concrete structure on the TAXI campus that serves both as an environment to protect against flood of rain and as a spontaneous skate park. It’s nice to look at too, in a win-win-win situation. Celebrate Community Forms with an outdoor reception that invites boarders to try out the new terrain. There will be an open skate at 4pm after the remarks at 3pm. RSVP online at Eventbrite, then read our story on Community Forms.
Remix Popup Market
Saturday, May 22nd and Sunday, May 23rd, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Black House, 2852 Welton Street
A formerly empty house on Welton Street is no longer empty: The Five Points apartment, known as the Black House, will serve as the location of the Remix Pop-Up Market, a shopping extravaganza selling goods from Denver, at least for the weekend includes BIPOC businesses and high quality broadcasts are sold to raise funds for the Lincoln Hills Cares outdoor youth program. Make it a weekend: new items and vendors are offered every day. In between shopping rounds, the organizers recommend checking out Five Points businesses like Coffee at the Point and Mimosas, a new brunch spot. Find out more here.
Downtown is back for summer.
Saturday, May 22nd, 9:30 a.m.
Denver Urban Gardens, 1031 33rd Street, Suite 100
Have you ever wondered what it is like to have your own piece of land in a community garden? Check it out when Denver Urban Gardens host a family-friendly bike tour of three of the 188 DUG locations, all of which top off with a scavenger hunt, live music, chalk art, and a seed giveaway. Tour groups leave the DUG headquarters in waves with timed entry. Register and make optional donations here.
Artists on the rise: LVDY
Saturday, May 22nd, 7pm and Sunday, May 23rd, 3pm
Milk Block, 1800 Wazee Street
The Dairy Block is launching an ongoing campaign to highlight Mile High’s top talent with LVDY, a Colorado-based indie folk duo starring Kathleen Hooper and Aubrey Mable who traveled the world before the pandemic, Artists on the Rise Performances. Fans known as LVDYMOB backed a successful Kickstarter campaign and allowed the musicians to create a debut album called Gold, which was released on April 16. The act will give two free outdoor concerts on Alley on Dairy Block. Find out more here.
Poetry in the park
Sunday, May 23, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cheesman Park, East 12th Avenue and High Street
A great old Denver tradition is being revived on Sunday by a younger contingent of poets and presses who have banded together to throw poetry in the park, a free, open-air marathon afternoon reading. It’s easy: bring a blanket and sandwich if you want and stay for a few minutes or a couple of hours. Readers are also invited to sign up for ten minute slots. RSVP here.
Do you know of a great free event in town? We’ll update this list over the weekend. Send information to [email protected]
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