A holiday weekend is coming, but there's plenty to do in and around Denver before then, both serious and silly. You can visit the Black Love Mural Festival back at Civic Center Park, or share your own poetry in Cheesman.
Keep reading for a wide range of free events in and around Denver (and online) this week, and check our special Memorial Day weekend list of more things to do:
Black Love Mural Festival
Starting Thursday, May 27
Civic Center Park
Rob the Museum and IRL have partnered with Denver Parks and Recreation and the digital arts nonprofit Unique.One. to bring the second annual Black Love Mural Festival back to Civic Center Park. Artists will begin painting murals on May 27; they'll remain up through August 2. And every weekend until Juneteenth, the group will host live paintings, workshops and activations. Find out more here.
Starting Thursday, May 27, online
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company presents the reading of a new play by Josh Hartwell. It's loosely inspired by a zany, true-ish story, BETC promises. In Overland Park, Kansas, in 1983, an eighteen-year-old misfit steals a 70-millimeter print of Return of the Jedi. Then, with help from a Tarantino-like video store clerk, he attempts to sell the movie on the black market. There will be a live Zoom discussion of the play and performance at 6 p.m. June 1. Register here.
Through Friday, May 28, online
News Matters, the documentary by local filmmaker Brian Malone that focuses on the rise of the Colorado Sun and what Alden Global has done to daily newspapers across the country, continues to make a splash around the country. You can still view it for free on Rocky Mountain PBS through May 28; get the details here.
YIMBY Backyard Party Supporting Denver's Safe Outdoor Sites
Friday, May 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
3850 York Street
YIMBY Denver is bringing back its backyard series with an outdoor get-together to raise funds and support Denver's safe-camping sites, particularly the upcoming location in South Park Hill. Find out more here.
Belleview Station Spring Bazaar
Saturday, May 29, and Sunday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
4910 South Newport Street
Browse through the offerings of seventy-plus vendors, including fashion trucks, at this two-day maker marketplace, complete with food trucks and a cash bar. Admission is free and dogs are welcome; you can always shell out for a Shop & Sip ticket. Find out more here.
Made by Us Market
Saturday, May 29, 6 to 9 p.m.
Fort Greene Bar, 321 East 45th Avenue
Eat, drink and be spendy: The small and edgy Made by Us Market (formerly known as Night Market) will land at Fort Greene Bar in Globeville, where you can enjoy a shopping spree on a bar patio. The vendor collective promises just the right mix of artisans, food slingers, trinket tenders and vintage vendors, while the bar provides free DJ tunes. Watch for future Made by Us pop-ups on Instagram.
Cheapskates Action Sports Bar
Sunday, May 30, noon to 6 p.m.
7501 Grandview Avenue, Arvada
This Arvada watering hole is celebrating its tenth anniversary with live music; a Maker’s Mark outdoor bar with free samples; giveaways and raffles; chalk and bubbles for kids; cornhole and more fun. Admission is free; find out more here.
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