The city is opening up for summer, with markets in the streets and parties in the parks. It's also National Get Outdoors Day June 12, and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal
will be reopening its visitors center.
Keep reading for six of the best free events in Denver this weekend.
Pearls, Neon Lights and Hatred; a Vision of SYC
Through Sunday, June 13
Spectra Art Space, 1836 South Broadway
Get your Pride Month rolling at Spectra Art Space, where queer/trans designer Amayas Gonzalez will deliver a one-person performance combining art, activism and creative wild style in the form of reworked leather pieces, handmade patches and big collaged handbags. Amayas is encouraging audience members to dress to the nines in neon brights and layers of pearls, and to bring along some anti-hatred mantras for the show, which is ultimately a quest to find respect and safe spaces in a kinder, gentler, more encompassing world. The June 11 opening-night event is sold out, but the show will continue through the weekend; find out more here
Front Range Maker's Market
Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Outlets at Castle Rock, 5050 Factory Shops Boulevard, Castle Rock
With warm weather come big craft markets. Here’s one that gives you more than sixty vendors of handmades, jewelry, vintage goods, yard art, plants, fine art, food and more, but also allows you the option of bargain hunting in the cooler climes of the adjacent outlet stores. Head for the east end of the Outlets at Castle Rock shopping center to shop the Maker's Market local vendors. It’s free to browse and buy; learn more here
Whittier Walking Market and Whittier Yard Sale
Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Whittier Neighborhood, between Downing and York street, 22nd and 33rd avenues
The Whittier Walking Market will join forces with the Whittier Community Yard Sale this month for a movable feast of new and old items. Great people-watching, great community event. Find an interactive map here
Marjorie Park Grand Reopening
Saturday, June 12, noon to 4 p.m.
Marjorie Park, 6331 South Fiddlers Green Circle, Greenwood Village
Marjorie Park, the Museum of Outdoor Arts’ art park adjacent to Fiddler’s Green, has been vastly improved by some major renovations. MOA is cutting the ribbon and revealing the beauty and functionality of the new park at a free public opening with art, live music and food truck fare; register for a timed-entry slot here
. Learn more about upcoming concerts and summer activities here.
Avalon Arts Festival
Saturday, June 12, noon to 4 p.m.
Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Road, Boulder
When Boulder’s Avalon Arts Festival debuted last year in the midst of the pandemic, it was cleverly conceived as a drive-through experience. This year, it will still go down outdoors in the Avalon Ballroom parking lot, but guests will instead take a walkabout in the fresh air to enjoy the event’s mixture of art displays, music and performances. Fest producers have a dream of making this a recurring monthly jump start for creative small businesses, and a big crowd might just help them galvanize the plan. Admission is free; find more information here
Transforming Our Trauma: Guns to Gardens
Sunday, June 13, 1 to 6 p.m.
2650 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder
Community United Church of Christ in collaboration with RawTools will host a drive-through gun buyback event from 1 to 4 p.m.; the guns will be chopped up while the owner is onsite and then transformed into garden tools during the blacksmithing event at 5. There will be poetry and music, too. The afternoon is the kick-off event for the national Gun Violence Roundtable Conference June 25-27 hosted by the Boulder Mennonite Church. Find out more here
Do you know of a great free event in Denver? We'll be updating this list through the week; send information to [email protected]