What has it meant to spend the last year behind a mask? The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art will explore that topic in an online program today that will resonate as you go out and about this weekend. And you will go out: Five Points is hosting a two-day festival of live jazz with an emphasis on Latino music.
And just in time for Mother's Day, market season is getting under way, with locations stretching from Aurora to Littleton to northwest Denver. Shop around for more things to do in our list of seven free events in and around Denver (and online) this week.
Exploration of the Mask
Rochelle Johnson's "Future Gatherings (detail)," oil on canvas, 2020.
Thursday, May 6, 5:30 p.m., online
The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting this panel with artists in the From This Day Forward
exhibit — Ellamaria Ray, June Gruber, Michael “Chip” & Pat Coronel, and Sabrina Marques — discussing the historical, cultural and psychological significance of masks in art and society. The virtual program is free; sign up here
Community Conversation: Coping in the Aftermath of Trauma
Thursday, May 6, 6 p.m. online
Though it has been six weeks since the King Soopers shootings, the aftermath of this tragedy continues to impact our community in many ways, including affecting our mental well-being and sense of safety. In response, Dr. Janine D’Anniballe, a licensed psychologist and a nationally recognized expert in traumatic stress who serves as director of trauma services at Mental Health Partners, is hosting another conversation to discuss ways to cope in the aftermath of trauma. The program is free; sign up here
Community Cultural Conversations: Motherhood, Domestic Violence and Healing
Friday, May 7, 5 p.m.
Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive
The Museo’s brand-new exhibition SOMOS: On Domestic Violence, Resilience and Healing
takes a hard look at the social reverberations of domestic abuse through the eyes and hearts of thirteen Denver artists. Curated by Carina Bañuelos-Harrison, the show is meant to inspire discussion, and to that end, it is accompanied by a strong lineup of public programming. Bañuelos-Harrison, Latina Safehouse director Angela Ceseña and Museo director Claudia Moran will be joined by members of the safehouse’s Comadre Network for the series kickoff, “Motherhood, Domestic Violence and Healing.” The live event is free, but an RSVP is recommended here
Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Five Points
Friday, May 7, 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 8, 3 to 9 p.m.
2400-2700 Welton Street
The city's venerable Cinco de Mayo celebration and the newly created First Friday Five Points Jazz Hop come together for a two-day series of free concerts along Welton Street. Not only will jazz artists play music with Latin flavor, but people will be able to learn salsa steps in the Five Points Plaza. Performers include Conjunto Colores, Los Chicos Malos, DJ Ricky O and Westword
award winners Los Mocochetes. Find the full schedule here
Weekends on Main
Friday, May 7, 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 8, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Second Saturday Stroll & Shop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 8
Main Street corridor, Rio Grande West to Rapp Street/Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
Downtown Littleton is wooing shoppers back to Main Street with two ongoing summer events — Weekends on Main and a Second Saturday Stroll & Shop — that both kick off this weekend. Main Street will be closed to traffic from Friday evening through Saturday evening every weekend for effortless strolling, shopping and dining along the town's charming Main Street (and yes, a silent disco from 6 to 10 p.m.); monthly Second Saturdays will add artisan and vintage vendor booths during the day. Find parking info and more details here
Spring Horseshoe Market
Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Berkeley Chapel, 4345 West 46th Avenue
The Horseshoe Market goes full circle to the parking lot where it all began on Tennyson Street, at what’s now called Berkeley Chapel; after more than a decade, this market that promises "Lucky Finds" is as charming as ever. It reopens for 2021 with a manageable contingent of seventy handpicked vendors offering handmade wares, art, antiques, food items and vintage clothing. Admission is free; learn more here
Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Del Mar Park, 312 Del Mar Circle, Aurora
James Grevious and a bunch of kids who discovered an affinity for gardening in his backyard produce beds took their micro-farm to the next level last summer by organizing Rebel Marketplace, a monthly inner-city farmers’ market in Del Mar Park in Aurora. It's back for a second season, opening just in time for Mother’s Day, with fresh produce, plant starts, microgreens, mulch, baked goods and herbal remedies. See what’s in store here
And a bonus...
Denver Walking Tours
Daily (except Tuesdays in May), 10 a.m.
This free walking tour is back for a spring season, starting at the Colorado Capitol and winding through the heart of downtown Denver as it takes you past top sights and landmarks and shares the stories and history behind them. Tours are offered almost every day at 10 a.m.; although they're free, reservations are required (and they do come with a $2 ticketing fee). Sign up here
Know of a great free event around town? We'll be updating this list through the week; send information to [email protected]