The first St. Patrick's Day Parade in three years filled downtown Denver with revelers last Saturday, and the fun has continued spilling out through this weekend. Along the way, you can do some shopping, listen to live music and join in the first in-person Warm Cookies of the Revolution program since 2020.
Keep reading for eight of the best free things to do in Denver this weekend:
Spring Local AF Markets
Sunday, March 20, noon to 6 p.m.
The Alley at Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee Street
Dairy Block is again partnering with American Field to host a series of pop-up outdoor markets in the Alley. In addition to a curated collection of Colorado retailers, the market will include musical performances, demonstrations and special food and beverage offerings. The markets will return April 16-17 and May 20-21. Find out more here
Community Almanac: Climate & Trunk
Sunday, March 20, 1 to 3 p.m.
McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue
Warm Cookies of the Revolution is back with an in-person event. Led by Warm Cookies videographer Mary Grace Legg, dozens of artists and community organizations created a four-part video Community Almanac, offering creative solutions to complex issues we face as a community. Watch the short video inspired by tree trunks and the climate crisis, hear from the residents and artists who contributed to the series, and join in conversations about how wisdom and solutions can be transferred between generations. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested; find out more here
Frozen Dead Poet Slam
Sunday, March 20, 1 to 5 p.m.
First Street, across from the Not Yet Dead in Ned tent, Nederland
Live mountain poets will be sharing works by dead poets on Sunday, as part of the annual Frozen Dead Guy Days
, a celebration for one of Nederland’s favorite citizens, who lies frozen in a Tuff Shed: Grandpa Bredo Morstøl, who died in his homeland of Norway in 1989 and eventually made his way to Colorado, where daughter Aud Morstøl and grandson Trygve Baug — and eventually the whole town — have kept him iced him up since 1993. What do poets have to do with it? While people storm Nederland for hearse parades, coffin races, human foosball and other sports, poets from the Beyond Academia Free Skool will read poetry from a soapbox along First Street. Learn more here
Spring Equinox Reception
Sunday, March 20, 1 to 3 p.m.
Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, 312 East Colfax Avenue
Located in the former Jerry’s Record Exchange storefront, Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax is an extension of the Dikeou Collection and offers an expanded look at Devon Dikeou's Mid-Career Smear
curated by Cortney Lane Stell. Special bonus at this spring equinox reception: guest portrait photography courtesy of Anthony Camera. This event is free; find out more here
Welcoming the Stranger: Motus Theater's UndocuAmerica Project
Sunday, March 20, 5:30 p.m., online
Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church is hosting a virtual presentation from Motus Theater’s "Welcoming the Stranger" series, which asks church and lay leaders to step into the shoes of Motus autobiographical monologists who are undocumented. This round includes Arvada City Council member Randy Moorman and Wyoming District Superintendent/Mountain Sky Conference of the UMC Reverend Mark Calhoun reading aloud Laura Peniche's story of migration and reflecting on climate change in relation to immigration. Register and find out more here
Lucky Swing Night With Bianca and the Flyboys
Bianca Herbert and the Flyboys are in the swing of things.
Little Man Ice Cream
Sunday, March 20, 7 to 9 p.m.
Little Man Ice Cream Factory, 4411 West Colfax
Little Man tops off a week of St. Patrick's Day celebrations with a night of free swing dancing to Bianca Herbert and the Flyboys, a nine-piece band. As a bonus, one lucky dancer will receive an ice cream social for four. Find out more here
Night Lights Denver: Women's History Month
Rory Scott, "Marble."
Night Lights Denver
Through March 31, daily except Mondays, 6:15 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Clocktower, 1601 Arapahoe Street
For Women’s History Month, Night Lights Denver is presenting a collection of time-based artworks projected on the side of the Clocktower; the work is designed to express conversations unique to each artist’s practice. This program was independently curated by Sharifa Moore, executive director of Denver Digerati; find out more here
and an anytime bonus:
How to Fix Racism in Our Tax Code: Dorothy A. Brown
On March 14, Colorado's Fund Our Future Coalition hosted a panel discussion with Dorothy Brown, author of The Whiteness of Wealth
, and other experts on the tax code, and how tax reforms in Build Back Better, including the Child Tax Credit, can boost racial and economic equity. If you missed her talk; you can watch a video recording of the event here
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