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Five Things to Do in Denver When It's (Almost) Dead This Weekend

Happy birthday, Colorado!
Happy birthday, Colorado!
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Happy birthday, Colorado! On August 1, 1876, Colorado became the 28th state. History Colorado is celebrating with both virtual and in-person events around the state.

And if you want to make some history of your own, keep reading for other events to enjoy out on the town...or in the privacy of your own home.

24th Annual Chicano Music Festival and Auction
Through August 2
Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive
After almost fifty years, Chicano theater group Su Teatro is powering on to keep a culture with deep history in Colorado alive. The Chicano Music Festival, now in its 24th year, won’t be scratched due to the COVID pandemic — instead, much of the event will stream online, with limited live seating available for weekend parties. See regional legends inducted into the Chicano Hall of Fame, groove to a nationwide virtual jam session, wear your fanciest mask to dance and masquerade, and treat the family to an afternoon with mariachi bands. Streaming is free (or an optional $10 donation); learn more and register for online and live events ($20 to $25) here.

Colorado Day Celebration
History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway
Starting August 1
On August 1, 1876, Colorado became the 38th state in the Union. History Colorado’s annual Colorado Day bash celebrating the state’s 144th birthday will be more reserved this year, but free admission is still part of the package, as are exhibits like Beer Here! Brewing the New West (with closes this weekend), Hecho en Colorado and The John Denver Experience. But the real party will be online, where Emily Hope Dobkin, Denver’s queen of virtual social connections, will be hosting live from the Meet Cart, a platform for bringing folks together to collaborate on interactive projects. Reserve free timed tickets to History Colorado here, and sign up for the Meet Cart Zoom session here. And if you're ready for a road trip, History Colorado’s seven additional museums throughout the state — the Center for Colorado Women’s History at the nearby Byers-Evans House Museum, El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo, the Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center in Fort Vasquez (Platteville), the Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin in Leadville, the Trinidad History Museum in Trinidad and the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose — will also be free on August 1. Timed tickets to any of the eight locations are required. Get yours at, where you can see the schedule for a full week of digital programming to round out Colorado’s birthday bash.

Walk for the Canal Fundraiser
Starting Saturday, August 1

While you’re celebrating the state, don’t forget the High Line Canal that runs through the heart of the metro area. On August 1, the High Line Canal Conservancy will launch its inaugural Walk for the Canal Fundraiser, to raise money for tree planting and other improvements along the 71-mile stretch that started life as an irrigation channel back in 1883. The High Line Canal Conservancy was formed in 2014 to protect and preserve the area by reimagining it as a park. The 71-day challenge will run through October 10, and all participants will receive an orange High Line Canal bandanna, additional incentives and encouragement to “walk anywhere, anytime” for the cause. Find out more about the challenge at

It's Brunch, Betch!
Sunday, August 2, 11 a.m.
First Draft Taproom and Kitchen, 1309 26th Street

It's Brunch, Betch!, a brunch and drag show, will debut on August 2 at First Draft Taproom and Kitchen. Queens Lithia Morose, Gina D'Licious, Penny Spectacular and Jessica Rabbidd will be the entertainers during the outdoor brunch event. For $25, you get brunch, a breakfast cocktail and the show. Reservations are strongly encouraged here.

School of Rock
Sunday, August 2, 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

The show must go on, even behind shields...and computer screens. Elementary, middle and high school students are performing today at Herman's Hideway, and you can watch the live stream here, for free. The schedule: Tribute to Aerosmith, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Rock 101, at 2 p.m., and Euro Rock Show at 3:30. Find out more at

Do you know of other great events around town? Send information to [email protected].
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