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Ten Memorial Day Events, Festivals and Markets in Denver

Bolder Boulder 10K runners make a big finish at Folsom Field.
Bolder Boulder 10K runners make a big finish at Folsom Field. Courtesy of Bolder Boulder

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click to enlarge Find one-of-a-kind treasures at the spring Sweet William Market. - COLLECTIVE GEEKERY
Find one-of-a-kind treasures at the spring Sweet William Market.
Collective Geekery
Sweet William Market
Founder's Green at Stapleton, 29th Avenue and Syracuse Street
Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Sweet William Market, a mashup of vintage and artisan wares now in its thirteenth season, is a swell place to meet up with neighbors and friends to peruse the booths, crowd around food trucks and listen to live music. The spring market falls conveniently on Memorial Day weekend and is a great opportunity to shop early for June wedding gifts and Father’s Day (Sweet William philanthropic partner the Morgan Adams Foundation will host a Father’s Day card craft activity for kids).

click to enlarge Barter for produce at the South Pearl Street Farmers' Market. - OLD SOUTH PEARL STREET FARMERS' MARKET
Barter for produce at the South Pearl Street Farmers' Market.
Old South Pearl Street Farmers' Market
South Pearl Street Farmers' Market
1400 to 1500 blocks, South Pearl Street
Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The South Pearl Street Farmers’ Market, which will run weekly on Sundays through November 17, is a work of art when it comes to building community and serving up things like farm-picked produce, artisanal foods and fresh baked bread. Find early spring greens, asparagus spears and tomato starts at the Memorial Day version, which also coincides with the first flea market edition, bringing shopping for treasures — vintage, antiques, architectural salvage, farmhouse, mid-mod and more — into the overall equation.

click to enlarge Everyone loves a holiday fireworks show. - COURTESY OF ELITCH GARDENS
Everyone loves a holiday fireworks show.
Courtesy of Elitch Gardens
Memorial Day Weekend Fireworks
Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle
Sunday, May 26, 10 to 10:30 p.m.

Fireworks always brighten a three-day weekend, and Elitch Gardens steps up to the task with an extravaganza that starts at the amusement park’s closing time of 10 p.m. Up-close, inside-the-park viewing is free with your daily ticket or season pass, but you can’t hide a fireworks show like that from the downtown Denver skyline or the heights of Highland, so find a place to park yourself and enjoy the show.

click to enlarge See who's buried at Fairmount Cemetery. You might be surprised. - FAIRMOUNT HERITAGE FOUNDATION
See who's buried at Fairmount Cemetery. You might be surprised.
Fairmount Heritage Foundation
Memorial Day Veterans Tour
Fairmount Cemetery, 430 South Quebec Street
Sunday, May 26, 10 a.m. to noon
By donation; RSVP in advance at Eventbrite
Fairmount Cemetery boasts a large collection of interred war dead from various conflicts across time, including historical figures, generals and decorated war heroes in designated military blocks honoring everyone from Nisei Japanese-American Air Force veterans and Spanish-American War veterans to World War I veterans and more. Take a tour through the beautiful Fairmount grounds and hear stories from Colorado’s military past.

click to enlarge Catch a view at the Bolder Boulder 10K. - COURTESY OF BOLDER BOULDER
Catch a view at the Bolder Boulder 10K.
Courtesy of Bolder Boulder
Bolder Boulder 10K
30th and Walnut streets, Boulder
5:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. race-day registration and packet pickup
Waves/special races start at 5:50 a.m. and continue through 11:30 a.m.
Advance online registration, $53 to $98
Race-day registration, $58 to $103

Run, run, run — or do whatever gets you from one place to another — at the time-honored Bolder Boulder 10K, a race that has room for everyone, from the pros to the Sunday joggers. More than 50,000 entrants weave through Boulder neighborhoods each year — on foot or by wheelchair, wearing serious running gear or silly costumes — to cross the arena finish line at Folsom Field. Cheer from the sidelines or put on your running shoes and participate; everything wraps up with a patriotic Memorial Day Tribute at noon.

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