Action returns to downtown Denver this weekend, when dozens of businesses will offer deals and special promotions during the first-ever, three-day Downtown Denver Sidewalk Sale. But for a real show, you'll want to head west to Federal Boulevard, to catch the second annual Cruise Down Fedz.
Downtown Denver Sidewalk Sale
Through Sunday, August 23
noon to 6 p.m.
16th Street Mall (and surrounding blocks)
Miss the action downtown? It returns this weekend, when the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District host the first-ever Downtown Denver Sidewalk Sale. More than fifty businesses will be offering special deals and promotions during the three-day event (watch for the orange balloons); get the details here.
The Mavens of Millinery Outdoor Pop-Up Hat Shop
Sunday, August 23, noon to 6 p.m.
Shop Mona Lucero, 126 West 12th Avenue
The 2020 Kentucky Derby, postponed until September 5 by the COVID pandemic, is only two weeks away — so what’s a hatless girl to do? Stock up on Derby-appropriate toppers, from sweet fascinators to wide-brimmed beauties tied up with a big bow, at the Mavens of Millinery Outdoor Pop-Up Hat Shop, a two-day outdoor showcase for five independent, local milliners — Victoria Regina, Vivian Blooms, Diane Harty Millinery, Ella James Millinery and Hatsafrass — hosted under tents in front of the Shop Mona Lucero boutique. Admission is free and COVID safety measures will be practiced; learn more on Facebook.
Sunday, August 3, noon to 6 p.m.
Belleview Station, 4825 South Newport Street
The BigWonderful Beer Garden and Paint Park is open until 6 p.m., with live music until 3 p.m. with a Something Vinyl Club: Record Pop-Up and DJ set. Dogs are welcome. Get more details here.
La Raza Barnum Park Day: A Cruise Down Fedz
Sunday, August 23, 1 to 7 p.m.
Barnum Park, 360 Hooker Street, to La Raza Park, 1501 West 38th Street
Despite creeping redevelopment and gentrification, Chicano culture, lowriders and the cruising tradition still run deep in Denver’s Northside community. To celebrate, La Raza Barnum Park Day: A Cruise Down Fedz returns for a second run. Folks of all ages are invited to gather at Barnum Park for an opening ceremony with Aztec dancers before heading out for a cruising route down Federal Boulevard that ends up at La Raza Park for an afternoon of entertainment and socially distant mingling. Find more info about the free event on Facebook.
Frequent Flyers Outdoor Performance
Sunday, August 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Blackbelly Restaurant parking lot 1606 Conestoga Street, Boulder
Frequent Flyers, the premier aerial dance crew along the Front Range, is taking it to the streets (well, at least to a parking lot) for an outdoor performance, flying high above the audience, adjacent to Blackbelly Restaurant. Although it’s too late to register for an optional picnic dinner, plenty of $25 tickets still remain for the performance only. It’s a BYO-seating affair, and masks and distancing are required. Visit frequentflyers.org for details; get tickets on Eventbrite.
Backporch Concert: Gen3
Sunday, August 23, 6 p.m.
Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
Head to the back of the Dairy Arts Center parking lot to hear Gen3, a new group born out of COVID after four musicians found that their regular acts were no longer viable and banded together. Spanning three generations of musicians, they play a combination of originals and covers with one guiding principle: Every song must mean something to the band emotionally. The result ranges from classic rock to funk to jam band, for a diverse and authentic musical journey. Tickets are $20; get them here.
And plan ahead...
Celebrate Women’s Equality Day
Wednesday, August 26
Honor the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment during a day filled with suffrage activities. Visit historicdenver.org to learn more about Margaret “Molly” Brown and Colorado’s role in the national story of women’s voting rights, and how Women’s Equality Day came to be, as well as events both virtual and in person that day.
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