This week, you can explore the world without leaving your home...or opening your wallet. But if you're willing to get out of the house, you can hear fascinating conversations, shop for local wares or join some of Denver's local arts activists and politicians at a rally.
Keep reading for five free events around town, as well as a bonus.
South University Farmers' Market
Wednesday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dry Creek and South University, Centennial
This suburban, open air farmers' market is back, with two dozen vendors' booths offering not just produce, but products and gifts all made locally; there's also live music. Admission is free.
Mixed Taste: Napping & Slovenian Zombies
Wednesday, July 29, 7 p.m.
The Mixed Taste series continues virtually as journalist Maya Kroth and University of Denver professor Nancy Wadsworth take on the very diverse topics of napping and Slovenian zombies, respectively, while storyteller Brenton Weyi offers his own unique take. The program is free; register here.
Upside-Down Magic Author Talk
Thursday, July 30, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Denver Arts & Venues, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Scholastic host a free virtual conversation with Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins, authors of Upside-Down Magic, the 2020 Youth One Book, One Denver selection. They'll talk about their book as well as the upcoming Upside-Down Magic movie coming to the Disney Channel July 31, and take questions. Find out more and register here.
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Gem and Jam Discology
Thursday, July 30, 4:45 to 6:10 p.m.
4498 West 26th Avenue (at Sloan's Lake)
In celebration of creating space for connectedness, Gem and Jam has partnered with Discology to host the first round of Dance in Distance events. They'll be taking place from New York to Portland — and one is set for Denver, where people can gather to dance and build connections. Masked and six feet apart, of course. Two DJs will spin the beats while a trained mindful practitioner guides you; all you need to bring is your phone, headphones, mask and curiosity! Sign up for the free event here.
The United Against I.C.E. Rally
Friday, July 31, 5 to 8 p.m.
La Raza Park
10For10, along with Los Mocochetes and various local groups and organizations, will host a rally at La Raza Park to bring attention to the immigration issues in this country, and demand the closure of ICE detention centers. Speakers include Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre, state legislator Julie Gonzales, activist Omar Montgomery, poet Jozer Guerrero and Xicano funk band Los Mocochetes. Find out more here.
And a not-free bonus:
Artist Talk Back With Robert Sher-Machherndl and Cleo Parker Robinson
Wednesday, July 29, 6 to 7:15 p.m.
Denver icon Cleo Parker Robinson joins critically acclaimed Viennese choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl of Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet to talk about Sher-Machherndl's upcoming work, Black Angels, currently in rehearsal. During this virtual event, you can see some of the action and ask questions of the creators. Tickets are $20; find out more here.
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