Wow, what a weekend. This is the last gasp of summer and the aspen are turning, so you might want to head for the hills. But there's plenty happening in Denver, too, with Crush Walls continuing and fun busting out all over town.
Keep reading for the ten best events on the calendar this weekend.
Crush Walls 2020
Through Sunday, September 20
Multiple metro locations, and online
More than a hundred artists will hit the streets of RiNo and neighboring areas to paint murals over the next week. But the eleventh edition of Crush Walls includes much more than that; there will also be numerous in-person and online programs. Don't miss the Spray Can Bar, behind the Ramble Hotel at 2424 Larimer Street. Find out more here.
Off the Wall
Through Sunday, September 20, 1 p.m. until dark
ARTAOS Gallery, 2822 East 17th Avenue
This tribute to street art in the Rocky Mountains will raise awareness and money for Youth on Record, the Denver nonprofit that helps kids make music. From 1 p.m. until dark, 24 local artists will set up in the ARTAOS Gallery to work on street-wall-style panels designed by the artists and FORGE Art Studio. You can watch in socially distanced safety while enjoying live music and taking advantage of nearby food trucks. Live music will join the lineup on Sunday. Find out more at artaos.gallery.com.
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Breckenridge Film Festival Drive-In
Through September 20
As film festivals figure out how to continue amid a global pandemic, the Breckenridge Film Festival is taking a unique approach. Instead of migrating entirely online, the festival is running a drive-in option through September 20, and an online option through October 4. Supplementing the festival’s usual slate of world-class films, programmers have started the Black Lives Matter Initiative to celebrate movies by Black directors and to host conversations about race and cinema. Prices for tickets and festival passes vary and can be purchased at breckfilmfest.org.
Through Sunday, September 20
Never has the decision to shop at your independent businesses been so important to their survival as in the wake of COVID-19 closures. So when the Colfax Avenue Business Improvement District celebrates its first Independents Day (that's not a Fourth of July typo), all of the entrepreneurs, moms-and-pops and other shop, restaurant and bar owners hope you make it out to Colfax Avenue to enjoy food, drink and shopping deals, participate in a scavenger hunt and support boutiques, fitness centers and more. Admission is free, but you'll want to spend what you can. For more details, go to colfaxave.com/independents-day.
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High Holidays 2020: Hope in Uncertain Times
Saturday, September 19
The flexibility of virtual attendance has been a boon for event organizers hog-tied by COVID crowd-control restrictions — and one that could have legs in the future, attracting new and bigger audiences. Case in point: Denver’s easygoing congregation, Judaism Your Way, is aiming to double or even triple its High Holidays capacity of 1,500 people per service in 2020 by going virtual...so what are you waiting for? There’s plenty of room! Rosh Hashanah is this weekend, Yom Kippur next. L'shana tovah and g'mar tov! Find details and register for JYW’s free Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at the website.
Handmade in Colorado Expo
Saturday, September 19, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, September 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Skyline Park, 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe Street
The twelfth annual Handmade in Colorado Expo is a showcase of some of Colorado's best handmade arts, crafts, foods and goods from dozens of vendors; there will also be live music, including Kenny Lee Young on Saturday. The event is designed with social distancing in mind, and all sales go directly to the vendor. Find out more at handmadeincolorado.com.
Summer at A-Basin
Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20
Celebrate the last weekend of summer at Arapahoe Basin, which will close its Aerial Adventure Park at the end of Sunday. If you're familiar with ropes courses and challenge courses, you have a rough idea of what an aerial adventure park has to offer...but this one is built directly into the trees on the slopes of A-Basin. There are seven routes: two for kids, and five that are more advanced. For those who want a tamer time, chairlift rides are also available. Tickets are required (though the chairlift is free for season-pass holders). Get hours and prices here.
Plein Air Quick Draw Competition
Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Aspen Grove, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive
Aspen Grove is partnering with Rox Arts Gallery to host the Plein Air Quick Draw competition, with artists painting from 10 a.m. to noon while shoppers watch. The finished art will be on display from 3 to 5 p.m. in Suite 616. Admission is free, and you can vote for your favorite painting. Find out more here.
Saturday, September 19
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams Park, 3000 Lafayette Street, 10 a.m. to noon
Frederick Douglass Park, 3000 Franklin Street, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Madame CJ Walker Park,1900 East 30th Avenue, noon to 2 p.m.
George Morrison Sr. Park, 1400 East Martin Luther King Boulevard, 1 to 4 p.m.
St. Charles Place Park, 3777 Lafayette Street, 4 to 6 p.m.
Russell Square Park Movie Night, 3600 Vine Street, 6 to 10 p.m.
What got its start in 2010 as the community drumming festival EarthDance Denver morphed into HarvestSHARE in 2013, adding a wider variety of people-focused events over the years. But in 2020, the expansion is monumental, with a rolling schedule of events at six east-side parks and an emphasis on healthy activities, food distribution and fun games for all ages that ends with a movie at Russell Square Park. The fest is free, but registration is requested in advance; learn more and check in at Eventbrite.
Signs of the Time
Saturday, September 19, noon to 4 p.m.
Washington Park, South Downing between Exposition and Ohio avenues
Denver screen printer Stu Alden, of Ink Lounge, is turning a portion of Washington Park into a celebration of the First Amendment and the democratic process. He's created oversized conversational yard art to fill a temporary sculpture garden with signs designed to support the 2020 election and inspire a discussion of a better future. There will be voter registration on site, as well as free T-shirt (bring your own white T) and patch printing; limited editions of standard-sized yard signs with be available for purchase. Fifty percent of the profits from yard sign sales will go to nonprofits Future Coalition and Black Lives Matter 5280. Find more information here.
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