Colorado's Labor Day weekend calendar is usually crowded with events that draw the hordes. But not this weekend. Some big annual traditions, like the Taste of Colorado, have been canceled, while the Colorado State Fair's public activities are mostly limited to a drive-through food fair and a drive-through Fiesta
Still, the weather will be beautiful (if hot), so you can create your own outdoor fun...or take advantage of some of the events listed below, some in-person, some virtual, some both. And don't miss the benefit for the Mercury Cafe!
Through the month
Downtown Denver and online
The folks at Denver Digerati, who bring you the annual Supernova digital animation festival, have reinvented the fest in its fifth year to fit the parameters of proper COVID conduct. Although it's packed with three weeks of ongoing video programs revolving around the 2020 theme of "World on Fire," Supernova has only two in-person events this year: The September 3 festival launch in collaboration with Denver Night Lights, which projected work by ten commissioned artists on the side of the Clocktower on the 16th Street Mall, and a Silent Screen walking tour on September 19 to see animation activated on LED screens throughout downtown Denver. (Reserve a tour spot online, or catch the action on your home screen.) Catch previews and the complete schedule at denverdigerati.org.
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Colorado State Fair Drive-Thru Fair Food
Saturday, September 5, and Sunday, September 6, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Colorado State Fair, Pueblo
Free (but you pay for food)
The Colorado State Fair is under way, with the theme "A Walk on the Wild Side," but there's not much walking on the fairgrounds in Pueblo. In fact, the only in-person event is the Drive-Thru Fair Food event, where you can grab all your favorite fair fare — ordering it while in your car, and then eating it off-site. Still, don't you need a Pass Key sandwich? Maybe a funnel cake? Find out more about the fair here.
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Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
700 Kalamath Street
KGNU, the Open Media Foundation and the Art District on Santa Fe are hosting a Yard Bazaar as the media organizations prepare to move. Shop in the open air for records, CDs and books, electronics, TV equipment, and work by local artists. KGNU DJs will provide entertainment, and food trucks will be on site. Find out more here.
Chalk Art Festival
Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Downtown Longmont and online
The Firehouse Art Center and ArtWalk Longmont are hosting a mini-Chalk Festival, complete with art booths, live music and chalk artists, of course. You can stroll Main Street and see the artists at work, then return to the ArtWalk Longmont Facebook page to see the finished work.
Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 Broadway
The comic book industry's biggest annual event is Free Comic Book Day, generally held during the first weekend in May. This year, of course, it didn't happen...but now Mutiny Information Cafe is hosting its postponed Free Comic Book Day on September 5. There will be plenty of free merch, as well as a costume contest. Get the details here.
Las Noches de Frida Dinner
Saturday, September 5, 5:45 to 8:15 p.m.
RISE Westwood Campus, 3738 Morrison Road
$45 to $80 at risewestwoodcollective.com
The power quintet of Denver’s Westwood neighborhood — the Empress, Westwood Creative District and D3 Arts, Cultura Chocolate, the RISE Westwood Collective and Re:Vision — are joining forces on a four-part dinner series showcasing the favorite family dishes of local chefs and inspired by Westwood’s eighth annual Frida Kahlo art exhibition, which will be on view. Community speakers fill out the menu at each meal with talks on current issues. The series continues through September; find out more here.
Liminal, A Storytelling Fundraiser
Saturday, September 5, 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, September 6, 6 to 8 p.m.
Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street
$20 at Eventbrite
Marilyn Megenity's been there for all of us for more than four decades; now it's time to be there for her. To help the iconic Mercury Cafe weather the COVID-19 storm, spoken-word champions Soul Stories and Stain’d Art, which have depended on the Merc as a performance space, are collaborating on a two-night run of Liminal, their storytelling series. Limited seating is available for $20 for the live show, but it will also stream on Facebook, by donation.
Do you know of other great events around town this weekend? We'll be updating this list; send information to firstname.lastname@example.org. And don't miss "Art Attack: Sixteen Ways to See Art Live or Otherwise This Weekend."