Earth Day and 4/20 are behind us, but we have another big holiday to celebrate: Independent Bookstore Day is today, and Second Star to the Right has organized stores around town for a passport with some big prizes.
More on that below, as well as seven other things to do with your free time this weekend — all free!
Indie Bookstore Day Extravaganza
Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Second Star to the Right, 1545 South Pearl Street
Second Star has organized a passport program for independent bookstores with eleven other stores; shop at three on April 24 and you can enter to win a grand prize of over $300 in gift cards and merchandise from all the participating stores: Book Bar, Books Are Awesome, Boulder Bookstore, Gallagher Books, Hearthfire Books, Kilgore Books, Next Page Books & Nosh, Old Firehouse Bookstore, Shop at MATTER, The Read Queen Bookstore, Second Star to the Right and West Side Books & Curios. Second Star is also hosting a full day of virtual events for all ages; find out more here
ParadigmONE Grand Opening
Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
16736 East Iliff Avenue, Aurora
MMA fighter Geno Shvedov is celebrating the grand opening of ParadigmONE, the nonprofit community center he founded to help recovering addicts develop life skills through fitness-based programming, with a day of music and boxing classes, a live DJ, pop-up art, a silent auction, giveaways and more. Admission is free, but masks are required; find out more here
The Denver That Is No More
Saturday, April 24, 2 to 4 p.m.
West Side Books, 3434 West 32nd Avenue
Sunday, April 25, noon to 2 p.m.
Casa Mayan, 1020 Ninth Street
Historian Phil Goodstein, a Denver native, is back with a new book, The Denver That Is No More
, which he'll be talking about and signing as part of National Bookstore Day. The book focuses on the preservation movement of the last fifty years, including the landmarks saved and what has been lost along the way — and why. Books will be available for $25, tax included.
Soul Stories and un/pact: a creative dialogue on consent
Saturday, April 24, 4 p.m., online
It’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an important annual reminder of things people don’t talk about nearly enough, and un/pact, an independent branch of the Soul Stories storytelling initiative, was created in 2019 by Soul Stories star Hannah Skewes to present empathetic programming using storytelling, poetry, music, performance art, facilitation and audience interaction to soften the stigma that comes with the subject of sexual assault. The free event will stream on Facebook Live; get the details here
Indie Press Spotlight
Saturday, April 24, 6 p.m., online
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day when the Tattered Cover hosts a night of books, recommendations and all things indie with independent publishers who'll share the latest and greatest books from their collection. Register for this free event here
Love in the Time of COVID-19: An Apocalypse Cabaret
Saturday, April 24, 7 p.m.
The monthly online series presented by Opera on Tap could be coming to a close. This month's theme is Opera vs. TikTok. Donations will be accepted for the hour-long show that helps support musicians during these tough times; listen here
Artman Productions Earth Day Celebration and Fashion Show
Sunday, April 25, noon to 4 p.m. Farm 49, 7180 North 49th Street, Longmont
Get out on a farm to celebrate the Earth. Starting with a guided group meditation, this event includes a blessing-of-the-plants ceremony with educational hands-on planting, and an art installation by Sharon DeMattia. The event will finish with a fashion show by the new brand ODIN, highlighting sustainable apparel made out of hemp and bamboo, along with secondhand fashion items to encourage reuse. This year's theme will highlight people's interconnectedness with the Earth and the call for no plastic use. Find out more here
And a bonus:
Día del Niño Celebration
Sunday, April 25
The Mexican Cultural Center, in collaboration with Telemundo Denver, is hosting the first virtual “Día del Niño: Celebrating All Children” event through the month. But on April 25, you can celebrate it in person with free admission to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Denver Art Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Clyfford Still Museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., History Colorado from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Even though admission is free, timed tickets are required; get them online from the museums, and find out more about the virtual programming here
Know of a great free event in town? We'll be updating this list through the week; send information to [email protected]