Lakeside Amusement Park has reopened and the Colfax Marathon has returned, too. But another longtime tradition is ending: After 45 years, StarFest is blasting off for the final frontier.
See our list of free things to do here, and keep reading for six events worth the price of admission:
Through Sunday, May 15
Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 East Tufts Avenue
StarFest is leaving the galaxy after 45 spins around the sun (read our story here), making this year’s final throes at the Hyatt Tech Center a must for all local nerds enamored of multiple sci-fi and fantasy genres, a StarFest specialty. Comics, gaming, sci-fi art, Harry Potter, cosplay, space science, Klingon culture — whatever genre you’re looking for, StarFest has it. Special guests this year include a Star Trek triumvirate of Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax), Michelle Hurd (Raffi Musiker) and Brent Spiner (Data). Ticket prices range from $25 to $175, with optional add-ons for special events available; get them here.
The Great American Tiny House Show
Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
Norris Penrose Event Center, Expo Hall, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, Colorado Springs
Builders will display fifteen different types of tiny homes, answering questions and demonstrating their ideas. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 online; get them here.
Asian American and Pacific Islander+ Festival
Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street
The Filipino-American Community of Colorado (FACC) and the Denver Zoo are partnering to celebrate the diversity of Colorado’s Asian and Pacific Islander community. Festival events range from a Philippine folk dance to a healing sound workshop, jewelry-making workshop and tai chi performance. The festival is included with regular Denver Zoo admission; find out more here.
Chalk Lines & Vines
Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Central Green Event Center, 25690 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora
More than fifteen Colorado wineries will be dishing samples while chalk artists rock the pavement during Chalk Lines & Vines, an art-and-wine combo event brightening up the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. Food trucks will be standing by, or simply bring your own picnic to eat while you contemplate whether or not to buy a bottle of your favorite sip, and live music rounds out the bash. Tickets range from $10 to $35 in advance here and rise to $40 at the door.
DCPA Theatre Company, Quixote Nuevo
Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.; through June 12, daily except Mondays
Wolf Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
If chivalry-obsessed Don Quixote and Pancho Sanchez were to show up seeking glory in the modern borderlands of Texas, what would that look like? Octavio Solis’s Quixote Nuevo tells the story with the kind of righteous humor that American immigrants save for their white oppressors, as Cervantes scholar José Quijano and sidekick Manny Diaz, a street paletero, chase an illusion among zoot-suited pachucos and evil border patrol officers. The colorful play runs for a month at DCPA's Wolf Theatre; find information and tickets, $10 to $77, here.
Black Sound Series: Camille Norment, Untitled (red flame)
Through June 18
Lane Screening Room, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs
CSFAC’s three-part Black Sound Series comes to a close with a five-week run of Oslo-based Black sound artist Camille Norment’s Untitled (red flame). The multi-channel installation engages with altered recordings of human speech rendered into something more resembling a human firestorm for justice and positive change. Visit the installation Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the required museum admission fee, $5 to $10, includes entrance to all other galleries. RSVP here.
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