Weekly Event Round-up: People’s Fair, National Trails Day, Chalk Festival & More!
Saturday-Sunday. You don’t have to live on Capitol Hill to enjoy the 39th annual People’s Fair, presented by the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods organization. Each year, the Fair draws thousands from all over Denver to Civic Center Park for two days of urban celebration. Live music and performances are abundant, as always, with dozens of acts performing on six stages. The variety of artists reflects the diversity of Capitol Hill itself, from the cool country of the Hollyfelds to Hazel Miller’s R&B soul. Vendors set up throughout the festival represent local businesses and nonprofits in all their forms — arts and crafts, pet products, outdoor gear, clothing and more. Two food courts dish up tasty treats for the masses, including Mexican, Asian and barbecue delights alongside carnival favorites like funnel cakes and kettle corn. Finally, as if the kids won’t be wowed enough by all the activities, the Fair promises an expanded family area. Face painting, craft projects and caricaturists await, along with plenty of colorful carnival rides. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Civic Center Park, Colfax Avenue and Broadway. Admission is free.
Saturday. Saturday is National Trails Day, and Arvada is marking the occasion with its 9th annual Trails Day Festival. Set in two nearby locations, Majestic View Nature Center and Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, the fest celebrates all the different ways people use hiking trails. Go on a naturalist-guided 5K walk between the two locations, take a 20-mile guided bike ride, or just relax and take in a demonstration or two. Presenters include the Denver Zoo, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, HawkQuest and the Colorado Department of Wildlife. A free shuttle transports festivalgoers between the two locations. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Majestic View Nature Center, 7030 Garrison St., Arvada, and Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, W. 80th Ave., Arvada. Admission is free. Learn more at arvadafestivals.com.
Friday-Sunday. Follow the sound of revving engines to the Goodguys 13th Colorado Nationals in Loveland. The huge car show features more than 2,000 cool cars — hot rods, customs, muscle cars and more, all made before 1972. It’s a classic-car lover’s dream, with plenty to keep gearheads’ minds turning including a swap meet for used auto parts, vendors and cars for sale. Take a break from touring souped-up sedans with live music by Kenny Cordova and the Olde Rock Band. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The Ranch, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland; 970-619-4000. Tickets are $18 for adults, $6 for kids ages 7 to 12. Kids age 6 and younger are free. Visit good-guys.com for more information.
Saturday-Sunday. More than 200 sidewalk scribblers descend on Larimer Square for the Denver Chalk Art Festival. The public is welcome to stroll the streets and take in the temporary works of art — and maybe give it a try themselves. Six madonnari, professional chalk artists, will showcase their skills, too. Grownups can sample Italian wines and taste beers as they peruse the drawings, while kids create their own pieces at the Kids’ Corner. Stop by on Sunday at 6 p.m. to see the festival’s awards ceremony. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Larimer Square, Larimer Street between Speer Boulevard and 15th Streets, and 14th Street from Market to Lawrence Streets. Admission is free.
-Kathleen St. John