Events: Toyota Elephant Passage, Baby Loves Disco & People’s Fair!
Saturday-Sunday. Bust out the sunscreen: The 41st annual People’s Fair puts down stakes for the weekend. Presented by the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods organization, the Fair is a showcase for Denver’s city-center communities. Local artists and crafters set up shop in a huge vendor market while six stages of music and performance run all day long. Grownups can relax with a beverage in the Wine Pavilion or grab a beer; the Kids’ Carnival keeps youngsters busy with craft activities, bounce houses and other energy-expenders. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue. Admission is free. chundenver.org
Sunday. Kids stage a dance floor takeover when “Baby Loves Disco” visits Boulder. The family-friendly dance party features a real DJ spinning kid-appropriate tunes, plus games, dance contests, crafts and other kiddie fun. The idea is to recreate a funky nightclub atmosphere, minus the alcohol and other bad behavior. This year’s theme is “We Are Family”—bring along the siblings, cousins, grandparents and anyone else who loves to get down. Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Playdates at the Loft, 1710 29th Street, Boulder; 720-404-4412. Tickets are $15 each, or four for $50. Buy advance tickets and learn more at babylovesdisco.com
Friday. The Denver Zoo’s brand-new Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit makes its official debut. The 10-acre park is the largest bull elephant habitat in the world, with room for up to 12 of the huge beasts. Three distinct areas offer different perspectives on Asian elephants and other animals of the continent, including their part in Asian cultures and issues with human co-existence. In addition to the pachyderms, visitors can observe rhinos, otters, cranes, leopards and gibbons—who swing freely from the branches overhead. Elephant Passage is also all about sustainability: The zoo is working on a biomass gasification system that will transform the exhibit’s human and animal waste products into power for the Passage. Zoo hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. (Admissions end at 5 p.m.) Important note: You MUST pre-register on the zoo’s website to see the exhibit. Reservations are free but timed entries are required to prevent overcrowding. The Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St.; 303-376-4800. Admission is $15 for guests ages 12 to 64; $12 for seniors age 65 and older; $10 for kids ages 3 to 11. denverzoo.org
Kathleen St. John