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18 fun things to do in Denver this weekend

18 fun things to do in Denver this weekend

There are plenty of events in Denver this weekend including meeting Spongebob and Bachelor Ben Higgens at the Outlets at Castle Rock, a balloon festival, and a family fun dino day.  See our event calendar for additional information.

Meet Spongebob at the Outlets at Castle Rock 
May 22, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Outlets at Castle Rock is excited for Spongebob to stop by! On Sunday, May 22 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Spongebob will be visiting the center to meet his favorite little fans, take pictures, play games and more.

Erie Town Fair & Balloon Festival 
May 20 – May 22 
The Historic Downtown hosts over 200 craft and food vendors; performances on stage at Coal Creek Ball Park offer a variety of entertainment by local groups-featuring The Goonies; carnival games; hot air balloons launch and more.

GradePower Learning Grand Opening/Open House at GradePower Learning Center 
May 20 – May 21, 7:00 pm
New tutoring center opens in Southlands Mall in SE Aurora. 

Joy Park Free Night, Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
May 20, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Space is limited at Joy Park Free Nights and is determined on a first-come, first-served basis, so please plan accordingly.

Art Night Out, Old Town Lafayette 
May 20, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Art Night Out Schedule includes free activities for kids run 5 – 7 pm; ARTS!Lafaytette Beer and Wine Garden 5 – 9:15 pm; Artist booths and vendors on Festival Plaza 5 – 9 pm; Free Concert and more.

Family Explore Quilting Day 
May 21, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Colorado Quilting Council invites you to their Creative Youth Day! There will be door prizes, a quilt parade, raffles, vendor mall, food, make & takes. Learn embroidery, fabric dyeing, applique, crayons of fabric, etc. 

International Migratory Bird Day, Walden Ponds Natural Habitat Area 
May 21, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Boulder’s 5th International Migratory Bird Day, is a Walk in the Wild. In addition to guided bird walks, education stations, and a silent auction, this year brings an exhibit of Bird Piñatas made by Boulder County youth and other artists.

Family Fun Dino Day at Liniger Building at CU South Denver 
May 21, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Join CU South Denver for a prehistoric journey to fun.  Explore stories of Steps in Stone, their new dinosaur and fossil exhibit. You’ll really dig making a fossil creation, identifying animal tracks and more.

Firefly Handmade Spring Market at Twenty Ninth Street 
May 21 – May 22 
Ranked by in the “top 35 craft fairs every creative needs to visit,” Firefly Handmade’s Spring Market has 100+ handmade artisans with fine craft, art, ceramics, skin care, children’s goods, fashion, leather goods, jewelry, artisanal foods/beverages and live music

Rocky Mountain Pet Expo, National Western Complex 
May 21, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
 If you love pets than you need to visit the Rocky Mountain Pet Expo where you’ll find: Cutest Dog Contest -Enter your Dog in the contest and win fabulous prizes. Drawing will be held at the end of the event.

Thornfest at Carpenter Park Fields 
May 21, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thornton invites you to celebrate with music, family-friendly activities, a race and more.

Bachelor Ben Higgins and Fiancé Lauren Bushnell Meet & Greet at Outlets at Castle Rock
May 21, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Outlets at Castle Rock is thrilled to welcome University of Denver alum JJ Lane and new Denver residents Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell as the couple settles in to meet their new neighbors and says ‘Thank You’ to all of the loyal fans who cheered them on while searching for – and finding – love on Season 20 of The Bachelor.

Five Points Jazz Festival, Five Points, Denver
May 21, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
The free festival takes place the third Saturday of May and celebrates the history of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. Once known as the Harlem of the West, Five Points was home to several jazz clubs which played host to many of jazz music’s legends.

Murmuration at Chautauqua Auditorium 
May 21, 7:00 pm
Murmuration is an unparalleled live music and dance event in Colorado. It pairs musicians and dancers in unexpected combinations to celebrate the community’s wide array of talent, creativity and diversity.

Celebrate Family Festival and Walk for Israel at the Denver Performing Arts Complex Sculpture Park 
May 22, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
The event will include a 2-Mile Walk for Israel in Downtown Denver, hands-on workshops and classes for kids and adults, activities for kids including rides and games. 

Montessori in the Home Using Natural and Logical Consequences at Firebird Books and Toys
May 22, 1:00 pm
Have you ever wondered how to increase the use of natural and logical consequences for your child? Erin Gaskin, Montessori Certified Master Teacher at Montessori School of Denver, is offering a FREE parenting class on Montessori principles for the home.

Diaper Party! The Mama’Hood 
May 22, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Help Mile High Diaper Bank and Mothers House by providing diapers to families who are in need. Please bring a unopened pack of disposable diapers sizes 4 to 6 and training diapers to the party and receive TWO free tickets to the Everything Baby Expo!

Joshua D. Evans, Comedy Works South 
May 22, 7:00 pm
ALL AGES Family Show! Internet personality, Joshua D. Evans, returns to the stage with his second solo tour. With over 160 million views on his YouTube page, JoshuaDTV, Joshua reclaims the stage showcasing his quirky online persona and vocal chops.

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Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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