25 awesome events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
There are plenty of fun things to do in Denver this week including Cinco de Mayo, First Free Saturday, the Furry Scurry, Derby Weekend and more. See our event calendar for full listings.
Cinco de Mayo at Outlets at Castle Rock
May 5 – 6
This Cinco de Mayo we will welcome Colorado shoppers and fiesta-goers for a weekend-long celebration fit for the whole family. The two-day festivities will feature live dance performances, a roving mariachi band, and delicious bites from popular local food trucks.
Food Truck Rodeo at the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn
May 4, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Take a break from bagged lunches and have something extraordinary at the Food Truck Rodeo! The food trucks are here to serve up delicious eats and treats at the Aurora Municipal Center. Spend your lunch time break with us on our great lawn area while tasting some yummy food!
Spring Fishing at Barr Lake State Park
May 5, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Spring Fishing Clinic: 100 FREE fishing poles for the first kids to be registered for a day filled with fishing, great tips from experts, and giveaways! The kids fishing pole drawings/time registrations are at 8am, 9am, or 10am.
Participants must be present to win the giveaway prizes.
Free First Saturday at the Denver Art Museum
May 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE to all youth ages 18 and under every day, granting more kids access to art than ever before.
Furry Scurry, Washington Park
May 5, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Animal lovers and their dogs are invited to enjoy a two-mile walk around beautiful Wash Park, followed by refreshments, food trucks, contests, dog demonstrations and shopping for your furry friends at the Flealess Market—made up of more than 100 pet-related vendors and sponsors. See website for times and registration.
Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival at Civic Center Park
May 5 – 6
The annual Cinco de Mayo “Celebrate Culture” Festival takes over Denver’s Civic Center Park, Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. More than 200 exhibitors and food vendors will be serving up the best in Colorado Mexican cuisine. A variety of local, regional and international talents will appear on three stages, while a children’s carnival features games, contests, rides, bouncers, and slides. A parade gets the fiesta started at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Aurora Cinco de Mayo at Fletcher Plaza
May 5 – 6
There will be two days of revelries at the Aurora Cinco de Mayo, noon to 8 p.m. 2018 marks the first Cinco de Mayo for the Aurora community so expect lots of entertainment, food and surprises.
Star Wars at the Hangar at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
May 5, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Mark your calendar for a Star Wars™ event unlike any other as Rebels and Imperials alike descend on Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum for a day of family-friendly activities. This is Denver’s premier Star Wars event.
TheBigWonderful – Derby Weekend at Globeville
May 5 – 6
Returning to the old Denver Post headquarters in Globeville (4400 Fox St.) on Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th from 12PM-6PM, TheBigWonderful is ready to celebrate its 5th anniversary in true Denver style. The 5th anniversary of Derby Weekend welcomes over 80 of the city’s best craft vendors and makers, a selection of the tastiest Denver food trucks serving up a diverse menu, and a stacked BEERFEST with over 20 breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries pouring unlimited samples throughout the weekend. Falling on Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby weekend.
Denver Mini Derby at Stanley Marketplace
May 5, 1:00 – 6:00 pm
A Kentucky Derby Viewing Party with a Twist…Come take part in the most fun Kentucky Derby Day event anywhere! As seen on 5280, Thrillist and more! Right after we watch the 144th Running of the Kentucky Derby, we will have our own “mini race” and showing of our adorable mini horses trotting around on site in a charity *race*! We have the biggest screens, a great LIVE band and DJ, tons of great food options, Best Derby hat contests, open bar available, BBQ, a Corgi Race and an atmosphere like no other are just a few reasons why you can’t miss this amazing event at Stanley Marketplace.
Denver’s Largest Princess Partea
May 6, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Your family is cordially invited to a Magical & Whimsical Experience at Denver’s Largest Princess ParTEA on Sunday, May 6th hosted at Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows presented by Children’s Hospital Colorado and Macaroni Kid.
Pirates of the Symphony Seas at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
May 6, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Quirky, fun, and joyfully off-center, this program curated by local thespians of the Buntport Theater will take you on an adventure to an island of swashbuckling delight! Journey across the high seas to encounter dastardly foes, fantastical friends, and a symphony of treasure sure to please every pint-sized pipsqueak and their parrot. Ships ahoy, mateys!
Aurora Mama Summit
May 7, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Moms Clean Air Force and Colorado Moms Know Best are inviting moms, families and our local elected officials to come together on May 7th for our first ever city-wide Mama Summit. The Aurora Mama Summit will feature food, music, children’s activities, special giveaways and a tour of city hall. There will also be the opportunity to meet Aurora city council members and learn about how to engage for change at the local level.
Ongoing Events and Exhibits
Play Ball! at the History Colorado Center
April 7-September 30, 2018
See classic baseball artifacts—from Babe Ruth to the Blake Street Bombers. Treasured memorabilia and iconic photographs bring the past to life through stories that begin on the ball field and echo through American history. Size up your hand against Babe Ruth’s. Find the nails Ty Cobb used to hold his favorite bat together, and admire the glove flashed by Willie Mays to make some of the game’s most memorable catches. See the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series and a receipt for roses he sent to Marilyn Monroe. historycolorado.org/exhibit/play-ball
Robonology at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
May 1 – September 9, 2018
From a robotic arm on the International Space Station to a Mars Rover Challenge, Robonology presents a fascinating and challenging look into the world of robotics. Beginning Tuesday, May 1st, explore the fantastic reality of robotic technology as it applies to space exploration, ocean exploration, planetary exploration, industrial applications and more. An exhibition that is as visually stunning as it is educationally relevant, Robonology showcases real technological devices that are fully interactive and usable by the public. An exhibition that speaks powerfully to all ages, Robonology is a fun and challenging experience that tests visitors skills, while inspiring and encouraging a new generation of innovators. https://wingsmuseum.org/portfolio/robonology/
Dead Sea Scrolls at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
March 16-Sept. 3
Dead Sea Scrolls is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. The scrolls will be dramatically presented within a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers, along with the full English translation. dmns.org/dead-sea-scrolls
Becoming Butterflies at CU South Denver
Now through June 2, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: CU South Denver
Becoming Butterflies is a fascinating look at some of the world’s most captivating insects throughout their entire life cycle. A successful journey means overcoming natural enemies, evading predators and transforming from a tiny egg to creeping caterpillar to delicate winged flyer. Learn how butterflies impact our lives and the role we play in their survival. http://southdenver.cu.edu/events/event/becoming-butterflies/
Denver Puzzling Adventure at Civic Center Park
Puzzling Adventures™ are a cross between a scavenger hunt, an informative self-guided tour, and The Amazing Race®. Each adventure consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. http://puzzlingadventures.com
Eyes On at Denver Art Museum
December 3, 2017 – July 8, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Xiaoze Xie has a lifelong passion for books. In his worldview, books are conveyers of prestige and signifiers of collective cultural knowledge: repositories of historical meaning, cultural conflict, and political strife. For Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie, the artist has created still-life paintings of books, videos, and installations based on banned and forbidden books in China. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/eyes-on-xiaoze-xie
Past the Tangled Present at the Denver Art Museum
November 14, 2017 – October 28, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This interactive and immersive installation by Denver artist Jaime Molina was born of imagination and the joy of discovery. Step into a different world where the paintings on the wall flow into 3-D objects that Molina created for the space. Sit on boxes painted with faces and play in a garden of fabricated cacti. http://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/past-tangled-present
Creatures of Light at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
February 23- June 10, 2018
They light up our lives, but have you ever wondered how? Delve into the world of living things that blink, glow, flash, and flicker, from tiny fireflies to strange creatures in the ocean depths. The new exhibition Creatures of Light explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence and biofluorescence, visible light emitted by living things. This enlightening experience features larger-than-life models, engaging immersive environments, fun activities, and real animals, fungi, and minerals that get their glow on. http://www.dmns.org
Colors of East Africa
Jan. 20-May 19, 2018
Colors of East Africa, an exceptional showcase of eight countries along the Great Rift Valley, continues through May 19 at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. The exhibit features art and artifacts on loan from over 40 collectors and international travelers in Northern Colorado. Many items reflect the intersection between the wildlife and the indigenous cultures, such as a loin cloth fashioned from fish vertebrae and a Maasai shield & weaponry. http://globalvillagemuseum.org/upcoming-main-gallery/
Animals in Art
Sept. 10, 2017–May 19, 2019
Whether depicted as faithful companions or threatening adversaries, animals have been the subjects of human art for centuries. Stampede at the Denver Art Museum allows visitors to consider the roles animals play in our lives and in our art through more than 300 paintings, sculptures and more. https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/stampede
AI Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
Oct. 18, 2017–Oct. 17, 2018
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park! https://www.denver.org
Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects
Nov. 21, 2017–Dec. 31, 2018
History Colorado created a brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery, to house this 3,700-square-foot exhibit of 100 objects, each of which had a role in shaping the history and culture of Colorado. https://www.historycolorado.org/venue/history-colorado-center
Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting
April 28–Sept. 23, 2018
Mike Whiting’s geometric sculptures at the Denver Botanic Gardens also represent the intersection of two distinct visual styles: 8-bit pixel graphics—which have enjoyed a recent resurgence in games like Minecraft—and minimalist sculpture. Technological limitations in early video games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders reduced the graphics to simplified shapes, while the minimalist art movement created artworks that purposely lacked detail. Pixelated investigates the opposite intents of these two artistic approaches that result in a strikingly similar visual outcome. https://www.botanicgardens.org/exhibits/pixelated-sculpture-mike-whiting