This weekend you can learn more about the world around you, or simply celebrate (or protest) what’s in your own backyard. There’s a lot going on, from suburban food truck rallies to a special night market right under the Colfax Viaduct.
Read on for fifteen of the best free events in and around Denver over the next three days:
food truck carnival
Friday, May 13 from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 14 from 12 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 15 from 12 to 5 p.m.
EB Rains Park and Civic Center Campus, Northglenn
The Northglenn Food Truck Carnival is back after a two-year hiatus. This fifth edition will exhibit more than twenty food trucks, as well as live music and mechanical games. Admission is free, as are all functions. Buy food directly from the trucks and drinks from the bar; You can buy carnival passes or pay per ride. Learn more here.
Denver’s Doom Decade: 10 Years Too Many
An evening of history and compliance with the current survival ban
Friday, May 13, 4 to 7:30 p.m.,
The Savoy, 2700 Arapahoe Street
Demonstration and march 10 years too many to end the ban
Saturday May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Denver City and County Building
Actions around the 10th anniversary of the 10th anniversary of the camping ban continue with An Evening of History and Current Survival Ban Enforcement, featuring a presentation on “Homelessness” by Paul Boden of the Western Regional Advocacy Project, as well as food, videos and more speakers, starting May 13 at 4 pm. On Saturday there will be a rally at the City and County building at 10 am with music by Los Mocochetes, Wheelchair Sports Camp and Laura Goldhammer; will be followed by a march to the Downtown Denver Business Association office at 1 pm Learn more here. Find the full schedule and more information here.
Art Night at Lafayette
Second Friday, from May to September, from 5 to 9 pm
South Public Road, between Emma and Cannon Streets, Lafayette
The city of Lafayette brings back its neighborhood summer Art Night Out Lafayette series, combining live music, food trucks, street performers and beer and wine tents with a juried super local art market of fifty Firsthand vendors. The first monthly al fresco soiree debuts May 13 with upbeat music from Chicano Heat; subsequent markets return on the second Friday through September. Find details here.
CSI Regis: Investigating Samuel Little, America’s Deadliest Serial Killer
Friday, May 13, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Regis University, Mountain View Hall, St. Peter Claver, SJ Hall
Samuel Little was one of the most prolific serial killers in the United States, confessing to the murder of 93 women between 1970 and 2005. Lt. Darren Versiga of the Pascagoula, Mississippi Police Department, one of the investigators in the Little case, will be the keynote speaker at the Regis CSI Conference, now in its 20th year. Learn more here.
History and Biography Colorado Book Awards Finalists Readings
Friday, May 13 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street
The free readings for the Colorado Book Award finalists continue on May 13 with the nominees from the History and Biography categories. In the history group, Adrian Miller, Martin J. Smith, and Karl Christian Krumpholz present books on black cooking, Trinidad’s stay as a sex-change destination, and a cartoonist’s beautiful visual take on hangouts and back alleys. of Denver, respectively. As for the biographies, journalist David Philipps covers irregularities in the military, Jennifer Koshatka Seman describes the fascinating lives of healers Santa Teresa Urrea and Don Pedrito Jaramillo, and Jane Botkin offers a portrait of Denver suffragist Jane Street. Find information here.
March for Reproductive Rights
Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m.
Boulder County Courthouse, 1325 Pearl Street
The YWCA of Boulder County and partner advocacy groups will hold a March for Reproductive Health Rights; after a brief opening program, the march will begin. You need to register here.
Uptown Emerging Market
Saturday May 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Denver Gymnastics Club, 1570 Clarkson Street
Uptown on the Hill hosts a one-day pop-up on the Denver Turnverein. Much more than a market, it’s also a good place to mingle with your neighbors while shopping at local vendors. The Uptown Parks and Beautification Committee will be giving out free flower seeds and food trucks will be available. Learn more here.
Brooks LTD Trunk and Popup Display
Saturday May 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Balefire Products, 7513 Grandview Avenue, Arvada
Denver designer and Colorado native Brooks Luby established fashion design house Brooks LTD in 1974, and she’s still around, proof that her sophisticated vision of tailored, unfussy elegance has true staying power. Balefire Goods in Olde Town Arvada will play host to Brooks for a daylong showcase of newer slouchy garments sewn from a mix of old and new textiles. Visit Facebook for more information.
Around the world celebration
Saturday May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Second Avenue and Cottonwood Square, Niwot
Take a cheap flight around the world at the annual Around the World celebration, which promises direct immersion in countless cultures. You’ll also learn what’s going on in Niwot, a true small town (named after the Arapaho chief) with a cute downtown full of shops and good places to eat. Global destinations have been divided among those businesses, with different international cuisines, music and entertainment from Bahrain to Ukraine scattered throughout. Learn more and find a guide to participating companies here.
Exit Film Festival: Extra Frames
Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15
Salida Creative District
The Salida Film Festival, which runs through May 15, includes free programs including the Behind-the-Scenes Table Reading at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 in the SteamPlant Ballroom, featuring an original written television pilot script by local filmmaker Julie Jackson and writer Amy Turner. , inspired by the culture and community of Salida. On Sunday, May 15 at 11:30am, at the SteamPlant Theater, Independent Look with SeriesFest will showcase three independent pilots from the recent SeriesFest: Season 8 Competition slate. Following the screening, there will be a conversation with Randi Kleiner, SeriesFest co-founder and CEO, and film and television producer Britta Erickson. Learn more here.
New Beginnings Pow Wow
Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m.
Hamilton Gym, 2240 East Buchtel Blvd.
The University of Denver Native Student Alliance wraps up the school year with New Beginnings Pow Wow, a take on the great Native American gathering tradition. The theme “New Beginnings” holds special significance for this event, which comes at a time when Indigenous students celebrate cultural resilience, as well as post-college life, new jobs and burgeoning friendships. A Blanket Wrapping Ceremony will honor students who reach the graduation milestone; There will also be traditional dance contests, music, and craft and food vendors. Find all the details here.
Sun Valley Rising Viaduct Night Market
Saturday, May 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
West Colfax Viaduct
This inaugural international pop-up market is organized by the West Colfax BID, Sun Valley Kitchen and the Denver Streets Partnership as part of the West Denver Rising Initiative, and will activate the area just south of Mile High Stadium. There will be over forty food and art vendors, live music from Los Mocochetes and Youth on Record, and beer from Raíces Brewing Company. Admission is free; Learn more here.
Bound Spring Celebration and Benefit
Saturday, May 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Aurora Visual Arts Center, 1405 Florence Street, Aurora
Bound is an exhibition of DAVA Youth artwork focused on the theme of personal and social identity. This opening reception is also a family party with bubble music and entertainment; Tacos and BBQ will be available for purchase from food trucks. Learn more here.
Sunday, May 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pagoda Laboratory, 1000 South Grove Street
Pagoda Lab, a small business incubator and subscription box service serving small businesses, has partnered with ACEL (Asian Corporate Entrepreneurial Leaders) to showcase Asian food and culture from local vendors. Admission is free; Learn more here.
The Evolution of Chicano/a Poetry
Sunday, May 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The bar at Plaza38, 3550 West 39th Avenue, #98
The Colorado Alliance of Latino Mentors and Authors (CALMA) will gather for a panel discussion with local poets Ramón Del Castillo, Laura Soto, Margie Domingo, and José “Jozer” Guerrero, who will also share readings of their work, showing that Chicano /a poetry is evolving right here in Denver. It has a long history dating back to Lalo Delgado’s “Stupid America,” a classic 1969 protest poem that helped inspire the Denver Crusade for Justice. The discussion and reading is free; find information here.
Know of a great free event in Denver? We will be updating this list throughout the week; send information to [email protected]