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Yeehaw! Many of the annual Denver summer events will restart this weekend, but the more traditional line-up will be complemented by a number of innovative entertainments forged during the pandemic. You can experience a rodeo from olden times, experience a legendary cycling festival … or take a theater tour.
Here are ten of the best things to do in Denver (and don’t miss out on our range of free events this weekend):
Elephant Rock Bicycle Festival
Sunday 6 June, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Douglas County Fairgrounds, Castle Rock
Ride the rock, rock the ride. The cycling season kicks off with the 33rd annual pilgrimage to Castle Rock and the classic Elephant Rock ride. This year there are three road courses, a gravel / road route, and a family ride – but also a Colorado Bike Expo with exhibitors, demos, live music, food, and more. Pre-registration is closed, but you can register on site on June 5th (1pm to 7pm) and June 6th (from 5am) … and even if you don’t ride, the good time at the festival continues. Find out more here.
Sunday 6 June, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Casey Jones Park, Elizabeth
Yeehaw! So the west was fun. The Elizabeth Stampede kicks off the season with one of the first PRCA rodeos of the year. On this last day there is a community rodeo as well as the red, white and blue rodeo as well as loads of food and other festivities. You can find the full schedule here.
Sunday, June 6th, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Skyline Park, 16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street
The Urban Market returns to the 16th Street Mall, where it has appeared every year since 2005. This open-air marketplace includes art and craft stalls sold direct by the artist; There is also lunch and a concert at lunchtime. Find out more here.
Rhino Stampede Bar Crawl
Sunday, June 6th, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The RiNo Art District, symbolized by a rhino, celebrates Rhino Week and works with the Global Conservation Corps to raise awareness about wildlife conservation. While you learn about the wildlife, discover RiNo’s bars and breweries on a pub crawl. It costs $ 30 to join; buy tickets here.
Summer lounge + shop
Sunday, June 6th, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
3051 Lawrence Street
Celebrate summer with fashion designers Mecla and Mimi Shim Studio, florists Bloom & Noosh and Talisman Fine Jewelry at this joint trunk show. Browsing is free, and the cocktail lounge (with snacks) is free – but you won’t want to go empty-handed.
The Athena project is playing
Sunday, June 6th, online
Long before plays came on the stage, playwrights got together with actors for table readings. The Athena Project’s annual Plays in Progress Series gives the audience a glimpse into this process. This year the event is completely virtual, with readings and panels with playwrights, directors and actors across the country with an emphasis on raising the voices of women artists while sharing the creative process with the public. Tickets cost $ 15-25 (with the Pay-What-You-Can option); you can find more information here.
Workshop for lighthouse writers LitFest
Online until June 13th
Aspiring writers, don’t wait for this MFA. Dip your pen into the intricacies of authorship at the sixteenth edition of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop LitFest. The virtual festival includes workshops, seminars and more in the fields of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and hybrid genres, as well as online appearances by sixteen authors including Hanif Abdurraqib, Emily Rapp Black, Jaquira Díaz, Layli Long Soldier, Helen DeWitt, Gregory Pardlo and Azareen Van the Vliet Oloomi. You can register for one-off events or get a pass for the entire festival. Just don’t forget your pen. Tickets and a full schedule can be found on the Lighthouse website.
After the flood
Until June 19th
South Platte Park, Littleton
Put on your walking shoes and explore the urgency of climate change. Control Group Productions, the Playground Ensemble, and artist Adrienne DeLoe organized this one and a half mile art walk through Littleton’s South Platte Park to study the ecology of the area and the history of the devastating 1965 flood. Along the way you will meet dancers, performers and music from the makers to connect you with the land below your feet and the future of the planet. Tickets cost $ 15 to $ 43, and times vary; For more information, visit Control Group Productions online.
The land of milk and honey of the Catamounts
Until June 27th
Shoenberg Farm, 5202 West 73rd Avenue, Westminster
Tickets fly for the Catamounts latest performance, the site-specific immersive production Land of Milk and Honey, written by Jeffrey Neuman. The production bears witness to the history of Shoenberg Farm, a dairy established in the early 20th century to feed tuberculosis patients, and explores hot topics such as philanthropy, immigration, and health care throughout history. The Catamounts describes the performance as “part ghost story, part time travel, and entirely a celebration of how people can turn personal tragedy into an act of community compassion!” Who couldn’t use that nowadays? For tickets, $ 25, visit the Catamounts online.
Submerged by Circus Foundry
Allegory Studios, 2240 Curtis Street
If you haven’t noticed, immersive theater is back in full swing, and in the case of the Circus Foundry’s science fiction circus production Submerged, the premise assumes that humanity is now completely submerged after an environmental disaster. The show asks the question: would you be able to survive? In this family-oriented circus, you play the main character who goes on an underwater journey. Play games, solve puzzles and meet different characters as you try to survive the two-hour experience. (Don’t worry, you’re not actually diving underwater; you’re staying dry.) It costs $ 50 per person, with a minimum of two people and a maximum of ten people; Visit Eventbrite for more information and tickets.
Do you know a great event in the city? We’ll update this list over the weekend; send information to [email protected]
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