This weekend in Denver: Revolution in La Raza, paddling on the Platte and more


Last weekend was pretty fun, huh? It’ll be tough to beat, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.

Here’s what’s happening around Denver this weekend, including free paddle-boarding, live music and revolution cookies.

The 16th Street Fair starts today. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Sunday, take a stroll down the mall and browse locally made art and goods.

It’s not too late to get tickets to the Westword Music Showcase, which takes over Golden Triangle bars this time each year. The 2016 headliners include Dillon Francis, Matt and Kim and Cold War Kids. Of course, there are dozens of local bands to support, too. Tickets are $45 each, or $140 for a four-ticket “showcase squad pack.”

The Stompin Ground Games, Warm Cookies of the Revolution’s “neighborhood Olympics of art and civic pride,” comes to La Raza Park from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. This will be a lot less shady and dangerous than the actual Olympic games. Go check out a monster truck, the rides of Saints and Sinners Car Club, Sons of Italy motorcycles, a soap box derby, roller girls and visual art. You need to bring your own grill, but cookies will be provided. Most importantly, there will be conversation about public space and change in neighborhood.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, the South Platte RiverFest will offer up free stand-up paddle board demos, riverside recreational activities, a kids zone, live music, beer, food and more. Yeah, we know we expressed some trepidation about getting in the South Platte, but this will be safe. It’s free to attend, and any purchases you make there will benefit the Greenway Foundation.

If you missed Top Taco Denver yesterday, don’t worry, there are many more tacos to come. Denver Taco Fest is going down Saturday and Sunday in and around the Glitterdome Event Center at 36th and Wynkoop streets.

Also in RiNo, Summer Flea is taking over the blocks around the EXDO Event Center — so, around 35th and Larimer streets — to sell craft goods and wares and sling summer drinks Saturday and Sunday.

And if you’re thinking of bringing your pooch along to any of these events, better check the rules first. As the Denver Post reminds us, dogs are not always welcome.