Things to do in Denver this weekend now that coronavirus is here, Mar. 20-22

Be smart. Be safe. We’re in this together. 
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Washington Park is full of people “working from home,” March 17, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Clara Geoghegan, for Denverite

Normally, it's my job to say something peppy, clever and maybe annoying to encourage you to go out this weekend. Obviously, with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, that is the last thing any of us should do right now.

Health officials know that COVID-19 can be transmitted through community spread, meaning you can still contract coronavirus even if you have not come into direct contact with someone sick. Even if you feel fine, even if you are not medically vulnerable, even if you don't know anyone who's sick, the best thing we can do for our neighbors, families, friends and fellow Denverites is to slow the spread. Stay home.

So, this week's Things to Do list is a little different. All the activities in this list can be done online and remotely. If you need a distraction from your anxieties or if you want to help the Denver community with relief efforts-stay in bed, keep your slippers on, and don't leave the house. We've got you.

Oh, and let us know of any events you've got cooking on the internets.

Community support: volunteer and donate

Denver Metro Emergency Food Network.

The Denver Metro Emergency Food Network has pledged to cook and deliver meals to low-income families and the elderly in need. Your support means additional meals for those whose food security has been threatened by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Help Colorado Now.

Help Colorado Now supports those who are at high risk for COVID-19 across the state. In addition to support through donations of money and supplies, they seek volunteers for a variety of roles, some of which can be done remotely, through the internet.

The Denver Foundation Critical Needs Fund.

The Critical Needs Fund grants COVID-19 emergency money to high-impact Denver nonprofits. They partner with organizations focused on homelessness, home insecurity, healthcare, food insecurity and basic family needs.


Volunteer with citizen science based projects, many of which can all be done entirely online. With a wide range of topics, you can work on a project that matters to you.

Just for fun

Gardens Navigator. Denver Botanic Gardens. Anytime. Free.

Online Exhibits. History Colorado. Anytime. Free.

The Art of the Brick: Building Contest. Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Submit before April 24. Free. Build with your own LEGOs at home, submit online.

The Writing on the Wall: Ekphrasis Writing Workshop. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $65-75.

Finish Your Manuscript: The Darkness and the Light. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Saturday, 1-3:30 p.m. $65-75.

Planting for Pollinators Virtual Garden Workshop. Sustainable Green Mountain, join with GoToMeeting. Saturday, Noon-1 p.m. Free.

Art, culture and media

Kanopy. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free with a library card.

Audio Books. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free with a library card.

360 Degree Tour. Kirkland Museum. Anytime. Free.

Virtual PJ Storytime. Second Star to the Right Books, join with Google Hangouts. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Storytime with Nicole Lesavoy. Second Star to the Right Books, join with Google Hangouts. Saturday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Virtual Not-So-Straight On 'Til Morning. Second Star to the Right Books, join with Google Hangouts. Saturday, 3-4 p.m. 

Plantopia LIVESTREAM Art Extravaganza! Spectra Art Space, join with Facebook and Instagram. Saturday, 5-8 p.m. Free. (This has been postponed to March 28.)

Music and nightlife

Volume: A Local Music Project. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free.

Whiskey Straw: Live Solo Quarantine Set. Whiskey Straw, stream with Instagram. Friday, 8-9 p.m. Free.

Virtual Soul Party w/ Mile High Soul Club! Mile High Soul Club, stream with Twitch. Friday, 8 p.m.- midnight. 

Denver3 Pandemic Response Team: Virtual Dance Party. Lipgloss, stream with Twitch. Saturday, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Free.

Eats and Drinks

Virtual Happy Hour and Tasting! Denver Beer Co., join with Facebook Live. Friday, 4-5 p.m. No charge to join, drink what you have or buy something new.

Exercise and sports 

Virtual Groovin' Foot Workshop. El Rasta Salsa Dance, stream with Facebook Live. Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Free, donations encouraged.

Virtual Yin Yoga with Liz Layne. RiNo Yoga Social, stream online. Sunday, 8-9 p.m. Donation based.

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