By Clara Geoghegan
Happy Memorial Day weekend, Denver! While most years this holiday might mean a three day weekend with cookouts, seeing friends and, well, just getting out of the house, things are different this year. The good news is that you can still connect with your community, have some fun and celebrate Memorial Day while (for the most part) staying at home.
Check out this year’s WordFest and Artists of Color Summit brought to you digitally by Su Teatro and The Source Theatre Company. Grab a festival pass and watch some of the great performances from this year’s e-festival. Or, if you’re in the mood for some visual art, join the Clyfford Still Museum on Friday for a family friendly virtual tour of the museum.
On Sunday, kick back outside with brew and virtual bingo from Little Machine Beer. All you need to make it a true Memorial Day get-together is some bratwurst and potato salad that has been sitting out slightly too long.
Happy weekend, have a good one.
Just for fun
Virtual Family Tour: Zigzags, Squiggles, and Wiggles. Clyfford Still Museum, join with Zoom and Youtube. Friday, 11-11:45 a.m. and 1:30-2:15 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
Virtual Lasers and Feelings for Teens. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Friday, 4 p.m. Free, registration required.
Virtual Happy Hour Reading. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 5-6 p.m. Free, registration required. BYOB.
Horseshoe Market “Virtual Market”. Horseshoe Market, shop online. Anytime. All purchases support local artisans.
LitLine. Denver Public Library, stream by calling 720-865-2003. Anytime. Free.
Molly Brown House Virtual Tour. Historic Denver, watch with Youtube. Anytime. Free.
Gardens Navigator. Denver Botanic Gardens. Anytime. Free.
Online Exhibits. History Colorado. Anytime. Free.
Virtual Zoo Trip. Denver Zoo. Anytime. Free.
Learn something, make something
Science Live: Preserving Your Treasures at Home. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, watch with Facebook Live. Friday, noon. Free.
Saturday Matinee: Walter Chaw Talk House by the River, 1950. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free, registration required.
Drop in Joke Writing Lab. Voodoo Comedy, join with Zoom. Sunday, noon. $10 suggested donation.
The Maker Challenge. Denver Public Library. Submit by August 8. Free. Make at home, submit online.
Stay the F*ck Home! Film Festival. Denver Film, make your film at home and submit online. Submit by May 22. Free to submit, donations appreciated.
Music and nightlife
Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival: Vol. 10 – Pres. by ARISE. Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival, stream with Facebook Live and Instagram. Friday, 10-10:15 a.m. Free, tips appreciated.
Happy Half Hour: The Dollhouse Thieves. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Friday, 5-5:30 p.m. Free, registration required. BYOB.
Levitt in Your Livingroom. Levitt Pavillion, stream with Facebook Live. Friday, 6 p.m. Free.
Jordan Polovina Live. Rocky Mountain Goat Yoga, stream with virtually. Friday, 7-8 p.m. $10.
From the Vault: Itchy-O’s Free Archived HD Concert Series Brumalia Berkley. Itchy-O, stream virtually. Saturday, 8 p.m. Free.
Dazzle Online Stage Performances. Dazzle @ Baur’s, stream virtually. Anytime. Free.
Volume: A Local Music Project. Denver Public Library. Anytime. Free.
Art, culture and media
WeAreDenver. Watch virtually. Live-stream release Friday at noon, watch past live-streams anytime. Free, tips appreciated.
6th EVER WordFest & Artists of Color Summit Festival Pass. Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center, watch virtually. Anytime, watch performances from this year’s festival. Free.
Saving Places. HistoriCorps, stream at home. Anytime. $3 rental.
At the Movies. Denver Film, stream new releases at home. Anytime. $12 rental.
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.
Eats and drinks
Simply Pierogies. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Friday, noon. $25, BYO ingredients.
Dinner by the Beach. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Friday, 4-5 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
Virtual Burrata & Mozzarella Cheese Making Class. The Truffle Cheese Shop, join with Zoom, pick up kits at 2906 E. 6th Ave. Friday, 5 p.m. $30, includes class and ingredients kit.
Sushi rolling date night from your home! Live-stream via Zoom. Colorado Sake Co., join with Zoom. Friday, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m., Sunday, 6:30 p.m. $53-80, includes sushi ingredients, sake and delivery.
Shag Carpet, Bell Bottoms & Fondue! The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Friday, 7-8 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
French Pastries. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $25, BYO ingredients.
A Pasta Maker’s Trip through Italy – Sheet Pasta. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Saturday, 2-3 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients.
Exercise and sports
Cardio Kickboxing. Denver Parks & Recreation, join with Zoom. Friday, noon-12:45 p.m. Free, registration required.
Barre Express. Denver Parks & Recreation, join with Zoom. Friday, 1-1:45 p.m. Free, registration required.
Zumba. Denver Parks & Recreation, join with Zoom. Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free, registration required.
Total Body + Abs. Denver Parks & Recreation, join with Zoom. Sunday, noon-12:45 p.m. Free, registration required.
Vinyasa Yoga. Denver Parks & Recreation, join with Zoom. Sunday, 1-2 p.m. Free, registration required.
One Club One Community Programming. Colorado Rapids, watch virtually. Anytime. Free.
Cyber Dance 2020. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, stream virtually. Anytime. Pick your price, $5-20.
Volunteer and donate
History Colorado and the Colorado Media Project have teamed up to collect first hand accounts of how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Coloradans. Documented experiences will be used to give context for understanding what the pandemic meant to Colorado. You can share your story by leaving a voicemail, completing an online survey or filling out a journal.
Operation Family Meal supports laid-off service industry workers affected by COVID-19 restaurant closures. Monetary donations support free meals and therapy sessions, donations of supplies and food are also appreciated.
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 supports those who are at high risk for COVID-19 across the state. In addition to support through donations of money and supplies, they need volunteers for a variety of roles, some of which can be done remotely through the internet.
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.