Things to do in Denver this weekend, May 29-31

Welcome to the socially distant summer. Let’s have some fun. 
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Nivia Fernandez prepares greens freshly plucked from Denver Botanic Gardens’ Chatfield farm. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Clara Geoghegan

Hello, Denver, congrats on making it through the week. Even though it was a shorter one than usual, you still deserve to kickback, relax and enjoy the weekend. Bonus points if you get outside to enjoy some of this beautiful weather. 

Break out your picnic blanket and enjoy a summer concert from your own backyard. On Saturday, tune into Banding Together, a benefit concert supporting the Colorado Music Relief. Or, stream The Black Box on TwitchTV and watch performances by local Denver artists throughout the weekend. Support Denver music, and have a good time.

With social distanced farmers' markets now open in the Highland, on South Pearl and at the University Hills Plaza, grab some fresh produce to welcome in the summer. If you're not comfortable being out and about, that's alright, too. Order online to get curb side pick up for a customizable Market Box from the South Pearl Street Farmers' Market. 

Just for fun

Storytimes. Denver Public Library, watch with YouTube. Friday, 9-11 a.m. Free. 

Virtual Lasers and Feelings for Teens. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Friday, 4:30-6 p.m. Free, registration required. 

Virtual Happy Hour Reading: Story Fest Preview. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 5-6 p.m. Free, BYOB. 

Date Night: Spring Fling (Adults Only). Denver Museum of Nature and Science, join with Zoom. Friday, 7-8 p.m. $8. 

No Strings Attached Book Chat. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Saturday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free, registration required. 

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: COVID-19 Social Distancing and the Origin of Human Sociality. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, stream with Facebook Live. Friday, noon. Free. 

Drop-in Writing at Museo de las Americas. Lighthouse Writers Workshop, join with Zoom. Friday, 3-4:30 p.m. $8 suggested donation. 

Saturday Matinee: Walter Chaw Talks Beauty and the Beast, 1946. Denver Public Library, join virtually. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free, register before Friday at 6 p.m. 

Live Sessions with VibeSquaD. The Black Box Sunday School Sessions, join with TwitchTV. Sunday, noon-3 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. 

The Maker Challenge. Denver Public Library. Submit by August 8. Free. Make at home, submit online. 

Music and nightlife

Rocky Mountain Virtual Fan Favorite Friday presented by ARISE. Rocky Mountain Virtual Music Festival, stream with Facebook Live and Instagram. Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. 

Happy Half Hour: Jubilee Renee in Concert. Denver Public Library, stream virtually. Friday, 5-5:30 p.m. Free, registration required.  

Levitt in Your Livingroom. Levitt Pavilion, stream with Facebook Live. Friday, 6 p.m. Free. 

Locals in the Lounge (Twitch Edition). The Black Box, stream with TwitchTV. Friday, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Free, donations appreciated. 

Single Release and Benefit Livestream. Jacy James Anderson, stream with Facebook Live. Friday, 7-7:45 p.m. Free, tips appreciated. 

Lipgloss: A Virtual Indie Dance Party. Lipgloss, join with TwitchTV. Friday, 8 p.m.-midnight. Free, tips appreciated. 

Drag Nation - "Just Dance," (AT HOME!). Tracks Denver, join with Zoom. Friday, 9 p.m.-midnight. Free, all donations support Denver drag queens and the Born This Way Foundation. 

The Brunch Box (Digital Edition). The Black Box, stream with TwitchTV. Saturday, 3-7 p.m. Free, tips appreciated. 

Banding Together: A Concert for the Colorado Music Relief Fund. Colorado Music Relief Fund, listen on 97.3 KBCO, watch CBSN Denver and YouTube. Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Free, all donations support the CMRF. 

Van Crüe'len Livestream from The Venue w/ Resurrection. The Venue, stream with Facebook Live. Saturday, 7-8:30 p.m. Free.

Motown Groove live-stream with Aka Miggy. Motown Groove, join with TwitchTV. Saturday, 7-9 p.m. Free. 

ALIVE from Knew Conscious ft. Unlimited Gravity and more. Knew Conscious, stream with TwitchTV and YouTube. Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. 

From the Vault: Itchy-O's Free Archived HD Concert Series Saturnalia NYE 2020. Itchy-O, stream virtually. Saturday, 8 p.m. Free. 

Swallow Hill Live: Felix Ayodele. Swallow Hill Music, stream with Facebook Live. Sunday, 6-7 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. 

Dulce Desesperación (Sweet Desperation) Reading. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, watch virtually. Friday, 6:45 p.m. Free. 

Virtual Short Play Festival. DU Department of Theatre, watch with Vimeo. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Free, registration required. 

The Art of Being Alone: Artists in Quarantine. Museo de las Americas. Anytime. Free.

6th EVER WordFest & Artists of Color (AOC) Summit Festival Pass. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, watch virtually. Anytime. 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

Online Class: Simply Sushi. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Friday, noon-1 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients. 

Online Class: Tasty Tapas and Spanish Wine. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Friday, 6-7:30 p.m. $30, BYO ingredients. 

Sushi rolling date night from your home! 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. 

University Hills Plaza Farmers Market. 2500 S. Colorado Blvd. Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Online Class: A Pasta Maker's Trip Through Italy. The Seasoned Chef, join with Zoom. Saturday, 2-3 p.m. $25, BYO ingredients. 

Highlands Farmers Market. 32nd and Lowell. Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

South Pearl Street Farmers' Market. 1500 S. Pearl St., curbside pick up for Market Boxes at 1526 S. Pearl St. Sunday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Virtual Bingo Brunch. Denver Milk Market, pick up at 1800 Wazee St. and join bingo with Zoom. Sunday, 1:30 p.m. $30 (serves 4) and upwards. 

Beer Bingo. Little Machine Beer, join with Facebook Live. Sunday, 4-6 p.m. Bingo cards come with the purchase of a four-pack of beer, or growler fill. 

Exercise and sports

Cardio Kickboxing. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Friday, Noon-12:45 p.m. Free, registration required. 

Barre Express. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Friday, 1-1:45 p.m. Free, registration required. 

Zumba. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free, registration required. 

Intermediate Modern Dance. Hannah Kahn Dance Company, join with Zoom. Saturday, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Free, donations appreciated. 

Total Body + Abs. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Sunday, noon-12:45 p.m. Free, registration required. 

Vinyasa Yoga. Denver Parks and Recreation, join with Zoom. Sunday, 1-2 p.m. Free, registration required. 

Cyber Dance 2020. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, stream virtually. Anytime. Pick your price, $5-20. 

One Club One Community Programming. Colorado Rapids, watch virtually. Anytime. Free. 

Volunteer and donate

History in the Making

History Colorado and the Colorado Media Project have teamed up to collect firsthand 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

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. 

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 need 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. 

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