5/1 Four Mile Historic Park
715 S. Forest St., Denver 80246
Travel back to 1859…for free! Enjoy a tour of the Four Mile House Museum – a Denver Landmark, panning for gold, and meeting our many farm-animals! On the first Friday of each month, Four Mile Historic Park is offering free general admission, courtesy of the support provided by your Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.
5/1 First Friday Art Walks
Art District on Santa Fe – Artify Your Brain. See, taste and feel the energy that is Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe
Belmar Block 7 Art District – Block 7 will feature four artist–owned working studios, a photographic school and a gallery showcasing a wide range of artwork by local artists. (Located in the Belmar City Center in Lakewood.)
Golden Triangle Museum District – Meet the artists, see new exhibitions, shop for local art and get inspired at the galleries open on First Friday. The neighborhood is also home to the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, Kirkland Museum, Denver Firefighters Museum and the Byers–Evans House Museum with Plein Air art on display.
Navajo Street Art District – Stroll the district tucked away in the Lower Highlands area of Denver, home to amazing galleries, great performance art and ample parking. Join us for Day of the Dead celebrations. It’s truly one of the best little Art Districts in town to experience art!
Old South Gaylord & South Pearl – Take time to visit these two neighborhoods south of downtown Denver; both are home to many artist’s studios and galleries, along with one–of–a–kind shops and restaurants.
RiNo (River North Art District) – Tour the district “Where art is made!” RiNo is home to creative businesses and more than 60 galleries and studios and 150 artists including painters, media artists, sculptors, photographers, illustrators, designers and furniture makers.
5/1 – 5/10 44th Annual Jeffco Schools Foundation High School Art Exhibition
Arvada Center for the Arts, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Arvada 80002
For 44 years, this exhibition has encouraged and supported tomorrow’s artists from Jefferson County Public Schools, many of whom are now thriving and teaching themselves. The exhibition features more than 400 works from 23 different high schools. Students receive awards in 13 categories including ceramics, sculpture, crafts and fibers, drawing, painting, black and white photography, digital photography, computer generated, jewelry, non-wearable jewelry, and printmaking. Be sure to see this exhibition featuring the next generation of artists.
5/2 12 noon – 7:30pm The Big Wonderful
2601 Lawrence, Denver 80205
Denver’s new eclectic central market focusing on 1/3 food, 1/3 crafts, 1/3 music in a 3 acre sustainable beer garden setting.
5/2, 5/3 Cinco de Mayo Festival
Civic Center Park, east Broadway and Colfax
A weekend filled with food, fun and culture, Denver’s Cinco de Mayo ‘Celebrate Culture’ Festival puts the spotlight on the Mile High City’s vibrant Latino population. With more than 400,000 attendees expected, it’s one of Denver’s most fun and family-friendly events.
5/2, 5/9, 5/16 Fit 2 Be Kids
Terrace Park, 8625 West 53rd Ave., Arvada
FREE and FUN active classes such as sports clinics, olympic style field games, gymnastics, martial arts, etc. Fit 2 Be Kids encourages all family members to join in on the FUN and in supporting each other in making healthy life style choices.
Contact Jessica Ortiz 720-270-6170.
5/4 2pm Mondays at MSU Denver
MSU Department of Music, King Center, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver
Mondays at MSU Denver features music students performing selected repertoire in the King Center of Performing Arts Concert Hall.
5/5 Cinco de Mayo
5/5 7:30pm DU Concert – Lamont Wind Ensemble
Lamont School of Music, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver 80208
Dances, Sacred and Profane: This energetic and dynamic finale to the Lamont Wind Ensemble Season features works by Leonard Bernstein, Philip Sparke, Ernst Toch, and Roger Cichy.
5/6 7 – 8:30pm Culture Feast Series : Manuel Molina
Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield
Manuel Molina in a night of Solo Guitar will bring to you a performance of Latin passion as he executes his flawless technique on his Latin solo guitar. His sultry feel has made Manuel one of the greatest and most sought after Latin guitarists and entertainers in his field. His unique style showcases the richness and diversity of his classical background from the Conservatory of Lima, Peru. He has entertained dignitaries from around the world. Throughout the evening he will bring to you arrangements of Spanish classics as well as artistic expressiveness with improvisational guitar.
5/9 Longmont Museum
400 Quail Rd., Longmont 80501
The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region. An expansion project currently underway will add the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center to the Museum.
5/9 10am – 3pm Sustain Arvada Festival
Ralston Central Park, 5850 Garrison St., Arvada 80002
It’s new! It’s exciting! It’s the third annual Sustain Arvada Festival! It’s free fun for everyone and a great place to learn more about supporting local choices and creating a sustainable community. Focused on living sustainably, the festival includes exhibits, adult’s and children’s activities (for more information on kids and family activities, see related links), food, lively music, and informative presentations – all based on learning fun and easy ways to conserve resources.
5/9 9am – noon Have You Met Your Local Raptors?
North Table Mountain Park, 4670 Highway 93, Golden 80403
Raptors are key indicators of ecosystem health. You can help protect our local raptors by learning to identify the species in local parks and where these raptors live and nest. Know their nesting cycles and understanding and supporting trail closures in our parks during nest seasons can also make a difference. Drop by our Education Station at North Table Mountain Park to learn more about our local raptors and what you can do to protect them. You will find the naturalist near the kiosk in the main parking lot.
5/14 7:30pm Lamont Chorale, Lamont Women’s Chorus, Lamont Men’s Choir
Lamont School of Music, Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver 80208
Lamont’s vocal ensembles perform sacred and secular works in the near perfect acoustics of Gates Concert Hall.
5/14, 5/20, 5/26 Aurora History Museum
15051 E. Alameda Parkway Aurora 80012
The only public, FREE museum in Aurora, Colorado, the Aurora History Museum is a community-based cultural center featuring changing history, natural history, culture, fine and decorative arts exhibits and programs. Tuesday—Friday, 9am—4pm https://www.auroragov.org/ThingsToDo/ArtsandCulture/Museum/index.htm
5/15 8pm Nature at Night
Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Rd., Aurora 80011
Explore nature after the sun goes down. Join us as we explore Night Sounds.
Register by calling 303-326-8650
5/16 10am – 2pm Meet a Donkey Day
Longhopes Donkey Shelter, 66 Nroth Dutch Valley Road, Bennett 80102
The Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett is hosting our annual Meet a Donkey Day. Come hug all of our long-eared, friendly residents! Only 30 minutes east of Denver on I70.
5/16 2015 Five Points Jazz Festival
We are thrilled to announce the full schedule for this year’s festival taking place on Saturday, May 16. We’ve got one of the most culturally diverse lineups to date providing Denver with an afternoon filled with all types of jazz to experience – latin, blues, funk, trios, youth-focused programming and more. Come out to Five Points to enjoy this free festival of music, food, culture and fun.
The free festival takes place the third Saturday of May and celebrates the history of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. Once known as the Harlem of the West, Five Points was home to several jazz clubs which played host to many of jazz music’s legends such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and many more.
5/20 7:30pm DU Concert – Lamont FLEX Ensemble
Lamont School of Music, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver
Steve Wiest conducts Lamont’s newest ensemble for the 21st Century. A jazz rhythm section with musicians and vocalists from the classical, vocal and chamber departments.
5/20 Be a Millionaire Day
“Okay, so a million bucks ain’t what it used to be. But, it is still a lot of money. I have no doubt everyone reading this would like to join the Millionaire’s Club. Then, after reaching it, you can work on your qualifications for the Billionaire’s Club.
If you are a millionaire, savor and enjoy the day. If not, here are a number of ways to participate in”Be a Millionaire Day”:
• Review your investments. Look for ways to improve them.
• Review your investment portfolio with a trusted investment or financial planner. (Free consultation)
• Increase your deposits to your savings accounts.
• Start or add to your 401K. This is always a good starting point.
• Review your spending. Many Millionaires get there by a combination hard work, sound investment, and frugal spending.
• Go to a casino. (Not recommended)
• When all else fails ,buy a lottery ticket….just one. (Support Open Space)
Thought for today: ” All I ask is for a chance to prove that money doesn’t buy happiness”. Author unknown.
Flower of the Day: Money Plant
Author and creator of this day and content are unknown
5/22 – 24 Downtown Denver Arts Festival
Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver 80204
Since 1999 the Downtown Denver Arts Festival is a fine arts and fine crafts festival that continues to be dedicated to supporting Colorado artists while also showcasing a select group of national artists . Downtown Denver Arts Festival holds its annual premier event each Memorial Day Weekend at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The fine art and fine craft exhibition features some of Colorado’s and the nation’s best artists with over 150,000 people expected to attend.
5/23 Denver Day of Rock
Denver Day of Rock is a one-of-a-kind music event presented by Amp the Cause, formerly Concerts For Kids, to raise funds for and awareness of non-profits in our community. This free event features five stages of live music throughout downtown Denver on Memorial Day Weekend.
5/23 7pm Colorado Remembers
Colorado Freedom Memorial, 756 Telluride St., Aurora 80011
With Sound of the Rockies Chorus Rick Crandall – host Donations accepted Bring a blanket, lawn chair, and picnic basket “Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.” — General of the Armies, John J. Pershing A sincere and humble thank you to those who gave their lives protecting liberty and freedom both at home and abroad. Their sacrifice goes beyond the pride of a uniform and commitment to duty; a soldier embodies passion, sacrifice and honor. We salute these courageous men and women.
5/23, 5/24 11am – 7pm ArtStir Denver
Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St. Denver 80202
An art market exclusively showcasing Colorado Creatives designed to stir up the artist in all of us with a spirited blend of Colorado art, music and style. ArtStir Denver 2015 will be at the Denver Pavilions along the 16th Street Mall in the heart of Downtown Denver over Memorial Day Weekend. Featured works include painting sculpture, photography, illustration, textiles, furnishings, mixed media and more.
5/23-25 Boulder Creek Festival®
For over a quarter century, The Boulder Creek Fesival has been the unofficial kickoff to summer in boulder. 9 separate event areas with 500 vendors plus 4 performance stages along with carnival rides and the rubber duck race down the creek.
5/28 7:30pm DU Concert – Lamont Symphony Orchestra & Choirs
Lamont School of Music, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver 80208
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op.125, Choral
The Lamont Symphony Orchestra, the Lamont Chorale and the combined university choirs close the concert season with the stunning “Ode to Joy” symphony, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral.”
Free ticket required, $5 Reserved Seating, Complimentary parking.