People admire the beautiful artwork on display during the 15th annual Denver Chalk Art festival on Larimer street on June 4, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post)
Chalk it up
Saturday and Sunday. You are usually told “don’t look down,” but in this case, you’ll definitely want to. The Denver Chalk Art Festival will return to Larimer Square this weekend, as more than 200 artists will spend hours working on masterful pieces that take shape right in front of your eyes. The artists turn a block of pavement into works of art, from classic to modern and everything in between. The free festival will also feature live music both days. The kids’ corner will help your budding artists bloom with their own worka of art. Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday; larimerarts.org.
Starting Friday. Denver’s latest food hall, Frank Bonanno’s Milk Market, will open in LoDo’s Dairy Block (1800 Wazee St.) at 7 a.m. on June 1. The market, which hosts 16 different restaurants, bars and shops in Denver’s first pedestrian alley, will celebrate with deals through Sunday that include games, photo booths, yoga, music and more. Concepts inside the market include: Nashville Hot Chicken from Lou’s Hot|Naked; coffee and pastries from Morning Jones; bao buns at Bao Chica Bao; pasta from Mano Pastaria; and more. Market hours: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. daily, with some breakfast spots opening at 7 a.m. and some bars open until 3 a.m. on the weekends. Get all the concepts and more information at denvermilkmarket.com.
Give the people what they want
Hayden the beagle/blue heeler dog isn’t sure what to think about her new dog hat from the K-9 Kool Hats company at the annual People’s Fair at Civic Center Park June 03, 2017 in Denver. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
Through Sunday. People’s Fair, the free, giant art and music festival that takes over Civic Center as Denver’s largest block party, will return for its 47th year this weekend. New for 2018, a $5 ticketed concert with Billboard artist MAX (“Lights Down Low”) will kick the weekend off, then the popular free concerts that the event is known for will be held Saturday and Sunday. This year will also feature a new Makers’ Marketplace (in partnership with the Denver Flea) so you can shop from local artisans all in one place. The fine art show portion of the annual event will feature more than 100 artists displaying ceramics, photography, glass, painting, wood crafts and much more. The Mural Project will be a live competition with young local artists painting on-site murals. And no, you don’t have to skip your workout to catch all the fun. A variety of fitness vendors and events will be on hand for community yoga, a climbing wall, a kayak pool, goat yoga and more. And, of course, there will be plenty of food and drink to fuel you through the weekend. Friday: 5-10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Get a list of vendors, bands, schedules and more at peoplesfair.com.
Get out of town
If you’re looking for a quick escape, there are plenty of events outside of the city this weekend, too.
WAVE in Breckenridge will feature the U.S. premier of Angels of Freedom by OGE Group out of Jerusalem, Israel. (Provided by Breckenridge Creative Arts )
Through Sunday. Contemporary art exhibition WAVE: Light + Water + Sound will return to Breckenridge this weekend, bringing with it an open-air gallery of lights, illuminated sculptures, projections and digital art along Blue River Plaza (137 S Main St.) The exhibit transforms the river, bridges and waterfront areas into canvases, stages and exhibition spaces for the whole family to enjoy from 3 to 11 p.m. More information, including a breakdown of the installations and screenings, at breckcreate.org/wave.
Through Sunday. The Colorado Prairie Music Festival will take place in Hugo and the Lincoln County Fairgrounds (33747 County Road 2W) this weekend. Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, the event will kick off with a beer garden, food, whiskey tasting and music by Rhett Uhland. And what would be a prairie festival without Team Roping? So there’s that, too. Fairgrounds open back up at 2 p.m. on Saturday with a kid-friendly zone from 3 to 7 p.m., and of course more beer food and music. The festival concludes with a cowboy breakfast at 9 a.m. on Sunday, followed by Cowboy Church. Tickets are $25. Get those and more information at seelincolncounty.com.
Saturday. If, like me, you try to find every body of water in Colorado during the warmer months, this event is for you. Frisco will celebrate its unofficial start to summer and the boating season at the marina (267 Marina Road) with the Rock the Dock Party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aside from the insane view and the water, the event will feature live music and a $6 burger-and-beer deal from The Island Grill, plus giveaways. If you’re an early bird, the Frisco Rowing Center will offer free breakfast and an intro to rowing class from 8 to 10 a.m. More information at townoffrisco.com.
Saturday. Oskar Blues will bring beer, music and more to the mountains with the return of Burning Can from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Held at Bohn Park (199 2nd Ave.) in Lyons, the festival features mountain adventures, a beer festival, camping and a concert. The $10 general admission gets you into the Lyons Outdoor Games and the concert. The beer festival will run you $45 and camping $20 a night. You can also register to enter some action-packed events at oskarblues.com/event/burning-can-colorado.