This one's for Jodi. Run your best 5K or jog the one-mile family run, for women and families affected by the same disease that took the life of a beloved Colorado native. Ovarian cancer leads to nearly 15,000 deaths every year in the United States, but with raised awareness women will be able to detect the warning signs and defeat the disease. Proceeds will benefit the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Sat 8 a.m.
You don't have to win this half marathon to get a feel for one of Colorado's finer historic downtowns, named a top 10 "Best Family Town" by Family Circle Magazine. But the revered Grubstake trophy is up for grabs. The top male and female finisher's will be engraved on the trophy. The finish line is even more enticing with Marco's Pizza there to refuel the hungry racers and Sam Adams serving free beer to all of-age runners. Sat 8 a.m.
Bike, kayak, and rappel your way through this unmarked backcountry course. Choose between the 50-mile sport course or the less demanding 30-mile sprint course. You can also team up to test your adventure spirit with a companion. Among other obstacles, teams will be asked to orient themselves with maps and pull themselves across a 400-foot tyrolean. Sat 9 a.m.
Lace up the cleats and strap on the shin guards for this round-robin, four-on-four soccer tournament. Divided into both adult and youth groupings, each team may have up to seven players on its roster. Cash prizes are up for grabs and all participants are invited to stick around for the Colorado Rapids match against FC Dallas that evening. Sat 9 a.m.
Homeless: one word with a million preconceptions. Explore the multiple facets of this unfortunate situation through sculptures and art installations from more than 15 artists. Inspired by these marginalized social communities, the pieces incorporate industrial materials like metal sheets and steel rods. Bonus: Take in the companion activities—talks, workshops, and film screenings (including the Academy Award Winner for Best Short Documentary, Inocente) all dealing with homelessness. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Finally, art you can appreciate with both your eyes and hands. Jen Lewin encourages viewers of her light and sound sculptures to interact with her creations, which include video curtains that reflect movement and robotic moths that flutter when touched. Mon 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Artists will be crawling all over Denver’s streets, literally. The city's pavement becomes the canvas for more than 200 artists as they produce open-air chalk paintings. From realist to abstract designs, applaud the on-the-spot creations of artists as their hands face the elements. Sat 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
'Tis the season for firing up the grill. Attend this interactive cooking class to brush up on grill basics and learn new techniques for preparing summertime favorites like chicken, veggies, and s'mores with new culinary flair. It wouldn't be a proper barbecue without a cool brew, would it? Enjoy a selection of local, seasonal beers to compliment your freshly grilled fare. Sat 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
A Manhattan-based movement dedicated to the complex, sweet and sour white wine has traveled west. Join fellow Riesling-hounds in sipping more than 20 Rieslings and sampling highlights from the new Bones menu. Raise your glass to summer. Sat noon-3 p.m.
The sound of cracking open a can of beer provides an undeniably pleasing reward before that first crisp sip even hits your lips. Part of the Lyons Outdoor Games festival, this brewfest celebrates 35 breweries (like Oskar Blues) who know that the good stuff comes in a can. Sample beers, cruise charming Lyons, and nab a spot in the grass to view competitions like BMX dirt bike jumping. Sat 4-7 p.m.
How do you define home? A home is more than a shelter, it is a space that enforces a social identity. This mix of contemporary visual pieces—including paintings, photography, sculpture, installations, and video—explore the physical and social realms surrounding the experience of homelessness. Participating artists include Inocente Izucar, Academy Award winner for Best Short Documentary Inocente. Don’t miss the film’s screening June 2 at the Sie FilmCenter. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Swedish folksinger the Tallest Man on Earth (aka Kristian Matsson) brings his melodic sensibility and deft lyricism to Denver with the bearded, acoustic-toting singer-songwriter Strand of Oaks (aka Timothy Showalter). Sat 9 p.m.