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Free Things to Do in Denver This Month, May 2018

From the Union Station Farmers Market to Mozart’s Requiem, there are plenty of ways to have fun on a budget this month.

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Stroll Through a Local Art Gallery | May 3 to May 27
Both inspired by nature, Colorado-based artists Rob Watt and Elaine Ricklin use different mediums to portray the beauty of our natural surroundings—from flowing bodies of water to snow-capped trees. Their work is on view throughout the month at Spark Gallery on Santa Fe Drive.

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Cinco De Mayo | May 5–6
Denver’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Civic Center Park is a massive celebration of Latino culture. The city-wide event is produced by Newsed Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit committed to solving long-term economic problems in disadvantaged communities. The annual event will feature a chihuahua race, taco eating contest, car show, parade, musical and dance performances, and an array of food and drink vendors. 

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Shop Locally | Every Saturday
Starting May 12, neighborhood merchants and farmers will sell locally sourced meats, cheeses, herbs, honey, and more at the Union Station Farmers Market. Located on Wynkoop Street, the market will also feature live music and prepared food from local restaurants such as Mercantile Dining & Provision and Stoic & Genuine, as well as the True West Taco cart. The market starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

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Visit the Reimagined Museum of Boulder | May 19
Previously known as the Boulder History Museum, the new (and bigger) museum will reopen this month, giving you yet another reason to visit this vibrant city. Admission is normally $10, but you can enjoy a free day at the museum as it reopens to the public on the 19th.

Box City | May 19
The Denver Architecture Foundation, in partnership with History Colorado, is hosting this event for children—grades K-5—to learn about urban development, architecture, design, and planning. During this event, the children will begin with a building permit, make a sketch of their design, buy their supplies (cardboard and paper products), and construct their buildings. Although free, the event does require registration.

20th Denver Arts Festival | May 26–27
The Denver Arts Festival is celebrating 20 years of supporting artists and their work in Colorado. The festival will showcase fine arts, including mixed media 2D and 3D art, clay and ceramics, furniture, fiber, sculpture, glass, jewelry, metal, wood, and photography. The Navy Brass Band will perform, along with the Dotsero Jazz Band and Spinphony, an electric string quartet. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Enjoy a Chorale Performance of Mozart | May 31
The University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music will end its season with a concert featuring the Lamont Chorales and Choirs performing Mozart’s Requiem. While attendance is free, seats can be reserved for $5. The performance commences at 7:30 p.m. at the Newman Performing Arts Center, Gates Concert Hall.

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