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The Union Station Farmers Market kicks off the 2019 season on May 11. Photo courtesy of Boulder County Farmers Markets.

Free Things to Do in Denver This Month, May 2019

Spark creativity, work up a sweat, and rock out with this month’s free events in and around the Mile High City.

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The Craftsman’s Market | May 5
Reclaimed wood, untunable piano parts, old cabinet doors—these are just a few of the materials repurposed by local artisans at this monthly market hosted by the Salvage Design Center. Come find inspiration for your own projects, purchase furniture and artwork, or just appreciate the creativity on display. First Sunday of every month, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 1200 W. Evans Ave.

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Union Station Farmers Market | May 11–October 26
Farmers market season is upon us! Head to Union Station for the location’s first market of the season on Saturday, May 11. Along with fresh produce from local growers, there will also be a chef demo from 10 to 11 a.m., and live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A list of vendors is available online. Every Saturday from May 11 to October 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 1701 Wynkoop St.

Photo courtesy of Boulder County Farmers Markets.

Plants 101 with Rooney Bloom | May 12
Let’s be honest: growing plants in Denver is hard. If you want to trade your black thumb for a green one, head to the Horseshoe Market at Broncos Stadium for this beginners seminar on plants. Eric Rooney will talk about interior design with house plants, edible gardens, and end the session with open Q&A. 2–4 p.m.; the Horseshoe Market, 1701 Bryant St., Lot G

O’Toole’s 40th Anniversary Extravaganza | May 18–19
All three O’Toole’s Garden Centers in the Denver area will be hosting an extravaganza to celebrate the store’s 40th anniversary. Head to Westminster, Lakewood, or Littleton for food trucks, live music, free snacks, games, and prizes. Sunday, May 18, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Multiple locations

Fitbit Local Sweat Sesh | May 19
Get your heart pumping in this free two-part workout at Blue Moon Brewing Company. After 20 minutes of bootcamp and 30 minutes of yoga, you’ll have a chance to win a Fitbit. The first 80 guests will receive a free Blue Moon beer to enjoy after the class. Check in from 9:15–9:30 a.m., the workout starts at 10:30; 3750 Chestnut Pl.

The Weird Freaky Brain Science of Drugs | May 21
If our look at your brain on shrooms piqued your interest into how drugs alter brain chemistry, add this seminar to your calendar. In a lighthearted, interactive way, Colt Smith, a licensed addiction counselor from Sandstone Care, will share how drugs influence the brain and how addictions form. 6–7 p.m.; Face It TOGETHER, 636 S. Broadway

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Photo courtesy of City of Aurora.

Colorado Remembers | May 25
Honor Colorado military personnel who gave their lives in service and recognize the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the sixth annual Colorado Remembers ceremony at the Colorado Freedom Memorial. The Sound of the Rockies Men’s Chorus will provide music, and a traveling museum from the Rocky Mountain Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association will be on site, as well as vehicles from the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Colorado. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Colorado Freedom Memorial, 756 Telluride St., Aurora. No dogs allowed

Denver Day of Rock | May 25
Five stages, 25 bands, one street. The Denver Day of Rock transforms the 16th Street Mall into a family-friendly music festival, complete with food trucks, balloon artists, and face painters. Admission is free, but donations benefit Amp the Cause, a Denver-based organization that raises funds to support kids’ health. 2:30–9:30 p.m., 16th Street Mall

Summer Kickoff at Howl | May 26
Wear a Hawaiian shirt for free admission to Howl at the Moon’s summer kickoff party. Live music, drink deals, and a limbo contest (for a cash prize!) round out the tropical night. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., 1735 19th St.

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