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8 Free Things to Do (Safely) in Denver This June

From living-room swing dancing to live music brought to your backyard, Denver’s got you covered for kicking off your summer (mostly) at home.

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Denver Chalk Art Festival: On The Road | June 6–7
The popular sidewalk art festival will bring the life-like designs to you this year, with more than 80 artists sharing masterful works from their patios, porches, and walkways via Larimer Square’s social media. Amateur and professional chalk art enthusiasts alike are encouraged to create your own chalk masterpieces at home—with a chance to win prizes if you tag #denverchalkartfestival and #larimersquare in a post with your masterpiece. Find more info on contest entry and where to view art online 

Motus Theater’s Welcoming the Stranger Series | June 7
The Boulder theater kicks off its Welcoming the Stranger series with Reverend Pedro Silva performing a virtual reading of Alejandro Fuentes-Mena’s autobiographical story about his journey to becoming one of the first two “DACAmented teachers” in the country. The series will feature continued readings of personal monologues from undocumented storytellers, followed by open discussions designed to encourage people to stand in someone else’s shoes and better understand their journeys. 5–6 p.m.; Registration required; Find more info on registration and access to the live stream online

Anythink’s Backyard Concert Series | June 12
The annual concert series is quite literally bringing the live sounds to your backyard this year, with this month slated to kick off with a live set from Walker Williams Band—the Mile High country music legend that has shared stages with the likes of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. The live stream is free, and any donations will directly benefit the Anythink Foundation’s library programs, activities, capital projects, and more around Adams County. Find more info on access to the live stream online

Virtual Juneteenth Festival | June 18
Join the celebration of freedom and African American culture with your neighbors from Denver’s Five Points community and beyond. Tune in for live performances, dance and comedy competitions, a virtual merchants market, and much more—including a chance to support several local organizations like the Urban League Young Professionals and the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado. Find more info on schedule announcements and live stream access online

PrideFest | June 20-21
For the first time in its 44 year-history, Denver’s PrideFest will be shifting online. The extravagant fête will still feature ample opportunities to celebrate, including video entries for a virtual parade, a dance party with local DJs, and a digital marketplace job board of LGBTQ-friendly employers. Festivalgoers will also have chance to support dozens of statewide LGBTQ advocacy organizations and resources like One Colorado and the Center on Colfax. Find more details on festival schedule and live stream access online

Virtual 1940s Ball | June 20
Channel the nostalgia from your own living room with the virtual take on Denver’s all-out vintage celebration. Enjoy performances from The Satin Dollz and Denver’s finest Frank Sinatra impersonator, workshops on 1940s hairstyling, live swing dance lessons, and plenty more. And don’t be shy about dressing the part—a king and queen of the ball will be crowned, and awarded with a coveted prize package. 9 a.m.–midnight; Find more info online 

Float Like a Buffalo “The Yard Ahead” Tour | through June 30
In place of their canceled national tour, Colorado-based funk-rock ensemble Float Like a Buffalo is launching “The Yard Ahead” Tour—a string of live socially distanced shows from yards and driveways across Colorado that can also be watch via live stream on the band’s Facebook page. Find more info on date and time announcements as well as live stream access online

History Colorado’s Hands on History @ Home | through June 30
Looking for a way to keep the kiddos engaged while at home? Museum educators from History Colorado are offering free daily story time and literacy exploration for children ages 0 to 4. Tune in for songs, crafts, storytelling, and other engaging activities to encourage curiosity in your little ones. 10 a.m., Monday–Friday; Find more info on live stream access online

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