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Space Odyssey at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Photo by Chris Schneider
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7 Free Things to Do in and Around Denver This May

The weather’s looking lovely and the vaccines are flowing, so we’re cautiously hopeful about seeing new sights with new people. Here are seven May events we’re looking forward to.

Denver’s Vegan Market | May 1 
Calling all vegetarians, vegans, and flexitarians! Pete’s Corner House Lounge will be hosting its first vegan market to highlight 14 different plant-based vendors with goodies ranging from pepper jam to macaroni and cheese. 1515 Madison St.; 1-5 p.m.; find more information about the vendors here

Free Barre Class at Modern Nomad | May 1 
Sweat, shop, and sip mimosas with Modern Nomad and The Barre Code to start the new month on the right foot. During the 50-minute outdoor class, attendees will have a total body workout while abiding by social-distancing guidelines. Following the class, the Green Bus Cafe food truck will make a pit stop at the pop-up. Don’t forget your yoga mat and water. 2936 Larimer St.; 10-11 a.m.; RSVP to claim your spot here

Horseshoe Market | May 8 
Perfect for last-minute Mother’s Day shopping, the first Horseshoe craft and flea market of the year will feature more than 75 vendors hawking vintage and handmade wares. (All shoppers need to make a reservation.) The inventory will include vinyl records, bath soaps, honey, bracelets, vases, baked goods, and more. 4345 W. 46th Ave; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; sign up for a shopping time slot here

Stretch & CBD | May 12
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Town Center at Aurora is hosting an evening of CBD-enhanced yoga, featuring CBD vendors from the community. Located in the mall’s center court, the two classes are 30 minutes each and taught by Bianca, a local yoga instructor. (You will need to bring your own mat—and good vibes.) 14200 E. Alameda Ave.; 5-7 p.m.; register for the event here

Pimps of Joytime with Kellindo at Levitt Pavilion | May 14
When’s the last time you felt really, truly, genuinely funky? The Pimps of Joytime, a four-piece band that synthesizes the rollicking music of San Francisco, Brooklyn, and New Orleans into buzzy melodies and buoyant beats, will get you there in no time. Kellindo, a frequent collaborator and lead guitarist for pop star Janelle Monáe, will open this installment of the Levitt Pavilion’s free summer concert series with power and soul. 1380 W. Florida Ave.; doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.; reserve tickets here 

The Maud Powell Project | May 16
Minnie “Maud” Powell was America’s first internationally renowned violinist, but her legacy goes far beyond the beauty of her playing: long before it was the norm, she welcomed women and Black composers into the fold. Inspired by Powell’s virtuosity and advocacy, contemporary violinist Megan Healy commissioned five renowned women composers to write a series of soaring new pieces in Powell’s honor. She’s performing them, flash-mob-style, at Promenade Terrace. Promenade Drive North, Westminster; 4:30-5:30 p.m.; register for a free ticket here

Space Day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science | May 23
Explore the oddities of the galaxy during the SFCD Free Days at Denver’s Museum of Nature and Science. The newly renovated exhibition, Space Odyssey, features answers to extraterrestrial questions like, “How do we know how many stars are in our galaxy when we can’t see them all?” and “How do we know what the far side of the moon looks like if it never faces Earth?” Guests are encouraged to reserve their free tickets in advance, since attendance in limited. 2001 Colorado Blvd.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m, ; find more information here

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