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👒 Derby Day, Ukefest, Colorado Chocolate Festival


Happy weekend, City Casters!

Don’t forget — It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday. Be sure to pick up some flowers or a box of chocolates for the moms in your life. Or better yet, pick something to do together from the seriously jam-packed list of events I rounded up for you 👇 You’re welcome! 


Denver’s Best Donut: Who Takes the Cake?
We’ve brought you a burger crawl, a breakfast burrito battle, and a fried chicken chowdown. Now, we’re tackling something sickly sweet and asking the big, round, frosted question: Who makes the best donuts in Denver? Peyton, Paul, Xandra, and Bree took on the task of taste-testing four of the top contenders in the Mile High City (and may have suffered a collective sugar overload in the process, so you don’t have to). Settle in as we debate who bakes, fries, (and in one case, blowtorches) the best dang donuts in Denver. 


🎨 Friday:
First Friday Art Walk: This weekend kicks off the first First Friday of the season for Dairy Block. Enjoy live local music, pop-up bars, and food and drink specials the first Friday of every month, May through September.

🍫 Friday + Saturday: Colorado Chocolate Festival: Like something straight out of Willy Wonka, sample and shop the finest chocolate in Colorado. Get hungry for 30,000 square feet of “chocolate heaven,” featuring cooking demos, contests, a chocolate fountain, a chocolate martini bar, and the chocolatier championships! 

🎵 Friday + Saturday: Ukefest: This event kicked off yesterday, but you can still celebrate all things ukulele at Swallow Hill tonight and tomorrow.

🪕 Saturday: Green Line Music Festival: Fishing the Good Fight, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing and de-stigmatizing mental health for men, will host an afternoon of live music to raise funds in the name of Mental Health Awareness Month.   

♻️ Saturday: Colfax Clean-up: Join the West Colfax community for a neighborhood clean-up. Volunteers will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the 40 West Arts building (6501 W. Colfax Ave). Winchell’s Donuts and coffee will be provided. To sign up, email with the subject line “Colfax Clean-Up.”

🛍️ Saturday: A Paris Street Market: This open-air vintage and antiques market returns for the summer at Aspen Grove (Littleton) and Park Meadows (Lone Tree). Entry is free!

🐎 Saturday: Derby Day: It’s the best day of the year for big hats and betting. Here’s where you can celebrate 2022 Derby Day this weekend.

📚 Saturday: Free Comic Book Day: Nab your free comics from Boulder’s Time Warp Comics from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Happy reading!

💐 Sunday: Mother’s Day: Don’t forget your mom’s favorite holiday! Maybe make a reservation for a special brunch, or enjoy the spring weather on a run / walk together for the Denver Mother’s Day 5K.

🎉 All Weekend: Celebrate Colorado: Admission to the History Colorado Museum is free all weekend long to honor the best state in the West.

🎭 All Weekend (and Beyond): FIREFLIES: Curious Theatre’s last show of the season runs now through May 28. “FIREFLIES” follows Reverend Charles Grace, his wife Olivia, and their followers through the Jim Crow-era South.

⚕️ All Weekend (and Beyond): Discounts for nurses: Nurses can show their IDs at LUKI Brewery today through May 12 to score major discounts on beer and food in honor of Nurses Week. Plus, $1 from every Colorado Lamplighter pint sold will be donated to the Colorado Nurses Foundation.


  • 150 affordable apartments just opened in Elyria-Swansea, and nearly 80 more opened in Westwood earlier this week. [Denverite; CBS4]
  • La Alma-Lincoln Park reopened yesterday following a weeklong closure that came after a fatal shooting in April. [Denver Post]
  • Police officers were asked not to participate in PrideFest last year. This year, they will be allowed to. [Denver7]
  • Denver Public Schools superintendent Alex Marrero cut 76 positions from the DPS central office as part of a wider reorganization effort for the district. [Chalkbeat]


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