👒 Derby Day, Ukefest, Colorado Chocolate Festival
BY PEYTON GARCIA | @CITYCASTDENVER
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!
MMM… DONUTS 🍩
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.
THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
🎨 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
NEWS YOU SHOULD KNOW
- 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]
THIS WEEK’S PODCASTS
- THU: Can Denver Throw a Booze-Free Party That’s Actually Fun?
- WED: Abortion is Still Legal in Colorado. But the Fight is on to Preserve it.
- TUE: Renovated for Reading AND Play: Inside DPL’s New Children’s Library
- MON: Inside the Fentanyl Fight at the Capitol
👉 Find all our shows at denver.citycast.fm.