Things to do on the weekend around Denver and beyond: Renaissance Festival, Denver Greek Festival, Mile High BBQ, Juneteenth in Five Points, ‘Friends’ | Denver Gazette


THURSDAY – SATURDAY

You can spot these beloved Ford Mustangs statewide this weekend at the 34th Annual Rally of the Rocky Mountain Mustangs in Colorado Springs. They were 400 here last year, and even more are expected this year. It starts with a Mustang Mountain Tour on Wednesday. Then there is an Open Track day Thursday for 120 cars at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain. On Friday, 225 cars will take part in a multi-turn autocross at the PPIR. The special day for spectators is Saturday, free and open to all, for the Show & Shine at Memorial Park, which has added a new craft fair. 10am-3pm rockymountainmustangroundup.org

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

An incredible birthday, 74 years, for FIBark, the oldest whitewater festival in the country which is the flagship event of the Salida spring runoff. As they say: “First in Boating on the Arkansas”. Filled with activities and competitions for spectators and athletes. There’s a rugged Downriver Race, the Colorado Championship SUP (Stand Up Paddling) race and the crazy Hooligan Race with everything floating except boats. Check out the program at fibark.com/whitewater-festival.

FRIDAY SUNDAY

Opa, what a cultural delight and for 55 years, the mythical Denver Greek Festival. Three days of Hellenic history, so many delicious Greek dishes, dance to traditional music and shop for Greek arts and crafts. Choir Performances and Assumption Tours of Theotokos Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Denver, 4610 E. Alameda Ave. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. General admission $5, seniors $3, children 12 and under free. thegreekfestival.com

FRIDAY SUNDAY

The appetizing, rumbling smells emanating from Empower Field at Mile High all weekend are due to The Denver BBQ Festival with pitmasters and restaurants across the country. Get ready for amazing treats, paired with an ice-cold brew. Live music. Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 10am-5pm Free entry, some VIP Pit Passes still available. denverbbqfest.com

FRIDAY SUNDAY

Shopping time: Glamp AF Summer Market returns for a second year at Denver’s Dairy Block, third weekends in June, July and August. Chic and cool items for the outdoors are offered by Colorado merchants. Friday 5-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm With music, food, drink specials and pop-up bars down the aisle. milkblock.com/events/glamp-summer-market

FRIDAY SUNDAY

The music of the weekend is bagpipes at the annual meeting Pikes Peak Celtic Festival on the grounds of the Western Museum of Mining and Industry on North Gate Boulevard, west of the Air Force Academy. Celtic dancing by award-winning bands who will also invite guests to try traditional Irish and Highland steps. Highland Games competitions. Irish and Scottish cuisine to try, including fish and chips. Hours 4-9pm Friday, 9am-9pm Saturday, 9am-4pm Sunday. Ticket and parking information: pikespeakcelticfestival.com/festival-info

SATURDAY SUNDAY

The 16th century village makes its annual return with a lively opening weekend of Colorado Renaissance Festival. Costumed party characters, jugglers, magicians and the ladies’ fair lead guests through a devouring day of turkey legs. Summer Debauchery runs through August 7 at 650 Perry Park Ave. at Larkspur. Just follow the festival crowds. For more information: coloradorenaissance.com

SATURDAY SUNDAY

The June 19 Music Festival is back to Five Points, 27th and Welton, and is packed with cultural history, art, music, walking and vendors. Educational programming at neighborhood African-American institutions and landmarks. “The Classic” kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday and turns into a street festival complete with family-friendly activities, youth boxing from USA Boxing, JMF Youth Zone, Denver sports teams and cold Coors beer. juneteenthmusicfestival.com

SATURDAY

It’s hot there, but the beer is cold inside. “Brewsology Brewfest,” an event on the history of Colorado cider and beer from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the History Colorado Center. First tier ticket at 6 p.m. Historic beers and the latest offerings are here for sampling. Beer artifacts, too. Tickets at brewsology.com/denver. General admission is $50. Early admission is $65 for 7 p.m. to sample specialty beers. Tickets will not be sold at the door and are non-refundable. All participants must be 21 years old.

SATURDAY

A favorite of mountain arts in the summer, the 14th Annual Green Box Festival in Green Mountain Falls, opens this weekend and ends July 4. More than 50 shows, events, courses and camps. Four new outdoor art installations. Featured New York Ballet Hispanico. And this year, a unique piece in Colorado, a James Turrell light and a mountainside Skyspace. Ticketing info and schedules: greenboxarts.org/arts-festival

SUNDAY

One of many days and nights celebrating Black Pride. Colorado’s Black Pride Main Stage Pride Festival at Civic Center Park, 5-6 p.m. A cast filled with top drag racing talent. For the full schedule: blackpridedenver.com/elementor-2557

OPENING WEEKEND

It’s time to “pivot!” Sure enough, your clue Rachel and Chandler, Ross and Monica. It’s an interactive The “FRIENDS” experience: that of Denver, weekly from Wednesday to Sunday, until September 4, at the Cherry Creek Mall starting this weekend. 12 rooms from the show’s history to browse and recreate memorable scenes. Or just try your “Friends” trivia. Daily hours vary. $32 plus tax and fees at denver.friendstheexperience.com

THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY

It’s all about that special street food in mobile pop-up restaurants, three areas around Denver. Some offer small bites of several dishes. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., are at Sloan’s Lake on West Colfax until September 24. Fridays, 5-9 p.m., is Street Food Social in the Downtown Lakewood Belmar district, through September 30. One Thursday per month until August 18. , it’s Street Food Social: Park Hill, Oneida Park. gumpoppresents.com/streetfoodsocialvendors

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