Things to do in Denver this weekend, May 6-7

Looking for things to do in Denver this weekend? Here’s a big, curated list of options in arts and entertainment, food and drink, causes, sports and more!

Colorado Rockies vs San Diego Padres. June 10, 2016.  (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Saturday

Cinco de Mayo

Best bet: Cinco de Mayo festival featuring a parade, three stages of live music, a taco eating contest, a carnival, food and drinks, a lowrider car show and more. Civic Center Park. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Food & drink

Fort Greene’s birthday. Costume contests, giveaways, flamingos, coconuts and boozy popsicles. The Long I Pie Shop will be debuting its kitchen residency. Fort Greene, 321 E. 45th Ave. 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Chili Pepper Beer Fest featuring Strawberry Habanero Honey Wheat Ale, Jalapeno & Anaheim Blonde Ale, Chocolate Chili Cherry Stout and Aji Amarillo (Peruvian chili pepper) IPA. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 1-10 p.m. 

Derby Party with Curio. Big brass band, lawn games, champagne, beer, cocktails and more. Denver Central Market, 2669 Larimer St. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $35.

Derby Crawfish Boil. Derby cocktails on special all day and crawfish in 2- or 5-pound servings. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. 2-5 p.m. $20-45.

Cocktail Barrel Party featuring the Big City Quad and Fancy Effing Stout, both aged in Manhattan cocktail barrels. River North Brewery, 6021 Washington St., Unit A. Noon-9 p.m.

Coffee cupping. Interactive tasting with Riff Roasters Coffee. Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer St. 3-5 p.m. RSVP.

Entertainment

Best bet: The Denver Mini Derby featuring a mini-horse charity race, a corgi race, Kentucky Derby viewing, unlimited Mint Juleps, barbecue and more. Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St. 1-6 p.m. $79-149.

Best bet: The Big WonderfulToday featuring a beer fest, Derby activities, the day and night bazaar and live music from Jeff Austin & Friends and more. 4400 Fox St. Noon-10 p.m.  

“Disgraced.” A 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a man who spends his adulthood downplaying his upbringing, but finds misconceptions about his culture too much to bear after a high-profile court case and his wife’s Islam-inspired art show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 8 p.m. $35.

“The Secret Garden.” The classic story comes to the stage in the form of a musical. Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 7:30 p.m. $35-75.

“The Luckiest People” (opening night). A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere commissioned by Curious Theatre Company about a man whose difficult father moves in with him and his partner after the death of his mother. Curious Theater Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $50.

“Much Ado About Nothing.” The Shakespeare comedy reimagined in the Roaring ’20s. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $20-25.

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Acid Mothers Temple. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Pile. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-14.

Kawehi. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $15-18.

Beginners. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Lil Bibby. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 7:30 p.m. $25-100.

Spread The Word featuring Skydyed, Lucid Vision and more. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $10-20.

Itchy-O “Star Wars”-themed show. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $20.

Testament. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $10.67-140.

Metalachi. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15-19.

“The Last Train to Earth” EP release. The Black Box, 314 E. 14th Ave. 9 p.m. $7.

Midnight Madness: “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

Penny admission for Colorado residents. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pirate Contemporary Art moving party and fundraiser. Pirate Contemporary Art, 3655 Navajo St. 6-10 p.m. 

Teen Wake & Make: Sun Prints & Playlists. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Mono print demo with Tony Ortega. Art Gym, 1460 Leyden St. 2-4 p.m. Free.

For families

Sheep and Goat Fun Day. Meet the goats and sheep and their new babies, watch sheep shearing and wool spinning and weaving, and learn how fleece becomes a sweater. The Urban Farm at Stapleton, 10200 Smith Road. 10 a.m.-noon. $5 (free for members).

Children’s Book Week: Little Critter story time featuring Mercer Mayer’s “Little Critter,” activities and snacks. Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th St. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Children’s Book Week story time highlighting staff favorite releases of the week. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

For a cause

2017 Furry Scurry. Two-mile walk to benefit the Dumb Friends League, plus contests and demonstrations by RUFF Flyball Club and Colorado Disc Dogs. Washington Park, 1000 S. Downing St. 7:30 a.m. $25-55.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 6:10 p.m.

Sunday

Cinco de Mayo

Best bet: Cinco de Mayo festival featuring three stages of live music, chihuahua races, a quinceañera fashion show, a carnival, food and drinks, a lowrider car show and more. Civic Center Park. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Food & drink

Design your own growler. Tickets include tools and materials to etch one 64-ounce growler, a three-beer tasting flight and a brewery tour. Wit’s End Brewing Co., 2505 W. Second Ave., #13. 2-5 p.m. $25.

Entertainment

Best bet: The Big WonderfulToday featuring the day and live music from Rob Drabkin and more. 4400 Fox St. Noon-10 p.m.  

Best bet: “Disgraced.” A 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a man who spends his adulthood downplaying his upbringing, but finds misconceptions about his culture too much to bear after a high-profile court case and his wife’s Islam-inspired art show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $35.

“The Secret Garden.” The classic story comes to the stage in the form of a musical. Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $35-75.

Tape Heads. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Pennysick. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

The Bombpops. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $12-15.

Afton Showcase featuring SkyLink, Allan’s Alley and more. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. $12-15.

Burlypicks: Colorado Regional Competition. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $15.

Sorority Noise. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $14-17.

Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $34-94.

Punch Drunk Poetry featuring Casandra Faith and an open mic. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 7:30-10 p.m. Free.

Art

Foul-Mouthed Cross-Stitch Sundays. Get crafty and do some cross-stitching. All materials provided with purchase. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. Noon-9 p.m.

Go see work by Alexander Calder throughout the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

For families

School of Rock presents: The White Stripes vs. The Black Keys and a tribute to Green Day. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. Noon-1:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. $12.

For your brain

“Vikings: Beyond the Legend.” The Sons of Norway lodges present storytellers in Viking dress, Hardanger and fabric displays, bunads, genealogy booths, Viking coloring books, runes readers and waffles and lefse made on site. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

For a cause

Girls Rock Denver and The Bombpops. A Ratio Sessions session with the Bombpops and $1 of every beer sold will benefit Girls Rock Denver. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 2-5 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:10 p.m.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.