7 safe and socially distant things to do across the Denver metro this weekend

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Posted at 8:31 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 22:31:32-04

DENVER — Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out these safe options with social distancing in mind to protect you and your loved ones.

1. Did you know that 30 million children across the United States participate in reduced or no-cost lunch programs, and many of them go without food on the weekends? Join the Fit For Food Challenge and help eliminate childhood hunger! From now until July 31, The CE Shop Foundation is using this virtual event to bring awareness around childhood hunger. All you have to do is donate on their page, move for food, post photos or videos on social media using #FitForFood and challenge your friends to do the same! All donations to the CE Shop Foundation go to hungry children in the Denver region.

2. Not a joke! Not a figment of your imagination! It’s FREE COMIC BOOK SUMMER! This annual event usually takes place on the first Saturday in May, however, due to COVID-19, the event has been rescheduled and reworked. From now until September 9, comic shops will receive five to six Free Comic Book Day titles in their weekly shipments during each week of the promotional window. Release of these titles may vary from shop to shop, as retails are encouraged to release books as they see fit for their unique circumstances. Retailers might release one title a day, while others may make all of the week’s titles available at once. Be sure to check out event details of your area’s participating shops.

3. Dine outside and listen to live music with the Mile High Summer Series. Be a part of the newest summer series and dining experience for local sounds and safe practices every Thursday and Friday from 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. starting July 16. All ages are welcome. Reservations are strongly encouraged to get a table under the lights and space is limited. Suggested donation of $5 per person can be made at the time of the reservation, or at the door to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies and Colorado Event Alliance.

4. Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) hosts the BIFF Drive-In Series! Every Saturday night from now until September 26, BIFF is featuring award-winning films at the Boulder Municipal Airport. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with live music at 8 p.m. The film starts when darkness falls (around 9 p.m). The parking lot will close 15 minutes before the film begins at about 8:45 p.m. All tickets must be purchased online. Tickets are $30 (plus a small processing fee) and sold per vehicle. A limited number of single-occupant tickets are available at $15 per vehicle. There is no food available for sale so don’t forget to bring along your own snacks and beverages! New films will be announced each Friday at noon for the following week.

5. Experience one of the most extraordinary venues in the world from a different perspective – downward dog. Start your day with an exhilarating workout at the awe-inspiring venue – Red Rocks. Yoga on the Rocks takes place every Friday and Sunday at 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. and every Saturday at 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Event attendance will be capped at 175 people. Tickets are $17 per session and are available online only. Participants may be subject to safety protocols including temperature screenings and use of face coverings per local rules. If you’re under the age of 18, you must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver on your behalf.

6. For the first time since 2015, Nature Connects®, Art with LEGO® Bricks returns to Denver Zoo with more than 15 nature-inspired creations by Artist Sean Kenney. From July 17 to November 1, 2020, the award-winning exhibit invites guests to connect to nature and the world’s vanishing species through life-size and larger-than-life plant and animal sculptures, placed throughout the Zoo and made entirely of LEGO bricks. The exhibit is included in general admission, but tickets are limited and will only be available online. Member tickets are currently available for reservation until September 7.

7. Through the lens of America’s pastime, Game Changers: 100 Years of Negro League Baseball, highlights broader social transformations from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Era. History Colorado’s exhibit features extremely rare original photographic prints, artifacts and some very eye-opening history. Bats from Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron, a set of priceless early '50s baseball cards, and even a free exhibit podcast from the Lost Highways team help visitors discover trailblazing athletes like Oscar Charleston, who many consider one of the greatest ever to play the game. Capacity is limited and a timed ticket is required. Members must reserve a spot and tickets for non-members must be purchased in advance.