7 safe and socially distant things to do in Denver this weekend

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Posted at 5:00 PM, Aug 05, 2020

DENVER -- If you're looking for some fun while keeping socially distant during the coronavirus pandemic, here are a few events to consider. But remember: Take your mask with you, wash your hands and avoid large gatherings with people not in your close circle.

1. Landmark DTC introduces FREE drive in movie nights every Friday and Saturday night! Every weekend they will be showing drive-in movies at dusk from the upper level of their parking lot at 5375 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village, Colo. The lineup this weekend will be Peanut Butter Falcon on Friday night and Grease on Saturday night. Parking is socially distanced, with every other space open. All of the movies are free, but they ask that anyone who can to make a small donation to the Dumb Friends League.

2. The Orchard Town Center’s Summer Concert Series is back! Family night. Date Night. However you want to enjoy it, drive over to The Orchard Town Center to enjoy some of Colorado’s best bands. Watch a live concert from the comfort of your car with your favorite Orchard restaurant for dinner. Tickets are $10 with 100% of all proceeds being donated to Colorado Artists Relief Fund.

3. Check out arts and crafts at the 16thStreet Fair this Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.! The 16th Street Fair is an annual celebration of fine art, handcrafted goods and the 16thStreet Mall in Downtown Denver. Take a stroll along the 16th Street Mall to enjoy a showcase of emerging artists and designers, producing original and unique handmade goods, in a wide array of media. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic only a maximum of 175 people will be allowed at the event at any given time, and those attending will be required to keep a minimum six foot distance from others and view the art in a single-direction traffic flow.

4. The 34th annual Colorado Black Arts Festival is going virtual! You can catch the virtual festival onYouTube this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. The Colorado Black Arts Festival is committed to presenting a festival of high standards for all age groups. The event provides a venue for talented visual artists, who may not otherwise have a means to show and sell their artwork. The event is FREE, but donations are encouraged.

5. Join the Denver Public Library online for Learn Make Share. Try out new creative projects at home and then share your results in this weekly online gathering of makers! Learn Make Share is a weekly series from the ideaLAB team. Every Tuesday they publish a new video on YouTube on a maker topic that you can follow along with, and the following Tuesday evening they host an online discussion about it. Learn Make Share kicks off this Tuesday, August 11 with Bookbinding.

6. This Saturday, August 8, RedLine will be hosting their 6th Annual 48 Hours Summit Virtually. 48 Hours of Socially Engaged Art & Conversation Summit is a two-day summit and exhibition that engages culture organizations, nonprofits, artist and individuals to share their expertise on culture responsiveness, social responsibility, and collective leadership. Throughout 2020, RedLine's exhibitions and programs, including 48 Hours, will be inspired by the cultural genre known as Afrofuturism. With rich and expansive source material that ranges from ancient mythology, science fiction, astrophysics, and technology to social justice movements, indigenous ethics, and popular culture, the possibilities for exploring this genre are boundless. You can learn more about registration and the event schedule here.

7. Join the Denver Botanical Gardens this Friday at 9 a.m. for a day full of family fun! Pollinators: Guided Family Exploration offers families with children 6-12 a chance to celebrate the importance of Pollinators with a fun and engaging exploration of the Gardens and the amazing creatures that help our plants grow. Pre-registration is required. Head here to learn more about registration instructions, and COVID-19 safety procures.