KUSA – It's May, which means weekends are getting warmer. With that, more and more fun outdoor activities are available such as marathons, the Furry Scurry and lots of festivities surrounding Cinco de Mayo.
If being outside isn't your thing, some great indoor activities like a Star Wars exhibit and a film festival is also going on.
Furry Scurry –May 2– Wash Park, Denver http://bit.ly/1v6wbtq
Help out a homeless pet, hang out with a bunch of cute dogs and get some exercise by signing up for the 22nd annual Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry. This is the DFL's largest fundraiser with over 12,000 participants and 5,000 dogs. All of the proceeds made at the Furry Scurry go to help animals and the DFL.
Cinco De Mayo Festival – May 2 and 3 – Civic Center Park, Denver http://www.cincodemayodenver.com/
Latino culture is celebrated this weekend with the Cinco de Mayo "Celebrate Culture" Festival. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with food, music and fun. There is a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. You can test your eating competition skills in the taco eating contest or see if your chihuahua can outrun all the others in a chihuahua race. There are also several stages for music and dancing. Over 400,000 people attend this family-friendly annual event.
Great Western Alpaca Show – May 1 through 3– National Western Complex http://www.greatwesternalpacashow.com/
Have you ever seen how cute alpacas are? Well, if not, check out the Great Western Alpaca show. There are alpacas on show as well as fleece displays, costume classes, photography, auctions and other fiber arts. Parking and admission are free.
Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight viewing parties – May 2 – TV special aired at different venues
Go somewhere to watch the fight billed as the "Fight of the Century." This boxing match is between eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and the undefeated five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. You can buy the fight on Pay-Per-View or watch it at a local bar. Lodos in Downtown Denver is having fight special. You can get tickets here. Tickets are less expensive if you buy them before the day of the fight. The ViewHouse in Centennial is also showing the fight. Tickets and information can be found here. There are a number of other bars throughout Denver hosting the fight, let us know where you plan on watching.
Star Wars at the Hangar – May 3 – Wings Over the Rockies http://bit.ly/1OITsSb
Is The Force with you? Head to this new exhibit at the Wings Over the Rockies. You will be able to see Anakin Skywalker's Podracer as well as mingle with characters and test your aim at the Blast-a-Trooper station. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-12. You don't want to miss the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of the only Star Wars X-wing signed by Harrison Ford and members of the cast.
Stanley Film Festival – April 30 through May 3 – Stanley Hotel http://www.stanleyfilmfest.com/
It's not even Halloween, but the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park always seems to invoke creepy thoughts. So what better place to have a horror film festival? There is much more to this festival than just watching movies. There are panels talking about various aspects of horror films, trivia, games and other activities. Feature films, shorts and retrospective films are shown.
Cherry Creek Fresh Market – May through October– Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Denver http://coloradofreshmarkets.com/
This is the first week of the award-winning Fresh Market. It has been produced by Colorado Fresh Markets since 1998, and is the largest farmers market in Denver. You can find unique local gourmet food vendors as well as enjoy chef events, gardening tips, and live music. The fresh market runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays starting in June at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Elitch Gardens – May 2 through October – Elitch Gardens, Denver https://www.elitchgardens.com/
You can play the day away this weekend at Elitch Gardens. They are celebrating their 125th year. The park will have special meet and greets with Dora the Explorer and Spongebob Squarepants. The water park isn't open just yet, but there is still plenty to do throughout the theme-park. There are 53 different rides and attractions in the park to keep you entertained the entire day.
Annie – Runs through May 10 – The Buell Theater, Denver http://bit.ly/1GI5BCv
If you are in the mood for music this weekend, check out Annie at the Buell Theater. Hear performances of well-known songs like "It's a Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street" and "Tomorrow." This popular musical has been playing for awhile, but if you have not had a chance to check it out, this is one of the last weekends its being performed.
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