What’s Happening Around Denver

Veterans Memorial Day Tribute | May 26, 2018 | 10 AM -12 PM |  POF Hall (1340 Sherman, Denver)  
Denver’s annual observance of Memorial Day is held at the historic POF Hall just south of the state capitol and free and open to the public. The 2018 Tribute will feature inspirational music, a Reading of Names, the US Navy Bell Toll, Remembrance Wreath laying for heroes that have died in past wars placed by veteran representatives and presentations of signature Tribute banners and Pins to Gold Star families.

Denver Day of Rock | May 26, 2018 | 2:30-9:30 PM | 16th Street Mall – Pedestrian Mall (Downtown Denver)
Denver Day of Rock is a free one-of-a-kind music event presented by Amp the Cause to raise awareness of the children in our community. This free event will feature five stages of live music throughout downtown Denver.

The Big Bounce America | May 25-27, 2018 | Selected Times Available | Meridian Commons Park ( 10035 S Peoria St, Lone Tree) 
If missed your chance last year, do not worry…The World’s Largest Bounce House is coming back to Colorado during Memorial Day Weekend! This magical, candy-colored inflatable castle is 10,000 square feet of fun, games and laughter that can be enjoyed by all ages. Get tickets and more information, here.

Get out of Town

Take advantage of the long weekend and escape to a nearby getaway to enjoy Memorial Day festivities!

BolderBoulder | May 28, 2018 | Varied Start Times |  (All Around Boulder)
The favorite Memorial Day annual tradition in Boulder boasts over 50,000 participants and spectators for a 10K foot race. The race goes through Boulder’s neighborhoods, finishing in Folsom Field — the University of Colorado‘s football stadium for a Memorial Day Tribute that includes: one of the largest enlistment ceremonies in the state of Colorado, a 21-gun salute by the University of Colorado NROTC members, an F-16 fly-over by the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center from NAS Fallon, NV, Sky divers carrying flags from each branch of military and The Mile-Hi Sky Diving Team performance.

Boulder Creek Festival | May 28, 2018 | Varied Start Times | Boulder Creek (Between Arapahoe & Canyon)
The Boulder Creek Festival has been the unofficial kickoff to summer in Boulder. The Festival is free to the public and features 9 separate event areas with 500 vendors (from everything from community arts and crafts to healthier alternatives and technology) and 3 performance stages of music and dance. The festival also features carnival rides and food and beverage vendors.

Fort Collins
A Salute to Our Cold War Veterans | May 26-28 2018 | Various Times | The Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado The Memorial Day events at The Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado are some of the most notable in the region. This year they’re honoring Cold War veterans with events throughout the weekend. The official ceremony is on Sunday at 10 a.m. in the plaza and will feature displays set up by veteran-oriented organizations. Highlights include the WWII reenactors and the Colorado Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter. Memorial Day will be a day of solitude the Veterans Plaza which will be open from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. 

80’s FestMay 26, 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. | 4990 Ronald Reagan Blvd.
80’s Fest Colorado is a full day of themed fun in Johnstown. For 2018, the lineup includes live music, the 80’s Rock vs Pop 5K Run/Walk, an 80’s parade and costume contest, food and beer!

Colorado Springs
 MeadowGrass Music Festival | May 25-27 2018 | Various Set Times | La Foret Conference & Retreat Center (6145 Shoup Rd, Colorado Springs)
One of the bonuses of attending this festival is that you get an incredible cross-section of national, regional and local artists, many of whom are up and coming or just breaking onto the bigger scene. Over the years the mission of the festival has remained constant:  – to bring world class musical talent to perform in the Pikes Peak region alongside local and regional performers, in a family-friendly environment. They strive to cultivate an environment that welcomes guests of all ages and tastes, as well as amenities catering to different lifestyles.

Territory Days | May 26-28, 2018 | 10 AM -6 PM |  Old Colorado City (Colorado Springs)
One of the state’s largest craft vendor fairs is highlighted with features including pony rides, kids play area, petting zoo, Cowboy Church Service, toy train rides, gold panning, wild west gunfight re-enactments, live blacksmithing, period costumed characters, live birds of prey, native American dancers and two beer gardens with live music running all three days.


Have a Backyard BBQ

Memorial Day is also the unofficial kick off into summer (although summer does not technically begin until June 21st)! Ditch the traffic and unpredictable/booked out campgrounds by hosting your own Memorial Day Backyard BBQ for your pre-summer celebration.


Grilled Pineapple Burger
1 lb. ground beef
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
8 pineapple rings
1 large red onion, sliced into rings
4 slices pepper jack
4 pieces romaine
8 slices cooked bacon
Heat grill to medium-high. In a large bowl, combine ground beef and Worcestershire and season with salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties. Grill patties, pineapple, and red onion until charred, 3 minutes per side. Top burger patties with pepper jack and cover grill to let melt, 1 minute. Top bottom pineapple buns with lettuce, burger patties, bacon, and grilled onions, then top with pineapple bun.
Grilled Watermelon Salad
 2 limes
1 large garlic clove
1 red or green jalapeño chile
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. sugar
6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. nonpareil capers
4 lb. seedless mini red and yellow watermelon
1 package haloumi cheese
1/2 c. spicy fresh sprouts
Prepare an outdoor gas grill or prepare coals for a charcoal grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. Brush cooking grates clean and oil grill rack. Grate the zest from 1 lime; juice limes. In a small bowl, whisk lime zest and juice, garlic, chile, salt, and sugar until sugar is dissolved; whisk in 1/4 cup of the oil until emulsified, then stir in capers. Arrange watermelon slices on a large platter. Halve haloumi cheese diagonally, then cut each triangle, cut side down, into 3 thin slices. Brush cheese slices with remaining oil. Grill haloumi 2 minutes per side, until cheese is golden and grill-marked and has softened. Halve cheese slices and scatter over watermelon. Spoon dressing over salad and top with sprouts. Serve immediately.

Patriotic Berries
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 fresh blackberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 pint heavy whipping cream

Slice strawberries and combine in a bowl with blue and/or blackberries. Sprinkle berries with two teaspoons sugar. Whip cream until soft peaks form and sweeten with remaining sugar.  Serve berries in small cups with generous spoonfuls of fresh whipped cream.

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