LGBTQ Fashion, Live Music and Free Pride Ball

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Pride Month: Free LGBTQ Ball, Live Music, Fashion

Friday Sunday. Denver PrideFest is still a few weekends away, June 24-25 at Civic Center Park, but LGBTQ and queer programming is strong in Denver throughout June, aka Pride Month.

This weekend offers all ages Series of cultural parades at McNichols Civic Center Building, featuring drag outfits from DCR Studios, host DeMarcio Slaughter and sets from “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” queens Yara Sofia and Mayhem Miller, plus other goodies. This coincides with McNichols’ free pride-themed art exhibits. The parade will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at 144 W. Colfax Ave. Tickets: $16 to $56 via axs.com

There is also the Denver Gay Men’s Choir Performance marking the 40th anniversary of Andrew Lippa’s ‘Unbreakable’, with three shows on June 10 and 11 at the King’s Center on the Auraria campus, 855 Lawrence Way. $15 to $28 via denverchoruses.org/dgmc.

And if you’re a student or young person looking to celebrate Pride Month, don’t miss The center on the Colfax Junior Pride Ball, this year on the theme “Somewhere over the rainbow”. The 3-8 p.m. event at Blush & Blu, 1526 E. Colfax Ave., is free and designed for ages 20 and under. denverpride.org

Finally – and for anyone who hasn’t yet – History Colorado Center’s Rainbows and Revolutions is a must-see exhibit about the city’s LGBTQ culture, opening this month, about the triumphant advances of civil rights since the 1950s.

A block party, live and in person

Saturday. Denver Music Nonprofit Registered Youth has had a particularly tough few years, given that all of its programming previously relied on classes and in-person events. This includes its annual report block partyreturning in person for its eighth year with family-friendly music, food, art, yoga and meditation, and more.

The 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. festival also features dozens of local vendors, booths by bands like Women in Music, food trucks, free workshops, and live screen printing. Free and for all ages. 1301 W. 10th Ave. See the full list of Youth on Record artists at youthonrecord.org/event/yor-block-party.

Saving the Chicano Murals of Colorado

Thursday. June 11 RiNo Music and Art Showcase at the old Denver Post Print Shop on Fox Street will showcase a wide range of artists and artisans who focus on public and street art. But when it comes to preserving the murals – which RiNo uses as one of its main marketing tools – no one has the El Pueblo History Museum to beat.

Leo Lucero’s untitled mural in Pueblo’s Plaza Verde Park is part of the Chicano/a/x Mural project to preserve endangered and historically significant art. (El Pueblo History Museum)

On Thursday, June 16, the museum invites people to Plaza Verde Park in Pueblo to celebrate the rich history of Chicano muralism and identify more murals in need of protection. The free public rally is hosted by the Chicano/a/x Murals of Colorado Project and History Colorado, who encourage attendees to bring their own photos of Colorado Chicano murals. Learn more at bit.ly/3zIwCXN.

Speaking of museums (and free stuff)

Open now. It sounds like a cliché, but there’s literally never been a better time for families to visit Colorado’s museums.

Not only are there plenty of SCFD Free Days at the city’s top museums (see the full schedule at scfd.org/find-culture/free-days), and permanent free entry for under-18s at the Denver Art Museum, there are also new permanent ones, free admission for children History The Seven Museums of Colorado in Pueblo, Montrose, Trinidad, Alamosa, Leadville and Denver (two in town).

See all locations and more details at historycolorado.org.

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