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Frugal Fun in Denver, July 14, 2011

My favorite Black Arts Fest T-shirt!
My favorite Black Arts Fest T-shirt!
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Frugal Fun in Denver, July 14, 2011

Thanks to the persistent deluge of rain (and hail), I have not had to water my garden in two weeks. I anticipate gargantuan, mutated zucchinis and enough fresh mint to keep the entire neighborhood drinking mojitos until Christmas. However, the rain does jinx my desire to go outside, mostly due to lack of sufficient hair product to combat frizz. Don’t let the rain stop you from having lots of free fun this weekend. Just bring a poncho and park your arc nearby.

Hazel Miller Concert

Saturday, July 16th 10am to 8:30pm


Trinity Church

7755 Vance Drive


The fine folks at Trinity Church in Arvada are generously hosting a fun, free event for everyone. Stop by this Saturday for a free Hazel Miller Concert, accompanied by food, merchant giveaways, the show n’ shine car show and a great, big swap meet. The festivities kick off at 10am on the lawn, and continue rain or shine.

Live entertainment begins at 12pm until 3pm. The Hazel Miller concert begins at 6pm and jams until 8:30pm. For more information on the concert or festival, click here:

Black Arts Festival

Friday through Sunday, July 15-17th, 10am to 8pm


City Park, Denver

City park is once again home to one of Colorado’s favorite cultural festivals, now celebrating its 25th year. The Colorado Black Arts Festival brings artists together not only from Colorado, but from surrounding states for a three-day event of live music, entertainment, dancing, art, family activities, shopping and food.

Visit on Friday and receive special discounts from vendors at the “watu sakoni” or people’s marketplace. Hang around the Kuumba Stage at 4pm and witness the Drill, Drum and Dance Team perform “Mile High Steppin.” Watch step groups, hip-hop teams and dance performances, and oh yes, audience participation is encouraged.

The Black Arts Fest is home to the beloved “Boogaloo Celebration Parade,” an exciting event and crowd favorite. Get up early on Saturday and be in the park by 9:30am for the best neighborhood parking spots and parade views. The parade, complete with drum, drill and dance teams, parade floats, Tuskegee Airmen, Shriners, the Camero Club, marching bands and more begins at 10am at 22nd and Downing Street. From there, it boogies right into City Park.

The festival wraps up on Sunday, so you have plenty of time to walk through the sculpture garden, visit the Elder’s Pavilion and look at beautiful quilts and visit the Gospel Stage to get your praise on to the soulful sounds of Gospel quartets, Soloists, church Choirs and Praise Dance Teams.

To RSVP on their Facebook Webpage, click here:

Aurora Kidspree

Saturday and Sunday, July 16th and 17th, 10am to 5pm


Bicentennial Park, Alameda and Potomac


The Kidspree, held in Bicentennial Park in Aurora attracts a crowed of about 30,000 every third week in July. A free event, this spree brags about more than 50 hands-on activities and entertainers. Determined to make kids’ activities more focused, the fun at Kidspree is more than balloons and toys. The best part, all activities are free.

Park in the southwest corner of the parking lot at the Town Center of Aurora and take the free shuttle. Don’t forget to bring your recycled water bottles to the recycling tent. With your help and guidance from the recycle tent staff they will be transformed into musical instruments!

For more information about the Kidspree, click here:


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