Things to Do in May 2021
Every month there's a little bit more on the list...
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
It’s finally time to fiesta, Amigos! Last year’s Cinco de Mayo was … lackluster. Which means this year, we’ve got to double down, drink twice the tequila, listen to mariachi music twice as loud, and celebrate the Mexican culture with twice the gusto. Vamanos!
Go to a concert (venues are actually opening up again)
After being starved of live music for over a year, venues like Red Rocks, Mission Ballroom, the Fillmore and Bluebird are starting to put shows back on their calendars. And get ready to see some wild shit — people have a lot of pent up energy they’re going to be dancing off.
Win $1 million if you can convince billionaire Robert Bigelow there’s an afterlife.
Renowned aerospace defence contractor and billionaire mad-scientist Robert Bigelow has a lot of interests: Ghosts, aliens, UFO’s, skinwalkers, and, of course, the afterlife. He’s offering anyone who can convince him of an afterlife a $1 million reward… All you’ve got to do is find the proof.
Become a Dog Psychologist
You might not believe this, but a typical dog psychologist makes around $61,680 a year. And you can get certified online from Open College UK Ltd. And it’s way better than being a human psychologist, because you won’t have to listen to your clients bitch. (Only bark.)
Friday Night Bazaars in RiNo
Every Friday 2424 Larimer Street, Denver
The Bazaars are back baby! Take to the streets, wander the tents, behold the artesian goods and tasteful arts, snacks, foods and drinks of Denver’s craftiest locals.
Boulder Comedy Show
Every Sunday Rayback Collective, Boulder
Laughter is in no short supply at the Rayback Collective’s Sunday night comedy shows. Neither are the beer or delicious food truck options. Hunker down with friends, drinks in hand, get comfortable and prepare yourself for a chuckle-fest.
The Big Wonderful
(celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby at the same time) May 1-2 Denver Tech Center
This wonder-palooza of festive thrills, combines the most sacred holiday in all of Kentucky with Mexican independence from France. It’s Cinco de Mayo meets the Kentucky Derby — alternate margaritas with mint juleps while you enjoy live music and explore an artisanal wonderland of craft goods.
Wild West BBQ Cookoff
($2500 prize and free samples) May 7/8th Lamar, Co
So you think your pork butt BBQ skills are good? $2,500 good? Well, then you’re in luck. The Wild West BBQ cookoff in Lamar offers a massive cash prize for whoever can grill up the most mouthwatering meat concoctions — and this year, the theme is pork butt. And samples are free for the public.
Quad Rock 50 and 25 miles races
May 8th Lory State Park, Fort Collins
It’s been a long winter, after an even longer locked-down summer and people have a lot of energy to burn off. So why not use it in a 50- or 25-mile cross country race over the hills and through the woods, all the way to Quad Rock? It’s like self-harm, but healthy for you.
Honor yo Momma! (for mothers day)
Pick up your phone and tell your mom you love her! At least, on May 9th, since it’s mothers day and you owe it to her for giving you the gift of life. Even if it is life in a fucked up pandemic era.
Dark Sky Street Festival
(live music, street food, and celebrations of becoming dark sky community) May 15th Crestone, Co
Crestone, one of the strangest, most isolated towns in Colorado, is becoming an international dark sky community. That means they’re actively fighting light pollution with local ordinances to make their night sky as clear as possible. Which is cause for celebration! Join them on the 15th for live music, local beer and a party under the stars.
Chalk Lines and Vines
(Wine and chalk art festival) May 15th/16th Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora
There’s nothing quite like sipping a fine glass of red, while watching artists toil away on their hands and knees with chalk. Which is exactly what you’ll find at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds on the 15th and 16h. Some of the best local chalk artists will be making live art, amig food trucks and live music. Oh, and of course, free samples of vino.
Bacon and Beer Classic
May 22nd Kennedy Golf Course, Denver
Sometimes the divine graces mankind with a match made in heaven — and sometimes, a local genius can bring them together in a festival. Enter: Denver’s Bacon and Beer classic, an annual event that’s returning from a year’s hiatus, bringing two of mankind’s greatest inventions together. Shut up and take our money.
‘Mild to Wild’ whitewater beer trip
May 23rd - 27th Dinosaur National Monument
Are you old enough to drink? Thirsty for beer fuelled whitewater adventure down a renowned rafting river? Say no more. The Wild to Mild 5-Day Yampa river beer trip is everything you’re looking for. Craft beer, majestic scenery, gut twisting rapids and, best of all, it’s adults only. So leave the little ones at home and buckle up for a rip-roaring journey down the Yampa.
King and Queen of the Mountain, Mountain Bike Race
(47 miles durango to silverton, 5700 feet of elevation gain, two 10,000 foot passes, 1 closed highway) May 30 Durango, Co
Saddle up! Straddle your steel steed, make sure you’ve got a few spare tubes, some extra lube and a shit load of water. This 47 mile mountain bike race, crests two mountain passes, gains 5700 feet of elevation and will put both you and your bike to the ultimate Rocky Mountain test.
Brewery of the Month
Crooked Stave Modern Artisan Beer Project
Fort Collins, Co
Named after the oak slates of the barrels their beer brews in, Crooked Stave is making some of the tastiest (sour-est) most complex beers in the state — and realistically, probably in the entire world. They’ve become famous for their skills with brettanomyces yeasts and a trip to their tasting room is well worth the drive. No matter where you’re coming from.
Hapa Happy Hour $3.50 beer, $6 sake carafes and glasses of wine, $7 infused sake and cocktails, a whole host of delicious starters and sashimi for cheap, AND half off all basic sushi rolls.
Back Door Grill Hit the Back Door Grill between 3:30 and 5:30 and you’ll find $2.50 PBR and Old Aggie drafts, $3.50 micro and import beers, $4 bombs, $5 house wines, and of course, their infamous nightly specials Sunday to Thursday: Monday happy hour is all night, Tuesday you can toss the dice for a discount, or check out wing Wednesdays or whatever else is going on throughout the week.
Hapa Happy Hour
Spirit flights 3 for 10 or 4 for 14.