History Colorado is inviting the community to celebrate Colorado’s 145th birthday with a carnivalesque event and free entry to the History Colorado Center at 1200 N. Broadway in downtown Denver.
The Colorado Day celebration takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1.
The carnivalesque event will include srts and crafts, balloons, ice cream, popcorn, face painting, trivia, chalk artists and an alpaca petting zoo.
Denver’s sports mascots — Bernie the Avs mascot, Dinger the Rockies mascot and Miles the Broncos mascot — will be making appearances and musical guests will include traditional taiko drummers, classical guitarist Flint Datino, jazz guitarist Jack McManaman, solo artist Arlin Tawzer and Brothers of Brass.
Attendees are welcome to explore History Colorado Center’s four floors of interactive exhibits. Local artist Adri Norris will lead a workshop at 2 p.m. and families can create a keepsake in the makerspace area.
History Colorado Center will also be launching its new monthly Heritage Produce Basket, which is in partnership with Colorado Proud. These baskets will be filled with fresh root vegetables, bulbs, peppers, florets and leafy greens, and will feature a historic recipe, a staff favorite recipe and one highlighting one of the basket ingredients from the museum’s Café Rendezvous’ chef.
It is recommended to register in advance for the History Colorado Center’s celebration.
The Center for Colorado Women’s History, 1310 Bannock St., which is within walking distance of the History Colorado Center, is offering a free, walk-in open house from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 1. Guests will be able to explore the first floor of this historic house and interact with guides; browse the museum shop; and enjoy the museum’s gallery exhibit, “Bold Women. Change History.”
Three other History Colorado museums across the state — El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo, Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center and the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose — will also be offering free admission for Colorado Day on Aug. 1.
To learn more about History Colorado’s Colorado Day events, or to register for a timed ticket to the carnivalesque event at the History Colorado Center, visit historycolorado.org/colorado-day.
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