Weekend fun happening May 10 – 12

This weekend temps are expected to climb back up into the 60’s! No better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with some time in the great outdoors. Here’s a look at some fun, local events happening near you this weekend.

Spring Plant Sale

May 10 – 11 at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver 

☆ Denver Botanic Gardens hosts a Spring Plant Sale. The event features a sale on roses, summer bulbs, herbs and houseplants. You can find some gorgeous plants and explore the gardens with no admission fee as part of National Public Gardens Week. ‎

Colorado Chocolate Festival

May 10 – 11 at The Denver Mart, 415 E. 58th Ave., Denver

Purchase $5 tickets  here

Calling all chocolate lovers, the Colorado Chocolate Festival is back in Denver. The event features two days dedicated to all things chocolate with tons of chocolate samples, demonstrations, competitions, speakers and more. You can shop from vendors presenting a myriad of chocolatey goodness throughout the festival.

Spring Horseshoe Market

May 11 – May 12 at Broncos Stadium, 1701 Bryant St., Denver 

$5 entry

☆ The Horseshoe Market kicks off its 10th year at Broncos Stadium at Mile High this weekend. The vintage and artisan market will have over 200 vendors and on-site creative workshops. The new location in Lot G on the west side of Broncos Stadium will include a renewed focus on home décor. Admission is just $5 and covers both days, plus moms get in for free on Mother’s Day between 10 a.m. and noon. Visit HorseshoeMarket.com for show hours and information. 

Denver Farmers Market Opening Day

May 11, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Union Station Farmers Market, 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver 

☆  Union Station Farmers Market hosts the Denver Farmers Market Opening Day. The event features the first day of farmers market season with an awesome line up of vendors presenting fresh produce, local goods and more. You can shop the market and find a great Mother’s Day gift for all of the moms you know. Also, the first 100 moms at the market will receive a free succulent.

Food Truck Carnival

May 10 – 12 at the SE corner of 120th & I-25 in Northglenn.

☆ Food trucks, carnival rides, brew battle and live music headline Northglenn’s Food Truck Carnival. There will be 20 carnival rides, midway game booths, and a few dozen food trucks. Lots of parking will be available at the Wagon Road Park-n-Ride. To see a list of all the food trucks and their delicious creations, and to get a $5 off carnival ride tickets, visit FoodTruckCarnival.com

May Day history & fun ways to celebrate today

May Day is celebrated on May 1st and honors not only the changing of the seasons, but also worker’s rights in the United States.

The connection between May Day and labor rights began in the United States during the 19th century. Thousands of people were dying every year from poor working conditions and long hours during the Industrial Revolution.

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers walked out on their jobs across the country. This caused many protests to take place. Overall, they were peaceful, but on May 3 Chicago police and workers clashed at the McCormick Reaper Works. The next day a rally was planned at Haymarket Square to protest the killing and wounding of several workers by the police. A bomb was thrown, chaos ensued, and at least seven police officers and eight civilians died as a result of the violence that day.

The Haymarket Riot set off a national wave of repression. The workers’ history of May 1 was eventually embraced by many governments worldwide, not just those with socialist or communist influences.

Today, May Day is an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially celebrated in many more, but ironically it is rarely recognized in the country where it began, the United States of America.

Another popular tradition of May Day involves the maypole. While the exact origins of the maypole remain unknown, the annual traditions surrounding it can be traced back to medieval times. Villagers would enter the woods to find a maypole that was set up for the day and people would dance around the pole clad with colorful streamers and ribbons.

Historians believe the first maypole dance originated as part of a fertility ritual, where the pole symbolized male fertility and baskets and wreaths symbolized female fertility.

The maypole never really took root in America, where May Day celebrations were discouraged by the Puritans. But other forms of celebrations did find their way to the New World.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, May Basket Day was celebrated across the country, where baskets were created with flowers, candies and other treats and hung on the doors of friends, neighbors and loved ones on May 1.

May Day Inspiration

These printable flower seed packets found at brightgreendoor.com are so cute and would make the perfect May Day gift for your teachers or friends!

This DIY flower cone from skiptomylou.org is so bright and cheery! Would be perfect to hang on your neighbor’s door.

These cute printables will definitely brighten someone’s day! Cut a couple flowers from your own yard, tape them on and you’re done. Find the free printable at raeannkelly.com.