Things to do in Denver: Colorado State Fair, History Colorado’s “Astrid,” and more

Colorado State Fair’s back, for now

Through Monday. This year’s Colorado State Fair, one of the biggest annual attractions along the Front Range, is making up for lost time. In addition to livestock, agriculture, carnival rides, concerts and more, the fair this year is hosting a vaccination clinic on-site that offers gift cards and other incentives to visit on the weekend days, Axios reported.

Despite starting on Aug. 27, there’s still plenty more before it wraps up next week in Pueblo: The Toughest Monster Truck Tour (Sept. 3); a demolition derby (Sept. 4); truck-and-tractor pull (Sept. 6); and concerts by Jon Pardi (Sept. 3), Nelly (Sept. 4), Loverboy (Sept. 5) and Luis Àngel (Sept. 6). Need we mention the pig races, petting zoo, juggling and hypnotism included in gate admission?

Open 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. $12 for ages 13 and older; $6 for children ages 5-12; free for children 4 and under. Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave. in Pueblo. 800-876-4567 or

“Twin Peaks” meets “Carmen Sandiego”

Friday. Physical activity hasn’t exactly been on the front burner for many of us this year, but the return of History Colorado’s mysterious, citywide scavenger hunt should get a few butts in motion. This year’s “Denver Calling: The Lost Book of Astrid Lee” is volume 2 of a multimedia, artist-driven cultural history hunt that debuted last year.

Organized by History Colorado’s Chris Getzan and creative veteran Andrew Novick, in collaboration with Barry Osborne of Swallow Hill Music, the project features artists (and acts) Distance Walk, Felix Fast4ward, Michelle Rocqet (Milk Blossoms), and Kalyn Heffernan (Wheelchair Sports Camp, Meow Wolf) along with Lonnie Allen, Don Austin, Roxann Diffin, Emily Hope Dobkin, Cassandra Elaine, Thea Hunt, Cori Redford, and the students from Arts Street.

The event runs Sept. 3-19 but registration is only open through Sunday, Sept. 5. Any size group is welcome. $10-$30,

An artistic COVID-19 memorial

Opens Friday. The normally festival-focused Biennial of the Americas on Friday, Sept. 3, will debut 21 works from commissioned artists as part of its COVID-19 Memorial, which runs through Sept. 25. Artists from across North and South America this summer joined a juried competition of public artists submitting to the event, the latter of which were voted on via a digital gallery.

This final phase of the project also includes a Sept. 16 event dubbed “ConnectArte: Biennial Curator & Artist Talk,” which features project artists and a curator discussing the role of art in processing grief. Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sundays and Mondays. 861 Santa Fe Drive. $5-$8. 303-571-4401 or

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