The Big Wonderful, Furry Scurry, First Friday and more to do in Denver this weekend — The Know

Kirby the Pomeranian stands on its hind legs as Jen Ticsay gives it commands as the Drew Emmitt Band performs during the Big Wonderful at the former Denver Post Printing Plant on May 5, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)

The Big Wonderful turns 5

Saturday-Sunday. Following its 2018 debut in Winter Park last month, The Big Wonderful will bring its traveling urban market, centered around beer, local businesses and bluegrass, to Denver this month. First staged in the River North neighborhood, The Big Wonderful plans to celebrate five years in Colorado May 5-6 at the old Denver Post printing plant in Globeville, 4400 Fox St. Highlights include an album release from Leftover Salmon (3 p.m. Sunday) and other live music in addition to dozens of beer vendors, food trucks and more. Noon-6 p.m. daily. The event moves to The Stanley Marketplace in Stapleton May 19-20. $5-$7 general admission; kids under 12 free. thebigwonderful.com

Yellow lab “Kiska” sports a pair of shades as he begins the two mile walk at the annual Furry Scurry in 2015. (Kathryn Scott, The Denver Post)

Furry Scurry turns 175 (in dog years)

Saturday. If this is the first you’re seeing of the 25th annual Furry Scurry, don’t worry: There’s still a chance to register for the May 5 event, which bills itself as the country’s largest dog-walk. Get to Washington Park by 7:30 a.m. to sign up for the 2-mile, 9 a.m. walk and bring your four-legged friend, as you’ll be joined by 10,000 people and 5,000 dogs for this Colorado tradition — which annually raises money for homeless pets and horses on behalf of the Denver Dumb Friends League. Costumes (both canine and human), agility displays and contests, as well as dozens of vendors and adoptable pets will also be on hand. $25-$50 registration fee. furryscurry.org

Cleo does “Carmen”

Through May 13. Denver’s nationally renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, currently winding down its 47th season, rarely takes the expected route with its blend of contemporary dance and African diaspora. But it’s still ambitious to choreograph its latest show to arias from Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen” — which has been transformed into a medley of bossa nova numbers and will be performed by soprano vocalist Erica Papillion-Posey and a who’s-who of Denver jazz musicians. Running May 5-7 and May 11-13 at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater in Five Points, the “Carmen” program also includes a pair of world premieres: Donald McKayle’s “Uprooted: Pero Replantado” and Viviana Basanta’s “La Mulata de Cordoba.” 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. 119 Park Avenue West. $35-$45. 303-295-1759 ext. 13 or cleoparkerdance.org

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Arvada pumps up its First Friday scene

Friday. The city has been participating for a couple years, but Historic Olde Town Arvada’s First Friday scene — in which people can pop into art galleries and local shops while enjoying the odd beverage, snack and live entertainment — is getting even more creative. The twist this time? More than a dozen Olde Town businesses, from The Cereal Box and Kline’s Beer Hall to Gallery 1874, will highlight art from Jefferson County High School students, with free food and drink and more than 100 works on display. 6-9 p.m. May 4. Free. 720-898-3380 or visitarvada.org

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