After a successful one-day festival with more than 10,000 attendees last summer, Councilwoman Kendra Black will host the second annual South by Southeast (SxSE) community festival in Bible Park on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Working with community members, Black developed SxSE after an extensive Visioning Series to find out what improvements southeast Denver residents wanted to see in the district. Residents expressed a strong desire for improved restaurants and retail, walkability and bikeability, and community gathering spaces. SxSE incorporates these desires by showcasing what is possible in their neighborhood. Southeast Denver currently lacks these amenities.
SxSE will include a 1.6 mile fun run/walk around Bible Park, a kids’ bike parade, temporary beer garden with local craft brews, six local bands, food trucks, a farmers’ market by the Samuels Elementary Garden Club and Whole Foods, a giant solar-powered bubble tower, local vendors, mobility enhancements, a pop-up dog park, activities for kids and more. New features this year include a Brass Quintet performance and instrument petting zoo from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, dockless scooter demonstrations, face painting, additional food options and increased sustainability components.
As a Certifiably Green Denver event, SxSE incorporates sustainability elements categorized in five areas: business management, energy efficiency, water conservation and quality, resource management, and transportation. To encourage attendees not to drive to the event, Black is offering a free commemorative cup to anyone who fills out a short survey and travels to the festival by walking, biking or using public transportation (while supplies last).
The free festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. in Bible Park (6802 E. Yale Ave.). Neighbors, kids and dogs are invited to the fun! For more information, visit denvergov.org/southbysoutheast.
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