Aspen Weekend Agenda: May 5-7, 2017

From student performances to Cinco de Mayo celebrations, a Beastie Boys tribute to a cycling swap meet, May is off to a solid start.

Photography by Aspen Sojourner Staff May 5, 2017

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Friday, May 5

Carbondale’s First Fridays
5 p.m., Downtown Carbondale
This month's First Friday is more happening than most with the Festival Las Americas at Sopris Park, "Spring Into Fun" family block party at the Carbondale Recreation & Community Center, and opening receptions at The Launchpad and Carbondale Clay Center. Free,

Beginning Strings Showcase
6:30 p.m., Harris Concert Hall
The youngest classical musicians take the stage at this 4th annual concert highlighting a school year's worth of AMFS' "AfterWorks" program for students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Free, 

7 p.m., Wheeler Opera House

Talking insects, dream-catching giants, chocolate rivers, child-thieving witches, and childhood reflections from one of the world’s most beloved authors take the stage in this Aspen Community School original stage production. Roald Dahl’s classic stories, James and Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, The Witches, Boy, and Matilda all come together with a bit of Roaring Fork Valley flair. $18 adults, $12 kids 12 and under, 

Brent Cobb & Berkel Beats with Andrew Wickes
8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
The back-to-back bill features an early show with the Nashville-based crooner on tour with his breakout album "Shine on a Rainy Day" followed by a Cinco de Mayo party with two local DJ favorites.

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Saturday, May 6

Roaring Fork River Boat Ramp Project
8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Carbondale Boat Ramp
Spend the day outside with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and their project partners to improve the heavily used boat ramp on the Roaring Fork River by trimming vegetation, installing raft tie-ups, and creating access trails for users. Free, registration required,

Roaring Fork Cycling Bike Swap
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Crown Mountain Park, Carbondale
Get geared up for the season ahead thanks to the new non-profit organization's swap meet style sale of used bikes, parts, clothing, and accessories. Free,

Guided Tour
1 p.m., Aspen Art Museum 
Drop-in for a spotlight tour of the latest exhibitions led by museum staff. Free, aspenartmuseum 

Wizards of Hollywood with Ed Kramer
4 p.m., Pitkin County Library
Join the former Senior Technical Director and Supervisor at George Lucas's Industrial Light + Magic for a rare opportunity to learn about creating CGI characters and effects, plus a glimpse at pieces from his personal collection of Star Wars memorabilia. Free,

10 p.m., Belly Up Aspen
The Denver-based 6-piece funk, hip-hop, and reggae band name (pronounced “Methods”) means “Music That Heightens Different Senses” and are back in town for their annual Beastie Boys tribute show. No cover until 10:30 p.m., $5 after,

Sunday, May 7

Science Sundays
12–4 p.m., Jimmy’s
Join the Aspen Science Center as they transform Jimmy’s restaurant into a scientific exploration zone with hands-on demonstrations of a variety of topics for kids of all ages. Light salads, sandwhiches, and refreshments will be provided. $10 suggested donation,

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