SUNI sponsors and organizes several annually and monthly recurring events to benefit the members of the community, and raise awareness and money for the organization.
WHEN: Monthly (The second Tuesday of the month, 6pm-8pm)
WHERE: Local Restaurant/Bars
WHAT: Once a month, SUNI organizes a Happy Hour at a local restaurant/bar. SUNI Members get in for a discounted price, and our host restaurant usually provides some food to munch on. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors, interact with SUNI Board Members and enjoy some local food and drink! To view the upcoming SUNI Sippers, visit our Events page
SUNI Board Meetings
WHEN: Monthly (The Third Monday of each month)
WHERE: Local Restaurant/Bars
SUNI General Meetings
WHEN: Quarterly (The second Wednesday of January/April/July/October 700-830PM)
WHAT: A discussion of all things Sunnyside. The agenda can vary, but you can count on getting relevant and important news and a forum where you can ask questions and get answers. SUNI often invites candidates running for local office, representatives from departments of the City of Denver sometimes attend to answer questions or explain policies, our local Community Officer from the Denver Police Dept. drops by often, and news about everything from new programs and celebrations to how FasTracks will effect you in Sunnyside can be found at the General Meetings. To view the upcoming SUNI General Meeting dates, visit our Events page
SUNI Annual Pizza Party
WHEN: Once a Year (Middle of April)
WHERE: Different Places
WHAT: SUNI has been throwing an annual Pizza Party in April for the organization and the community. The Pizza Party is also a time when SUNI members vote on their Board Members and Officers. There are usually door prizes, raffles, a kids area….and, of course, there’s Pizza!
Sunnyside Music Festival
WHEN: Once a Year (The weekend after Labor Day in September)
WHERE: Chaffee Park (43rd and Tejon)
WHAT: In 2000, the (then named) Sunnyside Bluegrass Festival began in the backyard of a neighborhood couple who wanted to have a free music festival for their friends and neighbors. It started with 2 bands, 2 kegs, 50 people and about 20 dogs. The next year, a monsoon rolled off of the mountains and it was rainy and about 45 degrees all day, but the event grew in both attendance and beer consumption. The founders knew they were getting somewhere in 2002 when a couple of local politicians showed up to glad hand. The second stage, located in a neighbor’s back yard, and actually on a back porch.
By 2004, the event was on the brink of moving into Chaffee Park, but the abundance of expensive permits and paperwork seemed daunting. Shortly after, the couple moved away, and sadly the festival was discontinued. In 2007, local Sunnyside couple applied for two small grants to revive the festival. Together with a handful of friends they re-launched the event with the help of local musicians like Mollie O’Brien.
The Sunnyside Music Festival has become a mainstay for the NW Denver Neighborhood, taking over Chaffee Park the Saturday after Labor Day each year. Every year, new charities are chosen, with several thousand dollars having been donated back into the community to date. Over 30 Leadership Committee volunteers, 50-plus day-of volunteers and dozens of local businesses make this event possible as it continues to grow, develop and serve the Sunnyside neighborhood.
For more information, visit www.SunnysideMusicFest.org