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City of Aurora | 2023 Schedule of Events

This schedule is subject to change, please check this page frequently for event updates.

Days of Service

Saturday, Jan. 7 – Monday, Jan. 16

Hosted by the city of Aurora’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion View volunteer opportunities at AuroraGov.org/Volunteer. 

2023 MLK Jr. Commemoration Opening Ceremony and Prayer Vigil 

Monday, Jan. 9 | 2023 |  4-5:30 p.m. 

Aurora Municipal Center lobby, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway Hosted by the city of Aurora’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Registration is not required

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Proclamation Reading

Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 | 6:00 p.m.

Read by Mayor Mike Coffman at City Council meeting 

The public can watch the meeting at AuroraTV.org or Comcast Channels 8/880 in Aurora. Those without access to those platforms can call 855.695.3475 to listen to audio only.

At the Table with Dr. King

Tuesday, Jan. 10 | 6-7 p.m.

A multifaceted virtual performance about the American civil rights movement through music, poetry and historical video footage.
Hosted by Mizel Institute

Register for this event
View/print event flyer

Youth Summit

Saturday, Jan. 14 | 12-2 p.m. 

Empower Community High School
450 S Chambers Rd. Hosted by NAACP, Aurora Chapter & YAASPA

Register for this event 

Wreath Laying Ceremony Honoring Dr. King

Monday, Jan. 16 | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

MLK Library | 9898 E. Colfax Ave.

Registration is not required

No One Should Be Hungry, Period: MLK Free Dinner and Resource Fair 

Monday, Jan. 16 | 1:30 - 5 p.m. 

Sponsored by Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center, Dayton Street Opportunity Center, and Centura Health

Registration is not required

MLK Jr. Heritage Rodeo

Monday, Jan. 16 | 6 p.m. 

Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St. Denver

Sponsored by the city of Aurora’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Human Relations Commission

Purchase tickets at NationalWestern.com

Donate to Spirit of Aurora

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work and legacy, consider making a donation to one of the many organizations and causes through the Spirit of Aurora website, AuroraGov.org/SpiritOfAurora. 

Spirit of Aurora is a a resident-founded, longtime nonprofit that funds various city and local community programs.

Thank you, partners 

  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,
  • Aurora Chapter (NAACP)  Mizel Institute 
  • Aurora Community of Faith 
  • Aurora Human Relations Commission
  • Aurora Mental Health  

And a special thanks to the Aurora MLK Commemoration Steering Committee