Things to do in Denver Aug. 5-7: Anniversary parties, block parties, park parties and art parties

Breakdancers spin under the Cultural Unity tent at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) colorado dragon boat festival; sloan lake; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite; culture;
Let’s party. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Friday and Saturday

Govnr’s Park Tavern has been open for business at 672 Logan St. for 40 years now, and they’re celebrating.

Your favorite bar with a tree in it is showing love for its patrons Friday night with prizes, specials, a dance party and nostalgia. On Saturday, they’ll party like it’s 1976. Wear your best bell bottoms and slinky dresses for a for a costume contest and dance-off, plus more drink specials, cash prizes and giveaways.

The party starts with happy hour at 4 p.m. both days. There’s no cover charge.


Celebrate your community and meet your neighbors at the West Colfax Neighborhood Festival.

The Denver Days event is happening from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Paco Sanchez Park, 1300 Irving St. There will be food, music, games, face painting, contests and giveaways.

And it’s not all fun and games, there’s a practical side to this party. While you’re there, you can get bike repairs, school supplies, hair cuts, medical screenings and more.

Look, you’re probably never going to be strong enough or fast enough for the actual Olympics. But that’s fine, because I bet you’re very good at drinking beer.

If so, the Denver Beer Olympics & Beer Fest are your moment to shine.

Team registration is already full, but you can still show up, grab a cup and compete in solo events. Purchasing a cup also simply gets you access to the beer festival, whether or not you want to play games.

Cups are $30 online and $35 at the games. The proceeds go to a good cause: telling cancer to go f— itself (via the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.)

The games last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don’t forget your ID.

A packed patio at Denver Beer Company in Highland. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) highland; brewery; patio; food; night life; restaurant; beer; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty; denverite
A packed patio at Denver Beer Company in Highland. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

If that beer thing isn’t right for you, perhaps you’d rather attend this other beer thing: Denver Beer Co. is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

The day-long block party will kick off at 11 a.m. and feature food trucks, live music, games, a photo booth, a water slide and more. All ages are welcome.

Denver Beer Co. is at 1695 Platte St.

Relax in a park and enjoy a classic movie this Saturday evening.

The Downtown Denver Partnership presents: Grease at Skyline Park. The movie starts at dusk, but there will be other entertainment starting at 7 p.m. Get there early to grab a spot and enjoy.

It’s free to attend. Skyline Park is at 16th and Arapahoe streets.


Take a free guided walk through the Clyfford Still Museum and the Denver Art Museum’s “Women of Abstract Expressionism” exhibit and learn how Still’s work compares with that of other male abstract expressionists and with the leading female artists of the movement.

The walk-and-talk lasts from 9 to 10 a.m. and the group will meet at the Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. Registration is required at

Ever heard of ShakesBEER? The delightful group honors the tradition of drinking on, off and around the stage by performing Shakespeare’s plays with plenty of beer.

Yes, the actors all drink throughout.

On Sunday, they’ll be doing “Much ABrew About Nothing” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Thump Coffee Capitol Hill, 1201 E. 13th Ave. It’s free to attend.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers dining and nightlife, and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.