Things to do in Denver Oct. 15-16: Your guide to the weekend

It’s basically summer out there, so get out and enjoy.

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It’s basically summer out there, so get out and enjoy.

Saturday

Food & Drink

Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown. Sample local whiskey and doughnuts to benefit Minds Matter of Denver. Plus: Corn hole, food trucks and giveaways. Cluster Studios, 3881 Steele St, Suite B. 2:30-8 p.m. $30-115.

Market Mixology. Cocktail tasting at the Terminal Bar’s Plaza Beer Garden from followed by a walk through the market with participating bartenders sharing their cocktail inspiration. Union Station Farmers’ Market, 1701 Wynkoop St. Noon-2 p.m. Free.

Grand Coffee Bazaar. Tastings from more than a dozen Colorado coffee roasters, brunch cocktails, collaboration coffee beers, locally curated brunch snacks and more. RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe St. 9 a.m.-noon. $30.

Zwickel Fest. Drink a Pretzel Assassin poured right off the zwickel. Plus: Giant pretzel eating contest, live music, roasted hog and more. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $15-30.

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Entertainment

Mandolin Orange at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Lettuce at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 9 p.m. Tickets start at $56.

The Garden, So Pitted and Heyrocco at Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Honky Tonk at the Hi-Dive with Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels, Halden Wofford & the Hi-Beams and 4H Royalty. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $10.

Beethoven, Dvorák and Rising Phoenix world premiere from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., #15. 7:30 p.m. $29-89.

Denver premiere of “Tight Loose” ski movie at the Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $7-18.

“Selma” screening and panel discussion with Building Bridges alumni. Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd St. 6-9 p.m. 

Festival of Laughs. Mike Epps, Sommore, and Bruce Bruce at the Bellco Theater, 700 14th St. 8 p.m. $56-129.

Cloak & Dagger Music Festival. 28 bands at City Hall, 1144 Broadway, and Club Vinyl, 1082 Broadway. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. $35.

Jon Snodgrass and Garrett Dale at Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $11-13.

Colorism” by Kenya Fashaw. Explore the lives and experience of people of color dealing with discrimination based on skin tone within their own race. Aurora Cultural Arts District, 1400 Dallas St., Aurora. 7 p.m. $20.

Save Our City, Whiskey Tango and Hyona Hill. Quixote’s True Blue, 314 E. 13th Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

Kirko Bangz at The Roxy Theatre, 2549 Welton St. 7 p.m. $20-70.

Mary Beth Cross with Meadow Mountain. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $10-14.

Last weekend to see: “Water By The Spoonful.” In a far corner of the internet, Odessa leads a chat room for recovering drug addicts. Off the computer, Odessa’s real-life family is falling apart. Curious Theatre, 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $24-44.

Art

Processed Views opening reception. Iconic American landscapes recreated with manufactured food by artists Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman. Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 3636 Chestnut Place. 6-9 p.m. Free.

For families

St. Dominic’s Oktoberfest. Live music, kids’ activities, a silent auction and craft beer and fine food vendors from the Highlands area. St. Dominic Parish, 2905 Federal Blvd. 2-9 p.m. Free.

Platt Park Pumpkin Patch. Pick a free pumpkin. One day only. 1945 S. Ogden St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Star Wars Reads Day, with crafts, games and other fun. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lincoln Fall Festival. Blow-up obstacle course, face painting, haunted house, bake sale, food trucks, balloon artist and more. Lincoln Elementary, 710 S. Pennsylvania St. 3-6 p.m. Free.

Pets & Pumpkins on Parade. Bring the kids and pets in costume for the parade, followed by pumpkin decorating. Highland Park, 3201 Federal Blvd. 10 a.m.-noon. 

“Coraline” with a breakfast cereal buffet. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5, or free for kids 6 and younger.

Furry Friends Fall Fundraiser. Donations of cash or goods all go to the Dumb Friends League. Watering Bowl, 5411 Leetsdale Drive. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Here are all the fun fall activities you could want — festivals, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and more.

For your brain

Victorian Horrors. Hear stories from Poe, Wells and Lovecraft in a spooky setting. Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St. 6-9 p.m. $16-19.

History Mystery Tours. Historic Riverside Cemetery, 5201 Brighton Blvd. By appointment 4:30 and 5:30. $20.

For a cause

Metal for Mutts. Adoption event with bands. Part I: Black Sky Brewery, 490 Santa Fe Drive. 2-6 p.m. Part II: 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 7 p.m.-midnight.

Sports

Colorado football vs. Arizona State, 6 p.m.

Avalanche vs. Stars, 7 p.m.

Colorado State football at Boise State, 8:15 p.m.

Sunday

Food & Drink

Well Bred Tap and Bottle Release. Well Bred is an English strong ale aged in Woodford Reserve Barrels for four months. 10.3 percent ABV, 64 IBUs. Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St., #100. 2-10 p.m.

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Entertainment

Ja Rule and Ashanti at the Ogden Theatre, 935 Colfax Ave. 10 p.m. $42.50-45.50.

Colorism” by Kenya Fashaw. Explore the lives and experience of people of color dealing with discrimination based on skin tone within their own race. Aurora Cultural Arts District, 1400 Dallas St., Aurora. 2 p.m. $20.

QBALA at the Live Music Showcase. The Roxy Theatre, 549 Welton St. 5-10 p.m. $20.

Life-size, inflatable Hungry Hungry Hippos. With burgers off the grill and $8 all-you-can-drink Bud Light and Shock Top. X Bar, 629 E. Colfax Ave. 4 p.m.

Sunday Night Swing. Lessons available. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 8-11 p.m. $10.

Art

Foul-mouthed cross-stitching. Grandma’s House, 1701 S. Broadway. Noon-9 p.m.

For families

Broadway Ice Cream Ride. Bring your bikes and go for a ride on the new Broadway bike lane. and your adults to Sweet Action Ice Cream on Sunday, October 16. Kids get a free cone and families get a professional family photo. Sweet Action, 52 Broadway. 1-3 p.m. 

Here are all the fun fall activities you could want — festivals, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, haunted houses and more.

For a cause

Rainbow Alley Fundraiser. 15 percent of proceeds from food sales go to LGBTQ youth at Rainbow Alley. Bonnie Brae Tavern, 740 S. University Blvd. 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Legendary Beer Bust. Pay $10 for a cup and get your choice of several beers throughout the day. Proceeds go to Harmony LGBT (and allies) chorale. Denver Wrangler,3090 Downing St. 4-8 p.m.

Sports

Nuggets at Blazers, 7 p.m. (preseason)

Rapids at Timbers, 3 p.m.

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the date of the Metal for Mutts event. The event is being held on Saturday. 

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 adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.