Things to do in Denver Oct. 6-9: The big weekend list

Got plans? Now you can. Here are a ton of things to do in Denver this week.

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There is so, so much to do, I’m just going to get out of the way and let you get to it.

Thursday

Food & Drink

Dogfish Head after-party. One Denver beer expert Eric Gorski’s unofficial GABF event picks: Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione “will hold court over an array of special tappings including four different vintages of 120 Minute IPA, among other rare delights.” Avanti Food & Beverage, 3200 N. Pecos St. 10 p.m.-midnight. 

12th Annual Wine Tasting. Mile High Youth Corps hosts this wine tasting with a large silent auction. McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $50.

Don’t just get pizza. Get exactly the pizza you want. Here’s our guide, helpfully titled “What is pizza? Where is pizza?”

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Entertainment

Those Who Can’t Season 2 Premiere watch party. Illegal Pete’s, 2001 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30-10 p.m. Free.

A Tribe Called Red, At.Play and Ross Kiser. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $19.

The Sklar Brothers. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 8 p.m. $17.

This Aunt Is Not A Cockroach.” Twelve legs and a cactus living next door to each other in a crevice of the coastline (or perhaps: the Grand Canyon) eat, sleep and work at regular intervals (or at least: they try). Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $18. 2-for-1 tickets tonight only. 

Cabaret.” As life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get the denizens of the Kit Kat Klub through their dangerous times? Buell Theater, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30+. 

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.

For your brain

Ignite Denver 24. Twelve community members give five minute talks on a variety of topics. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $5-10.

Seeing and Hearing as Conceptual Acts. Tor Wager, professor of psychology and neuroscience, talks about sensory perception, memory, and emotion. Plus: a performance by magician Shawn Preston. Mary Harris Auditorium at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, 1600 Pierce St., Lakewood. 6:30 p.m. $10.

For a cause

Bow Wow Film Fest benefitting Colorado Pet Pantry, PawsCo and 3CW. Mayan Theater, 110 Broadway. 6-9 p.m. $7-13.

Throughout October, get a frozen rose cocktail to support Sense of Security, a local nonprofit providing financial support and enhancing the quality of life of breast cancer patients in treatment living in Colorado. SOL Mexican Cocina, 200 Columbine St., #110. $15.

Art

Love Tooth opening reception. Multimedia exhibit that explores the pain of love, developed by PlatteForum resident artist Heejin Jang, with students from Youth on Record and the ArtLab program. PlatteForum, 2400 Curtis St. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Friday

Food & Drink

Denver Beer Co. collaboration block party. One Denver beer expert Eric Gorski’s unofficial GABF event picks: “It’s only fitting that Denver Beer Co. would throw a big giant block party GABF Week with live music, food trucks, games and more. Each year, the brewery cordons off Platte on the Friday of GABF Week and pours collaboration beers brewed with friends. This year’s partners are New York’s Sarnac, Portland’s Base Camp Brewing, Mother Road Beer in Arizona, Destihl in Illinois, Montana’s Draught Works Brewery, and Rhinegeist of Ohio.” Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 3 p.m.-9 p.m. $25.

Don’t just get pizza. Get exactly the pizza you want. Here’s our guide, helpfully titled “What is pizza? Where is pizza?”

Entertainment

Denver Ghost Tour: The Haunts of Capitol Hill. Two-mile tour through Capitol Hill and Cheesman Park. Meet at the southeast corner of West 13th Avenue and North Gilpin Street, just north of Cheesman Park. $18 tickets must be purchased in advance.

Laith Al-Saadi with Brent Cowles and Garrett Lebeau. 2016 “The Voice” runner up at Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $25.

Kaytranada and Cashmere Cat. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25.75-35.75.

Pussy Bros Present A Show. Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7-9 p.m. Free.

The Sklar Brothers. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $25.

Midnight Madness movies at The Esquire: “ParaNorman.” The Esquire, 590 Downing St. 11:59 p.m. $9.

Cabaret.” As life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get the denizens of the Kit Kat Klub through their dangerous times? Buell Theater, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30+. 

Cult Following: Debates. Escape from politics as we know it with a fun night of unrehearsed, unscripted theater featuring the fast-talking and quick-thinking talents of some of Denver’s best improv performers. The Jones at the DCPA, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 8 p.m. $15.

This Aunt Is Not A Cockroach.” Twelve legs and a cactus living next door to each other in a crevice of the coastline (or perhaps: the Grand Canyon) eat, sleep, and work at regular intervals (or at least: they try). Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $18. 

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.

For families

Pumpkin Festival at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-8, with discounts for Denver Botanic Gardens members. Discounted Corn Maze tickets can be added for an additional $8 per adult or child.

Corn maze at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $10-13, with discounts for Denver Botanic Gardens members.

Art

A Mercurial Garden Party. Celebrating fall openings at the MCA with “roaming performances” by Pythian Whispers, a DJ set by Killd By , projection mapping by orchidz3ro and more. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 7-10 p.m. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers.

First Friday Oddities Grand Opening. Music, wine, oddities, taxidermy, art, food and a free raffle to win a quality coyote skull. The Room of Lost Things, 851 Santa Fe Drive, #107. Opens at 1 p.m. First Friday Artwalk is 6-9 p.m.

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers. 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

Food & Drink

New Belgium GABF week grand finale tapping. One Denver beer expert Eric Gorski’s unofficial GABF event picks: “The grand finale this and every year at Falling Rock spotlights New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado’s largest independent craft brewery. The pioneering brewery has one of the country’s best wood and barrel-aged programs, and Falling Rock has collaborated with New Belgium’s Lauren Salazar on knock-your-socks-off collaboration sours.” Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St. 11 p.m.

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Entertainment

CiderGrass. Six bluegrass bands, a lot of cider, a pig roast, games and activities for kids. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., Suite 150. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $10. Free admission for kids 16 and younger.

Libra Fest. Rhinoceropolis, 3553 Brighton Blvd. 7 p.m.

Masquerade Glitter Ball. Tracks, 3500 Walnut St. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Denver Taiko’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. Performances from Taiko with Toni and Mudra Dance Studio. Newmann Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. 7 p.m. $18-25.

Midnight Madness movies at The Esquire: “ParaNorman.” The Esquire, 590 Downing St. 11:59 p.m. $9.

The Sklar Brothers. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 9:45 p.m. $25.

Glenn Miller Orchestra at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 7-10 p.m. $38.

October Art Song Showcase featuring Kathryn Radakovich, Amanda Riggers, and Jennifer Leigh Cress. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 6-7:30 p.m. Free.

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Field Mouse and Wildhoney. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Natural Child, Faux Ferocious and Bad Licks. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. p.m. $10.75-13.

Lightwood Duo featuring Mike Christiansen. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 7-10 p.m. $12-14.

Cabaret.” As life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get the denizens of the Kit Kat Klub through their dangerous times? Buell Theater, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30+. 

Cult Following: Debates. Escape from politics as we know it with a fun night of unrehearsed, unscripted theater featuring the fast-talking and quick-thinking talents of some of Denver’s best improv performers. The Jones at the DCPA, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 8 p.m. $15.

This Aunt Is Not A Cockroach.” Twelve legs and a cactus living next door to each other in a crevice of the coastline (or perhaps: the Grand Canyon) eat, sleep, and work at regular intervals (or at least: they try). Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $18. 

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.

For families

Pumpkin Festival at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-8, with discounts for Denver Botanic Gardens members. Discounted Corn Maze tickets can be added for an additional $8 per adult or child.

Punkin Chunkin. In addition to the competition in which contraptions launch pumpkins great distances, there will be family activities a pumpkin patch, live music, food vendors and beer garden. Arapahoe Park racetrack, 26000 E Quincy Ave., Aurora. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, and free for kids 12 and younger.

Corn maze at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $10-13, with discounts for Denver Botanic Gardens members.

Goats Galore Meet and Greet. Meet goats and people who know about goats who will be willing to answer your goat-related questions. Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Highway, #66, Longmont. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free.

Harvest Festival. Get a pumpkin, enjoy a hay ride, play games and win prizes at a 1890s farm carnival. Littleton Museum 6028 S Gallup St., Littleton.

Touch a Truck. Lineup includes: Castle Rock police vehicles, Castle Rock fire trucks and ambulance, Air Life Denver medical helicopter, Westside Towing heavy wrecker and tow truck, Martin Marietta cement mixer, town of Castle Rock plow truck and front loader, Batmobile monster truck, Furniture Row Sprint Cup car and more. Castle View High School. 5254 North Meadows Drive, Castle Rock. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 

Otter Weekend at the aquarium. Learn about otters through a conservation table, otter training session, games and activities. Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $13.50-19.50.

Fright Fest Pet Parade Costume Contest. Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle. Noon-3 p.m. $20-40.

“Corpse Bride.” A Tim Burton film with a free cereal bar. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 10 a.m.-noon. $10.

For your brain

Colorado Astronomy Day. During the day: view the Sun through DU’s  20-inch Clark-Saëgmuller refractor and telescopes on the south lawn of Observatory Park. Experience astronomy exhibits and presentations inside the observatory, including meteorites and demonstrations. After dark: view planets, star clusters and beautiful double stars through the 20-inch refractor and telescopes. Denver Astronomical Society, 2930 E. Warren Ave. Noon-4 p.m. and 6:30-11 p.m. $2 per person, $5 per family, $1 if weather’s bad.

For a cause

Fiesta on the Plaza. Clínica Tepeyac’s gala fundraiser featuring dinner, mercados, live and silent auctions and entertainment by Mariachi Vasquez, Sabor Latino and Barrio Funk. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $150. Tickets here.

Sky Full of Stars Gala. Dinner prepared by star local chefs to benefit Colorado Youth at Risk. History Colorado, 1200 Broadway. 6-10 p.m. $125.

Art

Cabal Creep Show. See the work of guest artists Daniel Crosier and Heretic Art and new creepy art by the cabal members. Plus: pumpkin carving, costume contest, yummy treats and more. Cabal Gallery, 1875 S. Broadway. 6-10 p.m.

Inner Visions: Contemporary Imaginative Realism. Abend Gallery,2260 E Colfax Ave. Opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Artist demonstration from 3-5 p.m. Free.
“The Teeth in Your Skull” opening reception at Leon Gallery, 1112 E. 17th Ave. 7-11 p.m. 
Tell Your Mom I Said Hi. Get immersed in “crazy, colorful, rainbow spew-all-over-you, yarn world and see what it looks like on the inside of our one big brain.” Black Book Gallery, 304 Elati St. 7-10 p.m.
Sports

No. 21 Colorado football at USC. 2 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at Houston Dynamo. 6:30 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Los Angeles Kings. 8 p.m.

Utah State at Colorado State. 8 p.m. Tickets here.

Sunday

Food & Drink

Free American Cheese Tasting Bar: The South. Cheese + Provisions, 2432 W. 44th Ave. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Entertainment

Bing Watch Live, all-female edition. Improv from Dishwater Blondes, At The Barre, Not Your Mom, Momma McCracken, Rapscallions. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 7 p.m-1 a.m. Free.

Denver Taiko’s 40th Anniversary Celebration. Performances from Junior Denver Taiko and Break and Keys. Newmann Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. 2 p.m. $18-25.

Dweezil Zappa. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $25-30.

Indigenous Film Festival: “Message from Mungo.” Erosion around Lake Mungo in Australia in 1969 revealed the cremated remains of Mungo Woman. It was the earliest known cremation in the world. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 6-8 p.m.

Cabaret.” As life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get the denizens of the Kit Kat Klub through their dangerous times? Buell Theater, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30+. 

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. 2 p.m. $24-44.

For families

Free family concert from the Altius Quatet. Audience chooses the music, selecting from everything from Mozart and Beethoven to Taylor Swift and Led Zeppelin. Denver School of Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd. 2 p.m. Free.

Punkin Chunkin. In addition to the competition in which contraptions launch pumpkins great distances, there will be family activities a pumpkin patch, live music, food vendors and beer garden. Arapahoe Park racetrack, 26000 E Quincy Ave., Aurora. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $5, and free for kids 12 and younger.

Caricatures and Swallow Hill Instrument Petting Zoo. Families can try out ukuleles, hand drums, guitars, mandolins, banjos, fiddles, mini-pianos and more, then have caricatures drawn by artist Daniel Lowenstein. Children’s Library at the Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-3 p.m.

Pumpkin Festival at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-8, with discounts for Denver Botanic Gardens members. Discounted Corn Maze tickets can be added for an additional $8 per adult or child.

Corn maze at Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $10-13, with discounts for Denver Botanic Gardens members.

For America

Watch the second presidential debate at Hamburger Mary’s, 1336 E. 17th Ave. 6-9 p.m.

Presidential debate screening with drinks and bingo at the Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 7-8:30 p.m.

For a cause

Pancake breakfast to benefit the African Community Center, a local refugee resettlement organization. Brothers BBQ, 568 Washington St. 8-11 a.m. $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Tickets are Pablo’s Coffee, Brothers BBQ or online.

The bRUNch Run Denver. 5K and 10K races followed by brunch made by The Corner Office Restaurant & Martini Bar, Interstate Kitchen & Bar, Masterpiece Kitchen, Vital Root, Syrup, The Nickel and La Sandia – Northfield. Stapleton Central Park, 8801 M.L.K. Jr. Blvd. 8 a.m.-noon. $15-55.

Fit For Fire 5K. Support Denver firefighters in this walk/run for all ages and levels of fitness. Strollers and pets welcome. Washington Park, 701 S. Franklin St. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $30-40.

Art

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

Sports

Atlanta Falcons at Denver Broncos. 2:05 p.m. Tickets here.

Colorado Rapids are in Houston. 6:30 p.m.

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.