Things to do in Denver Sept. 16-18: Art &, Titwrench, Oktoberfest and more

Dining on Tag's patio after dark under Larimer Square's iconic light strings. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) larimer square; dining; food; restaurants; patio; entertainment; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty
Dining on Tag’s patio after dark under Larimer Square’s iconic light strings. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Friday

In an extension of the reopening celebration at the McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., an event called Art& will explore the connection between art and entrepreneurship, livelihood, social policy and technology. They’ll do so through panel discussions, interactive workshops and artist celebrations.

It’s happening from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. It’s free. Registration is closed, but organizers said they’ll try to make room for walk-ups. Find a full schedule here.


It’s Oktoberfest time, which means basically every beer-serving bar in town is throwing a party.

Over at Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., Terminal Bar Plaza Beer Garden will celebrate with live music from the Polkanauts, a band that plays old polka favorites and heavy metal hits, which is delightfully confusing. They’ll also have a bratwurst eating contest with a New Belgium Cruiser Bike as the grand prize.

It’s free and it starts at 5 p.m.


Comedy Works is celebrating 35 years with some Denver’s best: The Grawlix.

Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl are bringing back their popular skit- and video-based show at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. at the downtown Comedy Works, 1226 15th St.

Tickets are $25. Get ’em while they last.


Friday and Saturday

Gary Lee’s Motor Club & Grub, 176 S. Broadway, is hosting the first ever Gary Lee Days in honor of Gary Lee Bomar, who died last year.

Things get going on Friday at 8 p.m. with performances from Pretty Mouth and the Trade-Ins. Saturday starts at 3 p.m. with the Royal Aces, followed by a pin-up fashion show from Equilibrium and a pompadour and pin-up hair contest, then back to the music with Gravity Tapes. Around 6 p.m., they’ll have a live auction for rare Gary Lee creations. Proceeds will benefit Max Fund. The double headliners that night will be Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene and the Nuns of Brixton.


Halloween season is creeping up on us. Get in the spirit with a midnight showing of the cult classic “The Craft” at the Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St.

Tickets are $9.


Saturday

It’s time for the eighth annual Titwrench music festival — and if you don’t know what that is, girl, you’re missing out.

Every year, the Colorado feminist art collective brings together women and LGBTQ performers for a genre-spanning and -bending festival in a DIY space.

The all-ages celebration is happening from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. at Glob, 3551 Brighton Blvd. Tickets are on sale now for $10-$45.


You’ve seen it going up, now see it completed. The Crush 2016 is celebrating street art all day around RiNo.

The featured artists are: Jose Mertz, Woeski Martin, Detour 303, Evan Hecox, Boy Kong, ELLE Street Art, Mr Cenz, Bruno Smoky, Shalak Attack, Dulk, Blaine FontanaLadies Fancywork Society, Sense, Regan Rosburg – Artwork, Hollis+Lana, Keith Goble, Chad Bolsinger, Beo Hake, Joseph Martinez, Illson, JB Snyder (artist), MDMN, Max Sansing, Patrick Mcgregor, Lindsey Kuhn, Taste, Robin Munro, Axel Heintz Geittmann, and Zehb Sketchbook.

Venues around the neighborhood will have music, drink and food specials, merch sales, parties and more.

For a schedule, map and artist information, go to coloradocrush.org.


Here’s another Oktoberfest party: Rhein Haus Denver kicks off a month of celebrations tonight with pretzel-throwing and stein-holding competitions, and giveaways from Weihenstephaner and Ayinger breweries.

It starts at 11 a.m. at 1415 Market St. Show up ready for some bocce.


Dining on Tag's patio after dark under Larimer Square's iconic light strings. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) larimer square; dining; food; restaurants; patio; entertainment; nightlife; denver; denverite; colorado; kevinjbeaty
Dining on Tag’s patio after dark under Larimer Square’s iconic light strings. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Enjoy an outdoor meal while the weather is still warm. Dining Al Fesco on Larimer square invites the block’s restaurants to extend their patios into the street so everyone can dine under the lights.

Make a reservation sometime between 5 and 11 p.m. through one of the participating restaurants, which include:


Sunday

What better way to spend a Sunday than cross-stitching at grandma’s house?

No, the other Grandma’s House, at 1710 S. Broadway.

They’ll have all the materials for you to sit back, enjoy a beer and do some foul-mouthed cross-stitching anytime from noon to 9 p.m. (You can keep it PG if you want, too.)


The Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue is hosting a pet adoption fair at the Old S. Pearl St. Farmers Market at Pearl Street and Buchtel Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drop by to meet a Shiba, talk with volunteers and learn more about adoption or fostering.

No dogs will be adopted on-site, but you can learn more about the dogs and fill out an application in advance at coloradoshibainurescue.org.

If you want to know if a particular dog will be there, email adopt@coloradoshibainurescue.org.


Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) sports authority field; stadium; broncos; football; kevinjbeaty; denverite; denver; colorado;
Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The Big Wonderful’s tailgating party — Wondergate — will be back outside Mile High Stadium ahead of the Broncos game today.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., there will be live music, food trucks, a full bar and outdoor games in Lot B, between Brooklyn’s Bar and Mile High Station on the south side of the stadium. Adley Stump will play at 11 a.m.New Speedway Boogie at noon and Hot Soup at 6 p.m. The food trucks include Rocky Mountain Slices and Lazo Empanadas.

And admission is still free.

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.