Things to do in Denver Sept. 29-Oct. 2: The big weekend list

Dozens and dozens of things to do through the next few days. So many things.

The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

Fill up on free coffee on this National Coffee Day. You’ll need it to carry you through the dozens and dozens of things to do through the next few days.

Thursday

Food & Drink

Dio Mio pop-up. Preview a new restaurant, coming soon. Handmade pasta via counter service. Salt & Grinder, 3609 W. 32nd Ave. 7-9 p.m. First-come, first-served.

Black Shirt Brewing Co. fourth anniversary. They’re tapping their Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quad, brewed four years ago and aged in bourbon barrels for two and a half years. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $10.

These are the seven biggest beer selections in Denver.

Entertainment

David Bowie Is” documentary screening and all-Bowie DJ set afterparty at Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $7 for DFS members. $11 for non-members.

Maronzio Vance. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 8 p.m. $12.

Stories Without Borders fundraiser. Live storytelling and a preview of a new documentary, “The Mouths that Eat from Tea.” 715 Club, 715 E. 26th Ave. 6-8 p.m. $75. Only 100 tickets.

The Fourth Phase.” Red Bull Media House film starring snowboarder Travis Rice premieres at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1400 Curtis St. 7-11 p.m. $20.

The Oh Hellos. The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $23.50.

Bluegrass Thursday. Featuring Earth & Sky. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., Suite 150. 7-9:30 p.m. Free.

44 Plays for 44 Presidents.” Tells the story of the United States through a series of two-minute scenes dedicated to each American president. University Theatre Building, 261 UCB, Boulder. 7:30 p.m. $15-20.

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

Nerd Nite. Talks on rocket science, sensory deprivation and contraception. The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $6-9.

Democracy in Principle and in Practice. Experts lead a discussion about the history and contemporary significance of democracy. History Colorado, 1200 Broadway. 6-8 p.m. Free.

For a cause

Light the Night walk. Fundraising walk to commemorate lives touched by blood cancers. Washington Park, 701 S. Franklin St. 5:30 p.m. Register here.

Wish for Wheels Gala. The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St. 5:30-9 p.m. $150.

Art

Artist Stuart Semple speaks about his work. Snacks and cocktails served. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. 6:30-8 p.m. $5.

Juxtaposed” opening reception. Art by Trine Bumiller. 1801 California St. 4:30-7 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies are in San Francisco. 8:15 p.m.

Friday

Food & Drink

Black Shirt Brewing Co. fourth anniversary. They’re tapping their Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quad, brewed four years ago and aged in bourbon barrels for two and a half years. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Live music from And The Black Feathers and RL Cole 7:30-10:30 p.m. $10.

These are the seven biggest beer selections in Denver.

Maybe it’s time you tried an ice cream and cocktail speakeasy. Frozen Matter, 530 E. 19th Ave. Check out our visit.

Entertainment

Maronzio Vance. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $20.

Danny Brown. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2635 Welton St. 8 p.m. $22-25.

Red Bull Sound Select presents: NAO, Povi and RumTum. Plus Dio Mio giving away free meatball subs to the first 100 people. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. RSVP here for $3 admission. $10 at the door.

Skylar Grey. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m.$15-18.

Super Bummer, The Outfit and Spirit Award. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Wiredogs, CITRA and The Hollow. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

The Shadowboxers, Wesley Watkins and HR People. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $10-12.

#BehindTheBlackCurtain. Colorado comedy showcase. Backstage at Beryl’s, 3120 Blake St. 9 p.m. $10.

Lip sync battle. $100 prize. Costumes encouraged, teams welcome. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. 9 p.m.

44 Plays for 44 Presidents.” Tells the story of the United States through a series of two-minute scenes dedicated to each American president. University Theatre Building, 261 UCB, Boulder. 7:30 p.m. $15-20.

Midnight Madness movies at The Esquire: “Evil Dead 2.” The Esquire, 590 Downing St. 11:59 p.m. $9.

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

Staged reading: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” East High School, 1600 City Park Esplanade. 6-9 p.m. Free.

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

For your brain

“Visceral Realists.” Personal essay reading. Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 8 p.m. Free.

Art

Untitled Stop Motion. Final night for the Untitled series with an interactive look at dance, photography and artwork. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 6-9 p.m.

Free day at the Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers. 6:10 p.m. Fireworks after the game. Get tickets here.

Saturday

Food & Drink

Northside Wine and Music Festival. Bonacquisti Wine, 4640 Pecos St. 2-8 p.m. $10.

Black Shirt Brewing Co. fourth anniversary. They’re tapping their Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quad, brewed four years ago and aged in bourbon barrels for two and a half years. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $10.

2016 Fresh Hop Festival. The future home of Brewery Liberati, 2403 Champa St. 1-4 p.m. $40.

Pig roast at Marczyk Fine Foods, 770 E. 17th Ave. 11:30 a.m. $14.99 per plate.

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

These are the seven biggest beer selections in Denver.

Entertainment

David Bowie Is” documentary screening and all-Bowie DJ set afterparty at Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $7 for DFS members. $11 for non-members.

Trevor Noah. Bellco Theater, 700 14th St. 8 p.m. $49-69.

Maronzio Vance. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. $20.

Endotrend. Near-zero waste/energy music festival. McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 2-11 p.m. $15.

Bollywood Fashion Event. City Hall, 1144 Broadway. 7 p.m. Free with RSVP.

Native Daughters, Pueblo Escobar and Chieftain. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $10.

44 Plays for 44 Presidents.” Tells the story of the United States through a series of two-minute scenes dedicated to each American president. University Theatre Building, 261 UCB, Boulder. 7:30 p.m. $15-20.

Midnight Madness movies at The Esquire: “Evil Dead 2.” The Esquire, 590 Downing St. 11:59 p.m. $9. 

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.

Whose Live Anyway.” Wacky improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” but — yes — live. Greg Proops, Ryan Stiles, Joel Murray, Jeff B. Davis. Paramount Denver, 1621 Glenarm Place. 8 p.m. $35+. 

For families

Cider Days. Annual festival in Lakewood with “live performances, activities and tasty harvest treats,” in addition to vendors, a tractor pull, etc. Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-13. There’s also a hard cider tasting that costs more.

Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Build a scarecrow, pick a pumpkin, enjoy live music, play pioneer games, take a tour of the Four Mile House Museum and more. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day. Stations will focus on skills, basic maintenance and trail etiquette. There will be a fun slow race. Food available. Bring a bike, helmet and water bottle. Ruby Hill Bike Park, 1200 W. Florida Ave. Free. Register here.

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

For a cause

Benefit show for Girls Rock Denver. Denver Bicycle Café, 1308 E. 17th Ave. 3-7 p.m. No cover.

Art

Sticky Situation Denver. Art and live music at the EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St. 8 p.m. Free.

Free day at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers. 6:10 p.m. Tickets here.

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers. 7 p.m. Tickets here.

Roller Derby at The Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St. 5:30-11 p.m. $17.

Sunday

Food & Drink

Black Shirt Brewing Co. fourth anniversary. They’re tapping their Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quad, brewed four years ago and aged in bourbon barrels for two and a half years. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $10.

These are the seven biggest beer selections in Denver.

Entertainment

Tethered By Letters Showcase. Celebrate the James Douglas Morrison Poetry Society with poetry readings. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 3-5 p.m.

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

44 Plays for 44 Presidents.” Tells the story of the United States through a series of two-minute scenes dedicated to each American president. University Theatre Building, 261 UCB, Boulder. 2 p.m. $15-20.

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. p.m. $24-44.

For families

Cider Days. Annual festival in Lakewood with “live performances, activities and tasty harvest treats,” in addition to vendors, a tractor pull, etc. Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-13. There’s also a hard cider tasting that costs more.

Pumpkin Harvest Festival. Build a scarecrow, pick a pumpkin, enjoy live music, play pioneer games, take a tour of the Four Mile House Museum and more. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

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

For your brain

Our Urban Forest. Led by WalkDenver board member John Hayden. Learn how to identify different trees and what makes them healthy, and about the role trees play in promoting walking. Meet at Stout Street Children’s Park, Stout and 25th streets. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10.

For a cause

Dogtoberfest. Beer, food, fun and prizes benefitting 4 Paws 4 Life Rescue. Chain Reaction Brewing Co., 902 S. Lipan St. 1-4 p.m.

Pigskin for Pooches. Buy a case of dog food at the door for $10 and get a pitcher of beer. Plus: raffles and prizes. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Art

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

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers. Last game of the season. 1:10 p.m. Tickets here.

Denver Broncos are in Tampa Bay. 2:05 p.m.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. Featuring inflatables, games and an all-chocolate  post-race party. Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave. 7-10 a.m. $54-79. Register here.

Saturday and Sunday

Estes Park Elk Festival. Celebrate the season of elk love in Bond Park. Live music, educational presentations, food and more. Amateur elk bugling contest is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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.