Things to do in Denver this weekend, Aug. 12-13

Looking for things to do in Denver this weekend? Here’s a big, curated list of options in arts and entertainment, food and drink, causes, sports and more!

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Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Denver Beer Co’s 6th Anniversary Party. Block party with food trucks, live music, games, a photo booth and more. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free.

Cherry Creek North Food & Wine. Sample food, wine, beer and spirits from local businesses, with live music and more. Fillmore Plaza, 2930 E. Second Ave. 6-9 p.m. $45-85.

Entertainment

Best bet: Art-i-faxLive music, street and performing arts, food, drinks and community building to celebrate Colfax. Park Avenue between Humboldt and Colfax.

Best bet: National Poetry Slam finals and other events. 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Prices vary.

Best bet: Velorama. Biking culture festival with a view of the Colorado Classic, live music, Denver Flea and more. Today’s headliner: Death Cab for Cutie. Walnut Street from 28th to 35th and the north side of Blake Street from Broadway to 34th. 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. $45-50.

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.” One-man play and standup based on the book. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $39.

“Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story.” Two wealthy students at the University of Chicago murder a young boy in order to commit “the perfect crime.” Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. 

Pretty Lights. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $54.50-60.

Priests. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $13-15.

Stu Larsen. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $12-14.

ZURC. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 11 p.m. $5-10.

Old 97s (Velorama afterparty). Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $25.

Modern Leisure. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Tenth Mountain Division. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8:15 p.m. $10-15.

Mortified Live. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $16.

Engage Music Festival featuring Amzy, One Flew West and more. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 11 a.m. $15-20.

Hype Night featuring J-Krupt. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Sour Bridges. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

The Patient Zeroes. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

Wilco’s Pat Sansone and John Stirratt DJ set. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 6-7 p.m.

“Mistaken for Strangers” screening with director Tom Beringer and a listening party for The National’s “Boxer.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 6:30-10 p.m. $10.

Film on the Deck: 16th Street 2017 Prototyping Series. The Deck Microcinema will be set up on the 16th Street Mall between Welton and California with local music videos, promos and comedy. 8-10 p.m.

A Night of Pablo. All music performed, produced and written by Kanye West, “Flashing Lights” photo booth and more. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $15-27.

Art

Best bet: 48 Hours Summit and Exhibition. Inspired by Denver’s Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan, 48 Hours will explore what makes a “place,” focusing on focus on geography, community, access to resources, location and relocation. There will be workshops, talks, performances, socially engaged art projects, “Land Trust” exhibition opening, food and drinks. RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe St. 7:50 a.m.-9 p.m. Register in advance.

Artist Talk: Kelton Osborn. Osborn’s current body of work represents his fascination with making connections utilizing materials that are seemingly unrelated. Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

For families

Concert on The Green: That Eighties Band. Founders Green, 7601 E 29th Ave. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Sloan’s Lake Art & Music Festival. Live music, art, food and kids’ activities. Sloan Lake. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Meet in the Street.  Live Music, DJ, mall pong, performances by the Black Actors Guild, baseball block party, Camp Gladiator, Aveda stress free fix, PlantNite classes, Mantra glass art, cornhole tournament. 16th Street Mall.

“Princess in Black” Day. Come dressed as an avenger, a princess or both for games and crafts inspired by “The Princess in Black” series. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Frozen Princess Party. Dress up as your favorite prince or princess and join Elsa and Anna for photos, icicle ice cream and snowflake cookies. Enter a raffle for a chance to win two tickets to see the Disney Frozen Musical in Denver. Sweet Cooie’s, 3506 E. 12th Ave. Noon-2 p.m.

For a cause

6th Annual Bow Ties and Tails. A puppy-kissing booth, refreshments and a live auction to benefit Canine Partners of the Rockies. Artwork Network, 878 Santa Fe Drive. 5-7 p.m. $80.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins, 5:10 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas, 6 p.m.

Sunday

Entertainment

Best bet: Lucha Libre and LaughsRoyce Isaacs vs Mike Sydal & Kikutaro vs #IAMTHEPROVIDER. Comedy from David Rodriguez, Timmi Lasley, Anthony Crawford. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $10.

Best bet: Velorama. Biking culture festival with a view of the Colorado Classic, live music, Denver Flea and more. Today’s headliner: Old 97s. Walnut Street from 28th to 35th and the north side of Blake Street from Broadway to 34th. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $45-50.

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.” One-man play and standup based on the book. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. $39.

The Goddamn Gallows. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Alex Napping. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Hellzapopping Circus Sideshow. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $5-30.

Airplane Mode. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. Free or $10 donation.

The Band of Heathens. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 5 p.m. Free.

“Right Now, Wrong Then” screening with tea from Littleton’s iN-TEA,
scallop dumplings, Chinese tea eggs and egg tart. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 2 p.m. $25.

For families

Sloan’s Lake Art & Music Festival. Live music, art, food and kids’ activities. Sloan Lake. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lego Tinker Time. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 1-2 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins, 11:10 a.m.


Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Here’s a link to Meetups near Denver. Or you might try MileHighOnTheCheap.com‘s calendar.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers culture 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.