Things to do in Denver this weekend, Aug. 17-20

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!

Kids fly down a hill in Barnum Park during the Denver Gravity Games. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Thursday

Food & drink

Keep-the-glass night with Little Machine beer. The Denver Bicycle Cafe, 1308 E. 17th Ave.

Entertainment

Best bet: Nighttime TonightDenver’s live late-night show is back with your host Brian Flynn and guests Sara Aziza Hake, Georgia Rae Comstock, Hayden Kristal and Anthony Crawford. They’ll be collecting donations for Rainbow Alley. The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th St. 9 p.m. 

Best bet: Art On Film: “La La Land.” Outdoor film screening with local live bands, food trucks and late-night art viewing in the gallery. Bring a chair. Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver, 965 Santa Fe Drive. 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

“Frozen.” The brand new stage version of the Disney hit. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $25-100.

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

The Piano Guys. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 8 p.m. $42-62.50.

Ray Reed. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $25-30.

Big Dopes. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Height Keech. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Ghost Tapes. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

The Shivas. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Lyle Divinsky’s Soul Survivors. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

“Monster Squad” 30th anniversary cast reunion. The stars will be at the screening to tell stories and answer questions. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $20.

Flicks for Chicks: “Along Came Polly.” Movie in the courtyard with free popcorn during the movie and free drinks from 9 p.m. to midnight for ladies night. ViewHouse, 2015 Market St. 7:30 p.m.

Art

Public art dedication of “Sky Song.” Artists Nick Geurts and Ryan Elmendorf will be on hand for the dedication of their musically interactive artwork. Followed by performances from The Haunted Windchimes and Edison. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 7 p.m. Free.

Opening reception for Using Photography for Healing. This exhibition is the result of a unique project by the late photographer Gary Kaplan, who worked with Stephanie Hamilton-Oravetz to create a series of portraits as part of her ongoing healing from sexual abuse in childhood. Art Gym Denver, 1460 Leyden St. 5-8 p.m.

For your brain

Best bet: Science Lounge: Total Eclipse. Enjoy a cocktail, view the sun with solar telescopes, explore orbits in Space Odyssey and learn what causes an eclipse and how to safely view the event on Aug. 21. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:10 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Dreamy Thing release. A re-release of a GABF silver medal winning saison. Cerebral Brewing, 1477 Monroe St. Noon-11 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: B-Side Music: The Get Together & Space in TimeMuseum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 5-7 p.m. Free-$5.

Best bet: Rick ROLL and MortyGet shwifty with “Rick and Morty”-themed roller skating. EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5.

“Frozen.” The brand new stage version of the Disney hit. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $25-100.

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

Slightly Stoopid. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6 p.m. $44.99.

Kill Paris. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $25-27.

Tethys. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $10-13.

Pink Hawks. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Stereo No Aware. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

Ages and Ages. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Zeta June. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St.  8:30 p.m. $5-10.

JoJo’s Slim Wednesday. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

“This Is Spinal Tap.” Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 10 p.m. $8.

The Rocket Summer. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $17-20.

Art

Opening Reception: “Sticks & Stones.” Work by Joel Swanson addressing language as a political act. David B. Smith Gallery, 1543 Wazee St., Suite A. 6:30-9 p.m.

For families

Shakespeare on The Green: “Taming of the Shrew.” Founders Green, 7601 E. 29th Ave. 7-9 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 6:40 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Doughnut and beer pairing with VooDoo Doughnut. Alpine Dog Brewing Company, 1505 Ogden St. Noon-2 p.m. $25.

Brewer’s Brunch with Strange Craft Beer Co. Four courses paired with beer. Proceeds from ticket sales go to C.O.R.E. The Corner Office, 1401 Curtis St. Noon-2 p.m. $45.

Entertainment

Best bet: Cat PowerMarquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $38.50-42.

“Frozen.” The brand new stage version of the Disney hit. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $25-100.

“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. 

Gov’t Mule and Yonder Mountain String Band. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6 p.m. $39.95-46.50.

S1lencer. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Throttlebomb. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $5-10.

LYFTD. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Porchfest Closeout Party. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Tatanka. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8:15 p.m. $12-15.

Dirty Byrds and friends. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8:30 p.m. $8.

Summer Slaughter 2017: The Black Dahlia Murder. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 2 p.m. $32-35.

Smooth Hound Smith. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 West Florida Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Art

Best bet: “Drive-In: Personal Space.” One-night outdoor exhibition in a RiNo construction lot featuring 13 artists who will use their vehicles as exhibition spaces. 2606 Lawrence St.

For families

Best bet: South by Southeast. One-day pop-up celebration with local food, music and beer, plus games, activities, a community art project, a pop-up dog park and more. Bible Park, 6542 E. Yale Ave.

Shakespeare on The Green: “Taming of the Shrew.” Founders Green, 7601 E. 29th Ave. 7-9 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.

Free Family Movie Night: “Frozen.” Concessions available. Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, 2240 Buchtel Blvd. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free.

Green Valley Ranch Movie Night: “Megamind.” Free popcorn and other concessions. Town Center Park, 4890 Argonne Way. 8-11 p.m.

For a cause

7th Annual 5K Pajama Jog. 100 percent of proceeds go toward buying sleeping bags for Colorado’s homeless. City Park. 8 a.m. $35.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 6:10 p.m.

Colorado Rapids vs. DC United, 7 p.m.

Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers (preseason), 8 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Westword TacolandiaCivic Center Park. 3-7 p.m. $35-75.

Entertainment

Best bet: Die AntwoordRed Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7:30 p.m. $44.50.

Best bet: Shakesbeer presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dram.” Shakespeare, but with drinking actors. Fiction Beer Company,7101 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

“Frozen.” The brand new stage version of the Disney hit. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. $25-100.

“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.

Downtown Boys. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $12.

Mind Coats. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Denver Beatniks. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

PiperFest. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $10.

The Schwag. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $12-14.

For a cause

BarkHappy Pup Crawl benefiting MaxFund Animal Shelter. Dog-friendly. Attendees get free gifts for their dogs. Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St. 4-6 p.m. $18.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 p.m.


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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.