Things to do in Denver this weekend, July 1-2

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!

Evil Henchmen from the cartoon, The Venture Brothers, casually wait to cross 14th Street. Denver Comic Con on June 19, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Evil Henchmen from the cartoon, The Venture Brothers, casually wait to cross 14th Street. Denver Comic Con on June 19, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver comic con; convention center; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty
Evil Henchmen from the cartoon, The Venture Brothers, casually wait to cross 14th Street. Denver Comic Con on June 19, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Declare Your Freedom FestA beer release, three hot dog eating contests, live music from Rob Wivchar and a comedy show. Declaration Brewing, 2030 S. Cherokee St. Noon-11 p.m. 

‘Que and Beer Pairing. Tivoli Brewing Co, 900 Auraria Parkway. 4-6 p.m. $25.

Laws Whiskey House’s 6th Anniversary Weekend. Book a tour and get a guaranteed taste from Law’s first-ever barrel, filled on July 4, 2011. 1-6 p.m. $10.

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Comic Con.  Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $49.50.

Best bet: Series Fest, a festival dedicated to the “best and boldest in episodic storytelling.” Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. $12-15 per event.

Best bet: Rubedo’s Independence Day IIIBluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-16.

Curious New Voices. In the culmination of a three-week playwriting intensive for writers ages 15-22, professional actors and directors will present the work of the students at Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 7 p.m. Free.

“The Rocky Horror Show.” Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

Umphrey’s McGee. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6:30 p.m. $42.50-45.

MisterWives. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $25.99.

SYCDVK. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Bandits vinyl release. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-12.

!!!. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $15.75-20.

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

Menagerie 2 Year Anniversary featuring Wabakinoset and more. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Arkitecture. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7:30 p.m. $12.

Anthony Ruptak album release. Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. 8 p.m. $10-15.

Sunnyside All-Star String Band. Historic Elitch Theatre, 4655 W. 37th Ave. 6:30 p.m. $15-20.

Dan Soder. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $24.

Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game. The audience and hosts take a drink each time a comic returns to a familiar tic or premise. Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7-9:30 p.m. $5.

Midnight Madness: “Jurassic Park.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

“Heathers” screening and discussion with Rosalind Wiseman, author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $10.

All-ages Comic Con afterparty. Indoors and outdoors. DJ sets and record giveaways. Paramount Cafe, 519 16th St. 7-10 p.m. Free.

Art

Best bet: Cherry Creek Arts Festival255 juried artists, art demonstrations, pop-up performances, live music, food, drinks and more. Cherry Creek North Shopping District. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Penny admission for Colorado residents at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For your family

Jamming on the Jetty with the Dyrty Byrds. Live music with all-ages summer and lake activities by the boat house at Sloan Lake. 4-8 p.m. 

Sports

Best bet: Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo, with post-game fireworks. 7 p.m.

Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, 8:10 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Laws Whiskey House’s 6th Anniversary Weekend. Book a tour and get a guaranteed taste from Law’s first-ever barrel, filled on July 4, 2011. 2-5 p.m. $10.

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Comic Con.  Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $44.

Umphrey’s McGee. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6 p.m. $42.50-45.

Zeds Dead. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $50.75.

Road to Velorama. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 3 p.m. $5.

Beat Swap #4. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 2 p.m. $5.

Shakesbeer presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dram. Shakespeare, but with drinking actors. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St.  7:30 p.m. 

Landlocked with Adam Cayton-Holland. Denver Bicycle Cafe, 1308 E. 17th Ave. 8-11 p.m. $5.

Art

Best bet: Cherry Creek Arts Festival255 juried artists, art demonstrations, pop-up performances, live music, food, drinks and more. Cherry Creek North Shopping District. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Performance by the Rebirth Brass Band. Enter at 2nd Avenue and Detroit Street. 8 p.m. $12-40.

For your family

Broncos Block Party featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Lawn at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St. 6 p.m. $15.

For a cause

Impeachment March. Kicks off with speeches from Jeanette Vizguerra and Tay Anderson. March will circle the Capitol three times. Civic Center Park. 11 a.m.

Every Creature Counts Beer Bust. All-you-can-drink Coors Light or Summer Shandy. Proceeds benefit Every Creature Counts, a no kill shelter in Colorado. Denver Wrangler, 3090 Downing St. 4-8 p.m. $10.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, 2:10 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.