Things to do in Denver this weekend, July 15-16

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!

LoHi Steakbar, post remodel, July 14, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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LoHi Steakbar, post remodel, July 14, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Slow Food Nations“A festival to taste and explore a world of good, clean and fair food for all,” with free and ticketed events. 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Cost varies.

Second Anniversary Fun Fest. Silly Peachy Whiskey Thing bottle release, carnival games, live music from The Sparkplugs and food from Burgerchief food truck, MAS KAOS Pizzeria + Taqueria and Raleigh Street Bakery. Call to Arms Brewing Co., 4526 Tennyson St. Noon-11 p.m.

715 Club anniversary party. Unlimited wine, well and draft drinks for $7.15 for two hours. 715 Club, 715 E. 26th Ave. 7:15 p.m.

MCA Dinner Society. Rooftop dinner with guest chef, Justin Cucci of Root Down, Linger and Ophelia’s Electric Soap Box, plus a gallery tour. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. $125.

Entertainment

Best bet: The Winehouse Experience. Herman’s Hideaway, 1578 S. Broadway. 7:30 p.m. $15-25. 

“Annie” presented by the Phamaly, a theater company that casts only actors with disabilities. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $28-37.

Colorado International Activism Film Festival. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 2-10 p.m. Free.

LoHi Music Festival featuring The New Mastersounds. Highland Tap 7 Burger, 2219 W. 32nd Ave. 1-10 p.m. $36-125.

Brad Paisley. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 7 p.m. $29.50-74.50.

UZ. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Kolars. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $5-12.

Nite Jewel. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $14-16.

45s Against 45 dance party. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5.

Afton Showcase. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. $12-15.

Killing Creation. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Roommates album release. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Wheelchair Sports Camp. Aztlan Theatre, 974 Santa Fe Drive. 9 p.m.

The Peter Sommer Quartet plays Duke Ellington Billy Strayhorn. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. 

US Tygers album release. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Battle of the Bars (MC competition). The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. Free.

Midnight Madness: “Castle in the Sky.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Swingin’ Under the Stars with free swing dancing lessons and Bob’s Big Band at Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 7:30-10 p.m.

Sexpot Comedy presents Sara Schaefer. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $7.

Dave Chappelle. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 8 p.m. $59.50-99.50.

Scrimmage: Minor Disturbance vs Colorado Spring Youth Slam. Youth poetry teams who will represent Colorado at Brave New Voices youth poetry competition will test their material before competition. Guest performances from Ben Nguyen and Jon Shockness. Youth on Record, 1301 W. 10th Ave. 3:30-6:30 p.m. $10 (to be split between the teams).

Art

“You May Plow Here” talk and reception. Thordis Simonsen will discuss her photographs of Alabama Mule-Farming in the 1970s. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 2-4 p.m.

For families

Lavender Festival. Lavender products made by local growers and artisans, hayrides, barrel train rides, face painting, food and drink vendors, educational programs on lavender and related topics, farm tours and more. Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road,
Littleton. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free for members, $5 for non-members.

Green Valley Ranch Movie Night: “Iron Man.” Free popcorn and other snacks. Town Center Park, 4890 Argonne Way. 8-11 p.m. (movie starts at dusk).

Family Adventure Day: Skulls, Skin, and Scat. Bluff Lake Nature Center, 3400 Havana Way. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free for families in GoWild neighborhoods (80022, 80640, 80010, 80216, 80205, 80207, 80239) and kids 3 and younger. Otherwise $5.

For your brain

Denver Design Week. A seven day celebration and showcase of the region’s best architecture, interiors, art, brands and technology. Multiple locations. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Ticket prices vary by event.

Shade with Khadijah Queen. Lighthouse Writers Workshop instructor Khadijah Queen will lead guided writing exercises exploring relationships with the color black, notions of race and the use of art as social activism. The workshop includes a visit to the “Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford” exhibit and writing prompts inspired by Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen” along the way. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 1-3 p.m. Free.

For a cause

Best bet: Girls Rock Denver Campus Showcase. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 2 p.m. $10 donation.

Puppies & Pancakes adoption event. 10 percent of proceeds will go to Lifeline Puppy Rescue. Black Shirt Brewing Co. will be handing out samples and merch. Snooze at Union Station, 1700 Wynkoop St. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Dog Days of Summer. Dinner, drinks and dancing to support PawCo. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 7-11 p.m. $60-75.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at New York Mets, 5:10 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Slow Food Nations“A festival to taste and explore a world of good, clean and fair food for all,” with free and ticketed events. 8:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Cost varies.

Buckets & Bottles: A Fried Chicken and Champagne Extravaganza at The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 4-7 p.m.

LoHi SteakBar, 3200 Tejon St., is open for business again after a three-week remodel.

Entertainment

Best bet: Lucha Libre & Laughs featuring  Cody Devine, Delta Junior, the Miracle That Is Tony Gonzales, Nanny AC, Unholy Trinity, The Insatiable Johnny Crash and more, and commentary by Mitch Jones and Ian Douglas Terry. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 7-9 p.m.

Best bet: Amos Lee with the Colorado Symphony. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $49.95-64.50.

“Annie” presented by the Phamaly, a theater company that casts only actors with disabilities. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 2 p.m. $28-37.

Mutoid Man. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8:30 p.m. $17-20.

Sidewalk Chalk. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-12.

The Peterson Brothers. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $10.

Beach Fossils. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $16-18.

Garbage meet-and-greet at Twist and Shout, 2508 E. Colfax Ave. Noon-2 p.m. 

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

Art

Foul-Mouthed Cross-Stitch Sundays. Get crafty and do some cross-stitching. All materials provided with purchase. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. Noon-9 p.m.

For your brain

Denver Design Week. A seven day celebration and showcase of the region’s best architecture, interiors, art, brands and technology. Multiple locations. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary by event.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at New York Mets, 11:10 a.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.