Things to do in Denver this weekend, July 22-23

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

The Budlong Hot Chicken Pop-Up. Visiting from Chicago for one day only. The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Brunch with Rossonian. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. No cover.

Beer, Bacon & Bluegrass. Bacon from Tender Belly. Bluegrass from Timber and Tomahawk Fox. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 2-7:30 p.m. 

To the Wind Bistro beer dinner. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 5 p.m. $59.

Entertainment

Best bet: Cinema Q LGBTQ film festival, today featuring a free screening of “Moonlight.” Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 1:45-9:30 p.m. $10-99.

Best bet: Colorado Symphony Orchestra free season previewBerlioz, Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Badelt, Puts, Wagner, Williams, Mozart, Khachaturian, Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tickets through July 22, in person at the Boettcher Concert Hall box office. All seating is general admission and a ticket does not guarantee a seat.

“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.

Dixie’s Tupperware Party. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $49-75.

The String Cheese Incident. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 pm. $49.95-55.

Descendents. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. $28-48.

Dawes. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $30-35.

Tobin Sprout. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Global Dance Festival afterparty. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 11:30 p.m. $5.

Planes. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

The Coathangers. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $13-15.

The Lituation dance party. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

Sober Rob. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

EOTO. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 10 p.m. $30-35.

Dreamboat Annie playing the music of Heart. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

Holocene Hills. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

Grass. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 10 p.m. Free.

Instant Empire album release. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway.
9 p.m. $7.

Disinherited. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

James Davis. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $22.

Exit Music: “The Breakfast Club” and music from DJ Boyhollow of Lipgloss. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. Movie at 7 p.m., music at 9 p.m. $8.

Midnight Madness: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

“Revivescere” opening reception with live music. Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St.

For families

Best bet: Denver County Fair“The craziest county fair in America.” National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $3-20.

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.

Dreaming Up. Inspired by the book “Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building,” experimenting with different shapes and building materials. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Dinos! Prehistoric Party. See the new life-size animatronic dinosaurs and enjoy craft stations, animal demonstrations, fruit carving and more. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 6:30-9 p.m. $12-17.

For a cause

Denver Bike Fundraiser Bash. Live music, food trucks, delicious beers, a kids zone and a bike ride before the party. Rock star costumes encouraged. Denver Bicycle Café, 1308 E. 17th Ave. 2-8 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Rapids at Toronto FC, 5 p.m.

Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:10 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Brunch with Rossonian. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. No cover.

Entertainment

Best bet: Cinema Q LGBTQ film festival. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 1-6:30 p.m. $10-99.

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

Dixie’s Tupperware Party. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. p.m. $49-75.

The String Cheese Incident. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 5 pm. $49.95-55.

Lifehouse & Switchfoot. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 7 p.m. $26.25-60.

Brendan James. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $12-15.

The Hollow Hearted. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

OmenXIII. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $10.

Road to Velorama. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 3 p.m. $5.

Spectral Voice. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $12.

Demun Jones. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $5-12.

The Stone Foxes. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 5 p.m. Free.

James Davis. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7 p.m. $14.

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 families

Best bet: Denver County Fair“The craziest county fair in America.” National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. Noon-8 p.m. $3-20.

Old Fuss & Feathers. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 7-10 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:10 p.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 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.