Things to do in Denver this weekend, July 8-9

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!

The crowd reacts to loaded bases at the end of a Rockies' bout against the Diamondbacks, May 5, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The crowd reacts to loaded bases at the end of a Rockies’ bout against the Diamondbacks, May 5, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Saturday

Food & drink

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

Bruz 1 Year Anniversary Celebration with a car show, live music from Rob Drabkin and Denver Meatpacking Company, yard games, giveaways and special tappings, including Colorado Blond, their first beer crafted entirely from Colorado ingredients. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., Suite 100. Noon-10 p.m. 

Baere Third Anniversary Extravaganza with beer ice cream from Sweet Action Ice Cream, live T-shirt printing by INDYINK and special beer tappings. Baere Brewing Co., 320 Broadway, Suite E. Noon-11 p.m. 

Low Down Denver Crawfish Boil to benefit Renewing Smiles. Mile High Spirits, 2201 Lawrence St. Noon-6 p.m. $25-30.

Hazy IPA b.2 release. River North Brewery, 6021 Washington St., Unit A. Noon-9 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Colorado Black Arts Festival. 1700 City park Esplanade. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Best bet: The Big WonderfulLive music: Pickin’ on Sublime (40 oz to Freedom), Pickin’ on Tom Petty (Chain Station) and Pickin’ on Ween (Jim Sullivan). Night Bazaar with shopping and food trucks. Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora. 5-9 p.m. $5-55.

Best bet: Betty Davis Tribute PartyA listening party from Betty Davis’ debut album reissue, a cocktail demo from Black Shirt Brewing Co., a screening of “Feet From Stardom,” Kayla Rae & No Visible Flaws performing some of Betty Davis’s greatest hits, giveaways and a southern soul food-inspired menu. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 6 p.m. $8.

Outdoor Project’s Mile High Summer Shindig Block Party. Gear demos, giveaways, live music, games, food trucks and beer. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

GHOST. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. $35.

A-Mac & The Height. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-13.

Radio Moscow. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $15-18.

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

Birdtalker. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $12-14.

Charlie Parr. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-13.

OmegaMode. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $25-30.

Casey Russell & The Soul Shack & CBDB. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Citizen Dan (Steely Dan tribute) & Soul Sacrifice (Santana tribute). Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $15.

Dead Rabbitts. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $12-14.

Ford Theater Reunion. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 10 p.m. $5.

Dryer Fire. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. 

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

Midnight Madness: “Stop Making Sense.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

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

Art

Smalltalk Series: Altoids Box Dioramas. Make a miniature diorama inside and Altoids box. Ages 16 and up. Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, 1880 N. Gaylord St. 1-2 p.m. $10-15.

For families

Free summer family day with face painting, art making, story time and tours at the Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Toddler Prom. Get dressed up for crafts, music, fun, and dancing. For ages 5 and younger. Ross-University Hills Branch Library, 4310 E. Amherst Ave. 11 a.m.-noon.

For a cause

Walk, Run & Wag 5K. Benefits International Hearing Dogs Inc. Dogs welcome. Ends with yoga. Sloan Lake, 1700 N. Sheridan Blvd. 7 a.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Make your own adventure: These are the seven biggest beer selections in Denver.

Or pop by Skyline Beer Garden. It’s family friendly and opens at 11 a.m. Skyline Park runs along Arapahoe Street from 15th Street to 18th Street.

Entertainment

Best bet: Colorado Black Arts Festival. 1700 City park Esplanade. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Best bet: The Big WonderfulLive music: Wake Up and Live (Bob Marley tribute), Pistols & Petticoats Pickin’ on Madonna and Wish You Were Pink (Pink Floyd tribute). Day Bazaar with shopping and food trucks. Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora. 5-9 p.m. $5-55.

The Avett Brothers. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7:30 p.m.  $49.95-59.95.

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

GhostRADIO. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $8-10.

Drew Fish Band. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Fast Eddy. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $10.

Otherwise. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.67-15.

Denver Brass presents “A Brass Quest.” Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, 2234 E. Iliff Ave. 7:30-9 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. 

“Marvin Booker Was Murdered” screening with a Q&A with Darold Killmer and Mari Newman (Booker’s attorneys), Susan Green, editor of the Colorado Independent, and Wade Gardner, director of the film. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 6 p.m. Free.

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: City Park Jazz featuring Buckner Funken Jazz. City Park Pavilion. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Breakdance with the Bboy Factory. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-3 p.m.

For a cause

The AARP Foundation needs volunteers to help pack half a million meals for struggling seniors from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at  University of Denver Magness Arena, 2240 E. Buchtell Blvd.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago White Sox, 1:10 p.m.

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.