Things to do in Denver this weekend, May 11-14

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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It’s nice out again! How about some ice cream?

Or maybe a margarita on a patio on happy hour?

Or perhaps you’d prefer to mix your own summer drink.

Thursday

Food & drink

Culture on the Divide. Three cheeses from Culture Meat and Cheese and three beers from Great Divide. Great Divide Barrel Bar, 1812 35th St. 5-8 p.m. $15.

Entertainment

“The Secret Garden.” The classic story comes to the stage in the form of a musical. Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 6:30 p.m. $35-75.

“The Luckiest People” (preview performance). A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere commissioned by Curious Theatre Company about a man whose difficult father moves in with him and his partner after the death of his mother. Curious Theater Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $50.

“Much Ado About Nothing.” The Shakespeare comedy reimagined in the Roaring ’20s. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $20-25.

Cult Following & SCRIPTprov. Two traditional actors perform a classic scene word-for-word, then an improv performer who has no idea what’s going on jumps in. The Jones, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe St. 8 p.m. $15.

Flogging Molly. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 9 p.m. $32.50.

The Cutthroat Drifters. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $12-15.

You Can’t Come featuring SiDMFKiD, Future Heroes and more. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Froth. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Matt Haeck. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Kyle Emerson EP release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Pickin’ On the Pizza Tapes. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Fortunate Youth. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8:15 p.m. $13-15.

“Finding Fontinalis.” Film inspired by the search for a world-record trout. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7:30 p.m. $15.

Hinder and Nonpoint. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $23-40.

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

The Skeleton Crew. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $6.

Alright Alright. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Jean-Luc Davis’ Alternative Reality. Alt-rock classics reimagined through modern jazz. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7-10:30 p.m. 

Bluegrass Thursday featuring The Rock Ridge Ramblers. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., Unit 150. 7-9:30 p.m.

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog.” Film adaptation of the novel in which a white author is taken on a road trip through the heart of Native American country by a Lakota elder and his best friend. Mayan Theatre, 110 Broadway. 7 p.m. $16.

Aireoke (air guitar karaoke). Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., Suite 100. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:40 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Juicy Loops IPA firkin tapping. Station 26 beer with orange, lemon and lime conditioned with wildflower honey. Freshcraft, 1530 Blake St., Unit A. 5-11 p.m.

Bites ‘n’ Brews. Class covering the basics of cooking with beer and a menu to complement craft brews. Cook Street School of CUlinary Arts, 1937 Market St. 6-9:30 p.m.  $99.

Entertainment

Best bet: “Tickling Giants.” A film about Bassem Youssef and his satirical, controversial, “Daily Show”-like show created in the Arab Spring. University of Colorado Denver, Science Building (Speer and Lawrence) SI 1111. 5-7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public with RSVP.

Best bet: MAYhemLocal ballet company Wonderbound performs with the Colorado Symphony, Chimney Choir, Ian Cooke Band, Jesse Manley and His Band and Tom Hagerman. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $15-67.

“The Secret Garden.” The classic story comes to the stage in the form of a musical. Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 7:30 p.m. $35-75.

“The Luckiest People” (preview performance). A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere commissioned by Curious Theatre Company about a man whose difficult father moves in with him and his partner after the death of his mother. Curious Theater Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $50.

“Much Ado About Nothing.” The Shakespeare comedy reimagined in the Roaring ’20s. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $20-25.

Rowdy Shadehouse. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Sun Volt. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $25-30.

The Wild Reeds. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Henchmen and Reno Divorce. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-15.

The Ghoulies. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Sugar Skulls & Marigolds. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $10.

Cualli and Resonant Language. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Fortunate Youth. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8:15 p.m. $13-15.

Kinky Friedman. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $20.

Mustache Bash featuring The Jakarta Band. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $25.

Gerald Clayton Trio. Dazzle Jazz, 930 Lincoln St. 7-10 p.m. $15-22.

Boulder Acoustic Society. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Steve Kovalcheck Band: Modern Sounds in Country & Western. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7-10:30 p.m. $10.

Compa & Ishan Sound. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $20.

We Still Like You: Denver #9. Stand up from AJ Finney, Bonnie Laws, Carlos Madrid, Roger Norquist, Mina Thorkel and Zach Welch, with host Rachel Weeks. Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7-9 p.m.

For families

Cult Following: Rated G. Kid-friendly improv. The Jones, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe St. 11 a.m. $10.

Four Mile Free Day. Historic demonstrations, Four Mile House Museum tours, treats from the summer kitchen, animals and more. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St. Noon-4 p.m.

For a cause

Cabaret Unleashed: “Love for Sale.” Benefit for the Rocky Mountain Arts Association featuring performers from the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus and Denver Women’s Chorus, food, wine, craft beer and auctions.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:40 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Bacon & Beer Classic. Sample more than 80 beers from regional breweries, try more than 30 bacon-infused dishes from local chefs. Plus: games. Mile High Stadium, 1701 Bryant St. 1-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. $69-129.

Saturday Night Oyster Fest. Oysters from Marczyk Fine Foods for $2 and $12 glasses of bubbles. Infinite Monkey Theorem, 200 Larimer St. 4-9 p.m. 

Berkeley Beer & Spirits (and Wine) Mini-Fest featuring Tommyknocker Brewery, Colorado Cider Company, Eddyline Brewery, Woody Creek Distillers, Ratio Beerworks and more. Local 46, 4586 Tennyson St. 3-7 p.m. 

Blood Orange Tandem Pedal Bomber release. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 11 a.m.-close.

Here Be Monsters bottle release. A 13.1% ABV Imperial Stout aged 12 months in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. Cerebral Brewing, 1477 Monroe St. Noon-10:30 p.m. 

Wiggy Wiggy release. A honey hibiscus saison. Diebolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St. Noon-10 p.m.

Double IPA release. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 1 p.m.-midnight.

Entertainment

Best bet: DIIV presented by Red Bull Sound Select. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $5 with RSVP, $15 without.

“The Secret Garden.” The classic story comes to the stage in the form of a musical. Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-75.

“The Luckiest People” (opening night). A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere commissioned by Curious Theatre Company about a man whose difficult father moves in with him and his partner after the death of his mother. Curious Theater Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $50.

“Much Ado About Nothing.” The Shakespeare comedy reimagined in the Roaring ’20s. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $20-25.

Lettuce with Ghostface Killah and more. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison. 6:30 p.m. $39.50-45.

Barns Courtney. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $15-18.

The Sounds of Twist & Shout featuring Green Druid, The Trip and more. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8:30 p.m. $5-10.

The Omens. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Verses The Inevitable. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $10.

Denver All Day Fest featuring In the Company of Serpents, The Flight of Sleipnir and more. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $15.

Wookiefoot. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

We Dream Dawn. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8:30 p.m. $45.

Okilly Dokilly. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $13-15.

Dad Fest 2017 featuring Call of the Void, Reproacher and more. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 6 p.m. $10.

Art

Best bet: Think Like an Artist. A talk from Konstantin Dimopoulos, the artist behind the Theater District’s blue trees, followed by a panel discussion with local artists Brian Napier and Eric Shumake about the artistic process and environmental art as it relates to the current social and political climate. Dateline Gallery, 3004 Larimer St. 5-7:30 p.m. Free.

“Harmonie: George Pratt & Felipe Echevarria” reception. Helikon Gallery & Studios, 3675 Wynkoop St. 6-10 p.m.

Teen Wake & Make: Terrariums & Tater Tots Eating Contest. The final edition of this program. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

For families

Free family tour. Families will play games to find and discuss the shapes in Still’s work, assemble a giant abstract puzzle and create compositions to take home. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Community Sing-Along with Tom Riis and Austin Okigbo. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 3:30-5 p.m.

Edgewater Community Festival. Food trucks, a kids zone, a homebrew competition, a car show, live music and more. Citizen’s Park. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

For your body

Edgewater 5K. Followed by the Edgewater Community Festival. 24th Avenue and Depew Street. 9 a.m. $10-30.

For a cause

Best bet: Youth on Record album release and block party. Live music from Youth on Record students and local musicians, neighborhood tours of Denver Housing Authority’s award-winning La Mariposa project, album listening stations and message recording sessions in the YOR vocal booth, T-shirt printing with Indy Ink, food and drinks. Youth on Record, 1301 W. 10th Ave. Noon-6 p.m.

Saving Dobermankind and Black Shirt adoption event. Adoptable dogs, $1 of each beer purchased from the Tank of the Month donated to SDAR, live painting by Patrick Kane Mcgregor, a shoe drive, a silent auction and more. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 2-6 p.m.

Charity Burger and Beer Pairing. Beers paired with burgers from Park Burger, guided by Julia Herz, craft beer program director for the Brewers Association and co-author of “Beer Pairing.” Fundraising event for The House That Beer Built project benefitting Habitat Denver. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 4-7 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 2 p.m.

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:10 p.m.

Sunday

Mother’s Day

Bowl for Brunch. Moms get one shot to bowl a strike, and if they do, they get a free brunch. Punch Bowl Social, 65 Broadway. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mother’s Day 5k & Brunch. City Park, 17th Avenue side of Ferril Lake. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $35-40.

Mom’s the Word. Woodburning onto cutting boards and beermosas. Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St. 1-4 p.m. $25.

Foul-mouthed Cross-Stitch Sunday: Mom’s Day edition. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. Noon-9 p.m.

Food & drink

May Bluegrass Brunch. Beer, live music from Meadow Mountain, doughnuts from Glazed and Confuzed Doughnuts and barbecue from Turn-In BBQ. Station 26 Brewing Co., 7045 E. 38th Ave. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Doug Loves Movies podcastComedian Doug Benson talks to surprise guests about movies. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 4:20 p.m. $22.

“The Secret Garden.” The classic story comes to the stage in the form of a musical. Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. $35-75.

“The Luckiest People”. A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere commissioned by Curious Theatre Company about a man whose difficult father moves in with him and his partner after the death of his mother. Curious Theater Co., 1080 Acoma St. 2 p.m. $50.

Com Truise. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $20-23.

Sabaton. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $25-32.

The Barrelors. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Hooked on Twin Peaks: Season 2 finale. Hooked on Colfax, 3213 E. Colfax Ave. 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Art

Music in the Galleries: Queen City Jazz. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 2-3 p.m. Free with museum admission.

For families

School of Rock: Iron Maiden vs. Judas Priest. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. Noon. $12.

School of Rock: The Who. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 2:30 p.m. $12.

“Alice in Wonderland” featuring dancers ages 2-18 in a variety of genres. Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, 1001 W. 84th Ave. 3-4:30 p.m. $8-15.

For a cause

Raise the Roof for At Risk Youth featuring music from Notorious Conduct, Bad Chad and more. Plus body painting, chair massages, a silent auction and a clothing drive. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 6 p.m. $15.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:10 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.