Things to do in Denver this weekend, Nov. 30-Dec. 3

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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Thanksgiving is behind us, which means it’s time for a month full of cookies and carols — plus all the usual carousing.

Thursday

Food & drink

Beer and cheese with Joyride Brewing Co. Denver Bicycle Café, 1308 E. 17th Ave. 7-9 p.m. $20-25.

Pilot Brew Thursday. Tapping of a limited, small-batch, experimental beer. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave. 5 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: “Chicago.” The classic musical is only in town through this weekend. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

Best bet: Kyle KinaneComedy Works, 1226 15th St. 8 p.m. $25.

Best bet: Three Things, Any Three Things: Sonic Art, Awkward Hugs & A Barn Dance. Three things smashed together, no connections made. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 7 p.m. $15.

“The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ stories of working as an elf at Macy’s in New York, adapted for the stage. The Jones Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. 7 p.m. $25-33.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $24-34.

Hilltop Hoods. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $22.50-25.

Charlie Parr. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Ben Miller Band. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

To Be Astronauts album release. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Kind Country. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Angel Vivaldi and Scale the Summit. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $16-18.

Dub Gabriel. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $10-23.

The Ghost of Joseph Buck. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $6.

Andrew Novick’s Psychic Hotline. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $12.

“Hello? Denver? Are You Still There?” Live debut of Bree Davies’ podcast “devoted to the conversation about the Mile High City that matter.” Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 8-9:30 p.m. 

Ratio Quiz Show: Parks and Recreation. Audience teams compete against a panel of “experts.” If the experts win, the audience gets bad prizes. If an audience team wins, everyone gets good prizes. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 8-10 p.m. Free.

“Breathless” premiere. Award-winning, Colorado-made short film. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 6-8 p.m.

Art

Art Harvest reception with drinks, food and music by DJ Skeena. Alchemy Creative Workspace, 66 S. Logan St. 6-9 p.m.

Holiday pottery painting. Supplies provided. 14er Brewing Company, 2801 Walnut St. 5-8 p.m.

For families

“A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 6:30 p.m. $35-85.

Friendship and Fun Storytime. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Chicago Bulls, 7 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Decorating gingerbread houses. Materials for one house plus dinner, hot cocoa, bottomless champagne and wine and charcuterie. Hashtag, 10155 E. 29th Drive. 4 p.m. $74 for one house, one child and one adult. Bring a second adult or child for $15.

Ski and Snowboard Waxing Party. $15 gets you a wax and light edge and a beer. Chain Reaction Brewing Company, 902 S. Lipan St. 4-10 p.m.

Double release: Beet Saison & Saison Noir. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave. 3-10 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: SPELLS and Colfax Speed QueenLarimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-12.

Best bet: Maria BamfordParamount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 8 p.m. $34.50-39.50.

Best bet: Kyle KinaneComedy Works, 1226 15th St. 9:45 p.m. $30.

Best bet: “Chicago.” The classic musical is only in town through this weekend. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ stories of working as an elf at Macy’s in New York, adapted for the stage. The Jones Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. $25-33.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $34-44.

“Disaster!” Jukebox music in which disaster strikes the opening of a floating casino and discotheque in 1979. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

Beethoven’s “Leonore,” Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphony No. 4. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-94.

The Revivalists. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 9 p.m.

The Wood Brothers. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $29.50-35.

Dopapod. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $18-20.

Kacy & Clayton. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Greyhounds. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9:30 p.m. $12-15.

Phutureprimitive. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Oliver Francis. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-35.

The Samples. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $24.

Cam’ron. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $30-130.

High Valley. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $15-18.

Ramonda Hammer. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Tom Amend Trio featuring Kenyon Brenner.  Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

Dave Fender’s Midlife Crisis. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

LTJ Bukem. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Pussy Bros. presents Timmi Lasley. Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7 p.m.

Midnight Madness: “Akira” (subtitled). Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Guilty Pleasures dance party. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Holiday Denver Flea. Local market with festive drinks, food and music. Gart Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway. 6-9 p.m. $5-35.

Art

“High Fives and Handshakes.” Local artist F. E. Toan will be decorating the store with giant fabric fingers. Lowbrow Denver, 38 Broadway. 5-9 p.m.

TH!S Gallery Takeover Finale with live music and giveaways. Spectra Art Space, 1836 S. Broadway. 7-11 p.m.

“Showed Up” closing reception. Alto Gallery, 4345 W. 41st Ave. 6-10 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Parade of LightsMarching bands, floats and a special appearance by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa. See the website for the parade route. 8 p.m. Free.

“A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35-85.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Making Spirits Bright cocktail tasting featuring more than 20 Colorado distillers. EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. $50.

Cookie decorating class. One ticket includes a dozen sugar cookies, decorating supplies, hot cocoa and healthy finger foods for kids and wine, cocktails and appetizers for parents. Olive & Finch, 3390 E. First Ave. 3-4:30 p.m. $85 for one adult and one child, $10 for each additional child.

Saturday Night Cartoons at Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. Noon. Free.

Pictures with Santa. For kids and adults. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 2-6 p.m. Digital photo free with purchase of one full beer, or $10 without beer.

Charlie’s Golden Strong Release. Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St., Suite 100. 5-8 p.m.

Decorating gingerbread houses. Materials for one house plus dinner, hot cocoa, bottomless champagne and wine and charcuterie. Hashtag, 10155 E. 29th Drive. 4 p.m. $74 for one house, one child and one adult. Bring a second adult or child for $15.

Entertainment

Best bet: “Chicago.” The classic musical is only in town through this weekend. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ stories of working as an elf at Macy’s in New York, adapted for the stage. The Jones Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $25-33.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $42-48.

“Disaster!” Jukebox music in which disaster strikes the opening of a floating casino and discotheque in 1979. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

Beethoven’s “Leonore,” Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphony No. 4. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-94.

Hoppy Holidays 2017: Yonder Mtn String Band and Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 6:30 p.m.

Animals As Leaders and Periphery. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $25-30.

Dopapod. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $18-20.

Matisyahu. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway.  8:30 p.m. $28-30.

We’s Us. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-12.

Alex Lahey. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-14.

Rocky Mountain Low 2 featuring United Mutation, Vile Gash and more. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $15-18.

Dragon Smoke. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $23-25.

WhiteWater Ramble. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Def Knock. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7:30 p.m. $10.

Whitechapel. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $22-25.

My Body Sings Electric 10 Year Anniversary Show. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $12-15.

Bear & The Beasts. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8.

Coop and The Chicken Pluckers. Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway. 9 p.m.

The Steve Kovalcheck Quartet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

#036. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $15-25.

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. 7-10 p.m. $5.

RiNo Replay. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. Midnight. Free.

Holiday Denver Flea. Local market with festive drinks, food and music. Gart Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway. 10 .m.-6 p.m. $5-35.

Sunnyside Swanky Seasonal. Prohibition themed, costumes encourage. Live music from Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles. Diebolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St. 6 p.m.

Art

Free admission at the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Parade of LightsMarching bands, floats and a special appearance by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa. See the website for the parade route. 6 p.m. Free.

“The Nutcracker.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 1 p.m. $30-90.

Christmas with the Children’s Chorale. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $19-75.

“A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-85.

Dinosaur Time Trek. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $25.

For your brain

Joe Biden’s American Promise Tour. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 7:30 p.m. $89.50.

For a cause

Community Conversation between LGTBQ and Latinx Youth and DPD. Spoken word featuring poetry written by Jessica Hernandez, youth discussion on rights and responsibilities, officer training on adolescent development and de-escalation techniques, combined youth and officer small group conversation. Morey Middle School, 840 E. 14th Ave. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Protest: National Parks Fee Increase. Civic Center Park. Noon-3 p.m.

Saving Dobermankind’s Holiday Celebration. Holiday photos, raffle prizes and more. Dog-friendly. The Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer St. 2-5 p.m.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Decorating gingerbread houses. Materials for one house plus dinner, hot cocoa, bottomless champagne and wine and charcuterie. Hashtag, 10155 E. 29th Drive. 4 p.m. $74 for one house, one child and one adult. Bring a second adult or child for $15.

Entertainment

Best bet: Holiday Denver Flea. Local market with festive drinks, food and music. Gart Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway. 10 .m.-5 p.m. $5-35.

Best bet: “Chicago.” The classic musical is only in town through this weekend. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“The Santaland Diaries.” David Sedaris’ stories of working as an elf at Macy’s in New York, adapted for the stage. The Jones Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $25-33.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 2 p.m. $24-34.

Beethoven’s “Leonore,” Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphony No. 4. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $20-94.

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

Mary Jane’s Last Dance: A Tribute To Tom Petty. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $10.

The Mile High Riot featuring Octopus Tree, Meeting House and more. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 4:30 p.m. $10-12.

Derek Luh and Sammy Wilk. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 5 p.m. $20-80.

Lore podcast live. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 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 families

“The Nutcracker.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $30-90.

Christmas with the Children’s Chorale. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 6 p.m. $19-75.

“A Christmas Carol.” Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $35-85.

Peppa Pig Live. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 2 pm. $15-49.50.

Dinosaur Time Trek. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $25.

Drag Queen Storytime. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. Noon-1:45 p.m. $10 per family.

 Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars, 6 p.m.

Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins, 11 a.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 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.