Things to do in Denver this weekend, Oct. 26-29

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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Halloween is just days away, which means we’re in for a weekend of costume contests, pumpkin carving, pumpkin beers and scary movies.

Plus, all the usual, ongoing fall stuff.

Thursday

Food & drink

Beer and Cheese with Black Bottle Brewery. The Denver Bicycle Cafe, 1308 E. 17th Ave. 7-9 p.m. $20-25.

Maß Carnage: Feeling Stabby? Buy a liter of beer, get a pumpkin to carve. Tools and designs provided. Bierstadt Lagerhaus, 2875 Blake St. 5-11 p.m.

Tapped: Prost Brewing Beer Dinner. The Rosedale, 1135 E. Evans Ave. 7 p.m. $40.

Beer and chocolate pairing. Comrade Brewing Co., 7667 E. Illif Ave. 7-8:30 p.m. $16.

Entertainment

“Something Rotten.” In a musical New York magazine described as “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared,” two brothers in 1595 set out to write the first ever musical. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. $30.

“Macbeth.” A re-imagining of the Shakespeare tragedy in the DCPA’s in-the-round theater. Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 6:30 p.m. $30-65.

The Black Angels. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $25-30.

YehMe2. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Lostboycrow. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $13-15.

David Ramirez. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8:30 p.m. $15.75-18.75.

Bear and the Beasts. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Save Our City (The Doors tribute). Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

“Rogue Elements” ski film. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $15.

I The Mighty. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $15-17.

Markeisha sings Nina Simone. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6 p.m. $15-30.

Ben Markley Quartet featuring Greg Osby. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15-20.

Monster Ball Dance Party. No cover. Donation bar. 18+. Prize for best costume ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Drive. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Brad Williams. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 8 p.m. $20.

Cartoons & Comedy Halloween Spooktacular Vol. 5 featuring Al Jackson, Katie Bowman and Brett Hiker. The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 10 p.m.

For families

Kids’ Halloween Parade & Party. Trick-or-treating at merchant shops, a costume parade, mini-train rides, balloon and facepaint artists, Minions and more. Prizes will be given for best costume and best group/family costume. Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St. 5-8 p.m. Free.

Family Ukulele Workshop with Swallow Hill Music Association. Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 Irving St. 1-2 p.m.

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1 p.m. $10.

For a cause

Kill the Cancer. Strange Craft, Chain Reaction, Black Sky, Barrels & Bottles and Bull & Bush donated kegs. Proceeds will go to select cancer organizations. Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Burritos for Boobs. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Illegal Pete’s will donate 20 percent of sales to the American Cancer Society. All day, all locations.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricans, 7 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Pumpkin Beerfest. Pumpkin and seasonal beer tastings and Halloween-themed games in a heated courtyard tent. Costumes encouraged. ViewHouse, 2015 Market St. 5-8 p.m. 

Collab can release. 65 cases of Should’ve Brought a Jacket, 65 cases of Natural Order and 25 cases of Rare Trait.  Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St. Noon-10:30 p.m. 

Medusa Release. A deep amber quadrupel ale with a highly complex flavor
profile. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave. 3-10 p.m.

Return of the Dunk(elweizen). Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St., Suite 100. 2-10 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Untitled: HomewreckerInteractive art, ballerinas, storytelling and more at the season finale. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 7-9 p.m. Free-$22.

Best bet: Black Sheep Friday: Extreme Glamour ShotsGlamour shots while doing shots. Shot, props, wigs and makeup provided. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 6 p.m. Free-$5.

Best bet: CultsGlobe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $21-23.

Best bet: “Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat”  with opening night reception. “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $25.

“Something Rotten.” In a musical New York magazine described as “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared,” two brothers in 1595 set out to write the first ever musical. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30.

“Macbeth.” A re-imagining of the Shakespeare tragedy in the DCPA’s in-the-round theater. Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 7:30 p.m. $30-65.

“I Don’t Speak English Only.” A play based on the Mexican “tent show” tradition “imagines a future world where all diversity is prohibited and any expression of the other has been forced underground.” Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

“Night of the Living Dead Live.” Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m.

Shpongle. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. 

The Infamous Stringdusters. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $33.50-35.

Brujeria. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. Moved from the Gothic. All Gothic tickets will be honored. 8 p.m. $20-25.

Chelsea Wolfe. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. Moved from the Bluebird. All Bluebird tickets will be honored. 9 p.m. $20-22.

Modern Suspects. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-15.

The National Parks. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 7:45 p.m. $12-14.

David Ramirez. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 10:30 p.m. $15.75-18.75.

Jocko Homo. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $7-10.

Blind Melon. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $29.75-35.

MLIMA. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $8-12.

Monster Ball featuring KISSm (KISS tribute). Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8:30 p.m. $12-20.

Nothing More. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $20-125.

Anuhea and Sammy J. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $25-28.

Hellgrammites. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8.

BSB Halloween Project. Outdoor show with churchfire and Motion Trap. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 8 p.m. Free.

Hell Toupee Cabaret’s “Creepy As Hell.” Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 6 p.m. $6.

Brad Williams. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $25.

“Stranger Things” watch party. First two episodes of Season 2 on a projection screen, with a pumpkin-carving contest in between for the first twelve people that sign up. Plus: spooky cocktails and bar snacks. Costumes encouraged but not necessary. Rebel Restaurant, 3763 Wynkoop St. 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Art

“Archives as Muse” party with performances by Esther Hernandez and Elyssa Lewis. Leon, 1112 E. 17th Ave. 6-8:30 p.m.

Third Annual Members Show featuring work by six artists. Leisure, 555 Santa Fe Drive. 7-11 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Dinos! After DarkFire performances, a glow show, an otter keeper talk, meet the owls, pumpkin carving and more. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $10-15.

Best bet: Trick or Treat StreetTrick-or-treating, a monster carnival, Halloween crafts, spooky science experiments, face painting and more. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$15.

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $10.

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Atlanta Hawks, 5 p.m.

Denver hockey at Boston University, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

BYOP pumpkin carving (and they’ll take care of the cleanup) at Factotum Brewhouse, 845 Lipan St. 2:30-5 p.m. Free.

Ratio Halloween Party. Special beers, costumes and live music. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Stoney’s Halloween Bash featuring Mr. Steak Music and a costume contest with a $1,000 prize. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Beer and truffle pairing with Copia Confectionery at Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St. Noon-5 p.m. $16.

Entertainment

Best bet: “Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat”  with opening night reception. “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Best bet: Comedy Saved the Video StarComedians do standup, then play their favorite music video, which everyone discusses afterward. Night starts with a half hour of TRL (they’ll take your music video requests). Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. 

“Something Rotten.” In a musical New York magazine described as “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared,” two brothers in 1595 set out to write the first ever musical. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30.

“Macbeth.” A re-imagining of the Shakespeare tragedy in the DCPA’s in-the-round theater. Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-65.

“I Don’t Speak English Only.” A play based on the Mexican “tent show” tradition “imagines a future world where all diversity is prohibited and any expression of the other has been forced underground.” Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

“Night of the Living Dead Live.” Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m.

Russ. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 8 p.m. $49.50-85.

103.5 The Fox’s Halloween Hair-Ball. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. 

The Infamous Stringdusters. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $33.50-35.

Deer Tick’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $27.50.

Bob Log III. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Lee “Scratch” Perry and The Subatomic Sound System. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $23-25.

DMX. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $35-55.

The Maine. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $25-28.

Gemini Syndrome. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $5-15.

Halloween Hootennany featuring DJ Wesley Wayne. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Dance Yourself Clean: Halloween Edition. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $20-45.

Good Old Fashioned Boat Party featuring DJ Trinimatty. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

Mortified: Halloween Special. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $16.

Tom “Bones” Malone. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9:30 p.m. $15-25.

KGNU/Lion’s Lair Halloween Quarterly Showcase. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $5-10.

Brad Williams. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 9:45 p.m. $25.

Spirits & Spirits. Drinks, tarot reading, phrenology and tales of Four Mile House’s previous inhabitants and their mourning practices. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 South Forest St. 6-9 p.m. $50-80.

Prom Night, 1959. ’50s music, food, drinks, couples costume contest and dance off. Bowman’s Vinyl and Lounge, 1312 S. Broadway. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free.

Art

Closing party: Eduardo Portillo, “Frontera.” Rule Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Drive. 3-5 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Trick or Treat StreetTrick-or-treating, a monster carnival, Halloween crafts, spooky science experiments, face painting and more. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$15.

Best bet: Halloween Spooktacular. Featuring music from “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” “Spiderman” and more. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 2:30 p.m. $10-25.

Best bet: Sweet Cooie’s Halloween PartyPumpkin carving, costume contest and trick-or-treating. Sweet Cooie’s, 3506 E. 12th Ave. 1-5 p.m.

Dinos! After Dark. Fire performances, a glow show, an otter keeper talk, meet the owls, pumpkin carving and more. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $10-15.

Halloween Kids Fest. Monster mural painting, mad science experiments, pumpkin patch painting and more. Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Half-off admission for kids in costume.

Trick-or-treat at the Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Place. 5-7 p.m.

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. $10.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche at Philadelphia Flyers, 5 p.m.

Denver hockey at Boston University, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Go Nuts For Donuts. Family-friendly doughnut decorating. Costumes encouraged. Hotbox RiNo, 3450 Larimer St. 6:30-8 p.m. 

Entertainment

“Something Rotten.” In a musical New York magazine described as “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared,” two brothers in 1595 set out to write the first ever musical. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. $30.

“Macbeth.” A re-imagining of the Shakespeare tragedy in the DCPA’s in-the-round theater. Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. $30-65.

Halsey. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 7 p.m. $29.50-69.50.

Ministry and Death Grips. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-30.

2Mex and Onry Ozzborn. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Shaneneagens. A tribute show for Shane Eagen. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. Free, donations excepted for the Eagen family.

“Where Dreams Go To Die” documentary screening and Q&A. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $20.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 5 p.m. $12-15.

Hardluck Halloween with The Vanilla Milkshakes and The DMC playing The Ramones and Hüsker Du and a costume contest. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m.

Ryan Fourt CD Release. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 5:30 p.m. $10-20.

“Kedi” screening for National Cat Day. Chez Artiste Theatre, 2800 S. Colorado Blvd. Noon. $9-9.50.

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-10 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Highlands Square Harvest Festival. Trick-or-treating for kids, a costume contest, pumpkin painting, live music and more. 32nd Avenue,  from Lowell to Osceola. 2-5 p.m. 

Trick or Treat StreetTrick-or-treating, a monster carnival, Halloween crafts, spooky science experiments, face painting and more. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$15.

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Brooklyn Nets, 4 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche at New York Islanders, 4 p.m.


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Ashley Dean

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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.