Things to do in Denver this weekend, Sept. 16-17

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!

54thirty, the bar atop the Le Meridien Hotel on California Street downtown. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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54thirty, the bar atop the new Le Meridien Hotel on California Street downtown. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Saturday

Food & drink

Fall Food Market. Local makers, Trujillo Chile roasting hatch chilis, live music from Dan + Yoshi. The first 50 people get a free Peteybird ice cream sandwich. Dog-friendly. Backyard on Blake, 3040 Blake St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Denver Trail Beer release and trail clean up. Shuttle up to Gross Reservoir for trail cleanup, followed by pizza, beer and live music from Watsonathy. First 15 people get a custom, co-branded Cotopaxi trail beer backpack. 10 Barrel Brewing Co., 2620 Walnut St. 3:30-7:30 p.m. 

LENNY limited edition bottle release. Imperial Oatmeal Porter aged in a single Deerhammer Distilling Company whiskey barrel. Call to Arms Brewing Co., 4526 Tennyson St. Noon-11 p.m. 

Au Feu Pop-Up. Preview the Montreal-inspired smoked meat sandwich
and homemade sides coming to The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Oktoberfest Kick Off and Marzen Release Party. Banded Oak Brewing Company, 470 Broadway. Noon-11 p.m.

DRiNK RiNo Oktoberfest. Breweries, cideries and wineries of DRiNk RiNo serving Oktoberfest and fall seasonal offerings, plus classic German fare and live music. Rackhouse Pub, 2875 Blake St. Noon-10 p.m. $20.

Check out 54thirty, the just-opened rooftop bar on the 20th floor of a downtown hotel. Le Meridien, 1475 California St. 3 p.m.-midnight.

Entertainment

Best bet: DocuWest Film FestivalAlamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. Noon-11 p.m. 

Best bet: The Mountain GoatsGothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $26-31.

Best bet: Opening Weekend: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-94.

“Appropriate.” In this play by Brandon Jacob-Jenkins, three siblings “collide over clutter, debt and a contentious family history” while cleaning out their family’s Arkansas plantation estate. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $30-36.

“Macbeth.” A reimagining 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.

“Frozen.” The brand new stage version of the Disney hit. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $25-100.

“Belleville.” “Young Americans Zack and Abby have the perfect ex-pat life in Paris … But when Abby finds Zack at home one afternoon when he’s supposed to be at work, the questions and answers that follow shake the foundation of their seemingly beautiful life.” Firehouse Theater Company, 7653 E. First Place. 2 p.m. $15-23.

Lotus. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7:30 p.m. $39.75-45.

Delbert McClinton. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $28.50-30.

YoungBoy Never Broke Again. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $22-25.

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

Modern Proximity. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Chess At Breakfast. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

Cloud Catcher. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $10.

“Habit – A Guide To Skiing” (world premiere). Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom and Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $17-20.

The Yawpers album release. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Stiff Little Fingers. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $25-28.

Mexican Independence Day Celebration featuring Ceci Bastida and Roka Hueka. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 6 p.m. Free. (Click here for more Hispanic Heritage Month events.)

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

Crime City Curs. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8.

Vic ‘n’ the Gnarwhals. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

3MCS with Jim Tews. Stand-up, sketch and live bits from three hosts, this week featuring a secret special guest. Blackbird Denver, 305 S. Downing St. 9-10:30 p.m.

Midnight Madness: “Porco Rosso.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Through the Looking Glass: an Immersive Alice in Wonderland Adventure. Explore fifteen rooms of mystery and riddles at this adult tea party. Costumes strongly encourage. Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys, 1880 N. Gaylord St. 5-8 p.m. $40.

Art

“Border: Both Sides Now” reception. Invitational exhibition focusing on the U.S. and Mexico border and addressing the issue of immigration, featuring Chicano, Argentine, Chilean, Colombian to Mexican artists. Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant St. 5:30-8 p.m. 

Opening reception: “Elements & Curiosities” featuring work by Valerie Savarie and Sharon Eisley. Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St. 5-8:30 p.m. 

For families

Best bet: Westwood Chile Fest. Seventh annual celebration of Hispanic culture featuring local artists, community organizations and businesses, plus performances from six bands, food trucks, a chile eating contest, bounce houses, a climbing wall, face painting, live mural painting, a metal sculpture invitational and youth bike repair shop. 3738 Morrison Rd. 2-9 p.m. Free. (Click here for more Hispanic Heritage Month events.)

“Snowy Day” storytime and activities with the DCPA. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive. 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

For your brain

Strange and Crafty Wander. Walking tour through five neighborhoods, ending at Strange Craft Brewing Co., 1330 Zuni St., Unit M. 5-8 p.m. $20.

For a cause

The Bug’s Best. Annual fundraiser for the Bug Theatre featuring music, comedy, film, food, drinks and more. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 6-10 p.m. $25-30.

Rockin 4 Katie’s Cause featuring Arise in Chaos. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 5 p.m. $15.

Charlottesville Benefit Show featuring five local bands. All proceeds from the door will be donated to the C-Ville Victim Relief Fund. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $7-10 donation requested.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres, 6:10 p.m.

Colorado Rapids vs. New York F.C., 7 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Brunch with Samuel Edgar Band at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.

Check out 54thirty, the just-opened rooftop bar on the 20th floor of a downtown hotel. Le Meridien, 1475 California St. 3-10 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: DocuWest Film FestivalAlamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Best bet: Opening Weekend: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-94.

Best bet: Lucha Libre & Laughs. Pro wrestling, standup comedy and beer. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 7-10 p.m.

“Appropriate.” In this play by Brandon Jacob-Jenkins, three siblings “collide over clutter, debt and a contentious family history” while cleaning out their family’s Arkansas plantation estate. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 2 p.m. $20-30.

“Macbeth.” A reimagining 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.

“Frozen.” The brand new stage version of the Disney hit. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $25-100.

“Belleville.” “Young Americans Zack and Abby have the perfect ex-pat life in Paris … But when Abby finds Zack at home one afternoon when he’s supposed to be at work, the questions and answers that follow shake the foundation of their seemingly beautiful life.” Firehouse Theater Company, 7653 E. First Place. 7 p.m. $15-23.

“A Little Help from My Friends.” Stories adapted for the stage. Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $15-28.

Denver Animated Pixel Show featuring the best animated shorts out of Denver. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. 

The California Honeydrops. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $22-25.

See Through Dresses. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

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

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

Afton Showcase featuring Full Circle Blues Band, Card Catalog and more. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. $12-15.

Haken. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6:30 p.m. $20-25.

Micah Schnabel. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $8.

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

Jose Lucio author event. Readings of “Heave Ho!” and “Free Rain,” plus a drawing workshop. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

For your brain

Five Points history walking tour. Meet at Coffee at The Point, 710 E. 26th Ave. 4-6:30 p.m. $25-60.

For a cause

Miracle on the Rocks. Stair climb challenge to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7:30 a.m. $5-10.

Rocky Mountain Music Relief. Live music and silent auction to benefit musicians in Houston and the Gulf Coast affected by the hurricanes. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 5-8:30 p.m. $20 suggested donation.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres, 1:10 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. Dallas Cowboys, 2:25 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.