Things to do in Denver this weekend, Aug. 10-13

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!

Black Girls Jump, an organization committed to promoting active lifestyles for kids, bounces around Five Points' Sonny Lawson Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Thursday

Food & drink

Beer and cheese pairing. Four artisan cheeses, four craft beer samples, freshly baked bread and fresh fruit. Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St., Suite 100. 7 p.m. $20.

Cheers to Redacted. Buy a pint and get a Redacted pint glass and a six-pack to go (while supplies last). Tell your best “I wish I could redact that” story for a chance to win prizes. Renegade Brewing Co., 918 W. First Ave. 5-10 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: “Labyrinth.” Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $8.

National Poetry Slam preliminary bouts and other events. 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Prices vary.

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.” One-man play and standup based on the book. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $39.

Miles Parrish. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $15-18.

Jocelyn and Chris Arndt. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

The Wind and The Wave. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. Free.

Brad Parsons Band. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Late Night Radio “Vinyl Restoration Set.” Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-25.

Dustbowl Revival. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Ghost Tapes. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $6.

Bluegrass Thursday with Michael Kirkpatrick. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., Unit 150. 7-9:30 p.m.

Project Worthmore Fundraiser with Anthony Ruptak and Co. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Sexpot Comedy Presents: Kenny Deforest. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $7.

Flicks for Chicks: “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.” Movie in the courtyard with free popcorn during the movie and free drinks from 9 p.m. to midnight for ladies night. ViewHouse, 2015 Market St. 7:30 p.m.

For your brain

Viking Religion and Christianity. Folklorist Thomas DuBois explores the history of Nordic religions from the Viking Age and parallels in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and Mediterranean traditions. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 7-8:30 p.m. $15.

For a cause

Save the Ales Beer Festival to benefit Conservation Colorado. Mile High Station, 2027 W. Colfax Ave. 6-10:30 p.m. $20-75.

Sports

Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears (preseason), 6 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

One Barrel Friday: Kettle Sour With Plum. Strange Craft Brewing Co., 1330 Zuni St., Unit M. Noon-9 p.m. 

Foggy Memory IPA release. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. Noon-midnight.

DDH Rare Trait crowler release. Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St. Noon-close.

Entertainment

Best bet: Velorama. Biking culture festival with a view of the Colorado Classic, live music, Denver Flea and more. Today’s headliner: Wilco. Walnut Street from 28th to 35th and the north side of Blake Street from Broadway to 34th. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. $45-50.

National Poetry Slam semi-final bouts and other events. 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Prices vary.

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.” One-man play and standup based on the book. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $39.

“Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story.” Two wealthy students at the University of Chicago murder a young boy in order to commit “the perfect crime.” Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. 

Pretty Lights. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $54.50-60.

Rancid and Dropkick Murphys. Sculpture Park, 1345 Champa St. 5:30 p.m. $39.95-45.

Strange Americans. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Lil Pump. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $25-30.

The Selecter (DJ set). Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $13-15.

Dirty Bourbon River Show. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-15.

The Shelters (Velorama afterparty). Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

Benefit for The Blue Bench featuring Dangerous Friends, Bud Bronson + the Good Timers and more. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

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

Ballyhoo! Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-18.

Indigenous. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $22.

EyeHateGod. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 5:30 p.m. $15-18.

311. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 6 p.m. $37.50-43.

First Timers with Charming Disaster Cabaret Show. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $7.

Lee Clark Allen. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Trio + 1: An Ode to Oscar Peterson Trio and Clark Terry. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $10.

B-Side Music: Anthony Ruptak. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 5-10 p.m. Free-$5.

Mothraship. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

“Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $10.

“Last Fast Ride: The Love and Death of a Punk Goddess.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 10 p.m. $1.

Art

Best bet: 48 Hours Summit and Exhibition. Inspired by Denver’s Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan, 48 Hours will explore what makes a “place,” focusing on focus on geography, community, access to resources, location and relocation. There will be workshops, talks, performances, socially engaged art projects, “Land Trust” exhibition opening, food and drinks. RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe St. 7:45 a.m.-9 p.m. Register in advance.

“Things Fall Apart” opening reception. Earl Chuvarsky’s new series of paintings documenting current events, his daily life, the absurdity of modern politics and childhood nostalgia. Core New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Drive. 6-10 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Café Cultura’s Art in the Park. All-ages open mic, marketplace, live art and food. La Alma Lincoln Park Amphitheater, 12th Avenue and Osage Street. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $3-5 (no one turned away).

For your brain

Twilight Tour Series. A stroll through Historic Riverside Cemetery, 5201 Brighton Blvd. 6 p.m. $10. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins, 5:10 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Denver Beer Co’s 6th Anniversary Party. Block party with food trucks, live music, games, a photo booth and more. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Free.

Cherry Creek North Food & Wine. Sample food, wine, beer and spirits from local businesses, with live music and more. Fillmore Plaza, 2930 E. Second Ave. 6-9 p.m. $45-85.

Entertainment

Best bet: Art-i-fax. Live music, street and performing arts, food, drinks and community building to celebrate Colfax. Park Avenue between Humboldt and Colfax.

Best bet: National Poetry Slam finals and other events. 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Prices vary.

Best bet: Velorama. Biking culture festival with a view of the Colorado Classic, live music, Denver Flea and more. Today’s headliner: Death Cab for Cutie. Walnut Street from 28th to 35th and the north side of Blake Street from Broadway to 34th. 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. $45-50.

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.” One-man play and standup based on the book. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $39.

“Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story.” Two wealthy students at the University of Chicago murder a young boy in order to commit “the perfect crime.” Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. 

Pretty Lights. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $54.50-60.

Priests. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $13-15.

Stu Larsen. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $12-14.

ZURC. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 11 p.m. $5-10.

Old 97s (Velorama afterparty). Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $25.

Modern Leisure. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Tenth Mountain Division. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8:15 p.m. $10-15.

Mortified Live. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $16.

Engage Music Festival featuring Amzy, One Flew West and more. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 11 a.m. $15-20.

Hype Night featuring J-Krupt. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

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

The Patient Zeroes. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

Wilco’s Pat Sansone and John Stirratt DJ set. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 6-7 p.m.

“Mistaken for Strangers” screening with director Tom Beringer and a listening party for The National’s “Boxer.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 6:30-10 p.m. $10.

Film on the Deck: 16th Street 2017 Prototyping Series. The Deck Microcinema will be set up on the 16th Street Mall between Welton and California with local music videos, promos and comedy. 8-10 p.m.

A Night of Pablo. All music performed, produced and written by Kanye West, “Flashing Lights” photo booth and more. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $15-27.

Art

Best bet: 48 Hours Summit and Exhibition. Inspired by Denver’s Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan, 48 Hours will explore what makes a “place,” focusing on focus on geography, community, access to resources, location and relocation. There will be workshops, talks, performances, socially engaged art projects, “Land Trust” exhibition opening, food and drinks. RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe St. 7:50 a.m.-9 p.m. Register in advance.

Artist Talk: Kelton Osborn. Osborn’s current body of work represents his fascination with making connections utilizing materials that are seemingly unrelated. Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

For families

Concert on The Green: That Eighties Band. Founders Green, 7601 E 29th Ave. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Sloan’s Lake Art & Music Festival. Live music, art, food and kids’ activities. Sloan Lake. 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

Meet in the Street.  Live Music, DJ, mall pong, performances by the Black Actors Guild, baseball block party, Camp Gladiator, Aveda stress free fix, PlantNite classes, Mantra glass art, cornhole tournament. 16th Street Mall.

“Princess in Black” Day. Come dressed as an avenger, a princess or both for games and crafts inspired by “The Princess in Black” series. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Frozen Princess Party. Dress up as your favorite prince or princess and join Elsa and Anna for photos, icicle ice cream and snowflake cookies. Enter a raffle for a chance to win two tickets to see the Disney Frozen Musical in Denver. Sweet Cooie’s, 3506 E. 12th Ave. Noon-2 p.m.

For a cause

6th Annual Bow Ties and Tails. A puppy-kissing booth, refreshments and a live auction to benefit Canine Partners of the Rockies. Artwork Network, 878 Santa Fe Drive. 5-7 p.m. $80.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins, 5:10 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas, 6 p.m.

Sunday

Entertainment

Best bet: Lucha Libre and LaughsRoyce Isaacs vs Mike Sydal & Kikutaro vs #IAMTHEPROVIDER. Comedy from David Rodriguez, Timmi Lasley, Anthony Crawford. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $10.

Best bet: Velorama. Biking culture festival with a view of the Colorado Classic, live music, Denver Flea and more. Today’s headliner: Old 97s. Walnut Street from 28th to 35th and the north side of Blake Street from Broadway to 34th. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $45-50.

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.” One-man play and standup based on the book. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. $39.

The Goddamn Gallows. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $13-15.

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

Hellzapopping Circus Sideshow. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $5-30.

Airplane Mode. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. Free or $10 donation.

The Band of Heathens. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 5 p.m. Free.

“Right Now, Wrong Then” screening with tea from Littleton’s iN-TEA,
scallop dumplings, Chinese tea eggs and egg tart. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 2 p.m. $25.

For families

Sloan’s Lake Art & Music Festival. Live music, art, food and kids’ activities. Sloan Lake. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lego Tinker Time. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 1-2 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins, 11:10 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.