Things to do in Denver this weekend, Aug. 24-27

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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A crowd at High Plains Comedy Festival. (Courtesy of HPCF)

Thursday

Entertainment

Best bet: High Plains Comedy FestivalToday: King’s Cup, Arguments and Grievances and more. Mutiny Information Café, Hi-Dive, 3 Kings Tavern and Badger’s Pub. 7-11:30 p.m. $10 per show.

Best bet: Sin Tax Bingo. Presented by Warm Cookies of the Revolution with hosts Erin Rollman and Brian Colonna from Buntport Theater. Comfort food, bingo and and discussion about how tax dollars from “sins” like gambling and marijuana and cigarettes and soda are collected and spent, and who decides. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6-8 p.m. $5 suggested donation (no one turned away).

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

“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.

“1964” The Tribute. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 8 p.m. $38.50.

Rich As Thieves. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Rotten Reputation. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Paul Cauthen. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $12-15.

Jay Cobb Anderson Band. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 7:30 p.m. $5-15.

Koan Sound. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $18.

Gabby Moreno. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Trayce Chapman. Herman’s Hideaway, 1578 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $10.

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

Bluegrass Thursday with 300 Days. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., Unit 150. 7-9:30 p.m.

Drag Queen Bingo. BarFly, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 7-8 p.m.

Flicks for Chicks: “10 Things I Hate About You.” 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.

Tiki Party. Tropical swing dance with a limbo contest, hula hooping, mixed drinks, and more. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 8 p.m.-midnight. $8.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Kansas City Royals, 12:15 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Fantastic Planet crowler release. A re-release of a double IPA with over 1 pound of blueberry puree per gallon. Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St. Noon-close.

Untapped: DRiNK RiNo Tap Takeover with live music from the Mary Louise Lee Band at Skyline Beer Garden, 1601 Arapahoe St. 4:30-7:30 p.m. 

We Can’t-Elope Gose tapping. Fermented with cantaloupe. tapping Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 2 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: High Plains Comedy FestivalToday: Sexpot Comedy Showcase, We Still Like You, Entertaining Julia and more. Mutiny Information Café, Hi-Dive, 3 Kings Tavern and Badger’s Pub. 6-11:30 p.m. $10-15.

Best bet: Titwrench. Performances, workshops and more by and for womxn and LGBTQ+ artists and musicians and other underrepresented/emerging artists. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 4 p.m.-midnight. $20-45.

Best bet: Slam Nuba featuring Suzi Q. Smith. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 8 p.m. $10 GA, $5 for students.

Best bet: Rebirth Brass Band. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $15-25.

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

“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.

Father John Misty. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7:30 p.m. $45.

Midnight Marionettes. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 7:30 p.m. $10-13.

Green Druid. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Crafteon CD release. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $7-10.

Jay Cobb Anderson Band. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Frosty Da Snowman. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

My Blue Sky (Allman Brothers/Gov’t Mule) & Thin Air (Celebrating the music of Widespread Panic). Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Flahoola. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

Shatterproof and AVOID. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 6:30 p.m. Free.

B-Side Music: Vules Jerne. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 5 p.m. Free-$5.

Outdoor Summer Film Series: “Dirty Dancing.” BYO blankets and chairs. Sandwiches from Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli, with all proceeds going to the theater. Popcorn, soda and candy bars at the concession stand. Outside food allowed. Historic Elitch Theatre, 4655 W. 37th Ave. 6-10 p.m. $5.

“A Very Sordid Wedding” and Q&A with producer Emerson Collins. “It’s been seventeen years since Peggy tripped over G.W.’s wooden legs and died in ‘Sordid Lives,’ and life has moved into the present for the residents of Winters, Texas. In this outrageously funny sequel to writer/director Del Shores’ cult classic, marriage equality comes barreling into Winters, but not everyone is ready to accept it.” 7 p.m. $9-11.50.

Midnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

Best bet: UntitledThis month’s theme: Truth & Dare. Get on a soapbox and speak your truth about Denver, take on a dare, take a curator tour, bring your camera for a long-exposure photography workshop and more. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. College students with valid ID get 2-for-1 admission.

Final Friday Art Walk. Explore the galleries of the Golden Triangle, plus special events in the venues and in the streets. 5-9 p.m. Free.

Artism at the Dikeou Gallery. Take a tour of the Dikeou family gallery, which includes more than 30 international artists’ photography, drawings, sculptures and large installations. Dikeou Gallery, 1615 California St. 6:15-8:15 p.m. $30, reservation required.

“Tattoo Series” opening reception. Judy Horowitz explores individual expression where the body becomes the canvas. Core New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m.

For a cause

Best bet: “Best in Show” with Max FundAdoption event and movie screening. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. Adoption from 5-7 p.m., movie at 7 p.m. Movie tickets are $8.

2 Blondes All Breed Rescue Benefit Show featuring Come Forth By Day. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $12-15.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves, 5:35 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Levitt Pavilion Beer Festival. Beer from more than 20 local breweries, food trucks and live music from Grayson Erhard and Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 4-7 p.m. $25-65. (Followed by free show from Carl Denson’s Tiny Universe.)

Chile Roast. Sampling and selling Pueblo chiles, both fresh and roasted. Tony’s Meats and Market, 950 Broadway. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Lavender Pear Blonde Ale release. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 1 p.m.-midnight.

Board Game Republic one-year anniversary party. Game selling and trading, drink specials, giveaways and demonstrations of new games. Board Game Republic, 900 W. First Ave., Unit 130. 10 a.m.-midnight.

International Ale taproom release. Diebolt Brewing Company, 3855 Mariposa St. Noon-10 p.m.

14er Brewing x Huckleberry Coffee IPA tasting. Learn more about the coffee roasting process and taste the Phantom Limb blend cold brew on draft. 14er Brewing Company, 2801 Walnut St. 2-4 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: High Plains Comedy FestivalToday: T.J. Miller, “Those Who Can’t” live table read, Cartoons and Comedy, The Narrators and more. Paramount Theatre, Mutiny Information Café, Hi-Dive, 3 Kings Tavern and Badger’s Pub. 3-11 p.m. $10-45.

Best bet: Titwrench. Performances, workshops and more by and forwomxn and LGBTQ+ artists and musicians and other underrepresented/emerging artists. Mercury Café, 910Arts, Leisure and Denver Open Media.  Noon-1:30 a.m.

Best bet: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” with audience participation. Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

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

“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.

Reggae on the Rocks. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 2 p.m. $54.75-60.

Eminence Ensemble. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $12-15.

Itchy-O. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $19.99-30.

Avenhart. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-14.

2017 Burlypicks Finals. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $20-40.

Candy Land. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $20.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 7 p.m. Free.

“Columbus” screening and Q&A with producer Danielle Renfrew Behrens. “The son of a renowned architecture scholar forges an unexpected intimacy with a young architecture enthusiast in this visually striking, gentle romantic drama.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. $9-11.50.

3MCS Secret Show. 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.

For families

Best bet: Elitch Theatre FestivalKids’ zone, carnival, art, live music, food trucks a beer garden and more. Historic Elitch Theatre, 4655 W. 37th Ave. Noon-6 p.m., free. 6-10 p.m., $35.

Sock Hop with Queen City Jazz Band. Come in ’50s costume and bring donations of new socks, deodorant and boxer shorts for the homeless teens and young adults that Urban Peak serves. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 7:30-10 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.

Happy Birthday, Elephant and Piggie. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Elephant and Piggie with Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny, and more characters from Mo Willems with crafts, activities, games and cupcakes. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10-4 p.m.

For a cause

LabFest 2017. Food and drink, swimming for the Labs, a silent auction and more. Benefits Safe Harbor Lab Rescue. City Bark, 2000 W. Eighth Ave. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $15-50.

Green Valley Ranch cleanup. Picking up trash in along 56th between Tower and Dunkirk. Supplies are provided but feel free to bring additional trash bags. Followed by happy hour. Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden, 4995 Argonne St. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

French bulldog adoption event. Dozens of dogs were rescued from a hoarder and are ready for adoption. Denver Animal Shelter, 1241 W. Bayaud Ave. 11-4 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves, 5:10 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers, 7 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at Real Salt Lake, 8 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Buckets & Bottles: A Fried Chicken and Champagne Extravaganza at The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 4-7 p.m.

Brunch with Wes Watkins. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. No cover.

Entertainment

Best bet: BleachedLarimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15-17.

Best bet: Shakesbeer presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dram.”  Shakespeare, but with drinking actors. Fiction Beer Company,7101 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

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

“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 Emancipator Ensemble and The Opiuo Band. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 5:30 p.m. $37.50.

The Budos Band. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $20.75-27.

Whole Milk. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $8-10.

Singletrack. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Smolder and Burn. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

New Breed Brass Band. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 4 p.m. Free.

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 your body

2017 Superhero Challenge for prostate cancer. 5K run, Dash for Dads and kid run followed by prizes and awards for top fundraisers, finishers as well as best costumes. Washington Park. 8 a.m.

For a cause

Doggo Charity Photoshoot. Get a 15 minute window to take pics with your pup. Of each $40 ticket sold, $30 will go to Denver Animal Shelter and the remainder goes to the photographer. River North Brewery, 6021 Washington St., Unit A. 1-6 p.m. 

Tails and Ales. Get your dog washed by some of Denver’s best roller derby skaters to benefit Bruising Altitude and Foothills Animal Shelter. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. Noon-4 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves, 11:35 p.m.


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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.