Things to do in Denver this weekend, Aug. 3-6

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!

Pinball machines and mooks at Mutiny Information Cafe, Broadway. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Pinball machines and books at Mutiny Information Cafe, Broadway. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Fun things, smart things, family things, drunk things and other things.

Thursday

Food & drink

Denver Burger Battle. Charity competition with the 16 best burgers in Colorado. Tivoli Quad Park,1363 E. Ninth Ave. 6:30 p.m. $69.99-124.99.

The Colorado Governor’s Cup Wine Tasting. 12 Colorado wines chosen by local and national wine experts, sommeliers, chefs and writers. History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $45-75.

Rosé dinner. Cheese, bread and accoutrements, local greens salad with strawberry rosé vinaigrette, mussels in tomato broth and house made rosé ice cream. The Preservery, 3040 Blake St. 7-9 p.m. $40.

Can release party. Von Pilsner, IPA and Trellis Buster. Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 5-10 p.m.

Entertainment

“Annie” presented by the Phamaly, a theater company that casts only actors with disabilities. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $28-37.

“Dixie’s Tupperware Party.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $49-75.

The Head & The Heart. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 8 p.m. $43.50-49.95.

Bryan Ferry. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 8 p.m. $45-85.

Chocolate Diamond. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Granny Tweed. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Glovebox Money. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Kat Wright and Thunder and Rain. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Mad Pow. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Denver Air Sex Championship. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $10.

The Suffers with The Other Black. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Bottle Rocket Science. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $6.

Flicks for Chicks: “The Hot Chick.” 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.

Art

Best bet: Something is Happening. Mystery event. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 4-7 p.m. Penny admission.

The Temple Artists Group Exhibition. The exhibition will feature three different zones, each curated and managed by a group of ArtLab interns. PlatteForum, 2400 Curtis St.

For families

Best bet: Jazz in the Park with the Denver Municipal Jazz Band. Bring blankets or chairs and a picnic or get food from the food trucks. Chaffee Park, 4401 N. Shoshone St. 6-8:30 p.m. Free.

Mi Casa Grand Opening Celebration with food, drinks, entertainment, community resources, activities for kids, Broncos cheerleaders, prizes, and more. Mi Casa Resource Center, 345 S. Grove St. 4-8 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. New York Mets, 1:10 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

High Point Creamery Pop-up. To celebrate their impending move to Berkeley, High Point will be serving ice cream at 3977 Tennyson St. 4-9:30 p.m.

Cookie and beer pairing with Good Sugar Bakery. Mockery Brewing, 3501 Delgany St. 2-5 p.m.

Blood Orange Blonde Ale tapping. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 2 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: The Open Music Sessions. Local comedy, local music, free beer and free pizza. Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath St. 7-10 p.m.

“Annie” presented by the Phamaly, a theater company that casts only actors with disabilities. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $28-37.

“Dixie’s Tupperware Party.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $49-75.

“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. 

Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 7 p.m. $20-100.

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

The Patient Zeroes. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

Fruit Bats. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $20.75-25.

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

40 Oz. to Freedom. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Michael Hornbuckle. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7:30 p.m. $12.

Meat Wave. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $12-15.

John Fullbright. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Digger. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $10.

Claudzilla. Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway. 9 p.m.

Hallie Spoor album release. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

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

B-Side Music: The Golden Hour and The Raven and the Writing Desk. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 7-9 p.m. $5.

Pussy Bros. present Shanna ChristmasComedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7-10 p.m.

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

Art

Best bet: First Friday Art Walk. The galleries and studios in Denver’s art districts will leave their doors open after-hours to welcome the curious with wine, beer, special exhibits, demonstrations and music. Your options:

Santa Fe Art District, along Santa Fe drive from Alameda to 12th Avenue. Suggestion: Suggestion: DJ Bob Jovi hosts the 45 RPM Dance Party in the alley at ReCreative, 765 Santa Fe Drive, at 9 p.m.

River North Art District. This one is more spread out. Here’s a gallery list. Suggestion: Kidrobot is hosting an event, “Show Me the Munny,” with more than 30 custom pieces from Denver and across the country for silent auction in support of a local art charity, Arthyve, and the artists. Rule Gallery 530 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m.

Tennyson Street Cultural District, along Tennyson Street from 39th to 45th Avenue. Here’s a map. And while you’re at it, you can take a First Friday tour of Historic Elitch Theatre, 4655 W. 37th Ave., from 6-7:30 p.m. or 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Beneath The Ink: New Works from Mr. Mars, a Denver based artist known for his supreme airbrush skills and intricate custom toys. Lowbrow Denver, 38 Broadway. 7-10 p.m. 

For families

Best bet: Movie on the Green: “Hidden Figures.” Freshly popped popcorn, candy, sodas and bottled water for sale to benefit a local non-profit. Founders Green, 2900 Roslyn St. 8:30 p.m. Free.

Feral First Friday Film Series: Retro Night featuring the outdoor cult classic “Alone in the Wilderness” with Dick Proenneke. Bring your own food, drink, blankets and chairs. Dog and family friendly. Feral Mountain Co., 4320 Tennyson St. 8-11 p.m.

Dive-In Movie: “Moana.” Float in the wave pool at Island Kingdom Water Park and watch a movie. Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle. 7:30 p.m. Free with park admission, which is $34.99-39.99.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 6:40 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Five Points Brew & BBQ. 10 barbecue vendors, eight breweries, live music and games. 27th and Welton. 1-8:30 p.m. $5-99.

High Point Creamery Pop-up. To celebrate their impending move to Berkeley, High Point will be serving ice cream at 3977 Tennyson St. 4-9:30 p.m.

C Squared Ciders 2nd Anniversary Party. New ciders, tours and barrel tastings. C Squared Ciders, 2875 Blake St. Noon-midnight.

Stoney’s 7th Anniversary Party. Free pig roast, live music and free tastings from New Belgium and Dewer’s. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

Free pancake brunch with Mountain Standard and Native Campervans. Kid and dog friendly. Feral Mountain Co., 4320 Tennyson St. 10 a.m.-noon. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Colin JostComedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $28-50.

“Annie” presented by the Phamaly, a theater company that casts only actors with disabilities. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $28-37.

“Dixie’s Tupperware Party.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $49-75.

“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. 

Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. $20-100.

Vespertina’s 4th Annual Summer Sizzler. Performances by The Vespertina Dance Project and Kalandaka Tribe. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Avenue West. 6-9 p.m. $15-20.

Thievery Corporation. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $44.75-50.

Delta Rae. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $15-19.99.

Sunday BBQ Series featuring Michael Zucker, Sonic Vomit and more. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 3 p.m. $5-10.

Tyler Childers. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-15.

Brick + Mortar. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $15-17.

In the Company of Serpents. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

BassWorks. Cervantes Masterpiece and Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $35-45

Carnivale De Sensuale: Summer Spectacular. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $25-30.

Fiji. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $5-45.

Hellgrammites. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

The Reminders. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free.

The Peter Sommer Quartet plays Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. 

Grant Sabin CD release. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $17-23.

Floods. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m.

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.

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

For families

Best bet: Denver International FestivalMore than 30 restaurants and food trucks, vendors, beer garden, live music, dance performances, DJs, live interactive art, cultural displays, games, health and wellness activities and a kid’s village. Civic Center Park. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

“Should I Share My Ice Cream?” An Elephant and Piggie storytime with ice cream. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10-30-11:30 a.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.

For your brain

Fairmount Twilight Series: Symbolism Tour. Fairmount Cemetery, 430 South Quebec St. 6-8 p.m. $10. Tickets must be bought in advance.

Plundered Skulls & Stolen Spirits. Chip Colwell, senior curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will discuss why repatriation laws have become an imperfect but necessary tool to resolve the collision of worldview between scientists and Native Americans. Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 Montview Blvd. 2:30-4 p.m.

For a cause

Elitch Theatre clean-up. Historic Elitch Theatre, 4655 W. 37th Ave. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kids Cooking Class for a Cause with chef Elise Wiggins. Proceeds benefit KidsGiving365 campaign to pay off DPS school lunch debit. Cattivella, 10195 E. 29th Drive. 9-11 a.m. $25 for kids, $50 for adults.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 6:10 p.m.

Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, 8 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Boozy Baking. Learn to make French macarons and enjoy a complimentary toasting glass of champagne and cocktail, beer or glass of wine. Stella’s on 16th, 1550 Wewatta St. p.m. $50.

Entertainment

“Annie” presented by the Phamaly, a theater company that casts only actors with disabilities. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 2 p.m. $28-37.

“Dixie’s Tupperware Party.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. $49-75.

Dixie Longate: No Instructions. Dixie does standup to support the Denver Actor’s Fund. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7 p.m. $25.

Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. $20-100.

Face Vocal Band. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6 p.m. $15-100.

Allday. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $12-14.

A Benefit for Slutwalk Denver featuring feminist art, music, dance and speakers. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 6 p.m. $8-10.

Taiwan Housing Project. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $10.

Ryan Caraveo. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Madchild. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $18-40.

Who’s Hot Denver featuring Trayce Chapman and more. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 5 p.m. $20.

Rocky Dawuni with The Bunny Gang. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 5 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 families

Best bet: City Park Jazz featuring Alpha Schoolmarm Orchestra. City Park Pavilion. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Mutiny Youth Pinball. Tournament for kids and parents. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 2-4 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1:10 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.