Things to do in Denver this weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 3

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!

Two women enjoying a ride. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Two women enjoying a ride. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)
Two women enjoying a ride at A Taste of Colorado in 2016. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

Thursday

Food & drink

Sour Maroon Bells Tropical Ale release. Limited release. Brewed with lychee, guava and hibiscus. 14er Brewing Company, 2801 Walnut St.

Entertainment

“Appropriate” preview 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. $18.

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

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7:30 p.m. $42.50.

GRiZ live band. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $50.

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

Nate Hancock. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-12.

Dallas Thornton. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 7:30 p.m. $10-12.

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

Shanti Groove. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Spag Heddy. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Wovenhand. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Bluegrass Thursday with Erin Peet-Lukes. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., Unit 150. 7-9:30 p.m.

“Blade Runner: The Final Cut” special 4K restoration. One night only. Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse Littleton, 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Unit #850. $10.

For families

Fireside sing-along. S’mores anf children’s music by the Rocky Mountain Aardvarks. Bluff Lake Nature Center, 3400 Havana Way. 6-8 p.m. $1 suggested donation.

Friday

Food & drink

Phish Dicks. Limited release of Fluff’s Pale, a Vermont Pale Ale brewed in collaboration with Joyride Brewing Company and special Phish doughnuts from Glazed and Confuzed. Station 26 Brewing Co., 7045 E 38th Ave.

Habanero Mango IPA small batch release. Factotum Brewhouse, 845 Lipan St. 3-10 p.m.

Ratio Oktoberfest and Stay Gold release party. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 5 p.m.-close.

Entertainment

Best bet: Mile High Movie Roast: “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $13.07.

“Appropriate” preview 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. $18.

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

GRiZ live band. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $49.75.

The Funk Hunters (GRiZ afterparty). Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 11 p.m. 

Ja Rule and Ashanti. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $49-55.

Abrams. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $10-12.

The Hacks. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

The Corner Girls. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

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

Ronnie Baker Brooks. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8:30 p.m. $22.

Minus the Bear and Pinback. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $28-32.

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

The Kickback. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

Echoverse plays Radiohead. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m.

Sexpot Comedy presents Andy Haynes. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $7.

Feral First Friday Film Series: “Sea Gypsies.” Bring your own food, drink, blankets and chairs. Dog and family friendly. Feral Mountain Co., 4320 Tennyson St. 8-10 p.m.

Midnight Madness: “Creepshow.” 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.

River North Art District. This one is more spread out. Here’s a gallery list.

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.

“Cats and Skulls” reception for Mallory Hart. Lowbrow Denver, 38 Broadway. 7-10 p.m.

For families

Best bet: A Taste of Colorado. Food, drinks, art, kids activities, live music and more. Tonight’s headliner: Sheila E. Civic Center Park. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

For your brain

“Neverhome.” A walking tour with site-specific performance by Control Group Productions — “a rumination on the act of migration, the experience of displacement and the impermanence of place in the continually shifting urban fabric.” Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $10-15.

Sports

Colorado Buffaloes vs. Colorado State Rams, Rocky Mountain Showdown, 6 p.m.

Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 6:40 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Ratio Oktoberfest and Stay Gold release party with  Wilder Meats and Eats  serving beer brats, schnitzles, spoetzle and other German fare. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St.

Phish Dicks. Limited release of Fluff’s Pale, a Vermont Pale Ale brewed in collaboration with Joyride Brewing Company, live music from Rastasaurus and special Phish doughnuts from Glazed and Confuzed. Station 26 Brewing Co., 7045 E 38th Ave.

Go Fish Denver 10-year anniversary celebration. Special drink prices if you dress to match the theme, “black and gold glitter.” Go Fish Sushi, 1 S. Broadway. 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Entertainment

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

GRiZ. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $49.75.

Shooka (GRiZ afterparty). Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 11 p.m.

The Growlers. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Sanity’s Edge farewell show. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 6:30 p.m. $10-13.

You Can’t Come featuring Mir Fontane and SidMFKid. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Courage My Love. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Dada. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $25-30.

The Guestlist album release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $8-10.

The Soul Rebels. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Phish After Party: Neville, Deitch, Smirnoff, Daniels. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 11 p.m. $15-20.

Pole Theatre USA. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $25-75.

Minus the Bear and Pinback. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $28-32.

Earthless. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $14-16.

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

3MCS with Caleb Synan. 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.

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.

For families

Best bet: A Taste of ColoradoFood, drinks, art, kids activities, live music and more. Civic Center Park. Tonight’s headliner: Rick Springfield. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

For your brain

“Neverhome.” A walking tour with site-specific performance by Control Group Productions — “a rumination on the act of migration, the experience of displacement and the impermanence of place in the continually shifting urban fabric.” Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $10-15.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 6:10 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at Los Angeles Galaxy, 9 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Phish Dicks. Limited release of Fluff’s Pale, a Vermont Pale Ale brewed in collaboration with Joyride Brewing Company, live music from Bottlerocket Hurricane and special Phish doughnuts from Glazed and Confuzed. Station 26 Brewing Co., 7045 E 38th Ave.

Entertainment

Best bet: La Luz. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $14-16.

“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.

Mad Decent Block Party featuring Major Lazer. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 4:30 p.m. $65.

She Wants Revenge. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $25-29.

Mad Wallace. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

MC Lars. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Brockhampton. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Phish After Party: Neville, Deitch, Smirnoff, Daniels. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 11 p.m. $15-20.

A Benefit for The Trevor Project featuring One Way to Live. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

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: A Taste of ColoradoFood, drinks, art, kids activities, live music and more. Tonight’s headliner: Five for Fighting. Civic Center Park. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fireworks at Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circle. Shows start at park closing. Free with park admission, which is $34.99-39.99.

For your brain

“Neverhome.” A walking tour with site-specific performance by Control Group Productions — “a rumination on the act of migration, the experience of displacement and the impermanence of place in the continually shifting urban fabric.” Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $10-15.

DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience Performance. Interactive, multi-media performance includes 3-D animations, images of DaVinci and Michelangelo’s inventions, machines, artwork, paintings and sculptures. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd. 6-8 p.m. $20-25.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 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 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.