Things to do in Denver this weekend, July 13-16

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!

Kyle Scholtz smacks a giant volleyball in City Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Kyle Scholtz smacks a giant volleyball in City Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

As R. Kelly said, it’s the freakin’ weekend baby I’m about to have me some totally legal and OK fun.

Thursday

Food & drink

Best bet: Slow Food Nations“A festival to taste and explore a world of good, clean and fair food for all,” with free and ticketed events. 5:45-10 p.m. Cost varies.

Grapefruit Endpoint release party. Buy a 10-oz. pour, get a free four-pack to go. Renegade Brewing Co., 918 W. First Ave. 5-10 p.m. 

Enriched beer and cheese pairing with The Truffle Cheese Shop, featuring a triple cream, a Swiss alpine, a chiriboga blue, a cow and goat blend and more. Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St., Suite 100. 7-8:30 p.m. $20.

Undone Norweigan Pale Ale release. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 5-11 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.

Michael Franti & Spearhead. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6:30 p.m. $44.95-55.

Dave Chappelle. Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St. 8 p.m. $69.50-89.50.

Ween. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $55.95-.60.

Octopus Tree. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Zagriculture. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-12.

Gonzo. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

Two Cow Garage. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

300 Days. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Ween afterparty with the Mike Dillon Band. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 11:30 p.m. $20.

Donna the Buffalo. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $25.

Enemy In I. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $8-10.

Moon Atomizer. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

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

Highlands Comedy: Kevin Bozeman. Sushi Hai, 3600 W. 32nd Ave. 7:30-10 p.m. $10.

The Good Stuff featuring The Story of You, At The Barre and Death Prov Tournament. The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 8 p.m. Donation suggested.

Art

Creative Chisme. Curator and local artist Ramón Bonilla will lead a tour of the current exhibition, “Downshifting,” followed by a participatory art project and conversation in English and en Español. RedLine Contemporary Art Center, 2350 Arapahoe St. 7-8:30 p.m.

Artist talk with Shawn Huckins. Goodwin Fine Art, 1255 Delaware St. 6-7 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Paints, Pints and PopsArtist Robyn Huffman will bring the supplies and offer guided instruction or free play. Popsicles and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be served. Alto Gallery, 4345 W. 41st Ave. 6-8:30 p.m. $10 for kids, $20 for adults.

Let It Glow. Dance, make art, play games and more in the dark with glow sticks and black lights. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-3 p.m.

Make your own foam and slime. Green Valley Ranch Branch Library, 4856 Andes Court. 2-3 p.m.

Animals of Pokémon. Learn about the real animals Pokémon are based on and the defense strategies they use to protect themselves. Virginia Village Branch Library, 1500 S. Dahlia St. 2-3 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Best bet: Slow Food Nations“A festival to taste and explore a world of good, clean and fair food for all,” with free and ticketed events. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost varies.

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. 5-8 p.m. $50.

Entertainment

Best bet: “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.

Best bet: Midnight Movie: “The Fifth Element.”  Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. Midnight. 

Best bet: B-Side Music: Pink HawksMuseum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 5-10 p.m. Free for members, $5 for non-members.

Railroad Earth and Leftover Salmon. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6 p.m. $39.95-45.

All Time Low. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 6:30 p.m. $27.50.

Ween. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $55.95-60.

Michelle Branch. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $25-30.

Lola Black. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Jared & The Mill. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Younger Than Neil. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-13.

The Pitch Invasion. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $10.

Greener Grounds and Broccoli Samurai. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Amoramora patio set. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10.

TAUK & Friends. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 10 p.m. $15-20.

The Interstellar Boys. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $18-50.

Bermuda. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $12.

Big Chocolate. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $10-20.

Hello, Mountain. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $6.

Samuel Edgar Band album release. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Mister Zach, Matt Clifford, Emily Zeek. Music, poetry and comedy at Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 8:30-11 p.m.

Pikes Peak Brass Band. Gates Hall, Newman Center, University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Mile High Movie Roast presents “Star Trek II.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $12.50.

Dive-In Movie: “Finding Dory.” 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.

Outdoor Summer Film Series: “The Princess Bride.” Historic Elitch Theatre, 4655 W. 37th Ave. 6-10 p.m. $5. Free for kids 6 and younger.

Midnight Madness: “Castle in the Sky.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

“Contemporary Abstraction” opening reception. Juried show with local, national and international artists. Core New Art Space, 900 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Summer Lawn Concert: Sean RowClyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free.

Free day at Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St. Noon-4 p.m. 

Buzzing with Energy. Use electrons to make paper jump and create a crazy hairdo. Use “lemon power” to light up a light bulb. Create a simple circuit with a light bulb or buzzer. Ideal for grades K-5. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 11 a.m.-noon.

For your brain

Best bet: Roxane Gay discussing and signing “Hunger” at Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave. 7-9 p.m.

Twilight Tour: Cemetery Symbolism. Fairmount Funeral Home & Cemetery, 430 South Quebec St. 6-8 p.m. $10.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at New York Mets, 5:10 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Slow Food Nations“A festival to taste and explore a world of good, clean and fair food for all,” with free and ticketed events. 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Cost varies.

Second Anniversary Fun Fest. Silly Peachy Whiskey Thing bottle release, carnival games, live music from The Sparkplugs and food from Burgerchief food truck, MAS KAOS Pizzeria + Taqueria and Raleigh Street Bakery. Call to Arms Brewing Co., 4526 Tennyson St. Noon-11 p.m.

715 Club anniversary party. Unlimited wine, well and draft drinks for $7.15 for two hours. 715 Club, 715 E. 26th Ave. 7:15 p.m.

MCA Dinner Society. Rooftop dinner with guest chef, Justin Cucci of Root Down, Linger and Ophelia’s Electric Soap Box, plus a gallery tour. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. $125.

Entertainment

Best bet: The Winehouse Experience. Herman’s Hideaway, 1578 S. Broadway. 7:30 p.m. $15-25. 

“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.

Colorado International Activism Film Festival. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 2-10 p.m. Free.

LoHi Music Festival featuring The New Mastersounds. Highland Tap 7 Burger, 2219 W. 32nd Ave. 1-10 p.m. $36-125.

Brad Paisley. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 7 p.m. $29.50-74.50.

UZ. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Kolars. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $5-12.

Nite Jewel. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $14-16.

45s Against 45 dance party. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5.

Afton Showcase. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. $12-15.

Killing Creation. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Roommates album release. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Wheelchair Sports Camp. Aztlan Theatre, 974 Santa Fe Drive. 9 p.m.

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

US Tygers album release. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Battle of the Bars (MC competition). The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. Free.

Midnight Madness: “Castle in the Sky.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Swingin’ Under the Stars with free swing dancing lessons and Bob’s Big Band at Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 7:30-10 p.m.

Sexpot Comedy presents Sara Schaefer. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $7.

Dave Chappelle. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 8 p.m. $59.50-99.50.

Scrimmage: Minor Disturbance vs Colorado Spring Youth Slam. Youth poetry teams who will represent Colorado at Brave New Voices youth poetry competition will test their material before competition. Guest performances from Ben Nguyen and Jon Shockness. Youth on Record, 1301 W. 10th Ave. 3:30-6:30 p.m. $10 (to be split between the teams).

Art

“You May Plow Here” talk and reception. Thordis Simonsen will discuss her photographs of Alabama Mule-Farming in the 1970s. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 2-4 p.m.

For families

Lavender Festival. Lavender products made by local growers and artisans, hayrides, barrel train rides, face painting, food and drink vendors, educational programs on lavender and related topics, farm tours and more. Chatfield Farms, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road,
Littleton. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission free for members, $5 for non-members.

Green Valley Ranch Movie Night: “Iron Man.” Free popcorn and other snacks. Town Center Park, 4890 Argonne Way. 8-11 p.m. (movie starts at dusk).

Family Adventure Day: Skulls, Skin, and Scat. Bluff Lake Nature Center, 3400 Havana Way. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free for families in GoWild neighborhoods (80022, 80640, 80010, 80216, 80205, 80207, 80239) and kids 3 and younger. Otherwise $5.

For your brain

Denver Design Week. A seven day celebration and showcase of the region’s best architecture, interiors, art, brands and technology. Multiple locations. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Ticket prices vary by event.

Shade with Khadijah Queen. Lighthouse Writers Workshop instructor Khadijah Queen will lead guided writing exercises exploring relationships with the color black, notions of race and the use of art as social activism. The workshop includes a visit to the “Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford” exhibit and writing prompts inspired by Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen” along the way. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 1-3 p.m. Free.

For a cause

Best bet: Girls Rock Denver Campus Showcase. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 2 p.m. $10 donation.

Puppies & Pancakes adoption event. 10 percent of proceeds will go to Lifeline Puppy Rescue. Black Shirt Brewing Co. will be handing out samples and merch. Snooze at Union Station, 1700 Wynkoop St. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Dog Days of Summer. Dinner, drinks and dancing to support PawCo. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 7-11 p.m. $60-75.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at New York Mets, 5:10 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Slow Food Nations“A festival to taste and explore a world of good, clean and fair food for all,” with free and ticketed events. 8:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Cost varies.

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

Entertainment

Best bet: Lucha Libre & Laughs featuring  Cody Devine, Delta Junior, the Miracle That Is Tony Gonzales, Nanny AC, Unholy Trinity, The Insatiable Johnny Crash and more, and commentary by Mitch Jones and Ian Douglas Terry. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 7-9 p.m.

Best bet: Amos Lee with the Colorado Symphony. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $49.95-64.50.

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

Mutoid Man. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8:30 p.m. $17-20.

Sidewalk Chalk. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-12.

The Peterson Brothers. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $10.

Beach Fossils. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $16-18.

Garbage meet-and-greet at Twist and Shout, 2508 E. Colfax Ave. Noon-2 p.m. 

Shakesbeer presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dram. Shakespeare, but with drinking actors. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St.  7:30 p.m. 

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 brain

Denver Design Week. A seven day celebration and showcase of the region’s best architecture, interiors, art, brands and technology. Multiple locations. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary by event.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at New York Mets, 11:10 a.m.

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.