Things to do in Denver this weekend, July 20-23

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!

Axel Rondeau stands atop Red Rocks Ampitheatre. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Axel Rondeau stands atop Red Rocks Ampitheatre. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Yes, there are still a lot of things to do.

Thursday

Entertainment

Best bet: Film on the Rocks: “Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” with A Cock In A Frock On A Rock – A DJ & Drag Party. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $15.

Best bet: Cinema Q LGBTQ film festival. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 6:30-7:15 p.m. $10-99.

Best bet: Earth, Wind & Fire featuring Nile RodgersPepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 7 p.m. $39.50-$175.

Best bet: Levitt Pavilion grand opening with Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. Free.

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

The Emerging Filmmakers Project. Showcase of the best of Denver’s indie film scene. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m. $5.

Dita Von Teese’s “The Art of the Teese.” Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 7:30 p.m. $54-163.

The Cutthroat Drifters. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8:30 p.m. $5-10.

The Ghoulies. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

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

Roselit Bone album release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $8-12.

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

Letter 9 EP release. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $10-12.

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

Adam Bodine Wildcard Session featuring Tom Gershwin. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m.

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

James Davis. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 8 p.m. $14.

Flicks for Chicks: “Clueless.” 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.

The SPINS. Hear Vinyl Me, Please’s record of the month, “Betty Davis,” and enjoy drink specials and bring your own vinyl to spin. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 6-8:30 p.m.

Art

Mike Weber: “Deep Wild” reception. Visions West Contemporary, 2605 Walnut St. 5-8 p.m.

Opening reception: Kelton Osborn and Andrew Roberts-Gray. Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Drive. 6-8 p.m.

For families

MoJaBlu Concert Series: Pg6IX. Conservatory Green, 4900 Valentia St. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

Wild Wings: Raptors of the Rockies. Meet live raptors and learn about the raptors found in Colorado. Ages 5 and up. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-3 p.m.

Bingo Night. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 7-10 p.m. 

For your brain

Best bet: The People VersusBe part of the jury as “lawyers” prosecute and defebd public education, charity, masculinity, nuclear weapons and oatmeal raisin cookies. Plus: delicious cookies, Spanish/English interpretation and childcare (if requested). McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6-8 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

Science Lounge: Your Machine Inside. Solve engineering challenges with insight from living machines in the temporary exhibition Nature’s Amazing Machines. Cash bar. 21+. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15.

For a cause

Riverside Cemetery cleanup. Historic Riverside & Fairmount Cemeteries, 430 S. Quebec St. 6-8 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Robopsychologist Imperial IPA tapping. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 2 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Cinema Q LGBTQ film festival. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 6:30-9:45 p.m. $10-99.

Best bet: Fucking Fabulous Fiction Fest, featuring authors, an adult spelling bee, a literary costume contest, rock ‘n’ roll and drinking games. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

Best bet: Roll of ThronesEXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St. 9 p.m. $5.

“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 String Cheese Incident. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 pm. $49.95-55.

UB40. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. $25-75.

Neil Diamond. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 8 p.m. $39.50-150.

Global Dance Festival. Mile High Stadium, 1701 Bryant St. 3 p.m. $89-129.

Global Dance Festival afterparty. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 11 p.m. $5.

Bottle Rocket Science. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5.

Two Faces West EP release. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 7:30 p.m. $5-10.

Global Dance Festival afterparty. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 11:30 p.m. $25.75-30.75.

Velnias. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $8-10.

The Denver Home Grown Festival. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 7 p.m. $12-15.

Kap G. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15-40.

James Davis. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $22.

Midnight Madness: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

Tattoo/Art/Fashion Pop-Up Shop. 905 E. Colfax Ave. 1-11:30 p.m.

Opening reception: “This is Not a Duck” and “iworry.” Next Gallery, 6851 W, Colfax Ave., Unit B. 6-10 p.m.

Opening reception: Michaela Keyes exhibiting “A Language,” Deborah Bryon exhibiting “Black and White,” Sue Simon exhibiting “Cookies and Cosmos” and Susan Rubin exhibiting “Good Fortune.” Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Denver County Fair“The craziest county fair in America.” National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. Noon-9 p.m. $3-20.

Flick Friday: “The Wizard of Oz.” Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 8:30 p.m.

Movie on the Green: “Moana.” 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.

Secret Lives of Owls. Learn about owls that call Colorado home and owls that are part-time residents. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 11 a.m.-noon.

For your brain

Read Out Loud. Participants read something of their choice out loud. All attendees read, and all readers listen. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 5-7 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:40 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

The Budlong Hot Chicken Pop-Up. Visiting from Chicago for one day only. The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

Beer, Bacon & Bluegrass. Bacon from Tender Belly. Bluegrass from Timber and Tomahawk Fox. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 2-7:30 p.m. 

To the Wind Bistro beer dinner. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 5 p.m. $59.

Entertainment

Best bet: Cinema Q LGBTQ film festival, today featuring a free screening of “Moonlight.” Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 1:45-9:30 p.m. $10-99.

Best bet: Colorado Symphony Orchestra free season preview. Berlioz, Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Badelt, Puts, Wagner, Williams, Mozart, Khachaturian, Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tickets through July 22, in person at the Boettcher Concert Hall box office. All seating is general admission and a ticket does not guarantee a seat.

“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.

The String Cheese Incident. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 pm. $49.95-55.

Descendents. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. $28-48.

Dawes. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $30-35.

Tobin Sprout. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Global Dance Festival afterparty. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 11:30 p.m. $5.

Planes. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

The Coathangers. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $13-15.

The Lituation dance party. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

Sober Rob. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

EOTO. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 10 p.m. $30-35.

Dreamboat Annie playing the music of Heart. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

Holocene Hills. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

Grass. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 10 p.m. Free.

Instant Empire album release. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway.
9 p.m. $7.

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

James Davis. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $22.

Exit Music: “The Breakfast Club” and music from DJ Boyhollow of Lipgloss. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. Movie at 7 p.m., music at 9 p.m. $8.

Midnight Madness: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

“Revivescere” opening reception with live music. Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St.

For families

Best bet: Denver County Fair“The craziest county fair in America.” National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. $3-20.

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.

Dreaming Up. Inspired by the book “Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building,” experimenting with different shapes and building materials. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Dinos! Prehistoric Party. See the new life-size animatronic dinosaurs and enjoy craft stations, animal demonstrations, fruit carving and more. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 6:30-9 p.m. $12-17.

For a cause

Denver Bike Fundraiser Bash. Live music, food trucks, delicious beers, a kids zone and a bike ride before the party. Rock star costumes encouraged. Denver Bicycle Café, 1308 E. 17th Ave. 2-8 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Rapids at Toronto FC, 5 p.m.

Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:10 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

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

Entertainment

Best bet: Cinema Q LGBTQ film festival. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 1-6:30 p.m. $10-99.

“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. p.m. $49-75.

The String Cheese Incident. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 5 pm. $49.95-55.

Lifehouse & Switchfoot. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 7 p.m. $26.25-60.

Brendan James. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $12-15.

The Hollow Hearted. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

OmenXIII. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $10.

Road to Velorama. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 3 p.m. $5.

Spectral Voice. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $12.

Demun Jones. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $5-12.

The Stone Foxes. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 5 p.m. Free.

James Davis. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7 p.m. $14.

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: Denver County Fair“The craziest county fair in America.” National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. Noon-8 p.m. $3-20.

Old Fuss & Feathers. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 7-10 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:10 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.