Things to do in Denver this weekend, July 27-30

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!

The Hornet Restaurant is stoked for the 2017 UMS. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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The Hornet Restaurant is stoked for the 2017 UMS. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Thursday

Food & drink

Beer and cheese with Great Divide Brewing Co. Denver Bicycle Café, 1308 E. 17th Ave. 7-9 p.m. $25.

Entertainment

Best bet: UMSMore than 300 (mostly local) bands in more than a dozen venues on South Broadway. (Read our oral history of the 16-year-old fest here.) 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $35 single-day ticket. $55 four-day pass.

Best bet: Test Kitchen: The Concert with special guest A&R Andrew Barber and FakeShoreDrive.com, Francois Baptiste and Mic Coats. (Read our coverage of Test Kitchen here.) 7:30 p.m. $15-35.

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

AFI and Circa Survive. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $37.50.

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

Dog Party. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Grateful Dead Summer Dance Party. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

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

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

Theatre on the Green: “The Jungle Book.” Founders Green, 2900 Roslyn St. 7 p.m. 

Flicks for Chicks: “Spice World.” 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 Drunken Bee. Test your spelling skills with a drink in hand at The Rosedale, 1135 E. Evans Ave. 7 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Denver Summer Brew Fest. Sample beer from more than 40 breweries with a commemorative tasting glass and enjoy live music. Mile High Station, 2027 W. Colfax Ave. 7-10 p.m. $35-45.

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

Entertainment

Best bet: UMSMore than 300 (mostly local) bands in more than a dozen venues on South Broadway. (Read our oral history of the 16-year-old fest here.) 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $35 single-day ticket. $$55 four-day pass.

Best bet: Untitled: Summer CampCAR-aoke, artist chat with Walt Pourier and The Stronghold Society, camp crafts, space camp and more. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 6-10 p.m. Free-$18.

Best bet: B-Side Music: Kitty Crimes and Jay TriiipleMuseum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 5-10 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.

“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. 

HARD Red Rocks. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6 p.m. $49.75-55.

Malai Llama. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-13.

Public Display of Aggression. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 6:30 p.m. $10-13.

Travellers Music. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-14.

Tula album release. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

Brian McGarvey Band. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8:30 p.m. $20.

If I Fail. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Tha Lituation dance party. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 10:30 p.m. $5.

Eddie Ifft (comedian). Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Theatre on the Green: “The Jungle Book.” Founders Green, 2900 Roslyn St. 7 p.m. 

Midnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $8.

For families

Best bet: Fairmount Cemetery annual Colorado Day concert featuring Rascal Martinez. BYO chairs, blankets and picnic. Food trucks on site. Fairmount Funeral Home & Cemetery, 430 S. Quebec St. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Outdoor Summer Film Series: “E.T.” 35th anniversary. 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.

Dive-In Movie: “Sing.” 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.

Sticky Fingers Cooking: Brunch at the Library. Students will prepare and eat Black Forest Pancakes with a Cherry Glaze. Ideal for grades 1-12. Space limited to 20 kids. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 11 a.m.-noon.

For a cause

Roaring ’20s White Lawn Party. Wear you best whites. Croquet, badminton, corn hole, life size dominoes, life size dice, costume contest and Charleston contest. Portion of the proceeds donated to Easter Seals. Grant Humphrey’s Mansion, 770 Pennsylvania St. 6-10 p.m. $50-125.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals, 5:05 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Ice Cream Shandy Social. Brewmasters crafted five new shandies with five Rocky Mountain Soda flavors, and the chefs at Little Man have paired five ice cream flavors with them. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20.

Rebel 2 Year Anniversary. Sushi, karaoke and Harajuku girls. Rebel Restaurant, 3763 Wynkoop St. 6-11 p.m.

Denver Summer Brew Fest. Sample beer from more than 40 breweries with a commemorative tasting glass and enjoy live music. Mile High Station, 2027 W. Colfax Ave. 7-10 p.m. $35-45.

Summer People session IPA tapping. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 1-11 p.m.

Brunch with Anthony Russo Band. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m. No cover.

Entertainment

Best bet: UMSMore than 300 (mostly local) bands in more than a dozen venues on South Broadway. (Read our oral history of the 16-year-old fest here.) 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $35 single-day ticket. $$55 four-day pass.

Best bet: Movie at the Symphony: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $44-104.

“Annie” presented by the Phamaly, a theater company that casts only actors with disabilities. Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 1 p.m. and 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. 

Tedeschi Trucks Band. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $42.75-55.

AJ. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $10.

The Sword. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $24.50.

Possessed by Paul James. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $13-15.

Spiral Cell. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Firedancer (Dave Matthews tribute). Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $10-14.

Mushroomhead. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $5-35.

Zac Brown Band After Show feat. Blue Water Highway Band. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. Free.

Hush: UMS. No wristband required. Featuring: Yung Jayski, Maalik D’wan York, Gabriel Ramirez and BROTH3R. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

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

SNAP! ’90s Dance Party. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m.-midnight. $12-17.

Midnight Madness: “Rock Horror Picture Show.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Theatre on the Green: “The Jungle Book.” Founders Green, 2900 Roslyn St. 7 p.m. 

Art

Cheesman Park Art Fest. 130 juried artists and craftsmen from 30 states to showcase their work at Cheesman Park, with food trucks and live music. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Annual Members Show closing reception.  23 works by 21 photographers from across the country. Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock St.

For families

Best bet: Colorado Dragon Boat Festival17th annual celebration of the culture, contributions and accomplishments of Colorado’s Asian Pacific American communities. Sloan Lake. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Free Family Movie Night: “Finding Dory.” Concessions available. Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, 2240 Buchtel Blvd. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free.

For your brain

History Hounds: DeLaney Farm. Bring your dog for a History Colorado tour of the historic homestead, one-room schoolhouse, rare round barn and the High Line canal trail. DeLaney Farm,  170 S. Chambers Road, Aurora. 9-10:30 a.m. $17-35.

For a cause

Colorado Lives On The Line Rally in response to lawmakers’ renewed efforts this week to repeal and replace Obamacare. City Park East Meadow. 10 a.m.

RiNo 5K. Fast and flat course with free beer at the finish. Register in person at 10 Barrel Brewing Company from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday from 11am to 6pm or on race day. Proceeds support the Denver Rescue Mission. 2800 Larimer St. 9 a.m. $45.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals, 5:05 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at San Jose Earthquakes, 6 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Brunch with Anthony Russo Band. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m. No cover.

Entertainment

Best bet: UMSMore than 300 (mostly local) bands in more than a dozen venues on South Broadway. (Read our oral history of the 16-year-old fest here.) Noon-midnight. $35 single-day ticket. $$55 four-day pass.

Best bet: Movie at the Symphony: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $44-104.

“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.

Chevelle. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 7:30 p.m. $29.50-49.50.

Tedeschi Trucks Band. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 5:30 p.m. $42.75-55.

Easy Lovin’. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Warbly Jets. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Road to Velorama. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 4 p.m. $5.

Textures: Harsh Noise. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 7-10 p.m. $5-10 donation.

“Taking Root” screening. Film tells the story of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Mercury Café, 2199 California St. 2-4 p.m. $5 donation.

“Rick and Morty” premiere party. Dress as your favorite character, enjoy Rick and Morty-themed activities and watch the season 3 premiere. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. 11 p.m.-2 a.m. 

Art

Cheesman Park Art Fest. 130 juried artists and craftsmen from 30 states to showcase their work at Cheesman Park, with food trucks and live music. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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: Colorado Dragon Boat Festival17th annual celebration of the culture, contributions and accomplishments of Colorado’s Asian Pacific American communities. Sloan Lake. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Denver Municipal Band. Conservatory Green, 4900 Valentia St. 6-7:30 p.m. Free.

For a cause

Dog Days of Summer. Doggie fashion show, stupid pet trick contest and double feature of “All Dogs Go to Heaven” and “Best in Show.” PawsCo, a volunteer animal nonprofit, will have adoptable dogs. All proceeds from the sale of “pup cups” t will be donated to PawsCo. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 4 p.m.-midnight. To sign your dog up for the doggie fashion show and/or stupid pet trick contest, email basha@littlemanicecream.com.

Pints & Puppies. Drink specials, doggie gift bags, professional photos. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., #100. 1-4 p.m. $15-20.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals, 11:35 a.m.


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