Things to do in Denver this weekend, July 6-9

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!

Jazz at City Park, June 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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It’s going to be pretty quiet ’round these parts this weekend. But if you’re finally feeling recharged from last weekend, don’t worry, there’s still plenty to keep you busy.

Thursday

Food & drink

Elevation & BSB collaboration firkin tapping: Dyadic Rational, an English style, extra special bitter ale. Live music from Elk Tongue. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 6-9 p.m. 

Don’t just get pizza. Get exactly the pizza you want. Here’s our guide, helpfully titled “What is pizza? Where is pizza?”

Entertainment

Queen + Adam Lambert. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 8 p.m. $49.50-$175.

Pink Martini with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7:30 p.m. $44.95-59.50.

The Knock. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $7-10.

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

Maggie Koerner. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Thou. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $12-15.

The Haunted Windchimes. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

CloZee. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Duke Robillard. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $20.

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

Adam Bodine Wildcard Sessions. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. 

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

Andrew Santino. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 8 p.m. $16.

Flicks for Chicks: “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” 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.

For families

Narwhal & Jelly Celebration. Crafts and activities celebrating the Narwhal and Jelly from Ben Clanton’s graphic novel series. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-3 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:10 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Date night idea: Visit an ice cream and cocktail speakeasy. Frozen Matter, 530 E. 19th Ave. Check out our visit.

Take a summer sour beer tour through RiNo and Five Points.

Entertainment

Best bet: Lucha Libre & Laughs with The Left Coast Guerrillas vs Zach Gowen and Greg Iron: The Handicapped Heroes, and comics Phil Palisoul, Geoff Tice and Andres Becerril. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

Best bet: Denver Nickel + Dime Animation Extravaganza featuring 30 animated shorts from around the world. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SafeHouse Denver. A portion of the proceeds will go to SafeHouse Denver. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $7-11.

Best bet: Colorado Black Arts Festival. 1700 City park Esplanade. Noon-8 p.m. Free.

Best bet: The Big WonderfulDrinks from more than 20 breweries, ciderys, distilleries and wineries. Live music: My Blue Sky (The Allman Brothers Band tribute), Pickin’ on Blind Melon and Pickin’ on Dad Rock. Food trucks:Rollin Smoke BBQ & Ethiopian Food Truck. Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora. 5-9 p.m. $5-55.

This Wild Life. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $15.75-18.

Rival Sons. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $24-27.

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

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

J.D. Wells and The Blood. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

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

Town Mountain. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Hootenanny All-Stars. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Pig. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $30-55.

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

Dangermuffin. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $14.

First Friday with Nocturnal. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. Free.

Andrew Santino. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $24.

Feral First Friday Film Event: “The Accord.” Outdoor screening of a film about the turbulent relationship between an Icelandic surfer and the North Atlantic wind. Bring a chair or blanket, food and drink. Feral Mountain Co., 4320 Tennyson St. 8-10 p.m. Free.

Midnight Madness: “Stop Making Sense.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Dive-In Movie: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” 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.

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 First tour of Historic Elitch Theatre, 4655 W. 37th Ave., from 6-7:30 p.m. or 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Ryan McGinley artist talk. McGinley will talk with curator Nora Burnett Abrams about his exhibition at the MCA, “The Kids Were Alright,” and its accompanying catalogue. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6-7:30 p.m.

Free evening at the Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 5-8 p.m.

For families

Open studio. Good for ages 2-12. Dress for mess. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-4 p.m.

All ages bilingual storytime. Athmar Park Branch Library, 1055 S. Tejon St. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago White Sox, 6:40 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

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

Bruz 1 Year Anniversary Celebration with a car show, live music from Rob Drabkin and Denver Meatpacking Company, yard games, giveaways and special tappings, including Colorado Blond, their first beer crafted entirely from Colorado ingredients. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., Suite 100. Noon-10 p.m. 

Baere Third Anniversary Extravaganza with beer ice cream from Sweet Action Ice Cream, live T-shirt printing by INDYINK and special beer tappings. Baere Brewing Co., 320 Broadway, Suite E. Noon-11 p.m. 

Low Down Denver Crawfish Boil to benefit Renewing Smiles. Mile High Spirits, 2201 Lawrence St. Noon-6 p.m. $25-30.

Hazy IPA b.2 release. River North Brewery, 6021 Washington St., Unit A. Noon-9 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Colorado Black Arts Festival. 1700 City park Esplanade. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Best bet: The Big WonderfulLive music: Pickin’ on Sublime (40 oz to Freedom), Pickin’ on Tom Petty (Chain Station) and Pickin’ on Ween (Jim Sullivan). Night Bazaar with shopping and food trucks. Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora. 5-9 p.m. $5-55.

Best bet: Betty Davis Tribute Party. A listening party from Betty Davis’ debut album reissue, a cocktail demo from Black Shirt Brewing Co., a screening of “Feet From Stardom,” Kayla Rae & No Visible Flaws performing some of Betty Davis’s greatest hits, giveaways and a southern soul food-inspired menu. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 6 p.m. $8.

Outdoor Project’s Mile High Summer Shindig Block Party. Gear demos, giveaways, live music, games, food trucks and beer. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

GHOST. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. $35.

A-Mac & The Height. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-13.

Radio Moscow. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $15-18.

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

Birdtalker. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $12-14.

Charlie Parr. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-13.

OmegaMode. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $25-30.

Casey Russell & The Soul Shack & CBDB. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Citizen Dan (Steely Dan tribute) & Soul Sacrifice (Santana tribute). Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $15.

Dead Rabbitts. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $12-14.

Ford Theater Reunion. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 10 p.m. $5.

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

Andrew Santino. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $24.

Midnight Madness: “Stop Making Sense.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

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

Art

Smalltalk Series: Altoids Box Dioramas. Make a miniature diorama inside and Altoids box. Ages 16 and up. Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, 1880 N. Gaylord St. 1-2 p.m. $10-15.

For families

Free summer family day with face painting, art making, story time and tours at the Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Toddler Prom. Get dressed up for crafts, music, fun, and dancing. For ages 5 and younger. Ross-University Hills Branch Library, 4310 E. Amherst Ave. 11 a.m.-noon.

For a cause

Walk, Run & Wag 5K. Benefits International Hearing Dogs Inc. Dogs welcome. Ends with yoga. Sloan Lake, 1700 N. Sheridan Blvd. 7 a.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Make your own adventure: These are the seven biggest beer selections in Denver.

Or pop by Skyline Beer Garden. It’s family friendly and opens at 11 a.m. Skyline Park runs along Arapahoe Street from 15th Street to 18th Street.

Entertainment

Best bet: Colorado Black Arts Festival. 1700 City park Esplanade. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Best bet: The Big WonderfulLive music: Wake Up and Live (Bob Marley tribute), Pistols & Petticoats Pickin’ on Madonna and Wish You Were Pink (Pink Floyd tribute). Day Bazaar with shopping and food trucks. Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora. 5-9 p.m. $5-55.

The Avett Brothers. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7:30 p.m.  $49.95-59.95.

Road to Velorama. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 3 p.m. $5.

GhostRADIO. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $8-10.

Drew Fish Band. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Fast Eddy. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $10.

Otherwise. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.67-15.

Denver Brass presents “A Brass Quest.” Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, 2234 E. Iliff Ave. 7:30-9 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. 

“Marvin Booker Was Murdered” screening with a Q&A with Darold Killmer and Mari Newman (Booker’s attorneys), Susan Green, editor of the Colorado Independent, and Wade Gardner, director of the film. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 6 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 Buckner Funken Jazz. City Park Pavilion. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Breakdance with the Bboy Factory. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-3 p.m.

For a cause

The AARP Foundation needs volunteers to help pack half a million meals for struggling seniors from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at  University of Denver Magness Arena, 2240 E. Buchtell Blvd.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago White Sox, 1:10 p.m.

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.