Things to do in Denver this weekend, June 22-25

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!

Kevin Allan, Mindy Stinchfield and Pearl watch on above the South Platte Riverfest at Confluence Park. June 25, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Paddle boarding, dancing, running and so many tacos.

Thursday

Food & drink

Best bet: Top Taco. Unlimited taco tastes and signature tequila cocktails from Denver restaurants, plus live music. River North Festival Grounds, 3715 Chestnut Place. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $74-131.50.

Entertainment

Best bet: Three Things, Any Three Things: Coffee, Beer, and Ice Cream. Three experiences smashed together, no connections made. This week featuring Alexis Madrigal, Nicky Beer and Sweet Action.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 7 p.m. $5-15.

Best bet: “DragOn.”  Pride meets Comic Con in this show in which a young drag queen faces a series of comic book-inspired foes. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $30.

Poptone. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $27.50-30.

The Copper Children. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8:30 p.m. $10-12.

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

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-25.

Cory Branan and Jon Snodgrass. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-13.

Tangled & Dark – A Tribute To Bonnie Raitt. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Seasons After and Bridge to Grace. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $5.50-25.

Annie & The Bang Band. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $6.

Bluegrass Thursday featuring Wood Belly. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., Unit 150. 7-9:30 p.m.

Flicks for Chicks: “Mean Girls.” 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.

Doggie Cosplay & Countdown to the Con Party with games, prizes and more. Watering Bowl, 5411 Leetsdale Drive. 6-10 p.m.

Art

Opening Reception for “Buzz, Melt, Create.” Local artists will demonstrate how beeswax can be combined with printmaking, photography and even sculptures. Art Gym, 1460 Leyden St. 5-8 p.m.

For families

MoJaBlu Concert Series: Davina & Vagabonds. Conservatory Green, 49th Place and Valentia Street. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:10 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Bottle release: New Boot Goofin’ Golden Sour on Cherries. Our Mutual Friend Brewery, 2810 Larimer St. 2 p.m.-close.

Entertainment

Best bet: B-Side Music: Wesley Watkins & Particle ParadeMuseum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 5-10 p.m. Free for members, $5 for non-members.

Best bet: Lipgloss 16th Anniversary with Andrew W.K. (DJ set). Bar Standard, 1037 Broadway. 9 p.m. $15.

Best bet: “DragOn.”  Pride meets Comic Con in this show in which a young drag queen faces a series of comic book-inspired foes. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $30.

“The Rocky Horror Show.” Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

Streetlight Manifesto. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $26.50-30.

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

Helles Belles. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $15-24.

Day Wave. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $13-15.

CFM and The Cairo Gang. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $12-14.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Trve Brewing’s Fifth Anniversary Bacchanal Night 1. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $20.

The Funky Knuckles and PHO. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 89 p.m. $13-1.

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

Cisco’s Kid’s (a tribute to WAR). Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $14.

H2O. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $16-18.

The Steve Kovalcheck Band. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $10.

UMS Presents: Dandu EP release party. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $7.

Roy Wood Jr. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $25.

ROLL: Space Race. Skate party at Tracks, 1399 35th St. 9 p.m. $5.

Mightnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

Best bet: Art Hack walking tour. See Denver’s public art and learn about its history, the controversy and behind-the-scenes stories. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 3-5 p.m. $19.

“Pretty Powerful” opening reception. A group exhibition featuring work by Abigail Lucien, Amber Cobb, Anne Noggle, Jenny Sharaf, Margaret Neumann and Sarah Bowling. Rule Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m. 

“Human Nature” opening reception. Abstractions of nature from seven artists. Walker Fine Art Gallery, 30 W. 11th Ave., Unit A. 5-9 p.m.

For families

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

For your brain

Strange & Crafty Wicked Wander. A walking tour through five neighborhoods that starts and ends at Strange Craft Brewing Co., 1330 Zuni St., Unit M. 6-9:30 p.m. $20.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Denver Taco FestivalLive music, lucha libre, chihuahua racing, a live game show, a tequila expo and, of course, tacos. 725 w. 39th Ave. Noon-9 p.m. $12-60.

Renegade’s 6th Anniversary Block Party. Unlimited beer, food trucks and live music. Noon-5 p.m.

Beer, Bacon & Bluegrass. Beer from Black Shirt, bacon from Tender Belly and bluegrass from Old Fuss and Feathers. Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 2-4 p.m.

Pineapple Saison small batch release. Made with 30 pounds of fresh pineapple. Factotum Brewhouse, 845 Lipan St. Noon-10 p.m.

Rickshaw IPA taproom release. Made with the dried skin of a coffee cherry for an earthy, tobacco leaf-like, dark cherry flavor. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Westword Music Showcase  with headliners Shakey Graves, plus dozens of local acts. Noon-10 p.m. $55-65.

“DragOn.”  Pride meets Comic Con in this show in which a young drag queen faces a series of comic book-inspired foes. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30.

“The Rocky Horror Show.” Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo St. 7:30 p.m. and midnight. $17-20.

Shakesbeer presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dram. Shakespeare, but with drinking actors. Thin Man Tavern, 2015 E. 17th Ave. 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

Klassick, ITsEvi, Koo Qua, Otis. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Quintron and Miss Pussycat. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $13-15.

Big Something (Red Rocks afterparty). Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9:30 p.m. $15.

Trve Brewing’s Fifth Anniversary Bacchanal Night 2. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $20.

Summer Solstice Party featuring Mystikal & Juvenile. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. Free for MMJ cardholders, $20 for everyone else.

New Orleans Suspects. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

One of the Hive (Incubus tribute). Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

A Lil Somethin Somethin 9. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

Roy Wood Jr. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $25.

Comedy Saved The Video Star 1 Year Anniversary Show. Comedians do standup, then play their favorite music video, which everyone discusses afterward. Night starts with a half hour of TRL (they’ll take your music video requests). Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. Comedians do standup, then play their favorite music video, which everyone discusses afterward. Night starts with a half hour of TRL (they’ll take your music video requests). 9:30 p.m. 

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

Festivus Maximus: A Teen Summer Party. Treats, rooftop music from Surf Mom and Desrude, a photobooth and a drag show hosted by Rainbow Alley. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 6-10 p.m.

Art

Tag Team Talks: “Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford.” Guided tours of works at the DAM and the Clyfford Still Museum. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 9-10 a.m. Free. Registration required.

Phil Bender: “The 1/2 Xmas Show.”  Christmas party for Bender’s pop art collection of offbeat grid and stacked pieces featuring hundreds of Santas. Ugly sweater contest, Christmas cookie baking, caroling and more. DATELINE, 3004 Larimer St. 6-11 p.m.

For families

Best bet: South Platte RiverFest. Paddle board demos, riverside recreational activities, a kids’ zone, live music, beer, food vendors, water sport vendors and more. Confluence Park and Little Raven Street. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Drag Queen Storytime. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

The Okee Dokee Brothers singing songs and signing their latest book and CD, “The Thousand Star Hotel.” Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 4-5 p.m.

For a cause

2017 Denver Undy Run/Walk to benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance. City Park. 8:15 a.m. $30-40.

Relay for Rescue. Teams spread out across participating bars to and complete challenges, relay-style. 2-6 p.m. $50.

Sports

Colorado Rapids at Atlanta United, 5 p.m.

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Denver Taco FestivalLive music, lucha libre, chihuahua racing, a live game show, a tequila expo and, of course, tacos. 725 w. 39th Ave. Noon-8 p.m. $12-60.

Entertainment

Best bet: Roy Wood Jr. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7 p.m. $17.

“DragOn.” Pride meets Comic Con in this show in which a young drag queen faces a series of comic book-inspired foes. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. $30.

Warped Tour. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 11 a.m. $40.

Freddie Gibbs. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $22-25.

(Sandy) Alex G. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Gift of Gab. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-18.

Queen Ifrica. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $25.

Dyrty Byrds. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $13.

“Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” screening. Portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 4 p.m. $6-11.

Art

Best bet: Phil Bender: “The 1/2 Xmas Show.”  Christmas party for Bender’s pop art collection of offbeat grid and stacked pieces featuring hundreds of Santas. Christmas cookie and white elephant gift exchange. DATELINE, 3004 Larimer St. 6-10 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: Unicorn FestivalRide a unicorn, splash with mermaids, watch wizards duel, hang out with creatures and princesses and more. Clement Park, 7306 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $5-15.

Denver Actors Fund presents “Annie.” Two screenings of “Annie” — including one sing-along — and a performance from the Phamaly Theatre Company. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 6:30 p.m. $10.

City Park Jazz featuring Dotsero. City Park Pavilion. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Highland Ramblers at Jefferson Park. 5-8 p.m. Free.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers, 2:10 p.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.