Things to do in Denver this weekend, June 29-July 2

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!

John Conerly and Marcus Harris dressed as Tousen from the anime, Bleach. Denver Comic Con on June 19, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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John Conerly and Marcus Harris dressed as Tousen from the anime, Bleach. Denver Comic Con on June 19, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver comic con; convention center; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty
John Conerly and Marcus Harris dressed as Tousen from the anime Bleach. Denver Comic Con on June 19, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s a pre-holiday weekend, and if you’re not heading out of town, you’ll be rewarded. On the agenda: Comic Con, Series Fest, a handful of outdoor movies and the usual Denver weekend fare.

Thursday

Food & drink

Dale’s Pale Ale 16-oz. can launch party. In celebration of 15 years of the original craft beer in a can, Oscar Blues is launching new 16-oz. Dale’s Pale Ale Draft Cans to bars and restaurants and celebrating with music, beer, games and giveaways. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. 6-10 p.m. 

Laws Whiskey House’s 6th Anniversary Weekend. Book a tour and get a guaranteed taste from Law’s first-ever barrel, filled on July 4, 2011. 5-9 p.m. $10.

Beer and cheese with Alpine Dog. Denver Bicycle Café, 1308 E. 17th Ave. 7-10 p.m. $20-25.

Entertainment

Best bet: Colorado Symphony performs Holst’s “The Planets” and Mozart’s “Jupiter.” Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 8 p.m. $35-75.

Best bet: Series Fest, a festival dedicated to the “best and boldest in episodic storytelling.” Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 11 a.m.-11:45 p.m. $12-15 per event.

Three Things, Any Three Things: White House chefs, robots and something surreal. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 7 p.m. $10-15.

Knobby Thread Dirt Prom. Wear your best prom and bike attire for live music from Atomga, mini-fat-bike races, vendor giveaways, a prom photo booth and more. Denver REI, 1416 Platte St. 6-10 p.m. Free.

Styx and REO Speedwagon. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 7 p.m. $10.50-125.

Red Bull Sound Select: Pomo. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-15.

R.LUM.R. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $13-15.

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

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

The Builders and the Butchers. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12.

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

Aziz Gibson. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20.

Diversafest 2017. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7:30 p.m. $14.

Portrayal of Guilt. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

The Raritans. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 10 p.m. $5-6.

SPL. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Pross. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $10.

Bluegrass Thursday: Jonny Miller’s Songs and Stories featuring Monica LaBonte. Stem Ciders, 2811 Walnut St., Unit 150. 7-9:30 p.m.

Flicks for Chicks: “Sixteen Candles.” 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.

Art

Opening reception: “Alternative Facts.” Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive. 5-8 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Summer Wine Series with wine provided by The Grape Leaf. West Crescent, 29th Avenue and Roslyn Street. 6-8 p.m. $15-20.

Laws Whiskey House’s 6th Anniversary Weekend. Book a tour and get a guaranteed taste from Law’s first-ever barrel, filled on July 4, 2011. 2:30-8 p.m. $10.

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Comic Con.  Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $38.50.

Best bet: Series Fest, a festival dedicated to the “best and boldest in episodic storytelling.” Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 11 a.m.-11:45 p.m. $12-15 per event.

Best bet: Outdoor Summer Film Series: “La La Land” with live jazz from Terri Jo Jenkins. Historic Elitch Theatre, 4655 W. 37th Ave. 6 p.m. $5.

Best bet: The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses performed by the Colorado Symphony. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1345 Champa St. 7:30 p.m. $15-89.

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

Rise Against and Deftones. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 6 p.m. $20-59.50.

Conor Oberst. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $36-41.

Birch Street. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $12-14.

White Reaper and Ron Gallo. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $14-16.

Down Time EP release. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Male Blonding. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-7.

The Builders and the Butchers. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $12.

Visuality. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom and Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Badlands (Bruce Springsteen tribute). Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $12.

Club Cosplay Denver: Comic Con After Party. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $15-30.

Rotten Reputation CD release. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10.

B-Side Music: Anna Shoemaker & High Plains Honky. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 5-10 p.m. Free-$5.

Palehorse/Palerider. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

The Grisly Hand. Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Kyle Emerson album release. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

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

Midnight Madness: “Jurassic Park.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Dive-In Movies: “Jaws.” 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.

All-ages Comic Con afterparty. Indoors and outdoors. Live music from The Fabulous Boogienauts, The Inactivists and Faded Freakshow. Paramount Cafe, 519 16th St. 7-10 p.m. Free.

Art

Best bet: PW3 and “La Musidora.” The Perry Weissman 3 and dancers Laura Ann Samuelson and Joanna Rotkin will be reacting and improvising to the new “La Musidora” musical chairs exhibit outside the Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 7 p.m. Free.

“Indistinct Chatter.” Group exhibit reflecting on “the muted dialogue of a new generation.” Megafauna, 3102 Blake St. 6-10 p.m. 

Michael Paglia discussion. Westword’s art critic discusses current social issues and artist response. Sandra Phillips Gallery, 47 W. 11th Ave.

For your family

Best bet: Midsummer Night’s Dance. Summer songs, cookies, face painting and dancing. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 6-8 p.m.

Movie on the Green: “Big.” Concession stands will sell popcorn, candy, sodas and bottled water to benefit local nonprofits. Founder’s Green, 2900 Roslyn St. Sundown. Free.

Safari Sally: Building a Better World. Meet animals up-close and learn how they make the world a better place. Ideal for grades K-5. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:40 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Declare your Freedom FestA beer release, three hot dog eating contests, live music from Rob Wivchar and a comedy show. Declaration Brewing, 2030 S. Cherokee St. Noon-11 p.m. 

‘Que and Beer Pairing. Tivoli Brewing Co, 900 Auraria Parkway. 4-6 p.m. $25.

Laws Whiskey House’s 6th Anniversary Weekend. Book a tour and get a guaranteed taste from Law’s first-ever barrel, filled on July 4, 2011. 1-6 p.m. $10.

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Comic Con.  Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $49.50.

Best bet: Series Fest, a festival dedicated to the “best and boldest in episodic storytelling.” Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. $12-15 per event.

Best bet: Rubedo’s Independence Day IIIBluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-16.

Curious New Voices. In the culmination of a three-week playwriting intensive for writers ages 15-22, professional actors and directors will present the work of the students at Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 7 p.m. Free.

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

Umphrey’s McGee. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6:30 p.m. $42.50-45.

MisterWives. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $25.99.

SYCDVK. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Bandits vinyl release. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-12.

!!!. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $15.75-20.

Abrams. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Menagerie 2 Year Anniversary featuring Wabakinoset and more. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Arkitecture. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7:30 p.m. $12.

Anthony Ruptak album release. Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. 8 p.m. $10-15.

Sunnyside All-Star String Band. Historic Elitch Theatre, 4655 W. 37th Ave. 6:30 p.m. $15-20.

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

Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game. The audience and hosts take a drink each time a comic returns to a familiar tic or premise. Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7-9:30 p.m. $5.

Midnight Madness: “Jurassic Park.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

“Heathers” screening and discussion with Rosalind Wiseman, author of “Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $10.

All-ages Comic Con afterparty. Indoors and outdoors. DJ sets and record giveaways. Paramount Cafe, 519 16th St. 7-10 p.m. Free.

Art

Best bet: Cherry Creek Arts Festival255 juried artists, art demonstrations, pop-up performances, live music, food, drinks and more. Cherry Creek North Shopping District. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Penny admission for Colorado residents at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For your family

Jamming on the Jetty with the Dyrty Byrds. Live music with all-ages summer and lake activities by the boat house at Sloan Lake. 4-8 p.m. 

Sports

Best bet: Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo, with post-game fireworks. 7 p.m.

Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, 8:10 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Laws Whiskey House’s 6th Anniversary Weekend. Book a tour and get a guaranteed taste from Law’s first-ever barrel, filled on July 4, 2011. 2-5 p.m. $10.

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Comic Con.  Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $44.

Umphrey’s McGee. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6 p.m. $42.50-45.

Zeds Dead. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $50.75.

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

Beat Swap #4. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 2 p.m. $5.

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

Landlocked with Adam Cayton-Holland. Denver Bicycle Cafe, 1308 E. 17th Ave. 8-11 p.m. $5.

Art

Best bet: Cherry Creek Arts Festival255 juried artists, art demonstrations, pop-up performances, live music, food, drinks and more. Cherry Creek North Shopping District. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Performance by the Rebirth Brass Band. Enter at 2nd Avenue and Detroit Street. 8 p.m. $12-40.

For your family

Broncos Block Party featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. Lawn at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St. 6 p.m. $15.

For a cause

Impeachment March. Kicks off with speeches from Jeanette Vizguerra and Tay Anderson. March will circle the Capitol three times. Civic Center Park. 11 a.m.

Every Creature Counts Beer Bust. All-you-can-drink Coors Light or Summer Shandy. Proceeds benefit Every Creature Counts, a no kill shelter in Colorado. Denver Wrangler, 3090 Downing St. 4-8 p.m. $10.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks, 2:10 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.