Things to do in Denver this weekend, March 2-4

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!

An RTD train downtown, Feb. 5, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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An RTD train downtown, Feb. 5, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Friday

Food & drink

Mango IPA Firkin Friday. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 6 p.m.-midnight.

Entertainment

Best bet: Open Music Sessions featuring Colfax Speed Queen, comedians Allison Rose and Geoff Tice, and a community spotlight Community Resource Center. Plus: free beverages and food from Sexy Pizza. Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath St. 7-9 p.m. Free.

Best bet: Lucha Libre and Laughs featuring Colt Cabana vs. “Yoga Monster” Mike Sydal, comic Ben Roy and more. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10-40.

Best bet: Banff Mountain Film Festival. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 7 p.m. $20.

Best bet: “Hamilton.” Yes, we know it’s sold out. But you can still try for some of the 40 $10 orchestra seats available for every performance in the daily lottery. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. 

Colorado Dragon Film Festival Opening Night Reception. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 4:30 p.m. $10.

“The Great Leap.” When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Book Handlers.” The Book Handlers are here to make your books look worn-in and well-read in this satire based on a short story by Brian O’Nolan. Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

“Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place. 7:30 p.m. $18-23.

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by pianist Olga Kern and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $25-99.

Smilin’ Isles. Denver Philharmonic presents Felix Mendelssohn and Shaun Davey. Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free-$25.

PVRIS. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $25-27.

Dorothy. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $17.50-20.

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

Jonathan Scales Fourchestra. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-14.

Mr. Carmack (late show). Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 11:30 p.m. $25-30.

Head for the Hills. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8:30 p.m. $15-20.

Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $22-25.

Mr. Pickles. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $24-26.

Icon For Hire. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $15-18.

Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $13-27.

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

Audiophile Undercover. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

The Brian Horton Quartet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

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

Brian Posehn. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $29.

Midnight Madness: “The Neverending Story.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

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.

“Locus Point” opening hosted by the MCA’s Teen Failure Lab. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 6 p.m. Free for teens and members. $5 for non-members.

For families

Zuni Street Petting Zoo. Baby horses, donkeys, alpaca and goats Zuni Street Brewing Company, 2355 W. 29th Ave. 4-6 p.m. Free.

Coffee Talk Storytime. Half-off café beverages starting at 10:30 a.m. and a story for kids starting at 11 a.m. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

For your brain

Kevin Wolf and Emily Littlejohn will discuss and sign their novels “Brokeheart” and “A Season to Lie.” Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Ave. 7-9 p.m.

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies, 6 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Populator Barleywine tapping and bottle release. Diebolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St. Noon-10 p.m.

Orange Papaya Milkshake IPA crowler release. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 1-11 p.m.

Ceribruin bottle release and tapping. Baere Brewing Company, 320 Broadway. Noon-11 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Colorado Dragon Film FestivalAlamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 11 am.-1:30 a.m. $12.50 per film.

Best bet: Banff Mountain Film Festival. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 7 p.m. $20.

Best bet: “Hamilton.” Yes, we know it’s sold out. But you can still try for some of the 40 $10 orchestra seats available for every performance in the daily lottery. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

“The Great Leap.” When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Book Handlers.” The Book Handlers are here to make your books look worn-in and well-read in this satire based on a short story by Brian O’Nolan. Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

“Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place. 7 p.m. $18-23.

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by pianist Olga Kern and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $25-99.

Mat Kearney. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. $29.75-50.

SoDown. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $20-25.

Skinny Lister. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $17-20.

Betty Who. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Robert Stevenson (of Silent Film). Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9:30 p.m. $15-18.

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

Gabrielle Aplin. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $18-20.

Casey James Prestwood and Zephaniah OHora. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Monophonics. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Alexander East. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $7-10.

Bernice Lewis and Teresa Storch. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $14.

KGNU + Lion’s Lair Quarterly Showcase featuring Fasor Records. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $5-8.

Amoramora and The Workshy. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $10-23.

Denver Banach Quintet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

Brian Posehn. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 9:45 p.m. $29.

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. 7-10 p.m. $5.

Phantom Circus. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $12-50.

Midnight Madness: “The Neverending Story.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Art

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

For families

The Mutiny Family Monthly Story Hour. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 11 a.m. 

3D Paper Sculptures. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

For your brain

Kim Tomsic Book Launch Party -“The 11:11 Wish.” BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 1:30 p.m.

For a cause

Zach’s Chili Challenge. Chili, beer and spirits competition to benefit The Morgan Adams Foundation’s kid cancer research. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6-9 p.m. $50.

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Cleveland Cavaliers, 5:30 p.m.

Colorado Mammoth vs. Buffalo Bandits, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Jazz Dinner with The Matt Skellenger Trio. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 6 p.m. No cover.

Entertainment

Best bet: Ty Dolla $ignCervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $32-35.

Best bet: Colorado Dragon Film FestivalAlamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $12.50 per film.

Best bet: Banff Mountain Film Festival. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 7 p.m. $20.

Best bet: “Hamilton.” Yes, we know it’s sold out. But you can still try for some of the 40 $10 orchestra seats available for every performance in the daily lottery. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

“The Great Leap.” When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. $30.

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Book Handlers.” The Book Handlers are here to make your books look worn-in and well-read in this satire based on a short story by Brian O’Nolan. Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

“Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place. 2 p.m. $18-23.

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by pianist Olga Kern and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $25-99.

The Social Animals. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $10-12.

The Rainbow Treatment. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Ben Miller Band. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9:30 p.m. $12-15.

I Set My Friends On Fire. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $13-15.

For families

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

For a cause

March Forth For Puerto Rico Benefit. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 5 p.m. $25.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames, 7:30 p.m.


Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Here’s a link to Meetups near Denver. Or you might try MileHighOnTheCheap.com‘s calendar.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean is the assistant editor and culture reporter for Denverite. 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 bourbon straight and dreams of someday holding the title of Nightlife Mayor. Find her at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.