Things to do in Denver this weekend, Nov. 16-19

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!

Javon the Unique paints a wall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Javon the Unique paints a wall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Javon the Unique paints a wall. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

There are a million ways to entertain yourself in Denver this weekend. Not literally, but you get the idea.

Thursday

Food & drink

Beer & Bites. New brews paired with Chef Jeffrey’s small plates. The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, 925 W. Eighth Ave. 5-8 p.m. $20-25.

If You Give a Yeti a Cookie beer and cookie pairing with Good Sugar Baking at Great Divide Barrel Bar, 1812 35th St. 6-8 p.m. $12.

Injoi Pop-Up at The Source, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 5 p.m. until sell-out.

Entertainment

Best bet: Action BronsonOgden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $37.50-42.50.

Best bet: LizzoGothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $20-22.

Best bet: Three Things, Any Three ThingsSituationist Fashion, Chiptune Duets & a Glossary of Graffiti. Three things smashed together, no connections made. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 7-8:30 p.m. $10-40.

Best bet: “RENT” 20th anniversary tour (in town for one week only). Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“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.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. $30.

“The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $20-30.

“Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat.”  “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 9:30 p.m. $15-18.

Echo: Response in Movement. Garrett Ammon as he responds to Still & Art through movement and choreographs a short duet in response to the art on view. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free, registration required.

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

LA Witch. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10.75-13.75.

Ponder the Albatross. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Pickin’ on Nirvana. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Cindy Wilson (of the B-52s). Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $20-40.

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

Eddie Palmieri Sextet: 80th Birthday Celebration. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 8:30 p.m. $25-50.

Dana Landry Trio plays Ahmad Jamal. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7-10:30 p.m. $7.

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

Nighttime Tonight live late night show. The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 9-10:30 p.m.

Warren Miller’s “Line of Descent.” Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 8 p.m. $26.50.

“Jane.” A film about Jane Goodall based on 100 hours of never-before-seen footage in the National Geographic archives for more than 50 years. Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $9.50.

Art

Gallery Night kickoff of the Digital Art Showcase at Auraria Library’s Discovery Wall. Auraria Library, 1100 Lawrence St. 5-7 p.m. 

For families

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $10.

For a cause

The Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project presents Spinphony and Red Bull Media House “Streif.” Proceeds benefit The Youth OutReach Project. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $40.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Washington Capitals, 7 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Cerebral 2nd Anniversary Party. Remote Island can release, Gamma Knife can release and  Adobo Food Truck out front starting at noon. Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St.

Dry-hopped cranberry sour release. Factotum Brewhouse, 845 Lipan St. 3-10 p.m. 

Nobody’s Darlin’ blended barrel-aged whiskey ale release. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 5 p.m.-midnight.

Entertainment

Best bet: “RENT” 20th anniversary tour (in town for one week only). Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“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.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30.

“The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $20-30.

“Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat.”  “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 9:30 p.m. $15-18.

“Death Goes on Strike.” The People’s Theatre of Denver and The Zoot Theatre Company present this dark comedy one-act opera about the Grim Reaper getting fed up with war and going on strike. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $15.

“O Beautiful.” Denver Philharmonic presents Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man,  Gershwin and Bennett’s “Porgy & Bess: A Symphonic Picture” and Boyer’s “Ellis Island; The Dream of America.” Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free-$25.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 3 p.m. $43-74.

Disco Biscuits. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m.

Super Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute). Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $26-30.

Kitchen Dwellers and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Slow Magic. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $18-20.

Flobots. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-20.

Too Many Humans album release. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Reverend Horton Heat (solo) and Dale Watson (solo). Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $35-50.

Everyone Orchestra. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Jyemo Club. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Sharon Needles album release. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $32-45.

Suicide Silence. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6:30 p.m. $22-24.

The Blasters. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25.

Matt Smiley Quartet: Homage To Mr. Mingus. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

Eddie Palmieri Sextet: 80th Birthday Celebration. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. $25-50.

3 Kings Comedy: Emily Heller. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $10.

Warren Miller’s “Line of Descent.” Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $26.50.

“Jane.” A film about Jane Goodall based on 100 hours of never-before-seen footage in the National Geographic archives for more than 50 years. Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. 1:45 p.m. $9.50.

RiNo Replay old-school hip-hop dance party with CRL CRRLL. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. Midnight. Free.

The Lituation dance party. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

Art

Anderman Photography Lecture: Alison Rossiter. Using expired photo papers from every decade of the 20th century, Rossiter creates abstract, camera-less photographs. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 7 p.m. $5-12.

Katie Caron: “Simulations” opening reception. Georgia Art Space, 900-1000 Mariposa St. 6-11 p.m. 

Joey Cocciardi: “1-800 Flowers” opening reception. Gildar Gallery, 82 S. Broadway. 6-9 p.m.

For families

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. $10.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans, 8:30 p.m. 

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Thanksgiving Pie and Beer Pairing with The Long I Pie Shop. Four pies with four beers. Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20-25.

Cerebral 2nd Anniversary Party. Here Be Monsters bottle release, Copia Confectionery in-house giving away and selling chocolate, The Farmer in the Hive out front starting at noon, raffles and prizes and DJ Digg from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St.

Peach Milkshake IPA crowler release. Station 26 Brewing Co., 7045 E. 38th Ave. 1-11 p.m.

Bring The Greenback bottle release and local fishing gear expo. Baere Brewing Company, 320 Broadway, Suite E. 1-4 p.m.

Figgy Noir release with live music from Urban Earth Diebolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St. Noon-10 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Los Mocochetes. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Best bet: John Cleese. Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St. 7 p.m. Starting at $80.

Best bet: “RENT” 20th anniversary tour (in town for one week only). Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“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.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30.

“The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $20-30.

“Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat.”  “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 9:30 p.m. $15-18.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 3 p.m. $43-74.

Disco Biscuits. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m.

The Devil Makes Three. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $29.50-$35.

Kitchen Dwellers and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $15-18.

Dead Horses. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $5-15.

BAIO (of Vampire Weekend). Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 11 p.m. $5-15.

And The Kids. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-13.

Reverend Horton Heat (solo) and Dale Watson (solo). Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $35-50.

King Eddie album release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $8-12.

Trout Steak Revival album release. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-30.

Waterparks. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $16-18.

IAMTHESHOTGUN. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $10-12.

The Pharcyde. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $23-43.

Maemyth. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. Free.

Space Madness and Blanket Empire. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. Free.

It’s Just Bugs. Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Purnell Steen & Le Jazz Machine: “Stone Cole Porter.” Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9 p.m. $15-25.

Warren Miller’s “Line of Descent.” Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. $26.50.

“Jane.” A film about Jane Goodall based on 100 hours of never-before-seen footage in the National Geographic archives for more than 50 years. Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. 1:45 p.m. $9.50.

Art

Best bet: Ai Weiwei “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads”  tour. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 11 a.m.-noon. Free.

For families

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. $10.

For a cause

38th Street underpass mural painting. 225 volunteers needed. Two-hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Pray for Snow. Live music and giveaways. Proceeds benefit Protect Our Winters. 10 Barrel Brewing Co., 2620 Walnut St. 5-10 p.m. Free.

Day of Darks. Taste dark beer from more than 30 breweries. Proceeds support local health organizations Movember Foundation, Colorado Cancer Research Program and Drink for Pink doing good in the Mile High City. Wyknoop Brewing Co., 1634 18th St. Noon-4 p.m. $30-35.

Tunes for Barrett Funky Fall Fest featuring The Holy Fun N Chicks and Alpha King Knight. Proceeds benefit fight against Rett Syndrome. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 6 p.m. $20.

Mutts at the Museum. Puppies from Lifeline Puppy Rescue, 2018 Fire Rescue Dogs Calendars signed by firefighters, museum tours, food trucks and kids’ activities. Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Place. Noon-3 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Avalanche at Nashville Predators, 6 p.m. 

Sunday

Food & drink

Cerebral 2nd Anniversary Party. Egg-drop competition (pick up kits starting when doors open at noon, at 2 p.m.),  Moe’s Original BBQ Truck  out front starting at noon, raffles and prizes. Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St.

Brunch with Wes Watkins & Friends. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Chili Cookoff. Bring your best green, red, chicken or Texas chili. Berkeley Inn, 3834 Tennyson St. 1 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: “RENT” 20th anniversary tour (in town for one week only). Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“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.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. $30.

“The Body of An American.” Playwright Dan O’Brien and war photographer Paul Watson explore the ethical and personal consequences of Watson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 2 p.m. $20-30.

Tori Amos. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 7:30 p.m. $49.50-79.50.

The Devil Makes Three. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $29.50-$35.

Hayes Carll. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $25-27.

Molotov Cocktail. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $35-45.

Funk You. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $10-12.

#kickflipdelorean (Grigsby + Dealz Makes Beats). Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Reverend Horton Heat (solo) and Dale Watson (solo). Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $35-50.

Chad VanGaalen. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12-15.

AztroGrizz. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. $20-30.

Joyce Manor and Wavves. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $22-27.

Oceans Ate Alaska. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $13-15.

“Jane.” A film about Jane Goodall based on 100 hours of never-before-seen footage in the National Geographic archives for more than 50 years. Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. 1:45 p.m. $9.50.

Art

Best bet: “See You Later, North Building!”  Say goodbye to the DAM’s North Building before it undergoes renovations until 2021. Print your own commemorative poster with Ink Lounge, leave your mark in North in a Gio Ponti-inspired art space created by DAM Creative-in-Residence Detour, explore North Building history with image projections and leave a love note for your favorite artwork. Live dance and music performances throughout the day. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Foul-Mouthed Cross-Stitch Sundays. Get crafty and do some cross-stitching. All materials provided with purchase. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. Noon-10 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Boogie Down! Family dance party with hip-hop superstars The Reminders. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

For your brain

Keeping it Real: Part 1, “How to Begin.” Dr. Gregory Diggs, critical race theorist and facilitator, will lead a session on having uncomfortable conversations about race in America. Stapleton MCA, 7350 E. 29th Ave., Suite 300. 3:30-4:30 p.m.

For a cause

38th Street underpass mural painting. 225 volunteers needed. Two-hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Whittier Trash Trot. 3K or 5K through Whittier to clean up streets and alleys. One free beer after. The Whittier Pub, 2000 E. 28th Ave. 1-4 p.m.

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Lakers, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche at Detroit Red Wings, 4 p.m.

Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 2:25 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

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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.