Things to do in Denver this weekend, Oct. 12-15

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!

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It’s going to be another jam-packed weekend of music, theater, eating, drinking and other Fun Times™️ in Denver.

And if you’re looking for some seasonally specific fun or terror, hop over to our guide to all things fall and don’t miss the Friday the 13th roundup below.

Thursday

Colfax Week happy hour

We’re wrapping up our weeklong exploration of Colfax Avenue tonight at the Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. There’s going to be a first-come, first-served open bar and special guests Britta Erickson of the Denver Film Festival, Yoal Ghebremeskel of Street Fraternity, Walter Chaw of Alamo Drafthouse and Monica Martinez of The Fax Partnership. It’s happening from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $10, and you can get them online or at the door.

Food & drink

Beer and cheese pairing with The Truffle Cheese Shop. Copper Kettle Brewing Co., 1338 S. Valentia St., Suite 100. 7-8:30 p.m. $20.

Entertainment

“Appropriate.” In this play by Brandon Jacob-Jenkins, three siblings “collide over clutter, debt and a contentious family history” while cleaning out their family’s Arkansas plantation estate. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $30-36.

“Macbeth.” A re-imagining of the Shakespeare tragedy in the DCPA’s in-the-round theater. Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 6:30 p.m. $30-65.

“Girls Only.” Two-woman play “that celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being female.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $29-39.

Allison Krauss and David Gray. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7:30 p.m. $49.95-99.50.

Campfire Caravan. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

The Orcastrator. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-17.

The Hollow. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $5.

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

Kimi Most. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

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

Mom and Dad. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Battalion of Saints. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $5-15.

Robin Bacior. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $5.

False Peaks. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $6.

Citizen Dan (Steely Dan tribute). Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $12-23.

San Francisco String Trio: Sgt. Pepper anniversary tribute. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6 p.m. $10-30.

Natasha Leggero. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 8 p.m. $25.

The Good Stuff: A Dessert Platter of Comedy. The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 8-11 p.m.

“Will & Grace” watch party. Denver Wrangler, 3090 Downing St. 7:30 p.m.

Art

“Las (H)adas” opening reception. Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 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 1:00 p.m. $10.

For your brain

Ignite Denver. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $10.

Critical Conversations Lecture Series: Selah Saterstrom, author of “Slab” (2015), “The Meat and Spirit Plan” (2007) and “The Pink Institution” (2004). BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

For a cause

World of Dreams: DREAMer Benefit. All proceeds go directly to fund scholarships for DREAMer students. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Ave. West. 6-10 p.m. $10-500.

The Colorado for Puerto Rico & Mexico Benefit Concert featuring performances from Barrio E’, Los Hijos de Tuta, Roka Hueka and more. Plus: silent auction and food from Dos Abuelas Food Truck, Casa Alvarez Foods and more. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6-11 p.m.

Friday

Friday the 13th fun

Friday the 13th at Cheesman Park Haunted Cemetery Tour. Limited to 30 people, RSVP required. Meet at the pavilion. 6-8 p.m. $15.

Horror Trivia. Free beer from Zuni Street Brewing. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 8-10 p.m. 

Black Sheep Friday: Lucky 13. Charm making and tequila tasting. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 7-9 p.m. Free with $5 museum admission.

Mile High Movie Roast: “Pet Cemetery.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $13.

Midnight Madness: “Halloween.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight$9.50.

Halloween Mask Make with homemade cider ReCreative Denver, 765 Santa Fe Drive. 6:30-9 p.m. $12-15.

A Journey to the Uncanny Valley. Refreshments provided and costumes encouraged. Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, 1880 North Gaylord St. 6-7 p.m. $5-7.

Mom’s Haunted House Party featuring KingFriday. Your Mom’s House, 608 E. 13th Ave. 8:30 p.m. $5-10.

Food & drink

Cooking With What BookBar’s Got, with author Tod Davies, who will cook from a bag of mystery ingredients. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 7-8 p.m. 

Palisade Peach Wit small batch release. Factotum Brewhouse, 845 Lipan St. 3-10 p.m. 

Get It Right single-hop IPA release. Crooked Stave, 3350 Brighton Blvd. 6:30-10 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Netflix and Chill (For Reel. With Strangers!). Warm Cookies of the Revolution presents a showing of “Red Dawn” (1984) with popcorn, candy and drinks, and discussion with Army veteran Garett Reppenhagen, Indigenous People’s Power Project direct action expert Robert Chanate and Gorizont (Colorado’s Russian language newspaper) editor Leonid Reznikov. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6-9 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

Best bet: Zola JesusGlobe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $15-18.

Best bet: Mozart’s “Requiem.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-94.

“Appropriate.” In this play by Brandon Jacob-Jenkins, three siblings “collide over clutter, debt and a contentious family history” while cleaning out their family’s Arkansas plantation estate. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $30-36.

“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.

“Macbeth.” A re-imagining of the Shakespeare tragedy in the DCPA’s in-the-round theater. Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 7:30 p.m. $30-65.

“Girls Only.” Two-woman play “that celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being female.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $29-39.

Tech N9ne. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6 p.m. $37.50-40.

Zach Heckendorf. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Kayzo. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $20-35.

Together PANGEA. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $13-16.

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

Fredrick the Younger. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $5-12.

Ivory Circle video release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

SoDown. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8:30 p.m. $15-20.

Joey Porter’s Vital Organ and PHO. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

6 Million Dollar Band. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8:30 p.m. $14-24.

Cowboy Mouth. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $5-40.

Soulfly. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $20-25.

Younger Than Neil. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

Paul Kelly. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $22.

Sexpot Comedy presents Ben Kronberg & Friends. Squire Lounge, 1800 E. Colfax Ave. 8-10 p.m. Free.

Natasha Leggero. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $30.

The Dumbest Sh!t I Ever Saw and Mini Denver Nickel + Dime Animation Extravaganza. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 8 p.m.

Starship Deviant! A Sci Fi Dance Party. Tracks, 1399 35th St. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5.

Art

Best bet: Conversación Contacto: Meet Las AdasThe artists of “Las (H)adas” will be in house to share the stories behind their dedicated art practice. Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive. 6-8 p.m. 

“Unintended Consequences” reception. Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive. 5-8 p.m.

“Dream State” reception. Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive. 5-9 p.m.

“After Thought” reception. Solo exhibition of work by William Stockman. Gildar Gallery, 82 S. Broadway.

For families

Best bet: Dinos! After DarkFire performances, a glow show, an otter keeper talk, meet the owls, pumpkin carving and more. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $10-15.

“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

Colorado Avalanche vs. Anaheim Ducks, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Fresh Hop Festival. More than 30 different breweries. No tickets this year, beers sold by the glass. Fifty cents of each goes to the Colorado Brewers Guild. Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St. 1-4 p.m.

The World of Belgian Beers workshop. Taste more than a dozen Belgian beer styles and learn the history and characteristics of each. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $25.

Entertainment

Best bet: KhemmisHi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Best bet: Mozart’s “Requiem.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-94.

“Appropriate.” In this play by Brandon Jacob-Jenkins, three siblings “collide over clutter, debt and a contentious family history” while cleaning out their family’s Arkansas plantation estate. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $30-36.

“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.

“Macbeth.” A re-imagining of the Shakespeare tragedy in the DCPA’s in-the-round theater. Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-65.

“Girls Only.” Two-woman play “that celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being female.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $29-39.

Imagine Dragons. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 7:30 p.m. $29.50-150.

M. Ward. (Moved from the Gothic. All Gothic tickets honored.) Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $22-25.

Pinegrove. (Moved from Bluebird Theater. All Bluebird tickets honored.) Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $16-19.

Cattle Decapitation. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8:30 p.m. $23.75-25.

Jonwayne. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $13-15.

The Bronx. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8:30 p.m. $22-27.

Grant Farm and the Winter WonderGrass All Stars. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 7 p.m. $10-15.

Snow Tha Product. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Poppa Chubby. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $20.

Knuckle Puck. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $17-20.

Thatcher. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8.

The Gabriel Mervine Quintet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $10.

The Matt Skellenger Band. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $15.

Paa Kow CD release. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9 p.m. $10-20.

Natasha Leggero. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $30.

Midnight Madness: “Halloween.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight$9.50.

Art

“High Plains Drifting” featuring work by Cody Kuehl. Megafauna, 3102 Blake St. 6-10 p.m. 

For families

Best bet: St. Dominic’s Oktoberfest. Live music, kids’ activities, a silent auction, local craft beer and food and more. St. Dominic Parish, 2905 Federal Blvd. 2-9 p.m. Free.

Best bet: Dinos! After DarkFire performances, a glow show, an otter keeper talk, meet the owls, pumpkin carving and more. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $10-15.

Porlolo all-ages concert at Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library, 305 Milwaukee St. 10:30-11:30 p.m. Free.

“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.

Star Wars Reads Celebration. Crafts, games and other activities. Costumes highly encouraged. Green Valley Ranch Branch Library, 4856 Andes Court. 2-4 p.m. 

DIY Mazes. Create your own mazes from a variety of materials. Children’s Library – Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For your brain

Local Author Happy Hour: Kate Jonuska. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 5-6 p.m.

For a cause

Miles for Moms 5K Run/Walk with face painting, pumpkin decorating, balloon animals and more. Benefits Florence Crittenton Services.Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 Sherdian Blvd. 8 a.m. Free-$35.

Sports

Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake, 5:30 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Westword Feast. Food from more than 31 local restaurants and drinks from more than 20 vendors. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. Noon-3 p.m. $40.

Great Green Chili Cook-Off and Broncos game. Trade, 475 Santa Fe Drive. 6:30 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Denver Animated Pixelshow featuring  independent, professional and student animation in all genres and themes. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 6-10 p.m. $5-10.

Best bet: “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with a live performance of the OpenStage & Company of Fort Collins’ “SPAMALOT!”  Proceeds benefit the Denver Actors Fund. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 6:30 p.m. $20.

Best bet: Mozart’s “Requiem.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $20-94.

“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.

“Macbeth.” A re-imagining of the Shakespeare tragedy in the DCPA’s in-the-round theater. Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. $30-65.

“Girls Only.” Two-woman play “that celebrates the honor, truth, humor and silliness of being female.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. $29-39.

Shook Twins. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Lil Peep. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $20-25.

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

PAWS. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-12.

The Bronx. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $22-27.

Overslept. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $10-12.

Myrne. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. 412-15.

Listener. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $13-15.

Drink RiNo Battle of the Bands. Members of the DRiNk RiNo collective will form bands consisting of employees of their breweries, wineries, cideries or distilleries. Plus: food and drinks. Rackhouse Pub, 2875 Blake St. Noon-7 p.m. $15.

Annie Lederman. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7 p.m. $12.

For a cause

Best bet: Chili Cook-Off at the Farmers Market with one-time-only beer sales. Proceeds benefit Forgotten Felines Denver Rescue and Life is Better Rescue. South Pearl Street between Buchtel and Evans. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Sports

Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants, 6:30 p.m.


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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.