Things to do in Denver this weekend, Oct. 19-22

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!

The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

It’s (fun) businesses as usual this weekend in Denver, plus a whole bunch of ways to OD on fall.

Thursday

Food & drink

If You Give a Beer a Cookie. Four beer samples paired with four cookies from Good Sugar Baking. Great Divide Barrel Bar, 1812 35th St. 6-8 p.m. $12.

Entertainment

Best bet: “Something Rotten.” In a musical New York magazine described as “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared,” two brothers in 1595 set out to write the first ever musical. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“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.

“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.

The Emerging Filmmakers Project. Showcase of the best of Denver’s indie film scene. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m

Deadmau5. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison. 7:30 p.m. $59.95.

Bleep Bloop. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $18-20.

Berk and Friends. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-12.

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

Shawn Nelson. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

Consonance Publishing Showcase. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. Free.

Bumper Jackson and Chain Station. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Passafire. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20.

The Return of the Purple Party featuring Goopsteppa. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9:30 p.m. $20.

Barb Wire Dolls. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $6.50-15.

Peter Sommer Septet CD release. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $10-20.

Sam Williams Quintet: Art of the Spontaneous. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7:30-10 p.m.

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

Nighttime Tonight. Denver’s live late-night, with standup from Meghan DePonceau, Tyler Fowler, Vikram Pandya and Zach Reinert. The Deer Pile, 206 E. 13th Ave. 9-10:30 p.m. Collecting donations for the Hispanic Federation: UNIDOS program to support recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

Really Late Night. Sketch comedy, funny videos and talent from all across the country. Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath St6:30-7:30 p.m.

Ben Kronenberg and Friends. Sushi Hai, 3600 W. 32nd Ave. 7:30-10 p.m. $10.

Drag Against Humanity: Hunted Edition. Los Tacos, 600 E. Colfax Ave. 7-10:30 p.m. 

Drag Queen Bingo. BarFly at Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m.

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

The Drunken Bee. Test your spelling skills with a drink in hand at The Rosedale, 1135 E. Evans Ave. 7 p.m.

Art

“And Longing is Overthrown” opening featuring work by Jason Lee Gimbel and Christopher R. Perez. ATC DEN, 3420 Larimer St. 6-8 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 your brain

Best bet: Stupid Questions, Stupid Talents: Effectiveness of Violence? Warm Cookies of the Revolution hosts a rock-paper-scissors tournament, first-person shooter video games and Tae Kwon Do demonstration, plus discussions of violence, non-violence, privilege, race and immigration. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6-8 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

Bloodcurdling Beasts. Sip on a drink and explore nature’s most chilling critters. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15. 21+.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues, 7 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

A Feast for the Souls. Lola’s Cocina will host a Day of the Dead cooking class and lesson in the tradition of building an altar that honors and celebrates a loved one who has died. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 6 p.m. Registration required.

Seasonal Tapping: Biere de Garde. Diebolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St. 2- 10 p.m.

Pumpkin Spice Ale release. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave. 3-10 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Jay Pharoh. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $27.

Best bet: Stranger RollPut on your best “Stranger Things” costumer for a night of roller skating at EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $5-10.

Best bet: “Something Rotten.” In a musical New York magazine described as “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared,” two brothers in 1595 set out to write the first ever musical. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“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.

“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.

“I Don’t Speak English Only.” A play based on the Mexican “tent show” tradition “imagines a future world where all diversity is prohibited and any expression of the other has been forced underground.” Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

“Night of the Living Dead Live.” Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m.

Stavinsky’s “The Firebird.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-94.

Zomboy. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-29.75.

Red Bull Sound Select presents Margaret Glaspy. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $5 (with RSVP)-$15.

Hoodie Allen. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $30-37.

Tera Melos. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $15.

Gasoline Lollipops. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Thurston Moore. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $25.75.

Allout Helter and Black Dots. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $10.

Zion I and Lyrics Kid. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

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

Neon Masq. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $15-20.

The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $15.

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

Carnivale De Sensuale: Halloween. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $25-50.

Beauty & The Ghost. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8.

Hitchcock Film Festival: “The Birds.” Professor Vincent Piturro will be lead an educational discussion before the film. Beer, wine, soda and popcorn sold.The Cube, 8371 Northfield Blvd. 6 p.m. 

Mightnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Midnight Madness: “Rawhead Rex” 4K restoration. Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

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

Art

Best bet: The Future ProjectFuturistic drinks, passed appetizers, themed food stations and immersive art experiences. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 7:30-10 p.m. $30.

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.

Star Wars Reads Day. Green screen photo booth, button making, trivia contest with prizes, cake and refreshments, crafts, games and more. Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 Irving St. 4-5:30 p.m. Free.

Sports

Denver hockey vs. Lake Superior St., 7:05 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Beer Fight Club 4. A blind beer tasting competition featuring eight Colorado breweries, judged by the crowd. Tap Fourteen Rooftop Beer Garden, 1920 Blake St. 4-7 p.m. $35-40.

Shaken: A Cocktail Competition. Bartenders will have five minutes to run through the market and select their ingredients and 20 minutes to create a delicious seasonal cocktail. A panel and the crowd vote for the winner. Terminal Bar at Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St. Noon-2 p.m. 

Pumpkin Fest featuring 11 pumpkin beers. Hops & Pie, 3920 Tennyson St. Noon-11 p.m.

Harvest Dinner. Five course beer dinner at Local 46, 4586 Tennyson St. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $65. Call for reservations.

Complimentary wine and chocolate tasting with  Kingman Estates Winery at Deiter’s Chocolate, E. 1734 Evans Ave. 3-6 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Jay Pharoh. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 9:45 p.m. $27.

Best bet: “Beetlejuce” movie partyMovie screening with pre-show trivia and post-show ’80s dance party with DJ Boyhollow of Lipgloss. Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. $14.

Best bet: “Something Rotten.” In a musical New York magazine described as “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared,” two brothers in 1595 set out to write the first ever musical. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“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.

“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.

“I Don’t Speak English Only.” A play based on the Mexican “tent show” tradition “imagines a future world where all diversity is prohibited and any expression of the other has been forced underground.” Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

“Night of the Living Dead Live.” Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m.

Stavinsky’s “The Firebird.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-94.

Lettuce. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. $27.50.

Zomboy. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-29.75.

Bob Schneider. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-30.

The Afghan Whigs. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $30.75-35.

Torres. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Waker. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9:30 p.m. $10-12.

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

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

Jon Stickley Trio. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9:30 p.m. $10-15.

Keller Williams. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9:15 p.m. $27-32.

1000 Miles of Fire and Saints of Never After. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $10-12.

P.O.S. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $16-18.

Head for the Hills. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $15-30.

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

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

Coltrane Tribute with Javon Jackson, Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Gomez and Jimmy Cobb. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. $25-50.

Hang Rounders. Skylark Lounge, 140 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Carnivale De Sensuale: Halloween. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $25-50.

Mightnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Midnight Madness: “Rawhead Rex” 4K restoration. Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

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

For families

Platt Park Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins, a gift card raffle for Platt Park businesses, a pumpkin decorating station, a festive photo area and refreshments 1945 S. Ogden St. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (or when the pumpkins are gone). Free. Donations collected for Asbury Elementary.

Pumpkin carving and costume contest. BYO pumpkin or buy one there. Adult and kids costume contest prizes for spookiest, most original, cutest, best-dressed family/group and most creative cats and dogs. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 1-4 p.m.

“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.

Monster bags. Decorate a festive paper bag to carry treats. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Monster stuffies. Design, stitch and stuff your own stuff monster. Smiley Branch Library, 4501 W. 46th Ave.

Princess Starla’s Masked Ball. Stories, songs and masquerade mask-making. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. Noon-1 p.m. $10.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m.

Denver hockey vs. Lake Superior St., 7:05 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: The Bloody Mary FestivalUnlimited tastes of Denver’s most creative and innovative Bloody Marys. EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St. 1-4 p.m. $45-65.

Comrade’s Great Chili Cook Off. Comrade Brewing Co., 7667 E. Iliff Ave., Suite F. Noon-2 p.m.

Brunch with Wes Watkins. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. No cover.

Dinner with Joe Johnson Band. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 6 p.m. No cover.

Entertainment

Best bet: Nick Offerman. They added a second late show, but hurry to get tickets. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 9:30 p.m. $59.50.

Best bet: Jay Pharoh. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7 p.m.  $27.

Best bet: “Something Rotten.” In a musical New York magazine described as “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared,” two brothers in 1595 set out to write the first ever musical. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. $30-115.

“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.

“I Don’t Speak English Only.” A play based on the Mexican “tent show” tradition “imagines a future world where all diversity is prohibited and any expression of the other has been forced underground.” Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive.  p.m. $17-20.

Stavinsky’s “The Firebird.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $20-94.

MUTEMATH. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave.  8 p.m. $32-35.

Signs and Signals. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Bones. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-13.

A Giant Dog. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-13.

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

Fall Blues Fest. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 6 p.m. $25.

Mightnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Art

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

The Magical Duo of Harwood & Woodward. Early, all-ages show includes cutting a woman into thirds, floating on a broom, the haunted table and Houdini’s famous Metamorphosis Trunk. The Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe St. 6:30 p.m. $10-20.

BYO Pumpkin Carving. All ages welcome. Stencils and clean-up provided. at Renegade Brewing, 925 W. Ninth Ave. 4:30-7 p.m.

Sports

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers, 2:25 p.m.


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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.