Things to do in Denver this weekend, Sept. 21-24

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!

A packed patio at Denver Beer Co. in Highland. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Fall is here, sort of.

Thursday

Food & drink

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

Randall Night: Basil IPA. The Intrepid Sojourner Beer Project, 925 W. Eighth Ave. 3-11 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Art On Film: “Network.” Outdoor film screening with live music from Wheelchair Sports Camp, food trucks and late-night art viewing in the gallery. Bring a chair. Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver, 965 Santa Fe Drive. 7-10 p.m. Free.

“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 reimagining 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.

“Frozen.” The brand new stage version of the Disney hit. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $25-100.

“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.

Get the Led Out. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7:30 p.m. $42.50.

Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $33.75.

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

Andy Frasco and The U.N. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $12.50-15.

Brad Parsons Band. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $5-15.

Flatfood 56 and Potato Pirates. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $12-14.

Andrew W.K. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $20-25.

Ratio Sessons: Andrew W.K. He’ll do a brief interview with Mostly Harmless Podcast and a short acoustic set before the show at Summit Music Hall. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 6-6:45 p.m. Free.

Shel. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 6:30-10 p.m. Free.

Harry Tuft. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 6:30 p.m. $10.

Tyto Alba. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

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

Fun on Federal. It’s 1922 and a gem worth $40 million has been stolen. teams will search for the culprit with clues (and food) at restaurants throughout the neighborhood. Jefferson Park, Adams Mystery Playhouse, 2406 Federal Blvd. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10.

Art

The Unseen Festival. Opening night with three films and music by DJ Musa Starseed. Counterpath, 7935 E. 14th Ave. 7:30-10 p.m. 

Pottery at Prost. Have a pint and paint some potter. Prost Brewing Company, 2540 19th St. 5-8 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. $10.

International Day of Peace Friendship Storytime. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

For your brain

Best bet: Case Studies: The year 1939Warm Cookies of the Revolution create a mini-World’s Fair with a video installation, a performance about the introduction of Superman and Batman from Stephen Brackett (Brer Rabbit of Flobots) and Mitch Slevc, printmaking of resistance to the Nazi’s from Rick Griffith’s MATTER studio and more. Cookies, Spanish/English interpretation and childcare (if requested) available. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6-8 p.m. $5 suggested donation (no one turned away).

For a cause

River Rendezvous. Live music by Brittany Williams, silent auction, keynote speech from Audrey Peterman and interactive components to benefit cityWILD. Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m. $35.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres, 8:10 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Denver Oktoberfest. Live music, food and beer on Larimer Street between 20th and 22nd. 11 a.m.-midnight. Free.

Spangalang Harvest Festival. Release of the Colorado Junction sour, Fresh Hop IPA, Concrete Peaks Oktoberfest lager and Svitak’s Autumn Freshener American strong ale. Food from ZIVIX Five Points. Spangalang Brewery, 2736 Welton St. Noon-10 p.m. 

Casey vs. Casey. Bling tappings of Funky Blenders blended by Troy and Emily Casey. You pick the winner. Goed Zuur, 2801 Welton St. 7-10 p.m. 

Blackberry Lime Sour small batch release. Factotum Brewhouse, 845 Lipan St. 3-10 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Lucha Libre and Laughs Smash the Glass Ceiling Tournament featuring Allie Gato, Leva Bates (NxT), Solo Darling (Chikara), Lanie Luck, Unholy Trinity, and Sage Sin, and comics Nora Lynch, Rachel Weeks, Alison Rose, and Miriam Moreno. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

Best bet: Colorado Symphony: Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $25-99.

“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 reimagining 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.

“Frozen.” The brand new stage version of the Disney hit. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $25-100.

“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.

JJ Grey & Mofro. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6:30 p.m. $39.95-46.50.

Marco Antonio Solis. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 8 p.m. $59-158.

Manchester Orchestra. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $23.25-27.

Mondo Cozmo. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-17.

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

Option 4. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

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

Body Meat. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

Masta Ace. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $13-15.

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

Four Year Strong. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 5:30 p.m. $17-20.

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

Bonnie & The Clydes. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $14.

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

Pro-Sexual: A Fourth Friday Queer Dance Party. 10% of proceeds to the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project. Blush & Blu Denver, 1526 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Midnight Madness: “Shawn of the Dead.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

The Unseen Festival. The films of Amir George. Counterpath, 7935 E. 14th Ave. 7:30-10 p.m. 

Collective Misnomer “State Change.” Film by Lydia Moyer “connecting climate change, the struggle for social justice, and our current political order.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10.

For families

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

For a cause

“Our Neighbors, Ourselves.” Fundraiser to benefit Project Worthmore’s work/our Colorado refugee community, featuring an art exhibit, live music, appetizers, dessert, beer and wine, a silent auction and stories from refugees. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6-10 p.m. $50-60.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres, 8:10 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Denver Oktoberfest. Live music, food and beer on Larimer Street between 20th and 22nd. 11 a.m.-midnight. Free.

Microbrew Fest. Unlimited pours, live music, beer pong and yard games. Fox Street Compound, 725 W. 39th Ave. 1-5 p.m. $17.50.

Back to School Bash. Denver Beer Co. drafts, Montucky Cold Snacks, Teakoe tea cocktails and an eating contest. A portion of proceeds goes to the Thrive charity benefiting bee conservation efforts. Cheba Hut, 745 Colorado Blvd. Noon. 

Fresh Hop IPA tapping. FERMÆNTRA, 1715 E. Evans Ave. Noon. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Colorado Symphony: Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $25-99.

Best bet: Dragondeer and Strange AmericansLevitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 6:30-10 p.m. Free.

“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 reimagining 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.

“Frozen.” The brand new stage version of the Disney hit. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $25-100.

“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.

Ninja Sex Party. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. 

Dead Cross. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $27.50-30.

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

Buckethead. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $30.

The Savage Blush. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $8-10.

Thee Commons. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Fleetmac Wood. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 11 p.m. $12-15.

Whitewater Ramble. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Ground Up Reggae Fest featuring Jon Wayne. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom and Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 7:30 p.m. $8-12.

Ski Mask Slump. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 9 p.m. $20-75.

3MCs with Steve Gillespie. Stand-up, sketch and live bits from three hosts, this week featuring a secret special guest. Blackbird Denver, 305 S. Downing St. 9-10:30 p.m.

Art

Best bet: Supernova. Digital animation from around the world on the LED screens at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1400 Curtis St. 3-10 p.m. Free.

The Unseen Festival. “This program focuses on emerging filmmakers whose works look at ritual, meditation, touch and feeling, hypnotic murmurations and finally euphoria.” Counterpath, 7935 E. 14th Ave. 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

For families

Best bet: FarmFestChicken agility, mini-horse grooming, bull lassoing, hay rides, crafts and more. The Urban Farm at Stapleton, 10200 Smith Road. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free-$35.

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

“Daniel Tiger’s Neigborhood.” Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. 10 a.m. $1-3 donation.

For your brain

Cheesman Park Haunted History Tour. Meet at the pavilion. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $15. Call 970-326-5828 or email magpie.paranormal@gmail.com for tickets. Space is limited.

For a cause

#GiveAFetch. Adoption event and fundraiser with food trucks, vendors and free caricatures. Berkeley Park, 4544 W 46th Ave. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Hurricane Harvey Adoption Drive with food, drinks, a silent auction and a raffle. Sparky’s Playground, 1124 S Kalamath St. 11 am.-3 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres, 6:40 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at Vancouver Whitecaps, 8 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Sloan’s Lake Bike ‘n’ Brew. Ride your bike to local bars and breweries, buy a beer, get a stamp and win prizes. Meet at Sloan’s Lake Tap & Burger, 1565 Raleigh St. at 2 p.m. Ends at BarFly at Alamo Drafthouse, 4255 W. Colfax Ave. at 5 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Colorado Symphony: Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $25-99.

Best bet: Los Mocochetes. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8.

“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. 2 p.m. $30-36.

“Macbeth.” A reimagining 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.

“Frozen.” The brand new stage version of the Disney hit. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $25-100.

“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.

Ruckus on the Rocks: Galactic and Pepper. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 5:30 p.m. $38.75.

RAC. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $22-25.

Sun Seeker. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $8-10.

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

Afton Showcase featuring IRAHJON, C.dabeast and more. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. $12-15.

Love & Gravity. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $18-100.

Peter Bernstein. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $20-40.

Art

The Unseen Festival. A conversational evening with the artists, filmmakers and writers of the festival. Counterpath, 7935 E. 14th Ave. 5-7p.m. 

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

Story Time in the Garden. Highland Event Center, 2945 Julian St. 10-10:45 a.m. 

Dav Pilkey, author of Dog Man and Captain Underpants books, at Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 2- 6 p.m. $12.

For a cause

Hurricane Harvey Relief Show featuring Bison Bone, Tomahawk Fox and more. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 5 p.m. $20.

Rockin’ 4 Katie’s Cause featuring Arise in Chaos. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. $5 p.m. $15.

#GiveAFetch. Adoption event and fundraiser with food trucks, vendors and free caricatures. Berkeley Park, 4544 W 46th Ave. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Parkway. 8 a.m. $40-50.

Step Up for Down Syndrome walk. City Park. 8 a.m. 

Sports

Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills, 11 a.m.

Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres, 2:40 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.