Things to do in Denver this weekend, Sept. 7-10

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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Thursday

Food & drink

Best bet: Denver Food + Wine Festival: Shakedown. Bartenders from the Colorado Bartenders Guild will compete for best cocktail and best bite. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $55.

Chocolate and spirits tasting with Cultura Craft Chocolate and Leopold Bros. The Preservery, 3040 Blake St., #101. 6-8 p.m. $20.

Keg tapping party: Westbound Double IPA, Another Project Alpha and a special surprise keg from Cannonball Creek. Brewers will be hanging out and answering questions. Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St. 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: “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. $20-30.

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

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7:30 p.m. $40-50.

Too Many Zooz. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $15-23.

Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $25-28.

William Clark Green. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $10-15.

Sego. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $5-10.

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

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

Forever 27: A Tribute to Legends Lost. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7:30 p.m. $20.

Authority Zero. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $5-16.

Ratio Sessions: Authority Zero.The band will 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. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free.

The Living End. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $18.75-27.

Ancient Elk record release. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $13-21.

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

Xican Indie First Thursdays presents “Sleep Dealer.” Screening in the Su Teatro alley. Food and booze at a suggested donation. Film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $5.

For you brain

Bridging the Gap. TEDxMileHigh speakers Lauran Arledge and Caitlin Quattromani explore how to ask powerful questions and find common ground across political divides. Comal Heritage Food Incubator, 3455 Ringsby Court, #105.

For a cause

Late Night Radio. 100 percent of proceeds will to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15, or $10 with donation of diapers, canned food, or personal hygiene goods.

Fuk Cancer Benefit featuring SIR, Soft Lit and more. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

Friday

Food & drink

Wally’s Wisconsin Tavern grand opening. Wally’s Wisconsin Tavern, 1417 Market St. 3 p.m.

Odell cellar release tapping. Odell Brewing Co. is tapping their next cellar series beer, Pyrus & Prunus, and a new year-round release, Rupture. Freshcraft, 1530 Blake St., Unit A. 7 p.m. 

Fresh Hop Five On Rye tapping. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. Noon.

Hibiscus Saison release. Best of Show-winning beer. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., Suite 100. 3 p.m.

Safe Word crowler release. 10% ABV imperial oatmeal stout. Limit two per person. Also on tap. Cerebral Brewing, 1477 Monroe St. Noon.

Entertainment

Best bet: “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.

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

STS9. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6:30 p.m. $42.50-45.

Epica. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 6:30 p.m. $26-30.

Too Many Zooz. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-27.

Tiger Army. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $27.50-30.

Motion Trap album release. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

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

Silver and Smoke. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $5-10.

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

Todd Sheaffer of Railroad Earth and Dead Floyd. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Dale Watson. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $15-18.

The Gladiators. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $18-27.

Echoverse plays Radiohead. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m.

Midnight Madness: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Art

Joshua Ware: “Future Bodies” opening reception. Ware’s large-scale collages, plus sounds from Path of Totality and visuals by Jeanne Liotta. Georgia Art Space, 900-1000 Mariposa St. 6-11 p.m.

“LatinoAmerica: Endless Transformation” opening celebration. “Artists coming from many lands, races, and perspectives, are investigating the ways in which communities reshape their own collective identity and reveal a continuous transformation that is visible in the artistic movements taking place throughout the Americas.” RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe St. 6-9 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Lawn Concert: Juno What?! Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. (Plus free museum admission 5-8 p.m.)

Lowry Movie and Concert in the Park: Chris Daniels and the Kings and “Sing.” Sunset Park, Pontiac and Second Street. 5:30 p.m.

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Moveable FeastFree community dinner at Mestizo-Curtis Park with artists of the month Ramon Bonilla & Sarah Rockett and a drumline procession from RedLine, 2350 Arapahoe St. 5:30-7 p.m. Free.

Best bet: Denver Food + Wine Festival Grand Tasting. More than 40 top restaurants and wine and spirit professionals pouring more than 700 wines, spirits and craft beer. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. Noon-4 p.m. $125-240.

Craft root beer floats with Bruz Beers craft root beer soda and Peaceful Creations homemade ice cream. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., Suite 100. Noon-9 p.m.

Bottle Release: Antiquarian No. 2 american sour. Fiction Beer Company, 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 3 p.m.

Red Ale Brace for Autumn Party featuring a new variation of the Wolf’s Blood red ale with Coda Coffee and the return of Liquid Pancakes, a maple syrup-infused red ale. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St.

Entertainment

Best bet: Seu Jorge presents: “The Life Aquatic,” A Tribute to David Bowie. (You know, the guy who did all the Bowie covers for the movie.) Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $50.75.

Ali Wong. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 7 p.m. $39.50-65.

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

“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.

STS9. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 6:30 p.m. $42.50-45.

Grieves. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

D.R.I. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $17.50-20.

Thoughtpilot. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-12.

Tony Goffredi EP release. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-12.

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

Hi-Dive’s first annual Incestival, a sample of bands featuring Hi-Dive staff. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. $10.

The Nth Power and Ghost-Note. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-20.

X. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $27-99.

Exodus. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $20-25.

Beyoncé vs. Rihanna Ladies Night. (But let’s call it Beyoncé and Rihanna, OK?) All Rih and all B with a photo booth, retail pop-up and surprises. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $10-22.

For families

Best bet: 28th Annual Friendship PowwowWatch colorful dance competitions, participate with local artists in hands-on activities and enjoy fry bread. Free museum admission all day. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Best bet: Sunnyside Music FestLive music, food, drinks, local vendors and kids’ activities. Chaffee Park, 1900 W. 45th Ave. Noon-7:30 p.m. Free.

Teddy Bear Clinic with the Tooth Fairy. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with zoo admission.

Last weekend for Lakeside Amusement Park, 4601 Sheridan Blvd. Opens at noon, might close early. $4.

For you brain

Newspaper Research Workshop. Learn about the historic newspaper collection and how to use it. History Colorado, 1200 Broadway. 10:15-11:30 a.m. $5.

Denver Writes Illustration Workshop. Youth workshop for writing stories and creating illustrations to go with them. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 10 a.m.-noon. Free with registration.

For a cause

Fourth annual Music+Art=Miracles. Live music and art to benefit  Zach’s Wishes for Miracles. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 5:30 p.m. $15.

Stapleton Rocks. All local bands. Proceeds go to a local nonprofit. Founders Green, 7601 E. 29th Ave. Noon-9 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Rapids at Houston Dynamo, 6:30 p.m.

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Denver Food + Wine Festival: Rise + Dine. Bloody Mary bar and brunch from a dozen Denver restaurants. PJs encouraged but not required. Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $55.

Entertainment

Best bet: Wheelchair Sports Camp with The Other Black and Midwife. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $10-12.

“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.

“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. $20-30.

STS9. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 5:30 p.m. $42.50-45.

Grieves. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Clownvis Presley. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $10.

Spawnbreezie. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $16-18.

Pierre Bensusan. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $21.

Bluegrass Brunch with HenScratch, Turn-In BBQ and Glazed and Confuzed Doughnuts. Station 26, 7045 E. 38th Ave. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Art

OtherSpace. Members of Denver’s art community will discuss their experiences turning any space into art space. Georgia Art Space, 900-1000 Mariposa St. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Music in the Galleries: Palladio String Quartet. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 2-3 p.m. Free with museum admission.

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

Build a treasure chest. Ideal for ages 5-10. Children’s Library at Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2-3 p.m.

Last weekend for Lakeside Amusement Park, 4601 Sheridan Blvd. Opens at noon, might close early. $4.

For a cause

Territorio Liberado: A Benefit for Denver Metro Sanctuary Coalition. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 4 p.m. $5-10.

Houston Strong Fundraiser. Watch the Houston Texan’s regular season opener and participate in a silent auction and raffle to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey. Society Sports and Spirits, 1434 Blake St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers, 2:10 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.