Things to do in Denver July 7-10

Outdoor movies. Block parties. Beer festivals. Art downtown.

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Ferril Lake in City Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Looking for something to do this weekend? We have a few ideas about where to eat, drink and be outdoorsy.

Thursday

The Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is hosting its Food & Wine Social Hour on its patio from 3 to 5 p.m. (So, “social hours,” really.) They’ll be serving five gourmet snacks paired with wine tastings. Tickets are $35. 

Friday

The annual outdoor summer film series returns to Historic Elitch Theatre, 4655 W. 37th Ave. This week’s film is “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Gates open at 7 p.m. and the evening begins with live music.  Tickets are $5, or free for children 6 and younger. All proceeds from food and drink sales go to the continued restoration of the theater.

Saturday

The Mile High Summer Shindig block party is happening at Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., stop by for games, gear demos, food, beer and live music from Gravity Tapes, the Dollhouse Thieves, Confluence, Modern Leisure, Josh Moorehead and the Gin Doctors.

Proceeds from beer sales will go to First Descents, which leads outdoor adventures for young adult cancer fighters and survivors.

The patio at The Way Back. (Courtesy of Baltz & Co.)

The patio at The Way Back. (Courtesy of Baltz & Co.)

The Way Back is opening its new patio on Saturday and throwing a tiki party to celebrate. Drop in on the West Highland spot from 3 to 6 p.m. and get a free mai tai or daiquiri and a tiki mug (while supplies last) when you order food.

The Way Back is relatively new to the neighborhood. The restaurant and bar started serving locally sourced American fare and creative cocktails at 4132 W. 38th Ave. in March.

Friday through Sunday

Drive up to Morrison this weekend for the 20th annual Biergarten Festival. The family-friendly event features traditional German food, entertainment, music, dance, kids’ activities and, as the name suggests, beer.

It’s happening at the TEV Edelweiss Club, 17832 Highway 8, from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and younger.

Saturday and Sunday
The 16th Street Mall on Sunday, June 26, 2016. (Chloe Aiello / Denverite)

The 16th Street Mall on  June 26. (Chloe Aiello / Denverite)

The Big Wonderful is on the 16th Street Mall this weekend for Art Blast.
On Saturday, stop by to see Eddie Roberts of The New Mastersounds, RunniKine, Lil Skoops and The Big Wonderful Soul Party. On Sunday, check out Grass Fed Mule, Treehouse and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.
In addition to the usual beer garden, there will be dozens of art vendors and “live street art performances.”
Hours are 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. SundayTickets are $5 each day.