Things to do in Denver July 14-18

ashley-dean-square-crop

Oh, the places you could go (once you brace yourself against the heat of 1,000 suns).

This woman is definitely enjoying The Big Eat. (Courtesy of Sprocket Communications)

This woman is definitely enjoying The Big Eat. (The Hip Photo / Courtesy of Sprocket Communications)

Thursday

More than 40 of Denver’s great restaurants will be at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 950 13th St., for the sixth annual The Big Eat.

It starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $50. The price of admission gets you unlimited bites, beer, wine and cocktails from local vendors. Among them are Aloy Modern Thai, Beatrice & Woodsley, Biker Jim’s, Denver Biscuit Company, Great Divide Brewing Co., Happy Cakes Bakeshop, La Loma, Leopold Bros., Lucky Cat, Ophelia’s, Rosenberg’s, Steuben’s, The Way Back and Vine Street Pub & Brewery.

And that’s not even half of them. If there are restaurants you’ve been meaning to try or revisit, now’s your chance to taste them all at once.

Live music will be provided by La Pompe Jazz, Seth Evans (of Rossonian), What Young Men Do (with Venus Cruz) and more.

For tickets or more information, including a full list of participating restaurants, visit EatDenver.


The seventh annual Kyle’s Brew Fest is happening at the Great Divide Brewing Company in RiNo, 1812 35th St.

From 5 to 9 p.m., there will be a performance by the Kyle Hollingsworth Band and “very special friends,” tastings from more than 30 craft breweries, a silent auction and food.

The event is 21+ only. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day-of. Proceeds benefit Conscious Alliance. Go to the Great Divide Brewing website to get tickets or to learn more.


Catch a free show courtesy of the city of Englewood’s Sounds of Summer concert series, which offers live music at the CityCenter Englewood Amphitheater, 1000 Englewood Parkway, every Thursday.

Up this week: Soul X, playing blues, Motown, funk and current top 40 hits.

The show starts at 6:30 p.m. If the weather is bad, call the 303-762-2598 to make sure the concert is on.

Friday

To celebrate the opening of Adam Pendleton’s “Becoming Imperceptible,” Guido Ignatti’s “Setup” and  Molly Bounds’ “Critical Focus,” the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St., is throwing a party.

Stop by between 4 and 10 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with the artists, drinks and music in the alley, food trucks and performances.

Admission is free for members and $2 for everyone else. Go to the MCA website to RSVP.

Saturday
A child gets after a hamburger. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

A kid gets after a hamburger. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

Denver Deluxe will be serving up beer and burgers from noon to 8 p.m. at Park Burger RiNo, 2615 Walnut St. 10 Barrel Brewing Co. will provide the beer to match the burgers.

The new neighborhood festival also offers two stages live music. Here’s the schedule:

12-12:50: Technicolor Tone Factory
1:05-2:05: Musketeer Gripweed
2:30-3:30: Jonathan Boogie Long
3:50-4:50: Rob Drabkin
5:10-6:10: The Hip Abduction
6:30-8 p.m.: The Original Wailers

Tickets are $20-$30. All of the proceeds go to Denver Urban Gardens (DUG), a local nonprofit dedicated to creating sustainable, food-producing neighborhood community gardens. For tickets and more information, visit Denver Deluxe website.

Sunday

Skip your usual brunch and go for a nice run in the park for a good cause. The Donor Dash — a 5K run/walk to honor organ and tissue donors and recipients and to recognize those waiting for a transplant — starts at 8 a.m. in Washington Park.

Check out the course map here.

Registration fees are $35 online or $40 on race day for adults, and $15 online or $20 on race day for seniors over 60 and kids 17 and younger. Online registration closes at midnight Friday.  Race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. near Franklin and Mississippi streets.

To learn more, email  donordash@donoralliance.org or call 303-329-4747.

Monday

The Musical Chairs series at Beast + Bottle, 719 E. 17th Ave., is back at it again. This time, the music-inspired dinner will pair the Beastie Boys’ “Licensed to Ill” with chef Paul C. Reilly’s culinary creations

Check out the menu:

“Girls”
Tempura squash blossom, ricotta, honey

 “Brass Monkey”
Hop- and vodka-cured sockeye salmon, fennel latke, five-herb salad

 “The New Style”
Hot-smoked trout, soubise, picked onion marmalade

“Slow and Low”
Braised hog trotter, runner beans, garlic gremolata

 “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
Cheesecake parfait, espresso-brown butter blondie

The four-course affair costs $55 per person and optional wine pairings are available for $25. Call 303-623-3223 to make a reservation.