Things to do in Denver Aug. 26-28: RiNo Music Fest, synth pop night, an Uptown alley party and more

It’s the end of summer. Time to engage in desperate attempts to make up for every day wasted on the couch.

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An audience aflame. Queen City Fest. Aug. 14, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  queen city fest; music; arts; concert; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;

An audience aflame.  Aug. 14, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Friday

RiNo Music Festival is taking over RiNo Live, 3715 Chestnut Place, for the afternoon.

St. Lucia, 888, Bishop Briggs and A Silent Film will perform ahead of headliner Silversun Pickups. The party lasts from 4 to 10 p.m.

Of every ticket sold, $1 will be given to the River North Arts District.


Relive “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” or see it for the first time (?!) at Founders Green, 2900 Roslyn St., in Stapleton.

The film starts at dusk, but as always, get there earlier to secure a spot to sit. There will be a concession stand selling fresh popcorn, candy, soda and water to benefit a local nonprofit.

The event is free and open to the public.


Extreme sports athletes and cinematographers will share their work on what we’re told is Colorado’s largest outdoor LED screen.

ViewHouse, 2015 Market St., is hosting the viewing, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Prizes including $1,000 in cash will be awarded to the best films. There will also be a live jetpack demo, which is maybe what we should have led with here.

There is no admission fee, but some of the money made during the event will benefit local nonprofits — The Access Fund and Rocky Mountain Rescue Group.

To learn more, go to coloradoextreme.org.


Saturday

The District, Denver Bicycle Café and Uptown on the Hill are hosting a community party on their little chunk of 17th Avenue.

From 4 to 10 p.m., Summer Shindig 2016 will have performances from Ian Campbell Music, Hot Apostles, And The Black Feathers and Swingin’ Denver.

Vendors will include Après Yoga & Bhakti, Studio Colfax, COCAC & Colorado Cactus & Succulent Society, Firegold Films, Colfax Ave., Metro Caring, SURJ Denver, Taylor Daum and Scott Dailey Photography.

It’ll all be packed into the alley between The District and Denver Bicycle Café, at about 1320 E. 17th Ave.

Learn more at uptowndenver.org.


Courtesy of Apollo Peak, maker of all-natural wine for cats.

Courtesy of Apollo Peak, maker of all-natural wine for cats.

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue’s annual fundraiser Wine and Whiskers, is going down from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Bonacquisti Wine Company,4640 Pecos St.

The $50-per-ticket soirée will feature wine tasting, food, music and a silent auction, all to benefit some kitties in need. The foundation takes in more than 1,000 cats and kittens a year and gives them temporary homes in Denver’s largest cage-free shelter until they can find them forever homes.

Get tickets in advance or at the door.


The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St., is hosting Colorado Synth Pop Night from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On the lineup are four local electronic acts: Arwen & the Mega ResetfuturebabesAt.Play and Kaia Nutting.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.


Sunday

Celebrate Denver and its sister cities at the Denver Sister Cities‘ Worldwide Festival.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tivoli Commons on the Auraria Campus, 855 Lawrence Way, they’ll be honoring the arts, foods, languages, fashion and stories of Denver’s 12 global sister cities. The free festival features Italian opera, Indian henna tattoos, Japanese Taiko drummers, an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, Chinese calligraphy and more.


Foodies swarmed the Denver Center For The Performing Arts during The Big Eat. July 14, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  food; big eat; Denver Center For The Performing Arts; denver; kevinjbeaty; colorado; denverite;

Denver Center For The Performing Arts. July 14, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Stop by the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1400 Curtis St., for a free concert from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Brass Under the Glass is held out in the Galleria. Bring a blanket or chair and stay for the full hour.


One nice thing about the end of summer is that, in our desperate attempts to make up for every day wasted on the couch and to cling to the warm weather, we have a lot of barbecues.

Vesper Lounge, 233 E. Seventh Ave., is getting in on that action with an end-of-summer pig roast from 4 to 8 p.m. They’ll be roasting two pigs and serving up the meat with coconut rice and pineapple slaw for $10 a plate. They’ll also be mixing specialty Parce Rum cocktails and livening up the party with live music.