Things to do in Denver Sept. 2-5: Riot Fest, A Taste of Colorado and more Labor Day weekend fun

It’s Labor Day Weekend. You know what that means.

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Brats on the grill at Washington Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Brats on the grill at Washington Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Get out your Chucks, Riot Fest is back.

The annual music festival is back at the National Western Complex, 4655 Humbolt St. Things got a bit dusty last year, so prepare for that possibility again.

This year’s lineup is topped by Jane’s Addiction, Death Cab for Cutie and the Deftones on Friday, Ween, Sleater-Kinney and Julian Marley on Saturday and the original Misfits and Nas on Sunday.

Tickets are $199.98 for a three-day pass, $149.98 for a two-day pass and $84.98 for one day.


Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday

It’s Labor Day weekend, which means it’s time for A Taste of Colorado.

For the next four days, Civic Center Park is going to be a hub of food, music, kids’ activities and arts and crafts. There’s a whole lot going on, including performances by Boyz II Men and Blues Traveler, so just go browse for yourself at atasteofcolorado.com.

Admission is free, but once you’re inside, you’ll need to purchase tickets to get food and drinks. A strip of 15 tickets costs $10.

Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday.

Friday

Sexpot Comedy presents Geoff Tate and Emma Arnold at Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway.

Tate has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and is a regular on Doug Loves Movies and Getting Doug with High. Arnold is also a regular on Doug Love Movies and writes narrative nonfiction.

They’ll perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $5.


All right, artists. You might not have work on display for this First Friday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do more than mill around and drink.

Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway, is hosting a coloring contest during its First Friday festivities from 7 to 10 p.m. In-house “art/beer extraordinaire” Honz Williams will be the judge.


Saturday

The Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave., is having a free day. Go see what it has to offer — including the Women of Abstract Expressionism and Rhythm & Roots exhibitions — anytime from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Denver Film Society‘s Saturday family programming is delving into the films of Tim Burton, starting this week with “Beetlejuice.”

The screening at the Sie Film Center, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. comes with an all-you-can-eat cereal bar starting at 10 a.m. The film will start at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets are $5.


Sunday

Larimer Lounge’s Sunday BBQ series is still going, so head over to 2721 Larimer St. for barbecue and tunes.

Get there early to make sure you get grub. Doors open at 2 p.m. and music starts at 3 p.m. On the lineup: Future ThievesCreature Canopy and Water Aerobics.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.


Colorado journalist and author Ed Sealover will be at BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St., to give a presentation on his new book, “Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops.” They’ll also be serving beer samples from local breweries.

It’s happening from 5 to 7 p.m. and there is no admission fee.