Things to do in Denver Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving edition

For when you can’t be with your family or when your family needs to get out of the damn house.
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Food & drink

Here are some Denver restaurants open for Thanksgiving dinner.


Funksgiving. Get funky with DJ Jason Heller and Rachel Wolfe to benefit Hunger Free Colorado. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5.

A Very JJ Thanksgiving. "Food, drink, Jerry." Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. Free.

"Loving." True story of an interracial couple who married and spent the nine years fighting for the right to live as a family. Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $8.50-11.

"A Man Called Ove." Heartwarming and funny tale of a grouchy old man next door who develops an unlikely friendship with his boisterous new neighbors. Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. 1:14 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $8.50-9.

Go for a run

Mile High United Way Turkey Trot. Four-mile run/walk to benefit children and families served by Mile High United Way. Food, a beer garden and vendors post-race. Day-of registration starts at 8 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. Washington Park, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave. $30.

Sloan's Lake Turkey Trot. This informal event is an untimed run around Sloan's Lake. All ages welcome, as are dogs. Costumes encouraged. Organizers will be collecting nonperishable food items for Bienvenidos Food Bank and pet food for Colorado's Pet Pantry. The start/finish line will be at West 21st Avenue and Stuart Street. 9 a.m.

Harvesting Hope Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Timed and certified 5K, with a free fun run for kids 10 and younger. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Race starts at 10:15 a.m. Stapleton Central Park, 8801 Martin Luther King Blvd. $40.

Lend a hand

Impact - Every Family Gets a Thanksgiving. Help give more than 1,500 Thanksgiving meals to homeless people living in motels. Bring a minimum $10 donation. Dress warmly. No registration necessary. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2635 Welton St. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


Food & drink

Black (Shirt) Friday beer brunch. $10 gets you a Michelada, Coffee Beer, or Beermosa and a mini pie from The Long I Pie Shop. 25 percent off merch Black Shirt Brewing Co., 3719 Walnut St. 11 a.m.

Black Friday dual bottle release, tappings and merch sale. Bottles: Palisade Peach Table Sour and Saison Batch 2. Tappings: Palisade Peach Table Sour, Blackberry Table Sour and Black Currant Table Sour. 20 percent off merch. Baere Brewing Co., 320 Broadway, Suite E. 2-11 p.m.

Black Friday and Ancient Ruins release. 9 percent ABV Imperial chocolate stout brewed with chocolate malts, cacao husks and Haitian cacao nibs from Cultura Craft Chocolate. Cerebral Brewing, 1477 Monroe St. Noon-11 p.m. 

Black Metal Barrel bomber release. Aged Baltic porter and black metal will be blasting all day. Black Sky Brewery, 490 Santa Fe Drive. 11 a.m.-midnight.


"The Santaland Diaries". David Sedaris' off-beat tales from his stint as a Macy's elf in New York City. The Jones, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25.

"A Christmas Carol." Stage Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street.  7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35.

“An Act of God.” In a play the New York Times called “deliriously funny,” God takes on a human form and sets the record straight. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $47.

Brothers Osborne - The Dirt Rich Tour. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $20-22.

Hi-Dive's 4th & 13th Anniversary Party Night 1. Featuring A Tom Collins, the Kinky Fingers, Josh Moorehead and The Guestlist, and shiii whaaa. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12.

Paper Bird. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $17-30.

Left Hand Shakes EP release. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $8-10.

Palo Santo. Lion's Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9:30 p.m. $6.

Midnight Madness: "The Room." Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.

Drag Nation: Le Freak C'est Chic. Tracks, 3500 Walnut St. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10.

Slam Nuba 10 Year Anniversary. Open mic at 8 p.m. Feature at 8:30 p.m. Slam at 9 p.m.  Slam Nuba, 2590 Washington St. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $5-10.

Black Sheep Friday: Thai One On. Knot-tying workshop and curry tasting at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. Happy hour 5-7 p.m. Program 6-8 p.m. $5 museum admission.


Free day at the Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

20 Works in 20 Minutes. As part of the museum's Take Back Your Black Friday event, local composer Nathan Hall and musicians from Playground Ensemble will perform a series of short musical compositions derived from “musical material” created by visitors in response to the art. 6:30 p.m. 

For families

Zoo Lights preview night. Santa, ice carver, elf sing-along, caroling princesses, African penguin keeper talk, polar bear keeper talk, fire juggling and more. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 5:30-9 p.m. $10-17.


Nuggets vs. Oklahoma Thunder, 7 p.m.

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