Things to do in Denver this weekend, Oct. 28-29

Looking for things to do in Denver this weekend? Here’s a big, curated list of options in arts and entertainment, food and drink, causes, sports and more!

ashley-dean-square-crop
Halloween decor. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  halloween; holidays; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;

Halloween decor. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Halloween is just days away, which means we’re in for a weekend of costume contests, pumpkin carving, pumpkin beers and scary movies.

Plus, all the usual, ongoing fall stuff.

Saturday

Food & drink

BYOP pumpkin carving (and they’ll take care of the cleanup) at Factotum Brewhouse, 845 Lipan St. 2:30-5 p.m. Free.

Ratio Halloween Party. Special beers, costumes and live music. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Stoney’s Halloween Bash featuring Mr. Steak Music and a costume contest with a $1,000 prize. Stoney’s Bar & Grill, 1111 Lincoln St. 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Beer and truffle pairing with Copia Confectionery at Cerebral Brewing Co., 1477 Monroe St. Noon-5 p.m. $16.

Entertainment

Best bet: “Edgar Allan Poe Is Dead and So Is My Cat”  with opening night reception. “A new comedy that is unlikely to be spooky.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Best bet: Comedy Saved the Video StarComedians do standup, then play their favorite music video, which everyone discusses afterward. Night starts with a half hour of TRL (they’ll take your music video requests). Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. 

“Something Rotten.” In a musical New York magazine described as “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared,” two brothers in 1595 set out to write the first ever musical. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30.

“Macbeth.” A re-imagining of the Shakespeare tragedy in the DCPA’s in-the-round theater. Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-65.

“I Don’t Speak English Only.” A play based on the Mexican “tent show” tradition “imagines a future world where all diversity is prohibited and any expression of the other has been forced underground.” Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

“Night of the Living Dead Live.” Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m.

Russ. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 8 p.m. $49.50-85.

103.5 The Fox’s Halloween Hair-Ball. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. 

The Infamous Stringdusters. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $33.50-35.

Deer Tick’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $27.50.

Bob Log III. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Lee “Scratch” Perry and The Subatomic Sound System. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $23-25.

DMX. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $35-55.

The Maine. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $25-28.

Gemini Syndrome. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $5-15.

Halloween Hootennany featuring DJ Wesley Wayne. 8 p.m. $5-10.

Dance Yourself Clean: Halloween Edition. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $20-45.

Good Old Fashioned Boat Party featuring DJ Trinimatty. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

Mortified: Halloween Special. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $16.

Tom “Bones” Malone. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9:30 p.m. $15-25.

KGNU/Lion’s Lair Halloween Quarterly Showcase. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $5-10.

Brad Williams. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 9:45 p.m. $25.

Spirits & Spirits. Drinks, tarot reading, phrenology and tales of Four Mile House’s previous inhabitants and their mourning practices. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 South Forest St. 6-9 p.m. $50-80.

Prom Night, 1959. ’50s music, food, drinks, couples costume contest and dance off. Bowman’s Vinyl and Lounge, 1312 S. Broadway. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free.

Art

Closing party: Eduardo Portillo, “Frontera.” Rule Gallery, 530 Santa Fe Drive. 3-5 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Trick or Treat StreetTrick-or-treating, a monster carnival, Halloween crafts, spooky science experiments, face painting and more. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$15.

Best bet: Halloween Spooktacular. Featuring music from “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars,” “Spiderman” and more. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 2:30 p.m. $10-25.

Best bet: Sweet Cooie’s Halloween PartyPumpkin carving, costume contest and trick-or-treating. Sweet Cooie’s, 3506 E. 12th Ave. 1-5 p.m.

Dinos! After Dark. Fire performances, a glow show, an otter keeper talk, meet the owls, pumpkin carving and more. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $10-15.

Halloween Kids Fest. Monster mural painting, mad science experiments, pumpkin patch painting and more. Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Half-off admission for kids in costume.

Trick-or-treat at the Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Place. 5-7 p.m.

“The Snowy Day.” Play inspired by Ezra Jack Keats’ acclaimed children’s books. Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. $10.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche at Philadelphia Flyers, 5 p.m.

Denver hockey at Boston University, 5:30 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Go Nuts For Donuts. Family-friendly doughnut decorating. Costumes encouraged. Hotbox RiNo, 3450 Larimer St. 6:30-8 p.m. 

Entertainment

“Something Rotten.” In a musical New York magazine described as “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared,” two brothers in 1595 set out to write the first ever musical. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

“Smart People.” Four Harvard intellectuals collide over race, sexual politics and arrogance in what Variety called a “sexy, serious and very, very funny” show. Ricketson Theatre, 1400 Curtis St. 1:30 p.m. $30.

“Macbeth.” A re-imagining of the Shakespeare tragedy in the DCPA’s in-the-round theater. Space Theatre, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe Street. 1:30 p.m. $30-65.

Halsey. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle. 7 p.m. $29.50-69.50.

Ministry and Death Grips. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25-30.

2Mex and Onry Ozzborn. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Shaneneagens. A tribute show for Shane Eagen. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. Free, donations excepted for the Eagen family.

“Where Dreams Go To Die” documentary screening and Q&A. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $20.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 5 p.m. $12-15.

Hardluck Halloween with The Vanilla Milkshakes and The DMC playing The Ramones and Hüsker Du and a costume contest. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m.

Ryan Fourt CD Release. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 5:30 p.m. $10-20.

“Kedi” screening for National Cat Day. Chez Artiste Theatre, 2800 S. Colorado Blvd. Noon. $9-9.50.

Art

Foul-Mouthed Cross-Stitch Sundays. Get crafty and do some cross-stitching. All materials provided with purchase. Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway. Noon-10 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Highlands Square Harvest Festival. Trick-or-treating for kids, a costume contest, pumpkin painting, live music and more. 32nd Avenue,  from Lowell to Osceola. 2-5 p.m. 

Trick or Treat StreetTrick-or-treating, a monster carnival, Halloween crafts, spooky science experiments, face painting and more. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$15.

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Brooklyn Nets, 4 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche at New York Islanders, 4 p.m.


Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Here’s a link to Meetups near Denver. Or you might try MileHighOnTheCheap.com‘s calendar.