Things to do in Denver this weekend, March 16-18

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!

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Qhaswa Peru performers skip in the parade. St. Patrick's Day celebration, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  st. patricks day; union station; kevinjbeaty; denver; colorado; denverite;

Qhaswa Peru performers skip in the parade. St. Patrick's Day celebration, March 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

St. Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday. Buckle up.

Friday

Food & drink

Club Lounge Belgian-style ale release. Epic Brewing Co., 3001 Walnut St. 5-11 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.” A tale of love, family, sex, money and politics set under the hard-earned roof of an Italian family in Brooklyn, by Tony- Obie-, Emmy- and Pulitzer-winner Tony Kushner. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 6:30 p.m. $18.

Best bet: “Hamilton.” Yes, we know it’s sold out. But you can still try for some of the 40 $10 orchestra seats available for every performance in the daily lottery. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. 

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Book Handlers.” The Book Handlers are here to make your books look worn-in and well-read in this satire based on a short story by Brian O’Nolan. Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

“Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place. 7:30 p.m. $18-23.

“The River Bride.” Amazon folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heart-wrenching tale of true love, regret and transformation. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $25-99.

The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus Presents: British Invasion. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $20-75.

Los Temerarios. Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St. 8 p.m. $39-129.

Kane Brown. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8 p.m. $151.

St. Patrick’s Day Punk Pre-Party with Chemical X. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $5-10.

U-God. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9:30 p.m. $14-16.

Rumpke Mountain Boys. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Bad Licks 7″ release. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9:30 p.m. $10.

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Magic Beans. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Clan Of Xymox. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $25-70.

The Menzingers. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $20-23.

And The Black Feathers 100th Blowout Show. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Stooki Sound. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Brian Horton Quartet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

Matt Skellenger. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9 p.m. $15.

Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $30.

Art

ConnectArte: Suspended Idols Piñata Contest. Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m. $35.

“Vantage Point” opening reception. Walker Fine Art Gallery, 300 W. 11th Ave. 5-9 p.m.

Live Drawing by Mark Brasuell. Spark Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive. 6-9 p.m. 

“Claypunk” opening reception. 808 Projects, 808 Santa Fe Drive. 7-10 p.m.

For families

Lucky Green Smoothies in the Teaching Kitchen. Children’s Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10-10:30 a.m., 11-11:30 a.m. and noon-12:30 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Nashville Predators, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

There are approximately 1,000 bars and restaurants throwing parties and offering St. Patrick’s Day deals. You’ll find a lot of them here.

Brunch with Wes Watkins. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30-2:30 p.m. No cover.

Four Grains in the Brain bottle release and tapping. Baere Brewing Company, 320 Broadway. Noon-11 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Opera on Tap: We Love BernsteinSyntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 6-8 p.m. $8.

Best bet: “The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.” A tale of love, family, sex, money and politics set under the hard-earned roof of an Italian family in Brooklyn, by Tony- Obie-, Emmy- and Pulitzer-winner Tony Kushner. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 6:30 p.m. $45-50.

Best bet: “Hamilton.” Yes, we know it’s sold out. But you can still try for some of the 40 $10 orchestra seats available for every performance in the daily lottery. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“The Book Handlers.” The Book Handlers are here to make your books look worn-in and well-read in this satire based on a short story by Brian O’Nolan. Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-18.

“Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.” John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place. 7:30 p.m. $18-23.

“The River Bride.” Amazon folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heart-wrenching tale of true love, regret and transformation. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 7:30 p.m. $17-20.

“Little Shop of Horrors.” Su Teatro Salon, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. $15-18.

Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $25-99.

The Denver Gay Men’s Chorus Presents: British Invasion. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $20-75.

Franco Escamilla. Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St. 8 p.m. $59-129.

Galactic and Greyboy Allstars. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St. 8:30 p.m. $29.50-49.

Darlingside. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $20.

COIN. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $20-25.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with P-Nuckle. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St.  8 p.m. $5-10.

The A-OKs. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $15.

Oakhurst. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Mark Farina & Sacha Robotti. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $17-20.

40 Oz. To Freedom. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Cowboy Mouth. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10-200.

Potato Pirates. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $12-15.

Dubious Dog. Mutiny Information Café, 2 S. Broadway. 8 p.m. Free.

John Nash & The Four String Council. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 7 p.m. $12.

Colfax Speed Queen. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $8.

Ginga. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. $15.

Derek Banach Quintet. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 7 p.m. $15.

The Menzingers “Before the Party” Ratio Sessions. The band will do a brief interview with Mostly Harmless Podcast and a short acoustic set before the show at Summit Music Hall. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 5-6 p.m. 

Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $30.

High Plains Comedy presents Rory Scovel. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

The Lituation St. Patrick’s Day Special. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

For families

Best bet: St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Denver. Click through for a route map and more information. 9:30 a.m.-about 1:30 p.m.

Best bet: Spring Break at the Denver Art MuseumPerformances of the family-friendly museum theater play “Art Emergency: Stampede Edition,” plus Create-n-Takes, A Walk in the Woods and the 3-D Studio are open daily. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free for kids 18 and younger.

Children’s Festival of Stories featuring children’s book authors, illustrators and performers. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Memphis Grizzlies, 6 p.m.

Harlem Globetrotters, noon

Sunday

Food & drink

Brunch with Wes Watkins. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 10:30-2:30 p.m. No cover.

Entertainment

 

Best bet: Shakesbeer Presents: Arden of FavershamShakespeare, but with drinking actors. Alpine Dog Brewing Co., 1505 Ogden St. 5-6:30 p.m.

Best bet: “Hamilton.” Yes, we know it’s sold out. But you can still try for some of the 40 $10 orchestra seats available for every performance in the daily lottery. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

“First Date.” As Casey and Aaron’s blind date plays out in real time, “restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.” Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“Little Shop of Horrors.” Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center – Salon, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. $15-18.

Stories on Stage: Wild Women. Rhonda Lee BrownAllison Watrous and Betty Hart perform stories by and about women – unconstrained, fun loving and living life large. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $15-28.

Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto No. 5. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $25-99.

Dick Stusso. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $10-12.

MONSTERWATCH. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8 p.m. $10-12.

Tino Drima. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Afton Showcase featuring XanaxxGhost, DJ Panda $tyle and more. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 6:30 p.m. $12-15.

Normal Jean. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $18-20.

Hair of the Dog comedy showcase and brunch. The Lobby, 2191 Arapahoe St. 2:30-4 p.m.

For a cause

“Girls Rock!” screening to benefit Girls Rock Denver. Alamo Drafthouse, 3 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Avalanche vs. Detroit Red Wings, 1 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.