Things to do in Denver this weekend, March 30-April 1

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
Closing time in LoDo, March 12, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

nightlife; bars; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; lodo; downtown;

Closing time in LoDo, March 12, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Easter and April Fool’s Day are both this weekend, so hang on tight for a lot of “ultimate April Fool” jokes and general weirdness.

Friday

Food & drink

Collaboration Fest Preview Party. Finn’s Manor, 2927 Larimer St. 8 p.m.-midnight.

Entertainment

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.

“This Is Modern Art.” When one crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, where does art belong? Jones Theatre, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe Ave. 7:30 p.m. $25.

“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. $10-36.

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $36-40.

Option 4 and Worthy. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9:30 p.m. $15-20.

Evoke. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9:30 p.m. $8-10.

The Drunken Hearts (album release). Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9:30 p.m. $12-15.

Fathers (vinyl release). Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10.

Antibalas. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Totem. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $7-10.

Devin the Dude. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $10-200.

Son Survivor. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $10-12.

Weinercat. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

Old School Hype. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

Gabe Mervine Quartet. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. $10-15.

Wood Belly. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $12.

Rory Albanese. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $23.

Slam Nuba: Team Selection Slam. Brother Jef”s Cultural Center & Cafe, 2836 Welton St. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $5-10.

Weird Touch dance party. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Midnight Madness: “The Room.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Art

Best bet: Untitled Final Friday: Steven Frost. Dancing, tacos, spoken word performance, recycled T-shirt weaving and more. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 6-10 p.m. Free-$24.

Conversations. A night of art, dance and music with Donté Janae. The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St. 5-9 p.m. $15.

For families

Best bet: Free family tours for kids ages 5-10 and their caretakers, with games, close looking and an art project to take home at the Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 1-2 p.m. Free. Registration required.

Spring Break at the Denver Art Museum. Performances 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.

Coffee Talk Storytime. Half off any cafe beverage from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Stories for kids at 11 a.m. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St.  11 a.m.-noon.

For your brain

David Lazar and Anna Quinn reading and signing. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 7-9 p.m. 

Sports

Denver Nuggets at Oklahoma City Thunder, 6 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 7 p.m. 

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Collaboration Beer FestHyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th St. 4-7 p.m. $65.

Bruz Beers & Briar Common tap release. If you can’t get it at Collaboration Fest, get it in the tap room. Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave. Noon-10 p.m.

Entertainment

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.

“This Is Modern Art.” When one crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, where does art belong? Jones Theatre, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe Ave. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $25.

“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. $10-36.

Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $36-40.

Euforquestra and Mama Magnolia. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $13-15.

Kilngande. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $36.95.

Chrome. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

The Ghoulies. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $8-10.

Crumb and Combo Chimbita. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $10-12.

Wick-It The Instigator. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-20.

J.Wail. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Thirdstory. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $18-20.

Throttlebomb. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

Chris Speed Trio. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $7-25.

David Starr and Eric Stucky. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 pm. $12.

Conquer Everest. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

Rory Albanese. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $23.

Comedy Saved the Video Star. Comedians 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. 

Carnivale de Sensuale. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $25-30.

Art

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. Art researchers, historians and librarians/archivists will be on hand to help take on the gender imbalance and representation of women artists on Wikipedia. Followed bya reception for “Wrong Women: Myths From Sky” by Eriko Tsogo. Leon, 1112 E. 17th Ave. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Marni glass release, artist session and mystery egg hunt. Spectra Art Space, 1836 S. Broadway. 4:20-9 p.m. 

For families

Spring Break at the Denver Art Museum. Performances 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.

Reading Without Walls Party with cartoonist, author and teacher Gene Luen Yang. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Drive. 2-4 p.m.

Easter Cookie Decorating Party with a dozen sugar cookies and decorating supplies along with bites and sips. Olive & Finch, 3390 E. First Ave. 4-5:30 p.m. $85.

For your brain

Cartoonist Karl Christian Krumpholz at Park Hill Branch Library, 4705 Montview Blvd. 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

For a cause

Raptor Jazz: A Ceremony of Life for Colin Ward. Fundraiser for the CRFW Fund in Ward’s honor. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $20.

Sunday

Food & drink

Factotum Easter Egg Hunt. Kid-friendly egg hunt. Prizes include candy and beer. Factotum Brewhouse, 845 Lipan St. Noon.

Might Bunny’s Easter Egg Hunt. Find an egg around Capitol Hill and bring it to Bang Up To The Elephant for a complimentary cocktail. Bang Up To The Elephant, 1310 Pearl St. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Collaboration beer releases. Crooked Stave, 3350 Brighton Blvd. Noon-10 p.m.

Entertainment

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.

“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.

Art

Best bet: 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. Cross-stitching class available for $10 from 1-4 p.m.

Sports

Denver Nuggets vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 6 p.m. 

Colorado Avalanche at Anaheim Ducks, 7 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.