Things to do in Denver this weekend, May 11-13

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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The Bluebird Theater. (Courtesy: Kevin J. Beaty)

All the Denver things, stuff, outings, soirees, activities and funtivities you could want.

Friday

Food & drink

Colorado Chocolate Festival. Tastings, samples, speakers, cooking demos, wine-tastings and more. The Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave. 4-9 p.m. $5, kids under 5 free.

Entertainment

Best bet: Whiskey Shivers. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Best bet: SabaCervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $15-18.

Best bet: Esme Patterson, Emily Ritz and Eleanor Perry live at Leon, 1112 E. 17th Ave. 8-11 p.m. $12 suggested donation.

“You’re The Best One.” The Hoffman family rallies together and against each other as they battle over health insurance, child custody, inheritance and superfoods. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $20-30.

The Who’s “Tommy.” Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 7:30 p.m. $35-80.

Remembering “A Knight to Remember.” Return of the 2012 “haphazard quest disguised as play.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

“For the Love of George.” After an unfortunate misfire, Cupid’s less talented brother George is banished to earth to learn the joy, pain, messiness and inevitability of love. Conservatory Theatre, 216 S. Grant St. 7:30 p.m. $10.

Verdi’s “Falstaff.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $25-200.

Mozart’s “Elvira Madigan” Piano Concerto No. 21. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-95.

Futurebirds. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Sofi Tukker. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $21-26.

Satsang. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9:30 p.m. $12-15.

Andy Sydow album release. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $10-12.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $12-15.

Everyone Orchestra. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 8:30 p.m. $25-30.

Charly Bliss. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $13-15.

Oxeye Daisy LP release. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

VOLVOX. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $16-18.

Pete Lewis Quintet plays “Jazz Crusaders.” Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. $15.

John Raymond & Real Feels. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10-25. 

Acceptable Losses. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $6.

Denver Uke Fest workshop and concert featuring Taimane, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, and Christoper Davis-Shannon. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $27-37.

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

Midnight Madness: “Serial Mom.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Art

Ai Weiwei “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads”  tour. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave. 1-2:30 p.mFree.

DAM Symposium: The Workshop of Leonardo in Milan. Leading scholars in the field of Leonardo’s studies will explore the artistic dynamics around the practice of the master da Vinci and his influence on the pictorial production in the second half of the fifteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth centuries. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free-$55.

“Mark Makers” opening reception featuring work by Ana Zanic, Mary Mackey, Ellen Moershel, Brigan Gresh,Brandon Reese Art, JULIE MAREN artist and Patricia J Finley, Walker Fine Art Gallery, 30 W. 11th Ave., Unit A. 5-9 p.m. 

For families

Best bet: Girls Rock Denver Showcase featuring Rarebyrd$, EVP, nIGHTtIMEsCHOOLbUS and GOLD TRASH. Spectra Art Space, 1836 S. Broadway. 7-11 p.m. $10, free for kids 14 and younger.

Spring Horseshoe Market. More than 130 local vendors including makers, fine artists, clothing and accessory designers, more than 20 specialty food vendors, live music from Half Pint and the Growlers and mini concerts from Swallow Hill Music, mobile photo booth, face painting, henna tattoos, DIY activities and the 3rd Annual Berkeley Beer & Spirits Festival. 4345 W. 46th Ave. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

For a cause

Best bet: MF Ruckus, The Velveteers, Ned Garth Explosion, Plastic DaggersA benefit for the Dorian De Long Arts & Music. Scholarship Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8:30 p.m. $12-120.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 6:40 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Pancakes with PurnellDazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 10 a.m. No cover.

Best bet: Denver Beer and Bacon Classic. More than 100 beers from regional breweries, more than 30 bacon dishes from local chefs, a blind beer taste test, the Hormel bacon eating contest, lawn games, music and more. Mile High Stadium, 1701 Mile High Stadium Circle. Noon-9 p.m. $69-125.

Colorado Chocolate Festival. Tastings, samples, speakers, cooking demos, wine-tastings and more. The Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, kids under 5 free.

May Barreled Lightning tapping and bottle release. Diebolt Brewing Co., 3855 Mariposa St. Noon-10 p.m.

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

Goed Zuur 1st Anniversary. Goed Zuur, 2801 Welton St. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

2nd Annual Fruit Frenzy. Platt Park Brewing Co., 1875 S. Pearl St. Noon-midnight.

Bagels and Beer Cocktails. Factotum Brewhouse, 845 Lipan St. Noon-2 p.m. $10.

Entertainment

Best bet: Fem Fest 2018All day, all ages music festival with tours led by female comedians in the galleries, tarot readings on the rooftop and free beer, palomas, soda and ice cream. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St. 2-10 p.m. $5-25.

“You’re The Best One.” The Hoffman family rallies together and against each other as they battle over health insurance, child custody, inheritance and superfoods. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $30-36.

The Who’s “Tommy.” Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-80.

Remembering “A Knight to Remember.” Return of the 2012 “haphazard quest disguised as play.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 8 p.m. $15-20.

Mozart’s “Elvira Madigan” Piano Concerto No. 21. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20-95.

Verdi’s “Falstaff.” Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St. 2 p.m. $25-200.

6th Annual Mother’s Day Eve with The Pump and Dump Show. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 8 p.m. $26-45.

Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute). Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

Tattooed Strings farewell show and EP release. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 7 p.m. $10-15.

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9:30 p.m. $20-23.

The Dangerous Summer. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $16-18.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12-15.

“Everyone’s Dead” led by Everyon Orchestra. Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $25-30.

Ryan Hemsworth. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $17-20.

This Will Destroy You. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 9 p.m. $18-150.

Sub.Mission Agency Showcase: N-Type. The Black Box, 314 E. 13th Ave. 9 p.m. $15-20.

John Gunther Quartet: Taking the Trane. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. $18.

Nelson Rangell Quartet. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. $10-20.

Denver Uke Fest concert featuring Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel, Gerald Ross, and Swallow Hill Uke Ensemble. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 7:30 p.m. $27.

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

Wild Lives. The Black Buzzard at Oskar Blues, 1624 Market St. 9 p.m. $5.

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

Hard Candy Presents: Secret Garden. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 7 p.m. $20-25.

Midnight Madness: “Serial Mom.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

Art

Kristen Hatgi Sink, “Milk” opening reception. Gildar Gallery, 82 S. Broadway. 6-9 p.m.

For families

Best bet: 5th Annual My Heart Belongs to Mamma. Pop-up flower shop, photos, live bluegrass, card-making and flower pot painting. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. Noon-4 p.m. 

“Siren Song.” A comedy series for all pirates and their parents. Inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, an audience-suggested song launches each play-full voyage. Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. $7-8.

BookGirl: Mother Daughter Bookclub. Dow Phumiruk will lead a discussion of “Listen, Slowly” and also will present on the book she illustrated, “Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines.” BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Fairmount Cemetery’s Annual Mother’s Day Tour featuring actresses portraying six famous women including May Bonfils, Mattie Siilks and Emily Griffith. Fairmount Cemetery, 430 S. Quebec St. 10 a.m. Mothers free with paying child or adult, $10-12.

Princess Belle Storytime. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 2-3 p.m. $3 per child.

Kids DIY Pizza Party. Includes a small kid’s pizza with up to three toppings, a kids’ drink and one adult beverage. Denver Deep Dish LoHi, 1200 W. 38th Ave. 10 a.m.-noon. $12.

For a cause

Tellerpalooza. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 4:15 p.m. $15-20.

Spring Cleanup: Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 Sheridan Blvd. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration required.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 6:10 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Best bet: Mother’s Day Jazz Dinner. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 6-8:30 p.m. $65 for adults, $40 for kids.

Best bet: Mother’s Day Sugar Bakeshop pop-up with one free beer for mom at Baere Brewing Co., 320 Broadway.  2-5 p.m.

Entertainment

Best bet: Doug Loves MoviesComedy Works, 1226 15th St. 4:20 p.m. $22.

“You’re The Best One.” The Hoffman family rallies together and against each other as they battle over health insurance, child custody, inheritance and superfoods. Curious Theatre Co., 1080 Acoma St. 8 p.m. $30-36.

The Who’s “Tommy.” Stage Theatre, 1101 Speer Blvd. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35-80.

Remembering “A Knight to Remember.” Return of the 2012 “haphazard quest disguised as play.” Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St. 3 p.m. $15-20.

Mozart’s “Elvira Madigan” Piano Concerto No. 21. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $20-95.

Todrick Hall. Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. 7:30 p.m. $32-40.

Pillorian. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 8:30 p.m. $10-12.

Carter Reeves. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 7 p.m. $13-15.

TYR. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 6 p.m. $20-22.

Smile Victoria. Lion’s Lair, 2022 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $6.

Hannibal Buress. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place. 7:30 p.m. $35.

Art

Music in the Galleries: Patterson/Sutton Duo. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 1-3 p.m. Free with museum admission.

Drawn to Glamour Panel Discussion. Panelists include iconic fashion illustrators Jim Howard, David Wolfe and Sandra Vanderpool. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 2 p.m. Free.

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.

For families

Best bet: 5th Annual My Heart Belongs to Mamma. Pop-up flower shop, photos, live bluegrass, card-making and flower pot painting. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. Noon-4 p.m. 

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:10 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.

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