Things to do in Denver this weekend, June 1-3

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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Bonni-Sue Schopp and her pooches, Koda (right) and Marilyn Mae in front of their Whittier home, May 30, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Bonni-Sue Schopp and her pooches, Koda (right) and Marilyn Mae in front of their Whittier home, May 30, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

It’s June and it really, really feels like summer now. (As opposed to before, when it only really felt like summer.) Here are all things you can do to soak up the heat or hide from it.

Note: Websites for the many Denver venues that use Ticketfly have been down due to “a cyber incident” while I’ve been working on this list. I’ll update when I can access them again.

Friday

Food & drink

Denver Deep Dish Party at Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 4:30-9 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Lucha Libre & Laughs: Wrestle Party Night 1Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $20-80.

Best bet: First Friday Film Series: “Qamaniq” and “Ovarian Psycos.” Feral Mountain Co., BYO chair, food and drink. Dogs welcome. 4320 Tennyson St. 8-10 p.m. Free.

Best bet: People’s Fair Art & Music Festival. Civic Center Park, 101 14th Ave. 5-11 p.m. Free-$30.

Best bet: Midnight Madness: “Spirited Away.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

“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. $34-44.

“Human Error.” After a mix-up by their fertility doctor, Heather is impregnated with the wrong child. Now two very different couples face a nine-month odyssey of culture shock, clashing values, changing attitudes and unlikely friendships. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $35.

“School of Rock.” Based on the hit movie. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

Remote Denver. Join a group of 50 people on a guided audio tour that seems to follow you as much as you are following it. You’re not just audience members—you’re actors and spectators. Starts at Lincoln Park, corner of 13th Avenue and Mariposa Street. 6 p.m. $35.

Michael Franti & Spearhead. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $55-75.

Kid Reverie. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $7.

Randall Conrad Olinger. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. 

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

Briana Harris and Angela Parrish. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 11 p.m. Free.

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

Art

Best bet: First Friday Art Walk. The galleries and studios in Denver’s art districts will leave their doors open after-hours to welcome the curious with wine, beer, special exhibits, demonstrations and music. Your options:

Santa Fe Art District, along Santa Fe drive from Alameda to 12th Avenue.

River North Art District. This one is more spread out. Here’s a gallery list.

Tennyson Street Cultural District, along Tennyson Street from 39th to 45th Avenue. Here’s a map.

Free admission at Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 5-8 p.m. 

Free admission at Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive. 5-9 p.m. 

Free day at the Mizel Museum, 400 S. Kearney St. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

“Little Brown Skin Girls: Part 3” opening reception. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 2:30-5 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Chalk Art Festival. Larimer Square. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 6:40 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Food & drink

Best bet: Truck Stop: Food Truck Rally. Five blocks of food trucks, vendors, live music and craft beverages near Coffee at The Point, 710 E. 26th Ave. 1-8 p.m.

Pancakes with Purnell. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9 a.m. Free.

Crawfish Boil Summer Party with live music from Tony Trahan and the BlueKrewe from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Max Gill and Grill, 1052 S. Gaylord St. Noon-6 p.m. $9-30.

New Wave Strawberry Berliner Weisse release party. Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St. 8 p.m.-midnight.

OMF & TRVE collab bottle release. Our Mutual Friend Brewery, 2810 Larimer St. Noon-midnight.

Raspberry Sherbert crowler release. Station 26 Brewing Co., 7045 E. 38th Ave. 1-11 p.m.

Robot Librarian collaboration can release. Fiction Beer Co., 7101 E. Colfax Ave. 1-11 p.m. 

Entertainment

Best bet: Lucha Libre & Laughs Wrestleparty Night 2Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 7 p.m. $20-80.

Best bet: People’s Fair Art & Music Festival. Civic Center Park, 101 14th Ave. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free-$30.

Best bet: Midnight Madness: “Spirited Away.” Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. Midnight. $9.50.

“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. $42-48.

“Human Error.” After a mix-up by their fertility doctor, Heather is impregnated with the wrong child. Now two very different couples face a nine-month odyssey of culture shock, clashing values, changing attitudes and unlikely friendships. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $35.

“School of Rock.” Based on the hit movie. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

Remote Denver. Join a group of 50 people on a guided audio tour that seems to follow you as much as you are following it. You’re not just audience members—you’re actors and spectators. Starts at Lincoln Park, corner of 13th Avenue and Mariposa Street. 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. $35.

The Motet with special guests. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 7 p.m. $35-68.50.

Opera on Tap. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 6-8 p.m. $8-10.

Wild Lives EP release. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

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

Miles Lujan and Alex Heffron. Nocturne, 1330 27th St. 11 p.m. Free.

Lost Dog Ensemble (Tom Waits tribute). Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $10-20.

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

Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game. The audience and hosts take a drink each time a comic returns to a familiar tic or premise. Comedy RoomRoom, 2104 Larimer St. 7-10 p.m. $5.

Mile High Soul Club. Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $5.

Art

Best bet: Art of Summer Kickoff and free day at Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

“Bodies⁵” opening. Featuring work byAlpay Efe, Eliza Ivanova, Joseph Martinez, Aaron Nagel and John Wentz. Abend Gallery, 1412 Wazee St. 6-9 p.m.

For families

Best bet: Chalk Art Festival. Larimer Square. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.

Five Points Walking Tour. Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton St. 2-3:30 p.m. Free.

Swinging Under the Stars: Paris Swing Set with swing dancing lessons. Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th St. 7:30-10 p.m.

For a cause

Hops & Hope. Beer tasting to benefit the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Blake Street Tavern, 2301 Blake St. 1-3:30 p.m. $25.

2018 Denver Brain Tumor Walk. Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 N. Sheridan Blvd. 7:30 a.m. Youth walk for free, adults 18 and over $25 in advance or $35 day-of.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 5:15 p.m.

Sunday

Food & drink

Downtown Brunch with the Adam Bodine Trio. Dazzle Jazz, 1512 Curtis St. 9 a.m. $5.

Entertainment

Best bet: People’s Fair Art & Music Festival. Civic Center Park, 101 14th Ave. 5-10 p.m. Free-$30. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Best bet: Tea Leaf Green and TulaLevitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 5 p.m. Free.

“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. 2 p.m. $24-34.

“Human Error.” After a mix-up by their fertility doctor, Heather is impregnated with the wrong child. Now two very different couples face a nine-month odyssey of culture shock, clashing values, changing attitudes and unlikely friendships. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 1:30 p.m. $35.

“School of Rock.” Based on the hit movie. Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $30-115.

Remote Denver. Join a group of 50 people on a guided audio tour that seems to follow you as much as you are following it. You’re not just audience members—you’re actors and spectators. Starts at Lincoln Park, corner of 13th Avenue and Mariposa Street. 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. $35.

Marshemello. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway. 5 p.m. $45-65.

Rick Lobato. 3 Kings Tavern, 60 S. Broadway. 6 p.m. Free.

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

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

For families

Flower Storytime with planting education and a take home flower to grow. Second Star to the Right, 4353 Tennyson St. 2-3 p.m. $3 per craft.

For your body

Big Gay 5K. New weekend and new location this year. Cheesman Park, 1900 E. 11th Ave. 9 a.m.

For a cause
Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 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.