Things to do in Denver this weekend, August 2-4

16th Street Mall at night.
(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

16th Street Mall at night. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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By Lucy Haggard, for Denverite

Happy weekend! Somehow it’s August already, and I’m not sure how I feel about that, but here we go. As is typical of summer in this city, there are endless events to choose if you want to get out and about.

This Saturday kicks off Denver Days, a week and a half of locally oriented, community-building events. There are a few events in this list affiliated with Denver Days, but there are so many more! Keep an eye on their Facebook page, or check in with your local neighborhood association, for more to come. Also in the outdoor vein, Saturday has Denver International Festival at Civic Center Park to learn about the world and eat as much delicious food as you can find.

For something that’s more air-conditioned, check out the Colorado Symphony playing along to the sixth Harry Potter movie. Or watch Ninja Scroll, a classic anime flick, in the depths of the night. Or go to an art museum, many of which offer free or reduced admission on Saturday.

If nothing else, catch some live tunes at your local watering hole and soak up that sun.

Friday

Markets and fairs

Denver Tattoo Arts Convention. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 2 p.m. to midnight. $20 entry per day.

Union Station Buskerfest. Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St. 5 p.m. Free (donations to buskers appreciated).

Art, culture and media

B-Side Music Fridays. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. 5 p.m. $5.

First Friday Art Walk. Santa Fe Art District, mostly between 5th Ave. and 11th Ave. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free.

Cultural First Fridays: Nativo Americano. Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr. 5-9 p.m. Free admission.

Sabor 2019. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. 6-9 p.m. $100 upwards.

Summer Hafla. Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St. 7 p.m. $10.

First Friday open house. Improper City, 3201 Walnut St. 7-11:30 p.m. Free entry.

Comedy and theater

It’s Not You, It’s Me, The Second City. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 7:30 p.m. $46.

Luenell. Denver Improv, 8246 Northfield Blvd. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $20.

Phoebe Robinson. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $30.

Phamaly Theatre Company presents: Chicago (preview night). The Studio Loft, 7:30 p.m. $25 upwards.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in concert. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20 upwards.

Captain Marvel in IMAX 2D. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 7:30 p.m. $9.95.

Lucha Libre & Laughs: The Summer of Sleaze. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. 8 p.m. $16-19.

Midnight Madness: Ninja Scroll. Landmark’s Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. 11:59 p.m. $9.50.

Eats and drinks

5 Year Anniversary Summer Warehouse BBQ. Moore Collection, 3851 Steele St. 6-9 p.m. Free entry.

Music and nightlife

Flor de Toloache. Levitt Pavilion Denver, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 7 p.m. Free.

The Reals with Brianna Straut. Formerly Zephyr Brewing, 1441 26th St. (next to Biju’s Little Curry Shop). 7-10 p.m. $10.

Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward. Dazzle, 1512 Curtis St. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $15-30.

Bonobo presents Outlier: Denver. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd. 7 p.m. $45.

My Morning Jacket (first night). Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy. 7:30 p.m. $55-95.

Riot All Night feat. LA Riots. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15.

No Limit Records Reunion Tour. Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St. 8 p.m. $29 upwards.

Nina Storey. Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. 1st Ave. 8 p.m. $20.

Live music: DJ Chris Kennedy and Yes Father. Odell Brewing, 2945 Larimer St. 8 p.m. Free entry.

Sidney Gish. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 8:30 p.m. $12.

Zipperz. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $10.

Subtronics. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $27.75-29.

Kill Paris. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $20-25.

One More Time – A Tribute to Daft Punk. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $10-15.

Nolatet. Cervantes’ Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $12-15.

First Friday Summer Disco. The District, 1320 E. 17th Ave. 10 p.m. No cover.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Coors Field, 2001 Blake St. 6:40 p.m. $18 upwards.

Saturday

Festivals, markets and fairs

Taste of Ethiopia (part of Denver Days). Parkfield Lake Park, 15555 E. 53rd Ave. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free entry.

Denver International Festival. Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free entry.

Denver Tattoo Arts Convention. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 11 a.m. to midnight. $20 entry per day.

Skyline Festival and Movie. Zuni Park, 51st and Zuni St. 3-10 p.m. Free.

Union Station Buskerfest. Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St. 5 p.m. Free (donations to buskers appreciated).

Just for fun

Tour and brunch. The GrowHaus, 4751 York St. 10-11:30 a.m. Free (donations accepted).

The Hero’s Journey Fitness Class. Chain Reaction Brewing Company, 902 S. Lipan St. 11 a.m. $15.

REI and VOC’s #VanLife. REI Denver, 1416 Platte St. 2-6 p.m. Free (donations accepted).

Art, culture and media

Summer Family Day. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

Free First Saturday. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Penny admission for Colorado residents. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. One cent.

Singing with Strangers: A Make Your Own Music Show. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. 2 p.m. $25-50.

International Fashion Show Denver. Mirus Gallery Denver, 1144 Broadway. 5:30-10 p.m. $20-50.

Comedy and theater

It’s Not You, It’s Me – The Second City. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $46.

Phamaly Theatre Company presents: Chicago (opening night). The Studio Loft, 7:30 p.m. $40 upwards.

Luenell. Denver Improv, 8246 Northfield Blvd. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $20.

Phoebe Robinson. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $30.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in concert. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 7:30 p.m. $20 upwards.

Captain Marvel in IMAX 2D. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 7:30 p.m. $9.95.

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

Punk Rock Burlesque 5 Year Anniversary. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15-17.

David Huntsberger. Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St. 8 p.m. $10.

Midnight Madness: Ninja Scroll. Landmark’s Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St. 11:59 p.m. $9.50.

Eats and drinks

2nd Annual Harvest Festival. City Park, 1600 City Park Esplanade. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

2nd Annual IPArade. Factotum Brewing, 3845 Lipan St. Noon to 8 p.m. $26.

1 Year Anniversary. Ironton Distillery and Crafthouse, 3636 Chestnut Pl. 3-8 p.m. Free entry.

Music and nightlife

Tower of Power. Levitt Pavilion Denver, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 5:30 p.m. $25-75.

HELLYEAH. Summit, 1902 Blake St. 7 p.m. $34.50-38.

Blinker Fluid Band. Lowry Beer Garden, 7577 E. Academy Blvd. 7 p.m. Free entry.

Charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward. Dazzle, 1512 Curtis St. 7 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. $15-30.

My Morning Jacket (second night). Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy. 7:30 p.m. $55-95.

David Booker Blues Band. BarFly Denver, 4225 W. Colfax Ave. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Bowling for Soup & Reel Big Fish. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $35-40.

Banda MS de Sergio Lizaragga. Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St. 8 p.m. $59 upwards.

Jazz Swing Night feat. Dizzy With A Dame. Your Mom’s House, 608 E. 13th Ave. 8 p.m. $5-8.

Gonzalo Bergara. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $18-20.

The Drums. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 8:30 p.m. $20-22.

Mile High Mayhem presents: The Nuns of Brixton. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $15.

Suffering Hour. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12.

Cody Canada & The Departed. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $22.

Sports

Denver Outlaws vs. Boston Cannons. Broncos Stadium at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St. 4 p.m. $20-60.

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Coors Field, 2001 Blake St. 6:10 p.m. $20 upwards.

Sunday

Festivals, markets and fairs

RiNo Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 35th St. and Larimer St., outside EXDO Event Center. Free entry.

Denver Tattoo Arts Convention. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $20 entry per day.

Overland Park Neighborhood Association’s Block Party. Pasquinel’s Landing, W. Evans Ave. and S. Huron St. 4-8 p.m. Free.

Union Station Buskerfest. Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St. 5 p.m. Free (donations to buskers appreciated).

Just for fun

Yoga Rocks the Park. Sunken Gardens Park, 9th Ave. and Speer Blvd. 8-11:30 a.m. Free.

Crowd Powered Music: The Outernet. The Attic, 2345 7th St. 6:30 p.m. $22.

Harry Potter Birthday Party. BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $30.

Art, culture and media

Cherry Blossom Painting Class. Spectra Art Space, 1836 S. Broadway. 2-4 p.m. $28.

Comedy and theater

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in concert. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St. 1 p.m. $20 upwards.

It’s Not You, It’s Me – The Second City. Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. $42.

Phamaly Theatre Company presents: Chicago (opening night). The Studio Loft, 7:30 p.m. $40 upwards.

Eats and drinks

Somali Food Cooking Class with The Same Plate. Sun Valley Kitchen, 1260 Decatur St. 4 p.m. $40.

Music and nightlife

Reverend Horton Heat. Levitt Pavilion Denver, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 4 p.m. Free.

Sunny Sweeney. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 6 p.m. $20.

The Heavy Heavies. City Park, 1600 City Park Esplanade. 6 p.m. Free.

PRETTYMUCH. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St. 7 p.m. $32.95.

Gregory Alan Isakov. Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy. 7 p.m. $45-75.

Amo Amo. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $12.

Flynt Flossy and Turquoise Jeep. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $16.

Sports

Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers. Coors Field, 2001 Blake St. 1:10 p.m. $10 upwards.


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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Lucy Haggard is a student journalist at University of Colorado Boulder. She’s News Director at Radio 1190 KVCU, the student radio station, and was previously Editor-In-Chief for CU Independent, the student news site. When she’s not ditching class to report the news, she’s probably geeking out over a map. Follow her on Twitter @lucy_haggard.

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