Things to do in Denver, Oct. 18-20

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David Nehls plays the piano inside a practice studio at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts education center. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

By Shannon Robinson, for Denverite

It's already time to do things again. Here are some of my best bets.

Surely some of are still waiting for your acceptance letter from Hogwarts. In the meantime, stop by the Harry Potter themed art gallery this weekend to take a piece of the magic home with you.

Also: This weekend offers the chance to be the start of something new with the opening night of the Denver Comedy Lounge.

Comfort food season is upon us. Learn how to make various dishes this weekend around town including unique recipes for street tacos, macaroni and cheese, and pastries. Or pretend spring is still here and head to the Denver Art Museum with a preview of the latest Claude Monet exhibit.

Do the monster mash at Elitch Gardens Fright Fest 2019 or dance the night away at Brick + Mortar, RL Grime, Maluma, Rising Appalachia and more!


Just for fun

Enchanted Hollows: Bigfoot Festival. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St. 6-10  p.m. $14-20.

PawsCo Wags and Whiskers Soirée. DaVita Inc., 2000 16th St. 7 p.m. $100 and up.

Science, history and nature

Behind the Scenes at DinoRidge and DMNS. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 9:30 a.m. $45-55 online registration.

Art, culture and media

Harry Potter Art - Christopher Clark. Incredible Art Gallery, 1020 15th St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Comedy and theater

Grand Opening of Denver Comedy Lounge. Denver Comedy Lounge, 3559 Larimer St. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Hit and Run: Musical Improv.Voodoo Comedy, 1260 22nd St. 8 p.m. $13.

Eats and drinks

Mexican Street Food With a Twist - Cooking Class by Cozymeal. Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, 1550 Court Pl. 6 p.m. $95.

Cocktails & Tastes Tour. 1701 Wynkoop St. 4:15 p.m. $45.

Bell's Brewery Tap Takeover. Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden, 4995 Argonne St. 6 p.m. Prices vary.

Not Your Mama's Afternoon Tea: Steady Steepin'. Whittier Cafe, 1710 E.25th Ave. 4 p.m. $20.

Music and nightlife

Sara Bareilles. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir. 8 p.m. $35-105.

Michael Franti & Spearhead. The Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop St. 7 p.m. $52.95-99.50.

Futuristic. Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom & Cervantes' Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 8 p.m. $17-20.

The Main Squeeze.  Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom & Cervantes' Other Side, 2637 Welton St. 9 p.m. $20-25.

Phantoms. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E.Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $17-20.

Faye Webster. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E.Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $14.

BENZI. Temple Nightclub Denver, 1136 Broadway. 9 p.m. $14-40.

Jonsi & Alex. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl. 7 p.m. $39.50-99.50.

Michale Graves. Herman's Hideaway, 1578 S.Broadway. 8 p.m. $15 and up.

Brick + Mortar. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m.  $15.


Festivals, markets and fairs

Rueth Team Fall Festival. 1510 S. Grant St. 1-3 p.m. Free.

GROWLOWEEN: A Spooktacular event for DOGS. Three Dog Bakery, 1503 Boulder St. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $5.

Urban Market. Skyline Park, 1100 16th Street Mall. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free.

La Cosecha Community Harvest Festival. 5200 W.43rd Ave. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Just for fun

Elitch Gardens Fright Fest 2019. Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir. 3-5 p.m. $59.99 and up.

Art, culture and media

Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature Member Preview. Frederic C. Hamilton Building, 100 W.14th Ave Pkwy. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Online registration required.

Comedy and theater

Neustadt JAAMM Fest: "In the Trenches". The Elaine Wolf Theatre, 350 S. Dahlia St. 7:30-9:15 p.m. $25-30.

Eats and drinks

Denver Intuitive Eating Pumpkin Picnic. Cheesman Park, 100 Franklin St. 11 a.m. Free.

Beer Bust .Trade, 475 Santa Fe Dr. 3-7 p.m. $10-14.

Cupid's Bathrobe Brunch.  Zeppelin Station - 3501 Wazee St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15-100.

Rockies for Rwanda: 2019 Craft Beer Fest in Denver. Posner Center for International Development, 1031 33rd St. 3 p.m. $35.

Cherry Creek Fresh Market. Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 3000 E.1st Ave. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Free.

Music and nightlife

Papadosio. Summit, 1902 Blake St. 8 p.m. $27.

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram. Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $15.

The Distillers. Ogden Theatre, 935 E.Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $30-40.

The Main Squeeze. Ophelia's Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St. 9 p.m. $40-50.

Defunk. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E.Colfax Ave.  8 p.m. $15-18.

RL Grime. The Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop St. 8 p.m. $35 and up.

Aldous Harding. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 9 p.m. $18-20.

Hiss Golden Messenger. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St. 9 p.m. $23-25.

Guerilla Toss. Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. $12-15.

Jonathan Richman. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave. 8 p.m. $25-27.


Festivals, markets and fairs

The Bloody Mary Festival. EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $44-55.

Fall Flannel Festival. Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

Just for fun

Ghosts of Capitol Hill Tour. 1288 Gilpin St. 6:30 p.m. $21.

Art, culture and media

Colorado International SciFi Fantasy Film Festival. The Bug Theater, 3654 Navajo St. 3-9 p.m. $5.

Comedy and theater

Improvised Shakespeare Company Tickets.The Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St. 2 p.m. $35 and up.

Al Jackson. Larimer Square Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. 7 p.m. $14.

Voodoo Comedy Student Showcase. Voodoo Comedy, 1260 22nd St. 7 p.m. $8.

Eats and drinks

Cooking Class Vegan Comfort Food: Mac and Cheese. Cultivated Synergy,2901 Walnut St. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

High Altitude Baking Lesson.1085 Pearl St. Noon-3 p.m. $30.

Music and nightlife

Maluma. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir. 7 p.m. $39 and up.

Municipal Waste. Summit, 1902 Blake St. 6 p.m. $24.

Rising Appalachia. Ogden Theatre, 935 E.Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $35-40.

Justin Stone. The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. 7 p.m. $12-17.

Black Lips. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. 8 p.m. $23.

Lido. Lost Lake Lounge, 3602 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $25.75 and up.

Goddamn Gallows. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 7 p.m. $17-20.

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