Things to do in Denver this weekend, July 1-4

Independence Day stuff, Renaissance stuff, art stuff … all the stuff!

Sir Bruan gallops with a sword during the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur. July 4, 2021.

Sir Bruan gallops with a sword during the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur. July 4, 2021.

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By Cassidy Ritter

 

Happy 4th of July, Denver!

 

Are you ready for the long weekend? From the Cherry Creek Arts Festival to Fan Expo Denver, the Greeley Stampede and the Colorado Renaissance Fair there’s a lot happening this weekend. The Colorado Rockies also have a few home games, some cities are putting on firework displays and there will be several free concerts across town.

 

Notes: Events with an * are taking place virtually or outdoors. 

 

Friday

 

Just for fun

First Friday Pop-Up Book Sale. Smiley Branch Library, 4501 W. 46th Ave. 4-8 p.m. No cover.

Fan Expo Denver. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 4-9 p.m. $47.

*Fireworks Display. Infinity Park Stadium and Infinity Park South, 950 S. Birch St., Glendale. 9:30 p.m. Free.

 

Comedy and theater

Neal Brennan: Unacceptable. Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $35.

Kaseem Bentley And Mateen Stewart. Denver Comedy Underground, 1400 N. Williams St. 8 p.m. $15.

 

Art, culture and media

*Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Cherry Creek North, along 2nd and 3rd avenues from Clayton to Steele streets. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Casting Currents. Walker Fine Art, 300 W. 11th Ave. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

AURA. Union Hall, 1750 Wewatta St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Seed Vault. K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Malinalli on the Rocks. Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr. Noon-6 p.m. Free (members, children 13 and under), $5 (students, seniors, artists, teachers and military members), $8 (general admission).

*First Friday Art Walk. Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee St. 5-9 p.m. Free.

*First Friday Art Walk. Art District on Santa Fe, from 13th to Alameda avenues and Kalamath to Inca streets. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free.

First Friday Paint and Sit. John “Thunderbird Man” Emhoolah Jr. Branch Library, 675 Santa Fe Dr. 6:30-9 p.m. Advanced registration required.

Class: American Skies Wood Panel. Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 6:30 p.m. $50.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. Lighthouse Denver, 3900 Elati St. Times vary. $34.99 (children ages 6-16), $54.99 (adults, general admission), $99.99 (VIP). Advanced registration required for timed entry.

 

 

Eats and drinks

Stanley Farmers Market. Stanley Market, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora. 3-7 p.m. No cover.

Street Food Social. Downtown Lakewood, 439 S. Upham St. 5-9 p.m. No cover.

 

Music and nightlife

Denver Municipal Band Concert. Cranmer Park, 4501 E. 1st Ave. 6-8:30 p.m. Free.

Good for Nothing Thunder Mountain Boys and Hot Like Wasabi 90’s Music. Number 38, 3560 Chestnut Place. 5-10 p.m. No cover.

*Dirty Heads. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison. 6:30 p.m. Prices vary.

 

Sports and fitness

*Mindfulness and Meditation. Denver Public Library, online. 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Advanced registration required.

*Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks. Coors Field, 2001 Blake St. Watch on ATT SportsNet-RM or listen at 850 AM. 6:10 p.m. Prices vary (includes post-game fireworks).

 

Saturday

 

Just for fun

*Independence Celebration. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (children ages 6 and under and members), $8 (youth), $9 (seniors and military), $10 (adults).

Fan Expo Denver. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $67.

*Colorado Renaissance Fair. 650 Perry Park Ave., Larkspur. Times vary. $11 (children ages 5-12), $26.50 (adults).

*Independence Day on Larimer Square. Larimer Square, 1430 Larimer St. 4-8 p.m. No cover.

 

Comedy and theater

Neal Brennan: Unacceptable. Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $35.

Kaseem Bentley And Mateen Stewart. Denver Comedy Underground, 1400 N. Williams St. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. $15.

Josh Blue. Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village. 8:30 p.m. $28.

 

Art, culture and media

*Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Cherry Creek North, along 2nd and 3rd avenues from Clayton to Steele streets. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

Casting Currents. Walker Fine Art, 300 W. 11th Ave. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

Summer Series: Family Dance Party. Bob Ragland Branch Library, 1900 35th St. Noon-1 p.m. Free.

Seed Vault. K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Malinalli on the Rocks. Museo de las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Dr. Noon-6 p.m. Free (members, children 13 and under), $5 (students, seniors, artists, teachers and military members), $8 (general admission).

AURA. Union Hall, 1750 Wewatta St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Class: AmeriColorado. Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 2 p.m. $35 (children ages 12 and under, includes free drink), $40 (adults, includes free drink).

Lumonics Immersed. Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery, 800 E. 73 Ave., Unit 11. 8-10:30 p.m. $25.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. Lighthouse Denver, 3900 Elati St. Times vary. $34.99 (children ages 6-16), $54.99 (adults, general admission), $99.99 (VIP). Advanced registration required for timed entry.

 

Eats and drinks

*City Park Farmers Market. City Park Esplanade, East Colfax Avenue and Columbine Street. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.

*Union Station Farmers Market. Union Station, 1701n Wynkoop St. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.

*University Hills Farmers Market. University Hills Plaza, 2500 S. Colorado Blvd. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.

*Downtown Lakewood Farmers Market. 439 S. Upham St., Lakewood. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.

*Cherry Creek Fresh Market. Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 1st Ave. and University Blvd. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. No cover.

4th of July Celebration: A Boozy Taste of America. Stir Cooking School, 3215 Zuni St. 1-3 p.m. $90.

Introduction to Extract Brewing. The Brew Hut, 15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora. 1-4 p.m. $25.

Culinary Date Night: Modern American. Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, 43 W. 9th Ave. 6-9:30 p.m. $119.

 

Music and nightlife

Sugar Britches. Number 38, 3560 Chestnut Place. 4-6 p.m. No cover.

TheBigWonderful Concert with Magic Beans and That Damn Sasquatch. Belleview Beer Garden, 6751 E. Chenango Ave. 4-8 p.m. $25 (general admission), $55 (general admission and beer fest).

*Zeds Dead. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison. 5 p.m. Prices vary.

*Shakedown Street. Levitt Pavilion Denver, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 6-10 p.m. Free. Advanced registration required.

*KYGO Birthday Bash with Chris Young, Walker Hayes, and Others. Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Greenwood Village. 4:30 p.m. Prices vary.

Chris Stapleton. Ball Arena, 1000 chopper Circle. 7 p.m. Prices vary.

 

Sports and fitness

*Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks. Coors Field, 2001 Blake St. Watch on ATT SportsNet-RM or listen at 850 AM. 7:10 p.m. Prices vary (includes post-game fireworks).

 

Sunday

 

Just for fun

Fan Expo Denver. Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $52.

*Colorado Renaissance Fair. 650 Perry Park Ave., Larkspur. Times vary. $11 (children ages 5-12), $26.50 (adults).

*Independence Day on Larimer Square. Larimer Square, 1430 Larimer St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. No cover.

*Independence Eve at Civic Center Park. Civic Center Park, 101 14th Ave. 4-9:45 p.m. No cover.

*Fireworks at Elitch Gardens. Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, 2000 Elitches Circle. 9 p.m. $49.99 (in advance), $69.99 (at the gate).

 

Art, culture and media

*Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Cherry Creek North, along 2nd and 3rd avenues from Clayton to Steele streets. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.

Class: Open Paint WITH an Artist. Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $25 (includes materials and a free drink).

Class: Pink Piglet. Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 2 p.m. $35 (children ages 12 and under), $40 (adults).

Class: American Skies. Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 6:30 p.m. $40.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit. Lighthouse Denver, 3900 Elati St. Times vary. $34.99 (children ages 6-16), $54.99 (adults, general admission), $99.99 (VIP). Advanced registration required for timed entry.

 

Eat and drinks

*Central Park Farmers Market. Founders Green at Central Park, 7601 29th Ave . 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. No cover.

*Arvada Farmer’s Market. Olde Town Square, 5700 Olde Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. No cover.

*Highland Square Farmers Market. 32nd Ave. and Lowell Blvd. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.

*People + Produce at Belleview Station. Belleview Station, 4910 S. Newport St. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

*South Pearl Street Farmers Market. 1400 and 1500 block of Old South Pearl St. between Florida Ave. and Iowa Ave. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.

Brunch @ The Waldschänke. Waldschänke Ciders & Coffee, 4100 Jason St. 9-2 p.m. Prices vary.

Sunday Bingo Brunch. Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. No cover.

 

Music and nightlife

*The Altons with Wes Watkins. Levitt Pavilion Denver, 1380 W. Florida Ave. 4-8 p.m. Free. Advanced registration required.

*Zeds Dead. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison. 5 p.m. Prices vary.

Chris Stapleton. Ball Arena, 1000 chopper Circle. 7 p.m. Prices vary.

Love Stallion Independence Day Weekend Party. Mile High Spirits, 2201 Lawrence St. 7 p.m. $10.

*Stars and Stripes Forever: Concert and Fireworks. Breckenridge Brewery Farmhouse Beer Garden, 2920 Brewery Lane, Littelton, on online. 8-10 p.m. $10 (children 12 and under), $15 (livestream), $17 (students), $30 (seniors), $35 (adults). Advanced registration recommended.

 

Sports and fitness

*Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks. Coors Field, 2001 Blake St. Watch on ATT SportsNet-RM or listen at 850 AM. 1:10 p.m. Prices vary.

 

Monday

 

Just for fun

Independence Day Celebration. Belleview Park, 5001 S. Inca Dr., Englewood, and Cornerstone Park, 5150 S. Windermere St., Littleton. 1-6 p.m. Free.

*4th of July Spectacular. Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora. 6-10 p.m. (fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.). Free.

 

Music and nightlife

*Blues Traveler. Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison. 6 p.m. Prices vary.

 

Sports and fitness

*Let Freedom Run 5k/10k. Louisville Recreation & Senior Center, 900 Via Appia Way, Louisville. 7 a.m. (races start). $40 (5k), $50 (10k).

*Colorado Rapids vs Austin FC. Dick’s Sporthing Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way, Commerce City. Watch on ESPN+ and Altitude TV or listen at 95.2 FM. 7 p.m. Prices vary.

*Colorado Rockies vs. LA Dodgers. Watch on ATT SportsNet-RM or listen at 850 AM. 7:10 p.m. 

 

All weekend

 

Just for fun

*Greeley Stampede. Greeley Stampede Grandstand, 600 N. 14th Ave., Greeley. 4:30-11 p.m. (Friday), 9 a.m.-11 p.m. (Saturday), 9 a.m.-10:45 p.m. (Sunday), 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (Monday). Prices vary.

*Free Denver Tours. Colorado State Capitol front steps, 200 E. Colfax Ave. 10 a.m. $2.

 

Art, culture and media

Mazes & Brain Games. Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 9-5 p.m. $20.95-27.45. Advanced registration required for timed entry.

Heroine of the Titanic. Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Friday) and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday), closed (Monday). Free (members and children under 5), $10-$16.

Carla Fernández Casa de Moda. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free-$18.

Modern Women/Modern Vision. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free-$18.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Inside the Walls. Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, 1201 Bannock St. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and Noon-5 p.m. (Sunday), closed (Monday). $8 (students, teachers, seniors, active duty military), $10 (general admission).

Brighter Than Love. Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee St. Noon-7 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), Noon-5 p.m. (Sunday), closed (Monday). Free.

Clarissa Tossin: Falling From Earth. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. Noon-9 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). Free (members and children 18 and under), $7 (college student, teacher, senior), $10 (adult).

Guadalupe Maravilla. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. Noon-9 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), closed (Monday). Free (members and children 18 and under), $7 (college student, teacher, senior), $10 (adult).

Tania Candiani: For the Animals. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. Noon-9 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), closed (Monday). Free (members and children 18 and under), $7 (college student, teacher, senior), $10 (adult).

The Art of Banksy. Denver Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway. 2-9 p.m. (Fridays), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Saturdays), noon a.m.-8 p.m. (Sundays), closed (Monday). $29.99-34.99 (children), $39.99-54.99 (general admission).

Enlightenment. Core Art Space, 6501 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood. 5-10 p.m. (Friday), Noon-5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday), closed (Monday). Free.

*Denver Public Art Self Guided and Virtual Tours. Various locations and online. Anytime. Free.

*Gardens Navigator. Denver Botanic Gardens, online. Anytime. Free.

*Pre-recorded Art Classes. Canvas and Cocktails, online. Anytime. $20 (materials sold separately).

 

Eats and drinks

*Cooking on Demand. The Seasoned Chef, online. Anytime. $35.

 

Sports and fitness

*City Skate. Skyline Beer Garden, 1601 Arapahoe St. 11 a.m.-10 p.m (Friday-Saturday) and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sunday-Monday). $7 (children ages 12 and under), $9 (adults).

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