Things to do in Denver this weekend, Jan. 27-29

A whiskey festival, Lunar New Year celebrations and more!
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Lion dancers with Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu march into China Jade Restaurant during Lunar New Year festivities at Federal Boulevard’s Far East Center. Feb. 5, 2022.
Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite

By Cassidy Ritter, Special to Denverite

There's a lot happening in Denver this weekend so let's jump in. There's a winter brew festival, a whiskey festival, a boutique warehouse sale, a tribute concert to Michael Jackson, and more. It's also your last chance to visit Dalí Alive and attend a weekend cooking class at The Seasoned Chef before it closes on Jan. 29 and Jan. 31, respectively.

There are also Lunar New Year celebrations. If you're looking for more ways to celebrate Lunar New Year this weekend and next week, check out Kevin's article.

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

Friday, Jan. 27

Just for fun

*Guided Meditation. Denver Public Library, online.  10-11 a.m. Free. Advanced registration required.

*Friday 5 at 5 Book Buzz. YouTube. 5-5:15 p.m. Free.

All ages

All Ages Storytime. Athmar Park Branch Library, 1055 S. Tejon St.; Ford-Warren Branch Library, 2825 High St. 10:15-11:15 a.m. (Athmar), 10:30-11 a.m. (Ford-Warren). Free.

Game Club. Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 N. Irving St. 3-5:30 p.m. Free (snacks provided). Ages 5-12.

Wild Dreams Overnight. Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St. 7 p.m.-9 a.m. $65. Advanced registration required.

Comedy and theater

Top Secret Stand Up Comedy. Denver Comedy Underground, 1400 N. Williams St. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20 (includes free drink and pizza).

Christopher Titus. Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village. 9:45 p.m. $32.

Art, culture and media

Near East to Far West: A Closer Look. Denver Art Museum,  100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, or online. 9 a.m. (online), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (in person). Prices vary.

Rough Gems: Sacrum. Union Hall, 1750 Wewatta St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Filmmakers for the Prosecution. Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave. 1:30 p.m. $14.95.

Untitled: Artist Takeover. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 6-10 p.m. Free (children ages 18 and under), $12-$19 (adults). Advanced registration required.

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

Eat and drink

Lunar New Year's Dinner Series. Fireside Bar & Grill, 200 Inverness Dr. W., Englewood. 4-10 p.m. $30. Advanced registration recommended.

Couples Class: Italian Road Trip - Romance in Rome. The Seasoned Chef, 999 Jasmine St. 6:30 p.m. $195 (for two).

Music and nightlife

INZO. The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $25 (in advance), $30 (day of).

Who's Bad - A Tribute to Michael Jackson. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $19.99-$25 (in advance), $27 (day of).

Fitness and sports

University of Denver Pioneer Hockey vs. Colorado College Tigers Mens Hockey. Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle. 7 p.m. Prices vary.

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Saturday, Jan. 28

Just for fun

Class: Canvas, Cocktails & Drag. Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 6:30 p.m. $60 (includes wine or beer, materials, instruction and entertainment).

All ages

Zoologist for a Day. Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $65. Advanced registration required.

YMCA Open House. Arvada YMCA, 6350 Eldridge St., Arvada; Aurora YMCA, 6100 S. Kewaunee Way, Aurora; Downtown Denver YMCA, 25 E. 16th Ave., Suite B; Southwest YMCA, 5181 W. Kenyon Ave. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

The Learning Lab: Family Yoga Fun. Ross-Broadway Branch Library, 33 E. Bayaud Ave. 10:30-11 a.m. Free.

Lunar New Year Lion Dance. Hadley Branch Library, 1890 S. Grove St. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Bookmark Making. Smiley Branch Library, 4501 W. 46th Ave. Noon-2 p.m. Free.

Far East Center Lunar New Year 2023. Far East Center, 333 S. Federal Blvd. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

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

Class: Owl Always Love You. Canvas and Cocktails, 8405 Park Meadows Center Dr., Lone Tree. 2 p.m. $35 (children 12 and under), $40 (adults).

Lunar New Year Celebration. Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora. 4 p.m. Free.

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.

Comedy and theater

Hannibal Buress. Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St. 12:30 p.m. $45-$55.

Ryan Hamilton. The Newman Center, 2344 Iliff Ave. 7 p.m. $35.

Top Secret Stand Up Comedy. Denver Comedy Underground, 1400 N. Williams St. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. $20 (includes free drink and pizza).

Late Night Comedy. Grandma's House, 1710 S. Broadway. 9 p.m. Free.

Christopher Titus. Comedy Works South, 5345 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village. 9:45 p.m. $32.

Art, culture and media

Rough Gems: Sacrum. Union Hall, 1750 Wewatta St. Noon-6 p.m. Free.

Lumonics Immersed. Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery, 800 E. 73 Ave., Unit 11. 8 p.m. $15-$25.

Eat and drink

Power of the Puff - Eclairs, Cream Puffs and Gougères. The Seasoned Chef, 999 Jasmine St. 10:30 a.m. $89.

Amber Waves of Gold. Dry Dock Brewing, 2801 Tower Road, Aurora, and 15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. No cover.

Cousins Maine Lobster Grand Opening. Joyride Brewing Co., 2501 Sheridan Blvd., Edgewater. 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. No cover.

Cerveceria Colorado Dias de Drag. Cerveceria Colorado, 1635 Platte St. 11 a.m. $15 (drag ticket), $25 (brunch and drag ticket). Advanced registration required.

Winter Brew Fest. Mile High Station, 2027 W. Colfax Ave. 1-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. $49-$59 (in advance), $59-$69 (day of).

2023 Denver Winter Whiskey Festival. Blake Street Tavern, 2301 Blake St., Ste. 200. 2:30-6 p.m. $47-$95.

Lunar New Year's Dinner Series. Fireside Bar & Grill, 200 Inverness Dr. W., Englewood. 4-10 p.m. $30. Advanced registration recommended.

Couples Class: Middle Eastern Cuisine. The Seasoned Chef, 999 Jasmine St. 6:30 p.m. $185 (for two).

Music and nightlife

Icelantic's Winter Mission ft Alison Wonderland. Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop St. 8 p.m. $49.50 (general admission), $129.50 (GA VIP).

James Hype. The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave. 8 p.m. $12.80-$89 (in advance), $40-89 (day of).

Who's Bad - A Tribute to Michael Jackson. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave. 9 p.m. $19.99-$25 (in advance), $27 (day of).

Fitness and sports

Butterfly Pavilion Rainforest Yoga. Butterfly Pavilion,  6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster. 8 a.m. $10 (non-members), $8 (members). Advanced registration required.

*Denver Nuggets vs. Indiana Pacers. Watch on ABC, or listen at 92.5 FM. 1 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Seattle Kraken. Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle. Watch on ESPN+, Hulu or SN. 1 p.m. Prices vary.

Colorado Mammoth vs. San Diego Seals. Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle. Watch on ESPN+. 7 p.m. Prices vary.

Sunday, Jan. 29

Just for fun

Boutique Warehouse Sale. Number Thirty Eight, 3560 Chestnut Place. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (general admission from 1-3 p.m.), $15 (genearal admission from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., includes free drink), $25 (VIP from 9 a.m.-10 a.m., includes free drink and tote bag).

Rocky Mountain Bridal Show. Crowne Plaza, 15500 E. 40th Ave. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $10 (general admission), $40 (VIP).

Hobby Board Gaming. LUKI Brewery, 14715 W. 64th Ave., Units A&B, Arvada. Noon-8 p.m. Free.

All ages

Far East Center Lunar New Year 2023. Far East Center, 333 S. Federal Blvd. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free.

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

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

Mavens of Movies: Top Gun: Maverick. The Maven, 1850 Wazee St. 5:30 p.m. $10 (general admission, includes popcorn and candy).

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.

Comedy and theater

Triple Threat. Comedy Works Downtown, 1226 15th St. 7 p.m. $14.

Eat and drink

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

Amber Waves of Gold. Dry Dock Brewing, 2801 Tower Road, Aurora, and 15120 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. No cover.

Rollin' Sushi. The Seasoned Chef, 999 Jasmine St. 2:30 p.m. $90.

All Weekend

All ages

Unseen Oceans. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $4 (members) $22.95-$27.95 (non-members). Advanced registration required for timed entry.

Dalí Alive. The Lume at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sunday). Advanced registration required for timed entry.

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

Immersive Monet & The Impressionists. Lighthouse Artspace Denver, 3900 Elati St. Times vary. Starting at $29.99.

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

Art, culture and media

The Dirty South Exhibition. MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St. Noon-7 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday). Free (children 18 and under), $7 (college students, teachers, military, seniors), $10 (adults and members).

Her Brush. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (members and children ages 18 and younger), $12-$19.

The Sand Creek Massacre: The Betrayal that Changed Cheyenne and Arapaho People Forever. History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (members), $15 (non-members).

72 Hours: Stockholm. Magpie Arts Collection on Larimer Square,  1428 Larimer St. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Fridays), 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Saturdays) and 1-5 p.m. (Sundays). Free.

Spookadelia: The Wakening. Spectra Art Space, 1836 S. Broadway. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sunday). $12 (children 10 and under), $20 (adults). Advanced registration required for timed entry.

*Until the Flood. Online. Anytime. Free.

Eat and drink

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

Music and nightlife

Mozart & Now with Peter Oundjian. Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1400 Curtis St. 7:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 1 p.m. (Sunday). Prices vary.

Sports and fitness

*Downtown Denver Rink. 1601 Arapahoe St. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sunday). Free (with your own skates), $9 (rentals for kids 12 and under), $11 (rentals for adults).

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