WEEKLY EVENTS: June 13, 2014 – June 19, 2014
Denver! In case you are looking for a place to watch the action, peep these lists of venues from Denver Off the Wagon and Denver Eater. (And I actually found this beginner’s guide to the 2014 World Cup to be fairly helpful.)
Otherwise, there are lots of other FREE, family-friendly events that should get you through the week.
(And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend.)
Juneteenth is a national festival that originally began to commemorate the end of slavery. Today, it is an annual opportunity for people of all kinds to come together and celebrate diversity. Hosted in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood, this year’s two-day festival will feature a beauty pageant, car show, battle of the bands, art walk, parade, youth activities, and concert from the Grammy-nominated Les Nubians. FREE.
(the world we’ve created) smashes together live performance, visual installation, and interactive video and sound environments in a gallery/theater show that delves into the act of creation and the perception of scarcity to create a luscious world of movement, image, sound, and experience. Performances are at 6:30pm & 8:30pm nightly (except for Sunday 6/15, when there is only a 6:30pm show). Tickets run $16 – $25.
Do you speak Spanish or kind of speak Spanish? Have you been looking for an opportunity to practice? Then dust off those tildas and head on over to Hooked on Colfax this Friday night to have some drinks, roll your Rs and make some new amigos. Como se dice, “I got World Cup fever!”? FREE.
You’ve played drinking games at home, now play them with the Denver Film Society! They give you the rules and thanks to Breckenridge Brewery, the first 50 guests get their first drink on the house! Drink specials run all night long, with a bar in the theater so you won’t miss a second of the movie (thank god). Tickets run $7 – $10. Please drink and watch responsibly; only guests 21 and over will be allowed to attend Films on Tap screenings. PS I seriously love this movie.
Mile High Soul Club is bringing a soul party to DADA Art Bar this Friday night. Cut a rug and shake a tail feather with your MHSC soul daddies while getting acquainted with one of the newest bars in town! For FREE!
Le Jardin Secret is not your average summer market. At this French-inspired chefs’ market, foodies can shop for dairy, meat, bread, produce and other goods – all with a mimosa in hand. Think perfect tomatoes, French cheeses, grassfed tenderloins, and artisanal bread. Free parking is available on the top levels of the Larimer Square Garage (14th and Market Streets) during market hours to the first 40 Le Jardin Secret customers. Customers must ask for a validation pass from the Mile High Business Alliance representative at the Le Jardin Secret welcome booth. FREE.
Yoga and Beer? Sounds like Namaste to me! The Vine Street Pub & Brewery will be hosting yoga on Saturday, June 14th, at 10am. Taylor Reiser with be teaching an hour-long class for FREE on their West patio. The first 25 people to show up receive a free mimosa or pint of Mountain Sun beer. Haaaaaaaay…
Come on out for the season finale of Duck Duck Dupe! What is Duck Duck Dupe you ask? Well, at each performance Buntport presents you with three stories related to a theme. This month’s theme is: Dance! Two of these tales are true, but one of them is nothing but a fib. Can you figure out which one is baloney? Fun for all ages (seriously grown-ups, this is an event that both you and your kids will enjoy), cute contests, and prizes to boot. Tickets are just $6 – $8, with $1 off if you dress as a duck, or something pretending to be a duck. (So in other words, whatever you were planning to wear that day anyway.) PLUS! This month enjoy free ice-cream provided by Sweet Action Ice-Cream!
The adorable film Up will be playing on an outdoor screen in a cemetery. Yes, a cemetery. Bring your family along with chairs and blankets to this event, which includes not just a FREE movie but free popcorn.
Saturday, June 14, 2014, doors at 8pm, show at 9pm: The Pump and Dump: A Parentally Incorrect Comedy Show at the Hard Rock Cafe
Shayna Ferm, comedian and mother, hosts a raucous evening of comedy, inappropriate music, prizes, drinking, swearing, and commiseration. Audience participation (with prizes!) includes “Never Have I Ever – Parents Edition,” and a cathartic review of the most “F-ed up Thing Your Kids Did This Week”. This mother-created show is designed to let breeders throw a few back, have some laughs, and remind themselves who they once were. PLUS this special Father’s Day edition features daddy comedians Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, as well as cigars from Jerri’s cigars, and Scotch, brandy, and bourbon pairings. Tickets run $15 – $30.
Well, well, well…it’s been far too long since the Black Amex crew gave us all a reason to dance. They’re not celebrating anything special other than the love of summer and a night of heavy drinking (in combination with dancing like a maniac). It’s going to be an all-night adventure with DJ Shannon von Kelly and Black Amex playing together, with a very special live set by the one and only Dinosaurus Rex. Dress to impress Denver. FREE.
Join Councilwoman Jeanne Robb for the annual City Council District 10 ice-cream social, which kicks off the 2014 SummerTunes event series. This year they’ll be topping off your “sundae” with an ensemble performance from the Colorado Symphony. Kids will enjoy face painting and balloon animals. Folks are encouraged to bring their own lawn or camp chairs, and to dine-in or order takeout from their favorite Cherry Creek restaurant. FREE.
Bring your own games or play some of the ones available in-house. Meet new people, get a little competitive. $12 pitchers of select drafts.
Comedy debating ha ha times. Debates this month include Tools vs. Fools, Treasure vs. Treason, Eiffel Tower vs. Statue of Liberty, Art vs. Science, and the headlining event, Mother Nature vs. Father Time. FREE.
The Huddle brings sports enthusiasts together to converse about sports/civic issues, and this afternoon they’ll specifically be watching the first match the USA is playing at the 2014 World Cup against Ghana (who knocked the USA out of the last two World Cups). Soccer, thoughtful discussion, and a few tasty beverages – it’s a wonderful excuse to leave work a bit early, and yell at an enormous screen. FREE.
Tenants, members and neighbors from the Curtis Park/Five Points community are invited to come on out for a night of summer fun and community. Join the Posner Center for International Development in their pop-up parking lot picnic grove to eat some tamales from El Centro Humanitario, play with bubbles, and/or get your face painted. Local vendors will also be in attendance, including Mo Betta Green (who will be doing a juicing demo), Public Coffee (sparking dialogue with their tandem cups), eGo CarShare, Street Blossoms, and Green Door Living. FREE.
Grab some grub at Civic Center Eats or bring your own brown bag from home then join DPL for lunch and an adult storytime every Tuesday in the Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery, at the Central Library. Each week, they’ll read some of the greatest short stories, old and new – stories of suspense, thrills, and dark humor. Readings will begin at 12:15pm and will last approximately 30 minutes, so guests have time to enjoy their lunch and a story without taking too much time from their j-o-b. Plus, Whole Foods Market will provide a variety of sweet desserts for each event. Come break-up your day people! FREE.
Come for the free workshops, but stay for the party and the exciting raffle prizes! In addition to the complimentary food and refreshments, BDA instructors will be presenting four FREE workshops covering WordPress, filmmaking, InDesign, and Photoshop. This free event starts at 5pm at their new Denver location in Cherry Creek, inside Thrive’s Coworking Space at 201 Milwaukee Street. Please be sure to pre-register and peep the schedule of events on this page! FREE.
This hipster-flavored market features organic produce, flowers, local wares, live music, and food trucks. Come celebrate their second year, which features even MORE vendors than last. Held on the lawn of the South Broadway Christian Church at 23 Lincoln Street.
Looking for a new environment to practice your yoga skills this spring? Well how about amongst the natural setting of the Denver Botanic Gardens? The Denver Botanic Gardens is now hosting a weekly Vinyasa yoga class, taught by Blake Burger. Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. All levels are welcome; please bring a mat, a towel, and water. $10 members, $12 non-members. Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted.
Come see The Narrators in their new home at the Buntport Theater! If you haven’t been to this show before, it is pure gold. It’s essentially like This American Life unfolding right in front of your beautiful smiling face. One of the best things to do in Denver, hands down. This month’s theme is “Broke”, and serves as a kickoff to their fundraising campaign to expand their programming. Admission is FREE, plus there is cheap can beer to sip on while you listen, haaaaaaaaaaay.
If you’ve never heard of PechaKucha, it is an event where presenters get 20 slides, any content, and 20 seconds to explain each slide – so 6 minutes and 40 seconds in total. This is the first ever Parkchakucha, with a schedule as follows: 6pm – lawn games and live music from Poet’s Row; open air market until 7pm; presentations at 8:20pm. BYOB (beer, blankets, and bites). Hosted by Castle Searcy. FREE/donation for entry.
Balance on your mat, then get tipsy at the bar. Every first and third Thursday of each month, The Yoga Mat will be hosting an hour-long yoga class surrounded by wine barrels and vino at the Infinite Monkey Theorem urban winery. Following the class, they’ll move the party into the Wine Lab for a glass of wine (included in the ticket price). Tickets are $20 if purchased online or $25 cash at the door. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Karaoke madness featuring all of your favorite hits from the 80s and 90s. FREE.