WEEKLY EVENTS: June 27, 2014 – July 3, 2014

vintage_camping-laurent_nivalle-01-550x366As I mentioned in my recent Summertime Checklist post, one of my goals is to go camping at least three times this summer.  This weekend I will be logging trip #1 up around Guanella Pass – here’s to good weather and long-burning campfires.  But if you are sticking around town this weekend, have no fear – there is plenty of fun to be had.  Peep the list below for all sorts of anniversary parties, karaoke, free comedy, vegan community dinners, fireworks, old-school horror movies, and more!

(And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend.)

Friday, June 27, 2014 @ 5 – 8pm: Pool Party at Taxi

A $5 entrance fee gets you access to free beer, free cocktails, pizza, pool times, music, napkins, unicorns, and magic.

Friday, June 27, 2014 @ 6 – 10pm: Final Friday Food Truck Fiesta in the parking lot of Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew

This event is boasting 8 food trucks (yes 8!), beer from Our Mutual Friend Malt & BrewDiebolt Brewing Company, and Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery, wine from Mile High Winery, cider from Stem Ciders, music by DJ Shawn Green, salsa dance lessons by Mark Reagan Salsa, activities for kids, and more!  PLUS, the money raised from the event will support local schools. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT PEOPLE?!?  Read more about this event in the Westword.  FREE.

Friday, June 27, 2014 @ 7 – 9pm: Museum Quality Drinking at the MCA Denver

Tonight’s museum rooftop party includes live music from Prism Waves and some of the sweetest views in town.  If you haven’t been to this rooftop yet, you seriously need to change that – NOW!  It’s a summertime must.  $5 admission.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 @ 9:30am – 1:30pm: Le Jardin Secret at Bistro Vendome

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, grass-fed 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.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 @ 11am – 8pm: FNCY FKNG TIGR turns 8! at Fancy Tiger

Fancy Tiger is turning 8!  Enjoy free, limited edition FNCY FKNG TIGR tote bags with purchases over $20 (while supplies last).  Complimentary coffee from Metropolis Coffee will be available for customers when the doors open at 11am, and delicious French-inspired American desserts from The Bumblebee will also be available, while supplies last.  Adult beverages will be on-hand from sponsors Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado and Pabst Blue Ribbon, and local deejays Shannon Von Kelly & Tyler Snow will be spinning vinyl throughout the day.  Additionally, every customer who makes a purchase that day will be entered to win one of three $100 gift certificates to Fancy Tiger Clothing.  Stop by and say haaaaaaaay…

Saturday, June 28, 2014
@ 2pm – 12am: One-Year Anniversary Party at Illegal Pete’s South Broadway

Illegal Pete’s South Broadway is turning one and they will be celebrating with a day of music, beer, tequila, vodka, food, and magic (bring your own magic).  New Belgium Brewing will be on-site providing pours of their drafts for a $10 donation until the kegs run out.  There will also be vodka tastings from Deep Eddy, tequila tastings from Dulce Vida, and custom Illegal Pete’s/New Belgium hats!  Partygoers will also have the chance at winning a Burton snowboard, New Belgium Brewing schwag, Illegal Pete’s gift cards, and other goodies.  Mile High Soul Club will be spinning records from 6 – 9pm and then from 9 – midnight there will be live music from Chris Dismuke and the Gin Doctors unplugged.  Best of all, this ish is FREE!

Saturday, June 28, 2014 @ 3 – 10pm: Three-Year Anniversary Block Party at Renegade Brewing Company

Come celebrate 3 years of offensively delicious beer with Renegade Brewing Company!  There will be live music all day, some of your favorite food trucks, ice-cream, and tons of beer for just $5 a pop!   The MaxFund No-Kill Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will also be on-site with their mobile adoption van – drunk kitty adoption alert!  A free bike valet will be provided by The Denver Bicycle Cafe – please use responsible transportation.  FREE.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 @ 6 – 8:30pm: Parents Night Out at the Freyja Project

Enjoy a LoHi night out while your kids have a fun evening with the Freyja Project.  A kid’s yoga class, fun activities, and a healthy snack will be provided, while you do you.  For kids ages 4 – 14.  $25 for one child; $15 for each additional sibling.

BasketCase_quad-1-500x378_zps39f6ae53Saturday, June 28, 2014 @ 10pm: Channel Z Presents: Basket Case at the Alamo Drafthouse

This Saturday, Channel Z will be presenting Basket Case at the Alamo Drafthouse Denver, a film in which a young man carrying a big basket that contains his deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.  Fun!  Hosted and curated by Keith Garcia & Theresa Mercado.  Tickets are $11.

Sunday, June 29, 2014, doors at 11:15am, movie at 12pm: Last Sunday’s Cinema at the McNichols Civic Center Building

Last Sunday’s Cinema is a monthly event that features two blockbuster movies shown in one of Denver’s hippest historic buildings.  And this month’s screening is FREE!  Beer, wine, candy, popcorn, sodas, and water are all available for purchase.  The first movie shown will be Finding Nemo, followed by The Lego Movie.  First movie begins at noon, doors open @ 11:15am, and no metered parking on Sundays!

Sunday, June 29, 2014 @ 2 – 5pm: Pizza for Peaceful Prairie at Bonnie Brae Tavern

Pizza for Peaceful Prairie is a fundraiser for the Eastern Colorado treasure, Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, which is a safe haven to formerly farmed animals and a vegan advocacy/education center.  Friends of the sanctuary, vegans, vegetarians, animal lovers, and pizza lovers alike are all welcome to come together and share an all-you-can-eat vegan pizza buffet at the tavern for only $10!  50% of pizza sales will go directly to the sanctuary, and there will also be vegan drink specials!

Sunday, June 29, 2014, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Propaganda at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret

FREE comedy show on the last Sunday of every month, featuring local and national talent in the coolest comedy club setting you’ve probably ever been to.  Pick-up a FREE Sexy Pizza slice card on your way out and end your night with some of the most delicious East Coast-style pizza in Denver.  This month’s comics include Andrew Orvedahl, Kevin O’Shea, Spencer James, Brett Hiker, and headliner Forest Shaw!  Hosting services provided by Matt Monroe.  Plus, enjoy FREE street parking on Sundays!

newstore2Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 8pm: Classic Game Shows at Interstate Kitchen & Bar

Every Monday, the Interstate will try their take on classic game shows.  Come down and play for a chance to win drinks, food, prizes, and fame!  This week features the game – Wheel!  Of!  Fortune!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 @ 2pm: USA vs. Belgium at the McNichols Civic Center Building

The USA is through to the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil!  Please join your fellow Americans on Tuesday for a lunchtime watch party at the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park.  Come watch the U.S. take on Belgium in the Round of 16!  The game starts at 2pm and doors open at 1pm.  This is a FREE event and open to the public.  Enjoy the game on a big screen on the second floor of this historic building; they’ll have theatre-style seating plus hightop tables and extra HDTVs.  And feel free to stop by Civic Center Eats and bring your lunch inside to watch the game.  Go USA!  FREE.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 @ 6 – 9pm: Open Craft Night at Fancy Tiger

Have some crafty ish you’ve been having some difficulty carving out time for?  Well that bikini ain’t going to crochet itself.  Stop by Fancy Tiger this Tuesday (and any other Tuesday for that matter) to give yourself some hard-to-come-by me time and get your craft on friend.  FREE to the public; music and inspiration provided to boot.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 @ 6 – 10pm: Raw Food Night at Root Down

Looking for a way to balance out your boozy, pill poppin’ lifestyle?  Every first Tuesday of the month, Root Down offers a gourmet 4-course raw vegan dinner for $39/person.  Please call ahead for reservations and mention you are coming for the Raw Food Menu, as seating is limited.  And check-out the menu for this month – yum!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, doors at 8pm, movie at 9pm: Cruel Summer Horror Film Series at Crash 45

Enjoy classic horror flicks under the stars on the patio of Crash 45, along with movie-themed drink specials, and fun souvenirs to take home!  All films start around 9pm, but come earlier for a seat and/or to order food.  This month’s film is Fido (2006) – Timmy Robinson’s best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido.  But when Fido eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido a part of the family.  FREE.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 @ 9pm: Mark Star Karaoke at the Beauty Bar

Mark Star Karaoke may just be the funnest karaoke in town.  Plus with $2 Olympia beer, $2 tequila, and free tacos from Mezcal starting at 10pm, how could you say no?  FREE; happens every Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 @ 5pm – 9pm: Broadway Farmers Market at South Broadway Christian Church

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.

836F57E96FBA0AAD2BECCEE1F33A242EWednesday, July 2, 2014 @ 7pm: Chomp: Caribbean Feast at the Posner Center for International Development

Come celebrate the Caribbean weather with a vegan Caribbean feast at this month’s Chomp!  For just an $8 – $10 donation, enjoy a heaping plate of delicious vegan food, based on the chosen monthly theme.  This month’s menu will feature jackfruit tacos with a cabbage slaw, cajun chickpea crab cakes, pineapple quinoa salad, and for dessert, coconut ice-cream topped with caramelized plantains – yuh-um!  They will also be serving a mai tai punch to wash it all down.  Feel free to BYOB.  This monthly community vegan dinner is open to all; you don’t need to be a card-carrying vegan to attend.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 @ 8pm: Independence Eve at Civic Center Park

This pre-holiday concert/firework extravaganza will feature patriotic and pop favorites from MIX, CU Denver’s award-winning a capella group; the legendary Hazel Miller Band; and the beloved Denver Municipal Band.  Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; arriving early is highly encouraged, as are blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs.  Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnics; concessions will also be available on-site.  The event will take place rain or shine.  FREE.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 @ 9pm: IndiepenDance Eve at DADA Art Bar

You’re not working on July 4th, so come hear aural fireworks the night before at DADA Art Bar!  DJ’s Hollow (Lipgloss) & Tyler Jacobson (Mile High Soul Club) are once again your captains of the fun sea.  Expect indie, brit-pop, and little smatterings of whatever other genres they decide to drop into the mix.  And best of all, this ish is FREE.  USA!  USA!  USA!

Thursday, July 3, 2014 @ 10pm: Karaoke with DJ Rockstar Aaron at Barricuda’s

Karaoke madness featuring all of your favorite hits from the 80s and 90s.  FREE.