WEEKLY EVENTS: August 8, 2014 – August 14, 2014
(And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend.)
A $5 entrance fee gets you access to free beer, free cocktails, pizza, pool times, music, napkins, unicorns, and magic.
Moonlight Drive is a collaborative of female artists who joined together with the intention of improving their work and the visibility of female artists within the Denver community. Moonlight Drive: Domestic Astronauts is an exhibition featuring select group members new works, which includes Amelia Carley, Caitlin Coar, Lauren Hegge, Anna Millholland, Dominique Settles, Sigri Strand, and Meghan Wilbar. Tonight is opening night- come support your local female artists!
Tonight’s museum rooftop party includes live music from Kal Cahoone, 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.
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, “How do you like your eggs?” FREE.
“You taste like a burger. I don’t like you anymore.” Tickets are $12.50
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.
The Fermentation Festival & Market is a celebration of all things fermented. Guests will have the opportunity to sample fermented foods and beverages from across the country, and partake in educational workshops on a variety of fermented-related topics. Participants include craft brewers, local distillers, kombucha concocters, wineries, restaurants, and sauerkraut makers. This year’s festival will also feature the Annual Pickle Toss. Starting at 4:15pm, contestants will fling, toss, and throw pickles into their teammates mouths from a distance (wha?) This festival is open to all ages, with fun activities for kids as well. Passes run $18 – $65.
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.
In the summer of 1968 a group of artists created large-scale, minimalist sculptures for Denver’s Burns Park. Celebrating these bold, colorful monuments of modernity, six contemporary artists will create temporary structures or performances in response to the original works that are still in place today. Witness the artists in their creative process as their ephemeral installations take shape over the course of the event. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy this day of art, music, and kids’ activities with friends and family. This one-day event is FREE and open to the public.
This Saturday, find the time to come celebrate the TheBigWonderful, Denver’s newest pop-up food festival/farmers market/craft beer tasting/urban farm. This weekly community festival is focused on local tastes, local beers/booze (check-out this cool pop-up bar!), and local music. Admission is FREE and it’s the perfect place to try new flavors with family and friends. Music will be happening from noon to dusk.
Come party with the Denver Beer Co. for their 3rd year anniversary + can release party = Canniversary! It’s gonna be a full-on street party with food trucks, bands, and lots of beer! Come one, come all! (But please leave your furry friends at home.)
Share Denver is so excited to be turning one! Come help them celebrate with a DIY party hat station, decorate your own tote station, photo booth, a chocolate fondue fountain, beer, and cupcakes! Plus their friends from the Denver Swap Shop will be on-site accepting new and gently used items for their event on August 21st! Come join the party…especially because it’s FREE!
Imbibe in dozens of beer samplings from Colorado breweries and taste delicious food pairings from Executive Chef Matt Mine. The alley will be transformed into a pop-up bar, featuring beers from Crooked Stave Artisian Beer Project, Crabtree Brewing Company, Rockyard Brewing Company, Strange Craft Beer Company, Tivoli Brewing Company, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Gravity Brewing, Aspen Brewing Company, and Centennial Beer Company. Tickets to this unique event cost $25 and include unlimited craft beer and food tastings.
Family-friendly screening of Man of Steel in the downtown Skyline Park. Come early to snag the best seats. Bring your own blankets, picnics, and drinks. FREE.
Leave the kiddos at home and come on out for a hilarious adults-only evening of fantastical and freaky YouTubery. FREE.
Prepare yourselves for total awesomeness. FREE.
Too hot to eat? Well the Nectar House is pulling out all the stops this Sunday at their raw vegan brunch. Come check-out this unique full-service cafe and elixir bar, specializing in day to night nourishment and vitality, located in Kindness Yoga on South Broadway. Peep this week’s brunch menu here – yum! (Reservations are recommended but not necessary.)
Around the world, cities are temporarily closing busy streets to vehicles for a day of free, healthy activities that promote community. Downtown Denver will be following suit and opening up the 16th Street Mall for a day of strolling, biking, ping pong, foosball, drum circles, yoga, face painting, roaming musicians, entertainers, extended restaurant patios, a silent disco, and more. Come see it all in action and take back da street! FREE.
TAXI is hosting a fundraising event for the Posner Center for International Development this month in the form of a tiki pool party! This event will include hula girls, a Supermoon, and delicious tiki cocktails. Bust out your finest island attire and come have a Sunday funday with some of Denver’s finest bartenders. $10 entry gets you free cocktails #likeaboss
Modeled after a classic “open mic” event where rising musicians perform their art form on stage to a live audience, Open Chair provides up-and-coming hairstylists the opportunity to demonstrate their freestyle hair-cutting talents on live models that they have never met before in a casual Sunday night social environment. The event spotlights young stylists and provides a public platform for them to shine outside of the confines of the salon. Set at Beauty Bar Denver, the stylists become the performers in an unscripted production that energizes, inspires, and entertains those who watch it. FREE.
Sunday, August 10, 2014, doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm: Sexpot Comedy Presents: Comics Against Civility Battle of the Hosts at the Armoury
Listen up! If you are a fan of Cards Against Humanity, then this is a show for you. In this week’s special edition, Jake and Zac battle against fan favorites Roger Norquist and Mitch Jones. Round 1 champion Mike Hammock and wild card champ Joshua Skillman will be your hosts for the evening. Audience members win prizes by submitting questions that the contestants will answer during the show. Prizes this week include free Sexy Pizza gift cards, 420 prizes (with a 21+ ID), free drinks, awful literature, and more! Doors open at 7:30pm; you must arrive early to win prizes! FREE.
Come see the winner of the Starz People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festvial! How doctors protect their own ideals in the contentious business of health care is the central question of this timely and riveting documentary. The film follows a group of young, (hot), energetic doctors battling an overburdened health-care system while training in the trauma bay at Los Angeles County General Hospital. The opening scene takes place in the ER on a typical day in 2008. More than 500 patients, many of whom have already been rejected by other hospitals because they could not pay, wait up to 18 hours while doctors deal with the most severe, life-threatening injuries. Tickets run $7 – $8.
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 The Family Feud! 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.
The Summer on the Plaza series features rising stars of Denver’s music scene along with happy hour specials at Guard and Grace, which is adjacent to the plaza. This week, come check-out the melodic sounds of Megan Burtt. Presented by Arts Brookfield, this event is FREE.
The Air Sex Championships are hilarious, raunchy, and so singularly remarkable they defy description. Think Air Guitar, but with an imaginary sexual partner (or partners) in place of a musical instrument. Entering its sixth year as a nationally touring roadshow, Air Sex combines the pageantry and prestige of sports with the creative arts of storytelling, pantomiming, and improvisation. Beyond that, it’s a show you’ll have to experience yourself to believe. The show is hosted by comedian Chris Trew, produced by The New Movement, and is the subject of an upcoming feature-length film. Tickets cost $6 or sign-up now to compete!
Public Coffee, a mobile coffee organization that looks to use coffee to facilitate meaningful conversation, will be at the Posner Center for International Development every Thursday throughout the summer. They use a pay-what-you-can and pay-it-forward system, so perhaps you could even pay for a new friend to have a cup with you and start some great conversation!
Come refine your palate with this delightful pairing on the rooftop of Battery 621. Come sample some of Denver’s best donut offerings and wash ’em all down with multiple varieties of locally distilled whiskey. Tickets are $20 and include unlimited donut and whiskey samples #yes
New Belgium Brewing Company is teaming up with REI to put on a series of three bike-in movies this summer at the REI parking lot. This week’s screening is Dumb & Dumber. Canned beer and grub from food trucks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. All proceeds will benefit BikeDenver, supporting the goal of making Denver a better place to ride your bike! Bring a low back chair or a blanket to sit on.
Karaoke madness featuring all of your favorite hits from the 80s and 90s. FREE.