WEEKLY EVENTS: May 22, 2015 – May 28, 2015
Dear London, er I mean Denver, please stop raining.
I can enjoy a good rainy day (or even week), but there are bike rides to be had! Veggie burgers to be flipped! Patio beers to be sipped! How am I supposed to crash all the barbecues in this mess? Here’s to seeing some sunshine and getting some Vitamin D this weekend, my friends.
But regardless of what happens with Mama Nature, be sure to take advantage of the fun-filled list of activities below, which includes a Spanish happy hour, a super-powered roller skating party, brewhouse yoga, pop-up markets, a vegan BBQ, pie tasting, a birthday party, FREE beer, documentaries, and so much more! Oh, and there’s this thing called Comic Con going on if you’re into that.
(And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend, including the 28th Annual Boulder Creek Festival in downtown Boulder, the Comic-Con Cosplay Costume Contest at The Monkey Barrel, and the Sunday BBQ Series at Larimer Lounge.)
Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 6pm – 12am: Friday Night Bazaar at 3530 Brighton Boulevard
From the folks that brought you TheBigWonderful comes the Friday Night Bazaar. (If you haven’t been, you are seriously missing out.) Imagine a festive farmhouse (at least that’s how it feels to me), filled with twinkling lights, delicious homemade food, craft beer and cocktails, artisan vendors, soulful music, swing dancing, and a food truck garden. Come shop, sip, and eat. No cover and a great way to start your weekend. This event is family/pet friendly!
Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 7 – 10pm: Por Fin Es Friday at Hooked on Colfax
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, “Rain, rain, go away”? FREE.
Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 9pm – 1:30am: Roll: Heroes & Villains at the Exdo Event Center
Capes, masks, super powers, and skates…kickoff Denver’s Comic Con weekend with a night filled with skating, drinking, dancing, karaoke, and ping-pong! This Roll will be one to remember so don your costumes, lace up them skates, and get ready to kick some ass! FREE admission between 9 – 10pm and $5 afterwards (or get advance tickets, which include skate rental). This event is 21+; sign your waiver ahead of time and avoid the line!
Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 9pm – 2am: Lipgloss at Syntax Physic Opera
Beautiful babies of Denver! Come dance it out at Denver’s favorite indie rock dance night (at their new location), featuring Hollow and DJ Tower. This is the only event where you can lose it to Neil Diamond, Bloc Party, Queen, The Supremes, Iggy Pop, and LCD Soundsystem all in one night. Free before 10pm, only $5 afterwards. Life is short; go to Lipgloss.
Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 11am – 7pm: ArtStir Denver between 15th and 16th on Glenarm Place
ArtStir Denver will exclusively showcase 140+ local and regional artists, with a lively blend of art and style that is sure to “stir up” the artist in all of us. Featured works will include paintings, sculpture, photography, illustration, textiles, furnishings, mixed media, and locally designed goods. ArtStir is happening from 11am – 7pm both days, rain or shine!
Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 12 – 7:30pm: TheBigWonderful at Sustainability Park
It’s back! TheBigWonderful returns to bring you another season of live music, local food, craft beer + cocktails, beach volleyball, yard games, and even a play areas for the kiddos. And this year, it is bigger and better! Admission is FREE and it’s the perfect place to meet-up with friends/family for a casually fun Saturday. Plus! This holiday weekend enjoy a full line-up of bluegrass tunes to get you dancing like a fool!
Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 2 – 9:30pm: Denver Day of Rock on the 16th Street Mall
25 bands. 5 stages. 1 day. This year’s line-up includes Rose Quartz, Matt Kearney, Moon Taxi, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and much more! This family-friendly event is also FREE!
Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 8pm: Crush City at The Savoy at Curtis Park
What is Crush City? Each month, comedians Aaron Urist and Jordan Doll assemble an A-Team of comedic superheroes, visionaries, madmen, and crushers from Denver and beyond, to create a magical night of stand-up perfection and comedic destruction. Show numero uno features Bobby Crane, Janae Burris, Anthony Crawford, Andrew Orvedahl, and Hippieman with Erin Stereo providing the beats. Tickets are $7 at the door.
Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 9pm: Weird Touch Dance Party at Syntax Physic Opera
Ditch the limelight, forego the scene, and explore the delightfully dimly lit corners of your city. Weird Touch is a new(ish) all-vinyl dance party collaboration offering an eclectic, yet cohesive mix of darkly tinged nu-disco, indie dance, and weird house. With DJs Fancy Matthew and DJ Shannon von Kelly, it’s only $5 to dance dance dance. Read more about this event here!
Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 12am: Midnights at the 3 King’s Tavern
Ever wake-up from a monster nap on a Saturday night and think, oh great now what? This FREE comedy showcase takes place every Saturday at midnight in the basement of 3 King’s Tavern and delivers some of the best local talent that Denver has to offer. Hosted by Eric Henderson and Cory Helie. FREE.
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 11am: Brewhouse Yoga at Alpine Dog Brewing Company
Balance on your mat, then get tipsy at the bar. Class costs $15 and includes one brew. All participants will receive $1 off each additional beer. Please bring your own yoga mat and towel.
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 1 – 3pm: Bingo Brunch at the Squeaky Bean
Forget about that embarrassing thing you did this weekend by eating well and winning big at bingo! Hosted by comedian Nathan Lund, you will be shame-free for at least 30+ minutes.
Sunday, May 24, 2015 @ 4 – 9pm: Memorial Day BBQ at The Centennial Tavern
Come pour one out for The Centennial Tavern/Jonesy’s, while enjoying food, drink, and live music.
Monday, May 25, 2015 @ 11am – 3pm: Vegan Burger Cook-Out at Nooch | Vegan Market
Join WaterCourse Foods and Nooch | Vegan Market for a sidewalk vegan burger cookout this Memorial Day! $7 gets you a burger and a side – cash only. Don’t fear the vegans!
Monday, May 25, 2015 @ 7 – 10pm: Forbidden Bingo at Maloney’s Tavern
Come play Forbidden Bingo with DJ Rockstar Aaron and Rich every Monday night downtown. Win prizes from Romantix, concert tickets, cupcakes, free drinks, bar tabs, and more. $5 menu items, two-for-one drink specials, and FREE to play!
Monday, May 25, 2015 @ 7:15pm: In Country at the SIE FilmCenter
One night only! Few would mistake Oregon’s grassy fields for the jungles of Vietnam, but war reenactors still try. Dressed in fatigues, these men willingly recreate a war most choose to forget. Tickets are $7 – $11.
Monday, May 25, 2015 @ 7:30pm: Movie Night: The Shining at The Walnut Room
FREE screening, FREE popcorn, drink specials, and cozy couches.
Monday, May 25, 2015 @ 8 – 10pm: Sexpot Comedy Presents: Open Mic Comedy Night at the Goosetown Tavern
FREE open mic comedy hosted by Jeff M. Albright. This is also a Sexpot Comedy/Denver Relief show, which means FREE schwag.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 @ 6 – 9pm: Pie-Tasting at Stem Ciders
Stop on by Stem Ciders as they pair 4 slices of pie from The Long I Pie Shop with 4 ciders, for only $20. Yuh – um.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 @ 7:15pm: Heaven Adores You at the SIE FilmCenter
One night only! Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969-2003). By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in — Portland, New York City, Los Angeles — Heaven Adores You presents a visual journey and an earnest review of the singer’s prolific songwriting and the impact it continues to have on fans, friends, and fellow musicians. Tickets are $7 – $11.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 @ 4 – 7pm: Bike-to-the-Taproom Happy Hour at Factotum Brewhouse
Starting May 20th and extending through September 16th, Factotum will be offering special prices during happy hour on all taproom beverages if you bike in on Wednesdays in part of Bike-to-Work Wednesdays. Pedal power!
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: May DIY Networking Event at Share Denver
Please join Chapter Be and Share Denver for their May DIY Networking event…Do.Share.Be. This event is for anyone and everyone who has started a small business or is in the beginning stages/exploring the idea of starting one. Come meet others who are in the same position and learn from shared experiences. You’ll also get your creative juices flowing with a quick and fun DIY activity to keep that right brain active and engaged! Please RSVP for this event so the organizers know how many people to expect. FREE.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 5 – 8pm: Kegs with Legs at the TAXI Pool
Free beer and music and stuff. Hosted by Elevation Digital Media and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 6 – 8:30pm: Soup & Dreams at the McNichols Civic Center Building
Come eat delicious soups from a variety of cultures, learn about the incredible organizations that promote culture in our community, and be entertained by some of the greatest musicians and poets in town. All donations collected at the door will be distributed amongst the participating organizations and you’ll find out ways to take action on the important community issues discussed. $8 suggested donation.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 6 – 9pm: 8th Birthday Party at Goldyn
Thursday, May 28, 2015, reception at 6pm, movie at 7:30pm: DocNight: Meet The Hitlers at the SIE FilmCenter
One night only! Does your name contain your destiny? Does it seal your doom? Does it mean anything at all? And…what if your name is Hitler? In Meet The Hitlers, Matt Ogens (Confessions of a Superhero) has tracked down a motley crew, connected only by their possession of this infamous name. Through interviews, these individuals speak about how this name has impacted their lives and what the name means to them personally. FREE reception preceding the film at 6pm in Henderson’s Lounge. Tickets run $10 – $12.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: Beethoven and Brews at Breckenridge Colorado Craft
Enjoy an exclusive beer tasting paired with light hors d’oeuvres and the sounds of a Colorado Symphony small ensemble performed in a casual setting. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 on site/day of, and include four 4 oz. samples of beer and hors d’oeuvres. Additional beverages and signature pint glasses will be available for purchase. (Beethoven and Brews is a fundraising event for the Colorado Symphony; a portion of the ticket purchase price is tax-deductible.)
Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 8pm: Cool Shit at the 3 King’s Tavern
Cool Shit is the newest comedy drug that all the cool kids are doing (and that one kid’s dad). This week’s show will feature a whole slew of local comics for your enjoyment. FREE show, cash bar, cool shit.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 9pm: Motown Thursdays at the Goosetown Tavern
Party people of Denver! Come dance it out with DJs Maladjusted and Caramello at their new home at the Goosetown Tavern. Kitchen open until midnight; drink specials all night. No cover.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 10pm: Karaoke with DJ Rockstar Aaron at Barricuda’s
Karaoke madness featuring all of your favorite hits from the 80s and 90s. FREE.