WEEKLY EVENTS: June 5, 2015 – June 11, 2015

11143354_684384531667740_4223460750620089610_oLordy, lordy.  Where were you during the great #hailpocalypse of 2015?  I was in bed, woken up, and then afraid to look out the window for fear of my face getting struck by lightning.

But the sun’s out now, so let’s take advantage of what’s good.  This week’s events include a slew of First Friday parties, FREE live music, art-themed cocktails, DIY, an adorable yard sale, community gatherings, astronomy & booze, beer & cheese, swing dancing & ice cream, true love forever, and so much 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, including David Liebe Hart at Seventh Circle Music Collective, Garage Fest at Hi-Dive, and the Jefferson Park Block Party and Grand Opening at Elle B. Salon.)

Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 5pm: First Friday at Infinite Monkey Theory

This First Friday, Infinite Monkey Theorem is teaming up with Larkburger to bring you an outdoor patio jammy jam.  $5 cans of adult juice, $5 burger and fries, with music from Foxfeather.  Artist Ashley Joon will also be doing a live painting and featuring her art throughout the winery.  No cover.

Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm: Free Summer Lawn Concert: Dragondeer at the Clyfford Still Museum

Come celebrate summer in the city!  The Clyfford Still Museum and Swallow Hill Music are pleased to present a FREE summer lawn concert at the museum.  Bring a picnic or sample delicious foods from A Taste of the Philippines and peteybird ice cream sandwiches.  Baere Brewing Company will be on hand with cold beer to help you wash down the goodness.  Kicking off the summer concert series is Dragondeer!  Free music from 5:30 to 7:30pm; free museum admission from 5 to 8pm!  [Rain or shine!  If it rains, this ish will move inside the museum.]

Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 5:30 – 8:30pm: Etsy Party at Share Denver

Join Share Denver for their second year of celebrating with Etsy!  Aligned with Etsy’s theme, Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape, you’ll be tearing, cutting, and slicing through a surplus of magazines/scrapbooking paper and collaging your heart out!  They’ll supply everything you need to create a masterpiece!  Suggested donation of $5; all proceeds collected will go to Save the Children’s Nepal Earthquake Relief.

Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 6 – 9pm: Among the Colors Launch Party at 3457 Ringsby Court #105

Please join in to celebrate the launch of Denver artist Laura Krudener’s new storytelling platform, Among the Colors.  Enjoy art-themed manicures by Base Coat Nail Salon; art-themed cocktails by RiNo Yacht Club; food by Among the Colors (including a dip bar!); installation by Impromptu Company; and music by Nat Select.  Plus!  Swag bag giveaways by some of Denver’s finest in fashion, beauty and food, including Base Coat Nail Salon, Impromptu Company, Goldyn, Goldie and Bob – Denver Hair Salon, and The Kitchen Denver.  Tote bags and stickers designed by Wunder Werkz.  FREE.

Friday, June 5, 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!  Peep the line-up here.

Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 7pm – 12am: Denver Tool Library’s First Friday Rock Show at the Barker Lounge

The Denver Tool Library is officially having its official grand opening party this First Friday, and are feeling super lucky to have their favorite bands in all of Denver to celebrate – The Knew, Face Man and American Culture.  Boxwood Pinball will set up their beautiful handmade pinball tables for a tool-tastic tournament with worthy prizes from local businesses.  Food vendors will be slinging delicious eats in little paper boats and beer will be flowing like the new summer’s Platte.  FREE and fun!  [Due to inclement weather, this event is being moved indoors to the Barker Lounge.  Bring yo dogs!]

Friday, June 5, 2015, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Open Music Sessions with Straight White Teeth at Denver Open Media (DOM)

This First Friday visit YOUR community access television station for a live, intimate studio performance by Straight White Teeth and a joke-telling set by Aaron Urist.  Additionally, there will be FREE food from Illegal Pete’s and cheap drinks.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 7:30pm: First Friday at Happy Leaf Kombucha

Paintings, photography, nature, DJs, live music, kombucha, and more!  FREE.

Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 8 – 10:30pm: Astronomy on Tap at Leon

Science is even better with beer!  Leon Gallery will be bringing you astronomers from University of Colorado, Boulder, Regis University, and University of Denver for a well-rounded evening of science & suds, astronomy & alcohol, black holes & booze, galaxies & glow sticks.  They’re also partnering with local brewery Our Mutual Friend Brewery, which means FREE astronomy lectures and FREE pours of some amazing, Colorado-sourced beer!  No cover.

Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 10pm: Guilty Pleasures at Sputnik

Denver!  You’ve already hit up a handful of First Friday events and are just buzzed up enough to start dancing…now what?  Cue Guilty Pleasures – a party dedicated to cheesy awesome dance jams.  (If you haven’t been before, this party is FUN.)  When in doubt, grind it out.  $5 suggested donation.

Saturday, June 6 & Sunday, June 7, 2014Capitol Hill People’s Fair at Civic Center Park

The largest of all summer festivals in Denver, the People’s Fair began in 1971 and is sponsored by the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods.  The festival features arts and crafts, live music, and food and drink vendors.  The fair is famous for bringing together a diverse population to celebrate community and the start of the summer festival season.  The Capitol Hill People’s Fair is happening from 10am – 8pm on Saturday and from 10am – 7pm on Sunday.  FREE.

Saturday, June 6 & Sunday, June 7, 2014: Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square

The Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square is a FREE two-day street-painting festival.  More than 200 artists spend hours the weekend turning the streets of Larimer Square into a museum of chalk art.  Artists, sponsors and spectators find it difficult to describe in words the splendid experience that Denver Chalk Art Festival creates.  Visitors can also enjoy live music, beer/wine tents, kids’ activities, and more.  The Denver Chalk Art Festival is happening from 10am – 10pm on Saturday and from 10am – 7pm on Sunday.  FREE.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 10am – 1:30pm (or until goods run out): 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.  Free parking is available on the top levels of the Larimer Square Garage (14th and Market Streets) during market hours to the first 40 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 6, 2015 @ 10am – 2pm: Yard Sale at Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

Craft Supplies!  Minis!  Dolls!  Toys!  Fabric!  Beads!  Ribbon!  And so much more!

Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 10am – 4pm: Hemp Farmers Market at The Greenhouse

Come join the first annual Hemp Farmers Market!  There will be dozens of vendors, live music, food trucks, and more!  Come support this family-friendly celebration of hemp and sustainability with Hemp Box, Colorado Hemp Company, Sustainable Living Association, and The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine!  FREE.


Family Saturday Workshop at the Dikeou Collection

Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 12 – 4pm: Family Saturday Workshop at the Dikeou Collection

The Dikeou Family Workshops are a great way for people of all ages to learn more about contemporary art and experiment with new creative processes.  Workshops include a tutorial and presentation of the artwork highlighted that month.  This workshop will focus on artist Serge Onnen’s animations, as featured at the Dikeou Collection.  Participants will brainstorm an idea for a short animation that begins and ends the same way, which will be sketched on individual pieces of paper.  Each sketch is then photographed and compiled into an animation using computer software.  This workshop takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.  This workshop is FREE to attend and no RSVP is required; drop-in anytime to participate.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, June 6, 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.  View the musical line-up here.

Saturday, June 6, 2015, doors at 6pm, music at 7pm: Wild High at Black Shirt Brewing Co.

Come check-out Black Shirt’s new outdoor stage, sip on some red brews, and enjoy the melodies of local psych-rockers, Wild High.  Additionally, Brandon Hoogenboom will open things up.  Tickets are $5 and limited, so plan ahead!

Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 7 – 10pm: Swingin’ Under the Stars at Little Man Ice Cream

Ice cream, live music, dance lessons, and you.  Tonight’s live music will feature Bob’s Big Band, led by Katy Pope.  Free swing dance lesson at 7pm for those who wish to learn the basic steps; no partner or experience required.  FREE.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 9:30pm: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Civic Center Park

Bueller?  Bueller?  After Day 1 of the Capitol Hill People’s Fair, stick around for an outdoor screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  FREE.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 @ 9pm: Mile High Soul Club at Syntax Physic Opera

After a residency that lasted just shy of 2 years at Beauty Bar, Denver’s Mile High Soul Club has moved down South to Syntax Physic Opera for an even classier experience.  DJs Tyler Jacobson, Steve Cervantes, and special guest DJ Jason Heller will be your hosts, playing love music for your ear holes.  Get your dancing shoes ready and come shake what your mama gave you.  Only 3 bucks!

Saturday, June 6, 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, June 7, 2015 @ 12 – 5pm: RiNo Beach Club at the Exdo Event Center

Come join this urban beach party, which features 10,000 square feet of sand, a giant swimming pool, tunes from DJ Popalot, drink specials, vendors, and awesome schwag.  No cover; all-day bloody mary bar + $7 bottomless mimosas from 12 – 2pm.  Get your vitamin C on, son!

Sunday, June 7, 2015 @ 1 – 3pm: Open Farm & Market at Broken Shovels Farm

Sample some cheese and meet the new baby goats at this animal rescue farm located just 15-minutes from downtown Denver.  A little cheese, a lot of goats, and tons of love.  FREE.  [This event is contingent on the weather, so do check the link for updates.]

Sunday, June 7, 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.

Monday, June 8, 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, June 8, 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, June 9, 2015, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Greater Than Social Club at 3 Kings Tavern

The Greater Than Social Club is THE place to be on the second Tuesday of every month.  Combining music and comedy in one of Denver’s coolest hoods, this event will make you straight-up pumped to be a Denverite.  This month’s line-up includes comedy by Aaron Urist and Daniel Reskin, music by Wild High and Straight White Teeth, and hosting services provided by Ian Douglas Terry.  Annnnnnnd, the entire show will be over by 10pm, so quit your hemming and hawing and just buy a ticket already, geez.  $6; all ages.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 @ 9:30pm: Two Truths & A Lie at the Deer Pile

Come on out for an evening of deception, confession, and hilarity!  Comedians will compete with each other and the audience to see who can tell the most convincing lie.  Featuring Anthony Crawford, Mara Wiles, Byron F. Graham, and Christie Buchele.  FREE.

Wednesday, June 10, 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, June 10, 2015 @ 6 – 8pm: Sunday School for Atheists: Love at the McNichols Civic Center Building

Great thinkers, social activists and artists have told us of the importance of love –  so why is it important to explore as a community?  Can we love better, deeper, stronger?  Should we?  Is online dating and Tinder killing love or preserving it?  We’re supposed to love the stranger and even our oppressors, right?  That sure seems difficult!  Come converse about love, play a G-rated version of spin the bottle, and munch on some delicious cookies and see if we can do anything about this damn thing called love.  $5 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 6:30 – 8:30pm: Design Challenge – Pitch Night at Imaginarium: Denver Public Schools Innovation Lab

What educational problem do you want to solve?  Pitch an idea to design new edtech and the top 4 ideas will win up to $20,000.  The night will be both fun and entertaining, as well as a great way to connect with other educational change agents.  The audience will vote for the top six ideas to move forward and judges will select the final four winners.  Food will be provided as well as games, music, and activities.  FREE and fun; all are welcome but attendees must RSVP.


Cheese & Beer Pairing at Copper Kettle Brewing Company

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 6 – 9pm: Pie-Tasting at Black Shirt Brewing Co.

In addition to weekly yoga, BSB will be joining together with The Long I Pie Shop on the 2nd Wednesday of every month this summer to bring you a pie pairing!  $20 will get you 4 pie tastings (3 sweet, 1 savory) as well as 4 complementary beer tasters.  No need to sign up ahead of time, just show-up between 6pm and 9pm to participate.  Yuh – um.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 7pm: Yoga in the Beergarden at Black Shirt Brewing Co.

Get over the hump-day-slump and enjoy an evening of vinyasa in the BSB backyard, along with your favorite red ales.  $15 gets you in the class PLUS a glass of beer (or Happy Leaf Kombucha) and a $5 credit to use towards a very delicious vegetarian meal from WongWayVeg!  Please bring your own yoga mat and towel.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 8pm: Anarchist Movie Night at the Mutiny Information Cafe

Join the Mutiny Information Cafe every Wednesday night this summer for a FREE movie night hosted by Denver Anarchist Black Cross.  This week’s films include Until All Are Free and If a Tree Falls.  FREE.

Thursday, June 11, 2015 @ 7pm: Cheese & Beer Pairing at Copper Kettle Brewing Company

Every month, Copper Kettle holds a beer and cheese pairing, in partnership with The Truffle Cheese Shop.  Price includes 4 artisan cheeses from all over the world, 4 craft beer samples, freshly baked bread, and fresh fruit.  Tickets are $20/per person (excludes tax and tip).  This event sells out every month, so do buy your tickets in advance.

Thursday, June 11, 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 for your enjoyment.  FREE show, cash bar, cool shit.

Thursday, June 11, 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, June 11, 2015 @ 10pm: Karaoke with DJ Rockstar Aaron at Barricuda’s

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