WEEKLY EVENTS: September 25, 2015 – October 1, 2015
I would like to share with you one of my favorite Great American Beer Festival (GABF) memories (which in and of itself seems contradictory). It was 2008…we had just drank our weight in one-ounce samples and as is the critical error of most attendees, we made the decision to hit up “one last bar” as the festival ended. We wind up at the Horseshoe Lounge, cross-eyed, disheveled, and slurry (I am guessing).
My brother and I are hungry. We have long since devoured our pretzel necklaces and there is still plenty of Bamberg-Style Märzen Rauchbier in our stomachs that needs soaking up.
We spot a half-eaten pizza on a table and decide that if no one comes back in 5 minutes, we will eat the rest (apparently ordering our own was WAY too much of an undertaking at that point). 5ish minutes pass (it may or may not have been 45 seconds) and the pizza is still unattended, so we descend. Halfway through the first god-sent slices, a couple walks over holding pool cues and are like, “Um, what are you doing?” Apparently, they were just standing a foot away playing pool, while we started eating their pizza like a bunch of drunk hobos…Oh GABF, you hop devil, you!
Anywho, if you are going to the fest this year I will see you there (although probably not). And if you aren’t, there are still a bunch of funs to be had. Just be safe and don’t leave your pizza unattended, xoxo.
Psst…and if you are around downtown tonight, be sure to look up – there will be fireworks after the Rockies game!
(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 ReTriplicate at Buntport Theater, Mike Giant DJ Set & Skateboard Collection at The Deer Pile, and Disco 2000’s Debut at the Meadowlark.)
CineLatino is a 4-day cultural celebration of Latino cinema.With 12 titles, the festival features a healthy mix of feature and documentary films, along with new and repertory films. The Denver Film Society is proud to recognize the contribution of Latinos in the world of cinema and celebrate the culture with premieres, interactive projects, receptions, and special events. Check out the schedule of films here and plan on attending this unique cinematic event. [PS I went to opening night event last night and it was awesome! Lots of tequila, donuts, and inspiration!]
Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, 2015: Bikes on Broadway: A Protected Bike Lane Demonstration on Broadway, between 1st and Bayaud Avenues
Calling all Denver residents! Have you ever wanted to ride your bike to access businesses on Broadway, but felt intimidated by all of the car traffic? You are not alone! BikeDenver has heard many local residents express similar interest in biking on Broadway, so they decided to make it happen. For the entire weekend, there will be a “pop up” protected bike lane between 1st & Bayaud Avenues on Broadway. The two-way protected bike lane will serve as the kickoff event for the public input process for the Broadway/Lincoln Corridor Study and will also offer fun programming for all ages. FREE.
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. FREE.
The GABF tradition continues! Join New Belgium Brewing and J. Wakefield Brewing for a GABF party to remember (or not). Music by Bud Bronson and the Goodtimers and DJ Sets by Dirty Few and Charlie Parr. Specialty beers on tap, including a Grilled Pineapple Berliner Weiss. 1990s Miami attire strongly recommended! Tickets are $10.
Beautiful babies of Denver, come dance it out at Denver’s favorite indie rock dance night and enjoy a FREE PBR before 10:30pm. Also, be on the dance floor around midnight for your chance to win tickets to FFS and CHVRCHES. Only $5 to dance dance dance (and drink FREE beer and win FREE tickets).
Fear not my friends, the Underground Comedy Showcase is back! And this time, Kenny DeForest & Sofia Alexandra will be tag-teaming the laughs. Aaron Urist and Deacon Gray will also be reppin’ the funnies, ensuring that everyone has at least one good ROFL. Hosted by Stephen Agyei & Matt Monroe. Tickets are $10.
Join Motown Groove at Southside Bar Kitchen every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month as they spin the best in Go-Go, Surf, Oldies, 60’s, and more! This week is a special late-night edition, starting at 11pm, so perfect for all you night (dancing) owls! No cover.
Looking for a community-driven farmers market with a friendly atmosphere and a variety of vendors and activities? Look no further than the Highland Farmers Market! This market provides a vibrant mix of fresh/frozen/dry/prepared foods, adult beverages, local artisan vendors, live music, a bounce house for the kids, and periodic specialty-themed days! Bring your own bag(s) if possible! FREE.
Snooze Brunch in the Field is a farm-to-table fundraising event for Denver Urban Gardens. Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, will be preparing a delicious breakfast, along with fresh fruit and beverages. Brunch will be held on the ground, so bring your picnic blanket, chairs and whatever else you might need. Please help them minimize waste by bringing your own plates and silverware. The brunch is limited to 100 people, so buy your tickets in advance. $10 for kids 12+; $20 for adults. Children under the age of 12 are FREE.
Join the Denver Film Society and Denver Botanic Gardens as they explore the symbolism behind Día de Los Muertos with a FREE screening of The Book of Life. After the screening, representatives from the Gardens and the Mexican Cultural Center of Denver will lead a discussion about the imagery used in the film and all attendees will have the opportunity to decorate their own sugar skull to take home. This event is part of this year’s CineLatino film festival, and is FREE and open to all.
Do your best college-freshman-on-the-weekend impersonation and stumble on down to the Infinite Monkey Theorem for a pop-up brunch, featuring Roaming Bull Brasserie and an outdoor vintage sale for all you thrifters. No reservations are needed, just show up!
TheBigWonderful returns to bring you yet another season of live music, local food, craft beer + cocktails, beach volleyball, yard games, and even a play area for the kiddos. Admission is FREE and it is the perfect place to meet-up with friends/family for a casual and fun Saturday. View the musical line-up here and be one of the first guests to try the new silent disco arena by SoundDown Party.
It’s hard to think of a better way to say goodbye to summer than gathering with great company to celebrate Oktoberfest! This casual, undeniably fun event is back with only the best beers, brats, and jams. So grab your stein, pull out that German fedora and lederhosen, and come eat amazing food and drink lots of beer! Additional activities include keg bowling, best lederhosen contest, stein hoisting competition, and live music. No entry fee.
This epic event includes local vendors, food trucks, water sports, babes, and 15+ of bands, including Dirty Few, Colfax Speed Queen, Hot Mayonnaise, Ned Garthe Explosion, and Bud Bronson & The Good Timers. View the full line-up/schedule here. Entry is only $10 for a buttload of fun.
Mara Wiles’ stunt double and guest host Timmi Lasley brings together some of the top comedians for a unique showcase-meets-improv extravaganza. Performers start with their normal sets, but then must contend with the improv stylings of the Funky Brunch players and/or a task they must accomplish as they finish their set. This week’s performers include JD Lopez, Preston Tompkins, Miriam Moreno, Olivia Cathcart, and Paige Bowman. Accompanied by a ’70s-hits-spinning DJ and a food truck for your brunching pleasure, this show is the perfect way to get your Saturday started. FREE.
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 Shannon von Kelly, it’s only $5 to dance dance dance. Read more about this event here!
This party offers up a slice of nostalgia that will bring booty-shaking, head-nodding, and memories…of all those awesome middle school dances. SNAP! is proud to have hosted some of the most talented DJs/Producers currently touring. 5 dollah covah.
Take a break from smashing PBRs with the bros and pop into Mutiny Information Cafe this Saturday night to grab a latte, hear some jokes, and peruse some vinyl. This month’s comics include Kenny DeForest, Kevin O’Brien, Paige Bowman, Olivia Cathcart, and Sofiya Alexandra. Come early to grab a seat as shit gets real, real quick! FREE and cool.
For those who attended GABF (or just partied like they did), this brunch’s for you. Swap stories, pour yourself some easy-drinking beers, get down with some pancakes, and relax. Cost is $15 and highlighted beers include Blueberry Kolsch, Snapshot, Blue Paddle, and Trippel.
This Sunday, 10% of all Sputnik sales, day and night, will be donated to Denver’s local Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is such an invaluable resource for the community and empowers people of all ages, sex, orientation, and income to make informed decisions about their sexual health and future.
FREE comedy show on the last Sunday of every month, featuring local and national talent in the coolest comedy club you’ve probably ever been to. Pick-up a FREE Sexy Pizza slice card on your way out and end your night with some delicious East Coast-style pizza. This month’s comics include Kenny DeForest, Sofiya Alexandra, Olivia Cathcart, Ian Douglas Terry, and Rion Evans. Hosting services provided by Matt Monroe. Plus, enjoy FREE street parking on Sundays!
Come try your own material (or just listen to others) at this brand-new open mic, hosted by James Xiong and Roger Haak. $3 craft beer tallboys; $2 New Belgium Shift cans. Sign-up at 9pm; show at 9:30pm #LOL
From solar power, to agricultural equipment, to mobile applications, and wired classrooms, technology is transforming the ways in which poverty alleviation is pursued. There’s no doubt that modern international development practices will incorporate tech-enabled solutions, but the questions abound: how is innovation and technology being used, are beneficiaries adequately involved in the development of technology solutions, and how do we know the new technologies are making a difference? This panel will discuss how innovative technologies are being developed, tested, and used to come up to solutions for poverty alleviation. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Come join this epic kickoff event, which celebrates the start of Denver Startup Week. Join hundreds of entrepreneurs, students, investors, hustlers, designers, and doers for a night of conversation, cocktails, geeky giveaways, and interactive demos. FREE and open to the public.
Showcasing a wide variety of story and style, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Short Film tour is an 83-minute theatrical program of 6 short films that won awards at this year’s Festival. Encompassing fiction, documentary, and animation from around the world, the distinct 2015 program traverses vibrant styles, from wild comedy to quiet poetry. Tickets run $7 – $11.
Build strength, increase flexibility, and aid balance while draining tension and increasing vitality. Expect to breathe deeply, move mindfully, focus, and cultivate presence by connecting movement with breath. These weekly classes are accessible and beneficial for beginners, as well as more advanced practitioners. $5 – $10 suggested donation; bring your own yoga mat!
Make your way to the Central Denver Public Library to drink in talks from an interesting blend of creators, leaders, and innovators who are helping to “Brew a Better Denver”. This event is FREE and sustenance and refreshments are provided, but registration is required and you must be at least 21 to attend.
Join the newly renamed Spire Digital and Epiphany for avant-garde blues, retro-modern dance, Slack discussions, bone broth, knishes, Fernet, Git check-ins, free improvisation, guayaberas, guilt, a Trello cello, a live crocodile, a bouncy house, a Commodore 64, an overabundance of gluten, and a whole lot of non-artisanal, non-handcrafted cocktails at the Spire Innovation Mill in the heart of RiNo. FREE and open to the public.
If you live in Denver…and are a fan of stand-up comedy…then you know Aaron Urist. A regular at the world-famous Comedy Works and co-host of the wildly popular “Crush City”, Aaron has become every comics ‘go-to guy’. He has made a name for himself with clever wordplay, amazing misdirection, and apparently a pen that never stops writing killer jokes. Come learn what makes this dude tick, with the opportunity to ask questions at this FREE live podcast, hosted by Anthony Crawford. FREE.
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 comedians for your enjoyment. FREE show, cash bar, cool shit.
Housed in the former Beauty Bar, Pearl’s has been revamped into a beautiful lounge, designed to support you in getting your groove on. Come help break in the dance floor! This Thursday night, enjoy some Motown jams served up with chicken & waffles (free with a purchase of a drank) with DJs Maladjusted and Caramello. No cover all night; $4 Breckenridge brews + wells.
Come on out for an evening of deception, confession, and hilarity! Comedians will compete with one another and the audience to see who can tell the most convincing lie. Featuring Matt Monroe, Miriam Moreno, Sonne Shields, and Ben Bryant; hosted by Kira MagCalen. FREE.