WEEKLY EVENTS: December 11, 2015 – December 17, 2015
I seriously need to get started on my holiday shopping. My two attempts thus far have just resulted in me buying crap for myself. It’s time to buckle down and start checking people off the list! If you are in the same boat and need some inspiration, check-out the following handy-dandy local gift-buying guides to get those gift-giving juices flowing (ew).
- Holiday Gift Guide from Stanley Marketplace
- Holiday Gift Guide from The Denver Ear
- Gift Guide for Denver Food Lovers from Denver Eater
- 10 Gift Ideas for the Fashionable by 5280
- 20 Weed-Related Gifts from The Cannabist
- Guide to Holiday/Pop-Up Markets by 5280
And to keep yourself sane this holiday shopping season, be sure to also have some F-U-N. The below list should help with that too.
(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 Platte Street Winter Walk at Denver Beer Co., LINK Launch Weekend at City, O’ City, and SURFACING at Syntax Physic Opera.)
European quaintness in the heart of BroDo? Yes, it’s true. Skyline Park has once again been transformed into a traditional German Christmas Market. German music, big beers, a heated beer tent, Gluhwein, soft pretzels, Christmas knickknacks, and twinkling lights will round out this festive experience. Peep their website for daily hours and entertainment; market runs through December 23rd.
Hammond’s Candy Cane Factory will open its doors for a holiday bash complete with mini tours, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting, games, carolers, and more. See Santa, decorate cookies, jump on the bounce castle…and do some holiday shopping. Friday’s activities run 10am – 4pm and Saturday’s from 9am – 4pm. FREE.
From the folks that brought you TheBigWonderful comes the new & improved Night Bazaar! This time around, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious homemade food, craft beer and cocktails, artisan vendors, soulful music, and a food truck garden on both Friday and Saturday nights. Come shop, sip, and eat. No cover and a great way to start your weekend.
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.
Friday, December 11, 2015, doors at 7pm, show at 8pm: Sexpot Comedy Presents: This is Your Shane on Drugs at Buntport Theater
Get ready for an elevated hour of comedy highlighting Shane Mauss’ experience with drugs plus special guests, Allen Strickland Williams of WOMEN and your host, Andrew Bueno. Powered by MassRoots and Sexpot Comedy. TICKETS ARE ONLY $5 AT THE DOOR. Bring cash for dranks.
FREE and open to friends, family, and Denver’s type-loving public, this party promises live letterpress demos, intoxicating music by Shannon von Kelly, and even more intoxicating libations. This is a work holiday gathering you do not want to miss!
Kick-off your holiday season with the Lipgloss crew! RSVP and arrive before 11pm for FREE entry. Show-up before 10pm for FREE PBR. Be on the dance floor around midnight to win a pair of tickets to see Nashville Pussy at The Bluebird Theater.
Tons of rad vendors are taking over Mutiny! Sip a hot bevvie as you browse locally made wares, including jewelry, art, taxidermy, leather goods, vintage items, and more.
Come learn the stories of the Mile High City. You will learn how our city was founded and the roles played by William Larimer, John Evans, and others. Presentation will trace the development of this resilient city that has enjoyed tremendous booms and weathered debilitating busts. Bring your favorite Denver trivia to share! FREE.
Come support local artists! This party will feature a silent auction of artwork, FREE beer from Spangalang Brewery, and live music from David Rynhart. FREE.
Reason #997 to ❤ Denver: Cannabis-friendly, comedian-hosted tacky light bus tour, complete with champagne + beer. Tour concludes with a sit-down, catered dinner at a local gallery. Tickets are $62.50.
Got the holiday blues? Well, be entertained for FREE at Mutiny this Saturday evening with readings by some of the best cartoonists in D-Town! Panels will be projected on-screen while the authors narrate their work – fun times! Presenters include Melanie Gillman, Karl Christian Krumpholz, Dylan Edwards, Zak Kinsella, Sara Century, Lonnie Allen, Ted Intorcio, Kevin Caron, James McFarland, and others! FREE.
At this event, one canned food item = one gift wrapped, no limit. Matt’s Snack Shack will be serving up the grub and Elf and football will be on the big screen #SANTA
End your weekend with a familiar film, $6 cocktails, snacks, and a rad atmosphere. This week’s film is the leg lamp classic, A Christmas Story. No cover.
Sunday, December 13, 2015 @ 7pm: The Church of Coen Presents: No Country for Old Men + book reading by Munly at Syntax Physic Opera
Every month, hosts Theresa Mercado and Ian O’Dougherty screen a film by Joel & Ethan Coen (in order of theatrical release), preceded by a short musical selection performed by a local musician, celebrating the magnificence, importance, and variety of music from that film. This week’s show includes a screening of No Country for Old Men with an excerpt from the novel read by Jay Munly. Come share your zeal and fondness for the brothers with other devotees. FREE.
It’s the 12 Firkins of Christmas! Time to put on your best holiday sweater and come to Copper Kettle 12 days in a row for some tasty cask conditioned beers! Tonight’s featured beer will be a Coffee Oatmeal Porter.
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!
It’s the 12 Firkins of Christmas! Time to put on your best holiday sweater and come to Copper Kettle 12 days in a row for some tasty cask-conditioned beers! Tonight’s featured beer will be a Chocolate Caramel Stout. Mestizos Food Truck will also be on-site.
Bring your family or friends for some creating with bamboo, glue, paint, and maybe even glitter! There will also be FREE brews to help inspire even more creativity. Please RSVP ahead of time.
It’s the 12 Firkins of Christmas! Time to put on your best holiday sweater and come to Copper Kettle 12 days in a row for some tasty cask conditioned beers! Tonight’s featured beer will be a Rum Eggnog Stout. Pavlo’s Taste of Ukraine will be serving up the comfort food.
Escape winter for the night with an 80 degree, indoor fiesta! Guests will enjoy special tappings, live music, limbo competitions, and a kiddie pool party! Beach attire encouraged; no cover.
This informal, hilarious, and always informative show is where Denver nerds gather, meet, laugh, and drink. If you are a fan of TED talks, the Discovery Channel, Wikipedia binges, and drinking alcohol, Nerd Nite is the show for you. Be there and be square! Tickets are $6 in advance; $8 at the door.
A roomful of “grown-ups” sharing their diaries, yearbooks, journals, and notes from when they were younger? Yes, please! This is an event you don’t want to miss. You’ll laugh, cringe, and commiserate that he never did call when he said he would. Still have access to your old journals? Visit the site to be a part of the show and share your angst with others! Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of.
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.