WEEKLY EVENTS: December 18, 2015 – December 24, 2015
Hey Denver, are you feeling the holiday madness or what?!? The good news is that there are plenty of distractions/reasons to get together with friends this week. We’re talking comedy, holiday movies, x-rated ornaments, local band mash-ups, roller skating, holistic health fairs, tubas, pizza parties, Christmas beers, and 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 A Very Bong-a-Thon Holiday Party at Smoke Studios by CNR, Donut Panic Release Party at Fiction Beer Company, and Artists Gathering #10 at Mutiny Information Cafe.)
Friday, December 18 – Thursday, December 23, 2015: Denver Christkindl Market at Skyline Park
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 – don’t miss out!
Friday, December 18 & Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 12pm – midnight: Night Bazaar at 2450 Larimer Street
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.
Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 6 – 8pm: XXX-Mas Craft Fair at the MCA Denver
More naughty than nice, come partake in erotic ornament making, holiday drinks specials, free gift wrapping and 15% of all purchases from the MCA shop. $5 entry.
Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 7 – 9pm: Story Time! at El Charrito
It’s that time again for your favorite one-liner show, Story Time! Join the gang at El Charrito this Friday night for over 100 jokes, followed by the best karaoke night in town. Comedians this month include Nic Dean, Georgia Rae, Zeke Herrera, Meghan DePonceau, Bobby Crane, and headliner, Carey Denise. FREE.
Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 7:30pm: Films on Tap: Die Hard Double Feature at the Sie FilmCenter
It’s two Die Hards for the price of one! Die Hard begins at 7:30pm, Die Hard 2: Die Harder begins at 10pm. The first 50 guests to either film receive a FREE drink! Tickets run $7 – $11. Please drink and watch responsibly; only guests 21 and over will be allowed to attend Films on Tap screenings.
Friday, December 18, 2015, doors at 8pm: Stand By Your Band at Syntax Physic Opera
The whole premise of the night is simple: members of local bands get traded and sorted into brand new supergroups. Each group then plays one song by a local band, plus three covers. Participants include members from Somerset Catalog, Altas, Montropo, Perry Weissman 3, Le Divorce, Ark Life, and more. $7 cover.
Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 9pm: Roll: Ugly Sweater Part III at the Exdo Event Center
Roll is a monthly themed, old-school roller-skating party, complete with flashing lights, music, karaoke, sippy cup drinks, dancing, and ping-pong! This month, the annual ugly sweater roller skate party returns…and this time, it’s bigger than ever. Dust off that sweater your g-mama made you, lace up them skates, and come party with Santa himself. 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, December 18, 2015 @ 9pm: Lipgloss at Bar Standard
It’s a very special Lipgloss with guest DJ, Andy Rourke of The Smiths! $7 pre-sale with no service charge. Come dance it out with this Manchester legend, along with the Lipgloss crew, DJ Hollow & DJ Tower.
Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 10am – 4pm: Fairfax Holiday Market at Share Denver
With a beautiful variety of vendors and hot apple cider, there couldn’t be a better way to celebrate the season and the handmade. Support and shop local! FREE and open to the public.
Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 11am – 3pm: Holiday Holistic Health Fair at the Mercury Cafe
Come on down to the 3rd annual Holistic Health Fair, a casual affair where guests can connect with local practitioners. Shop for holistic gifts, receive mini treatments of acupuncture and massage, and try herbal teas and other goodies. No entry fee.
Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 12pm: Firkin Saturday: PB&J Porter at Dry Dock Brewing Co. – North Dock
Take a break from your last-minute shopping with this new release from Dry Dock! Peanut butter and jealous!
Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 5pm: Tacky Light Comedy Tour with Timmi Lasley at Denver Relief
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.
Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 7:10pm: The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution at the Sie FilmCenter
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is the first feature-length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons learned when a movement derails. Join producer Nicole London for an in-person Q&A after the 7:10pm screening! Tickets run $7 – $11.
Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 8pm: Crush City: The War on Crushmas at The Savoy at Curtis Park
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. This month’s installment features Steve Vanderploeg, Kira MagCalen, Kevin O’Brien, Rick Kerns, Brett Hiker, Andy Sell, and Andrew Orvedahl. Tickets are $7 at the door.
Saturday, December 19, 2015 @ 9pm: Winter Groove Holiday Party at the Goosetown Tavern
Come celebrate the holidays with Motown Groove as they spin the best in soul, Motown, funk, ska, 60’s reggae, and more! No cover.
Sunday, December 20, 2015 @ 1 – 2pm: TubaChristmas Concert at Skyline Park
Tired of the same old holiday soundtrack? Revive your holiday spirit at the 41st annual TubaChristmas Concert at Skyline Park! Tap your toes to your favorite holiday tunes being played by 300 tuba players from all over the region. Skyline Park will be decorated for the season, making it a perfect setting to experience this holiday spectacular, produced by the University of Colorado at Denver’s Arts & Media Department.
Sunday, December 20, 2015 @ 7pm: RiNo Yacht Club | Movie Night at The Source
End your weekend with a familiar film, $6 cocktails, snacks, and a rad atmosphere. This week’s film is the Will Farrell classic, Elf. No cover.
Monday, December 21, 2015, cocktails at 8pm: Amuse Booze at El Charrito
Amuse Booze is a new(ish) monthly comedy showcase that appreciates a good, hand-crafted cocktail. Three local bartenders will compete to make their own variations of three comics favorite cocktails. One bartender will be named victorious and move forward in the competition, whilst the audience enjoys tasting and laughing at the results. Tonight’s comedians include Aaron Urist, Brian Hocker, Adam Cayton-Holland, and headliner, Josh Blur. Hosted by Meghan DePonceau and Anthony Crawford. $5 cover; $5 cocktails.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 @ 2pm: Ten Lords a Leaping ~ Chocolate Mint Fudge Stout at Copper Kettle Brewing Company
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 Mint Fudge Stout. Hot Brat and a Touch of Philly will be serving up the grub.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 @ 7:30pm: Home Alone + Pizza Party at the SIE FilmCenter
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, doors at 8pm, show at 8:30pm: A Sexpot Chris-Mas with Chris Gethard at the Oriental Theater
You’ve seen Chris on The Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer, and The Other Guys, now see him headline Sexpot Comedy’s annual holiday show at The Oriental Theater! Hosted by Andy Juett and featuring comedy from Zach Reinert, Stephen Agyei, Eric Henderson, and Meaghan Shaha, Sexpot Comedy and MassRoots present Chris Gethard for just $15 in the spirit of Christmas. Buy your tickets here.
Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 2pm: Twelve Drummers Drumming ~ Belgian Strong Dark w/ Cherries at Copper Kettle Brewing Company
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! This last beer in this series will feature a Belgian Strong Dark with Cherries. OMG Food truck will be serving up the grub #merrxmas
Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 8:30pm – 2am: Heebonism 2015 at the Exdo Event Center
Looking for some non-family fun on x-mas eve? Then come partake in the 8th annual Heebonism blow-out, which is sure to be epic. Free cocktails from 8:30 – 9:30pm by Golden Moon Distillery, guest DJs, photobooth magic, and epic end-of-an-era festivities. Tickets are $18 in advance; $25 at the door (or $20 with three non-perishable food items).