WEEKLY EVENTS: June 3, 2016 – June 9, 2016
Greetings from Louisville, KY! I have been traveling around Kentucky this past week, shooting footage for a new video about sustainable public transportation and sweating. A lot.
I fly back tomorrow AM but not before catching up with an old friend in town and drinking more bourbon. I wish you all a bold start to your weekend and I will see you on the flipside.
Peep the list below to keep boredom at bay and for additional free/low-cost events this weekend, check out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog, which includes Crom Comedy Festival, Grand Opening – Union Station Farmers Market, and the 9th Annual Northwest Denver Adoptathon
at Historic Elitch Theatre.
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Get a taste of Torchy’s before they fire up in Stapleton – opening June 6th! FREE chips & green chile queso will be available to guests while supplies last! No cover!
It’s the first pool party of the season! A celebratory reduced $5 entrance fee gets you access to free drinks, music by Simone Says, pool times, fond memories, unicorns, and magic.
This First Friday, visit YOUR community access television station for a live, intimate studio performance by Sole and Mikrofone Rob with a joke-telling set by Eric Henderson. DOM will also be celebrating the launch of its new Denver-centric radio station, Denver Open Media 104.7FM! While this event is FREE, for $20 guests can also enjoy FREE food from Illegal Pete’s and Sexy Pizza, as well as FREE craft brews. Haaaaaaaaaay.
From its website, “The Temple is social venture established to preserve and revive an important landmark, while providing affordable art studios and workshop facilities, community non-profit space, and creative business suites.” Pretty cool, right? Come meet the artists, businesses, and community of the Temple and help welcome them to the neighborhood. Residents include Processus, Platte Forum, Temple Bakery, Denver Zine Library, Sent(a)mental Studios, Urban Media, and many other local Denver artist studios. FREE.
Come on out for the second installment of the Denver Tool Library’s Summer Concert Series & Bazaar. This month’s event will include live music from Ned Garthe Explosion, Bison Bone, Evan Holm, and Emerald Siam with stand-up ha ha from Matt Cobos and Byron F. Graham! Plus, live screenprinting, food trucks, and vendors. Free for everyone until 8pm; afterwards it’s free for members, $5 for errybody else.
It’s the first Friday of the month, which means Pussy Bros— Christie Buchele, Janae Burris, Rachel Weeks, and Jordan Wieleba—are putting on another awesome show! Featuring some of the funniest cats in town, this showcase will be nothing short of a (pussy) riot. Don’t miss Denver’s own Stephen Agyei along with out-of-town crushers David Zoe Leon, Danielle Perez, and Erin Lampart, plus Denver’s most recent funny transplant, Dave Losso. The show is FREE (donations are accepted), and the laughs will be huge.
Join Lipgloss for a blast from the past! They’ll be going totally heavy on the ’80s in addition to their usual mix of everything indie, rock, and electro. Joining Boyhollow and DJ Tower will be guest DJ Paul Italiano, owner of FashioNation/Babysitter’s Nightmare. Around midnight, they’ll be giving away tix to see Echo and the Bunnymen and the Totally ’80s Tour featuring: Missing Persons, Bow Wow Wow, and Trans-X. Tickets are $5.
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 F-U-N.) When in doubt, grind it out. $5 cover; now located at the Hi-Dive.
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, kids activities, live music, food + drink vendors, plus an inaugural beer garden! 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.
The Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square is a FREE two-day street-painting festival where more than 200 artists spend hours turning the streets of Larimer Square into a museum of chalk art. This family-friendly event can be experienced throughout the weekend as the pieces evolve over time. 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.
The Denver Film Society is proud to launch family programming with a retrospective of films written by or based on novels by beloved author, Roald Dahl. Tickets are $5 (children under 6 are free) and admission includes an all-you-can-eat cereal bar!
The Dikeou Collection’s Family Saturday Workshops are a great way for people of all ages to learn more about contemporary art and experiment with new creative processes. This month’s project is inspired by the work of Paul Ramirez Jonas. Participants in this workshop will create their own musical creations with common materials such as bottles, nutshells, combs, and cups. This workshop is FREE to all attendees; drop-in anytime. Light refreshments will be provided.
The warmer weather is a-comin’…can you feel it? This month, soul daddies Steve Cervantes and Jason Heller will be doing their thang and making you move. They’ll be playing the best soul, funk, and R&B so strap on those dancing shoes and come shake what your mama gave you…only 5 bucks!
What better way to start your Saturday than with a workout and a beer? Join Strength Train 4 Life for a total body workout, followed by a happy hour hosted by Copper Kettle. Workout is designed for people of all fitness levels and limitations can be accommodated if needed. Admission is $10 and gets you an hour workout followed by drink specials. Please arrive around 10:45am to register.
This event will feature live music, a food truck, and an eclectic mix of Great Divide beer that you can’t find in any store! Bring your bike, yourself, and your friends and raise a glass to Denver becoming a more bicycle-friendly city. All proceeds will benefit BikeDenver. FREE.
Lucha Libre & Laughs is a monthly event that combines Mexican lucha libre pro-wrestling, stand up comedy, and live comedic color commentary from Nathan Lund and Sam Tallent. Come celebrate with a stacked show, guaranteed to make Monday more bearable. This show is part of the Crom Comedy Festival and is FREE!
City Park Jazz, or “jazz in the park”, is a great weekend culmination of dogs, babies, adults, brie, blankets, vino, hand sanitizer, port-o- potties, and food trucks. This inaugural weekend brings a high-energy, funky set from Eufórquestra. Come see and be seen; rain FREE.
Start your week off right by connecting to yourself and your community! This FREE all-levels yoga class will get your body moving and breath flowing while enjoying Denver’s beautiful warm-weather nights. This class is supportive to beginners and creative enough for more experienced practitioners. Please bring your own yoga mat and check any weather-related changes via their FB page.
Going through a tough time? Telling our stories can often help us process our life experiences and find new paths. Come on out for a safe and supportive creative writing workshop that’s FREE and open to all. Writing prompts, tools, and refreshments will be provided. No registration or experience required; sharing is not mandatory. Hosted by Jane Thatcher of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.
Just like granny used to play only swap out the bingo hall for a brewery and prune juice for craft beer. Each beer purchased gets you a bingo card and prizes include pints, howlers, growlers, and other swag. No cover.
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 Meaghan Shaha, Daniel Reskin, Mara Wiles and headliner, Brent Gill. Hosted by Kira MagCalen; FREE.
Enjoy a FREE screening along with movie-themed drink specials and fun souvenirs to take home! All films start around 9pm but come earlier for a seat and/or to order food. This week’s film is Half Baked. FREE and cool.
Live at Light Rail performances will take place most Wednesdays from 4:30 – 6pm during the warmer months and will showcase local bands, choirs, ensembles, and school groups, who will greet light rail patrons with a variety of creative performances. The program will draw from a range of live performers of all ages and specialties, from high school ensembles and undergrad percussionists to adult choir groups and drum circles.
B-Side Music Thursday is a live music series where guests can enjoy an intimate rooftop performance by Denver’s top indie musicians, craft cocktail in hand. Tonight’s performance will feature Rob Drabkin. Happy hour from 5 – 7pm; live music from 6 – 8pm. Free for MCA members; $5 for regular people.
Denver’s own modern-day post-Americana band will be performing at your local animal rescue farm! It shall be a memorable evening of stars, music, goats, various sweet critters, and bring-your-own cold drinks/picnic dinner. $7 suggested donation.
Doors open at 6:30pm, music begins around 7pm, and movie starts between 8:30pm – 9pm. Picnics and lawn chairs are welcome; dogs, glass, and smoking are not. $5 suggested donation, BYOB.