Your favorite part of the week is finally here–the end. If you haven’t had the time to make plans or maybe you have some friends in town you need to impress–worry not, because 303 Magazine has suggestions for you. From concerts to beer festivals, this weekend is jam-packed with local events.  Read on and prepare yourself for an exciting 72 hours.

Eat & Drink

Beers & Spears

Photo courtesy of The Real Dill.

When: Saturday, March 19. 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Denver Beer Co – 1695 Platte St, Denver

Cost: Free Admission ($12 for Pickle & Beer Flight)

The Low Down: Denver Beer Co and The Real Dill have teamed up once again for a curious afternoon of pickles and beer. Boasting a fun, unique and suspiciously delicious combination – the event is a true-to-Denver affair located at local brewery Denver Beer Co with Colorado pickles from The Real Dill. Featuring a spicy pickle eating contest with prizes and cheap pickle and beer flights. Beers & Spears is not to be missed.

Collaboration Fest Pre-Party

Photo by Candace Peterson

When: Friday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Falling Rock Taphouse – 1919 Blake St, Denver

The Low Down: Didn’t purchase a ticket for the Collaboration Fest? Luckily you still have a chance to join in on the festivities. Meet some of the collaborators and enjoy specialty beer tastings from a variety of Colorado’s local breweries. With no cover and chances to win tickets to Collaboration Fest – the pre-party is gearing up to be an exciting start to a festive evening of breweries and beer.

See

Moon Taxi

When: Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m.

Where: Bluebird Theater – 3317 E. Colfax Ave, Denver

Cost: $25

Tickets: Available here

The Low Down: The Denver favorites are back in town this Friday with The Congress giving an assuredly deserved opening. It’s also a 16+ show but the strumming and melodic humming of the talented Nashvillians, Moon Taxi are enjoyable for all ages. As you may know, The Bluebird is an intimate venue so arriving a little early wouldn’t hurt.

Lewis Black

When: Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Where: Bellco Theatre – 700 14th St

Cost: $45-$75

Tickets: Available here

The Low Down: Lewis Black is back in Denver on his latest tour The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth. Author, actor and comedian Black is most known for his stand-up and as a  host on a variety of television networks. Between comedic yelling and political rants Black isn’t afraid to offend anyone. The award-winning comic will be shaking things up at Bellco Theatre this Saturday.

Women + Film Festival

Photo credit Lynsey Addario

Photo credit Lynsey Addario

When: March 15–20, Daily

Where: Sie Film Center – 2510 E. Colfax Ave, Denver

Cost: $12 – $25, individual tickets

Tickets: Available here

The Low Down: Presented by Denver Film Society, The Women + Film Festival finishes its six-day-long extravaganza this weekend featuring more shorts, documentaries and, of course, full-length films centered on women. Catch the coming-of-age drama about at-risk youth, The Bad Kids on Friday night or filmmaker Kirsten Johnson’s memoir, Cameraperson on Saturday night. Not familiar with Johnson? She’s one of the world’s leading female documentary filmmakers having shot Citizen Four, The Invisible War, and Fahrenheit 9/11. Oh, and did we mention she will be there for the screening?

Koffin Kats

When: Saturday, March 19 at p.m.

Where: The Gothic Theater – 3263 S. Broadway St, Englewood

Cost: $16

Tickets: Available here

The Low Down: Continuing their eight years of international touring, this punk-rock group from Detroit is back in Denver. Guaranteed to be a high-energy performance, this show will be perfect for blowing off some steam from the week. Hosted at the Gothic Theater, Koffin Kats are rolling deep with three openers—giving you the opportunity to really make the most of only a $16 ticket.

Gogol Bordello 

When: Sunday, March 20 at p.m.

Where: The Ogden Theater – 935 E. Colfax Ave, Denver

Cost: $35

Tickets: Available here

The Low Down: The large ensemble of gypsy-punk musicians known as Gogol Bordello are back in Denver this week. Hailing from New York the group is known for their theatrical live performances with costumes, humor and political undertones. Creating music that is as wonderfully unique as it is indescribable, Gogol is a shoe-in for a great party this Sunday night. Debauche will be kicking things off so be sure to get there by 8 p.m.

Warrior Artist Showcase

When: Sunday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

Where: Sol Shine – 1501 Boulder St, Denver

The Low Down: Don’t worry art connoisseurs, we haven’t forgotten about you. This Sunday Sol Shine is hosting a night of food, libations, and live music to support Denver’s talented artists. The showcase focuses on the warrior spirit with featured prints by local artists.

DO

 Denver Auto Show

When: March 16, 5 p.m. – March 20, 6 p.m.

Where: Colorado Convention Center – 700 14th St

Cost: $6-$12

Tickets: Available here

The Low Down: Prefer to spend your weekend scoping out some sexy new models? Models of cars that is. Featuring imported and domestic vehicles alike, you’ll have the opportunity to witness sneak-peeks of state-of-the-art automobiles as well as learn about today’s new fuel effiicient technologies. An event suitable for families and auto-buffs alike – the Denver Auto Show is in town all weekend.

 

Black Sheep Friday: Poetry Spam

When: Friday, March 18 at 6 p.m.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art – 1485 Delgany St, Denver

Cost: $5

The Low Down: Sick of spam emails and need a release? MCA Denver is back for another season of Black Sheep Fridays – a quirky evening at the Museum of Contemporary Arts Cafe & Bar. Focusing on the strange – Black Sheep Friday’s keeps it refreshing and exciting with a new theme every week. This week: Poetry Spam. Poets and furious spam-deleters alike will join forces to read their junk mail artistically and enjoy some libations at the museum.

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