It’s amazing how many different types of activities have been blended together into something entirely new and different this weekend–cosplay meets sports, art incorporates ink, a concert merges with politics, a speakeasy turns tiki bar, and ice cream gets paired with shandy brews. It feels as if Denver has relocated to the Twilight Zone for the next few days. That means it’s time to get weird for this nothing-short-of-interesting weekend lineup.
Star Wars Night
When: Saturday, July 23 at 5 p.m.
Where: Coors Field – 2001 Blake St., Denver
Cost: $30-65; get tickets here.
The Low Down: This week Coors Field will be transformed into a Star Wars-themed ballpark with costumes, a pregame, a parade and more. The price includes a seat in the special Star Wars seated section of the ballpark so you can join like minded fans for the Rockies vs. Braves game. In addition, you will receive a collectors edition Colorado Rockies and Star Wars t-shirt.
When: Saturday, July 23, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: City Hall Event Center – 1144 Broadway St., Denver
Cost: Free; get tickets here.
The Lowdown: Music, booze and fun with robots, all for a good cause. This Saturday you can view, and even fiddle with, some of the newest gadgets that technology has to offer. There will be robots, drones, projection mapping, virtual reality simulators and tons more for you to interact with, as well as cocktails and a DJ. FutureFest works with local charities, Kids Tek and UrbanPeak. –Words by Peyton Garcia
Rock Against the TPP
When: Concert: Saturday, July 23, 5-11 p.m.; Lecture: Sunday, July 24, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Summit Music Hall – 1902 Blake St., Denver
Cost: Free with petition signature here.
The Low Down: This unique event has put together some great ideas to get political this weekend. Fighting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, artists and actors will come together for a free event at Summit Music Hall–all you have to do is sign the petition (while supplies last). Anti-Flag will perform acoustically along with sets by Tom Morello and Denver’s very-own Flobots. On Sunday, Evangeline Lily (LOST, Ant Man, The Hobbit) will be hosting a lecture on how to fight the TPP.
When: July 22-24
Where: Colorado Convention Center – 700 14th St., Denver
Cost: $25-70; get tickets here.
The Low Down: This weekend-long event will be transforming the Colorado Convention Center with over 140 vendors. Booths will be set up with live art, tattooing, painters and more. Scheduled alongside the vendors are some live music options and performances. Show off your best ink this weekend and meet professional artists alongside like-minded individuals at this enormous tattoo convention.
Denver Beer Co.’s 1st Annual Ice Cream & Shandy Social
When: Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Denver Beer Co – 1695 Platte St., Denver
Cost: $15–includes five mini-shandy’s and five mini-ice cream scoops; get tickets here.
The Low Down: Little Man Ice Cream and Rocky Mountain Soda Company have combined forces for this unique beer, ice cream and soda pairing. Try out the Loveland Lemon-Lime Shandy–but what ice cream should you pair it with? Little Man has crafted some one-of-a-kind frozen treats for this event and considering their popularity, tickets are sure to sell out fast.
Tiki Party at Green Russell
When: Saturday, July 23, 5 p.m.-12:45 a.m.
Where: Green Russell – 1422 Larimer St., Denver
The Low Down: Green Russell is turning five and will celebrate with five parties to match. The fourth party is this Saturday–a tiki party with tropical tunes and cocktails inside deliciously fresh pineapples and coconuts. Wear your Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt–the best-dressed guest will win a $50 Green Russell gift card. If you love pina coladas you won’t want to miss this “tiki-tastic” festivity. – Words by Caitlin Plante
When: Saturday, July 23, 2-7 p.m.
Where: Great Divide Barrel Bar – 1812 35th St., Denver
Cost: $5 – includes can of beer; get tickets here.
The Low Down: This fundraiser for BikeDenver will have local brews, biking gear and more on Saturday. Great Divide Barrel Bar will serve up beers from Ratio Beerworks, Mockery Brewing, Epic Brewing Co and more. If you’re not big on the brews however, Happy Leaf Kombucha and Infinite Monkey Theorem will also pour some refreshing beverages and food trucks will park on premise for your hunger fix.
When: Saturday, July 23 at 9 a.m.
Where: The Great Lawn Park – 101 Yosemite St., Denver
Cost: $50; get tickets here.
The Low Down: As Bubble Run says themselves, take this opportunity to enjoy being a kid again. This three-mile marathon is suitable for everyone–all that’s required is a ticket and a white tee. Once you’ve achieved both you’re ready to skip, run, jog, hop or transport yourself however you like through multi-colored foam obstacles.
Labyrinth Movie Night
When: Saturday, July 23 at 7 p.m.
Where: Palazzo Verdi – 6363 S. Fiddlers Green Cir., Englewood
Cost: Free; RSVP here.
The Low Down: One of the truly amazing things about Denver is the amount of outdoor movie screenings one can find throughout every week of summer. This week, reminisce on your childhood with an outdoor showing of the old favorite Labyrinth. David Bowie, spandex, Jim Henson, mastered puppetry and a story like no other–what more could you ask for? Wine, beer and snowcones will also be available for your enjoyment.
Blues by the Pool with Jimmy D. Lane
When: Sunday, July 24, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Riviera At The Breakers Resort – 9099 E. Mississippi Ave., Denver
The Low Down: If you haven’t yet visited the beautiful Riviera at the Breakers Resort, you’re missing out. But don’t worry because between the 303 Summer Pool Parties and a lineup of unique events, you still have the chance to utilize the gorgeous space this summer. This Sunday Jimmy D. Lane will be performing poolside so make sure to bring your dancing shoes along with your swimsuit. This blues artist has performed with BB King, Robert Plant, Mick Jagger and more making him quite the notable artist.
Bird Habitat Garden Tour
When: Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Audubon Center at Chatfield – 11280 Waterton Rd., Littleton
Cost: $15-18; get tickets here.
The Low Down: Join the Audubon Society in Littleton for their second annual Bird Habitat Garden Tour this Saturday. Talk with local gardeners about how they create bird-friendly environments and learn about bird nesting sites, habitats, eating habits as well as some facts about plants. Get outside for this unique and fun educational outdoorsman event.
Mele Kalikimaka in July Pig Roast & Luau
When: Sunday, July 24, 12-8 p.m.
Where: Epic Brewing Company – 3001 Walnut St., Denver
The Low Down: July isn’t over yet, meaning Christmas in July celebrations are still relevant. This one in particular has put a unique spin on the oddball tradition–a luau. Grab yourself a lei and a matching grass skirt and start practicing your best hula dance. Mile High Cajun will be roasting a pig alongside other Hawaiian-inspired food trucks to continue the theme. Oh, and Santa will be there so start pondering your Christmas wishes early this year.
An Evening of Experimental Performance Art
When: Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Syntax Physics Opera – 554 S. Broadway, Denver
The Low Down: If you’re in the mood for a truly unique underground art event, look no further. Syntax Physics Opera will host a night of experimental art this Saturday with a packed lineup of diverse artists. Macabre puppets, shadow figures and rituals and Christmas carols are just a few of the events lined up for this one-of-a-kind show. You can find the full list of performers and more information on them here.
When: Saturday, July 23, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: The Tre3Hau5 – 776 Lincoln St., Denver
The Low Down: Rising Phoenix Colorado and Rocky Mountain Resonance have combined forces for a fun Saturday-night rooftop party. For only five dollars you can enjoy a great lineup of techno styles from artists like Greasy Monk, Brian Ess and Delta IX. With two bars and a rooftop, the Tre3Hau5 makes for the perfect venue for this dance-filled evening.
90’s Bar Crawl
When: Saturday, July 23, 2-10 p.m.
Where: Begins at Jackson’s Denver – 1520 20th St., Denver
Cost: $40; get tickets here.
The Low Down: Dance, drink and crawl from bar to bar this Saturday in downtown Denver. Nineties themed to the tee, they’ll play the first 10 albums of NOW That’s What I Call Music as well as serving a variety of drink specials at locations like ViewHouse, Machete and LODO’s Bar & Grill. Be sure to bust out your best 90’s fashion for this one.
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303 Magazine Summer Pool Party with DJ Walter White
When: Sunday, August 7, 12-7 p.m.
Where: The Riviera at the Breakers Resort – 9099 E Mississippi Ave, Denver
Cost: Starting at $20; tickets available here
Cupcakes & Beer Flights
When: Sunday, July 31, 2-5 p.m.
Where: Ratio Beerworks – 2920 Larimer St., Denver
Cost: $15; includes a flight of three cupcakes and three tasters of Ratio Beers.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two Release Party
When: Saturday, July 30, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
Where: Tattered Cover Bookstore – 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
Bronco Gang Weekend
When: July 29-31
Cost: $5 donation recommended; $25-60 VIP packages; get tickets here.
Final Friday – RiNo
When: Friday, July 29, 7-11 p.m.
Where: Megafauna–3102 Blake St., Denver
Denver County Fair
When: July 29-31
Where: Denver County Fair – 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
Cost: Tickets start at $5; get tickets here.