From arts and crafts to zombies and everything in between, there is a lot happening this weekend. If you love beer, liquor, food or fun, we found something to get the party started this weekend.
Thursday, September 22
When: Thursday, September 22 from 5-8:30 p.m.
Where: Larimer Street Between 26th and 27th, Denver
Cost: $25-35 – Get Tickets Here.
The Lowdown: CollaborEAT is an event hosted by City Build Denver where a normally unused or ignored part of downtown Denver is transformed into a beautiful urban dining room. The event is intended to get guests to see a space in a different way and to open up a conversation about the future in Denver. The ticket includes a four-course meal, educational speakers, entertainment and networking opportunities.
Friday, September 23
When: Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25
Where: Between 20th St. and 22cd St. on Larimer St., Denver
Cost: $25 – 175 – Get Tickets Here.
The Lowdown: Denver Oktoberfest is finally upon us and the anticipation is guaranteed to pay off. This year the festival is filled to the brim with everything beer enthusiasts could want including keg bowling, stein holding contests, live music, bratwursts and beer. Oktoberfest offers various levels of participation ranging from a couple of beers one day to six-day VIP passes. Check out the website for the full schedule of activities here.
Bonus Event: Love Oktoberfest but not into the crowds of the annual Denver event? No worries, we have you covered, RiNo is hosting very own Oktoberfest with an awesome lineup of local breweries starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday. There will also be games and live music. Check out the event and grab tickets here.
Grand Opening – RULE Gallery Denver
When: Friday, September 23 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Rule Gallery 530 Sante Fe Dr., Denver
Cost: Free Admission
The Lowdown: Rule Gallery has a new home on Sante Fe and you are invited to the grand opening. Swing by the cocktail reception and check out the opening weekend of Denver local Scott Young’s first solo gallery entitled “Wish You Were Here.” Young’s work with neon and video delves into the deep inner workings of human emotions and some of his work invites direct interaction. Get more information about Rule Gallery and Scott Young’s work on Rule’s website here.
Food Truck Safari: Nautical Nibbles at the Denver Zoo
When: Friday, September 23, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: The Denver Zoo – 2300 Steele St., Denver
Cost: $17 – Get Tickets Here.
The Lowdown: The Denver Zoo is excited to present Washed Ashore – Art to Save the Sea, a striking collection of sea animal sculptures made entirely out of trash that has washed ashore on beaches. Denver will be the first inland city to host the traveling exhibit and interested parties who are over 21 are invited to a happy hour preview of the full exhibit before it opens to the public the next day. The ticket price will get you into the zoo where food trucks and beer stations will be scattered around and there will also be live acoustic sets throughout the night. If you want to see the whole event, check out the Washed Ashore beach party Saturday evening, where the food and beer will be replaced with face painting, Polynesian dancers and an underwater show with mermaids. For more information on the Beach Party and tickets check out the website here.
When: Friday, September 23 from 7-10 p.m.
Where: History Colorado Center – 1200 Broadway, Denver
Cost: $50 – Get Tickets Here.
The Lowdown: DSTILL celebrates the craft spirit and those that make it with events, pop-up bars, contests and awards. This weekend they are hosting a showcase of national distilleries that have skillfully crafted a spirit and members of the Colorado Bartenders Guild who will be making cocktails with them. The event will offer attendees a chance to sample liquid works of art from across the country and it will be a unique opportunity to meet master distillers and ask them for a job application.
Haunted Field of Screams Opening
When: Friday, September 23 from Sundown-10 p.m.
Where: Haunted Field of Screams – 10270 Riverdale Rd., Thornton
Cost: $45-120 – Get Tickets Here.
The Lowdown: The Haunted Field of Screams is a massive corn field outside of Thornton that offers three terrifying haunts, two corn mazes based scare-a-thons and a paintball gun zombie hunt in an abandoned farm. It is easy to spend every night before Halloween at the Field of Screams, where haunted attractions have been taking place for the past fifteen years.
Saturday, September 24
Renegade Craft Fair
When: Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25
Where: Exdo Events Center – 1399 35th St., Denver
Cost: Free Admission
The Lowdown: Renegade Craft Fair has lit up every other city it visits and this weekend it is coming to Denver. The fair includes handcrafted goods from over 100 select vendors, live music, food trucks, independent beverage companies and DIY workshops. Get lost in a world of wonder and exciting shopping this weekend. Check out more about the event and its offerings on their Facebook page here.
The 2016 Great American Beard & Moustache Championship
When: Saturday, September 24 at 1 p.m.
Where: Summit Music Hall – 1902 Blake St., Denver
Cost: $15 General Admission, $30 to Compete – Tickets and Registration Here.
The Lowdown: Denver finally has the opportunity to host the national competition for greatest facial hair. There is a myriad of categories to compete in and some are synthetic, so ladies, no excuses not to register. There are also three days of events and celebration around the actual competition, so please check the website here to make sure you are not missing any of the hairy-faced fun.
Brewer’s Alley at Rialto
When: Saturday, September 24, 4 p.m.
Where: Alley next to Rialto Cafe – 934 16th St., Denver
Cost: $25 – Get Tickets Here.
The Lowdown: Brewer’s alley is an annual event held in the alley next to downtown hot spot Rialto Cafe. The event brings together beer samplings and a pop-up farmers market sponsored by Freshpoint. Shop produce while drinking for a cause, as proceeds from the event will go to Metro Cares in their effort to end hunger in the Denver area.
Supernova – Outdoor Animation and Art Festival
When: Saturday, September 24th at 4 p.m.
Where: Denver Performing Arts Complex and Surrounding Area – Full Map Here.
Cost: Free Admission
The Lowdown: Denver Digerati is hosting an outdoor digital animation festival this weekend on the massive LED screens around the Performing Arts Complex and on 14th St. at both Champa St. and Arapahoe St. Check out the leaders in digital animation in Denver as they present works from the past year. Videos will be going on the screens starting at 4 p.m. and going to 10:30 p.m., at which time there will be an after party at Syntax Psychic Opera House hosted by “Weird Touch.” Go here to learn more, then check out the full schedule on the Supernova website here.
Our Neighbors, Ourselves
When: Saturday, September 24
Where: The Stanley Marketplace – 2501 Dallas St., Denver
Cost: $60 – Get Tickets Here.
The Lowdown: Co-hosted by Project Worthmore and Our Neighbors, Ourselves, this Saturday will be the 4th Annual Gallery and Fundraiser for Project Worthmore. In addition to local arts and crafts, there will be amazing food from local chefs, national music acts and an opportunity to scope out the newly-renovated Stanley Marketplace in Aurora. The event supports building community and offering resources to immigrant families. Learn more about Project Worthmore here.
Sports Team Bar Crawl
When: Saturday, September 24 from 2-8 p.m.
Where: Beginning at Jackson’s – 1520 20th St., Denver
Cost: $15 – Get Tickets Here.
The Lowdown: Mydrinkon is hosting a bar crawl this Saturday that encourages friends to don their favorite team’s jerseys and hit the streets to get drunk in the name of sports and also charity. Tickets are available in single form and include drink specials and a donation to charity but the ticket price drops down $5 if you register a group of six or more. As the seasons change so do sports, so grab your crew and celebrate the transition.
Miss Element Drag Pageant
When: Saturday, September 25 at 9 p.m.
Where: Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox – 1215 20th St., Denver
Cost: $15 – 25 – Get Tickets Here.
The Lowdown: If you have ever been to a drag show you know that they are outrageous parties celebrating music, shoes and fabulousness. A Pageant Throw Down for the Crown takes all of that up a notch. Tickets will get you into the best party of the weekend but also contribute to Element Denver, an organization that promotes health and well-being in the gay community.
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Colorado Tattoo Convention & Expo
When: Friday, September 30-October 2
Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St, Denver
Cost: $20-$45; Get Tickets Here.
Firefighter Chili Cook Off
When: Friday, September 30 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Larimer Square – 1430 Larimer St, Ste 200, Denver
Cost: Free Admission
Untitled: Stop Motion
When: Friday, September 30 from 6-10 p.m.
Where: Denver Art Museum – 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver
Cost: Included in general admission
Oktoberfest Beer Pong Tournament
When: Saturday, October 1 from 1-5 p.m.
Where: The Ginn Mill – 2041 Larimer St, Denver
Cost: $30 individual, $50 team ($25 each)
Survive the Zombie Apocalypse
When: Saturday, October 1 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: CU South Denver, 10035 S Peoria St, Parker
Cost: $20-25 – Get Tickets Here.
TRIANGLE – Transcendental Theatrical Opera Night
When: Saturday, October 1 from 8-10 p.m.
Where: Transition Theater – 119 Park Avenue West, Denver
Cost: $21 – Get Tickets Here.
Article by Sarah Heath with contributions from Peyton Garcia