This weekend, Denver will be dominated by the Great American Beer Festival and the slew of its affiliated events at bars and breweries all over the city. We are so thrilled about GABF and the related parties and goings on that we have even compiled an exhaustive list of over 70 events.  As far as beer in Denver this week, we have you covered. From a very special suitcase party to a pumpkin chucking contest and all kinds of alternative art, we are ready to get a little wild this weekend without the bloating.

Thursday, October 6

Suitcase Party

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When: Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: City Hall – 1144 Broadway, Denver

Cost: $60-80 – Get Tickets Here.

The Lowdown: Pack a bag because you and a friend might be jet setting to Las Vegas at the end of this party. Your ticket is your potential boarding pass at City Hall this Thursday. Buckle in for DJ sets, an open bar, prize-packed suitcase giveaways and for one lucky person an all-expense-paid trip to Vegas. The event is raising money for Denver Gives and Global Orphan Protection. Sixty dollars will get you into the party but the $80 tickets get you on the raffle list to win the trip. The plane to Vegas will board at the end of the party and if that sounds exciting then raise the stakes, because for every $20 over the ticket price you donate you earn another raffle ticket.

Ignite Denver 24

When: Thursday, October 6 from 7-10 p.m.

Where: The Oriental Theater – 4335 West 44th Ave., Denver

Cost: $10 – Get Tickets Here.

The Lowdown: In the past years, “TED Talks” have become this huge phenomenon in information sharing and local organization. Ignite Denver is taking the “TED” model and making it fast-paced, localized and more fun. At Ignite, 20 pre-selected slides flash quickly on the screen behind presenters who have picked their own topic and feel they have something worthwhile to share in five minutes. This Thursday, eight speakers will present their ideas on everything from social media oversharing to the future landscape of businesses in America.

Gin Docs at Infinite Monkey Theorem

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Photo Courtesy of Gin Doctors Facebook Page

When: Thursday, October 6 from 8-10 p.m.

Where: Infinite Monkey Theorem – 3200 Larimer St., Denver

Cost: Free Admission – Get Full Event Info Here.

The Lowdown: Cult favorite the Gin Doctors, are back turning up the ’90s music at local winery Infinite Monkey Theorem this Thursday. Dance the night away while imbibing every varietal you can think of. The show starts at 8 p.m. with Spud Nation food truck on hand for all your potato-related needs.

Magic Men Live

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Photo Courtesy of Magic Men Facebook Page

When: Thursday, October 6 at 8 p.m.

Where: Bellco Theater – 700 14th St., Denver

Cost: $24-104 – Get Tickets Here.

The Lowdown: The Magic Men strip tease extravaganza is coming to the Bellco Theater this Thursday night. This event is an enjoyable touring version of the “Magic Mike” movie fanchise. These extremely attractive men have everything: eight packs, dance moves and a ton of audience involvement. Ticket prices correlate to how close you get to the stage, so choose carefully, because who knows when the Magic Men will appear again.

Friday, October 7

Re-Opening of MCA: A Mercurial Garden Party

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Photo Courtesy of MCA Facebook Page

When: Friday, October 7 from 7-10 p.m.

Where: MCA Denver – 1485 Delgany St., Denver

Cost: $10-45 – Get Tickets Here.

The Lowdown: The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is back after a brief closure. This weekend in downtown Denver, they will premiere their fall openings with a garden party. Enjoy the rooftop DJ, check out the new installations, marvel at wandering performers and indulge in the bars scattered about the premises. VIP tickets will get you into the event an hour early to browse galleries ahead of the crowd as well as special VIP bars, VIP bathrooms and two drink tickets right off the bat.

Night of the Living Dead Live Performance

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Photo Courtesy of The Bug Theater’s Facebook Page

When: Friday, October 7 from 8-10 p.m.

Where: The Bug Theater – 3654 Navajo St., Denver 

Cost: $15 – Get Tickets Here.

The Lowdown: The Bug Theater is kicking off their annual month of the living dead live performances. The original cult classic film Night of the Living Dead is celebrated with a modern twist, a live audience and the palpable tension of watching people trapped in an abandoned house trying to keep the zombie hoards at bay. 2016’s theme for the show will be urban legends.

Saturday, October 8

Punkin Chunkin

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Photo Courtesy of Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Facebook

When: Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m. – Sunday, October 9 at 3 p.m.

Where: Arapahoe Park and Mile High Racing – 26000 East Quincy Ave., Aurora

Cost: $5 a day at the gate – Get Full Event Info Here. 

The Lowdown: The annual Punkin Chunkin contest is taking place this weekend and people travel from all over the state to see how far they can throw a pumpkin. You may remember this competition from its television appearance on Discovery channel’s Myth Busters. If you think you can hurl a pumpkin better than anyone else, stop by and compete, but also come for live music, food, a beer garden and two days of car shows.

Otter Weekend

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Photo Courtesy of Otter Weekend

When: Saturday, October 8 – Sunday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: The Denver Aquarium – 700 Water St., Denver

Cost: Free With Aquarium Admission – Get Full Event Info Here.

The Lowdown: The Denver Aquarium has two, new, furry, otter friends and are throwing a party to celebrate. Come down to meet the new additions and the other otters and participate in a weekend of games, feedings and themed activities.

18th Annual Fright Fest Pet Parade

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Photo Courtesy of Denver Elitch Gardens Facebook

When: Saturday, October 8 from 12-3 p.m.

Where: Elitch Gardens – 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver

Cost: $20 per pet – Get Tickets Here.

The Lowdown: If you know you have the cutest dog on the block and love the way he or she looks in a costume, then enter them in the premier doggie costume contest this weekend at Elitch Gardens. You can compete in several categories which allows you to choose costumes that are funny or serious or even coordinated costumes for pet and owner . All proceeds go to PetCo charity but the photo op for you and your pet is priceless.

Colorado Cornhole Championships

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When: Saturday, October 8 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Softball Country – 2101 West 64th Ave., Denver

Cost: $10-20 – Get Tickets Here.

The Lowdown: Do you have what it takes to become the state champion of corn hole? Do you have a partner, and when the two of you step up to the green, everyone knows they are going down? If the answer is yes, then register now to compete at Mile High Cornhole’s official statewide championship. Cash prizes go to the top four in three categories.

Denver Taiko’s 40th Anniversary

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Taiko drummers at the annual Cherry Blosson Festival in Denver. Photo courtesy of cherryblossomdenver.org

When: Saturday, October 8 at 7 p.m. – Sunday, October 9

Where: 2344 East Iliff Ave., Denver

Cost: $18 -25 per day – Get Tickets Here.

The Lowdown: Denver Taiko has been honoring traditional Japanese drumming performance for 40 years. The organization choreographs and performs expert shows and they are a true wonder to behold. For their anniversary performances they will feature special guests as well, such as the Mundra Dance Studio, so get your tickets now.

Tell Your Mom I Said Hi

Photo Courtesy of LFS Facebook Page

Photo Courtesy of LFS Facebook Page

When: Saturday, October 8 from 7-10 p.m.

Where: Black Book Gallery – 304 Elati St., Denver

Cost: Free Admission – Get Full Event Info Here.

The Lowdown: The Ladies’ Fancywork Society (LFS) is a group of crochet/street art enthusiasts who have been marrying the two artistic concepts for years. You may have seen their edgy and colorful installations all over the Denver area. This week check out their works in Gallery format and yes, they will be selling some of the pieces. Support the LFS and their pursuit to prove that sometimes guerrilla street art can be soft and heartwarming.

Sunday, October 9

Indigenous Film & Arts Festival Premier

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When: Sunday, October 9 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: Denver Museum of Nature and Science – 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver

Cost: Free Admission – Get Full Event Info Here.

The Lowdown: The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is partnering with the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management to present a month-long festival of film and art celebrating indigenous groups all over the world and throughout history. Stop by Sunday night for the film premier of, Message from Mungo, a film chronicling the relationship between Australia’s modern native population and the discovery of the oldest remains in the country. There will be a dessert and coffee discussion after the movie.

 

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Mark Your Calendars…

Denver Fashion Week

When: Thursday, November 10 – Monday, November 14

Where: City Hall Event Center – 1144 Broadway, Denver

Cost: $15-225 – Get Tickets Here.

 

Snowboard the Block Festival

When: Friday, October 14 – Saturday, October 15

Where: Denver Performing Arts Complex

Cost: $19.98-94.98 – Get Tickets Here.

 

Grand Coffee Bazaar

When: Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October 16

Where: RedLine Denver – 2350 Arapahoe St., Denver

Cost: $30-Get Tickets Here.

 

Denver DeCOmpression – The Atomic Age

When: Saturday, October 15 – Sunday, October 16

Where: Exdo Events Center – 1399 35th Street

Cost: $15-30 – Get Tickets Here.

 

Dante’s Wingferno Challenge

When: Sunday, October 16

Where: Dry Dock Brewery – 15120 East Hampden Ave., Aurora

Cost: By Donation

 

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