The warmth of June has arrived, and the Mile High’s weekends are heating up. As the days get longer, the ever exciting city of Denver continues to have unique weekend events. With PrideFest, a theater festival, a Denver Scavenger Hunt and more, there are plenty of things to do this weekend!
Thursday, June 15
Art On Film: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
When: Thursday, June 15, 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Where: Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver — 965 Santa Fe Dr., Denver
The Lowdown: Enjoy Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe Art on the Film Summer Series this Thursday. Hosted at the Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver, the event strives to offer guests a chance to see a free art-house film, enjoy live music from local bands, food trucks and late-night viewing of the 528.0 Regional Printmaking Exhibition. This series movie is Women on the Verge of A Breakdown, a critically acclaimed Spanish film from 1988.
How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
When: Thursday, June 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: McNichols Civic Center — 144 W. Colfax, Denver
Cost: Free, RSVP here
The Lowdown: With everything else that’s going on in the world, a zombie apocalypse might not be the worst thing. In case it happens, there’s an event ready to prepare you on how to survive. This Thursday at McNichols Civic Center, brainstorm and learn how to survive a zombie apocalypse. Warm Cookies of the Revolution will discuss, “What are the actual zombies in our community? What if we don’t agree on what they are or how and when to address them?” Join in on figuring out how Denver is preparing for what some may call an inevitable apocalypse.
The Science Lounge: Space Oddity
When: Thursday, June 15, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Denver Museum of Nature and Science — 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver
Cost: $15 — get tickets here.
The Lowdown: Ground control to Denver, head to the Museum of Nature and Science for a unique stargazing opportunity. You will dive into the myths behind constellations in the museum’s Planetarium. Space Oddity will explore sex in gender in the ancient world, a topic not discussed often. Afterward, you will get to look at the constellations through telescopes. The event is in partnership with the GLBT Community Center of Colorado as part of PrideFest week.
National Lobster Day at Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood
When: Thursday, June 15 — all day
Where: Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood — 2625 E. 2nd Ave., Denver
Cost: Free Admission
The Lowdown: Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood is making it easy for us landlocked Coloradans to celebrate National Lobster Day. They will be offering guests an incredible deal — $15 for a classic lobster roll with lemon mayo. Get there when you can, the special lasts until they run out.
The Spins! Vinyl Me, Please + Black Shirt Brewing Co.
When: Thursday, June 15, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Black Shirt Brewing Co. — 3719 Walnut St., Denver
Cost: Free with purchase of beer available
The Lowdown: Head to Black Shirt Brewing Co. this Thursday for a Vinyl Me, Please’s June Record of the Month event. They will be playing Kevin Morby’s City Music. Sip on some brews and listen to some tunes with over Mile High vinyl lovers. Don’t forget to bring a vinyl of your own, as after the listening of City Music, they will allow guests to DJ themselves.
Star Wars, Electronic Guitar Loops and a Big Pom Pom
When: Thursday, June 15, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: MCA Denver — 1485 Delgany St., Denver
The Lowdown: Star Wars, Electronic Guitar Loops and a Big Pom Pom have nothing in common, and that’s why they’re a part of the MCA Denver’s series, Three Things, Any Three Things. The series takes any three completely unrelated experiences and bring them together just for the sake of it. Join Seth Masket, Roger Green and the Ladies Fancywork Society to see what happens.
Friday, June 16
Pride Night with the Colorado Rockies
When: Friday, June 16, 6:40 – 10 p.m.
Where: Coors Field — 2001 Blake St., Denver
Cost: Starting at $19. Get tickets here.
The Lowdown: Celebrate the beginning of Denver’s Pride weekend with the Colorado Rockies this Friday as they take on the San Francisco Giants. The game will showcase the Rockies’ dedication to the LGBTQ+ scene in Denver for their Pride Night game. Further, this year’s Pride Night falls on the 2017 Outsports Reunion, where other LGBTQ+ members of the sport industry, whether they are coaches, athletes or trainers will come together to discuss their individual stories and build up the community.
Silent Disco Street Party at The Square on 21st
When: Friday, June 16, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Where: 21st Street between Lawerence and Larimer
Cost: Free admission. $25 for headphones and drink tickets. Get tickets here.
The Lowdown: Denver’s very first pop-up park opens this week with The Square on 21st. To celebrate, the cool new concept is hosting a silent disco party. Featuring tunes from three DJs spinning different genres and Great Divide and Mile High Spirits slinging drinks, it’s sure to be a good time. If you want to know more about the pop-up park, read our article here.
Colorado BBQ Challenge
When: Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: 300 Main St., Frisco
Cost: Free Admission
The Lowdown: Summertime means BBQ time. At the Colorado BBQ Challenge, sample a wide variety of barbecue creations from over 70 vendors all vying for the title of Grand Champion. Simply purchase hogbucks at the event — $1 per hogbuck — and use them to purchase the best barbecue the state has to offer. The festival will also feature live music, food demos, the Breckenridge Distillery Whiskey Tour and the Bacon Burner 6k.
When: Friday, June 16, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Howl at the Moon Denver — 1735 19th St., Denver
Cost: Wear your favorite ’90s gear for free admission
The Lowdown: Flashback to the ’90s this Friday at Howl at the Moon Denver’s ’90s party. Break out your fanny packs and denim jackets people, as ’90s attire will get your free admission into the party. There will be music to please all ’90s lovers, from the Spice Girls, to the Macarana. Furthermore, the best ’90s costume will win four tickets to SeriesFest: Season 3 opening night ’90s Throwback ft. performances by Ms. Lauryn Hill, Common, and En Vogue on June 27 at Red Rocks.
Fever Dream Festival
When: June 16 – 18, 8 p.m. Friday, 12, 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Buntport Theater — 717 Lipan St., Denver
Cost: $8 per session
The Lowdown: If you love theater, then this is your place to be this weekend. Celebrate the multiple places theatre can bring you, whether it’s a fantasy world of science fiction, the spookiness of horror or anything else a play can offer. There will be 13 plays including five full-length, two one acts and six 10-minute shorts in the performance reading format including An Invitation Out by Shualee Cook, Blood Pact by Brenda Foley, Blue Lagoon by Thomas Pierce and many more. Kate Folkins, Marc Stith, Missy Moore, Neil Truglio and Andrew Uhlenhopp will direct the plays and actors and actresses will feature John Ashton, John Hauser, Drew Hirschboeck, Candace Joice, Carla Kaiser Kotrc and others.
Saturday, June 17
When: June 17 – 18, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Civic Center Park — 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver
The Lowdown: Celebrate the thriving LGBQT+ community in Denver at the annual Denver PrideFest. The festival in Denver is acclaimed as one of the top 10 in the country, and one that you definitely won’t want to miss. Support the community as an ally or attend the event proudly as a LGBQT+ member. There will be three stages playing music and hosting entertainment, as well as vendors, food and plenty of beer. Saturday will be the Dogs in Drag Parade, then see the Coors Light PrideFest Parade starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday in Cheesman Park as it heads to Civic Center Park.
The Denver Adventure
When: Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Union Station — 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver
Cost: $49.99. Get tickets here.
The Lowdown: Go on an adventure with your friends this weekend. The Denver Adventure takes you and your team of friends on a scavenger hunt throughout the Mile High City. Challenge your grasp of the city with Denver-themed challenges, games, trivia and more. Each challenge gives you the opportunity to earn points towards prize or you can even win the grand prize. In Colorado fashion, you will also enjoy brews along the way.
Denver Zine Fest 2017
When: Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom — 2635 Welton St., Denver
The Lowdown: Celebrate Denver’s independent publishers with the 2017 Denver Zine Fest. Featuring the best of these small, self-published magazines, this mini festival brings together the weird and wonderful during a day of self-expression, awesome art and comics. Go here to read about which zines we’re most looking forward to.
Bow, Breathe, Be Mary
When: Saturday, June 17, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Where: Bear Creek Distillery — 1879 S. Acoma St., Denver
Cost: $15 — tickets here
The Lowdown: Stretch out and find your flow this Saturday at Bear Creek Distillery. There will be a 60-minute all-level yoga class taught by Jen Hicks. Afterwards, enjoy a drink of choice by Bear Creek, as well as a Bloody Mary with homemade pickles from the Real Dill.
9th Annual 1940s WWII Era Ball (w/ the Glenn Miller Orchestra!)
When: Saturday, June 17, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Where: Boulder Airport — 3393 Airport Rd., Boulder
Cost: $75. Get tickets here.
The Lowdown: Get ready for the annual 1940s WWII Era Ball this Saturday. The annual event invites guests to take a journey back in time to when things we’re a little bit different. You will get to experience 1940s WWII Hollywood planes, as well as WWII planes/flybys/vehicles and re-enactors. There will also be music by the legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra to really add to the 1940s vibe. Grab your sweetheart, or venture alone, and enjoy an unforgettable night.
The Lights Fest
When: Saturday, June 17 from 5 – 9 p.m.
Where: Colorado Motor Sports Park — 2050 SCR 201, Byers
Cost: $50. Get tickets here.
The Lowdown: Gather with thousands of other community members and light up the sky this Saturday at the Lights Festival. The festival invites you to fill up on delicious food, enjoy some good company and send a light into the sky. You will share your wishes, goals and dreams with others as you let your light fly. It is an incredible sight to see thousands of lights fly up and is an event that is sure to leave you inspired.
2nd Annual Denver Deluxe Music Festival
When: Saturday, June 17, 2 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Park Burger RiNo — 2615 Walnut St., Denver
Cost: $10 – $25. Get tickets here.
The Lowdown: Enjoy some music, brews, art and burgers this Saturday at the 2nd Annual Denver Deluxe Music Festival. The festival invites Denver to enjoy a block party. The beer will be flowing courtesy of 10 Barrel Brewing Co., live artists showcase from RiNo River North Art District and juicy burgers from Park Burger. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit the River North Art District. There will be music from Tea Leaf Green, FUTUREBIRDS, Rob Drabkin, The Drunken Hearts, The Velveteers and more.
Sunday, June 18
Denver Pride Rally for Equality
When: Sunday, June 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Colorado State Capitol — 101 E. 14th Ave., Denver
The Lowdown: Fight for your (or others) right to be gay this Sunday! The Pride Rally will showcase the battle for equality that the LGBQT+ community continues to fight. Led by One Colorado, the Colorado LGBT Legislative Caucus and March On Colorado, the LGBQT+ community and supporters are marching through Denver to demand equality. Join state leaders and fellow local community members in marching, chanting and letting voices be heard. Go here to read our interview with the organizers.
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When: Thursday, June 22
Where: River North Festival Grounds – 3715 Chestnut Pl., Denver,
Cost: Starting at $74. Go here for tickets
Lipgloss 16th Anniversary with Andrew WK
When: June 23, doors at 9 p.m.
Where: Bar Standard, 1037 Broadway, Denver, Co