This week, it’s all about the red, white and blue with fireworks, parades plus a couple other fun things Denver has up its sleeve. This includes everything from art galleries, to comedians, to yoga. Catch a mix of pro-wrestlers and comedians at Lucha Libre & Laughs, watch a performance of the history of drag, or see Sonder, a theatrical dance performance. Be sure to try whatever sticks out to you for a fun week and have a happy Independence Day.

Monday, July 3

Stars & Stripes Express Fest

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When: July 3 – 4, 4 – 10 p.m.

Where: Denver Union Station – 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: Celebrate America with music by New Sensations, Chris Daniels and the Kings, Paizley Park Prince Tribute Band
 and Phat Daddy. Avery Brewing Co. will serve the hops to accompany this two-day fest.

Independence Eve Fireworks

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When: July 3, 8 p.m.

Where: Civic Center Park — 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: This annual Fourth of July tradition is not to be missed. Camp out at Civic Center Park or nearby and watch a patriotic concert and light show on the Denver City and County Building. Next up are the fireworks. You can grab something to munch on on-site, or pack your own picnic and watch the show on the grass.

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Josh Blue

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When: July 3, 6 and 8:30 p.m.

Where: 5345 Landmark Place Greenwood Village

Cost: $25

The Lowdown: Josh Blue is known as “the comedian who puts the Cerebral in Cerebral Palsy.” He works his disease to his comedic advantage and has gained national recognition for it, appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live with Regis and Kelly after winning NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Check out his most recent work, a Showtime special, Sticky Change.

Matters on Paper

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When: Throughout July, 12 – 4 p.m.

Where: Sandra Phillips Gallery – 47 W. 11th Ave., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: Joshua Field, Anna Kaye, Margaret Kasahara and Denis Roussel are a passionate group of artists featured in this exhibit. Their work is created through many unique mediums such as origami, collage and x-ray effects. Topics vary from environmental issues and food waste to the human identity and psyche.

The Wild West Project

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When: Throughout July Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: McNichols Civic Center Building – 144 W Colfax Ave., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: The McNichols Civic Center Building is hosting two new exhibits exploring diversity in the west: Diversity in the Wild West: Buffalo Bill Posters and Diverse Voices of the Modern West. Diversity in the Wild West: Buffalo Bill Posters uses, you guessed it, posters, from the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave in Golden that highlight diversity. In Diverse Voices of the Modern West, local artist Rochelle Johnson has collaborated with other artists in the area to present and discuss their works that explore race and diversity.

Tuesday, July 4

Highland 4th of July Parade & Picnic

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When: July 4, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: LoHi Neighborhood, 32nd Ave. and Clay St., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: This holiday event starts off with a bike decorating party, where you might put in some competition for the bike decorating contest. Then comes the parade, which starts at 9:30 a.m. and is led by a vintage fire truck and a Little Man drum line, followed by bands, dancers and more. Get in on the action with face painting, water balloon fights, piñatas and games. Bring a picnic lunch or save your appetite for the 200 foot-long ice cream sundae.

Park Hill 4th of July Parade

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When: July 4, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Where: Park Hill Neighborhood – 2300 Dexter St., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: Be part of this festive Independence Day tradition. Set up your chair along the route and see floats, dancers, costumes and cars march through Park Hill. After the parade, the 2200 block of Kearney will be full of food and activities.

Wednesday, July 5

Mixed Taste

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When: July 5, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: Seawell Ballroom – 1350 Arapahoe St., Denver

Cost: $25

The Lowdown: Watch lecturers of unrelated topics team up, but not make any connections. That’s up to you. Each lecturer is given 20 minutes to present their topic and lecture, then the audience is free to ask questions of the individual lectures as well as connections between. See some great speakers present on the things they know most about and make connections between seemingly incompatible subjects.

Sloan’s Lake Yoga

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When: July 5, 6 p.m.

Where: Sloan Lake Park – 22nd Ave. and Stuart St., Denver

Cost: $10 donation

The Lowdown: Take a summer evening yoga class along the lake! By CO Asana Yoga Collective, your yoga teacher will bend you up, down and sideways into your Wednesday night to the sound of crickets and breeze.

Thursday, July 6

Andrew Santino

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When: July 6 – 8, 8 p.m Thursday, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: 1226 15th St., Denver

Cost: $16 – $24

The Lowdown: Fresh off shooting The Disaster Artist with James Franco, Andrew Santino is coming to Denver with a bang. He has starred in ABC’s Mixology, has his own Showtime stand-up, Homefield Advantage and a Comedy Central Half Hour stand-up. Take a listen to his new album, Say No More and check out the man himself this week.

Literature as Bloodsport

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When: July 6, 9 p.m.

Where: Syntax Physic Opera – 554 S Broadway, Denver

Cost: $10+ donation

The Lowdown: WRITE CLUB Denver is hosting its monthly reading and performance series, “literature as bloodsport.”Six writers compete with each other onstage as they read their works that contradict each other. The audience decides the winner of each round and the overall winner, who chooses the charity donated to by way of admittance fees.

Friday, July 7

TheBigWonderful Summer

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When: July 7 – 9, see times here

Where: Stanley Marketplace – 2501 N Dallas St., Aurora

Cost: $5 – $55

The Lowdown: TheBigWonderful Summer is a weekend festival of beer, music that pays tribute to classic bands and a bazaar. On Friday, sample brews from over 20 breweries and catch the Allman Brothers Band Tribute, Canyon Collected’s Tribute to Blind Melon with members of Mr. Uppercut and Pickin on Dad Rock. Naturally, there will be food trucks throughout the fest. Saturday and Sunday feature the bazaar and bands Pickin’ on Sublime, Pickin’ on Tom Petty, Pickin’ on Ween, Bob Marley Tribute and Pink Floyd Tribute.

Conversation with Curator: Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford

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When: July 7, 4 – 5 p.m.

Where: Denver Art Museum — 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver

Cost: Included with cost of admission

The Lowdown: Join curator Rebecca Hart to talk about Shade: Clyfford Still/Mark Bradford. Explore how this gallery was chosen and created and get deeper insight into the creative process of such works and their set-up.

[Updated July 6 at 12:41 p.m.: This listing was updated to reflect accurate cost of the event and the curator in attendance.] 

M.romero Gallery Opening

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When: July 7, 12 p.m.

Where: 3006 Larimer St., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: This new gallery features the work of Norberto Ramirez. Painting on wood panels from the oil paints he makes himself, Ramirez creates realistic scenes. Come see this unique gallery at the RiNo First Friday Art Walk.

TEDxMileHigh

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When: July 7-8

Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House – 1385 Curtis St., Denver

Cost: $70 – $120

The Lowdown: You’ve seen the TED Talks on YouTube, but wouldn’t it be great to be there in the moment a great story is told? At this TEDx event, Point of Departure, there will be 15 speakers talking about what they know best, which could be on anything from academia to technology to relationships. These speakers include people like Arielle Hein, a creative technologist, Blake Scholl, a supersonic traveler and Caitlin Quattromani, a relationship role model, to name a few. Find out what these talks will really be about and have the potential to change your life. There will also be social events and a cocktail reception.

Sonder

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When: July 7 – 9, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House – 1400 Curtis St., Denver

Cost: $20

The Lowdown: Sonder invites you to “venture into the labyrinth” in a theatrical dance performance and by dancers all under the age of 18. The theme of this performance is to look at the world and strangers from a different point of view and experience it from this angle. Watch as these fresh-faced performers transport you into this interesting way of looking at the typically common things in our lives.

Drag Decades with Shirley Delta Blow

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When: July 7, 8 – 10 p.m.

Where: The Clocktower Cabaret – 1601 Arapahoe St., Denver

Cost: $25 – $35

The Lowdown: This blast from the past is celebrating all things drag with Shirley Delta Blow, Vivian LeCher, Zarah, Brody Danger and others. See how the performance art has evolved over the years with the costumes, games and dances you know and love.

Lucha Libre & Laughs

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When: July 7, 8 – 10:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $10

The Lowdown: This mix of pro wrestling and stand-up comedy features an eclectic gang including pro wrestlers Zach Gowen, Gregory Iron, Darin Corbin, Royce Isaacs and Lonnie Valdez and comedians Phil Palisoul, Geoff Tice, Aaron Urist and Nathan Lund. Catch these fighting goofballs in action for a night of slapstick comedy.

Memory Scrounger

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When: Begins July 7, 6 – 10 p.m.

Where: 701 Gallery – 701 W 6th Ave., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: Not for the faint of heart, this exhibit by Evan Dent is full of dark humor and accompanying pieces of sarcasm. Expect to see glitter alongside spooky images in these multi-media pieces. Get a chance to get inside Dent’s head and catch the first look before the man himself shows up at the end of the month.

Ryan McGinley Artist Talk

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When: July 7, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: McNichols Building – 144 W Colfax Ave., Denver

Cost: $10

The Lowdown: Ryan McGinley has earned his place in art, coming out with a bang when he published his book, The Kids Are Alright, while getting his BFA at Parsons School of Design. His photographs have gained national attention and have been featured in some of the most prominent museums including the Museum of American Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and many more. Get the chance to hear from this incredible artist along with curator Nora Burnett Abrams.

Saturday, July 8

Bringing Back the Brothel Party

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When: July 8, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Where: Hostel Fish – 1217 20th St., Denver

Cost: $5

The Lowdown: Hostel Fish is celebrating it second anniversary and to celebrate, is throwing a “bringing back the brothel” party in accordance with the history of the building. Wear your best 1920s costume, watch burlesque dancers and take absinthe shots as your taken back to prohibition times.

Sunday, July 9

Bryan Kellen

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When: July 9, 7 p.m.

Where: 5345 Landmark Pl., Greenwood Village

Cost: $14

The Lowdown: Making his way in the comedy world as an opener for George Lopez, Bryan Kellen shares a similar style of humor by making hilarious stories and jokes out of everyday awkward experiences. Hailed as “America’s Best Up-and-Coming Comedian” by the National Comedy Hall of Fame, Kellen is known for giving an onslaught of humor to the point where you won’t be able to stop laughing to wrap up your week.


Mark Your Calendars

Gypsy Flamenco Passion

When: July 15, 8 – 10 p.m.

Where: The Clocktower Cabaret – 1601 Arapahoe St., Denver

Cost: $30

Tickets: Available here

Slow Cook Nation

When: July 15 – 16, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Denver Union Station – 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver

Cost: Varies per individual event

Tickets: Available here

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