The 2018 Underground Music Showcase and 26 Things to do in Denver this Week

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Explore the amazing cultural and art events in Denver. Start your week off on the right foot at Halycon Yoga Series and end it by immersing yourself in art at the Cheesman Park Arts Festival. Whatever you end up doing, make sure to take a gander at this roundup of events in Denver.

Monday, July 23

Halycon Yoga Series

Photo Courtesy of Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek‎ on Facebook

When: July 23, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

Where: Halycon, a hotel in Cherry Creek, 245 Columbine St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: End your Monday with a centered and calm mind at Halycon Yoga Series. The event features a yoga session on Halycon’s rooftop deck led by an instructor from Pura Vida Fitness & Spa. After you sweat it out to a sunset, refresh with a glass of wine during a happy hour.

Parks & Rec Trivia Night

Photo Courtesy of The Infinite Monkey Theorem on Facebook

When: July 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Test your knowledge at a Parks & Rec Trivia Night. The event features trivia about the hilarious series Parks & Rec. You can create a team to compete against others in five rounds of questions to win prizes such as winery tours, wine and more.

Power Vinyasa

Photo Courtesy of Civic Center MOVES on Facebook

When: July 23, 6 – 7 p.m. 

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock St., Denver 

Cost: Free and open to the public

The Lowdown: Take a deep breath and bend into a flow at Power Vinyasa. The event features a yoga flow guided by an instructor from The River Yoga. The class will gather on the Great Lawn. Make sure to bring a mat and water to keep hydrated. All levels are welcome.

Tuesday, July 24

Outdoor Retailer Party

Photo Courtesy of Vanlife‎ on Facebook

When: July 24, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Vanlife and Tiny House, Tiny Footprint partners with Ratio Beerworks to present an Outdoor Retailer party. You can take the chance to explore traveling vans, learn how to improve protection of public lands and more. The first 200 party goers will receive a free beer.

North of Nightfall

When: July 24, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: See a special screening of the new documentary film North of Nightfall. The film features a story about Darren Berrecloth, Cam Zink, Tom Van Steenbergen and Carson Storch exploring the amazing Axel Heiberg Island nestled up in the Arctic Circle via mountain bike. The team reveals how the Arctic Circle’s environments are quickly changing and give a look at the amazing views.

Gear & Beer

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When: July 24, 4 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Wayfinder Co-op, 525 Santa Fe Dr., Denver 

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Celebrate the summer at Gear & Beer. The event features new and innovative gear vendors, prizes and more. You can sip on a cold brew from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company and Montucky Cold Snacks while you shop and participate in raffles and gear giveaways.

Wednesday, July 25

Sci-Fi Film Series

When: July 25, 7 -1o p.m.

Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Embrace your inner nerd during a Sci-Fi Film Series. The series continues with a screening of Dark City, the first film in the Ex Machina series. The film features a journey of John Murdoch trying to find the truth in whether or not he was involved in a string of murders. You can view the film and later participate in a post-film discussion with Vincent Piturro and space educator Naomi Pequette.

Wet ‘N’ Wild

Fun on a water ride at Elitch Gardens. Photo courtesy of Elitch Gardens on Facebook.

When: July 25, 6 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver 

Cost: $24.99 – $39.99 here

The Lowdown: Take a dip in Elitch Garden’s water park at Wet ‘N’ Wild. Every Wednesday night you can explore the water park for an extra two hours and splash away. The event is free with park admission.

Les Misérables

Photo Courtesy of Denver Center for the Performing Arts‎ on Facebook

When: July 25, 7:30 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver

Cost: $35 – $150 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Have a chance to see the hit musical Les Misérables. The musical — based on Victor Hugo’s book of the same name — features a tragic story of Jean Valjean, Cosette and others as they fight for freedom, love and happiness. The musical has traveled around the world and has landed in Denver for a few amazing nights.

Golden Triangle Public Art Tour

Photo Courtesy of Denver Public Art‎ on Facebook

When: July 25, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Explore the contemporary art around Denver at a Golden Triangle Public Art Tour. The tour led by a public art docent will focus on public art installations located near History Colorado, the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Public Library.

Thursday, July 26

Derrick Adams Artists Talk

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When: July 26, 7 – 8:30 p.m. 

Where: Holiday Event Center, 2644 West 32nd Ave., Denver

Cost: $5 – $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Learn more about the new art exhibition Transmission at a Derrick Adams Artist Talk. The talk features Derrick Adams giving insight into the exhibition and his works. Adams uses sci-fi elements combined with historic objects to bring imagination into the known.

READ: Four Artists Take Over the MCA With TV, Discussions of Race and Gallons of Honey

DJFF Presents: The Last Band in Lebanon

Photo Courtesy of Denver Jewish Film Festival & JAAMM‎ on Facebook

When: July 26, 7 – 8:45 p.m. 

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Denver, 4255 W Colfax Ave., Denver

Cost: $13 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Alamo Drafthouse has teamed up with Denver Jewish Film Festival to host a screening of The Last Band in Lebanon. The film features a story of three members of an Isreali military rock band discovering they have been left behind in Lebanon with nothing but their instruments to try to figure out a way home.

Walk the Talk: Gender Equity

Photo Courtesy of TEDxMileHigh‎ on Facebook

When: July 26, 6 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Denver’s Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver 

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Take a night to explore experiences of gender at Walk the Talk: Gender Equity. The event features a guided walk with TEDxMileHigh speaker Paula Stone Williams and Sarah Schwallier from Walk 2 Connect to talk about living on either side of binary genders. Williams will explain her experience as a transgendered woman and help give possible solutions for gender equity.

Mean Gays!

Photo courtesy of Mean Gays on Facebook

When: July 26, 7 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Avenue Theatre, 417 E 17th Ave., Denver 

Cost: $10 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Element presents Mean Gays! The event features a comedic parody play on the hit film Mean Girls. The play raises funds to benefit the Avenue Theatre. Tickets are sure to sell out fast so snag yours soon. Denver Element is a crew that directs and creates the gay men services and programs provided by Mile High Behaviour Healthcare.

Friday, July 27

The 2018 Underground Music Showcase

Underground Music Showcase. Photo by Brittany Werges.

When: July 27 – 30

Where: S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $40 – $75 tickets available here

The Lowdown: Jam out to the best musicians all weekend long at The 2018 Underground Music Showcase. The event features groups like All Chiefs, Mile High Soul Club, The Burroughs, Hot 8 Brass Band and more. The showcase spans all throughout South Broadway so make sure to hit as many locations as possible to get a full experience.

READ: 40 Can’t Miss Shows at the 2018 Underground Music Showcase 

Dive-In Movie

Photo Courtesy of Elitch Gardens on Facebook

When: July 27, 7:30 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver 

Cost: $29.99 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Elitch Gardens hosts a Dive-In Movie. You can cool off from the summer heat and wade into the Elitch Gardens’ water park for a screening of the spooktacular film Hocus Pocus. The film presents a haunting story of Halloween tragedy with witches, magic and curses.

B-Side Music

Photo Courtesy of MCA Denver‎ on Facebook

When: July 27, 5 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver 

Cost: $5 at entry

The Lowdown: Jam out to some up-and-coming local musicians at B-Side Music. The Museum of Contemporary Art presents a night to showcase performances from Jake Valentine, a guitar-playing singer-songwriter and The Ghost of Joseph Buck, a group creating a “collective unconscious.”

Final Friday

Photo Courtesy of Final Friday on Facebook

When: July 27, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Varying Locations, check here

Cost: $5 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Party all night long to great music at Final Friday. Although the event happens all over Denver at various locations, each different locale throws its own block party. You can listen to music from multiple artists and delight in local food and drink. The ticket price is a donation for the artists, businesses and musicians that are involved in the series.

Cry-Baby: The Musical

Photo Courtesy of Equinox Theatre Denver‎ on Facebook

When: July 27, 7:30 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Equinox Theatre Denver, 3654 Navajo St., Denver 

Cost: $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Take a summer night to see Cry-Baby: The Musical. The musical features a story based on the John Waters’ film Cry-Baby about Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker. Cry-Baby, a notorious bad boy, convinces Allison to abandon her clean walking boyfriend, causing a rift.

Saturday, July 28


Photo Courtesy of Clyfford Still Museum on Facebook

When: July 28, 8:45 – 10 a.m. 

Where: Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St., Denver

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Calm yourself from the weekly worries at STILLness. The event features a guided meditation within the galleries. The Clyfford Still Museum partners with the Shambhala Meditation Center and the Zen Center of Denver for the monthly meditation.

Midnight Madness

Photo Courtesy of Landmark’s Esquire Theatre‎ on Facebook

When: July 28, 11:59 – 2 a.m. 

Where: Landmark’s Esquire Theatre, 590 Downing St., Denver 

Cost: $9.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Indulge in the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show at Midnight Madness. The film features a spectacular tale of a couple finding their way to a hotel full of wacky surprises. You can sing along and dance to the interactive movie.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Photo Courtesy of Colorado Dragon Boat Festival‎ on Facebook

When: July 28 – 29

Where: Sloan’s Lake, Sheridan Blvd & W 17th Ave., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is back in Denver. The festival features a sustainability initiative, traditional dance performances, an origami workshop and more. You can participate in a spicy ramen eating contest, dig into other Japanese cuisines and of course watch the dragon boat races.

READ: Meet the Team Who Keeps Winning at The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

Free Concert Series

Photo Courtesy of Eventbrite for Organizer on Facebook

When: July 28, 6 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Levitt Pavilion Denver, 1380 W Florida Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free – $30 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Relax on a warm summer evening for a Free Concert Series. Levitt Pavilion Denver continues its series with musical performances from The Alternate Routes — a band with a message of love and Dawn and Hawkes — a musical couple focussed on presenting their love to the world.

Bubble RUN

Photo Courtesy of Bubble RUN on Facebook

When: July 28, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Where: Lowry Great Lawn, 101 N Yosemite St., Denver 

Cost: $20 – $65 get register here

The Lowdown: Break a sweat and get blasted with bubbles at the Bubble RUN. You can lace up your sneakers and run in a 5k race with bubbles surrounding you as you trot. At each marker, you will run through foam bogs with colored and clear foam bubbles.

Sunday, July 29

303 Magazine Pool Party Series

Photo by Meg O’Neill

When: July 29, 2 – 7 p.m. 

Where: Halycon, a hotel in Cherry Creek, 245 Columbine St., Denver 

Cost: $20 – $150 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Take a dip during the 303 Magazine Pool Party Series. The series continues this Sunday with a party on the pool terrace of Halycon. You can sip on cocktails, nibble on bites and jam out to music from DJ J|ADORE, DJ Walt White and other local DJs. Make sure to wear a sizzling suit to party it out.

Murder On The Oriental Express

Photo Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse Denver‎ on Facebook

When: July 29, 7 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Denver, 4255 W Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Colorado Railroad Museum partners up with Alamo Drafthouse to present a special viewing of Murder On The Oriental Express. The film follows a mystery of a murder and finding the one who committed the crime. The ticket price includes a cocktail to sip on while you watch the thrilling film.

Cheesman Park Arts Festival

Photo Courtesy of Cheesman Park Art Fest‎ on Facebook

When: July 29, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 

Where: Cheesman Park,  E 8th Ave. and Franklin St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Explore amazing local art at the Cheesman Park Arts Festival. The festival is back in Denver for the sixth year in a row and features more than 100 artists from across the country. You can listen to live music and dig into food from food trucks while you peruse the art.

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Mark Your Calendars

God Save the Queens

When: July 30, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Hi-Dive Denver, 7 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: Free admission

Sci-Fi Film Series

When: August 1, 7 – 10 p.m. 

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

Cost: $15 tickets available here

Vintage Market Days

When: August 3 – 5

Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver 

Cost: $5 – $10 tickets available here

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