31 Unique Things to do in Denver this Weekend

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Denver has some amazing unique events lined up this weekend that you cannot miss. Start your weekend off by learning how to create your own charcuterie board at Study Workshop and end it by twisting and shaking at Lost Theaters. Whatever you end up doing, make sure to check out this roundup of events happening in Denver.

Thursday, July 26

Study Workshop

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When: July 26, 6 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Hotel Teatro, 1100 14th St., Denver 

Cost: $30 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Hotel Teatro hosts a Study Workshop. The workshop features an introduction on creating your own charcuterie boards. You can sample a myriad of cheeses and meats with the guidance from Russel Stippich, the executive sous chef at The Nickel. The ticket price includes the charcuterie tastings and one drink.

Walk the Talk: Gender Equity

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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.

The Meet Up

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When: July 26, 6 – 11 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free RSVP here

The Lowdown: Kick off your weekend by partying it up at The Meet Up. Red Rocks Young Adults hosts a free party to embrace the summer heat. You can explore food trucks, play lawn games, jam out to live music and more. Make sure to bring a blanket or chairs to snag a spot in front of the stage.

Hollywood Favorite

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When: July 26 – 28, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: $9.95 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Museum of Nature & Science presents a Hollywood Favorite. The event features a viewing of the classic film Top Gun in 3D. You can follow the journey of Maverick and his peers finding their way as United States Navy elite fighter pilots.

Friday, July 27

The 2018 Underground Music Showcase

A secret “unofficial” backyard show at the Underground Music Showcase. Photo by Brittany Werges.

When: July 27 – 29

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 

Scam Likely – Vegan Pop-Up

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When: July 27, 5 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Fort Greene Bar, 321 E 45th Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Fort Greene Bar partners with The Scam Likely crew for Scam Likely – Vegan Pop-Up. The event features a pop-up dinner with bright summery dishes inspired by different cultures. You can sip on drinks, dance to fresh beats and taste each dish throughout the night.

Dive-In Movie

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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.

Trouble in Tahiti: Tiki Party

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When: July 27, 8 – 9 p.m. 

Where: BarFly Denver, 4255 W Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: BarFly Denver hosts Trouble in Tahiti: Tiki Party. The party, sponsored by Meow Wolf features live music, a crumbling facade and more. You can sip on tiki drinks and delight in tiki food while you dive into the experience.

Final Friday

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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.

Denver Brew Festival

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When: July 27 – 28

Where: Mile High Station, 2027 W Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $40 – $70 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Mile High Station presents the Denver Brew Festival. You can have the chance to sample over 100 beers and ciders from more than 35 breweries at the two-day festival. You can listen to live music and grab food from food trucks while you sip and explore.

Forever Fest

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When: July 27, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Fort Greene Bar, 321 E 45th Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Take a night to kick back and relax at Forever Fest. The event features live performances from local artists such as DJ Lite Brite, Kayla Rae and SecsPeterson. You can sip on drinks and jam out till the light has gone.

Midnight Madness

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When: July 27, 11:59 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

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

Cost: $9.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Experience the wild phenomenon of The Room at Midnight Madness. The film, created and directed by Tommy Wiseau features a crazy story of friendship, betrayal and dark humor. The quirky film has caught the attention of many over the years, gaining popularity for its perplexing ideas.

Saturday, July 28


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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.

VegFest Colorado

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When: July 28 – 29 

Where: 1st Bank Center, 11450 Broomfield Ln., Broomfield

Cost: $10 at entry

The Lowdown: If you are vegan, vegetarian or just interested in vegetables, you need to check out VegFest Colorado. The fest features speakers, samples of veg-centric food, cooking demos and more. You can grab food at food trucks, listen to live music and peruse exhibitors throughout the weekend.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival

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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

Women’s Only Craft Brewery Tour

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When: July 28, 12 – 5:30 p.m. 

Where: Factotum Brewhouse, 3845 Lipan St., Denver 

Cost: $45 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Ladies get your drink on at a Women’s Only Craft Brewery Tour. The tour features a stop at four female-owned breweries in Denver. You can sample a beer at each location and meet the owners. The tour is led by the co-owner of Factotum Brewhouse, Laura Bruns.

Alice in Wonderland Tea & Potion Party

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When: July 28, 3 – 6 p.m. 

Where: The Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens, 2555 West 37th Ave., Denver

Cost: $40 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens presents an Alice in Wonderland Tea & Potion Party. The party features a menu of Alice in Wonderland inspired bites such as checker-board sammies, Cheshire Cat tails and more. You can sip from a full bar of magical cocktails and listen to Elaine Britten Bryant, a Victorian card reader.

Bubble RUN

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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.

3rd Anniversary Beer and Ice Cream Social

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When: July 28, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Where: Denver Beer Co, 1695 Platte St., Denver 

Cost: $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Beer Co celebrates summer with its 3rd Anniversary Beer and Ice Cream Social. The social features a pairing of five Little Man ice cream flavors with five four-ounce bright brews from Denver Beer Co. You can cool off from the summer heat and delight in the cool sweet treats.

Hula Lesson & Happy Hour

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When: July 28, 4 – 5 p.m. 

Where: Adrift, 218 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $10 – $40 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Shake your hips at a Hula Lesson & Happy Hour. The event features a hula lesson from the Kalama Polynesian Dancers on the patio and later sips on a free cocktail. You can also snack on happy hour plates and drink happy hour priced tiki cocktails.

258 Deaf St. Sign Language Culture Fest

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When: July 28, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

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

Cost: $5 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Embrace the amazing community that arises from the experience of a hard-of-hearing and a non-hearing world at the 258 Deaf St. Sign Language Culture Fest. The event features a gathering of all sign language users with exhibits, a talent program and more. You can even meet Deafies in Drag and have a chance to win prizes.

Night of Dives

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When: July 28, 5 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Casa Bonita Denver, 6715 W Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free with purchase of a meal

The Lowdown: Casa Bonita Denver presents a Night of Dives. The event features four-hours of continuous dives from talented divers. You can watch entertainment from your table and gasp in awe at the new program “The Great Escape” while dining.

Red Bull Conquest

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When: July 28, 12 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1101 13th St., Denver 

Cost: $10 register here

The Lowdown: Show off your skills at the Red Bull Conquest. The event features rounds of competition to win Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Guilty Gear Xrd REV2 and TEKKEN 7. Whoever wins the round will move forward to the finals in Washington D.C. The registration covers all three games.

Weird Touch

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When: July 28, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $5 at entry

The Lowdown: Get your freak on at Weird Touch. The event features a night-long dance party with weird house, deviant disco and other bangin’ beats from DJ Fancy Matthew, DJ Tyler Snow and DJ Shannon von Kelly.


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When: July 28, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

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

Cost: $25 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Sip on the best brews at ThirstyFest. The event features over 10 breweries including Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, Colorado Native Lagers and Good River Beer with food from Dos Gringos LLC and FishSki Provisions. You can jam out to live music from Boogie Mammoth, Devan Blake Jones, Sonic Flow and more. The festival is a volunteer-based event with all of the proceeds benefiting Water For People.

Sunday, July 29

303 Magazine Pool Party Series

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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.

Moët & Chandon Poolside Brunch

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When: July 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Where: Four Seasons Hotel Denver, 1111 14th St., Denver 

Cost: $100 – $180 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Relax and sip on the Four Seasons Hotel Denver rooftop pool terrace for a Moët and Chandon Poolside Brunch. The brunch features a special brunch buffet, a bottle of Moët, a raw seafood bar and more. You can treat yo’ self with a fancy morning.

Cheesman Park Arts Festival

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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.

Synesthesia 2018

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When: July 29, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: 60 S Broadway St., Denver 

Cost: $75 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Underground Music Showcase presents Synesthesia 2018. The event features a lineup of mind-blowing performances from Mystic Woll, Shadowgraphs, DéCollage and more. You can let your inhibitions go and immerse yourself in cosmic endeavors with visuals from Andy Ai and Yonbre.

Splash N’ Bash

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When: July 29, 1 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Monkey Barrel, 4401 Tejon St., Denver 

Cost: $25 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Monkey Barrel throws a Splash N’ Bash. The event features a pool party with performances from DJs, a pool deck to dance on and a chance to take a dip in some cool water. Make sure to wear your best beach wear to party it out all night long. A portion of the ticket price will go towards Youth Sports Empowerment Foundation.

Lost Theaters

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When: July 29, 1 – 5 p.m. 

Where: The Clocktower, 1601 Arapahoe St., Denver

Cost: $55 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Atlas Obscura Society Society present Lost Theaters. The event features a night of cabaret, jazz and more. Don your best jazz age attire for a party on the 14th floor on Clocktower’s observation deck. You can sip on prohibition era cocktails and swing your hips to the beat of the music.

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Mark Your Calendars

Free Concert Series

When: August 2, 6 – 10 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free – $30 tickets available here

Vintage Market Days

When: August 3 – 5

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

Cost: $5 – $10 tickets available here

Talladega Nights Movie Party

When: August 9, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: $13 tickets available here

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