23 Unique Things to do in Denver this Weekend

Experience the amazing events that Denver has to offer this weekend. You can kick it off by getting the perfect picture of your pup at CheesmanBark’s Dog Portrait Benefit and end it by bending and posing at Yoga Rocks the Park. Wherever your weekend takes you, make sure to check out this roundup of events in Denver to see what is happening.

Thursday, August 16

CheesmanBark’s Dog Portrait Benefit

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When: August 16, 7 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: $35 schedule here

The Lowdown: Have a photo of your adorable canine taken for a good cause at CheesmanBark’s Dog Portrait Benefit. You can grab a cold brew and meet other furry friends while you wait to have Alex Hopes shoot the perfect photo of your pup. All of the proceeds from the event will go towards the MaxFun Animal Adoption Center.

Science Lounge

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When: August 16, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Have your mind blown at Science Lounge. The event features a night dubbed “Mindbender Mansion” where you can explore a new exhibition full of puzzles, riddles and more. You need to solve all of the stations before you can understand the true mystery at hand.

Friday, August 17

Velorama Festival

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When: August 17 – 19

Where: VeloramaFestival, 2700 Blake St., Denver 

Cost: $10 – $600 tickets available here

The Lowdown: Jam out to tons of different artists at the Velorama Festival. The festival features artists such as Matt and Kim, Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids and more. You can also participate in bike races, relay games, beer and local art or grab food from one of 20 local food trucks while you sway to the beat of the music.

READ: Get to Know the Local Artists Playing at Velorama

READ: Velorama Announces New Events, Food Trucks, Breweries and More

Bob Ross ROLL

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When: August 17, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: ROLL, 1399 35th St., Denver

Cost: Free – $5 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Lace up your best rolling skates for a Bob Ross ROLL. You can celebrate the life of Bob Ross by skating to beats from DJ Soup, singing in karaoke and more. Make sure to wear your most artistic clothing and be prepared to create metaphorical happy little trees. The event is free from 9 to 10 p.m. After 10 p.m. there is a $5 entry fee.

Mid Summer Fashion Soirée

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When: August 17, 6 – 10 p.m. 

Where: K Contemporary, 1412 Wazee St., Denver 

Cost: $35 – $75 tickets available here

The Lowdown: DGaray Magazine has teamed up with K Contemporary and NUE Magazine to host a Mid Summer Fashion Soirée. The event features a fashion show to present a preview of early fall fashion. You can sip on complimentary wine and see all of the new looks.

Cuffin’ All Thangs R&B Party

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When: August 17, 9 p.m. – 1:45 a.m. 

Where: The Living Room, 1055 Broadway, Denver 

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Dance all night to the best ’90s R&B at the Cuffin’ All Thangs R&B Party. The event features jams from DJs Big Styles, KDJ Above and DJ Chonz. Don your best jelly shoes and JNCO jeans to party the night out. Free entry before 11 p.m. $10 entry after 11 p.m.

B-Side Music

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When: August 17, 5 – 10 p.m. 

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

Cost: $5 at entry

The Lowdown: Experience some up-and-coming local musicians at B-Side Music. The Museum of Contemporary Art presents a night to showcase performances from Paul DeHaven, a one-man folk band and Kyle Emerson, a local artist who uses his love and heartbreaks as his muse.

Free Concert Series

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When: August 17, 6 – 10 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free – $30 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Levitt Pavilion Denver continues its Free Concert Series with performances from Esme Patterson — a folk-inspired rock ‘n’ roll Colorado native and The Still Tide — a band that uses heartbreak and guitar shredding to build up beats that ride like a wave.

Midnight Madness

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When: August 17 – 19, 11:59 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

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

Cost: $9.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: If you love horror flicks you need to attend Midnight Madness. The event features a screening of I Know What You Did Last Summer, a film that follows four teenagers that hit a man while on a road trip and later experience the consequences of their crime.

Saturday, August 18

Goats in RiNo

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When: August 18, 1 – 9 p.m. 

Where: LXF Filmworks, 1701 31st St., Denver 

Cost: $12 – $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Embrace the weekend by being adventurous at Goats in RiNo. You can pet a goat and see screenings of not one but two films. You can sit back and relax to watch Ferdinand and BIG. The proceeds from the event will benefit Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary.

READ: You Can Pet Baby Goats and Watch a Movie at Goats in RiNo

RWC Rooftop Dance Party

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When: August 18, 9 p.m. 

Where: Bar Standard, 1037 Broadway, Denver

Cost: $10 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Bar Standard parties it out at an RWC Rooftop Dance Party. The event features a bash on the rooftop of Bar Standard with beats blasting from DJ PRDS LOST. Wear your best summer-fun outfit and embrace the warm summer nights.

Silent Disco Dance Party

Photo courtesy of Ratio Beerworks on Facebook

When: August 18, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. 

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Ratio Beerworks has partnered with Grandoozy for a Silent Disco Dance Party. The event features a night of dancing with beats from three DJs — Boyhollow, DJ Kris Kokopelli and RC3 — on three channels to keep you moving. You can grab a beer from Ratio and put on your SoundDown Party headphones to jam out.

Mist:Understood Community Mural

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When: August 18, 1 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Illegal Pete’s Northside, 1851 W 38th Ave., Denver

Cost: Free 

The Lowdown: Join in creating more beauty at Mist:Understood Community Mural. The event features a day of art as Mike Graves, a Denver muralist, starts a new mural at Illegal Pete’s Northside with your help. You can participate in painting, listen to live music and grab a drink at Illegal Pete’s after.

Cereal Party

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When: August 18, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: $12.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Grab a spoon to dig into your breakfast during a Cereal Party. Alamo Drafthouse presents a morning of cereal and a screening of the hit ’90s film Space Jam. The film follows a wacky story of the evil Nerdlucks stealing the powers of skilled basketball players to play against Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes.

Denver Pet Expo

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When: August 18 – 19

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

Cost: $5 – $10 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Explore a variety of animals at the Denver Pet Expo. The event features vendors such as local groomers, animal apparel and more. You can even bring your furry friend with you to peruse all of the amazing sights.

Wet Hot American Summer Movie Party

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When: August 18, 5 – 8 p.m. 

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

Cost: $13 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Celebrate summer during a Wet Hot American Summer Movie Party. The event features a screening of Wet Hot American Summer, a film about summer camp, s’mores and more. You can snag props such as flutes, gum and more to interact with the film throughout the night.

Sunday, August 19

303 Magazine Pool Party Series

Photo by Meg O’Neill

When: August 19, 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 to cool off from the summer heat 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 in the summer sun.

Casting Call

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When: August 19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Where: Lumenati, 3839 Jackson St., Denver 

Cost: Free sign up here

The Lowdown: Take a chance to try auditioning for Denver Fashion Week during a Casting Call. Models of all different ages and body types are needed to fill the runways. Think you can stomp that runway? There’s only one way to find out.

Red Rocks Beerfest

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When:  August 19, 3 p.m. 

Where: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, 18300 Alameda Pkwy, Morrison

Cost: $50 – $250 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Jam out to music and sip on a cool brew at Red Rocks Beerfest. The event features a concert with performances from The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots and Bush. The ticket price includes entrance to the beer festival and entrance to the concert.

READ: Red Rocks Announced a Beer Festival with Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and The Cult 


Photo by Nicole Marcelli

When: August 19, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

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

Cost: $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Ladies improve your support system and further your reach at Safeword. You can network all day under a circus tent and meet some kickass women. Safeword lets women build their networks in a safe female-empowered situation.

READ: Safeword is Giving Denver’s Women Creatives a Change to Network

Westword Tacolandia

Photo by Danielle Lirette

When: August 19, 4 – 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $35 – $65 tickets available here

The Lowdown: Dig into the best tacos at Tacolandia. The third annual event features a day of street style tacos from more than 40 restaurants and taquerias including Chuey FUs, Los Chingones and Lola Coastal Mexican.

Heavy Metal Flea

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When: August 19, 12 – 5 p.m. 

Where: Black Sky Brewery, 490 Santa Fe Dr., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Black Sky Brewery is back with a Heavy Metal Flea. The event features heavy metal vendors such as DeadCell Repairs, Skull Cult, Lunar Craft and more. You can grab a chilled brew from Black Sky and peruse the flea.

Yoga Rocks the Park

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When: August 19, 8 – 11:30 a.m. 

Where: Sunken Gardens Park,  401 W 9th Ave., Denver

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Take a deep breath and decompress from your weekly stresses at Yoga Rocks the Park. The event is the final event in a Yoga Rocks the Park series and features a guided meditation from Ali Sweeney of The Lotus Meditation and a yoga flow guided by Alex Sandoval and Leda Olmsted. You can also experience a special closing ceremony led by shamans.

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Mark Your Calendars

ABBA The Concert

When: August 24, 5 – 10 p.m. 

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

Cost: $18 – $53 tickets available here

Tour de Fat

When: August 25, 12 – 5 p.m. 

Where: Sculpture Park, 1736 Speer Blvd., Denver 

Cost: Free – $15 tickets available here

The Color and the Sound

When: August 30, 8 – 11 p.m. 

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

Cost: $15 tickets available here

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