CRUSH and 19 Things to do in Denver this Week

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Denver Rock Drill. Art by Marka27 at CRUSH 2017. Photo by Cori Anderson

Be prepared for a week full of art as Denver has some jam-packed events ready to wind down the summer. Start your week off seeing new art emerge at CRUSH and end it by honoring Leonard Bernstein at Celebrating Bernstein’s 100th Anniversary. Whatever you end up doing make sure to take a look at this roundup of events in Denver.

Monday, September 3


Mr. Cenz at CRUSH 2017. Photo by Cori Anderson.

When: September 3 – 9 

Where: CRUSH WALLS, Broadway and Brighton St and 38th St and Downing St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: CRUSH is back. The event features a week of street art throughout Denver. You can find featured artists such as Casey Kawaguchi, DINKC, Jason Garcia and more. Each artist will put their mark on Denver’s walls making it an even brighter city. This year, the event is bigger than ever before with satellite exhibits, pop-up shows, artist talks and guided tours accompanying the art.

READ: 20+ Artists We Are Excited to See Paint at CRUSH This Year

Smash Mouth, Everclear and Sugar Ray

Photo Courtesy of A Taste of Colorado‎ on Facebook

When: September 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free to $119 for VIP. Get tickets here

The Lowdown: A Taste of Colorado Hosts Smash Mouth, Ever Clear and Sugar Ray. You can jam out to beats from the hit bands in the VIP area of the festival or attend for free. You can also dig into amazing bites and drinks from local restaurants, breweries and more while you dance to the music.

Tuesday, September 4

This Thing is Not My Own

Photo Courtesy of Lucid Inceptions‎ on Facebook

When: September 4, 8 p.m. 

Where: City O’ City, 206 E 13th Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: City O’ City presents This Thing is Not My Own. The exhibition created by Ian Spencer features handmade woodburning and mixed media skateboard pieces that create a series in combination with collaboration pieces.

Wednesday, September 5

Golden Triangle Public Art Tour

Photo Courtesy of Denver Public Art‎ on Facebook

When: September 5, 5:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Take a day to explore the amazing art that Denver offers at a Golden Triangle Public Art Tour. The tour will lead you around famous sculptures and other public art pieces that are stationed around the Denver Public Library, Denver Art Museum and History Colorado.

Hitchcock at the Chez

Photo Courtesy of Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre‎ on Facebook

When: September 5, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Where: Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre, 2800 Colorado Blvd., Denver 

Cost: $8.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: View a screening of one of Alfred Hitchcock’s thrillers Suspicion during Hitchcock at the Chez. The film follows a wild story of Line McLaidlaw as she slowly gains a suspicion that her husband Johnnie Aysgarth is plotting her death to take her wealth.

Thursday, September 6

CineLatino Film Festival

Image courtesy of the Sie FilmCenter on Facebook.

When: September 6 – 9 

Where: Denver Film Society, 1510 York St., Denver 

Cost: $85 tickets available here

The Lowdown: Experience some of the best Latino films at CineLatino Film Festival. The four-day festival features documentary films from Mexico, animated films and more. You can find a film from almost all genres representing Latino experiences.

Art for Stress

Photo courtesy of Spectra Art Space on Facebook

When: September 6, 7 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Spectra Art Space, 1836 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $27 – $50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Take a deep breath and let the colors flow at Art for Stress. Spectra Art Space presents a drawing class that allows you to open up your creative mind with the help of Kaitlyn from Exist Vibrantly Art. You can fill in a booklet of drawings and reflect on how drawing can bring peace. The ticket price includes all materials needed for the class and refreshments.

Opening Reception

Photo Courtesy of Michael Warren Contemporary‎ on Facebook

When: September 6, 6 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Michael Warren Contemporary, 760 Santa Fe Dr., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Michael Warren Contemporary presents an opening reception for Point Traveling Through Space At An Erratic Speed (PTTSAAES). The exhibition features works from Robert Mangold and Margaret Lawless showcasing visual equations of movement forcing the eye to move faster as they follow the art piece.

La Quinceañera

Exterior of Su Teatro. Photo courtesy of Su Teatro on Facebook

When: September 6, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

Where: Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Dr., Denver 

Cost: $5 at entry

The Lowdown: Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center presents a screening of La Quinceañera. The film showcases a story about a family celebrating their daughter’s 15th birthday, which in a turn of events turns into a bloodbath. As a result of the heinous event, the young girl becomes a rough heroine to bring vengeance to her family’s deaths.

The Cake

Photo Courtesy of Curious Theatre Company

When: September 6 – October 13

Where: Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma St., Denver

Cost: $25 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Curious Theatre Company presents The Cake. The play, written by Bekah Brunstetter, features a journey of Jen as she travels home to North Carolina to ask her late mother’s best friend Della to bake her wedding cake. The play confronts difficulties with reexamining preconceived notions, addressing grief and finding love.

Friday, September 7

First Friday Art Walk

Santa Fe Art District via Facebook.

When: September 7, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Art District on Santa Fe, Santa Fe Dr., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: The first Friday of every month brings First Friday Art Walk. You can take a walk down the Art District on Santa Fe to experience all of the amazing galleries and creative businesses. The night features 30 participating locations on Santa Fe and a ton of food trucks to fuel your art adventures. You can see sculptures, prints and more at the participating businesses.

READ: The Definitive Guide to Denver Art Galleries 

Body Mind Spirit Celebration

Photo Courtesy of Body Mind Spirit Expo on Facebook

When: September 7 – 9 

Where: The Denver Mart, 451 E 58th Ave., Denver 

Cost: $7 at entry

The Lowdown: The Denver Mart hosts a Body Mind Spirit Celebration. The three-day event features over 250 vendors from psychics, healers and more. You can center yourself and explore natural health methods and all things metaphysical.

Kyle Emerson

Photo Courtesy of Swallow Hill Music‎ on Facebook

When: September 7, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Clyfford Still Museum presents a performance from Kyle Emerson. Emerson — a local singer — brings folk-rock to the forefront with telling lyrics, folky beats with a twist of modernity. You can listen to the music and take a chance to explore the museum.

Denver Mineral, Fossil and Gem Show

Photo Courtesy of National Western Complex‎ on Facebook

When: September 7 – 16

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

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Explore and find the coolest minerals, rocks and more at the Denver Mineral, Fossil and Gem Show. The event features rows and rows of vendors presenting crystals, handmade goods, metals and more open for purchase. You can expand your collections and see rare natural and manmade items.

Saturday, September 8

29th Annual Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow

Photo courtesy of Denver Art Museum on Facebook

When: September 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Denver Art Museum presents the 29th Annual Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow. The event, one of the museums longest running events, celebrates Native American cultures with dancers, drum groups and more. You can see artists presenting demos, learn more about Native American organization and munch on fry bread.


Piece by Allison Tinati aka HUEMAN. Photo Courtesy of Mirus Gallery Denver on Facebook

When: September 8, 7 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Mirus Gallery,1144 Broadway, Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Mirus Gallery welcomes HUEMAN. HUEMAN is the moniker that artist Allison Tinati goes by, and in this upcoming exhibition she will present work that showcases her use of color, light and texture to create portraits. The portraits take on a ghostly manner veiled with mixed media forms. The exhibition is on view until September 29, 2018.

Stanley Arts Festival

Photo Courtesy of CherryArts‎ on Facebook

When: September 8 – 9 

Where: Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Stanley Marketplace presents Stanley Arts Festival. The two-day festival features local and national art from vendors. You can find amazing art to purchase and explore all of the amazing businesses in Stanley Marketplace.

Free Concert Series

Photo Courtesy of Eventbrite for Organizers‎ on Facebook

When: September 8, 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 The Verve Pipe, The Hollow and CITRA. The Verve Pipe is a rock band that has gained popularity for both rock and children’s music. The Hollow spins rock up with alternative artsy vibes and hard rhythm. CITRA, a Denver based band throws out gritty beats with heavy guitar and edgy vibes.

Sunday, September 9

303 Magazine Pool Party Series

Photo by of Meg O’Neill

When: September 9, 2 – 7 p.m. 

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

Cost: $20 – $150 tickets available here here

The Lowdown: Cool off from the summer heat at 303 Magazine Pool Party Series. The series ends with one more blow-out party on the rooftop of Halcyon. You can sip on cool 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 one last time.

Celebrating Bernstein’s 100th Anniversary

Photo Courtesy of Levitt Pavilion Denver‎ on Facebook

When: September 9, 5 – 9 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free – $30 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Levitt Pavilion Denver teams up with Colorado Symphony to present Celebrating Bernstein’s 100th Anniversary. The event features a performance from Colorado Symphony to honor composer Leonard Berstein. You can listen to Brian Buerkle lead the ensemble and spread love for the amazing composer.

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The Watering Hole

When: September 12, 6 – 8:30 p.m. 

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver

Cost: $25 tickets available here


When: September 14 – 16 

Where: Overland Park, 1801 Huron St., Denver 

Cost: $99 – $674.50 tickets available here

Brave New Arctic

When: September 17, 7 – 8:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: $10 tickets available here

DocuWest Film and Music Festival

When: September 19 – 23

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

Cost: $12 tickets available here

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