27 Unique Things to do in Denver this Weekend

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Denver has some quirky events lined up this weekend. Start it off by exploring new and amazing street art at CRUSH and end it by getting musical at Rupp’s Drums Inaugural Drum-Off. Whatever you find yourself doing, make sure to take a look at this roundup of events happening in Denver.

Thursday, September 6


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

When: September 6 – 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

Denver Food & Wine Fest

Photo Courtesy of Denver Food + Wine Festival on Facebook

When: September 4 – 9

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver 

Cost: Various prices here

The Lowdown: Denver welcomes back the Denver Food & Wine Festival. The event features five days of food-centric demonstrations, samples of food and booze and more. You can participate in the Grand Tasting, a Rise + Dine Brunch Festival and Dinner Under the Stars throughout the week.

CRUSH is Big Trouble

Photo Courtesy of Big Trouble on Facebook

When: September 6, 8 – 11 p.m. 

Where: Big Trouble, 3501 Wazee St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Big Trouble welcomes CRUSH at CRUSH is Big Trouble. You can party all night long with Denver Digerati to beats from a surprise DJ. You can see some sick art and dance the night out.

CineLatino Film Festival

SIE FilmCenter via 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.

Denver’s East Side

Photo courtesy of Theyshootn on Facebook

When: September 6, 5 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Ratio Beerworks teams up with Understudy for Denver’s East Side. The event features a photography showcase in connection with CRUSH WALLS to represent Denver’s East Side ever-changing neighborhoods. You can participate in a Q&A, watch a live painting demonstration and sip on a cold Ratio brew.

READ: A Guide to All The Secret and New Events at CRUSH 2018

The Green Fog & a Secret Double Feature

Photo Courtesy of Alamo Drafthouse Denver‎ on Facebook

When: September 6, 8 – 11 p.m. 

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

Cost: $8 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Alamo Drafthouse Denver presents a screening of The Green Fog & a Secret Double Feature. The Green Fog pays homage to Vertigo, a classic Alfred Hitchcock film. You can also thrill in a special screening of a mystery film.

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 

Secret Walls

Photo courtesy of Secret Walls on Facebook.

When:  September 7, 8 – 11 p.m.

Where: 4201 Brighton Blvd., Denver

Cost: Free 

The Lowdown: Secret Walls comes to Denver on Friday. The event features an art battle with two teams competing against each other, only equipped with a black permanent marker to create masterpieces in only 90 minutes. The artists competing this year are DINKC, Birdcap, Bzurk, Sam Turner, Lillipore, Rumtum, Kelly Breez and Brandon Opalka.

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.

Denver Bazaar Arts Fest

Photo Courtesy of BOOZ hall RiNo on Facebook

When: September 7, 4 – 10 p.m. 

Where: BOOZ Hall RiNo, 2845 Walnut St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: BOOZ Hall RiNo partners with Red Wolf Gallery to host the Denver Bazaar Arts Fest. The event features gallery pop-ups, live mural painting and more with amazing local artists. You can also explore food trucks, jam out to live music and sip on local drinks while you peruse the art.

Denver Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Fest

Photo Courtesy of Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Festival on Facebook

When: September 7, 5 – 10 p.m. 

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

Cost: $10 – $60 tickets available here

The Lowdown: Find the best sips and bites at Denver Tequila, Taco & Cerveza Fest. The event features more than 40 tequila brands to sample from, tacos from local taco trucks and chilled cervezas to wash it all down. You can listen to live music, play games and more throughout the day.

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.

Midnight Madness

Photo Courtesy of Landmark’s Esquire Theatre‎ on Facebook

When: September 7, 11:59 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

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

Cost: $9.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Landmark’s Esquire Theatre hosts Midnight Madness. The event features a screening of the horror film The Hills Have Eyes. The film follows a violent story of a couple who becomes stranded in a desert, facing unspeakable evils.

Saturday, September 8

Stanley Arts Festival

Photo courtesy of Liz Levy.

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.

Vintage Denver

Art by Michael Ortiz at Dairy Block. Photo by Cori Anderson

When: September 8, 6 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St., Denver 

Cost: $125 – $500 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Help support Big Green Colorado with Vintage Denver. The event features an ’80s themed party to celebrate Denver and Big Green Colorado’s 100 Learning Garden Initiative. You can sip on cocktails, nibble on bites from local chefs and more.

6th Annual Brew Fest

Photo courtesy of the Colorado Rockies

When: September 8, 6:10 – 11:10 p.m. 

Where: Coors Field, 2001 Blake St., Denver 

Cost: Prices vary get tickets here

The Lowdown: Sip on a cold brew and watch a baseball game at the 6th Annual Brew Fest. The features a tasting of brews from 20 different breweries with a chance to vote on the best beer. The ticket price includes a viewing of the Rockies versus Dodgers game, drink tickets, a special Brew Fest cup and more.

Englewood Block Party

Photo by Kyle Cooper.

When: September 8, 3 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Englewood Grand, 3435 S Broadway, Englewood

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Squeeze in the last bit of summer at the Englewood Block Party. The event features a night of food, chalk art and more. You can munch on tacos from Cochino Taco, sip on drinks and kick back and relax with some outdoor cinema.

Free Concert Series

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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.


KiriLeigh Jones paints a mural. Photo Courtesy of CRUSH WALLS on Facebook

When: September 8, 8 – 11 p.m. 

Where: The Denver Central Market, 2669 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Get a sneak peek of the upcoming Grandoozy during a CRUSH Walls Block party. The party features a night of music, art and more in the parking lot of Denver Central Market. The proceeds from the event will benefit the RiNo Emerging Artist Fund.

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.

Westwood Chile Fest

Photo courtesy of BuCu West Chile Fest on Facebook

When: September 8, 1:30 – 3 p.m. 

Where: Westwood Chile Fest, 3738 Morrison Rd Main Stage, Denver 

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Take a taste of some of the hottest peppers at the Westwood Chile Fest. The event features a competition to see who can eat the hottest peppers. You can sample some spicy delights and see others fight for the title of who can stand the most heat.

Blacklight Slide

Photo Courtesy of Blacklight Slide on Facebook

When: September 8, 3:45 – 11 p.m. 

Where: Dicks Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Wy., Commerce City

Cost: $10 register here

The Lowdown: Unleash your inner child while taking on a Blacklight Slide. The event features a ride down slides with glow in the dark water, a dance party with a DJ blasting hot beats and more. You know you want to slide down a glow-in-the-dark water slide.

Sunday, September 9

303 Magazine Pool Party Series

Photo by Giacomo Di Franco

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.


Photo Courtesy of Clyfford Still Museum‎ on Facebook

When: September 9, 8:45 – 10 a.m. 

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

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Take time to calm and center yourself at STILLness. The event features a guided meditation from the combined effort of the Clyfford Still Museum, Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver and Zen Center of Denver. Be ready to take a spot in the galleries and quiet your inner thoughts.

Rise + Dine Brunch

Milk Market. Photo by Brittni Bell Warshaw.

When: September 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St., Denver

Cost: $55 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Brunch it out at a Rise + Dine Brunch. The event features bottomless bloodies, mimosas and more paired with breakfast bites from restaurants surrounding Dairy Block, including the Denver Milk Market and The Maven Hotel.

Burning Down the Brunch

Photo courtesy of Ophelia’s.

When: September 9, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Where: Ophelia’s, 1215 20th St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Ophelia’s presents Burning Down the Brunch. The event features a brunch with entertainment from The Talking Heads. You can listen to beats from DJ Boyhollow and Dutch Confetti while you munch on your brunch. Spots for the brunch are extremely limited so make sure to call (303) 993-8023 to create your reservation soon.

Rupp’s Drums Inaugural Drum-Off

Photo Courtesy of Rupp’s Drums on Facebook

When: September 9, 2 – 4 p.m. 

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Rupp’s Drums partners with Ratio Beerworks to present Rupp’s Drums Inaugural Drum-Off. The event features a drum-off competition with local drummers facing off to win the title of best drummer and win some sick prizes. The event benefits Youth on Record.

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When: September 14 – 16 

Where: Overland Park, 1801 Huron St., Denver 

Cost: $99 – $674.50 tickets available here

DRiNk RiNo Oktoberfest

When: September 15, 12 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Rackhouse Pub, 2875 Blake St., Denver

Cost: $20 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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