23 Unique Things to do in Denver this Weekend

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Denver has some uniquely festive events lined up this weekend. Kick it off by sipping a holiday brew at An Imperial Christmas and end it by creating a masterpiece at Foul-Mouth Cross-Stitch. Whatever you end up doing, make sure to take a peek at this roundup of events in Denver.

Thursday, December 20

An Imperial Christmas

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When: December 20, 4 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Comrade Brewing Company, 7667 E Iliff Ave. Ste F, Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Comrade Brewing Company presents An Imperial Christmas. The event features a release of some limited Quit Stalin variants, including a marshmallow vanilla stout, a maple coffee stout, a chocolate blueberry stout and more. You can nibble on Christmas cookies, jam out to holiday music and celebrate with Comrade Brewing.

A Good Party

When: December 20, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: The Church Nightclub, 1160 Lincoln St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: The Church Nightclub hosts A Good Party. The event features a holiday party with an ugly sweater theme. You can wear your best ugly sweaters, take part in a sock drive for the homeless, dance all night and more. You can also explore a limited release of #BeAGoodPerson Ugly sweaters.

Zoo Lights

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When: December 17 – January 6

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver 

Cost: $18 tickets available here

The Lowdown: Denver Zoo presents Zoo Lights. The 28th annual event features 70 acres of over two million lights, animal encounters, illuminated animal sculptures and more. You can nibble on sweet snacks and sip on hot drinks while you walk the zoo and see all of the amazing lights. 

Base Camp Cyclery Holiday Party

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When: December 20, 5 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Base Camp Cyclery, 1869 S Pearl St., Denver 

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Help make the holidays a bit brighter for those in need by taking a night to get festive at the Base Camp Cyclery Holiday Party. The event features a raffle to raise funds for The Delores Project, a food and item drive and more to support shelters that are in desperate need of items through this holiday season.

Blossoms of Light

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When: December 17 – January 1

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver 

Cost: $16 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Botanic Gardens hosts its annual Blossoms of Light display this week. The interactive light display features animated LED lights that are sound reactive. You can sip on warm drinks, nibble on holiday treats and shop holiday souvenirs while you stroll through the lit up gardens.

Friday, December 21

Scam Likely 3.0

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When: December 21, 5:30 – 10 p.m. 

Where: La Filette, 4416 E 8th Ave., Denver

Cost: $35 per person

The Lowdown: La Filette presents Scam Likely 3.0. The event features an interactive pop-up dinner with Scam Likely. You can dine on a four-course Asian fusion plant-based meal. Scam Likely is extremely popular so make sure to create your reservation by emailing sam@babyssovain.com or calling 347.205.0440.

Cuffin’ All Thangs R&B Party

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When: December 21, 9 p.m. – 1:40 a.m.

Where: Bar Standard, 1037 Broadway, Denver

Cost: $10 at entry

The Lowdown: Bar Standard host a Cuffin’ All Thangs R&B Party. The event features live music banging from DJ Big Styles, DJ Chonz and more. Get out on the dance floor and get your booty shaking to some R&B hits.

Illegal Pete’s Presents: Biz Markie

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When: December 21, 8 p.m. 

Where: Summit Denver, 1902 Blake St., Denver 

Cost: $15 – $45 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Summit Denver hosts Illegal Pete’s Presents: Biz Markie. The event features a night of bangin’ beats from Biz Markie, a rapper, DJ, actor and comedian. Biz Markie is known for his popping rhymes and killer rhythm.

A Very Merry Dragtastic Holiday Spectacular

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When: December 21, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Where: Solutions Lounge & Restaurant Denver, 2220 California St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Solutions Lounge & Restaurant presents A Very Merry Dragtastic Holiday Spectacular. The event features a line up of performances from drag queens and kings such as Dustin Sch Long, Joey Glen Gogo Stanley, Shiksa Mess and more. You can sip on drink specials and laugh all night long.

 Holiday Party

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When: December 21, 6:30 p.m. 

Where: Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver 

Cost: $25 – $75 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Conscious Alliance presents a Holiday Party. The event features a night to watch performances from BoomBox, Orchard Lounge and a DJ set from Classixx. You can take part in a toy drive and donate new or unwrapped toys to receive a limited edition Conscious Alliance poster and help those in need.

Black Sheep Friday

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When: December 21, 6 p.m. 

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1483 Delgany St., Denver 

Cost: Free – $5, RSVP here

The Lowdown: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver presents Black Sheep Friday. The event features a craft fair with Ladies Fancywork Society and Fancy Tiger Crafts. You can stop in and participate with crafts, purchase items and more. The event is free with $5 museum admission.

 Onesies Vs. Ugly Sweaters Christmas Spectacular

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When: December 21, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: ROLL, 1399 35th St., Denver 

Cost: $5 get tickets here

The Lowdown: ROLL presents a Onesies Vs. Ugly Sweaters Christmas Spectacular. Lace up your skate and wear your best Christmas onesie or ugliest sweater for a night of skating, dancing, drinking and more. You can also belt your heart out to some classic holiday tunes during karaoke.

Ruckus Family Christmas Party

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When: December 21, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Temple Denver, 1136 Broadway, Denver

Cost: $13.30 – $18.45 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Temple Denver hosts the Ruckus Family Christmas Party. The event features beats from Benzi (Diplo and friends), MANOS, Trouble in Paradise and more. You can also see special appearances from Crywolf, Anberlin, Emery and other surprise guests. Throughout the night you can shop from a Ruckus Christmas pop-up shop, sip on drinks and even get a tattoo from Certified Customs Tattoos.

Midnight Madness

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When: December 21 – 22, 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 presents Midnight Madness. The event features two-midnight screenings of Edward Scissorhands. The Tim Burton film follows the adventures of Edward Scissorhands — a lonely creation of a scientist — who finds love with a girl in a town near his home.

Black Christmas

When: December 21 – 22 

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

Cost: $11.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Sie FilmCenter continues Christmas At The Sie with a screening of Black Christmas. The horror film follows the story of Jess and Barb as they start to receive unwanted calls from an anonymous individual which ties to a string of murders.

The Oregon Trail Game Night

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When: December 21, 6 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Launch Pad Brewery, 884 S Buckley Rd., Aurora

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Launch Pad Brewery teams up with Craft Alley to present The Oregon Trail Game Night. The event features a night of nostalgia with a chance to play The Oregon Trail, free pints of Launch Pad beer, prizes and more. You can also purchase merch and a beer drop subscription to boot.

Saturday, December 22

Holiday Beer Fest

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When: December 22, 12 – 11 p.m. 

Where: Hops & Pie, 3920 Tennyson St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Hops & Pie hosts a Holiday Beer Fest. The event features a day to taste some amazing brews from more than 10 different breweries. You can sip on holiday-themed beers from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Prairie Artisan Ales, Avery Brewing Company and more.

Christmas Carol Classic 5k/10k/1m

Denver skyline across city park in autumn

When: December 22, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Where: Denver City Park, 3001 E 17th Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free – $70 register here

The Lowdown: Lace up your sneakers for the Christmas Carol Classic 5k/10k/1m. The event features races around Denver’s City Park to burn some calories before racking them up this Christmas. The ticket price includes a place in the races, a t-shirt and more.

Drink the Bar Dry 5.0

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When: December 22, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. 

Where: Ste. Ellie, 1553 Platte St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Ste. Ellie presents Drink the Bar Dry 5.0. The event features a holiday party to finish all holiday parties. You can sip on drink specials, snack on food specials and more. Help Ste. Ellie celebrate its fifth annual soiree.

Cosmic Pineapple X~Mas Premiere

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When: December 22, 10:15 – 11:59 p.m. 

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

Cost: $5 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Alamo Drafthouse Denver presents the Cosmic Pineapple X~Mas Premiere. The event features a screening of the new television series Cosmic Pineapple. The show features the journey of the pop sensation Cosmic Pineapple as they battle morality, hygiene, roommates and more.

The Grawlix, Home for the Holidays

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When: December 22, 10 – 11:55 p.m. 

Where: The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver 

Cost: $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Bug Theatre hosts The Grawlix, Home for the Holidays. The event features a night of hilarity with a lineup of comedians performing comedy sets. The Grawlix is composed of comedians Andrew Orvedahl, Ben Roy and Adam Cayton-Holland.

Donut Panic Release

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When: December 22, 1 – 11 p.m.

Where: Fiction Beer Company, 7101 E. Colfax Ave., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: What is better than donuts? Donuts and beer, of course. Fiction Beer Company presents its 2018 Donut Panic Release. The event features a tapping of a sweet potato pie specialty ale brewed with a Maris Otter malt and oats, 180 pounds of Okinawa purple sweet potatoes, marshmallows and more. You can sip on the brew and take part in a donut and beer pairing with Glazed and Confused Doughnuts.

Sunday, December 23

Foul-Mouth Cross-Stitch

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When: December 23, 12 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Grandma’s House, 1710 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $5 at entry

The Lowdown: Grandma’s House is back at it with Foul-Mouth Cross-Stitch. You can create your own scandalous cross-stitch with the instruction of one of Grandma’s House best instructors. The materials are free with the purchase of a full beer or for the price of $5. Come with a dirty phrase or pattern in mind to create your naughty masterpiece.

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Mark Your Calendars

Tropical Trails Tour

When: December 29, 2 – 3 p.m. 

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver 

Cost: $14 tickets available here

The 106 & Party

When: December 29, 9 p.m. – 1:45 a.m. 

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

Cost: $10 – $25 tickets available here

Decadence Colorado

When: December 30 – 31

Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St., Denver 

Cost: $89 – $159 tickets available here

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

When: December 31, 8 p.m. – 12:08 a.m. 

Where: 16th Street Mall, 16th St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

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