22 Unique Things to do in Denver this Weekend

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Denver has some festively unique events to delight in this weekend. Start it off by checking out a Stetson Pop-Up Shop and end it by jamming out with Wildermiss/The Solid Ocean/Panther Martin. Whatever you end up doing make sure to check out this roundup of events happening in Denver.

READ: 30+ New Year’s Eve Parties to Celebrate the End of 2018

Thursday, December 27

Stetson Pop-Up Shop

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When: December 27 – 31 

Where: Larimer Square, between 14th and 15th on Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Larimer Square presents a Stetson Pop-Up Shop. The event features a special holiday market with Stetson apparel, boots and more. You can find that perfect last-minute gift for the holidays.


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When: December 27, 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Yeah Baby Denver, 2811 Walnut St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Yeah Baby Denver hosts LEWK. The event features a night of entertainment with DJ Ginger Perry, Evelyn Evermoore and a queer costume party. You can dress up in drag, costumes and more and sip on cocktail specials throughout the night.

Ballet Ariel: The Nutcracker

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When: December 26, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. 

Where: Ballet Ariel, 7808 E Cherry Creek S Dr. Ste 209, Denver 

Cost: $38 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Step into a land of wonder and magic during Ballet Ariel: The Nutcracker. The event features The Nutcracker performed by Ballet Ariel’s company. You can watch as Clara creates alliances with the Nutcracker Prince to fight against the Mouse King, drift into a land of candy and more.

Cartoons & Comedy

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When: December 27, 10 pm. 

Where: The Black Buzzard at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Denver, 1624 Market St. Level B, Denver 

Cost: Free get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Black Buzzard at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew Denver presents Cartoons & Comedy. The event features a night of laughter and relaxation after the holiday buzz. You can sit back and watch comedy sets and cartoons while sipping on a brew from Oskar Blues.

Pink Mango

Photo courtesy of Nativ Hotel’s Website

When: December 27, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: NATIV Hotel Denver, 1612 Wazee St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: NATIV Hotel Denver hosts Pink Mango. The event features Latin ladies night with drink specials of mango mojitos, mango margaritas and more. You can dance all night long to bangin’ beats from DJ Tatiana and celebrate the holidays.

Winter Break at DAM

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When: December 27 – January 6

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

Cost: $10 general admission

The Lowdown: Denver Art Museum (DAM) presents Winter Break at DAM. The event features a series of free activities such as access to the print studio, art in the galleries, a play and more. Exhibitions such as Dior: From Paris to the World still require a separate ticket to enter.

Kwanzaa Celebration

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When: December 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Where: Center for African American Health, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Center for African American Health presents a Kwanzaa Celebration. The event features a night surrounding the seven principles of Kwanzaa with activities, refreshments and more.

Friday, December 28


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When: December 28 – 31

Where: Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver 

Cost: $39.75 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Party until the sun comes up during STS9. The event features a three-night adventure to bring in the new year. You can dance, listen to some sick music and take 2018 by the horns as it ends.

Twist & Shout Presents: The Still Tide

Photo by Kori Hazel

When: December 28, 8 – 11 p.m. 

Where: Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $10 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Syntax Physic Opera hosts Twist & Shout Presents: The Still Tide. The event features a chance to hear The Still Tide perform. The Still Tide was created by Anna Morsett, a guitar-playing songwriter and her band. You can also listen to beats from artists Oxeye Daisy and Kyle Emerson.

Royal New Year

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When: December 28, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Tracks Denver, 3500 Walnut St., Denver 

Cost: $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Tracks Denver hosts a Royal New Year. The event features a Drag Nation night with performances from Asia O’Hara, Kameron Michaels and more. You can celebrate your New Year’s weekend and cheer on some of the best queens in the business.

Friday Nitro Comedy Show

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When: December 28, 9:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: $8 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Bug Theatre presents a Friday Nitro Comedy Show. The event features a comedy show hosted by comedian Ian Douglas Terry with sets from comedians Rion Evans, Matt Cobos, Xander Kreed and more. You can laugh all night long and destress from the holiday buzz.

The 106 & Party

Photo by Glenn Ross.

When: December 28, 9 p.m. – 1:45 a.m. 

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

Cost: $10 – $25 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Ophelia’s presents The 106 & Party. The event features a 2000s themed party with hot beats from DJ Big Styles, DJ Simone Says, DJ Amen and more. You can dance till you drop with hits from the early 2000s and celebrate the beginning of the new year.

A New Year’s Toga Party

Oriental Theatre
The Oriental Theatre at the golden hour. Photography By Kyle Cooper

When: December 28, 9 – 11:45 p.m. 

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

Cost: $15 – $100 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Oriental Theater teams up with Odell Brewing to present A New Year’s Toga Party. The event features a night of live music from The Yawpers, Eldren and more. You can also see special guests the Beeves and hear from host Kyle Pogue.

Saturday, December 29


Photo by Meg O’Neill

When: December 29, 9 p.m. 

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

Cost: $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Ophelia’s presents SNAP! The event features a party with a ’90s theme. You can wear your best jelly shoes and JNKO pants to shake it to some great ’90s hits. Bangin’ beats will keep you dancing till your feet can’t move.

 Tropical Trail Tours

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When: December 29, 2 – 3 p.m. 

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

Cost: $14 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Take a break from the cold and walk around lush greenery during Tropical Trail Tours. The event features a tour of the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory that houses more than 550 species of tropical and warm-climate plants. You can relax and see flowers, tropical foliage and maybe even a poison dart frog or two as you walk.

Official Decadence Pre-Party

When: December 29, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Beta Nightclub, 1909 Blake St., Denver

Cost: $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Beta Nightclub hosts the Official Decadence Pre-Party. The event features a celebration before the big celebration. You can dance with the Global Dance Festival Colorado and listen to the last performances of Manufacture Superstars.

Super Human New Year’s Trifecta

Photo by Kyle Cooper

When: December 29 – 31 

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

Cost: $30 – $90 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Oriental Theater presents a Super Human New Year’s Trifecta. The event features three days of music with performances from Itchy-O, PPL MVR, Radio Scarlet and Mr. Pacman. You can jam out to some sick beats and celebrate the holidays. Itchy-O is extremely popular so make sure to purchase your ticket soon.

Sunday, December 30

The Larry Nix Variety Show

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When: December 30,  5 – 7 p.m. 

Where: Local 46, 4586 Tennyson St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Local 46 present The Larry Nix Variety Show. The event features a night of music with musician Larry Nix and his band. You can delight in drink specials and bites from Local 46 while you jam out to some tunes.

bRUNCh Club

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When: December 30, 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Where: Denver Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St. Ste 100, Denver 

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Denver Milk Market hosts bRUNch Club. The event features a 5k run in the morning around downtown Denver. After you sweat it out and burn some calories you can dive into brunch from Frank Bonanno. bRUNch is for everyone as you can run as fast or slow as you need.

Decadence Colorado

Photo by Will Sheehan

When: December 30 – 31, 6:30 p.m. – 3 a.m. 

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

Cost: $89 – $159 get tickets here

The Lowdown: End your 2018 in a bang during Decadence Colorado. You can watch performances from Above & Beyond, Alison Wonderland, Anti Up, Big Wild and during two evenings of wild fun. Decadence is one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in Denver so make sure to dress up and show up.

Service Industry Night

The Negroni Experience. Photo By Brittany Werges.

When: Sunday, December 30, 4 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Bar Helix, 3440 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Bar Helix hosts a Service Industry Night. The event features a party to celebrate those in the service industry and hospitality industry. You can sip on drink specials, nibble on small plates and relax for the holidays.

Wildermiss/The Solid Ocean/Panther Martin

Photo Courtesy of Larimer Lounge’s Facebook Page

When: December 30, 9 p.m. 

Where: Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: $18 – $22 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Larimer Lounge partners with Twist & Shout Records, Do303 and KTCL Channel 93.3 to present Wildermiss/The Solid Ocean/Panther Martin. The event features performance from all three bands to usher in New Year’s Eve.

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Whip It!

When: January 3, 9 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free admission

First Friday Art Walk

When: January 4, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free admission

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

When: January 4 – 6

Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver 

Cost: $25 – $99 tickets available here

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