21 Things To Do in and Around Denver This Weekend

Performing at the Cherry Creek Arts Fest. Photo by Ellen Jaskol.

Denver has some summery events lined up this week. Start it off by noshing at Sip and Sushi and end it by getting artsy at the Denver Chalk Art Festival. Wherever the week leads you, make sure to take a peek at this roundup of events happening in Denver.

Wednesday, September 1

Music in the Clouds

Photo Courtesy of Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek on Facebook

When: September 1, 4 – 7 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Embrace a summer evening to rock out to some sweet tunes at Music in the Clouds. Halcyon hosts the musical event with a performance from a local artist Matt Flaherty on the rooftop of the hotel with a view of the city.

Not Your Grandma’s Bingo

Photo Courtesy of Mirus Gallery Denver on Facebook

When: September 1, 7 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Mirus Gallery Denver, 1144 Broadway, Denver 

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Mirus Gallery teams up with Temple Denver for Not Your Grandma’s Bingo. You can play bingo with host and drag performer Lala Shearz, win prizes, jam out to beats from DJ Charisma and more throughout the artsy event.

Thursday, September 2

Sip and Sushi

Photo Courtesy of GetFed Concepts on Facebook

When: September 2, 6 p.m. 

Where: Stem Ciders RiNo Taproom, 2811 Walnut St. #150, Denver 

Cost: $32 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Stem Ciders partners with GetFed Concepts for Sip and Sushi. You can learn how to make three different styles of sushi with the help of chef Taylor West of GetFed Concepts while sipping on ciders from Stem Cider.

Dystopia Utopia

Merlin by Andrew Roberts-Gray. Courtesy of Michael Warren Contemporary on Facebook

When: September 2, 5 – 8 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Michael Warren Contemporary welcomes artist Andrew Roberts-Gray for the reception of Dystopia Utopia. The exhibition features paintings layered with texture and color for deeper impact. You can also explore works from artists Nancy Lovendahl and Sara Ransford during the reception.

Friday, September 3

First Friday Art Walk

Photo by Liz Levy, courtesy of Art District on Santa Fe

When: September 3, 5 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Art District on Santa Fe, 525 Santa Fe Dr., Denver 

Cost: Free and open to the public

The Lowdown: First Friday Art Walk returns for the first Friday of the month. You can explore over 100 creative businesses and galleries that are settled within the art district while taking in the summer warmth. See paintings, prints, sculptures and more throughout the night.

Street Food Series: Mexico

Photo Courtesy of Cook Street School of Culinary Arts on Facebook

When: September 3, 6 p.m. 

Where: Cook Street School of Culinary Arts, 43 W. 9th Ave., Denver  

Cost: $119 register here

The Lowdown: Spice up your evening a Street Food Series: Mexico class. You can learn how to create beer steamed mussels, roasted tomato & green chili chicken tinga tacos and churros for a sweet finish through the guidance of a Cook Street School of Culinary Arts instructor.

First Friday Jazz Hop

Painting of Max Roach by I am Detour. Courtesy of First Friday – Five Points Jazz Hop‎.

When: September 3, 5 – 7 p.m. 

Where: Five Points, 2401 Welton St., Denver

Cost: Free and open to the public

The Lowdown: Take a journey in the historic Five Points neighborhood during a First Friday Jazz Hop. Make sure to stop in at businesses along Welton Street to listen to buzzing jazz tunes throughout the evening for the perfect Friday.

Labor Day Weekend Fun

Photo Courtesy of ViewHouse Ballpark on Facebook

When: September 3 – 6

Where: ViewHouse Ballpark, 2015 Market St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: ViewHouse Ballpark has Labor Day covered with a weekend full of fun. You can dance to live DJ sets, munch on brunches, take part in themed parties and more throughout the four-day celebration.

Dairy Block Art Walk

Photo Courtesy of Dairy Block on Facebook

When: September 3, 4 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St., Denver 

Cost: Free RSVP here

The Lowdown: Dairy Block teams up with InsideHer Studio for a First Friday Art Walk. You can explore local curated artist booths, listen to live music, delight in refreshments and more – all in the Dairy Block Alley.

Saturday, September 4

Taste of Colorado

Photo courtesy of Taste of Colorado

When: September 4 – 6

Where: Various locations in Downtown Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: A Taste of Colorado returns to the city with various stops around downtown Denver this September for some killer music and flavor-filled bites. This Denver food and music festival will host a lineup of live music, art and more for a fun Labor Day Weekend. Check here for more information.

U.F.O. (Unidentified Freaky Object)

Photo Courtesy of X BAR on Facebook

When: September 4, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. 

Where: X Bar, 629 E. Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Let your freak flag fly at U.F.O. (Unidentified Freaky Object). You can watch performances from local drag performers, hear commentary from hosts Lisa Frank 666 and Transwitch, and more throughout the wild and wondrous show.

Belgian Brew Fest

Photo Courtesy of Bruz Beers on Facebook

When: September 4, 1 – 4 p.m. 

Where: Bruz Beers, 1675 W. 67th Ave., #100, Denver

Cost: $40 – $48, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Bruz Beer celebrates its annual Belgian Brew Fest. The fest – which started in 2017 – gives you a chance to sample all Belgian-style beer from local breweries during an outdoor venture.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Performer at the Cherry Creek Arts Fest. Photo by Ellen Jaskol.

When: September 4 – 6

Where: Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 3000 E. 1st Ave., Denver

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: CherryArts is back with the 30th Annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The event features a gathering of more than 200 local and national artists, immersive art activities, live music and more. You can sip on drinks, delight in food and watch live performances while perusing the giant art showcase. Additionally, the event has moved across the street to the creekside area of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center in order to create more space.

For the Record

Photo Courtesy of Eventbrite on Facebook

When: September 4, 7 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Spectra Art Space, 1836 S. Broadway, Denver 

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Spectra Art Space presents For the Record. The event features a showcasing of art all made on or from tapes, CDs and vinyl records. You can jam out to music from There’s An Ape For That while perusing works from over 50 artists.


Photo Courtesy of Center for the Arts Evergreen on Facebook

When: September 4 – 5 

Where: Buchanan Recreational Park, 32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen

Cost: $5 at entry 

The Lowdown: Center for the Arts Evergreen hosts Summerfest. The warm weather festival celebrates fine arts, music and brews. You can shop from a wide selection of fine art vendors, raise funds for the Center for the Arts Evergreen’s programs and more throughout the holiday weekend.

NATIV Third Annual White Party Presented by 303 Magazine

Photo by Brent Andeck

When: September 4 

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

Cost: Sign up for the FREE guestlist/Otherwise $15 at the door

The Lowdown: Summer may be coming to an end, but the days are still long and very hot. What better way to celebrate a long weekend in this heat than at a cool anniversary party? NATIV Lounge and Hotel is celebrating its third anniversary by throwing a white party presented by 303 Magazine — all in white attire.

Sunday, September 5

All White Party

Photo Courtesy of The ART, a Hotel (Denver) on Facebook

When: September 5, 6 p.m. 

Where: The ART, a Hotel, 1201 Broadway, Denver

Cost: $25 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Dress in white for the All White Party this Labor Day. The soiree celebrates the opening of Infinity One Grand Reality and Labor Day Weekend. You can shake your stuff to beats from KDJ Above, Steve Watts from Dotsero and more while rocking your best white fit.

Pop Up in the Park

Photo Courtesy of Sound Off Colorado on Facebook

When: September 5, 10 – 11 a.m.

Where: Sloans Lake, 22nd St. and Stuart St., Denver 

Cost: $12 – $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Shake what your mama gave you with the help of Sound Off Colorado with instructor Felix Ojeda and his team from Palango! Fitness during a Pop-Up in the Park. Sound Off Colorado presents a high-energy class with beats from LED wireless headphones from a DJ for a funky with vibes.

Labor Day Weekend Fireworks

Photo Courtesy of Elitch Gardens‎ on Facebook

When: September 5, 9 – 9:15 p.m. 

Where: Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver 

Cost: Free with park admission, get tickets here

The Lowdown: Celebrate Labor Day at Elitch Gardens with special holiday fireworks. Elitch will light up the Denver skyline with fireworks after dark near closing time. The show is free with a daily ticket or a season pass.

Illegal Pete’s 26th Anniversary

Photo courtesy of Illegal Pete’s

When: September 5, 3 p.m. 

Where: All Illegal Pete’s locations

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Grab a burrito for Illegal Pete’s 26th Anniversary. You can stop in at any Illegal Pete’s location for an all-day happy hour, live music and more in honor of 26 years in business.

Denver Chalk Art Festival

Photo Courtesy of Denver Chalk Art Festival on Facebook

When: September 5 – 6

Where: Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 3000 E. 1st Ave., Denver

Cost: Free and open to the public

The Lowdown: Watch as artists create amazing works of art all from chalk at the Denver Chalk Art Festival. The two-day festival features chalk creations in the parking lot of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. It’s one of the few art festivals where you can witness artists creating pieces before your very eyes.


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Mark Your Calendar

Indigenous Film

When: September 8, 7 – 8:15 p.m. 

Where: Online 

Cost: Free register here

Jason Moran: Bathing the Room With Blues and Deborah Roberts: I’m.

When: September 10, 6 – 10 p.m. 

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

Cost: $20 – $80, tickets available here

13th Floor Season Opening 

When: September 11, 7 p.m. 

Where: 13th Floor Haunted House, 3400 E. 52nd Ave., Denver 

Cost: $19.99 -$39.99, tickets available here

High Plains Comedy Festival

When: September 16 – 18

Where: Locations vary

Cost: Prices vary, check here

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