Unique Things To Do in Denver This Weekend 5/24 – 5/28

The city is popping with free events this week: from Karaoke Night to live music in the Dairy Block, Yappy Hour with your pup at the Terminal Bar, the Boulder Creek Festival, blues and BBQ at Little Man Ice Cream, a Friday night BAZAAR market in RiNo or foul mouth cross-stitch at Grandma’s House. If money is tight but your itch for adventure continues, there are plenty of options to choose from. Take your pick this week in Denver! 
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Karaoke Night

Karaoke Night at Modern Brew
Photo courtesy Modern Brew / Eventbrite

When: May 24, 6 – 10 p.m.
Where: Modern Brew – Kitchen, Coffee, Bar, 8221 S. Holly St., Centennial, CO
Cost: Free, reserve a spot here
Lowdown: Modern Brew is a taphouse, cocktail bar, live music venue, family business that hosts Karaoke Night every week with thousands of song choices. They offer alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as coffee, espresso drinks, teas and mocktails. Put your pipes to the test with your favorite song and get in front of the mic tonight!

Little Trips, Jesus Christ Taxi Driver, Ash Redhorse & the Midnight Suns

Little Trips/Jesus Christ Taxi Driver/Ash Redhorse & the Midnight Suns
Photo courtesy Hi-Dive / Eventbrite
When: May 25, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.
Where: Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, CO
Cost: $12 – $15, buy tickets here
Lowdown: Little Trips is a Denver-based duo made up of Greg Laut and Jason Paton. They made their debut in 2021 with Downhill to Paradise. Tomorrow, they are joined by Jesus Christ Taxi Driver, another band formed in Colorado’s front range, as well as Ash Redhorse & The Midnight Suns, who come from Fort Collins, CO. For a night of music from local musicians, hit Hi-Dive this Thursday.


Photo courtesy Meow Wolf
When: May 27, doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m.
Where: The Perplexiplex, 1338 1st St., Denver, CO
Cost: $25, buy tickets here
Lowdown: WHIPPED CREAM is the project of Vancouver Island-based Caroline Cecil. In March, she released the new Someone You Can Count On EP. Bask in the lights and scenery of Meow Wolf’s Perplexiplex and the sounds of WHIPPED CREAM and special guest Hex Cougar.

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with Peter Oundjian

Photo courtesy Colorado Symphony

When: May 28, 1 p.m.
Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver, CO
Cost: $15 – $98, buy tickets here
Lowdown: The Rite of Spring is a 1913 ballet and orchestral work composed by Igor Stravinsky. Its qualities of “rhythmic complexity, lavish dissonance, deliberately harsh sound and cacophonously loud music” has become seen as a “transformational triumph” since its first debut. Colorado Symphony Principal Timpanist William Hill will debut his latest composition, Renaissance for Chorus and Orchestra and Grammy Award-winning violinst Augustin Hadelich will solo on Brahms’ Violin Concerto during this performance.

RiNo Arts District Food Tour

RiNo Arts District Food Tour
Photo courtesy Delicious Denver Food Tours / Eventbrite

When: May 24, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Il Posto, 2601 Larimer St., Denver, CO
Cost: $69 – $99, buy tickets here
Lowdown: Spend a day in the RiNo neighborhood and take in its street art and background while tasting five different award-winning local restaurants’ dishes, three alcoholic drink pairings and more with a local food tour guide for three hours. Some foods you can expect to try are house-made burrata, Mexican street tacos, Japanese friend chicken, specialty pizza and mochi donuts.

Yappy Hour

Photo courtesy Denver Union Station / Eventbrite
When: May 25, 4 – 7 p.m.
Where: Terminal Bar, 1701 Wynkoop St., Denver, CO
Cost: Free, reserve a spot here
Lowdown: Not every bar allows pets — but look no further if you’re interested in getting a drink with your furry friend in tow. The Terminal Bar is dedicating the last Thursday of every month to puppy play-dates. At this event, enjoy kisses from other pups, networking and more in support of causes looking to improve circumstances for animals, such as Soul Dog Rescue, Sustain-A-Bowl and Tito’s Vodka. Additionally, there will be a DJ and giveaways.

Boulder Creek Festival

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Photo courtesy Boulder Creek Festival / Facebook
When: May 26, 4:30 – 10 p.m.
Where: 1236 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO
Cost: Free, register here
Lowdown: The Boulder Creek Festival has been hosted annually for more than 30 years and this year, the party continues. The three day, four night festival will feature 30+ bands across three stages, beer tasting from 20+ Colorado breweries, food and beverages, 200+ local makers, artists and businesses, games and more. The festival weekend will kick off on Friday night with a headlining show from the Dead Phish Orchestra.

Denver Colorado Q BBQ Fest 2023

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Photo courtesy Q BBQ Fest / Facebook

When: May 27, 12 – 3 p.m. or 5 – 8 p.m.
Where: Empower Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St., Denver, CO
Cost: $35 – $149, buy tickets here
Lowdown: This Memorial Day Weekend, the 5th annual Q BBQ Fest returns to Empire Field at Mile High with pitmasters from across the country: Denver, Kansas City, Texas, St. Louis and more. They will be serving up award-winning BBQ alongside live music, drinks, BBQ tutorials and demonstrations. There are options for three or four hour sessions that include all-you-can-eat BBQ, beer, canned cocktails and soft drinks.

Blues & BBQ Memorial Weekend Party

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Photo courtesy Little Man Ice Cream / Facebook

When: May 28, 2 – 8 p.m.
Where: Little Man Ice Cream Kent Place, 3455 S. University Blvd, Englewood, CO
Cost: Free
Lowdown: At this special Memorial Weekend Party, expect two live bands playing blues music and a BBQ collaboration with Saucy’s BBQ & Cuisine. You’ll have the chance to eat some brats and sides while enjoying music and company. If you leave some room in your belly, there’s of course plenty of ice cream available from Little Man Ice Cream.

Nate Bargatze

Nate Bargatze
Photo courtesy AXS
When: May 24, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.
Where: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO
Cost: $45 – $390, buy tickets here
Lowdown: Comedian Nate Bargatze rose to fame after his feature in Netflix special “The Standups” in 2017. Since then, he has toured the country as a headliner. Everyone likes a good laugh — so catch Bargatze at Red Rocks tonight as he continues his success in The Be Funny Tour.

Yoga at Sloan’s Lake | Thursday Sunset Edition

Photo Courtesy Yoga at Sloan’s Lake on Eventbrite

When: May 25, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sloan’s Lake Park 2201 N Stuart Street Denver, CO 80212
Cost: $5-30, buy tickets here
Lowdown: Calling yogi’s of all ages and abilities! Weekly yoga with Hey Let’s Yoga at Sloan’s Lake. Please come prepared with something to practice on yoga mat (towel, blanket or what you got works), Cozy layers (shady with a chance of cool) water, sunnies, maybe a hat and an open mind. Stay for post class community gathering BYOP (bring your own picnic) style, bring some snacks to enjoy one another’s company until it is time to call it a night.

Friday Night BAZAAR: RiNo

Friday Night BAZAAR: RiNo
Photo courtesy Denver BAZAAR / Eventbrite
When: May 26, 5 – 9 p.m.
Where: 2424 Larimer St., Denver, CO
Cost: Free – $30, buy a ticket here
Lowdown: Friday Night BAZAAR: RiNo is a weekly shop and sip market in the heart of the RiNo Art District with over 40 local makers, craft vendors, street food and food trucks, fashion trucks and pop-up bars. It is hosted every Friday with free admission. From 5 – 6 p.m., you can purchase bottomless Aperol Spritz for $30 or enjoy happy hour with $1 off beer, cocktails and wine.

Mile High Beach Club

Mile High Beach Club
Photo courtesy Mile High Spirits

When: May 27, 1 – 5 p.m.
Where: Mile High Spirits – Tasting Room, 2201 Lawrence St., Denver, CO
Cost: Free
Lowdown: Summer is quickly approaching, which means rooftop and patio parties galore. Denver may not be on the beach, but you can channel the spirit of the summer and celebrate at Mile High Spirits’ patio with house music, tropical cocktails and food trucks every Saturday.

Foul Mouthed Cross-Stitch Sundays

Foul Mouthed Cross-Stitch Sundays
Photo courtesy Grandma’s House / Eventbrite

When: May 28, 12 – 7 p.m.
Where: Grandma’s House, 1710 S. Broadway, Denver, CO
Cost: Free, reserve a spot here
Lowdown: Cross-stitching can be a rather soothing hobby, and it just got a whole lot more interesting with Grandma’s House hosting “Foul Mouthed Cross-Stitch Sundays.” Get any of your extra stress out by putting your intrusive, inappropriate or silly thoughts down in embroidery. As Grandma’s House says, “You likely never heard Grandma utter even the slightest of dirty words, but that’s because she got it out of her system with her embroidery needles.” Supplies are provided for $5.

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