19 Unique Things to do in Denver This Weekend

This weekend there’s plenty in Denver to keep you entertained. Stop by The Big Eat or Slow Food Nations Festival if you love Denver’s food, or if you’re in the mood for something active, join the Outdoor Adventure Quest or try a Sunset Paddle at Sloan’s Lake. If you’re the mindful type, try Love Out Loud Yoga or Wanderlust 108. Do what stands out to you and you’ll be sure to make some great memories.

Thursday, July 13

The Big Eat

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When: July 13, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: The Galleria at the Denver Performing Arts Center – 1400 Curtis St., Denver

Cost: $65. Get tickets here.

The Lowdown: Foodies unite! This event is highlighting Denver’s best independent restaurants. With 70 to choose from including Avanti F&B, Snooze, The Pig & The Sprout and more, eat and drink your way through samples of each restaurant’s claims to fame.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

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When: July 13, 6 p.m.

Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High – 1701 Bryant St., Denver

Cost: $30 – $125. Get tickets here.

The Lowdown: Come watch the excitement that is live sports this Thursday night. Denver is hosting the Gold Cup Group C stage double header. First, see the Mexican national soccer team go head-to-head with the Jamaican national team, then it’s El Salvador and Curacao’s turn to compete. Get into the spirit with jerseys, face paint and classic sports food.

Love out Loud Yoga

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When: July 13, 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre  18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison

Cost: $44.95 – $54.95. Get tickets here.

The Lowdown: Head to Red Rocks this Thursday for a night of music, yoga and a good cause. Michael Franti’s inspiring music and spoken work will get your heart full as Gina Caputo leads you through yoga. Benefiting Franti and his wife’s non-profit, Do It For The Love, this performance and yoga event will help grant the music wishes of people with life-threatening illness, special needs and wounded veterans.

47th Annual Cherry Creek North Sidewalk Sale

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When: July 13 – 16

Where: Garbarini – 239 Detroit St., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: Garbarini is regarded as one of the most distinctive and successful boutiques in the country. Its large, airy space showcases an impressive roster of contemporary and emerging designers, European brands, premium denim, shoes and accessories. Join Garbarini on July 13 though 16 for its biggest sale and most screaming deals of the year!

Friday, July 14

Movie at the Symphony: La La Land in Concert

Emma Stone at the Denver Film Festival. Photo by Kenneth Coles.

When: July 14, 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $15 – $89. Tickets available here.

The Lowdown: If you’ve already seen this musical with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – or seen memes of the Oscars – you know what the hype is about. Experience La La Land on the big screen and with a live version of the music by The Colorado Symphony.

READ: Denver Film Festival ’16 Kicked Off its 39th Year with Emma Stone

Outdoor Adventure Quest

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When: July 14 – 16, 7 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Where: Any Colorado city, teams by way of app

Cost: $75. Register here.

The Lowdown: With all of the outdoorsy people in Colorado, this event is sure to muster up quite the competition. Grab some friends and form a team of two to six people to compete in this statewide quest by way of an app. Spend the weekend completing challenges that could be anything from hiking, to climbing, to exploring breweries – basically all the things you would probably normally do, but you get to throw a competition into the mix. Pack the car with your gear and your pals and drive off into an epic weekend.

Bastille Day

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When: Friday, July 14, 4:30 – 10 p.m.

Where: Alliance Française de Denver — 571 Galapago St., Denver

Cost: Free admission – $35. Get tickets here.

The Lowdown: Celebrate Bastille Day and the Alliance Française’s 120th Anniversary in Denver with French food, drinks and performances. Grab drinks and bites to eat from Trompeau Bakery,  La Cave Wine Bar & Boutique, La Patisserie Francaise, evian Badoit and others as you enjoy theatrical performances by Alliance & Co., dance performances from Kevin Gael Thomas, face painting and other France-related activities.

Slow Food Nations Festival

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When: July 14 – 16, 9 a.m. Friday – 9 p.m. Sunday. 

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

Cost: Priced by event. Get tickets here

The Lowdown: This weekend, celebrate the beauty of slow food with interactive workshops, tours, panels and of course, tastings. Hear from every aspect of the industry from farmers, to chefs and galavant with your friends at Friday’s block party, Saturday’s Taste Marketplace and Sunday’s Art of Day Drinking workshop.

Pink Hawks at B-Side Music Fridays

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When: July 14, 5 – 10 p.m.

Where: MCA Denver – 1485 Delgany St., Denver

Cost: $5 at the door.

The Lowdown: This week the Pink Hawks are playing at B-Side Friday, MCA Denver’s summer rooftop music series. Head up to the roof of the museum to grab drinks and dance to this local afrobeat and Chicano hip-hop orchestra as the sun goes down.

Sunset Paddle at Sloan’s Lake

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When: July 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Sloan Lake, Denver

Cost: Free for Denver Paddle Club members with own equipment, $15 for non-members wishing to rent. Call 303-472-3355 to make a reservation.

The Lowdown: Join Denver Paddle Club for a chill sunset paddle at Sloan Lake. Take in the beauty of the Rockies with the sunset in the backdrop as you paddle through this urban oasis.

Vanjak Vodka Launch

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When: Friday, July 14, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: Dorchester – 1448 Market St., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: Live the good life. Vanjak Vodka is throwing the official launch party of its vodka. There will be giveaways, free vodka, a live Vanjak bikini calendar shoot and music from DJ Collin McKenna. Grab some friends and celebrate the launch of your new favorite vodka.

Saturday, July 15

Wanderlust 108

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When: July 15, 7:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Where: Cheesman Park – 1599 E. 8th Ave., Denver

Cost: $20 – $55.08. Get tickets here.

The Lowdown: Let Saturday be your chance to recharge and go into the next week feeling your best. This “mindful triathlon” includes running, yoga and meditation. Start off the day with a 5k run, then downward dog your way into an hour and 15-minute session of DJ-powered yoga. Finish off the day by clearing your mind in guided, group meditation.

Drums Along the Rockies

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When: July 15, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High – 1701 Bryant St., Denver

Cost: $20 – $35. Get tickets here.

The Lowdown: This marching music event fills the stadium with a thundering drum performance. Tailgate at the Warm-Up Zone on the south side of the stadium beforehand and see a performance by the Broncos Stampede and Broncos Brass. Then, watch as top world drum groups compete for bragging rights with the Rockies as the backdrop.

Denver Design Week

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When: July 15 – 21, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: See 14 different locations here.

Cost: $10 – $25. Get tickets here.

The Lowdown: This weekend kicks off Denver Design Week, complete with a launch party on Saturday at 7 p.m. Check out tours and lectures that cover everything up and coming in the world of design, from urban development to public art. Get advice on trendy (but not fad) design topics like start-ups, organization, sustainability and the changing workplace from architects, artists, sustainability experts and more.

Sunday, July 16

BrüFrouFEST

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When: July 16, 12 – 5 p.m.

Where: Tivoli Station – 900 Auraria Pkwy. #105, Denver

Cost: $35 – $95. Get tickets here.

The Lowdown: Over 100 of Denver’s best chefs and brewers are coming together for the fourth year of BrüFrouFEST. With 80 culinary pairings by local eateries and breweries like Aspen Brewing Company, The Arvada Tavern and Fresh Thymes Eatery, your tastebuds are sure to be satisfied. Also, there will be live music from bands including The Mowgli’s, Zach Deputy and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.

Chain Reaction Ice Cream Chill Off

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When: Friday, July 16, 12:30 – 5 p.m.

Where: Chain Reaction Brewing Company — 902 S. Lipan St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: What says summer more than ice cream? For this ice cream potluck, test out your churning skills and make your own to share and get to sample other’s creations. The event is free to attend, but Chain Reaction is requesting a $5 donation to raise money to build a school and home in Las Trencheras, Ecuador.

Cherry Creek Trail Urban Arts Fund Bike Mural Tour

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Cherry Creek Bike Path. Photo by Roman Tafoya.

When: July 16, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Where: REI – 1416 Platte St., Denver

Cost: Free, RSVP here

The Lowdown: Take a ride along the Cherry Creek Trail with Mary Valdez, public art administrator, to see and learn about the amazing murals along the trail. You may have seen some of the many new murals that popped up last summer, so now is your chance to get the full story. Bring your own bike and be ready to ride with the Cherry Creek on one side and beautiful art on the other.

City Park Jazz: Judge Roughneck

City Park Jazz. Photo courtesy of City Park Jazz on Facebook.

When: July 16, 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: City Park – 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: Head to City Park this Sunday for a relaxed and jazz-y evening. Grab a bite from one of the food trucks and lay down a blanket in the grass to start off. This week’s concert is led by Judge Roughneck, a ska and reggae style band that’ll keep you groovin’ all night.

Blue Moon RiNo First Anniversary

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When: July 16, 10 a.m – 9 p.m.

Where: Blue Moon RiNo – 3750 Chestnut Pl., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Blue Moon RiNo is celebrating its anniversary with an all-day party. Starting off this event is a free workout and yoga from Core Progression Elite Personal Training. Then kick back and relax with live music and a menu that pairs with its anniversary beer created with Laws Whiskey House.


Mark Your Calendars

Rosé All Day Brunch

When: July 23, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Table 6 – 609 Corona St., Denver

Cost: $120 for a reservation of two

Reservations: Call 303-831-8800

Food Truck Safari

When: July 20, 6:30 – 10 p.m.

Where: Denver Zoo – 2300 Steele St., Denver

Cost: $17

Tickets: Available here.

Dita Von Teese’s “The Art of the Teese” Burlesque Revue

When: July 20, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Where: The Fillmore Auditorium – 1510 Clarkson St., Denver

Cost: $95 – $143

Tickets: Available here.