This weekend is going to get crazy; there's Pride coming up, Red Rocks Shows brewery events abound. This is a little guide to help you decide between the limitless things to do in Denver- some expected to have thousands plus in attendees, others a little more off the beaten path. Take a look at what our favorite city has to offer you this weekend; trust us, you'll regret nothing.
6/18-6/19 | Denver’s Pride Festival
Come out to Civic Center Park this Saturday and Sunday to show off your favorite short shorts and to celebrate all things LGBT; friendship, love, acceptance, individuality, and yes, there will be alcohol too. Denver’s PrideFest is recognized as one of the top 10 pride events in the country. It is a celebration of community and culture that is welcoming — and fun — to all attendees, regardless of sexual orientation. The free, two-day festival gets bigger every year. This year's theme is "Building Community Through Pride." Considering the recent events in Orlando, it’s important to show Denver’s support and love for the LGBT community. Come one, come all, rainbow flags blazing.
6/17-6/19 | Denver Comicon
The time has come to break out that cosplay outfit your Mom sewed up in 2006, re-fashion it, and take off to the Downtown Convention Center. Wether you travel by broom, evil energy, or the light rail, be sure to get there early. You don't want to miss out on this polyester pants party. Aside from the ability to dress up like your favorite movie characters, special guests such as Paul Wesley, Alex Kingston, and Garrett Wang will hold panels and talk about upcoming movies, shows, comics, and what have you.
Purchase tickets for Comicon here.
6/18 | Stay Up Saturdays @ Pearl's
806 E. 13th Ave
9. PM to 2 AM
We've teamed up with local Denver artist Carl Carrel, otherwise known as CRL CRRL, to keep you up every Saturday night and help you to dance your ass off. Come hangout with us at Pearl's this Saturday night, rainbow spandex, cosplays and all, and help us celebrate our founder, Robert Castro's birthday. The theme is Kanye vs. Jay Z, and we all know who's going to win... Right? You know. Or you don't know, so you've got to come dance it out.
6/ 18 | Cruiser Rocks
Where: Ogden Street South – 103 S. Ogden St., Denver, CO
Cost: $25-35 for a pass; Raffle tickets starting at $4; tickets available here.
The Low Down: This bike block party will feature a ride through Washington Park as well as pit-stops by various dive-bars across Denver. There’s a group costume contest and discounted tickets for teams so be sure to get your friends together for this one. Grab a raffle ticket because there will be Cruiser Rocks bike giveaways and proceeds go towards the Denver charity LOVE HOPE STRENGTH.
Note – this event is 21+.
6/19 | Prime Rib Derby
When: Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m.
Where: Station 26 Brewing Co. – 7045 E. 38th Ave., Denver
Cost: $20; RSVP (required) by emailing the address found here
The Low Down: Are you a fan of prime rib and pinewood derbys? If so you better clear your schedule for Sunday because the Station 26 Brewing Co is not to be missed. Pick up your kit in the taproom and then grab yourself a beer–both are included in the cost. Afterwards, there will be a prime rib dinner provided by Rolling Smoke BBQ with a build-your-own potato bar and all. You can glance at the pinewood derby race rules here, and be sure to RSVP before the event.
Esmé Patterson at Larimer Lounge, 6/18
Doors open at 8 PM.
A Colorado native, Patterson is playing a show in her hometown to celebrate her new album “We Were Wild”.Her decadal musical career sprang from Colorado’s mountains when she co-founded Denver’s beloved indie-folk ensemble Paper Bird. After four acclaimed albums and perpetual touring, Patterson set a new course. In 2012, she wove local talents, including Nathaniel Rateliff, into her first powerful, ethereal solo release All Princes, I. Her 2014 release, Woman to Woman, rounded out previously one-dimensional females from popular songs to the praise of The New York Times, The Guardian and others. “Dearly Departed,” her hit collaboration with Shakey Graves led to millions of streams, sold out shows nationwide, as well as performances on Conan and The Late Show With David Letterman. Inner Oceans and Littles Paia will be opening, and RiNo Grille will be open.
6/18: Volfram, Atari, Rumpilots, and R/A @BackSpace Denver
900 S. Jason St. Denver, CO
Show starts at 8 PM.
BackSpace, a non-profit, small operation venue and Shadow Trash Tape Group bring you a night of sonic delight! Featuring sound and experimental music artists:
Volfram- dancing heat blankets in the dead of a germanic black forest's winter night. Magnetized to create oozy-drippy beats and angry optimism.
Atari - analog beat-maker that utilizes different colored vinyl records to create mosaic images and monstrous beats https://atarimusic.bandcamp.com/releases
Rumpilots- quantum cherries, picked and collided to form a conflicted travel log, detailing saturn's rings.
R/A- primary source of interest lies in the format of the drum set through sonic research. The drum becomes a carrier of constructed and manipulated sounds that connect and dissect between the two artist's playing. Organized around performance, incorporating percussion, found sound, digital sampling, and constructed noise. http://rwruehlen.com/ra-new
$5 at the door (all sales goes to artists and space)
6/19: Father’s Day Comedy
Director Jay Chandresekhar and More Presented by SexPot Comedy
At The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo Street, Denver CO 80210
Show starts at 8PM.
Father's Day has never been more dope as Broken Lizard and Major Film Director Jay Chandresekhar head into Sexpot Comedy at The Bug territory to pump the laughs from us.
This show is fueled in part by Chocolate and Infused products!
Jay is a hilarious touring stand-up and it'll be his first foray into stand-up here in our fair city and we're not stopping there with a phenomenal support lineup:
and your host, Dave Rodriguez
Get tickets fast because this father's day event will sell out. Come on y'all! It's time to live again! Jay won't let ya down. See you there!
Director/writer/comedian/actor Jay Chandrasekhar has contributed and appeared in a wide variety of critically acclaimed television programs and films throughout his career.
In 2005, Chandrasekhar directed The Dukes of Hazzard, a silver screen adaptation of the hit 1980’s television show for Warner Bros. which grossed over $111 million worldwide. In 2012 he directed and starred in Millennium Entertainment’s The Babymakers, alongside Olivia Munn, Paul Schneider, Kevin Heffernan and Nat Faxon. He can also be seen in DreamWorks’ comedy hit, I Love You, Man opposite Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.
In addition to his feature film work, Chandrasekhar has directed various TV shows, including several episodes of the Emmy Award winning series Arrested Development, Up All Night, Happy Endings, Community, Royal Pains, Blue Mountain State, Psych, Chuck, Undeclared, The Human Giant and more.
6/19: Sister Grotto, Pythian Whispers, Bahnseye, and Apex Void
Where: Backspace Denver, 900 S. Jason Street, Denver CO
Show starts at 8 PM.
A sweet night of experimental Denver sounds! Sister Grotto will scramble our senses with her audio ether, Bahnseye will be playing his first show ever, along with Pythian Whispers and BackSpace's own Apex Void! $6, BYOB (but not unless you're of age please!)