Events

Everything You Have To Do in Denver This Weekend

Updated On 08/17/2017 at 04:36PM EST Updated On 08/17/2017 at 04:36PM EST
Colorado State Fair
Colorado State Fair
Colorado State Fair
Colorado State Fair
Friday - Monday
Aug 25-Sep 4
From a sea lion show to a rodeo, plus plenty of fried food and carnival rides, the state fair literally has something for everyone. Pig races? Duh. Marching bands? Totally. And did we mention the chance to see ZZ Top? Seriously, get there while it’s still here.
Cost: Many of the attractions are free, but if there’s a particular concert or event you want to attend, be sure to look up ticket prices in the lil’ link above.
Friday - Saturday
Aug 25-26
All the cider you can handle with a mountain vista backdrop and entertainment from jugglers, mimes, clowns, and acrobats equals a pretty great weekend adventure. Not sure you’re into cider? Then you haven’t been drinking the right stuff. And with over 75 cideries and breweries on hand, you’re sure to find a (or some) new favorites.
Cost: Tickets start at $30.
Friday
Aug 25
New Belgium’s doing things a little differently for this year’s edition of an annual favorite, but the party atmosphere and penchant for the weird and wacky remain the same. Capital Cities and Wilderado will headline a show that also includes circus performers, vaudeville acts, comedians, a dance contest, and plenty of unexpected surprises.
Cost: A mere $15.
Friday - Sunday
Aug 25-27
This small town is known for its quirky vibes, and this three-day music and arts festival is no different. Set up your site and enjoy tunes from a lineup that includes The Motet, the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Eufórquestra, and more. Plus you can browse the arts and crafts booths and sip some craft brews and mead in the cool mountain air.
Cost: Three-day passes are $140 and single day tickets start at $45. Camping fees are separate.
Saturday
Aug 26
Strip down to show your support for a respect for nudity no matter what sex you are during Denver’s annual GoTopless Day Parade. Show up early to get adorned with body-paint before heading out on a march that’s all about freedom, peaceful demonstration, and a bit of fun, too.
Cost: Nada
Saturday
Aug 26
Do you love this fizzy, probiotic-packed beverage? Then it’s time for you to go to Tea School. This monthly event has a rotating focus, and this month it’s all about kombucha. Learn more about what this trendy drink is and go home with your own kombucha starter and the knowledge to make your own at home.
Cost: $25
Saturday
Aug 26
In case you’re harboring dreams of reality TV stardom, here’s your fair warning that American Idol is holding auditions in the Mile High city this weekend. Get ready to belt it out as well (or as badly) as you can for a shot at your 15 minutes of fame on the show’s upcoming 15th season.
Cost: Your time (and perhaps your dignity)
Saturday
Aug 26
This event is a Denver tradition and this year’s no different, with a lineup that features Sublime With Rome, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Fishbone, and more. If you haven’t gotten in a Red Rocks show yet this summer, this is the ideal time to make the hike up to the area’s most loved venue for some good tunes and good times.
Cost: GA tix are $54.75 and go up to $60 the day of the show.
Sunday
Aug 27
This is a win-win situation for you and your four-legged friend. They get a nice bath from some of Denver’s best roller derby skaters, and you get to enjoy a cold one while helping to raise funds for Bruising Altitude and the Foothills Animal Shelter. Grab your best bud and get ready to take home a clean pup after you get a nice buzz.
Cost: Depends on how many beers you decide to down before you donate!
Sunday
Aug 27
It’s time for the first ever BrunchFest, Denver. If your body runs on Bloodys and mimosas all weekend long, then this is the fest for you. Of course the event features bottomless mimosas and plenty of other day-drinking cocktail favorites along with egg-topped eats from a slew of local restaurants... plus a dash of live music, too.
Cost: GA tickets are $35.