Taylor Swift Karaoke, a Wine Walk, and More Fun Things to Do in Denver This Weekend

These are the must-hit festivals, food and drink events, cultural events, and outdoor events in and near Denver this weekend.

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Denver may be known best for its outdoorsiness, but the Mile High City is so much more than just a gateway to the Rockies. Beyond our stunning hikes, bike trails, and lakes, there are loads of cool restaurants, bars, and breweries, not to mention museums, thrift stores, and farmers markets. Here are the best ways to spend your hard-earned weekend days in and around Denver.

Festivals in and near Denver

April 12–13
Oriental Theater & HQ, $25 and up
They’ll be putting the “high” in the Mile High Burlesque Fest this year, along with, of course, the sultry. Two venues will host the marijuana-meets-burlesque festival, which will feature performances by Raquel Reed and Viva La Fever, along with the chance to be crowned “Master of the Munchies.”

April 14, 10 am–3 pm
Stenger Sports Complex, Free
When was the last time you flew a kite? If it was yesterday, well, then you probably already know that the Arvada Kite Festival is going down this weekend, but for everyone else, check out the colorful flying wonders on Sunday, along with food trucks, arts vendors, and face painting.

Food & Drink Events in Denver

April 12–14, 5–10 pm
Death & Co. at The Ramble Hotel, Free
The magic of Japan’s Sakura Festival is coming to The Ramble Hotel’s Suite 6A, where more than 400 cherry blossoms will fill the space. The Death & Co. cocktail wizards will be mixing up Highballs with House of Suntory whisky in the pop-up bar through April 28.

April 14, 10 am–12 pm
Infinite Monkey Theorem, $5
Want baked goods and to tell the Supreme Court to shove it? Infinite Monkey Theorem hosts the Pro Roe Bake Sale for Planned Parenthood Saturday, featuring incredible treats from top bakers, like goodies from Annette, Black Box Bakery, Tavernetta, and Good Bread. Stock up.

April 14, 11 am–6 pm
Dairy Block, $15 and up
Denver is full of beer fests, so it’s about time wine got its day. Blanchard Family Wines will host the Colorado Wine Walk, a full day of tastings and seminars devoted to our state’s increasingly awesome vino scene. Sip responsibly.

Cultural Events in Denver

April 12–14
The Buell Theater, $49 and up
The baddest musical has arrived in Denver. MJ brings the incredible music and dancing (and, of course, the glove) of Michael Jackson to the Buell Theater through April 28. You’ll definitely wanna be starting something.

April 12 & 13, 7:30 & 10 pm
Capitol Hill, $20
If you a) like to laugh b) like free pizza and c) like free drinks, then you’re going to love Denver Comedy Underground. Shows are super cheap, feature hilarious performers, and all provide a free drink and pizza. It doesn’t get much better than that.

April 14, 4 pm
Boulder Theater, $25 and up
Swifties can shake it off Sunday at the Boulder Theater’s Let’s Sing Taylor: A Live Band Experience Celebrating Taylor Swift. Yes, it’s a sing and dance party devoted to everything Taylor, which means you can curse your (and her!) exes while rocking out all too well in style.

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Allyson Reedy is a Thrillist contributor.