What to do in Denver this weekend, June 23-26, 2022

It’s a big weekend in Denver, with festivals focusing on everything from comedy to fringe performances to unicorns. And then there is Pride!

Check out our list of fourteen free events here, and a list of art exhibitions and events here. Keep reading for twelve events around town that are all worth the price of admission:

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Join the fun at Color Field.


color field
From Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26, doors at 2 p.m.
Levitt Pavilion, 1380 West Florida Avenue

Dance around the clock all weekend at Color Field, an all-weather music festival at the Levitt Pavilion on the grassy slopes of Ruby Hill Park. Each day features two stages, with Shpongle, Tycho and Opiuo headlining consecutive nights on the main stage, and over twenty acts performing over three days. And don’t forget to pay your attention to the festival’s living artists as they paint in tribute to the Color Field art movement. Tickets are $65 per day, $115 VIP (or $153 to $295 for a three-day pass) here.

Denver Fringe Festival
Until Sunday, June 26
Fringe Hub, Backyard on Blake, 3040 Blake St.
Ten other locations at RiNo and Five Points
The Denver Fringe Festival is growing as it returns for a third year with a slate of forty fringe-style live shows, each no longer than an hour. That’s double the number of shows offered by the festival in its inaugural year, with ten RiNo/Five Points venues handling the increase. Read our Denver Fringe Festival story here; then start playing by opening the website, reading the rules, choosing shows and buying tickets – $15 per performance or $75 for an all-access pass. And once the festival begins, plan to make the Fringe Hub your entertainment hub for the weekend; get details here.

Two Cent Lion Theater Company: Yesterday Today
Friday June 23 and Saturday June 24, 9:20 p.m.; Sunday, June 26, 2 p.m.
Savoy Denver, 2700 Arapahoe St.
This Denver Fringe Festival option from 2¢ Lion Theater Company is inspired by the sweet film by Danny Boyles/Richard Curtis Yesterday, which imagines a world where the Beatles never arrived. In Yesterday Today, the main character, a writer, ends up eating sour grapes when he realizes that his best idea – a familiar-sounding sci-fi comedy about a parallel universe where the Beatles don’t exist – has already been used. What comes next is a farce about the multiverse of lost dreams, changing relationships, and learning about real life. A little like Yesterday. Yesterday Today Thursday through Sunday at the Savoy Denver; find tickets, $15, here.

Boulder Comedy Festival
Until Sunday, June 26
Six Boulder County locations

Things will get funnier in Boulder County this weekend when the Boulder Comedy Festival takes place over four days at six locations: Front Range Brewing in Lafayette, the Dairy Arts Center, License No. 1 at the Boulderado, Finkel & Garf, Louisville Metro at Tilt and the Tiki Hut. A roster of thirty comedians will take part, with eight to ten funny people appearing each night, and tickets are just $20 per show. Visit the website for the full schedule and tickets.

Lost Walks Project, blood lantern
Friday, June 24, 9:45 p.m.
Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street
The Fringe offer blood lantern, a project of Lost Walks, a group that partners with wildlife organizations to raise awareness and support the protection of reintroduced wolves in Colorado, fits perfectly into RiNo’s collaboration with the Endangered Species Coalition to place new murals of wolves in the Arts District in June. Through music, film production and live dancers, the performance advocates for wolf conservation. See him at the Mercury Cafe; admission is $5 here.

unicorn party
Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Clement Park, 7306 West Bowles Ave, Littleton

The unicorns return to Parc Clément for two days of sublime and magical happenings that particularly appeal to young girls in tutus and fairy costumes, as well as their amazed mothers. Filled with characters, over twenty unicorns of all sizes to ride, mermaids, interactive fairy tales, a Shero Palace and selfie opportunities with sprites and princesses, the Unicorn Festival is a delightful fantasy for all ages which also features the inevitable bouncing houses, makeup and costume contests, the festival will be operational Saturday and Sunday, as will a free shuttle from the Southwest Plaza parking lot; tickets, $15 to $25 (kids two and under admitted free), will be available at the door. Learn more here.

Pride Pool Party with Made By Us
Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
X Denver, 3100 Inca St.
Cool off Saturday at the pool at the X Denver cohousing apartment complex before heading to the PrideFest festivities and enjoying a LGBTQ Made By Us themed pop-up market and 21+ party, featuring food, drinks and spins by DJ Erin Stereo. Parking will be available for $10 at 29th and Fox’s parking lot, and there’s a simple all-inclusive $5 advance admission fee at Eventbrite; proceeds benefit the non-profit organization Queer Asterisk, which provides counseling and other services to queer and trans communities.

Pride: pink party
Saturday June 25, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The trail yard, 3500 Walnut Street

Mix politics and pride at One Colorado’s Pink Party, a fundraiser for potential candidates who support pro-equality and LGBTQ issues. After talks with a slate of politicians, including Colorado Rep. Leslie Herod, U.S. Senators Michael Bennett and John Hickenlooper, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, and Governor Jared Polis, enjoy an open bar and performances from the Kiki House of Flora and Ximena Latinx. Admission starts at $80 and includes admission to the Tracks after-party. Get tickets and information here.

Hālau Kalama 14th Annual Lei Day
Saturday June 25, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock
As we say in Hawaii, Lei Day is May Day. But on Front Range, Polynesian cultural nonprofit Hālau Kalama’s Lei Day falls in June, when the weather is more predictable — and it’s well worth the wait. The fourteenth annual event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds is much like an armchair trip to Hawaii with all the trimmings, including a catered Hawaiian barbecue dinner, entertainment by Polynesian dancers Hālau Kalama and Kalama, the musician based in Hilo Kuana Torres Kahele, stalls of vendors and a breathtaking performance to close the night. Admission starts at $50; get tickets and learn more here.

Junk Drawer: Denver Pride After Hours
Saturday, June 25, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Location to be determined

Junk Drawer, Denver’s queer pop-up warehouse dance, takes it to the next level for its first Denver Pride After Hours party, where anything goes (faggotry, lewd joy and abundance are all promised by the hosts of Junk Drawer), and the atmosphere is safe and inclusive for people across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. DJs Bret Bowerman, wngdu and PIPS will handle the decks, and artist Justin DeCou has created special party decor for the event. The party is BYOB and there will be a clothing check at the door. Admission is $30 up front at Eventbrite; location will be sent to ticket holders after purchase. Warning: This event is currently sold out.

Pride Drag Brunch
Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ironton Distillery and Crafts, 3636 Chestnut Place

Start your Pride weekend decompression in the peaceful Ironton Gardens over a full buffet brunch (including Ironton Whiskey Bacon, House Malted Belgian Waffles and a special Over the Rainbow cocktail, among more general breakfast fare). lunch). And while you and your friends eat, enjoy a two-hour drag show with local queens Jackie Summers, Nicole Sommers, Lacey Fauxx Vanderpump, Mirage Delamor-Shearz and Brittany Michaels working their pumps. Admission, ranging from $80 for a table of two to $320 for a table of eight, includes food, a cocktail, entertainment and ambiance; find information and reserve a place here.

The family dog ​​experience
Until July 27
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village

The Museum of Outdoor Arts has moved away from its indoor space at the Civic Center in Englewood this year, returning to its roots as an outdoor collection, with a focus on Marjorie Park in Fiddler’s Green. A major overhaul of the park marked the new direction, but MOA’s biggest summer project is the immersive Family Dog Experience, an exploded world of psychedelic rock posters from the Family Dog’s short-lived era, a Denver rock palace. led by San Francisco promoter Chet Helms. Wear your puffy bell bottoms and flowers in your hair for the attraction, which runs through July 27 at the converted Fiddler’s Green locker rooms. Tickets are $10-$15 (free for kids 3 and under) here.

Know of a big event in Denver? We’ll be updating this list throughout the weekend; send information to [email protected]

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