Last weekend was a blast, but there's plenty to do in Denver this weekend, too — from celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of a major festival to trying out a new market. Our ten favorite events follow; find more on the Westword calendar.
We're dancing to every genre of music at the Colorado Black Arts Festival.
Colorado Black Arts Festival
10 a.m. Friday through Sunday, free
The theme of this festival is "Origins," and this year is CBAF's thirtieth. That's more than enough reason to head to City Park to enjoy R&B, hip-hop, soul and much more on three music stages; there are also art displays by prominent African-American artists and food vendors.
Boulder Clips Beer and Film Tour
Valmont Disc Golf Park
7:30 p.m. Friday, free
New Belgium presents a night of beer and short films — outdoors, no less. Try up to eighteen variations of the brewery's concoctions while watching films specially crafted for this festival. Your beer purchases support a local organization, so you can have a good time with a clear conscience.
Law + Lar 3rd Annual Fashion Showcase
Garner Galleria Theatre
7:30 p.m. Friday, free
Local designers Lawrence and Larimer team up with Levi's and Goodwill’s Déjà Blue Boutique for a night of fashion specially crafted for our city. See how basics can create a laid-back style that keeps us looking good in the Mile High. The event kicks off with a Style Wars competition, followed by the fashion show and an after-party at Epernay.
Movie on the Green: The Martian
Founders' Green Park
8:30 p.m. Friday, free
There's a real sense of community in Stapleton, and one of the reasons is events like this. All you need to do is bring some chairs and sit under the stars in order to enjoy the epic film The Martian. There will be concessions available with traditional movie treats, as well as food trucks like the Real Deal, Natural Smoothies and Latin Food, Street Frites Mobile Eatery, Happy Cones CO and Lena B Bar-B-Que.
Athmar Park Farmers Market
Athmar Park Shopping Center
9 a.m. Saturday, free
Athmar Park has been throwing a lot of events lately, and this latest one will show you what makes the neighborhood unique. While there will be standard local fare, the market will also shine a special light on businesses in this southwestern part of town.
Let's party for the cat's sake today.
Denver Dumb Friends League
10 a.m. Saturday, free
Time to give some love to the felines. CatFest is a purrfect event, where you can adopt cats with waived adoption fees or simply shop vendors offering cat-related goods while enjoying live music, food and training demonstrations.
Mile High Summer Shindig
Denver Beer Co.
11 a.m. Saturday, free
Denver Beer Co. is hosting an entire day of live local music, games and gear demonstrations by local companies. The event is all-ages, and the beer sales support First Descents, a local organization. Find more info here.
TheBigWonderful Presents ArtBlast
16th Street Mall
2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $5
The BigWonderful takes the party from the dirt to the streets this weekend, with more live music and art than ever. It will join Meet in the Street for a Big Wonderful Soul Party on Saturday, with live painting alongside the artisan vendors. There's booze, too; get your tickets here for a free beer.
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Bringing Back The Brothel: Hostel Fish’s First Birthday Bash
7 p.m. Saturday, $5
Downtown is getting pretty slick this days, but Hostel Fish is bringing back some of its edge with a brothel-themed birthday bash today. See the hip hostel, meet some folks who are passing through, have an absinthe cocktail, join the flapper costume contest and see what other kinds of sinning you can do for your Saturday night.
The Final Church of Coen Presents: Hail, Caesar
Syntax Physic Opera
7 p.m. Sunday, free
The holy book of Coen closes today with the screening of Hail, Caesar. After seventeen sacred meetings, we've seen all the offerings that these masters of film have to offer. To celebrate the end of this series, dress up as your favorite Coen character and come early for trivia and special screenings from Davey B. Gravey's Tiny Cinema. Amen.