The Thanksgiving feast is over, but there's still plenty of fun to be had this weekend, the real kickoff to the holiday season. Leave your relatives at home, or bring them along for laughs, films and other frivolity. Here are our ten favorite events around town; find more on the Westword calendar.
Opens 11 a.m. daily, free-$2
Head downtown for some good old-fashioned ice skating at the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park. Make videos of your loved ones taking spills on the ice that you can share on social media to prolong the fun. Bring your own skates and you skate for free; rent them for only $2.
5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, free
Downtown gets lit this weekend, so put on your layers and prepare to wander from Civic Center Park (which gets lit at 6 p.m.) along the 16th Street Mall to Union Station, for a special ceremony at 6:30 p.m. complete with an appearance by Santa and hot chocolate.
Black Sheep Friday: Thai One On
5 p.m. Friday, $5
Tie the knot at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver tonight. During Black Sheep Friday, you can explore the museum, then head upstairs to the cafe to join in a knot-tying workshop. Enjoy Thai curry and tie one on with a few brews while you're at it.
5 p.m. Friday, free
A Santa suit is mandatory if you want to join this bar crawl; if you don't have one, you can get creative by gluing some cotton balls on red long johns or.... The crawl starts at the Rio, but you can probably catch up with the jolly group somewhere along the Pearl Street Mall, singing carols and decking the halls. The crawl ends at Tribal Disco 2 at The Riverside for a dance party.
Small Business Saturday
10 a.m. Saturday, free
Make Small Business Saturday part of your holiday traditions. Mom-and-pop stores around the metro area are stocking their space with deals today, and many neighborhoods are hosting special celebrations. Check out Cherry Creek North, Tennyson Street, the Horseshoe Market and other cool areas around town, and remember to shop local.
HAHO Holiday Pop-Up
Denver Bicycle Cafe
3 p.m. Saturday, free
Grab a beer and browse through handmade goods from Breckenridge Candle Cabin, Flora's Mercantile & Hemp Emporium, the Navigator Handmade and many more. Come back every Saturday until Christmas to see a new set of vendors. Be one of the first ten folks through the door on the first shopping day for a stocking full of free goodies.
Produce for the People Film Fest
Crossroads Theater at Five Points
7 p.m. Saturday, free or donations
'Tis the season for eating junk, so come get refreshed at this nutritious and inspiring little film festival, which has the good taste to show such films as From Gangs to Gardens and The Kids Menu. There will be discussions and a cooking demo by yogi and raw vegan chef Arasia Alkemia Earth, too.
Sexpot Comedy Presents: Joke and Tell #5
Comedy Room Room at El Charrito
7 p.m. Saturday, free
One of the things missing from adult life is show and tell: It used to be a way to show your classmates your new football or stellar rock collection. Fortunately for us, the folks from Sexpot have decided to bring this tradition back. Local comics like Janae Burris, Miriam Moreno and many more will host an adult version at the Comedy Room Room attached to El Charrito.
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Farolito Lighting & Pine Cone Ceremony
The Fort Restaurant
4:30 p.m. Sunday, free
Switch up your holiday traditions by heading to the Fort for the farolito lighting ceremony. Write a message to a loved one who may be far away or who has passed on, then wrap it in a pine cone, throw it in the fire, and send it into the cosmos.
Super 8 Turns 51
Pon Pon Bar
8 p.m. Sunday, donations
Super 8 film celebrates its 51st birthday this weekend — which is not only a fun fact, but a good excuse to party. Join Cinema Contra founder Anthony Buchanan on a journey of found films, movies that are rarely seen and whose origins may be lost in time. The screenings include live musical accompaniment. And since this event is in a bar, refreshments will be on hand.