With only a few more weeks to make memories in the year 2015, managing your time could be difficult, especially with the holidays. So, make this weekend memorable by sipping pints for a purpose, bathing in chocolate and jumping off the top ropes. Drop us a comment if you know of any bargains we missed for this list and check out the Westword calendar for a complete lineup of events.
Second Birthday Bash at Station 26 Brewing (1 p.m. Friday-Sunday, free)
You're going to need a beer at some point this weekend, so swing by Station 26 and wish them a happy birthday, catch a concert and taste a new brew. They're releasing a doppelbock for the occasion to pair with the live honkytonk, bluegrass, funk tunes and food trucks. Please note that the kiddos are only allowed on Sunday.
ManCraft Market at Forney Museum of Transportation (4 p.m. Friday, free)
Add a masculine tone to the holiday cheer at this market for dudes, by dudes. In addition to getting your holiday shopping in, there will be so much more. Need a haircut? They have a barbershop. Hungry? Churn and Burn will feed you. And if you need a holiday picture to send to mom, they have a porch-drinking Santa who will pose with you. The festival also has beer, and you can check out the Forney Museum while you are there.
Santa Paws: Pictures & Pints at Copper Kettle Brewing (6 p.m. Friday, free)
The greatest gift of them all is a family. Which is why we need great organizations like PawsCo, which finds homes for our four-legged friends. Come down to Copper Kettle with your furry friend to get your picture taken with the guy in the jolly red suit. Smart Cookie Dog Treats will be there to to add to the spirit. Some money from beer, photo and treat purchases will support PawsCo.
Revisiting our Roots: The Denver Zine Library Turns 12 at Share/Denver (7 p.m. Saturday, donations)
It's really cool that we live in a city where places like the Zine Library have been able to thrive. Turning twelve is a mighty accomplishment, and you can join in the celebration. The party will be all about reading the journals and diaries of your youth, a la Mortified Nation. Email here to read, or just come down and watch the embarrassment of others. Congrats, Denver Zine Library.
Mile High Soul Club w/ The Orangu-Tones Live at Syntax Physic Opera (9 p.m. Saturday, $5)
There's a special treat for the Soul Club this month, because you get to swing to the live sounds of the Orang-Tones. These rockers transport the night back to 1962 when the sound of rhythm and blues, rock n' roll, and soul were king. Twist and mash potato the night away to the needle and live act.
Holiday Chocolate Festival at The Broadmoor (11 a.m. Sunday, $5)
Of all the vices in this world, chocolate has to be the tastiest. This holiday festival has thousands of treats to try (they require extra tickets). There will be plenty of live entertainment and Santa pictures to go around. Don't miss Food Network star Charles Phoenix and his Chocolate Matterhorn. Oh, and don't leave without trying a chocolate martini.
Star Wars Episode Fun at Boulder Public Library (2 p.m. Sunday, free)
As we near the dawn of a new Star Wars era, it's time to start stirring the rumor mill and geek out with our intergalactic buddies. Stop by the BPL to play trivia, games and discuss with fans of all levels. Don't forget to wear a costume to harness the force and have the most fun.
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Shakesbeer's Twelfth Flight at Ratio Beerworks (6:30 p.m. Sunday, free)
Beer is beautiful because of the way it can bring people together. You may not think you're a Shakespeare fan, but wait until you get a couple brews in you, along with the performers. The adapters and actors of this Shakespearean comedy, Twelfth Night, will imbibe before, during and after the show.
Xtreme Xmas Wrestling at The Watering Bowl (7 p.m. Sunday, $10)
Usually when we talk about wrestling around here it involves comedy as well, but these lucha libre's can hold the stage all on their own. The champ Trajen Ender will put the smack down in the name of the holiday spirit. Experience these feats of strength live in person and maybe learn some new move to impress your little nephews when he comes over for Christmas.
Space Dis-Placed at Glob (8 p.m. Sunday, free)
Whether you call it urbanization or gentrification, it's clear that many Denver neighborhoods are changing. See how experimental artists of the past and present confront the situation. Be it satire or grief, check out these short experimental films like The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal, Walt Disney's Taxi Driver and a piece by Glob artists targeting the gentrification of Brighton Boulevard. Return to the work week with a new perspective.