Peyton Manning's taking a sick day this Sunday, so maybe he'll come out and have a good time at one of these events with us. This weekend, there's lots of places to practice your rhythm and kick off the holiday cheer — plus there's chili to eat. See what else is happening on the Westword calendar and drop us a comment if you know of anything else we missed.
Mercado de Navidad at Museo De Las Americas (5 p.m. Friday, free)
Let's get into the swing of holiday pop-up markets, mercado style. The Hispanic cultural museum hosts its annual Navidad market featuring all kinds of local designers and artisans. Stand out of the pack by getting a special someone something totally unique this year.
Grand Opening at Rab (6 p.m. Friday, free)
Rab is an exclusive outdoor equipment company out of Sheffield, England. It's kind of a big deal that Denver gets to be the site of its first retail store. To welcome themselves to the neighborhood, they're bringing some of their athletes to share tales of their outdoor accolades. Hear what it was like to climb K6, be the first woman to reach the summit of China Doll, and what it's like to crawl up walls. Oh, Upslope Brewing will be there with beer as well.
Winter Welcome at Stapleton's East 29th Avenue Town Center (6 p.m. Friday, free)
It sure is nice getting together with community, and even better when everyone is bundled up drinking hot cocoa. See how the folks out in Stapleton are living while checking out their holiday kick-off party. They'll be shutting down a block for the night so we can all enjoy roasted almonds, fire pits, s'mores and so much more.'Tis the season.
Meet Here: An Evening of Idea Brewing and Creative Criss-Cross at Denver Art Museum (6 p.m. Friday, free)
Be a part of the city's cultural scene and put your two cents in at Meet Here. Find out what programs are coming up at the museum and help them brainstorm ways to get the community involved. Before a night of partying, help make a difference in our town.
Soulfax on Broadway at hi-dive (8 p.m. Friday, free)
The sound a needle produces from vinyl is unlike any other. Dance the night away at hi-dive to the sweet sounds of soul, funk, psych and much more all night long. Shake that rump to burn some extra calories and make extra room before Thanksgiving.
Fool me once you can’t get fooled again at Dikeou Collection Pop Up: Colfax (8 p.m. Friday, free/donations)
Inspired by one of the most famous George W. Bushisms, Nothing To See Here presents a string of short films that ride the line between the absurd and the serious — kind of like Bush's presidency. From social issues, questions of privacy and goth culture, tonight's films will make you think more about the world around you. More info here.
Our Mutual Friend Brewing 3rd Anniversary Party at Summit Music Hall (6 p.m. Saturday, free)
If someone is making you beer, you should always swing by and say thank you when you have the chance. Do that tonight for Our Mutual Friend and listen to the Gin Doctors, who will be there to get you nostalgic. There will also be special tappings from OMF and other local breweries. It's a beer party, so you know it's going to be a good time.
So What! at Pearl's (9 p.m. Saturday, free-$5)
The So What! party has been around since 1993. After a short disco nap, they're returning the funky and soulful vinyl dance-off to Capitol Hill tonight. From '93 to infinity, let's party.
Chili Cook Off at Beryl's Beer Co. (11 a.m. Sunday, a box of unopened healthy cereal)
When the temps drop, there's no better way to warm up than with a big bowl of chili — especially on a Sunday. From green to red, from meaty to vegetarian, there a delicious treat for everyone. Bring a box of unopened cereal to be donated to Project Angel Heart to get your hands on a bowl while cheering on our Broncos. There is a higher fee to enter your chili, but you will get a free drink out of it.
Denver Mercury Slam featuring hometown hero Toluwanimi Obiwole at Mercury Cafe (7:30 p.m. Sunday, free)
Poetry performances deserve our attention. It's an amazing art and an inspiring way to wrap up the weekend. CU Boulder Architectural Engineering undergrad Toluwanimi Obiwole is also one of the greatest young poets in the nation. Born in Nigeria and raised in Colorado, She's going to give us an opportunity to hear her flow tonight. Go back to work and tell everyone how cultured you got this weekend.
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