The 21 Best Events in Denver, July 17 Through July 23

Get to know Denver's dance scene at the Mile High Dance Festival.
Get to know Denver's dance scene at the Mile High Dance Festival. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
There are plenty of opportunities to get to know Denver just a little bit more this week. The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance studio is hosting the Mile High Dance Festival, a glimpse into the scene that will include movers and shakers from across the city. You can also pay homage to Buntport Theater at a fundraiser, help send the Slam Nuba slam-poetry group to the National Poetry Slam in Chicago, and dine outside at Larimer Square. All that and more is in this week's calendar of the 21 best events in Denver!

Tuesday, July 17

Suicide isn't something that's generally talked about unless a celebrity or high-profile dignitary takes his or her own life. But in 2017, Foothills Art Center in Golden was awarded a grant to create and bolster projects that highlight the stigma of mental health issues and how they affect young adults in particular; the center funded five initiatives, including an art-therapy workshop, an improvised theater production at Golden High School, a mental health fair at the school, a 600-foot mural on Washington Avenue painted by Denver artist Jolt, and a documentary showing how leaders and students alike in Golden are tackling suicide. Created by local film producer extraordinaire Britt Chester and F4D Studios, Wall of Hope: A Source of Strength will premiere Tuesday, July 17, at 6 p.m. at Foothills, 809 15th Street in Golden. Find more information on the event's Facebook page or at

When it’s too hot to write more than a page a day, what do savvy authors do? They write flash fiction — short-short stories that come to a punchline in as little space as a single paragraph. Denver’s FBomb flash-fiction reading series plays along with that conceit for its Bad Dog Days FBomb #4, a summer-themed session suitable for listeners with sweat on their brows. Led by hottie host Roseanna Frechette and including authors Carolyn Reed and Jamey Trotter on Tuesday, July 17, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, Bad Dog Days will host an open mic where you can deliver your own scorching words. Admission is free; learn more on the event's Facebook page.

Wednesday, July 18

Federal prohibition aside, the pot industry is booming, with one recent market report forecasting that it will reach $23.4 billion in earnings by 2022. Take your chance to get in before it's completely flooded at the Vangst Cannabis Career Fair, taking place Wednesday, July 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th Street. Over fifty licensed cannabis businesses and ancillary pot companies will be at the conference to recruit and network with pot-industry professionals. Areas for hire include cultivation, extraction, lab staff, retail, management, finance, sales, customer outreach, IT, human resources, marketing and more. Tickets are $10; learn more at 303-468-5443 or

Thursday, July 19

In the art and music scenes, stripes tend to stick with stripes, right? Not necessarily, says defiantly lowbrow Lakewood art gallery Sally Centigrade, which is hosting Mile High Mixtape Vol. 1, described as "a group show of Denver artists inspired by Denver bands." Organized by curator Alicia “Bruce” Trujillo, who based the pairings on visual aesthetics and sound, the exhibit will showcase the wide variety of music and artistic styles represented in Colorado. Among the musicians are Wheelchair Sports Camp, Colfax Speed Queen and the Velveteers; the artists include Kaitlin Ziesmer, Elena Thunderson and Kristen Easthope, for starters. The exhibit opens with a party on Thursday, July 19, from 5 to 10 p.m. and runs through August 18 at Sally Centigrade, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Unit E, in Lakewood. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

When Doors Open Denver started in 2005, the free two-day architectural extravaganza was hosted by the City of Denver every April. Thirteen years later, it's still free, still two days long, but now those two days are in September and the event is organized by the Denver Architecture Foundation...which is depending on volunteers to help with this year's edition. So on Thursday, July 19, the DAF will host the Doors Open Denver 2018 Volunteer Social from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at OZ Architecture, 3003 Larimer Street. Come for pizza and beer as well as all the details about how to help out at this annual celebration of Denver's built environment, this year set for September 22 and 23. Like Doors Open Denver, the social is free, but registration is encouraged on; find out more about the event as well as special tours on the Denver Architecture Foundation Facebook page.

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