Things to Do

The 21 Best Events in Denver, August 26-September 1

Cheers to Chef & Brew!
Cheers to Chef & Brew! Danielle Lirette
The end of summer is near, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy every last bit of the season this week. Pair the best in local beer and food at the Chef & Brew competition, rock out to Weezer, or eat, drink and dance your way through A Taste of Colorado. Find all that and more on this week's list of the best things to do in and around Denver.

Monday, August 26

Elizabeth McCourt came west to Central City in 1878, so that she and her new husband could work their gold mine. A year later, she was abandoned, pregnant and left to work the mine alone. But her luck changed, reports author Rebecca Rosenberg, when she met Horace Tabor, the married miner who’d struck it rich at a silver mine in Leadville. What happened next is the subject of Rosenberg’s novel Gold Digger, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor, which she’ll discuss at 1 p.m. Monday, August 26, at History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway. Tickets are $4 members, $5 non-members at 303-447-8679 or

Tuesday, August 27

Whether you’re a seasoned scribe or a dilettante diarist, if you aim to put words on a page, you can always use some inspiration. That’s what you can expect when Lighthouse Writers Workshop executive director Michael Henry leads an informal writing session at the Denver Art Museum on Tuesday, August 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. This month's edition of the drop-in workshop will focus on local artist Jonathan Saiz’s #WhatIsUtopia installation, which comprises 10,000 tiny paintings that focus on social justice and environmental issues. Meet on the first level of the DAM’s Hamilton Building for the writing session, which is included with admission to the museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway; learn more at

Wednesday, August 28

Nothing brings out the best in chefs like a good competition, which is how Chef & Brew sets itself apart from other beer and food festivals. On Wednesday, August 28, at Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th Street, twenty pairs of Colorado cooks and beer makers will throw down their best efforts for a panel of judges and ticket holders, who get to vote on their favorites. Dishes are prepared to match perfectly with each beer, and food trucks go head-to-head with fine-dining establishments, so guests can sample the entire spectrum of Denver's food scene. Will the winner be a street taco or foie gras, dumplings or dessert? You get to decide — so wear your judging pants (the ones with the elastic waistband). Choose general admission tickets for $49 and show up at 7 p.m., or go VIP for $69 and get a souvenir beer glass and admission an hour early; find both options, plus more information, at

Released just weeks before author Toni Morrison passed away on August 5 at the age of 88, the documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is the definitive telling of her life story and development as an icon of American literature, viewed through the lens of her work. If you missed it in theaters in July but want to catch up with the nuts and bolts of Morrison’s legacy, the University of Colorado Boulder’s International Film Series snagged a copy for a one-night pre-season screening, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, in Muenzinger Auditorium on the CU Boulder campus. Admission is $7 to $9 (free for CU students with ID); learn more at

Thursday, August 29

Fan of the vinyl? Drop your needle at the 10,000 Vinyl Records Sale starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 29, at the Black Box, 314 East 13th Avenue. One section of the sale will be dedicated to 99-cent records, while another will offer premium, individually priced, buy-one-get-one albums. Vinyl maven Ryan Dykstra promises every sort of genre under the sun, from classic rock and hip-hop to jazz, new wave, comedy, classical, holiday, novelty and more. Admission is free, but bring your wallet; learn more at

Load up your "Hash Pipe" with a hit of ’90s nostalgia when Weezer rocks the Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop Street, at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 29. Three decades into a career characterized by catchy power-chord progressions and earnest harmonizing, the Rivers Cuomo-fronted quartet continues to surprise and captivate fans. Fresh off the unexpected release of the Teal Album — a collection of covers including Toto's "Africa" — early this year, Weezer embarked on an international tour; this Denver date precedes a gig at Aspen Jazz Snowmass that has already sold out, so hurry over to to buy tickets, $49.95 to $99.50.

Friday, August 30

The Yiddish literary figure Sholem Asch didn’t mean to be a rabble-rouser when he wrote The God of Vengeance around the turn of the twentieth century. But the play, about a taboo lesbian love affair between a young girl and a prostitute, eventually led to the arrest of the cast of a Broadway run in 1923. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company digs up the commotion around Asch’s story by opening its season on Friday, August 30, with Paula Vogel’s Indecent, which chronicles the fallout from the play. Indecent runs through October 6 at the Space Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, offering a fitting segue into a more inclusive High Holiday season. Find showtimes and tickets, starting at $30, at

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