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Ten More Things to Do in Denver This Weekend

Poet Nikki Giovanni is in Denver for Juneteenth.
Poet Nikki Giovanni is in Denver for Juneteenth.
This weekend is looking hot! There's plenty to do all over the city, with Juneteenth and Avs parties, as well as the start of Pride. And, as always, the beer will be flowing at a variety of fests.

We've already rounded up ten free things to do here, as well as a list of art openings and events. Now keep reading for ten of the best ticketed events around town, all worth the price of admission:
click to enlarge Neptune Frost  is a cool reason to stay inside. - POLYGON
Neptune Frost is a cool reason to stay inside.
Neptune Frost
Through Thursday, June 23
Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue

The Sie snagged the out-of-this-world film project Neptune Frost from Saul Williams and Rwandan cinematographer Anisia Uzeyman for at least a week’s run. The Afrofuturistic musical, about miners in Burundi who live in a dump, form an anti-colonialist computer hacker collective and eventually unlock the divine circuitry that leads to the next level of a people’s revolution, might just be the inspiration you’ve been looking for. We could all use a little forward-thinking in our lives. Buy tickets, $14.95, in advance here.

The Phantom Circus: A Midsummer Night's Drag

Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Ellson Farms, 10450 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton

Pride is for everyone, and for LGBTQ+ families, that means the kids, too. Ellson Farms, a proudly queer-owned working farm and event center, is hosting a two-day, all-ages Pride kickoff. Today there's a family show with Dixie Krystals and friends. The littles will enjoy the petting zoo and Drag Queen Storytime; the grownups can continue partying into the late afternoon and night with nonstop entertainment by the Sloppy Bottom Bois, MANifest Drag Troupe, Mo. B Dick and, closing the evening, Queerdo and IzzyDead MotherEffer. Admission runs from free to $60 at Eventbrite.

Juneteenth Celebration: The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni with the Javon Jackson Quartet Saturday, June 18, 1 p.m. through 5 p.m.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Avenue West

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance and the Colorado Black Caucus have collaborated on a series of Juneteenth events with poet laureate Nikki Giovanni and Denver jazz icon Javon Jackson. Today at 1 p.m., there's a 1 p.m. panel on the Impact of Black Communications and Journalism, followed by a keynote at 3:30 p.m. with poetry by Giovanni and a performance by the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble; tickets for the afternoon are $30. Find out more here.

Green Box Arts Festival
Saturday, June 18, through July 4
Green Mountain Falls, U.S. Route 24 at Green Mountain Falls Road

One of Colorado’s best-kept secrets takes off this weekend in Green Mountain Falls, a small town in a wooded valley on U.S. 24 between Manitou Springs and Woodland Park. It’s a community for summer residents with cabins in the area, but it’s also the home of the Green Box Arts Festival, an annual cultural community event mixing art installations, music, dance, comedy, theater, artist residencies and workshops. The latest addition, light-and-space artist James Turrell’s Green Mountain Falls Skyspace, might be the biggest draw yet when it opens to the public on Saturday. Many events are free or inexpensive ($5 to $10), including the Skyspace; register and/or pay fees here.

Big Queer Beerfest
Saturday, June 18, noon to 5 p.m.
Town Hall Collaborative, 525 Santa Fe Drive

Beer here: Another test run to acclimate for next weekend’s PrideFest, the second annual Big Queer Beerfest is also a great introduction to Town Hall Collaborative, the new woman-run event venue, bar and maker space in the Art District on Santa Fe. Of course, the point of the event is to quaff as many 4-ounce tasters as you can afford, but you’ll also be doing good, since 20 percent of token sales will benefit LGBTQIA+ community nonprofits. Admission is free, but it’ll cost you $25 for ten drink tokens or $80 for a VIP package offering unlimited tastes and a T-shirt. Find details and tokens at Eventbrite.

Arvada on Tap
Saturday, June 18, noon to 4 p.m.
Ralston Park Addition, 64th Avenue and Quail Street

It’s hot out there: How about a tall cool one to counter the searing heat? Head to Arvada on Tap, an outdoor brew-tasting afternoon that adds barbecue sampling to the menu of craft beers aplenty. Online $40 presale tickets end June 17 at 5 p.m. here; admission goes up to $50 at the gate.

DMC Fest!
Saturday, June 18, noon to 10 p.m.
Confluence Garage, 75 Waneka Parkway, Lafayette

Denver Music Community in collaboration with Tier Two Live I is hosting the first annual DMC Fest! The lineup of local bands captures the core values of the community.  That lineup (subject to change): Addie Tonic, Black Market Translation, Blameshells, Burning Sister, Death Rali, Ice Trolls, Never Kenezzard, Redwing Blackbird and Rowboat. The show is all ages, and admission is a $10 suggested donation; find out more here.

Denver Brewsology
Saturday, June 18, 7 to 11 p.m.
History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway

Beer is also king this weekend at Denver Brewsology, a beer-tasting party in the grand halls of the History Colorado Center. The event will make some adjustments to the experience, sharing some historic stories of its own by letting breweries re-create ancient and retired beers with tall tales to go with those retro brews, which you’ll never get to taste again. Tickets are $50, or $65 for an upgraded version that allows an extra hour with special suds to taste; get them here.

Sunday, June 19, 9 a.m. 8 p.m.
Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax

Cleo Parker Dance and the Colorado Black Caucus are celebrating Juneteenth with Black cinema and children and family experiences; get the details at

Immersive Denver Plays Puzzah!
Sunday, June 19, 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Puzzah!, Flatiron Crossing, 1 West Flatiron Crossing Drive, Suite 2153, Broomfield
Escape rooms fall under the immersive umbrella; they're one of the most empiric, hands-on methods around for a DIY experience. That makes Puzzah!, one of Denver’s leading puzzle palaces, the perfect spot for an Immersive Denver fundraiser. Puzzah! has lent the place to the group for a night of connecting the dots, open to members and anyone else willing to add a $25 donation to Immersive Denver’s emergency stash, which helps fund the website and member events. Learn more and get your tickets here.

Plan ahead:

Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull (and 16 Other Things I learned While I Was Drinking Last Thursday)
Wednesday, June 22, through July 17; Wednesdays through Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m.
Garner Galleria Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Gum-chewing, belly-laugh-inducing Southern gal Dixie Longate, the star of the original one-woman show Dixie’s Tupperware Party, has the kind of staying power that keeps audiences in tears over years of touring shows across the country. Tickets are now going fast for the long-winded sequel, Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull (and 16 Other Things I learned while I Was Drinking Last Thursday), coming to the Garner Galleria cabaret for a summer run. Don’t miss out: Get details and tickets, $46 to $80, at the DCPA online box office.

Do you know of a great event in Denver? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]
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