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Ten More Things to Do in Denver This Weekend

Kiss a unicorn at the Unicorn Festival in Clement Park.
Kiss a unicorn at the Unicorn Festival in Clement Park. Courtesy of the Unicorn Festival
It's a big weekend in Denver, with festivals focusing on everything from comedy to fringe performances to unicorns. And then there's Pride!

See our list of free events here, and a lineup of art shows and happenings here. Now keep reading for ten events around town all worth the price of admission:

Unicorn Festival
Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Clement Park, 7306 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton

The unicorns are coming back to Clement Park for two days of sublime and magical happenings that especially appeal to young girls in tutus and fairy costumes, as well as their starstruck moms. Packed with characters, more than twenty unicorns of all sizes to ride, mermaids, interactive fairy tales, a Shero Palace, and selfie opportunities with sprites and princesses, the Unicorn Festival is a delightful fantasy for all ages that also provides the inevitable bounce houses, face painting and costume contests, The fest will be up and running Saturday and Sunday, as will a free shuttle from Southwest Plaza's parking lot; tickets, $15 to $25 (kids two and under admitted free), will be available at the gate. Learn more here.

Pride Pool Party With Made By Us
Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
X Denver, 3100 Inca Street
Cool off at the X Denver co-housing, co-working apartment complex’s pool on Saturday before heading to PrideFest festivities, and take advantage of a Made By Us LGBTQ-themed pop-up market and 21+ party, with food, drink, and spins by DJ Erin Stereo. Parking will be available for $10 in the lot off of 29th and Fox, and there’s a mere, all-inclusive $5 entry fee in advance at Eventbrite; proceeds benefit the nonprofit Queer Asterisk, which provides counseling and other services for the queer and trans communities.
click to enlarge Join the party at Color Field. - LEVITTDENVER.ORG
Join the party at Color Field.
Color Field
Through Sunday, June 26, doors at 2 p.m.
Levitt Pavilion, 1380 West Florida Avenue

Dance around the clock all weekend long at Color Field, an all-music, all-the-time festival at Levitt Pavilion, on the grassy slopes of Ruby Hill Park. Each day features two stages, with Shpongle, Tycho and Opiuo headlining on consecutive nights on the main stage, and more than twenty acts performing over three days. And don’t forget to give the fest’s live artists your attention as they paint in homage to the Color Field art movement. Tickets are $65 daily, $115 VIP (or $153 to $295 for a three-day pass) here.

Denver Fringe Festival
Through Sunday, June 26
Fringe Hub, Backyard on Blake, 3040 Blake Street
Ten more venues in RiNo and Five Points
The Denver Fringe Festival is expanding as it returns for a third year with an all-live slate of forty fringe-style anything-goes shows, each no more than an hour long. That’s double the number of shows offered by the fest in its inaugural year, with ten RiNo/Five Points venues handling the surge. Read our story on the Denver Fringe Festival here; then start fringing by opening the website, reading the rules, choosing shows and buying tickets — $15 per performance or $75 for an all-access pass. And once the fest is underway, plan on making the Fringe Hub your entertainment center for the weekend; get details here.

Boulder Comedy Festival
Through Sunday, June 26
Six Boulder County locations

Things will be getting funny and funnier in Boulder County this weekend when the Boulder Comedy Festival lets loose over four days at six locations: Front Range Brewing in Lafayette, the Dairy Arts Center, License No. 1 in the Hotel Boulderado, Finkel & Garf, the Louisville Underground at Tilt and the Tiki Hut. A slate of thirty comedians will participate, with eight to ten funny folks appearing each night, and tickets are only $20 per show. Head to the website for a full schedule and tickets.

Pride: Pink Party
Saturday, June 25, 6 to 10 p.m.
The Tracks Yard, 3500 Walnut Street

Mix politics and Pride at One Colorado’s Pink Party, a benefit raising funds for potential candidates who support pro-equality and LGBTQ issues. After talks by a slate of politicos, including Colorado Representative Leslie Herod, U.S. senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and Governor Jared Polis, enjoy an open bar and performances by the Kiki House of Flora and Ximena Latinx. Admission starts at $80, and includes admission to the Tracks after-party. Get tickets and information here.

Hālau Kalama 14th Annual Lei Day
Saturday, June 25, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Road, Castle Rock
As they say in Hawaii, Lei Day is May Day. But on the Front Range, the Polynesian cultural nonprofit Hālau Kalama’s Lei Day falls in June, when the weather is more predictable — and it’s worth the wait. The fourteenth annual event at the Douglas County Fairgrounds is a little like an armchair trip to Hawaii with all the trimmings, including a catered Hawaiian barbecue dinner, entertainment by the Hālau Kalama and Kalama Polynesian Dancers, Hilo-based musician Kuana Torres Kahele, vendor booths and a breathtaking fire-spinning performance to close out the night. Admission starts at $50; get tickets and learn more here.
Two Cent Lion Theatre Company: Yesterday/Today

Saturday, June 24, 9:20 p.m.; Sunday, June 26, 2 p.m.
Savoy Denver, 2700 Arapahoe Street
This Denver Fringe Festival option by the 2¢ Lion Theatre Company takes inspiration from the sweet Danny Boyles/Richard Curtis film Yesterday, which imagines a world where the Beatles never happened. In Yesterday/Today, the main character, a writer, ends up eating sour grapes when he realizes that his best idea — a familiar-sounding sci-fi comedy about a parallel universe where the Beatles don't exist — has already been used. What comes next is a farce about the multiverse of lost dreams, changing relationships and learning to live your real life. Kinda like Yesterday. Yesterday/Today runs Thursday through Sunday at the Savoy Denver; find tickets, $15, here.

Junk Drawer: Denver Pride After Hours
Saturday, June 25, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Location TBA

Junk Drawer, a pop-up queer Denver warehouse dance, is leveling up for its first Denver Pride After Hours Party, where anything goes (high faggotry, obscene joy and abundance are all promised by Junk Drawer’s hosts), and the atmosphere is safe and inclusive for folks across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. DJs Bret Bowerman, wngdu and PIPS will handle the turntables, and artist Justin DeCou created special party decor for the event. The party is BYOB, and there will be a clothes check at the door. Admission is $30 in advance at Eventbrite; the location will be sent to ticket holders after purchase. Fair warning: This event is currently sold out.

Pride Drag Brunch
Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ironton Distillery and Crafthouse, 3636 Chestnut Place

Start your Pride weekend decompression in Ironton’s peaceful gardens over a full buffet brunch (including Ironton Whiskey Bacon, House Malted Belgian Waffles and a special Over the Rainbow cocktail, among more general breakfast fare). And while you and your friends chow down, enjoy a two-hour drag show with local queens Jackie Summers, Nicole Sommers, Lacey Fauxx Vanderpump, Mirage Delamor-Shearz and Brittany Michaels working their pumps. Admission, ranging from $80 for a table for two to $320 for a table for eight, includes the food, one cocktail, the entertainment and the ambience; find info and reserve a spot here.

plan ahead:

The Family Dog Experience
Monday, June 27, through July 27, tours Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village

The Museum of Outdoor Arts relinquished its indoor space at Englewood’s Civic Center this year, returning to its roots as an outdoor collection, with a focus on Marjorie Park at Fiddler’s Green. A major overhaul of the park signaled the new direction, but MOA’s biggest summer project is the immersive Family Dog Experience, a blown-up, walk-through world of psychedelic rock posters from the short era of the Family Dog, a rock palace in Denver run by San Francisco promoter Chet Helms. Thank filmmakers Dan Obarski and Scott Montgomery, whose Tale of the Dog resurrected interest in the era. Tickets are $10 to $15 (free for children 3 and under) here.

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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