The Ten Best Geek Events in Denver in June

School's out for summer — or close enough — and that means more opportunities to enjoy all of Denver's geeky fun times. June is yet another month packed full of top-notch geek entertainment, from our biggest con of the year to underappreciated geek films on the big screen. Here, in chronological order, are ten of the best geek events to keep you busy this June. 

10. Welcome to the Dahl House: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Saturday, June 4
A monthlong series of film adaptations of Roald Dahl classics kicks off with arguably the greatest of them all: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Featuring Gene Wilder as the deranged titular character and a host of awful children who suffer ignominious ends at the hands of the mad candy maker, Willy Wonka has been terrifying and delighting children for decades, and now you can terrify your own kids with it — on the big screen. Plus, free cereal bar with admission!

See Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Sie FilmCenter. Admission is $5 (kids six and under get in free!) and includes access to the cereal bar. For tickets and more information, including additional films in the series,  visit the Denver Film Society website

9. Films on Tap: Commando
Friday, June 10
It wasn't long ago that I declared, on this very website, that the Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner Commando was the "ice-cold Pabst" of the genre. No surprise, then, that I'm overjoyed to find the Denver Film Society is turning it into a drinking game. You'll drink when there's an explosion! You'll drink when they linger on Schwarzenegger's well-oiled torso! You'll drink with every one-liner delivered! You'll probably be pretty drunk, honestly, so maybe plan on grabbing a Lyft home. Fuck, yeah, Commando!

Drink and cheer for the nonstop killing of all who stand in the way of Commando at 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, at the Sie FilmCenter. Tickets are $11, $8 for seniors and $7 for Denver Film Society members. For tickets and more info, visit the Denver Film Society website.

8. Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown & Gameroom Expo
Friday, June 10-Sunday, June 12
No matter how advanced video games get, there's still something special about smacking a metal ball around a ringing, blinking maze of machinery. (And if you love video games, don't worry — there will be plenty of those on hand, too!) Celebrate the bliss of pinball with collectors, enthusiasts and exhibitors at the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown and Gameroom Expo. If you've got the skills, you can compete in the official tournaments — or just play a few friendly games on one of more than a hundred pinball and vintage arcade machines, all set to free play. It's like the ten-year-old you died and went to arcade heaven!

The event starts at 11 a.m. Friday, June 10, and runs through Sunday, June 12 ,at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows. Weekend passes are $75, it's $30 for a day pass, and there are reduced-price tickets for kids under twelve. For tickets and more info, visit the Pinball Showdown website.

7. Evil Dead: The Musical
Opening Friday, June 10
You read that right: Evil Dead: The Musical, as in a musical version of Sam Raimi's classic horror comedy series. The stage show combines plot elements from all three of the films — Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness — and then adds songs like "All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons," "Look Who's Evil Now" and "Do the Necronomicon" to make one batshit crazy take on the timeless tale of possession, dismemberment and death. All that, plus a "splatter zone" where the audience gets covered in gore. Co-director Deb Flomberg promises that the show's second go-round is better, bigger and even bloodier than before. Groovy.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. starting June 10 at the Bug Theatre. Tickets start at $20. For more info and tickets, visit the Equinox Theatre Company website.

6. Denver Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, June 11-Sunday, June 12
If you want to make things — to create, experiment, innovate and explore — there’s never been a better time to be alive. The "maker" movement is championing a DIY ethos when it comes to inventing and modifying anything and everything, using new tools like tiny, embeddable computers and 3D printing to enable a world of new possibilities. You can immerse yourself in this burgeoning movement at the Denver Mini Maker Faire, a two-day celebration of maker culture and the delightful possibilities it brings to life. From art cars to wearable technologies, from rockets to R2D2, the Faire is a hands-on exploration of the myriad possibilities available to creators and dreamers. Control the planetarium or make music by waving your arms around, join a workshop on inventing or just watch drones fly around — whether you’re a curiosity seeker or a hardcore maker yourself, the Faire offers a little something for everyone.

The Denver Mini Maker Faire runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12,at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Tickets are $19.95, with discounts available for museum members, seniors and children. For tickets and more info, visit the Denver Mini Maker Faire website.

Keep reading for five more great geek events this month.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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