We've been saying how summer is here for the last couple weeks, but after Sunday, it's officially official. And this year, the longest day of the year is also Father's Day — so buy the old man a six-pack and let him know you care. There's also going to be plenty of opportunities to pick him up a gift at a craft show for dudes, artisan markets and street fairs this weekend. For more fun check out the Westword calendar, and don't hesitate to drop a comment if we forgot anything.
B-Side Music Fridays with Ambit and Dream Hike at MCA Denver (6 p.m. Friday, $5)
MCA Denver not only has top notch exhibits on display on a regular basis, but one of the best rooftop patios in the city. Not only can you sip on some craft cocktails as you bask in the city skyline, but you can get your ears tickled by Ambit and Dream Hike. Their sounds belong in a museum of this caliber, and so do you.
Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC at Mutiny Information Cafe (7 p.m. Friday, $6)
Washington, D.C. was a crazy place in the 1980s. Infested with crime, poverty and political corruption. Bands like Bad Brains, Minor Threat and Scream took matters into their own hands and began releasing music, literature and ideas all on their own. The DIY spirit was born from that era and still thrives to this day some thirty years later. Check out this rockin' documentary at Mutiny complete with performances and commentary from Jay Fox and Michael Salkind of United Mutation and NoTrend.
Friday Flash No. 9 - MTVTM at Denver Theater District (7 p.m. Friday, free)
No joke: this shit's going to melt your brain. Kicking off with a presentation from Denver Digerati creative director Ivar Zeile and followed by Music to Video to Music video's made by digital artist from around the world, played on the big screen on the corner of 14th and Champa, to the tunes of some fairly well known musicians. Top that with off with a after-party with DJ Daughtry and you're Friday night is looking very chill.
Denver Pridefest at Civic Center Park (10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, free)
Denver is lucky enough to have one of the biggest Pride parties in the country — plain and simple because we love to party. Head down to Civic Center Park on Saturday for family day activities and fun. Sunday is the parade that goes from Cheesman Park to Civic Center, and is just a non-stop party all day. If you're looking for fun this weekend, this is where it's going to be. Check out a schedule here.
VegFest at Jefferson County Fairgrounds (10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, $10)
A plant based diet could be beneficial to all of us. Not only does it benefit human health, but the environment as well, which you can learn more about that when you stop by VegFest. Over the next couple days taste a plethora of cruelty free foods, watch cooking demos, speeches and so much more. It's good clean fun for us and our animal friends.
Juneteenth Festival at Five Points (10 a.m. Saturday, free)
Just real quick, so you know: Juneteenth celebrates the date when slaves first began to be free, some 150 years ago. Celebrate freedom today in the Five Points neighborhood complete with a parade, car show, live jams and so much more. The food is going to be on point too, so come hungry and enjoy a day of cultural celebration for all cultures.
Highlands Street Fair at Highlands (10 a.m. Saturday, free)
These things are a dime a dozen, but when they shut down all of 32nd Avenue between Julian and Perry streets, there must be some serious fun going on. Grab a fresh peach at the farmers market, pick up a funky hat in the fashion section and sip on a Boulevardier while the bands play on. Bring the family and enjoy life, Highlands style.
ManCraftival at Ink Lounge (3 p.m. Saturday, free)
Pick up that last minute dad's day gift, or bring dad down to this craft market by dudes, for dudes. Do some whiskey bobbing, chainsaw carving and shop from over forty super manly items like beard oil, pinball machines and spicy pickles. Dudes love spicy pickles. Get there early, because the first fifty people are going to get some cool swag.
Art Show for ___ People at Taxi (6 p.m. Saturday, free)
Hailing from Houston, illustrator/artists/sign painter and designer Matt Wieting will have new works on display at the Drive 1 Cafe in the Taxi compound. His art is inspired from everything from skateboarding to Texas beer, so come check it out and buy some art for that hip dad of yours.
Pitch Perfect at Skyline Park (7:30 p.m. Saturday, free)
Don't let the summer go by without seeing a movie outside. It's a fun experience and you get to drink beer and pack a picnic. Apparently this movie was pretty popular, because they just made a sequel, so go have some fun and sing along.