Things to Do

The 21 Best Events in Denver, September 2 Through September 8

Dive into the Doggie Plunge.
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Dive into the Doggie Plunge.
Some of this city's best festivals return this week, including the massive Crush Walls celebration of street art, the Denver Food and Wine Festival and, on a smaller scale, the festive Westwood Chile Festival. As if that weren't enough, there are plenty of plays, music festivals, cons and DJ battles to keep you busy through early September. Keep reading for the 21 best things to do over the next seven days.

Monday, September 2

From its humble beginnings ten years ago as a tiny graffiti paint-off called Colorado CRUSH, Crush Walls is partially responsible for turning Denver into a town of street murals; one need only visit RiNo to see what we mean. This year's Crush will spread even further into every nook and cranny of RiNo for what organizers are calling a "360-degree art festival" between Monday, September 2, and Sunday, September 8. Onlookers can view murals in process and even contribute to a few, attend parties, take workshops or hit up a concert with Mexican songstress Natalia Lafourcade at the Mission Ballroom. It’s a lot to take in, so go prepared: Learn about this year’s artists, both local and international, and the busy schedule at

Tuesday, September 3

Truly appreciating jazz means understanding the role that Blue Note Records, founded in New York in 1939 by German-Jewish refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, has had in promoting the art form at its best. After all, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bud Powell and Art Blakey are just a few of the artists who’ve passed through Blue Note’s studios. Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, a film by documentarian Sophie Huber, will bring you up to speed with footage both archival and in-the-minute, as well as conversations and recording sessions with living jazz greats like Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Start your education on Tuesday, September 3, when the International Film Series at the University of Colorado Boulder screens the film at 7:30 p.m. in Muenzinger Auditorium, 1905 Colorado Avenue in Boulder. Learn more and buy tickets, $7 to $9, at

Wednesday, September 4

Grab your wallets and gird your gullets, local foodies and oenophiles: The Denver Food & Wine Festival returns for some fine living starting Wednesday, September 4. Co-sponsored by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and the Colorado Restaurant Association, the festival will pair some of the best local restaurants with the finest Colorado wine and spirits for its marquee event, the Grand Tasting, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 7, at the Pepsi Center. Meanwhile, have Dinner Under the Stars on Wednesday at Liberati Restaurant and Brewery, 2403 Champa Street; toast your favorite drink-slinger at the Bartender’s Bash at Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th Street, on Thursday, September 5; get down at the patio party at Cattivella Restaurant, 10195 East 29th Drive, on Friday, September 6; and wrap things up at the Rise + Dine brunch on Sunday, September 8, back at Liberati. Find tickets, $45 to $250, and more information at

Seeking a poetry reading with some punch? Mutiny Information Cafe, Meow Wolf and Suspect Press will team up on Wednesday, September 4, for Mutiny Poetry Series #6, another stellar spread of local poets topped by the community-minded performance poet Adrian Molina, aka Molina Speaks, who will be joined by host Brice Maiurro and fellow poets Hayden Danksy, Claire Heywood, Cassie Hottenstein, Grace Mitchell and Estefania Muñoz. Doors open at 7 p.m. and readings start at 7:15 p.m. at Mutiny, 2 South Broadway. Admission is a $5 donation, but no one will be turned away; learn more at the Facebook event page.