Things to do in Denver this weekend, July 28-31, 2022

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This last weekend of July is filled with celebrations, parties and other cool ways to enjoy the warm summer evenings.

Check out our list of free things to do here, and the latest art exhibits in the new Art Attack. Keep reading for ten events that are worth the price of admission.

Induction into the Chicano Music Hall of Fame
Thursday, July 28, 6:30 p.m.
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive

Chicano music has its roots in the folk traditions of the frontier regions, where Mexican and American styles have fused into a hybrid corrido, ranchera, tejano, and mariachi style; it continued to absorb new trends thereafter, from early rock idol Richie Valens to the electrified forms of norteña, banda and, eventually, modern jazz, Latin rock and rap. When the Su Teatro jury considers the nominees for its annual induction into the Chicano Music Hall of Fame, there’s a long way to go. So who will it be this year? The inductees will be presented on July 28 as part of the 26th annual Chicano Music Festival. Get tickets, $8, and learn about the rest of the festival here.

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An acrobat shimmers through the water fountains of Cirque Italia Water Circus.

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Circus Italia Water Circus
Thursday July 28 and Friday July 29, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday July 30, 1.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.; Sunday July 31, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Thornton Factory Outlets, 13801 Grant Street, Thornton

The circus swims to town – Cirque Italia’s aquatic circus, that is, bringing its blue and white tent and spectacular acrobatics performed amidst rainbow-colored water fountains in the Thornton Outlet Stores parking lot for a four-day, seven-performance run. Anchored by a 35,000-gallon water-filled stage, most of the circus action takes place above ground, but don’t be surprised if a band of mermaids gracefully emerge from the water, or the acrobats fly overhead. through patches of rain or floating bubbles – it’s just another day at Cirque Italia. Tickets range from $10 to $50 here.

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Oddknock Productions

From the top
Thursday July 28, Friday July 29 and Saturday July 30, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday July 31, 2 p.m.
IMAC Building, 2550 Larimer Street

After several extensions, the series of From the topthe immersive show from Oddknock Productions that takes you to an office stranger than anything on Office (read Emily Ferguson’s take here), is really going to end on July 31. But you still have a chance to catch it; get tickets, $50, here.

dance nation: Square Product Theater
Thursday July 28, Friday July 29 and Saturday July 30, 7:30 p.m.
ATLAS Black Box Theatre, 1125 18th Street, University of Colorado Boulder Campus, Boulder

Boulder’s Square Product Theater has returned to the stage for what could be a watershed moment in the independent company’s long and often hilarious career under founder Emily K. Harrison. Gleason Bauer directs and Laura Ann Samuelson choreographs, while Harrison joins the cast in Square Product’s production of Clare Barron’s unredacted Pulitzer Prize finalist dance nation, the story of a gang of preteen girls caught up in the heat and hormones during a dance competition. Prior sex education is probably a prerequisite for this show, which is not recommended for primitive theatergoers. Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.

Lady Lord & The Miscreant Present: Curious Cabaret
Thursday, July 28, 8 p.m.
DV8 Distillery, 2480 49th Street, Boulder

DV8, Boulder’s proudly queer distillery, offers a safe place to sample spirits and catch drag shows, costume dance parties, karaoke, circus arts and naughty theme parties. July 28 brings a curious cabaret hosted by LadyLord & The Miscreant on DV8, with a 1920s Berlin vibe and a silly, sultry collection of naughty drag characters. The tickets are $5 online in advance on Eventbrite or $10 at the door.

Untitled: Creative Fusions: Javier Flores and Sam Grabowska
Friday July 29, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway

Artists Javier Flores and Sam Grabowska will lead the show at the Denver Art Museum’s Untitled: Creative Fusions, with activities inspired by several of the museum’s current exhibits. A small army of contributing artists will be spread throughout the museum, helping with hands-on, interactive projects that link back to the main focus of the event, an altar depicting the theme “Restos/Remnant/Resztka”, where visitors can leave something they did that night to show respect for the living remains of those who came before us. Book your admission to the museum and learn more here.

Space case comedy
Friday, July 29, 7 p.m.
Spectra Art Space, 1836 South Broadway

If you didn’t catch the immersive experience Novo Ita: the feast of the spirit at Spectra, the last Friday of the month offers a bonus: live comedy. In addition to catching Novo Ita and then headlining comedy Georgia Comstock along with Gabby Gutierrez-Reed, Austin Black, Billie Jo Gillespie, Cory Stevens and Kelsey Wood, you’ll be eligible for the “SpectraTacular” door prizes. Get more information and tickets, $16-$32, here.

Denver West Bike Loop
Saturday July 30, from 11:30 a.m.
Hogshead Brewery, 4460 West 29th Avenue
The West Denver Bike Loop is back, with a theme this month “no spandex OR all spandex”. The loop includes WestFax Brewing Company, Hogshead Brewing, Odell Brewing (Sloan’s Lake), and Joyride Brewing Company; get $1 off a full service of your choice at each brewery when you cycle the loop; complete the loop by cycling to all four breweries and earn a free beer. A group ride will depart at 12:15 p.m., or you can take the tour on your own, but you’ll still need to sign up to take advantage of the offers. Get the details here.

Wall to Wall Boulder eBike Mural Rides
Ongoing, indefinitely
2030 17th Street (in the alley behind Dojo4)

JD’s Joyrides and Street Wise Arts, the Boulder nonprofit that brings you the Street Wise Boulder Mural Festival every September, are teaming up to host friendly e-bike tours to see the city’s best murals, with a discussion of the work of JD himself at each stop. Tours cost $89 for a two-hour ride or $109 for a three-hour ride; both guided wall tours include use of an e-bike, helmet, water, and snacks. If you book rides herea portion of your fee will benefit Street Wise’s mission to bring new murals to the streets of Boulder.

Know of a big event in Denver? We’ll be updating this list throughout the weekend; send information to [email protected]

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