KUSA - So a Time Lord, comedian, professional cyclist and pioneer walk into a bar...
This could either be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, or what would happen if the various people involved in this week's edition of #9Events well... walked into a bar.
It could also theoretically be the start of a joke, but you'll probably hear way better and more creative and funny jokes at the High Plains Comedy Festival.
Also on tap this weekend? Another beer festival (no pun intended), a celebration of roast corn, some modernism, a fundraiser to build a new youth center and the opportunity to watch some of the best cyclists in the world speed through Denver.
Be safe, and have a great weekend!
High Plains Comedy Festival – Aug. 21-23 – Denver http://bit.ly/1rJSu8t
If your comedy repertoire consists of knock-knock jokes and obvious puns about corn (see entry for the Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival), get some inspiration from some of the best comedians in the nation while stumbling (or just walking) between bars throughout the Baker Neighborhood. The main event is slated for Saturday in the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park. Prices for individual shows vary, but a weekend pass is $100. Check out the lineup at the link above.
Old Fashioned Corn Roast Festival – Aug. 22-23 – Loveland http://bit.ly/1tvAVdr
You don't need a reason to have a festival…but corn is a pretty great reason to hold a festival. This corny event features a parade, corn shucking competition, corn eating contest and (this goes without saying) pretty much all the roasted and boiled corn you can eat. While reveling in the splendor of everyone's favorite yellow, cylindrical starch, you also have the opportunity to watch a duck race, listen to live music and eat pancakes. The best news? It's all free and open to the public. Aw shucks!
Denver Modernism Show – Aug. 22 – 24 – National Western Complex http://bit.ly/1qulE9N
The 60s might have (technically) ended a long time ago, but that doesn't mean this totally groovy decade can't live on. You can enjoy the best of modernist furniture, pottery, barware, designer clothing and more in a 50,000 square-foot space. Perhaps equally important, there is slated to be a tiki lounge, art gallery, car show and live music from Dressy Bessy, described as Denver's "fave 60s mod pop band." Tickets to Friday's preview party are $20, and $8 for single-day admission on Saturday and Sunday.
Dr. Who Series 8 Premiere – Aug. 23 – SIE FilmCenter http://bit.ly/1kYOdzu
The Doctor is back. The Time Lord played by Matt Smith has regenerated into Peter Capaldi, who will hopefully save the universe across space and time during his tenure as the Twelth Doctor. The series goes all the way back to 1963, and it's the fourth time since the reboot that Dr. Who has gotten a new doctor…so among some circles, this is a pretty big deal! Watch the premiere alongside other Whovians at the Sie Filmcenter, where you can get your cosplay on and show off your trivia knowledge. Admission is free, but seating is limited.
LafayEPIC Festival – Aug. 23 – Centaurus High School, Lafayettehttp://bit.ly/1tqay9A
Lafayette's community is banding together this Saturday in a student-led project to build a new youth center. It kicks off at 5 p.m. with a youth volunteer fair and food trucks, followed by a Body Peace Fashion Show and finally a local music and poetry showcase featuring area high school students. General admission is $10 and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $50 and $30.
Boulder Craft Beer Festival – Aug. 23 – Central Park lhttp://bit.ly/1nMo9bg
Let's be real: it's not a Colorado weekend without a craft beer festival somewhere, and this weekend, the celebration in question is in one of the beer hubs of the state. Boulder County breweries like Avery, Boulder Beer, Left Hand, Upslope and numerous others will serve up what will definitely be awesome craft beer against the backdrop of the flatirons and live music. Tickets are $30 per person in advance and $35 at the door. Your responsible friends can buy designated driver tickets for $10. That includes five nonalcoholic beverages and a $10 food ticket.
Estes Park Heritage Festival – Aug. 23-24 – Stanley Park http://bit.ly/1lkk12e
If you have ever played the classic children's educational game "The Oregon Trail," you know the pioneers responsible for our westward expansion were pretty cool. Learn more about those hearty pioneers at the Heritage Festival, where quilters and woodcarvers will demonstrate their crafts, you can ride a vintage Stanley Steamer and research your family history at the ancestry and lineage booth. Saturday night, you can take part in a Street Dance where the proceeds support flood repair at the Inn of Glen Haven.
Denver Restaurant Week – Aug. 23-29 –Denver http://denv.co/1qALqz7
Not like there's anything wrong with eating at chain restaurants and/or living mainly off of a combination of frozen dinners and stuff you bought at gas stations, but this week, you can have something more…and at an affordable price. Hundreds of the best restaurants the Mile High City has to offer will feed you for the taste price of $30 per person, so grab a date (or platonic friend) and go on a classy culinary tour.
USA Pro Challenge Finale – Aug. 24 – Civic Center Park http://bit.ly/1v2DCab
The last stage of what's been dubbed "America's Race" ends right here in Denver after a start in Boulder and climb up Lookout Mountain. Even if you're not a cycling fan, there's something pretty darn incredible about seeing ripped men in spandex pedal 40 miles per hour through our beautiful city. You can watch the race at plenty of places throughout the route, and also be sure to catch the grand finish at Civic Center Park, where you can gorge on food trucks after watching some of the best athletes in the world burn copious amounts of calories.
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