Things to do February 24th-March 1st

Have you dug yourself out of the blizzard yet? Good! Now get on down to Denver and explore! From Nerd Prom to comedy and cannabis, here are a few events you don’t want to miss out on.

  • Fashion Denver and Warm Cookies of the Revolution are teaming up to bring you the Eco-Disaster Fashion Show!  This thought-provoking fashion show will take you on a creative, imaginative, and necessary ride, showing how designers envision the future of our earth and how we’ll dress to survive. In addition, there will be an “Eco Fashion Mingler” to meet the designers and different environmental groups to discuss issues impacting our world. The event begins at 6pm this Wednesday and is free and open to the public.
  • This Wednesday join Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons CO, for The BolderBOULDER Battle of the Bands! Take in a brew, listen to the bands and vote for your favorite! The winner will move on to the Oskar Blues main stage at the BolderBOULDER on Monday, May 25th and will receive a cash prize. Do you know a band who could rock this competition? Read up on the rules and send an email to race@bolderboulder.com by 5pm this Monday!
  • Come to City Hall this Friday for CannaBash 2015, for a night of comedy, cocktails and of course cannabis. Headliners include T.J. Miller from the HBO nominated show, “Silicon Valley” and Adam Cayton-Holland who was named one of Esquire’s “25 Comics to Watch.” On top of that enjoy a pre show cannabis industry mixer, drinking games and a free taco bar. Buy tickets here before they sell out!
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  • What is Nerd Prom? Well exactly that, a really nerdy prom. Except better because we don’t have braces, being a nerd is cool and we can finally DRINK! Bring on the Andre and McCormicks! Jk. Lol. We are adults, its craft beer time. Listen to music from I Fight Dragons, Andy Rok & The Real Deal and The Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra performing Guardians of the Galaxy Mixtape. Dress code is from geek to chic, so you can rock the 80’s, find the perfect prom gown or dress like Chewbacca. Did I mention cosplay is strongly encouraged? Buy your tickets here
  • Girl Scout Cookies + Cheesecake= My personal heaven. Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria is offering two specialty cheesecakes to benefit Girl Scouts of Colorado including Chocolate Mint Cheesecake with Thin Mints and caramel and coconut Samoa Cheesecake. This speciality ends this Friday, February 28th, so get while the gettin is good.

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  • And of course who could forget about Denver Restaurant Week? Explore Denver’s restaurant scene as they offer three course meals for only 30 dollars per person. Reservations can be made by phone or visit Denver.org for links to participating restaurants. In addition click here to find restaurants that offering complimentary drinks with your meal. DRW ends March 1st, so make your reservations today!

Where will you be going for restaurant week? Any events that I missed? Follow me on Twitter at @MReneeCarter and let me know!

 

Things to do in Denver February 19th-February 21st

Snow is on its way to kill our spring buzz, but don’t let that get you down! Bundle up and try something new this weekend!

The McNichols Project

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When: Thursday, February 19th. Doors open at 6pm
Where: McNichols Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver
Cost: 15, price bump at the door.
Buy tickets here 

Expect the unexpected at The McNichols Project. Step into a night filled with photography, music, art and a few unexpected surprises.  Buy your tickets fast, this event will sell out!

Find out more here

My Teenage Angst

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When: Thursday, February 19th. Event begins at 8pm
Where: The Deer Pile, 206 E 13th Ave
Cost: Free
Find out more here

“Would it be awful if I wrote a swearword? Right…Ok..I’m going to do it! DAMN! I did it! I’ll regret that later.” Ah to be young. Reminisce about those teenage years straight from the journal this evening at The Deer Pile. Bring a few bucks for drinks and get ready to listen to stories about history tests, prom and of course love (and or hormonal obssessions). Want to share your teenage self? Then send an email to: reader@myteenageangst.com to sign up and be prepared to share the most fantastic awkward years of your life.

Roll Fat Friday
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When: Friday, February 20th. Doors open at 9pm
Where: EXDO Center,  1399 35th St, Denver
Cost: No cover 9-10pm. Presale, 5 dollars (includes price of skates). 10 dollars at the door for skates and entry.
Buy tickets here

Let the good times roll! Skate your way down to the EXDO Center this Friday for a night of Bourbon Street, booty shaking and of course beads. Enjoy rollerskating, dancing, karaoke and more! Learn more about this Mardi Gras celebration here 

Opera On Tap at Syntax- Musicals Meet Opera

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When: Saturday February 21st, doors open at 7pm
Where: Syntax Physic Opera
Cost: 8 in advance, 10 at the door
Buy tickets here

What do Elton John and Giuesppe Verdi have in common? How about Disney and Little Mermaid? If you guessed the stories of Aida and The Little Mermaid you are right! Come out for a night of a beautiful story telling by amazing operatic divas! Find out more here

Westword Artopia

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When: Saturday, February 21st. Doors open at 7pm
Where: City Hall, 1144 Broadway, Denver
Cost: 30
Buy tickets here

Experience the best in art, culture and fashion this Saturday night at the Westword Artopia. This annual event features more than a dozen local artists, music from up and coming bands and an Alice and Wonderland themed fashion show. Grab a cocktail, take in some culture and explore something new at one of the biggest parties of the year.

Learn more about the event here

Follow me on twitter @MReneeCarter to find out about more happenings around the city!

Stay warm and happy weekend!

Weekend Round Up: February 13th-16th

 

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This weekend is full of amazing events for Valentine’s Day (for singles and couples!) as well as fun kick off parties for Mardi Gras. But guess what, there’s more! Here are a few things this weekend that you would be a fool to miss.

  • Denver’s newest lounge, Canopy at Tamayo, is celebrating its grand opening this Friday and Saturday starting at 10pm. Enjoy music, sip on speciality cocktails and experience where Latin meets Nightlife
  • Denver welcomes two new breweries this weekend, Ratio BeerWorks opening in the RiNo district and Declaration Brewing opens right off of the Evans Light Rail station. Each venue is hosting it’s grand opening party this Saturday at noon, so you might as well swing by both and show em some love!
  • VooDoo Doughnuts? Paired with beer?  I’m salivating already. World of Beer at Cherry Creek is matching up with Rogue Ales and VooDoo Doughnuts for a very special VooDoo Valentine. Buy a Rogue Voodoo doughnut series beer and get two matching VooDoo Doughnuts. Event starts at 1pm, so get there early before deliciousness runs out.
  • Come down to River North Brewery to celebrate its 3rd anniversary, all weekend long. Find out more about their speciality tappings here
  • Men, are you looking to show off your fuzzy neck collar to the masses? Ladies, does the sight of a mustachioed gentleman make your heart (and your loins) go aflutter? Then come to Lucky Pie this Saturday for their first annual BEERds and Barrels party! Proper Barbershop will be on site providing complimentary beard grooming and will judge who has the sexiest beard! In addition, Lucky Pie’s will be tapping a multitude of delicious and hard to find beers.

Follow me on twitter @mreneecarter for more happenings around Denver. Enjoy yourself this weekend!

Things to do for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” referring to the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before Lent. But let’s face it, we’re going up on a Tuesday.  Get a mask, grab some beads and venture out this Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras Crawl

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When: February 14th, check in begins at 1pm, party starts at 2pm
Where: Begins at Tilted Kilt, 1201 16th St #120, Denver
Cost: 15
Buy tickets here

Get your crawl on this Saturday with the Mardi Gras Crawl. Venture out to seven bars (yes, seven. With a possibility of more to be added) and be prepared for a night of games, music and of course beads. Find more info here.

Stoney’s Mardi Gras
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When: February 14th, starting at 4pm
Where: Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln St, Denver
Cost: 25-30

Want to join in on 1000 LBS of crawfish with all the fixins? Is that even a real question? Come to Stoney’s this Mardi Gras for a delicious crawfish broil and amazing drink specials including three for one Hurricanes and Abita Ambers. Party on the New Orleans way.
Find out more here.

Keystone Gumbo Cookoff

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When: February 17, from 2:30-5:30pm
Where: Keystone Resort, Dillion CO
Cost: 12, tickets sold at venue
Learn more about the event here

Get a taste of the Big Easy this weekend with Keystone’s annual gumbo cook off. Enjoy live music from Funky Johnson as you enjoy unlimited gumbo tastings and vote for the best. Because after all, it wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without gumbo.

Mardi Gras Carnivale 2015

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When: February 17th, Starts at 8pm
Where: Lannie’s Clocktower and Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe Street, Denver
Cost: 16
Only a few tickets left! Buy them here

Party with Bella Diva Dance as they bring Carnivale and Mardi Gras to Denver! Learn traditional New Orleans line dances, enjoy beautiful Capoeira performances and dress your best and compete in their ultimate costume contest. Get ready for a feathers and fun! Find out more here.

5th Annual Mardi Gras

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When: February 21st, starting at 7pm
Where: Dave & Buster, 2000 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver
Cost: 5 for ladies 10 for men
Buy tickets here

Find a mask, wear your brightest green, gold and purple and get ready for beads! The 5th Annual Mardi Gras party comes equipped with games, stilt walkers, face painters and two dance floors playing everything from 80’s jams to top hits. Find out more here.

Follow me @MReneeCarter to learn more about happenings around Denver!

Happy Mardi Gras!

Things to Do for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is upon us. Of course there is always dinner, flowers and movies but let’s vow to do something a little different this year. From chocolate festivals to running in your undies, here is your list of things to do for Vday (for couples and singles!)

For the Adventurous Type: Cupid’s Undie Run

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When: February 7th, starting at 12 pm
Where: Stoney’s Bar and Grill, 1111 Lincoln Street, Denver
Cost: $45
Register here or donate here

This Saturday, fuel up on liquid courage, strip down, and run around Denver in your underwear, for the children. Cupid’s Undie Run is a mile(ish) run, combined with an awesome party all in the name of charity. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation and so far Denver has raised over 90,000 (Go Denver!). Did I mention it is going to be 70 degrees this weekend? Perfect pants off weather.

For the Yogi: Open Your Heart (And Eat Chocolate!)

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When: February 13th
Where: The Yoga Mat, 3563 Larimer St, Denver
Cost: 20 for one, 35 for a couple, starts at 6pm
Register here

Where can you find sweat, love and chocolate all in one place? Well, besides an R. Kelly song? The Yoga Mat of course! Join The Yoga Mat for a two hour session of heart opening flow, fun inversions and Valentine’s Day puns. Do you get a chocolate for every downward dog? We can only hope. Find out more here.

For the Animal Lover: Paws Co Adoptable dogs
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When: February 14th, from 12-2pm
Where: Joy Ride Brewing Company, 2501 Sheridan Boulevard, Edgewater
Cost: Free
Find more information here

This Valentine’s Day, meet the love of your life in a four-legged friend. Head down to Joy Ride Brewing Company to grab a beer and meet some adorable and adoptable animals. Grab a drink and share the love.

For Those Who Love to Get Funky: My Funky Valentine

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When: February 14th, Doors open at 6pm for VIP, 7pm for General Admission
Where: EXDO Events Center, 1399 35th Street Denver
Cost: 45 for General Admission, 65 for VIP
Buy tickets here

Get ready for a night of food, fun and of course, funk. Enjoy unlimited small dishes such as slow cooked cuisine from Crock Spot and homemade cupcakes thanks to Milk and Cake. Guests can also enjoy unlimited beverage samples including beer, wine and spirits. Afterwards, enjoy some soul music, provided by Eddie Roberts West Coast Sounds and take a shot at the Dating Game.

For the Dessert Lover: High Point Creamery

CreameryWhere: 215 S Holly Street, Denver
Cost: 14
http://www.highpointcreamery.com/

We have flights of wine. We have flights of beer. And now, we have flights of ice cream. There is a God. At High Point Creamery, choose from a variety interesting flavors including salty dog chocolate, basil and blackberry swirl, and dark chocolate orange with marshmallows. Find a date or find a friend and eat your heart out.

For the Dessert Lover (because you can never have enough): Colorado Indulgence Festival

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When: February 15th 
Where: Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, Colorado Springs
Cost: GA Single Ticket: 70, Couple 100. VIP Single ticket: 100, Couple 170.
http://www.indulgencefestival.com/
Buy tickets here

Your decadent adventure awaits you at the Colorado Indulgence Festival. Enjoy samples from Colorado’s best culinary experts from creamy gelato, delicious pastries, rich chocolate martinis and of course complimentary wine, liquor and microbrews. Enjoy exclusive seminars from making your own truffles, to discovering global cheese, to swapping beauty tips from the Sephora table. Treat yourself to an afternoon of indulgence and pampering this Valentine’s Day.

This is a 21+ event, cocktail attire is recommended.

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Have some fun, eat some food and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!