Fireworks, Comedy, Lights, Booze, Art, Food and more, oh my!
The Big Wonderful may have come to an end for the season, but cry not, good people — its glorious indoor equivalent, the Night Bazaar, is in full swing with local food, good music and flowing cocktails. Need we say more?
2450 Larimer Street, Denver – Every Friday and Saturday eve
Christmas Beer Tasting
Featuring over 150 beers, we guarantee you’ll be drunk 'till New Years. Each purchase includes 20 coupons, with beer cost ranging from one to four coupons. Merry Christmas, Starbucks!
Bull & Bush, Denver – Dec 8
So You Think You Can Dance?
Don’t mistake this for an audition to fulfill your lifelong goal of becoming a breakdancer. This is the 2015 tour starring the dancers of Season 12, showing you all the ways your body can’t move.
Paramount Theater – Dec 8
Denver Beer Festivus
Well the Denver Beer Festivus is here and we know George Costanza’s father would be drinking his face off at it if he could. With over 50 breweries in a fucking airplane hangar, it’s going to be a jolly good time.
Wings Over the Rockies Museum, Denver – Dec 13
An Evening with Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith, you know, the beloved Silent Bob from Clerks, the movie he wrote and directed. According to him, he’s grown up and is now “getting old.” But he is still that comic book loving comedic genius we know, and he’s coming to town to deliver an evening of good talks.
Comedy Works Downtown in Larimer Square, Denver – Dec 14 & 15
Boulder Theatre, Boulder – Dec 17
"The Santaland Diaries"
David Sedaris’s essay-turned-one-man show is a humorous account of what it’s like to work as an elf, catering to the children of shoppers during this confusing time we call Christmas.
The Jones, Denver – Until Dec 27
The Denver NYE Black Tie Party 2015
Every year, we wait until the last minute to plan our New Year’s, knowing we'll probably end up drunk and alone on our couch watching the ball drop. Not this time. With an all-you-can drink bar, live music, casino games, confetti and a champagne toast, you’re guaranteed to have a blast — alone or not.
Sherman Street Event Center – Dec 31
Oh, do you feel that bass face? Decadence is back to ring in 2016 with the familiar faces Bassnectar, Jack Ü, Gramatik, Big Gigantic and Odesza. The venue isn’t prime, but nothing you can’t ignore with Fireball.
Colorado Convention Center – Dec 30 & 31
New Year’s Eve with Nick Guerra
They say what you do on New Year’s Eve says a lot about your upcoming year. Turn it into 365 days of laughter with Nick Guerra, who's here to make that happen.
Comedy Works South, Denver – Dec 31
Mile High Winery Tours
Colorado’s the land of microbreweries and don’t you forget that. But this December, try something new. Mile High Winery Tours offers a trip through all of Denver’s wineries you never knew existed. Consider it like Napa, only with more beards and plaid than the status quo.
Denver – Until Dec 31
Blossoms of Light
Whether for a date night, or with a group of friends, or a moment to gather your thoughts before heading to see family for the holidays — stop at the twinkling garden of lights. Warm beverages and treats await you on your evening stroll.
Denver Botanic Gardens – Until Jan 2
Calendar Girls to Cowboys: The Art of Selling Coors
Coors is the Betty White of beer: old but it still has it. Coors advertising history dates back to 1893, and it's been creating historic ads ever since. This exhibits shows all of the classics you’ve come to love … and the twins.
Golden History Museum, Golden – Until Jan 3
Legends of Rock by Dan Fong
Dan Fong is a Denver music photographer who dedicated his life to documenting the rock 'n’ roll scene during its early years. A lot has changed since then, but Fong’s photographs are timeless.
Robert Anderson Gallery, Denver – Until Jan 2
Snow Much Fun
Normally, we have to go to a Red Rocks Bassnectar show for 200,000 LED lights — but not this time. Downtown Boulder‘s getting in on the light show with a massive display of visual candy. Come for the lights, stay for the bars.
Central Park, Boulder – Dec 12 & 19
New Year’s Eve Five Course Dinner
For $75 you can have the whole ocean. The world is your oyster, in fact, with this five-course dinner at Jax Fish House on NYE. We don’t know who you’ll be spending it with, but at least at a restaurant, you won’t feel so alone.
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, Boulder – Dec 31
Susan Wick: Wild Women Never Get the Blues
We’re not sure what’s going on in Susan Wick’s head, but we’re liking what she’s putting down. Her exhibit explores her career as an artist, including her work in mediums such as paint, drawing, collage, textiles, ceramics and antique dolls.
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder – Until Jan 3
Copper Kettle Brewing Beer & Cheese Pairing
Cheese and beer, everyone’s favorite vices, come together in an cacophony of gluttonous glory at Copper Kettle Brewery this month. Tickets are $20 a person and comes with beer and cheese samples.
Copper Kettle Brewing Co., Denver – Dec 10
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
It doesn’t get much better that gunpowder and other combustible chemicals exploding in mid air above your head, all while Auld Lang Syne plays. Happy Fucking New Year’s people. For those who have plans to drink elsewhere at midnight, there's a 9pm show scheduled, as well as one at midnight.
9pm and 12pm @ 16th St Mall, Denver – Dec 31
Gully Greenhouse Winter Festival
Stop thinking about yourself for once and think about giving this holiday season, you bastard. Gully’s will have over 50 vendors selling food, crafts, art and more giving you zero excuse for gifting a B-league purchase.
Gully Greenhouse, Fort Collins – December 5,12 and 19
Pints for the People
Drinking never felt more benevolent than at Loveland’s Alework’s Pints for the People. For each pint sold, a $1 is donated to a different cause. This month’s cause is Habitat of Humanity. So that high bar tab you just ran up? It was in the name of everything good.
Loveland Aleworks, Loveland – Dec 16
First Night in Fort Collins
First Night is normally about perusing fine art and talking shop with the gallery owners. On NYE, it’s going to be about fireworks. Show starts at 10pm, giving you plenty of time to visit downtown venues for the that liquid blanket you’ll need to stay warm.
Downtown Fort Collins – Dec 31
Lost and Found Spaces
How do we say this? If you enjoy art and hallucinogenic drugs, Lost & Found Spaces is for you. It’s an exhibit exploring multiple artists’ imaginations through paintings, large wood constructions and our personal favorite: digital collage photography.
Lincoln Center Art Gallery, Fort Collins – Until Jan 9