Things to do in Denver July 16-19: Free movies and more — The Know

Free movies, music at Sculpture Park

Tuesday. The city of Denver has lately put lots of effort into marketing its sprawling urban green known as Sculpture Park, which sits along Speer Boulevard just west of the Denver Performing Arts Complex. In addition to a big-name concert series with promoter AEG Presents, programmers are bringing back their popular Sunset Cinema program — moving over from its previous home at DPAC’s Garner Galleria — and performances.

The outdoor film and entertainment series, which is free and family-friendly, will take place Tuesdays in July and August at Sculpture Park. Each film will feature opening shows from local acts along with food trucks. Coming up: Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” on Tuesday, July 20, with an opening performance from ArtistiCO featuring Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra. More screenings include “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar” (July 27) and others to be announced. Doors at 6 p.m. for 7 p.m. start time. 1736 Speer Blvd. Bring your chairs and blankets to prepare for the dusk movies. Events are free but organizers encourage pre-registration at –John Wenzel

Big eats for big appetites

Thursday. For the last decade, the downtown summer tasting event The Big Eat has supported local, independent restaurants and their nonprofit arm, EatDenver. Now the event is back after a COVID-19 hiatus with one day of specials spread across dozens of restaurants. To take part, simply go out to eat on Thursday, July 22, at a participating business, which will then donate 10% of your bill to the nonprofit.

You can check out the list of participating restaurants online, and also sign up for an alcohol tasting, wine-paired dinner, or other special dinner. One of our favorites from the menu of options is a “tuk tuk restaurant hop” featuring transportation for six and stops at Highland Tap & Burger, Il Posto and Poka Lola Social Club. Browse all events and reserve your tickets at –Josie Sexton

Country sensation Orville Peck debuts at Red Rocks

Thursday. He may have started out as a critically acclaimed indie-music darling, but the stylish and elusive country singer Orville Peck is breaking through to the mainstream, including collaborations with Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Shania Twain. Now that the pandemic is waning, what better time for him to play his inaugural headlining concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre?

Peck, a Canadian musician who identities as gay, has always obscured his face behind fringed masks, belying his skill with subtle image-tending. His music is far from abstract, however, with an inviting voice that splits the difference between low-register crooning and Broadway-quality vibrato. His traditional country bent also owes more to 1960s and ’70s artists than contemporary pop-country.

Want more motivation to attend? The openers are powerhouse English singer Yola and Texas soul/country singer Charley Crockett. 7 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at 18300 W. Alameda Parkway in Morrison. Tickets, still available for face-value at press time, are $40-$65 via — John Wenzel

Is this Colorado’s toughest bike event?

Saturday. The Bob Cook Memorial Mount Evans Hill Climb is undeniably one of Colorado’s toughest bike events. With 28 miles of steep grades and winding switchbacks along the highest paved road in the United States, climbing the majestic 14er is no easy feat. But with stunning alpine views and bragging rights waiting at the finish line, it’s no wonder the Mount Evans Hill Climb is on cyclists’ bucket lists worldwide.

The event returns Saturday, July 24, beginning in Idaho Springs and ending at the summit of Mount Evans at its 14,130-foot elevation. There will be two aid stations, one at Echo Lake and the other at the summit, to provide water, hydration mix and gels on the course. Choose between two different entry options, the Gran Fondo or USAC race, depending on your skill level. Remember that participants are responsible for travelling back down to Idaho Springs to get to their cars (a shuttle will not be available!).

Note: There will be no race-day registration. For more information or packet pick-up details, visit or email Kim Nordquist at [email protected]. The event begins at 7 a.m. at 320 Chicago Creek Rd. in Idaho Springs. –Ashley Carter 

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