Is your cup of tea Earl Grey, hot? Is what blows your Jedi master's robe up all things sci-fi? Dude, your tribe is in town and they're in warp-speed, hyperdrive party mode, because for the first time, the long-running StarFest Denver coincides with Star Wars Day, aka May the Fourth (be with you).
Puns geeks are also excited, obviously.
Granted, StarFest Denver, running Friday through Sunday at the Denver Marriott Tech Center (4900 S. Syracuse St.), isn't just about Star Wars. Mostly, it's about celebrating all sci-fi, though it's followed the recent Comic-Con-is-the-new-cool movement and broadened its scope to cover "media entertainment." Translation: all shit that's fun to watch/read/play.
In fact, StarFest is the umbrella under which they're letting the more specific HorrorFest, ComicFest, DigiFest, RoboFest, MediaFest and GameFest copulate like geeky little rabbits. For as little as $39 per day or $59 for three days (some events cost extra), you get to fest them all with a whole schedule of activities like Catan tourneys, model building, timey-wimey Whovian panels, a Jar Jar dunk tank, cosplay, trivia and special guests. Shiny!
This year those guests include Clone Wars' voice Sam Witwer, Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols (Uhura!), Once Upon a Time's Giancarlo Esposito and — gasp! — Billy Dee Williams. You may know him as Lando, but he recently rocked Dancing with the Stars. (Shut up. We all have our geekeries.)
See the schedule, find out more about tickets and learn how much that much-needed autograph will cost you at starfestdenver.com.
Fourth sounds like Force, get it?
Maybe that kind of con is too organized, mainstream and "The Man" for your tastes. Check out the third annual "May the Fourth Be With You" festivities instead. Billed as more casual and accessible than a typical con, fans within all genres of sci-fi and fantasy get together to compare costumes, talk wizardry, get their steampunk on and listen to great music.
The event takes place at a variety of venues:
•Friday at 3 Kings (60 S Broadway) with music from In the Company of Serpents
•Saturday at City Hall (1144 Broadway) with Itchy-O and Men in Burka, with bonus costume contest
•Sunday at City O City (206 13th St.) for a mimosa brunch and Mile High Sci-Fi's "Dreamscape"
Tickets are $35 for the whole weekend if you bought in advance, more day of show. Find out more at maythefourthdenver.com.
For the maker geeks
Maybe your passion is for making and building rather than spaceships and steampunk. You can rock that hobby, too, Saturday and Sunday at the National Western Complex (I-70 and Brighton Blvd.) during the inaugural Denver Mini Maker Faire. (Faire with an E. Fancy.)
If you read, MAKE Magazine, the event's sponsor, maybe the "maker" thing makes sense. Apparently, "makers" are people who like to build, create, learn, invent, craft, hack, recycle, build, think, play and be inspired. Think DIY or homesteading. Think robot-making and change-the-world inventions.
Still vague about what's going on? Think about spending the $6.50-$11.50/day to go and then report back to us. For now, more info's at denvermakerfaire.com.
For the bike-and-camera enthusiasts. Because I guess that's a thing.
The Colorado Custom and Vintage Bicycle Expo and Rocky Mountain Regional Camera and Collectibles Show takes place on Saturday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds (15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden). I picture the planning process of this event going down like this:
Hey, says the bike expert. Lots of my customers wear skinny jeans and hipster glasses.
Man, says the camera pro. Mine, too! Let's have a party!
Either that or the Fairgrounds double-booked and everyone decided to play nice. Wevs. The event will be a swap meet for all old cameras and/or old or tricked-out bikes. It's $5 for admission, and you can get info at coloradobicycleexpo.com and denverphotosociety.org.
The Denver Dumb Friends League... Wow. I know they mean dumb as in unable to speak, but still. My dog is smarter than most humans. (Not you, of course. You read all the way to the end of this article. Gold star!)
Anywho. The Denver Dumb Friends League is running their annual Furry Scurry on Saturday at Wash Park. The 2-mile walk is the (perhaps oddly-named but SUPER AWESOME) organization's largest fundraiser of the year, usually attended by 5,000 dogs and about 12,000 of their people. After the walk, enjoy refreshments, contests, demos and a "Flea-less Market."
Registration is $50 per adult and $25 per child, and you can bring the pups for free. Info at furryscurry.org.
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