Fourth of July fun, watermelon beers, Cherry Creek Arts Fest and more things to do in Denver

Free Fourth of July fun

Saturday-Sunday. In honor of the July 4th weekend, Denver’s historic Larimer Square is hosting two days of free music, face painting, chalk art, caricature artists, a scavenger hunt and more. The scavenger hunt will feature $100 gift cards to Larimer Square stores and restaurants like Cotopaxi, Bistro Vendome, Corridor 44, B-Fresh and Bao Brewhouse.

Events run 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July 3. Visit larimersquare.com/events/independence-day for the full schedule. 1430 Larimer St.

And for The Denver Post’s Fireworks Guide, which includes updates on dozens of Fourth of July shows this weekend from Littleton to Lafayette and everything in between, visit dpo.st/3xWAyBy. — Jonathan Shikes

An arty party in Cherry Creek

Friday-Sunday. Browse to your heart’s delight — and maybe even pick up something new — as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival returns to its namesake neighborhood with more than 250 national and international artists, music, performing artists, food, interactive art experiences and activities for the kids.

This year’s juried artists will showcase diverse media, including painting, photography, ceramics, drawing, glass, metalworks, jewelry, wood, fiber, digital art, printmaking, and sculpture. And the admission for browsing, people watching and community sun-strolling? That’s free.

Takes place 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 2, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, July 3. Located at 2nd and 3rd avenues between Clayton and Steele streets, and between 2nd and 3rd avenues from Detroit to Steele streets. cherrycreekartsfestival.org — Jonathan Shikes

The fight against beerflation

Begins Friday. Inflation got you down? River North Brewery is doing its part to fight back with $5 beers through the summer. And if $5 seems like a lot, you haven’t had a craft beer in a while. The brewery will kick off its “malt-fueled anti-inflation initiative” this weekend with the release of a new session IPA and a lemon-pomegranate shanty at both of its Denver taprooms. Those two, along with RiNo Constant lager, will all be $5.

If you’re in the mood for beers for the Fourth of July, check out the watermelon-based beers at Strange Craft Beer Co., Mockery Brewing and Goldspot Brewing, all in Denver, along with Six Capital Brewing in Aurora and Locavore Beer Works in Littleton. Greeley’s WeldWerks Brewing is also offering Rocket’s Red Glare, a sour ale brewed with rocket pops popsicles and blue raspberry snow cone syrup.

For a robust listing of beer news and events, visit denverpost.com/tag/beer. — Jonathan Shikes

Fan Expo Denver’s glitzy debut

Friday-Sunday. Despite holding a modest tryout last fall, this weekend’s Fan Expo Denver, formerly Denver Pop Culture Con (and, before that, Denver Comic Con) is the first full foray under the new name, having been bought by the Fan Expo company in 2021.

The corporate backing is immediately obvious in the celebrity bookings at the Friday, July 1-Sunday, July 3 event at the Colorado Convention Center: a full “Lord of the Rings” hobbit cast reunion (led by Elijah Wood and Sean Astin); various Star Wars and Disney+ streaming luminaries (Anthony Daniels, Ming-Na Wen); top-tier voice actors (Troy Baker, Billy West, Patricia Summerset); comics-mainstays Jay and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes); a “Clerks” reunion; the “Cobra Kai” leads; and many more.

The core, fortunately, remains with nonprofit educational programming from Pop Culture Classroom, and an emphasis on comics artists, writers, tabletop gaming, cosplay, anime and more. 3-day passes and VIP passes are sold out, but single-day tickets are $47-$67, with child passes (ages 6-12) at $12 per day. Daily youth passes for ages 13-17 are sold out for Saturday and Sunday. 700 14th St. See more at fanexpohq.com/fanexpodenver. — John Wenzel

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