The 21 Best Events in Denver, August 15-21

Tacolandia will bring more than forty restaurants, taquerias and food trucks to Civic Center Park on Sunday, August 20.

Consider August the golden hour: July’s heat is gone, but fall isn’t quite here yet, making this month the ideal time to get out and about. Celebrate Denver’s Mexican heritage and food at Westword’s second-annual Tacolandia, or kick off the High Plains Comedy Festival at a preview show. Give a nod to the Mile High City’s artists at Archives for Artists or celebrate the life of beloved Boulder poet Jack Collom. It’s all in this week’s 21 best events in Denver.

Tuesday, August 15

Drug users too often live under a shadow, far from social services and medical help. That’s partially why Colorado lost 912 people to overdoses in 2016 alone. The advocates who successfully pushed the state to legalize syringe-exchange programs and who train Denver residents on how to administer the life-saving drug Naloxone are taking the fight for harm reduction to the next level, pushing to legalize supervised injection sites, or places where people can use drugs under the care of medical professionals. The Harm Reduction Action Center and the Drug Policy Alliance are teaming up for a Supervised Injection Community Forum, which will include a screening of The Caring Community: Ithaca and the Movement for Supervised Injection Facilities and a conversation — Sexy Pizza provided — on supervised injection sites. The evening runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, at the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway. For more information, call the Harm Reduction Action Center at 303-572-7800 or visit the event’s Facebook page.

Catch Denver native T.J. Miller at the High Plains Comedy Festival.
Neverhome tells the story of displacement through movement, poetry, music and visuals
Archives for Artists aims to brainstorm ways to archive the work of Denver’s artists.
Aug. 19, Saturday: Food Rescue Ride (uncropped poster) Courtesy of Denver Food Rescue
Aug. 19, Saturday: Black Cube, Drive-In Images by Gretchen Schaefer, courtesy of Black Cube
Tacolandia will be a colorful celebration of Mexican food and culture. Danielle Lirette
Jack Collom Courtesy of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

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