THE MIX: Top to-do’s for Aug. 27 to Sept. 2


Firkin Saturday at Dry Dock 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, Dry Dock Brewing Co. North Dock, 2801 Tower Rd. Entry is free. Call 303-400-5606 for more information.

Just when you thought there would never, ever be a decent reason to schlep out to Tower Road and I-70, the folks at Dry Dock had to brew a horribly delicious chocolate orange imperial stout. Damn you, DeLange. Though it’s a bit of hike from most civilized swaths, the brewery’s newest facility — a 30,000-square-foot behemoth — is a pretty impressive operation worth checking out. And an insiders trivia tidbit: the building was the former storage facility of the Boy Scouts of America Aurora chapter’s fleet of canoes, and the Dry Dock team still honors the nickname “The Canoe Room” to this day.

Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily through Sept. 7, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. Free with museum admission. Call 303-370-6000 for more information.

Finally. We’ve been waiting for an appropriate place to wear our officially sanctioned Game of Thrones cosplay outfits for years, and now, by some miracle, it’s here. A whole exhibit dedicated to Khaleesi’s best buds is (and has been) on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and it’s absolutely ripe for a couple of capes/cloaks/cool cosplayers to come traipsing through. We don’t think swords will be very much appreciated, but, hey, to each his or her own. And be sure to hurry in fulfilling this sweet, sweet fantasy — the exhibit only runs through Sept. 7.

Behind The Badge: Public Safety in Aurora 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tues. – Fri. and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. and Sun., 15051 E. Alameda Pkwy. Free. Call 303-739-6660 for more information.

Eat your heart out, Roger Moore. From life-saving ash trays to early flame retardant suits that put the former James Bond’s “Moonraker” garb to shame, one the newest exhibits at the Aurora History Museum highlights the evolution of Aurora, and those who have worked to protect it for over 100 years. But even with the pizazz of artifacts that could make Ian Fleming squirm with delight — like a tricked out Honda dirt bike originally ridden by members of the Aurora Direct Action Response Team — “Behind the Badge: Public Safety in Aurora” centers on the people and anecdotes behind each neatly pressed uniform and crime fighting gizmo on display. With only three weeks left in its run, don’t miss this chance to peep into myriad touchstones of a bygone era. The exhibit runs through Sept. 13.

Free Mulch 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 142-1 E. Hampden Ave. Free. Call 303-739-7177 for more information.

Last one of the season!  City staff there to help load for you. Alright, we admit that a giant mound of dirt isn’t exactly sexy or exciting. But getting a few cubic feet of mulch from Home Depot can lead to forking up a hefty stack of green backs, and let’s face it, nobody likes paying for, well, dirt. So, dig into Aurora’s free mulch pile this Saturday morning and turn that backyard palace into a certifiable Garden of Eden this fall – without having to live off of hot pockets and the dollar menu to get you back in the black. Bring your truck or trailer and city staff will help load up on as much of the good stuff as you need to turn your suburban plot into a Better Home & Gardens cover. Or, you know, pretty close.


Dragondeer concert & Keg tapping

Around 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, Coda Brewing Company, 2101 N. Ursula Ct. Entry is free.

Ah, yes, the age-old dilemma of which came first: Dragondeer’s album art for “Don’t That Feel Good” or the homemade-animal-mask-human-sacrifice plot line in the first season of True Detective? Well, maybe it’s not that much of a quagmire: True Detective beat out the Denver darlings by about 7 months. So, ensue copyright litigation. Regardless of the group’s taste in CD sleeve aesthetics, the homegrown quartet will be lighting up one the suburbs’ best suds slingers this weekend with a brand new brew all their own. The fermentation scientists over at Coda Brewing Co. will be serving up a tart strawberry saison of sorts in honor of Woody, Matthew, and the gang swinging by. Well, maybe not exactly, but the actual group will be churning out a classic flavor of Blues painted with thick brush strokes of harp, wa-wa pedals and traditional progressions nonetheless. But, fingers crossed.