Crank up the AC because it's official this weekend: Summer is here. That means your Xcel bill will soon go through your overheated roof, so save some money by hitting bargain events this weekend. You can cheer at PrideFest, go skateboarding or hang out in a cemetery -- the calendar has something for everyone this weekend, and many of these activities are absolutely free!
To see even more options, check out our Westword online calendar. And if you really want to be cool, tell us about economical events we missed in the comments section below.
Museum Quality Drinking at Museum of Contemporary Art (Friday, $5) The rooftop deck at the MCA is really something special, with great views of the city. Tonight it will be open not just for drinking, but live music from Robert Rutherford andAl Scholl. For $5, not only do you get the view and the concert, but access to the entire museum.Jon Wirtz at Mile High Winery (Friday, free)
Tomorrow you're going to rock it at theWestword Music Showcase
, right? So tonight's a good time to chill while sipping a nice glass of wine and listening to the smooth sound of some free jazz.
Denver Greek Festival at Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Friday-Sunday, $5) Get in touch with your inner Greek at the 49th annual Denver Greek Festival, where the music and dancing never stops. And don't forget the food -- oh, the food. New to this year's festival will be live cooking demonstrations, where you can learn how to make dolmades or chocolate baklava.
PrideFest at Civic Center (Saturday-Sunday, free) We are Denver, we like to party -- so much so that Denver's PrideFest is now the third largest in the nation. It starts with a parade down Colfax from Cheesman to Civic Center Park, where you can enjoy music, cultural events and kids' activities all weekend long. The celebration can get wild, so bring plenty of energy...and sunscreen.
Go Skateboarding Day inmetro Denver (Saturday, free) Skateboarding is an everyday activity, but today we are going to really celebrate it. There are are a ton of events around town, so check with your local skate shop to see what's going on around you. Notable activities include meeting some pros at 303 Boards, a barbecue at Emage and a footage party at Wahoo's at the end of the day. Keep reading for five more things to do this weekend.Bowling Night in America at AMF (Saturday, free)
Dude, free bowling -- it's a no-brainer. AMF is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for "Most People Bowling Simultaneously," so it's opening up all of its lanes in the country for free. Bowl your way into the record books.Saving Mr. Banks at Skyline Park (Saturday, free)
This movie screening sounds particularly fun because you can bring your dog. How often do you get to watch a movie on a twenty-foot screen with your dog? Even if you don't have a pet, the evening promises to be plenty entertaining.
Art on the Farm at Three Leaf Farm (Sunday, free) Take a trip a north of Denver for the scenery -- both on the way and at your destination, Three Leaf Farm, where local artisans will be exhibiting in a barn. At the same time you're checking out handcrafted jewelry, prayer flags, paintings and more, you can look over the farm animals. Since Three Leaf Farm provides food for many local restaurants, you may recognize some of them when you go out to eat next week.
Death Cafe at Fairmount Mortuary (Sunday, free) The Denver chapter of Death Cafe invites everyone to come discuss one of the most mysterious of human topics: death. The Fairmount Mortuary setting is appropriate, and there will be cake -- which is never bad.We Know You Are Watching at Buntport Theater (Sunday, $5)
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It's no secret that we live in a "Big Brother" system. According to "We Know You Are Watching" curators Christina Battle and Adán De La Garza, the United States captures endless hours of surveillance footage every week. Through various short films, they hope to educate you on how to take back your anonymity.