Though the onslaught of ads would have you believing that this weekend is all about spending cash, that doesn't have to be the case. In fact, you don't have to drop that much dough at all over your post-Turkey Day weekend. All of these events -- which include everything from a Cosby sweater party to free ice skating -- cost less than a single Hamilton, and seven are totally free. Did we overlook a bargain? Let us know in the comments section, and check out the Westword calendar for more Black Friday weekend events.
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CosbyCon 2013 at the MCA Denver (Friday, $5) Don your most festive dad sweater and head to the MCA's annual CosbyCon for a night of Jello shots, pudding pops, and garish threads. It's also a great opportunity to wander the collection at the MCA if you need a break from the sweater contest.The Grawlix at the Bug Theater (Friday, $10)
Episode 34 of one of the most popular comedy nights in town returns tonight with headlinerFairly Legal
actor and comedian Baron Vaughn. Other special guests include Dave Ross and Tim Messenger in addition to the Grawlix regulars.
St. Nick on the Bricks at the Downtown Boulder Visitor Information Center (Friday-Saturday, free) Santa's sleigh will touch down in Boulder this weekend and stay through December 21, offering visits for children with jolly old Saint Nick. See the elf for free anytime from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hell Toupee Cabaret for Greed at Denver's Dangerous Theatre (Friday, $5) Forego the shopping specials on Black Friday for a night of sinful theater. A special Seven Deadly Sins edition of the Hell Toupee Cabaret tonight will poke fun at the root of all evil through performances by Demi Urge and the Hell Toupee Band, thePlanet X Players, and the Planet X Dance Corps.
Holly Acres Christmas Festival in Elizabeth (Saturday, free) Now that Turkey Day is over, it's time for those that are so inclined to find a Christmas tree. Head up to Elizabeth and pick out a tree while you enjoy holiday festivities all day. Santa will be on hand, along with a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, hot cocoa, and lots more.
The Outfit at the Southwest Skating Rink at Skyline Park (Saturday, free) One cheerful sign of the holidays in Denver is the opening of the Southwest Skating Rink at Skyline Park. It's free to skate (with $2 rentals), and tonight you can enjoy the sounds of local band The Outfit while you salchow.My Life As A Dog at the Sie FilmCenter (Sunday, free)
The Tattered Cover's Sunday free classics movie series is back at the Sie FilmCenter this week with the 1985 Swedish drama about a young boy named Ingemar who is sent to live with relatives when his mother becomes terminally ill. See a film for free along with a discussion by CPR radio personality Howie Movshovitz.
Fresh City Life Holiday Open House at the Denver Central Library (Sunday, free) Spend your Sunday warmed by holiday cheer at Fresh City Life's open house, where the spiced cider will run freely and craft items will be on discounted sale. Use the library's button makers to make some one-of-a-kind pins, and mingle with other readers.
Farolito Lighting at The Fort (Sunday, free) Head to Morrison for the picturesque annual lighting of the farolito paper lanterns tonight. Enjoy hot-spiced apple cider, coffee, and biscochitos while the lanterns are lit, live music plays, and community leader Mario Carrera is honored for his services.
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Strange Yoga at Strange Grounds Coffee (Sunday, free) Detox from the day of stuffing your face with Strange Grounds' free Vinyasa Yoga class today. Find inner peace, get in a low impact workout, and stay after for a hot beverage at the coffee shop.