If your budget doesn't include funds for a flight to New Jersey and a ridiculously-priced ticket to the Super Bowl (or if you just don't care about dudes in tight pants throwing a ball around), don't fret. There's plenty to do here in Denver this weekend. From a lit journal-release party to art shows to a Chinese New Year celebration to yep, even a Super Bowl party, this weekend is teeming with cheap events under $10. Share other low-cost events in our comments section below, and visit the Westword calendar for more things to do in Denver.
Zephyr Press Release Party at the Denver Press Club (Friday, $10) Celebrate local literature tonight at Zephyr Press's issue one release party. The $10 admission fee also gets you a copy of the brand-new poetry and short fiction journal.
Untitled #63 (Au Naturel) at the Denver Art Museum (Friday, $10) Tonight's Untitled party at the DAM is sure to delight Francophiles. The Au Naturel theme will include perfumes inspired by art, French songs from Brandi Shigley, artist-in-tesidence Linda Aguilar talking about weaving baskets out of natural fiber, and lots more.Grand Opening Party at Awaken Denver (Friday, free)
If the upcoming Winter Games have you already anticipating the Summer Olympics gymnasts, consider trying some tucks and pikes of your own at Awaken, Denver's new gymnastics-inspired fitness club. The grand opening party tonight will feature an art show, demonstrations by acro-yogis and an opportunity to check out the space.
The Runaway Shopping Cart Show at Cafe Crescendo (Friday, free) There's something intriguing about the image of a runaway shopping cart, and tonight artists Jill Mustoffa and Robby Fields will display an entire show of photographs of that everyday phenomenon. The pair started the Instagram hashtags #runawayshoppingcart and #badcarttimeout, respectively, and their exploration of the theme will be on display at Cafe Crescendo starting today.
Elevated at Mutiny Information Cafe (Friday, free) Check out free, all-ages hip-hop tonight at Mutiny Information Cafe's new monthly series. Ahmad JP, Lily Fangz and 2be will provide the tunes; DJ Reed MT will be on hand. And there will be smoothies for sale.
Free Day at the Molly Brown House (Friday, free) The unsinkable Molly Brown's historic house will open its doors for free today. Don't miss an opportunity to see this fascinating piece of Colorado history without having to pay admission.
RAD: 80s Ski Party at the Mellow Mushroom (Saturday, free) Don your tackiest vintage ski gear for Mellow Mushroom's third annual '80s Ski Party. There's no cover for this bash with drink specials, prizes for best outfit, and snow cones served out of a gondola on the patio.
LEHI Art Opening at Let Em Have It Salon (Saturday, free) Artist Marcus Renninger creates colorful paintings of pop icons, and tonight his work will be on display at Fallene Well's new Let Em Have It Salon. Not only can you check out his paintings, but you can watch Renninger finish a mural at the free, opening reception for the show.
Chinese New Year at the Far East Center (Saturday, free) Ring in the Year of the Horse at this annual Chinese New Year celebration. The Far East Center will light up today with lion dancing, martial arts groups, ice carving and more.
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Super Bowl Watching Party at the Sidewinder Tavern (Sunday, free) If you're looking for a place to wear your orange and blue today, the Sidewinder Tavern is a definite option. The bar will host a watching party complete with jello shots after Broncos touchdowns, and you can order off the killer menu while you cheer on the dudes in tight pants.