10 things to do for $10 this week in Denver this weekend (9 free!), August 16-18
Festival season is in full swing, with a wide variety of outdoor celebrations this weekend. From Chipotle's Cultivate Festival to the annual Lafayette Peach Fest, you have endless opportunities to enjoy both great weather and great entertainment -- for bargain prices. And if crowds and meat on a stick aren't your thing, there's plenty more to see and do -- including an all-female art show and a free park screening of Goonies. For more events this weekend, the Westword calendar has the complete scoop; feel free to post more recommended events in the comments section below.
See also: - Alley Cats: An All Women Art Show opens Friday at new DIY gallery The Inca House - Womenswear Wednesdays: Pandora manager Corissa Violette on her sweet style - 100 Colorado Creatives: Rebecca Vaughan
Art Out Loud at the Denver Art Society (Friday, $5 suggested donation) Celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Denver Art Society tonight at a big birthday bash. Today's Paramount and ScaTHer GaTHer will provide tunes for an evening of live music, art and refreshments.
ROLL at the EXDO Event Center (Friday, free before 9 p.m.) Don your leg warmers and other cheesy retro gear for the '80s prom edition of ROLL, Denver's monthly roller-skating party. Have the awesome prom experience you never had on rollerskates when you were a teen -- except now that you're an adult, booze is legal and there's no curfew making you rush home.
Alley Cats at the Inca House (Friday, free) Support DIY female artists at this group show tonight, co-curated by Taylor Boylston and Chelsea Bashford. Twenty local and national artists will display new work at a new gallery hosting Alley Cats: An All Women Art Show. For more on the show, read Bree Davies' interview with Boylston.
Breck Bike Week in Breckenridge (Friday-Sunday, free) Get up to the mountains for Breckenridge's fifth annual bike festival. The action-packed weekend of events features organized rides, a yoga class and outdoor movies. See a full schedule at Breck Bike Week's website.
Goonies at Civic Center Park (Friday, free) Summer doesn't seem complete without an outdoor screening of Goonies . Check one activity off your must-do list when the 1985 Spielberg family adventure film shows tonight at Civic Center Park's bike-in movie. While the kids search for treasure on the screen, you can lounge on the grass and treasurer a great Denver night.
Rock into the Wild at the Wild Animal Sanctuary (Saturday, free) Party with the animals at the Wild Animal Sanctuary's summer concert series. Dakota Blond and Melvin Seals & the Jerry Garcia Band will play free shows while you browse the displays of a variety of vendors and eat festival food. And during a break in the action, a donation to the wildlife rescue sanctuary will get you in to see the big carnivores.
The Henna Beat at Ten Thousand Villages (Saturday, free) Nonprofit fair-trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages will host a day of global art and music today. The event, which helps support thousands of disadvantaged artisans all over the world, comes complete with a drum circle, henna body art, live music, and food and drink.
Lafayette Peach Festival in Old Town Lafayette (Saturday, free) You're sure to have a peachy time at Lafayette's annual festival celebrating peaches from Palisade, Colorado. The fest includes a farmers' market with tons of pies and smoothies for sale, as well as live music.
Cultivate Festival at City Park (Saturday, free) Chipotle's big, free festival in City Park today has it all: good food, drinks and live music. See demonstrations from chefs, get a coupon for a free burrito, and catch performances on the main stage by Blitzen Trapper, Cold War Kids, and more.
Best of the West Pet Fest at Aspen Grove (Sunday, free) Cute critters of all sorts will be on display at the Best of the West Pet Fest put on the Humane Society. The event features everything from a petting zoo to a Western pet costume contest to a place where you can adopt an animal of your very own.
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