August is almost over, and that means Labor Day is around the corner and, subsequently, cold, blustery weather. You might want to hit the streets this weekend in your short-shorts and T-shirts while you still can, because it's not going to be long before you're complaining about the fact you can't remember where you packed away your favorite scarf. Luckily, we've got plenty to do on the cheap, including a zine release party, more Fringe Festival activities, the Colorado State Fair and plenty more.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Neptune Mountaineering (Friday, $10) The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is all about showing off the wild world of adventure in documentary form. Through a variety of short films and a single feature, Eastern Rises, the fest will be showing off what it means to get out into the wild and document it. If that's not enough, there will be a raffle for a variety of outdoor gear and a happy hour with cheap beer. What more could you ask for?
Untitled #40 at Denver Art Museum (Friday, $10, students 2-for-1) The Untitled shows at the Denver Art Museum are all about breaking your preconceptions of what an art museum can be, and in this case, that means learning how to make your own Raku-fired tiles. If that's too artsy for you, don't worry: Udi's will be slinging pizzas, comedy troupe Fine Gentleman's Club will be joking around and the Buntport Theater will have "Joan and Charlie" in the elevator. Plus music from Trees, which should be super loud and awesome.
Colorado State Fair at Colorado State Fairgrounds (Friday-Sunday, $10) We can't possibly talk about everything that makes the Colorado State Fair awesome here, so let's just say this: if you live in Colorado, you owe it to yourself to hit up the fair at least once. You might as well start this weekend.
Boulder Fringe Festival at various theatres (Friday-Sunday) The Boulder Fringe Festival is closing out this weekend with a bang. There are plenty of events to hit up on the cheap out there this weekend, and if you haven't ventured up for the craziness yet, you seriously need to do so. Most tickets run around $10 or less, so you'll be clear to check out nearly all of the plays and other shows.
Yellow Rake Release Party at 3 Kings Tavern (Friday, $6) It's kind of hard to believe the Yellow Rake zine has reached its 26th issue. It's a hell of a landmark, and as Brian Polk and company continues on, we suggest you get down to 3 Kings and show your support. It's not just about the zine, either; all proceeds will go to support the Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary, and there will be readings from Charlie "City Mouse" Fasano, Dave Paco and Dan Landes as well as musical performances.
Denver Modernism Show at the National Western Complex (Saturday-Sunday, $8) How does the entire National Western Complex filled with modernism sound? Because that's exactly what the Denver Modernism Show is all about: tons of designs, from vintage fashions to furniture. If you're a mod-lover, you'll find plenty to gawk at while you're here.
Kinetic Sculpture Race at Longmont Union Reservoir (Saturday, $8 per carload) We can get behind any event that charges by the carload, and thankfully the Kinetic Sculpture Race is one of those crazy Colorado traditions that's entertaining to watch. People build insane, human-powered machines and then send them flying off on land and water -- what more could you possibly want in life?
Cooking for the Other 90% at Redline (Saturday, free) Cooking for the Other 90% is all about sustainability, and in this case, it's about trying to show off how to build an efficient, low-cost portable stove. Ten contestants will be showing off their designs, and although it probably doesn't directly affect you, the tech and ideas behind these stoves could possibly help revolutionize cooking in certain countries.
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Chile Harvest Arts Festival at Lakewood's Heritage Center (Saturday-Sunday, free) The Chile Harvest Arts Festival is packed with plenty of activities, and if you're a fan of Hispanic arts and culture, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained over the weekend. There will be tons of artwork, live entertainment, crafts and, of course, food, including some of the most amazing roasted chiles you'll ever eat.
Yoga Rocks the Park in Denver Metro Area (Sunday, $10) You'll need to get your ticket in advance to enjoy the $10 admission price, but if you're into doing yoga in a park, well, there really isn't a better time or day to do it. If you just started doing yoga by yourself in the park it would be a little weird, but pop in today and you'll not only be lead by true professionals, you'll also be surrounded by like-minded people.