Argh, matey: Pirate Fest comes to town.EXPAND
Argh, matey: Pirate Fest comes to town.
Ken Hamblin

Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 or Less (Eight Free), September 16-18

This is a full-moon weekend, and the calendar is full of fun. You can get weird at Glob, watch a neighborhood transform and walk the plank. Here are our ten favorite events; check out the Westword calendar for even more. 

Murals are a part of our culture.
Murals are a part of our culture.
Lindsey Bartlett

Murals: Transforming the Face of Place
McNichols Building
8:30 a.m. Friday, free

It's hard to walk around Denver without seeing public art, especially murals — whether authorized or not. Neighborhoods are being transformed by murals, which are adding color to gray expanses and giving everyone just a taste of this town's talent. Cathy Harris, director of Mural Arts in Philadelphia; Michael ChavezLeah Brenner and Lindee Zimmer will present a morning program detailing how murals are changing the dynamics of communities in positive ways. The event is free, but throw an RSVP their way. 

Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show
Denver Coliseum
10 a.m. Friday through Sunday, free

Get your rocks off this weekend at the Coliseum, which will be filled with fossils, gems and other ancient marvels. You might feel overwhelmed by the expanse since Mercury is in retrograde and all, so follow this guide and get down to the show to balance out. 

Boulder Fall Fest
Pearl Street Mall
5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, free

Boulder is throwing a terrific bash all weekend. The streets of downtown will be filled with live tribute bands, art vendors, street performers, booze and much more. Take a look at the schedule and plan to make the scene.

Raise the stein, Oktoberfest comes to Parker.
Raise the stein, Oktoberfest comes to Parker.
Jim Wills

Parker Oktoberfest
O’Brien Park
6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, free

The good folks of Parker are also hoisting steins and toasting the German spirit. The food, beer and even Schnapps are going to be tasty at this Oktoberfest, but don't miss the polka, dancers and competitions of all kinds.  

The Full Moon Gathering
The Beat
8 p.m. Friday, free

The Beat is a new live music/fitness studio/creative space, and it's opening with a huge celebration featuring five DJs, live comedy and food trucks, as well as fire performances, vendors, tarot-card readings and yoga with live Spanish Gypsy Guitar. We've got the Beat — and Denver's better for it.   

Lights & Music: An Indie Dance party
Pearl's
9 p.m. Friday, free-$5

Welcome a new dance night to the Denver scene at Pearl's, which will be playing the hits of  LCD Soundsystem, Fischerspooner, M83 and all those other jams from a few years back that have already made you memories. In fact, you probably have moves down for these songs, so go show them off. Free entry before 10 p.m., $5 after. 

Keep reading for more events this weekend.

Get down with the Crush this weekend.
Get down with the Crush this weekend.
Lindsey Bartlett

The Crush
RiNo District
10 a.m. Saturday through Sunday, free

The Colorado Crush has transformed the RiNo district over the last seven years. Now known as the Crush, it's bigger and better than ever. Wander around the area and catch artists throwing up pieces over existing spots as well as creating brand-new murals. The businesses in the area join in the fun with art shows, special releases and discounts; see the full lineup of activities and offers here

Ahoy! Northglen hosts the Pirate Festival.EXPAND
Ahoy! Northglen hosts the Pirate Festival.
Ken Hamblin

Pirate Festival
EB Rains Jr. Memorial Park
10 a.m. Saturday, free

National Talk Like a Pirate Day falls on a Monday this year, but we'll be shivering our timbers on the weekend at this festival. Dust off the treasure chest, bedeck yourself in jewels and get ready to watch the cardboard boat races, sword fights and live music, and participate in archery, kids' activities, mead drinking and other feats of strength. Don't forget to brush up on your pirate pickup lines, too.  

Milch de la Máquina is a set not to be missed at Titwrench.
Milch de la Máquina is a set not to be missed at Titwrench.
Milch de la Máquina Facebook

Titwrench Festival
Glob
2 p.m. Saturday through Sunday, $10

Focusing on the art and music of women and the LGBTQ community, Titwrench throws its flagship event this weekend, promoting underrepresented artists and inspiring us all. It's a multi-time winner of Best DIY Event in Westword's Best of Denver issue, and this year promises to be just as good, with performances by The Corner Girls and Milch de la Máquina, experimental treats from Anna Mall, tarot card readings, massages and so much more. Check out the lineup and get your tickets here

Josh Moorehead & the Guestlist with Evan Holm & The Restless Ones and Bark Wilson
Syntax Physic Opera
9 p.m. Saturday, $7

Josh Moorehead & the Guestlist play a fun set of melodies, one that will get you dancing. This party is going to go, especially with Evan Holm & the Restless Ones and Bark Wilson warming up the evening. 

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