Summer hasn't officially begun, but events this weekend will be hot. The calendar is jam-packed with comedy, carnivals and other entertainment. We've listed our ten favorite events that won't set you back more than ten bucks each — in fact, nine are free! For more almost-summer fun, visit the Westword calendar.
Crom Comedy Festival
Ratio Beerworks and Beryl's Beer Co.
7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, free
At least thirty comics will be performing for free over the next couple of days at the Crom Comedy Festival. Enjoy late and early shows at Ratio Beerworks and Beryl's Beer Co. this weekend, as well as a special edition of Lucha Libre and Laughs; Crossroads Theater will also host some great events for $15 a show. Check out the impressive schedule to see who's performing when and where.
Denver Open Media Open Music Session
Denver Open Media
5 p.m. Friday, free
Denver Open Media just launched a new radio station on 104.7FM, and will celebrate that with live performances from Sole Music, Mikrofone Rob and comedian Eric Henderson. Illegal Pete's and Sexy Pizza are bringing food and drinks to the festivities, too. If you can't make it, the performance will also be broadcast on Denver Comcast Channel 57 and online...but you don't want to miss this.
2016 Colorado Independent Women of Film Festival
7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $10
This festival will celebrate the the artistic vision of women filmmakers in Colorado. Over the next two nights, a variety of shorts, documentaries and features like Obselidia will be screened, all accompanied by question-and-answer sessions with the filmmakers. You can check out a block of films for $10 or buy a day pass for $15.
Walking Adventures on the High Line Canal
Highline Canal-Northern Terminus at Green Valley Ranch
9 a.m. Saturday, free
The High Line Canal covers 71 miles of trail, extending from Waterton Canyon in Douglas County to Green Valley Ranch in northeast Denver. The folks from walk2connect will guide us along the trail by dividing it in eleven segments, and the journey starts today over by DIA in Green Valley Ranch. See the end of the trail and get a history lesson on the agricultural community that thrived where new developments now live. Anywhere is walking distance if you have the time, so make it a summer goal to complete the whole thing. RSVP here.
Union Station Farmers Market Grand Opening
9 a.m. Saturday, free
Union Station is already a cool place, but now it's going to be fresh, too. A 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting will open a brand-new farmers' market in the heart of downtown. Check out the market on Saturdays through October, featuring over forty local vendors and chef demonstrations. Today's demo is by Beast + Bottle.
Capitol Hill People's Fair
Civic Center Park
10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, free
If you have a craving for turkey legs, rock and roll, foam-sword dueling, amusement rides or just being outside in general, the People's Fair is the place for you. There will be over eighty bands kicking out the jams, eighty artists displaying their work, and lots of local food to try. For a fee, you can visit the new beer garden the festival is rolling out this year. Check out the music schedule, and plan on joining the people this weekend.
9th Annual Northwest Denver Adoptathon
Historic Elitch Theatre
11 a.m. Saturday, free
Summer is a time to make new friends, and the best ones you can get have four legs. Come meet the folks from Best Pets and see all the dogs and cats they have available for adoption. You might not be in a spot to adopt a new pal, but you can still come to meet these buddies and learn about other ways to help out.
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Retro Game Night Featuring NBA Jam on Sega
Peak to Peak Tap Room
6:30 p.m. Saturday, free
It was cool in the ’90s, and it's still cool now. Visit the Peak to Peak Brewery and play that classic basketball video game, NBA Jam. Your skills could earn you free beer. The night is co-hosted by Chain Reaction Brewing Company, which will be pouring its Hibiscus Lime Agave Wheat.
Drunk Improv: Second Round (On Us)
6:30 p.m. Saturday, free
People tend to think they're funnier once they get a couple of beers in them, but these professional improvisers and drinkers have you beat: The show is free, but the more $2 PBRs you buy the performers from Third Kind Improv, the better the show will be. The result is a random, on-the-spot comedy show you have to be drunk to believe.
Ratio Craftworks: A Small Batch Tasting of ManCraftival Vendors
11 a.m. Sunday, free
The ManCraft Market is just like any other local vendor market — but with a decidedly masculine touch. Grab one of those tasty Ratio brews while browsing goods from places like the Ink Lounge, Eddy's Beef Jerky, Quiet Leather Works and many more. Today's show is a warm-up for the big show next weekend.