Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 or Less (Seven Free), July 29-31

The Dragon Boat Festival returns to town this year.EXPAND
The Dragon Boat Festival returns to town this year.
Danielle Lirette

This is one of the busiest weekends of the year, with festivals all over town and in the foothills celebrating different cultures, activities and obsession. Here are ten favorites that won't set you back more than ten bucks each (and seven are absolutely free!); check the Westword calendar for even more entertainment options.

Nothing says county fair like a good ol' pie-eating contest.EXPAND
Nothing says county fair like a good ol' pie-eating contest.
Ken Hamblin III

Denver County Fair
National Western Complex 
4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, $10

The sixth annual Denver County Fair takes over the National Western Complex this weekend; it's a must-attend event every year. The 2016 edition promises hogs with talents, live Star Wars paintings, Minions for the kids, Pokemon for the adults, drag queen pageants and so so much more. Come hungry on Saturday and Sunday morning for Andrew Novick's X-Treme Breakfast. Some activities cost extra, so before you go, look over the schedule here

German Festival Denver
Heritage Amusement Park
4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, $7

Although the big German celebrations come in October, there's no reason not to enjoy some beer and pretzels now. You can also jig to German polka or brass jams, enjoy a wiener schnitzel and browse through the vendors. Get the full scoop here

Sexpot Comedy Presents The Nerd Roast: Nicktoons
Comedy Roomroom at El Charrito
7 p.m. Friday, free

The comedy nerds are back to celebrate those Nickelodeon cartoons we grew up with. Come see your favorite local comedians dress like Ren and Stimpy, Doug Funnie, Catdog and the rest of the gang as they roast each other. We can only wonder how weird it's going to get between Doug and Patti Mayonnaise. 

Titwrench Presents: Surfacing
Syntax Physics Opera
8 p.m. Friday, $10

The Titwrench Collective throws some of the best art parties out there, and tonight will present a musical and visual exhibition. Enjoy the double-trouble punk sounds of Dagger Dagger and the Brooklyn freak folk of Thelma. Transcend with the futuristic and airy sounds of Pearls and Perelz, as well as some fun punk out of Tucson, Shooda Shook It.  

It's usually pretty violent on that field, but this event is all about peace.
It's usually pretty violent on that field, but this event is all about peace.
Im'Unique - Illustrating Union Yoga & Wellness Tour Facebook

Wellness Fest
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
9 a.m. Saturday, free

Wellness is not only good for your mind and body, but for the whole community as well. The folks behind Im’Unique aim to get the city together for a little yoga, Tai chi, dancing and African drumming. And after we exercise the body, we all get to enjoy a meal followed by community discussion that stretches the mind — all on the turf where the Broncos play. Get more info and register here

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