Pack as much fun as you can into the weekend: Monday is a holiday, when you can nurse that hangover while watching fireworks. There's plenty of First Friday art and free music, and even a Canadian dance party to keep you busy until July 4. Here are our ten favorite options for $10 or less; check out the Westword calendar for even more entertainment opportunities.
La Alma Connection Art Celebration Block Party and Parade
10th and Osage streets
5:30 p.m. Friday, free
Take the train or ride your bike and to La Alma, and meet the neighborhood's residents at this block party by the light-rail station. There will be live music, art displays and food trucks to keep you from going hungry. And while you can simply watch the parade starting at 7 p.m., you can also join in; find more info on that here.
Denver Tool Library Concert Series & Bazaar
Denver Tool Library
6 p.m. Friday, free-$5
This Denver Tool Library event will feature bands, vendors, food trucks, comedians and so much more, and entry to the party is free before 8 p.m.! Jam along with Champagne Charlie, laugh with Sam Tallent, and sip that tasty Upslope beer; click this link to see what other fun is on tap.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Cherry Creek North
6 p.m. Friday-Monday, free
You know it's the Fourth of July weekend when the annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival takes over Cherry Creek North. It's fun just to walk around the fest, but there are all kinds of organized events, too, including cooking demonstrations and concerts. For more information, go to cherrycreekfestival.org.
First Friday at Sheroz
Sheroz Nightclub and Sports Bar
6 p.m. Friday, free
The folks from the Stuff on Walls pop-up art shop are bringing the good times to the Santa Fe Arts District tonight. Check out zines, prints and media of all kinds created by ten artists, while also enjoying tacos and beer. Los Retro 45 will bring live music to add to the party.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
10 a.m. Saturday, $5
The Sie is hosting a cool little series, Welcome to the Dahl House, which showcases films inspired by the work of Roald Dahl, and this morning's showing is the Wes Anderson adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox. Not only do you get the film for $5, but a cereal buffet as well. And kids get in for free!
Keep reading for more events this weekend.
Meet in the Street
16th Street Mall
Noon Saturday-Sunday, free
Can the 16th Street Mall become more of a destination? That's what Meet in the Street is designed to find out. This weekend's edition includes a silent disco, live music, outdoor film and expanded sidewalk cafes. Find out more here.
Illegal Pete's South Broadway 3rd Anniversary
Illegal Pete's South Broadway
Noon Saturday, free
This burrito shop on South Broadway has kept us fed and entertained for three years now, and it continues to give back. At this birthday party, enjoy live music from Chris Dismuke, DJ sets and tequila tasting throughout the day and night. If you donate $10 to a cause, you can grab a free beer.
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Sailor Records 5th Year Anniversary Party
3 Kings Tavern
4 p.m. Saturday, $10
Congrats to Sailor Records for kicking out the jams for the last five years — and throwing a party where we can celebrate. For only $10 you get to see fourteen bands, including Native Daughters, Muscle Beach, Plastic Daggers and many more. The party's going to get loud and continue all night, so plan accordingly.
Sexpot Comedy Lucha Libre & Laughs: From Parts Unkown
7 p.m. Sunday, $10
The jokes and bodies will be flying all over the Oriental tonight. Wrestlers Martin Casaus will go toe-to-toe with Royce Isaacs for the heavyweight title, and a fantastically fatal four-way battle will result in victory. The night will also feature a handful of comics like Stephen Agyei, Christie Buchele and more, all ready to bring you back from the brutality. Come see why this is the city's best comedy night.
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
9 p.m. Sunday, $10
It's embarrassing to admit this — but in the hundreds of songs that Drake has been a part of, there are some bangers. And so, believe it or not, Ophelia's is hosting a dance night devoted entirely to the Champagne Papi. When you're not getting down to Drizzy, you can check out the Lawrence and Larimer pop-up shop, a photo booth and more. Remember, you don't have to go to work on Monday — so go wild. Get the $10 tickets here.