Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 or Less (Six Free), May 20-22
The Five Points neighborhood hosts the party this weekend.
It's a party, party weekend all over the city, from Civic Center Park — site of the rescheduled 4/20 rally — to Five Points to Stapleton. Across Denver, you can listen to music, laugh at comics, watch movies, drink beer and celebrate Colorado's more recreational industries. Here are our ten favorite events this weekend that cost $10 (or less!); check out the Westword calendar for even more.
Colorado Dragon Film Festival
Friday-Sunday, $8-10 per program
The Dragon Boat Festival moves to dry land for this new film weekend coinciding with the May celebration of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. Enjoy anime, documentaries and features including Wolf Children, Winning Girl, Awesome Asian Bad Guys and many more. Check out the program and plan your weekend.
SPELLS & Hooper Cassette Release Party
7 p.m. Friday, free
Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at Ratio, where you can also celebrate the cassette single release from local rock heroes SPELLS and Hooper. That's two exclusive tracks, plenty of jams and a boatload of beer on a Friday night.
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The Deer Pile
8 p.m. Friday, $5
This beat-based music night has been taken for a few spins, but tonight's performances kicks off a regularly scheduled program, with new electronic music every third Friday of the month. Tonight you can enjoy the computer stylings of GODLAZER, MYTHirst, Furbie Cakes and Thought Lost Thought.
8 p.m. Friday, free
Head to Leon for a special Bluebook performance in honor of Jaimie Gershen and Douglas Spencer's exhibition The Shadow Knows. Bluebook is Julie Davis’s haunting analog-electro project, offering new songs and old from each of her former projects — Bela Karoli, Fairchildren and the Seven Hats. With a stage setup designed to fit snugly in the back of a station wagon, Bluebook aspires to cross-country trips connected by shows in second-rate motel lounges, Leon promises.
Danks for the memories at Civic Center Park.
Civic Center Park
10 a.m. Saturday, free
While last month's 4/20 Rally (actually slated for 4/16) was snowed out, we can guarantee that this show will go on. And what a show: Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne playing for over 100,000 cannabis enthusiasts. Plan to spend a day in the park, chatting with friends, visiting the displays of 250 vendors, listening to more musical acts and then joining in the 4:20 celebration. Admission is free, but front-row and backstage passes are available for $50 and $150; find out more here. (Wiz Khalifa will be at the Nativ Hotel afterward for a no-cover after-party.)
Keep reading for five more events this weekend.