Yes, zombies are taking over Denver this weekend -- but you don't have to be undead to have a lively time. If getting gory isn't your thing, you can enjoy improv, wheel into a giant bicycle show, and start shopping for the holidays. There's plenty to do -- and many of these activities are even free, as you'll see in our list of ten things to do for $10 or less. Still on the hunt for more fun options? Check out our extensive online calendar -- and be sure to let us know if we've missed an event by leaving details in the comments section below.
Denver Improv Festival at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse and various venues (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, $5 and up) The seventh annual Denver Improv Festival has been in full swing since Wednesday night, but the show will go on all weekend. Catch Denver's own Governor Jack and national groups like L.A.'s Convoy and Chicago's Switch Committee at the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Bovine Metropolis and Impulse Theater; these pros will also be teaching improv techniques to seasoned and aspiring comics during the day.
"El Dia de Los Muertos" -- a Celebration of Life! at Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (Friday, free) Join CHAC for a family-friendly Dia de los Muertos procession along Santa Fe Drive, led by Aztec dancers in honor of the holiday of lost loved ones. Then enjoy a celebration of traditional food and beverages, pinatas and face-painting back at the CHAC, where you can also see a display of artwork by local schoolchildren.
Fresh Jazz & Crisp Vinyl Series featuring the Purnell Steen Trio at Dikeou Collection (Friday, free) Enjoy live music from the Purnell Steen Trio in this beautiful gallery tucked away in an unassuming building just off the 16th Street Mall. Along with live jazz, Ken Hamel, founder and editor of DenverArts.org, will offer a unique DJ set as he spins rare jazz records from the Dikeou Collection's deep vinyl archive.
Primos Hardcore & Wrestling Presents: Karnival at Werth Manor Event Center (Friday, $10 or $5 with canned food or clothing donation) Denver's premier hardcore and wrestling company is at it again, bringing great entertainment to the ring with Karnival. In the spirit of Halloween, Primo's best players will be dressing up as heroes, villains and champion wrestlers of the past. And you'll be a champ if you bring non-perishable food items or clothing for donation -- and receive $5 off the ticket price.
Reeewind & Roll: Rolling Dead Party at EXDO Events Center (Friday, $10) Zombie freaks, unite! This party on wheels invites you to dress in your goriest glory for a night of roller skating and a costume contest. Join DJ Pop Alot in The Hall, DJ Tanastadi and DJ Corona for some sweet retro hip-hop jams and check out live painting by graffiti artist Hector Palacios inside the spacious EXDO Events Center.
A gathering of glamour and glitz! at Hamburger Mary's Club M (Saturday, $10) Shirley Delta Blow brings her gaggle of queens back to Hamburger Mary's for a night benefiting Rainbow Alley. Miss Blow, Daniella DeCoteau, Gavin Danger, Daphne DeCoteau and Zoe O. will bring their best to the stage, blending dance, comedy and some unforgettable musical numbers.
2013 Zombie Crawl at Skyline Park (Saturday, free) Get dead today with your fellow zombie lovers at this massive, faux-bloody, foot-dragging good time down the 16th Street Mall. Crawl in the spooky parade, join in for a group dance to "Thriller" and take part in the zombie-wide costume contest. This event is free, but organizers ask that you register beforehand, so the Denver zombie population can be counted for a world record. Also, donations will be accepted for Food Bank of the Rockies at the crawl.
Denver Zombie Prom at Meadowlark (Saturday, $10) Stay in costume and in character and head down to Meadowlark for a post-crawl, zombie-friendly prom. Die in the arms of a good-looking zombie as DJs Ginger Perry and Shannon Von Kelly spin ghoulish sets all night long.
VeloSwap at the National Western Complex (Saturday, $6-$8) Come see the world's largest bicycling and sports expo, which focuses on all aspects of cycling. Browse new and used parts and frames, accessories and attire, and check out the latest in cycling technology. You can also connect with pros, learn about cycling trends or take one of the many seminars offered. It's the wheel thing.
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Japanese arts & crafts show at Simpson United Methodist Church (Sunday, gree) Browse handmade items from crafters in the local Japanese-American community at this 28th annual gathering. It's the ideal opportunity to get your holiday shopping started early, while buying one-of-a-kind artwork from artisans here in Colorado.