With summer still hanging in there, this is a good weekend to get out and enjoy the warm weather without breaking the bank. We've rounded up ten activities in the Mile High City -- everything from a beach-themed roller-derby party to watching marathon runners dive into pools pull of sudsy fun -- that all cost ten bucks or less. For more happenings in the area -- including the dozens of productions that are part of the Boulder International Fringe Festival -- visit the online Westword calendar. And by all means, share your own suggestions for low-cost fun in our comments section below.
Friday Flash No.5 Post-bash at Plus Gallery (Friday, free) At 6:30 p.m., the LED screen at 14th and Champa streets will be lit up with the last in a series of original digital work by local and national artists -- Alex Mcleod, Milton Croissant III and Chris Coleman among them -- for the Denver Digerati's Friday Flash Series. Then it's off to Plus Gallery for a celebration of the final installment with a post-revealing party with music from Thug Entrancer and visuals presented by Denver Digerati curators Ivar Zeile and Ryan Pattie. Wine from Infinite Monkey Theorem and beer from River North Brewery will be on available at this closing celebration.
GAZE at the Boulder International Fringe Festival at Dairy Center for the Arts (All weekend, $8-$10) Part of the ten-day Boulder International Fringe Festival, GAZE takes a look at the fabled story of Medusa, but in a brand-new light. This show comes with a mature audiences-only warning, however, so leave the kids at home and make a date with the Fringe!
Reeewind & Roll Roller Disco at Exdo Events Center (Friday, $5 to $10) Summer never ends at tonight's Reeewind and Roll End of Summer Roller Disco. Work on your indoor tan while enjoying retro hip-hop from DJs PopAlot, Tanastadi and Corona at this beach-themed party on wheels. The 18-and-up event also includes a swimwear competition, with contestants working hard for cash prizes.
Musical Benefit and Art Auction for Dede LaRue at the Mercury Cafe (Friday, $10 donation) A self-taught artist who first gained notoriety on the Denver scene for spray-painting pink flamingos on dumpsters, Dede LaRue creates colorful, unmistakable work. But battling cancer and massive medical bills have put a strain on the beloved graffiti-artist-turned-sculptor, and tonight the community will come out in support of LaRue. A silent auction full of her pieces as well as work by other local artists begins at 6 p.m.; there will be live music throughout the evening. Katie Hoffman & Christopher Fox: New Paintings at Zip 37 Gallery (Friday, free) A veteran of Zip 37 Gallery, Katie Hoffman is making her final appearance -- after seven years as a resident artist at the space. She's been joined by Christopher Fox, who shares her love of non-traditional paint application and use of abstract imagery, for what promises to be one great show.
Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema at University of Colorado at Boulder (Friday & Saturday, free) Now in its tenth year, the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema showcases modern dance on film. This edition of the festival will take place in the Atlas Building on the CU Boulder campus, with video installations and live screenings starting at 7 p.m.
Peace Day on the 16th Street Mall (Saturday, free) Running along the center of the 16th Street Mall from Arapahoe to Tremont streets, Peace Day will allow visitors to this popular downtown strip to peruse over two dozen booths offering guided meditation, massage, activities for kids and more. This free event focuses on businesses, non-profits and activities that promote a peaceful and sustainable global future.
Uptown Neighborhood Block Party at Vine Street Pub (Saturday, free) Celebrating four years in the City Park West neighborhood, Vine Street Pub will shut down Vine Street between 17th and 18th avenues today for a full-on block party. The fun starts at 1 p.m. with the third annual Brewer's Olympics; live music from Keith Moseley of String Cheese Incident, Dave Johnston of Yonder Mountain String Band, Dave Watts of the Motet and more will fill the air. Proceeds from the Mountain Sun beer garden and food booth will benefit New Era, a political and educational non-profit in Colorado.
5K Foam Fest at May Farms (Saturday, free for spectators) This isn't any ordinary 5K: The Denver edition of the 5K Foam Fest is like the American Gladiator of marathons. Watch as participants tackle an obstacle course of ropes, eight-foot-tall walls, an electrified mud pit and, of course, slides and tunnels full of foam. Feeling brave enough to participate? Registration for the marathon is $80 at the 5K Foam Fest's website.
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Denver Record Collectors Expo at the Northglenn Ramada Plaza (Sunday, $2) Record collectors, rejoice! The annual Denver Record Collectors Expo is back, with tongs of LPs, CDs, posters and hard-to-find music memorabilia. For just two bucks you can browse the collections and inventory of more than forty dealers from all over the country. Promising recordings of well-known and obscure rock, jazz, blues, rockabilly, soul, punk, country, metal and even easy-listening artists, this one-day-only convention is sure to have something for every music fan.