Spend your money on an umbrella so that you can get out and enjoy some bargain entertainment in Denver this weekend. From drag bingo with the Denver Cycle Sluts to an art-themed yoga class set to live music, there's plenty to do this weekend -- indoors and out. (For outdoor events, we suggest you check the event website to make sure it's still on.) Go to the online Westword calendar for more fun events, and share your own suggestions in our comments section below.
Moon Festival at Regis University (Friday, free) Celebrate Asia's mid-autumn harvest at this free event put on by Regis University's Asian Student Alliance. Now in its second year, the fest is a great way to enjoy diverse music and dance performances, as well as food from countries throughout Asia.
Cafe Cultura Family Day Open Mic at La Academia@Denver Inner City Parish (Friday, free) Express yourself with poems about family, food, even substance abuse at Cafe Cultura's open mic -- or just come to watch. The night promises a community-building evening of spoken word, music, free food, art, vendors and dance, with special performances by Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca and writer Idris Goodwin.
YOGA/ART/MUSIC/KINDNESS at Kindness Yoga Capitol Hill (Friday, by donation) Kindness Yoga will transform into an art studio tonight for its first-ever art opening. Jess Webb and Paul DeHaven will show their new pieces as well as play a set of music under the name Saskatoon, while you can downward dog and side plank to a donation yoga class themed around DeHaven's artist statement.
TIE Gifting Soiree at TIE (Friday, by donation) Support experimental film and check out TIE, the International Experimental Cinema Exposition's cozy downtown space at this gifting soiree tonight. For a donation, you can experience a night of record playing, wine, yerba mate, and learning more about the space's dedication to celluloid. For more info, check out our interview with TIE founder Christopher May.Cycle Slut Bingo at Hamburger Mary's Club M (Friday, $10 donation)
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Play bingo for a good cause tonight at the Denver Cycle Slut's fun, gaudy, masquerade-themed bingo game. Donations from the evening hosted by the camp drag comedy troupe go toward HRC Colorado, so everyone's a winner tonight. Bingo!
BuCu West Chile Fest at the Denver Indian Center (Saturday, free) At the Denver Indian Center's annual Bucu West Chile Fest, catch live music, buy locally made art, and eat food from street vendors -- all while supporting the local economy and the work of the Denver Indian Center at this free celebration.
Geohazards Day at Dinosaur Ridge (Saturday, free) Today's Dinosaur Discovery Day is themed around Geohazards. Participate in activities like gold panning, dinosaur-track painting and fossil-sifting while discovering more about earthquakes, volcanoes and floods from the folks at Dinosaur Ridge.Dog Days at Centennial Center Park (Saturday, free)
The dog days of summer may be past, but you can still go to a festival full of canines today in Centennial. The fest features dog trick shows, and there will be groomers, toy vendors and veterinarians on hand to help improve the lives of your own furry friends.
Denver Arts Festival at Sloan's Lake (Saturday-Sunday, free) Sloan's Lake Park will be filled with crafts of all kind this weekend at the Denver Arts Festival. Along with the national juried art show, there will be folk and blues music from Chuck Pyle as well as food from many vendors.
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Free Day at the Buffalo Bill Museum (Sunday, free) SCFD's free days are always a welcome opportunity to see Colorado's eclectic museums for free, and today you can visit the Buffalo Bill Museum without having to pay admission. See photos and artifacts from the life of Buffalo Bill Cody, the most famous man of his day -- and don't miss the killer view from Lookout Mountain.