Happy Colorado Day! In honor of this state's birthday, you'll find plenty of free activities around town. Start the weekend out right with tonight's free screening in Civic Center Park of the original, 1969 True Grit , which was filmed in Western Colorado. The scenery is stunning, and so is John Wayne's performance, which won an Academy Award. Bring a picnic or visit one of the food trucks that will roll in at 6:30; the movie starts at dusk.
Keep reading to find more inexpensive ways to keep yourself entertained this weekend, and check out the Westword calendar for a complete listing of events around town.
Denver County Fair at National Western Complex (Friday-Sunday, $10) Nowhere else in the city can you find pot, live animals and a professional air-hockey tournament all in the same place. $10 covers you to enjoy all things Denver for the entire weekend.Museum Quality Drinking at Museum of Contemporary Art (Friday, $5)
Get access to the museum, hearDenver Broncos UK
play some tunes and enjoy a tasty beverage on the rooftop patio all for only $5.Lawn Concert at Clyfford Still Museum (Friday, free)Fierce Bad Rabbit
brings its indie twist to the monthly free lawn concert. Don't forget to pack a snack and a blanket, and feel free to saunter your way through the museum -- that's free as well.The Internet Cat Video Festival at Sie Film Center (Friday-Saturday, $10)
Apparently someone thought going on YouTube to watch cat videos was too much work -- so they compiled 75 minutes of the best feline footage into one theatrical masterpiece. This doc explores the culture surrounding the Internet's obsession.
Free Day at History Colorado (Friday-Saturday, free) What better way to celebrate Colorado's 138th birthday than by learning all about it. In addition to the museum's regular exhibits, you can see American Indian dancing, and learn to make adobe bricks or pan for gold.
Book and Paper Fair at The Denver Mart (Friday-Saturday, $7) Start a new chapter: The book fair is here. Celebrate the past, present and future of all things related to books, maps and even postcards. Fair warning: buying a first edition of Moby Dick will not be under $10.
Keep reading for more things to do in Denver this weekend.Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Saturday, free)
After the last public practice before the Broncos season starts, stick around and enjoy a special preview documentary about the first players of color in the NFL.Gravity at Skyline Park (Saturday, free)
Sandra Bullock gets lost in space while you watch in the heart of downtown. Space looks super-cool on screen.
Slam Nuba Send Off Show at Crossroads Theater (Saturday, $10) Wave goodbye to one of the best slam poetry groups in the country, as its members head out to the National Slam Poetry Meet. They've won the competition in the past, so the slam should be pretty spectacular.
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These Days, A Tale of Nostalgia on a Burlesque Strip at BookBar (Sunday, free) Local author and burlesque performer Margo Christie will be reading and discussing her new novel, which takes you back to the glory days of burlesque in Baltimore through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old heroine, who dreams of stardom.