Summer's almost halfway over. Don't let a weekend go by without drenching yourself in the sunshine and getting a bite of all of these tasty events. In these three days, you can party with the whole city, hang out with dragons and laugh your nights away. Drop a comment if you know of any other bargains, and check out the Westword calendar for a complete list of fun.
Fútbol Friday and Biennial Night at Civic Center Park (10 a.m Friday, free)
The Biennial squad is getting people out of their houses and creating a stronger community. Kick the day off at the Biennial Pavilion for some talk about how soccer (futbal) can lead to positivity in the community. At 1 p.m., cruise over to Civic Center to kick the ball around with some Colorado Rapids players until the big party starting at 5 p.m. Ian Cooke will be there with the Colorado Symphony, while you chomp on food-truck grub and so much more. What a beautiful way to start the weekend.
Pool Party at TAXI (5 p.m. Friday, $10)
When you were a kid, the coolest kid was the kid with the pool. These days let TAXI be your best friend, because they have the best pool in the whole city. Hand 'em $10 and enjoy brew and cocktails for free, while you splash around to the beats of DJ Nat Select.
Kitty-Cat: A Cat themed Alley Cat Race at Denver Bicycle Cafe (7:30 p.m., $5)
All the pedal pushers are invited out for this feline-themed bike race. Sure there might be some aggro-riders going for the win, but you can also just cruise it for fun too, or just come watch and support the riders. Each checkpoint will be cat themed and the race starts and stops at the cafe, so come out for a meow.
Table Read of Raising Arizona at Bug Theatre (9 p.m. Friday, $5)
It's pretty cool to think that before movies and TV shows ever go on the air that they start with a table read by the actors. It would be the coolest to be able to see one of those in action, and thankfully Cory Helie and Kevin O'Brien created this show, because this might be the closest any of us will ever get. It helps that they're doing Raising Arizona, which is naturally funny on it's own, but add Jordan Doll, Mara Wiles, Aaron Urist, Erin Rollman, Adrian P. Mesa, Janae Burris, Nathan Lund and a surprise guest as Leonard Smalls into the mix, and it's going to be a fun ride.
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival at Sloan's Lake Park (10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, free)
This festival, celebrating Asian Pacific Americans, is one of city's best. Skip brunch today because there's going to be more food than you can imagine, martial arts demos, activities for the kids and the dragon boat races of course. This festival has been a summer tradition in this town for fifteen years, so make it a part of your own summer tradition.
Pearl Street Arts Fest at Pearl Street Mall (10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, free)
Artists are coming from all over the country to show off their works in Boulder over the weekend. Come see the Pearl Street Mall transform into an artisan market full of plenty of visuals, food, beer and people. Make a day of it and then go play in the creek when you're done.
A Comics Reading by Tinto Press at Mutiny Information Cafe (7 p.m. Saturday, free)
Having someone read to you is a comforting feeling that might take some people back to childhood. Let the voice of Ted Intorcio guide you through Sara Lautmans new comic Lying and Cursing. Other comic makers will do some readings as well, so you can get into new stuff. Stick around and get weird with Daenerys and The Targaryens and their tunes.
The High Plains Premonition at 3 Kings Tavern (8 p.m. Saturday, $10)
We're just a month away from the highly-anticipated High Plains Comedy Fest, and to relieve the waiting, the organizers are giving you a little preview of the show. Get your chuckles on with Sean White from the Windy City and James Draper, Carey Denise, Ben Bryant, and Joe Tullar. Check out the show and get your money's worth on a Saturday night, because those SexPots love giving out free stuff.
#DBCExplorer Challenge: Hike Mount Bierstadt at Mount Bierstadt Trailhead on Guanella Pass (8 a.m. Sunday, free)
Denver Beer Co has been placing GPS locations on their cans of beer, which also happens to tie in with a contest. With fifty locations in all, you're invited to visit all the adventurous locations for a chance to win free beer for a year, which is rad. Check out a location today with some like minded explorers and plip-plop your way to the top of Mount Bierstadt. Score some free energy bars to help your trek too.
Lucha Libre & Laughs at The Oriental Theater (7 p.m. Sunday, $10)
Sometimes Sundays are rough, because you go hard on Saturday, and that's cool, but turn up one last time with this mash-up of comedy and wrestling. If you still haven't been, you're in for a treat with Troy Baxley ripping yarns and a six way wrestling championship of suicidal proportions graces your face.
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