The time for ice cream and outdoor fun is finally here, and there's plenty to do in Denver this weekend that will get you outside without going outside of your budget. You can celebrate National Trails Day with a spectacular hike, mark time at the annual Chalk Art Festival or just stay inside for an illuminating experience at a psychic fair. Keep reading for ten events that cost $10 or less; for more weekend fun, check out the Westword calendar. And feel free to share more bargains in our comments section.
Mirage at Plus Gallery (Friday, free) Mirage features the motion-based artwork of seven artists who were commissioned by Denver Digerati to create public art to be shown downtown. See pieces from Milton Croissant III, Justin Beard, Chris Coleman and more at this multimedia show.
Praxis Grand Freaking Opening at Praxis Creative Space, 1120 West 12th Avenue (Friday, by donation) Check out Denver's newest arts and music collective at tonight's grand opening, which will showcase art from Sam Limanski, Talia Migliaccio and more, as well as performances by Chatterbox and the Latter Day Satanists and Hobo Pop, among others. Bid on items from the silent auction, eat snacks, and donate at the door to help this new community space keep its doors open.
Untitled #57: Darn at the Denver Art Museum (Friday, $10) The Denver Art Museum's monthly party is all about textiles tonight. Crochet and eat cookies, learn to weave with soumak knots, and find out how to mend torn clothes. All artfully. As always, Untitled is also a great way to see the DAM's vast collection on a happening Friday night.
Final Friday Urban Walk and Bazaar at MegaFauna (Friday, donations starting at $5) Explore the flourishing RiNo neighborhood at MegaFauna's inaugural, last Friday community-building block party, which will feature tons of bands, vendors and food carts. Support the local music and business community and, as an extra bonus, donating will get you a wrist-band that includes discount tickets to the Westword Music Showcase.Ian Cooke Concert Lupus Benefit at Jack-n-Grill (Friday, $5)
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Help support the Lupus Foundation of America today while listening to the sweet tunes of Ian Cooke and enjoying snacks from the grill. Know that your $5 donation and all proceeds from the evening will be donated to help fund lupus research and support for those with the disease.
Family Workshop at the Dikeou Collection Pop-Up Space (Saturday, free) New York artist Nils Folke Anderson creates interesting artwork out of styrofoam -- and today, you can, too. Listen to music from the Dikeou Collection's vast vinyl archive while you build styrofoam art pieces at this all-ages workshop.
June Psychic Fair and Isis Anniversary at Isis Books & Gifts (Saturday, free) Step beyond the material world at an anniversary party and psychic fair at Isis, Denver's longtime metaphysical shop. Psychics will be on hand to offer readings along with personal astrological consultations and discussions of animal communication and mediums, so you can speak with other realms and also celebrate the shop's very real presence in Denver.
National Trails Day at Majestic View Nature Center and Two Ponds Wildlife Refuge (Saturday, free) Get out and enjoy the great outdoors in Arvada today at National Trails Day. With scheduled group bike rides, live animal presentations and plenty of nature walks, this is an ideal way to get some exercise and relish Colorado's natural beauty. Denver Chalk Art Festival at Larimer Square (Saturday-Sunday, free) There's something haunting about temporary art that's created with full knowledge that it will soon be washed away. Every year, the Denver Chalk Art Festival provides a place for over 200 artists to spend hours creating amazing chalk pieces downtown. Wander the transformed streets and see these astounding pieces before they inevitably disappear.
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Multifaceted Diamond Yoga Workshop at Hinterland (Sunday, $10 suggested donation) See Gemma Bayly's stunning new show today while you connect to your deeper self at a Diamond Yoga Workshop with Neko Elko. Bayly's beautifully penciled mandalas will be the perfect backdrop for a Sunday morning of asanas.