Once the tryptophan has worn off, you're going to want to get up, work off some calories and party all over the town — for cheap. Get into the holiday season by learning Chinese magic, dancing in sweaters and LOLing 'til you roll into Monday. Drop us a comment if you know of anything we missed for this list and check out the Westword calendar for more events.
Take Back Your Black Friday at Clyfford Still Museum (10 a.m. Friday, free)
Don't get your feathers all rustled spending the morning shopping in the crowds, when you can see the best collection the Clyfford Still Museum has put out so far. The Repeat/Recreate exhibit features Still's work, which has been featured in places like that the Met, Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian. Free guided tours will be available as well. Head down after 5 p.m. to grab free treats and hot drinks before checking out the Grand Illumination downtown.
Black Friday 2015 at Station 26 Brewing Co. (1 p.m. Friday, price of beer)
Station 26 makes a killer Dark Star Imperial Stout that weights in at a whopping 11 percent ABV. They took a bit of the stock and barrel, then aged it for twelve months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. If that wasn't enough, they created eight different flavor variations to go along with it. Every half hour starting at 1 p.m. they'll be releasing a new flavor. It's going to be absolute tasty mayhem. From chocolate to cherry and maple to Manhattan, it's going to be a hell of a way to spend a Friday afternoon.
Black Friday Holiday Market at Black Shirt Brewing (3 p.m. Friday, free)
If the big box stores let us drink beer while we shopped, they'd probably take way more of our money. Since they don't let's throw all of our holiday money at the wonderful artisans at the Black Shirt market. Try the breweries tasty Red Ale to get in the spirit and sip your way through the market. You'll receive a raffle ticket for every purchase you make for a BSB prize pack.
The 10th Annual Boulder SantaCon at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant (5 p.m. Friday, free)
Immerse yourself in a crowd of endless Santas for a night. A Santa suit is a must to attend, but it's okay to get creative with it and glue some cotton balls to some long johns. Stay in character and spread the holiday cheer to the max, just make sure you don't become the Santa that ends the night in the iron bar hotel. This party is known to get supper chestnutty, so follow the guidelines so Santa will still visit you this year.
Spirit Magic Kung Fu Night with Matthew Boroson at Mutiny Information Cafe (8 p.m. Friday, free)
Up your knowledge of Chinese vampire cinema, Daoist sorcery and Eastern ghost lore tonight. Author Matthew Bronson presents the evening and will sign copies of his novel, The Girl with Ghost Eyes. Asian-inspired snacks will be served as well.
A. Tom Collins 7 Inch Single Release Weekend at hi-dive (8:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, $10)
Local party boy and musician extraordinare A. Tom Collins takes over the hi-dive for the weekend with the help of his friends to celebrate the release of the bands new album Make a Mess of Me. The fun is going to get hot and sweaty, so pick a night and come check out the new tunes.
Mara Wiles and the Funky Brunch at Grandma's House (2:30 p.m. Saturday, free)
If you still have family in town from the holiday and you've run out of things to talk about, check out this late brunch party to get the fun going again. Grab some food off the truck, order a beer and then get ready to get daytime weird with comedians Bobby Crane, Harris Alterman, Zac Maas, Robert Abbott and more paired with funky music to round out the afternoon.
Little Man's Holiday Lights at Little Man Ice Cream (5:30 p.m. Saturday, free)
There might be a lot of holiday lights firing up, but this one has reindeer and Clydesdales. Those giant beautiful creatures will be around along with free food, hot drinks, live music and more as Little Man lights up their huge tree and menorah. The kids can take a picture with Santa and you can take a selfie with a big ass horse, it's perfect.
Crush City: Crush-O-Plenty at The Savoy Events Center (8 p.m. Saturday, $7)
Another monthly comedy party you have to check out if you live in this town. Crush City welcomes joke makers Derrick Rush, Harris Alterman, Georgia Rae, Deacon Gray, Carey Denise, Adrian P. Mesa and Noah Gardenswartz to the stage so you can giggle the night away. It's almost crushing considering how much fun there will be to go around.
Snap! 90's Dance Party and Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest at Pearl's (9 p.m. Saturday, $5)
In our cyclical society it's finally time for the 1990s to be cool again. The bright colors and tacky music of twenty years ago go hand in hand with the holiday spirit, so make sure you bring your ugliest holiday sweater as well. The DJs will spin all the hits from our younger days, and the ugly sweater comp will give us all something to laugh about.
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