If smoking weed with the masses at Civic Center Park or Easter egg hunts aren't your thing, there's still plenty to Denver in Denver this weekend, everything from debates to art openings to a three-day celebration of music, comedy and, yes, cannabis. We've picked out ten of the best events, all under $10 -- and seven of them are free! Share information on more weekend bargains in our comments section below, and check out the Westword calendar for more things to do.
The Grand Art Battle at DADA Art Bar (Friday, free) Rather than see paintings already hanging on the wall, watch the artists work right in front of you tonight at this active art experiment. Seeda Art and Mad Maximilian will take turns playing music and painting pieces that will be sold on-site. 3rd Friday Tours at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys (Friday, $6) Every third Friday, the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys offers free tours that are included in the admission price. Learn more about one of Denver's most delightful spaces filled with tiny things: Good things come in small packages. Inaugural Exhibition: Lizzi Bougatsos at Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax (Friday, free) Celebrate the opening of the Dikeou Collection's brand-new pop-up art space tonight with an opening featuring Brooklyn's Lizzi Bougatsos. The Gang Gang Dance frontwoman and artist will be DJing the opening while you check out her work.
Record Store Day at Wax Trax Records and Twist & Shout (Saturday, free) Support your local record stores at today's annual celebration of all things vinyl. Pick up limited-edition releases and see performances by Drive by Truckers (at Twist & Shout) and Howling Hex, Magic Cyclops and CP208 (at Wax Trax).
Park Club Place tour at Leonard Leonard & Associates (Saturday, $10) Get a taste of Denver history today at Phil Goodstein's walking tour of Park Club Place. The historian and author is sure to have lots of interesting anecdotes about the country club. Meet at the real estate office of Leonard Leonard & Associates at 11 a.m. to get in on the fun.
Mile High Festibowl at various locations (Friday-Sunday, by donation) There's so much going on at Mile High Festibowl that it's hard to keep it all straight, but just know this: You can drop by the 4/20 fest any time this weekend and know you can catch some comedy, mosh to punk bands, and see live art. The three-day celebration at El Charrito, Bar Bar, The Armoury, and 7th Circle Music Collective is in its third year and better than ever. Perpetual Motion at the Denver Central Library (Saturday, free) Fresh City Life's weekend music series kicks off with a performance by acoustic world fusion band Perpetual Motion. Enjoy an afternoon of original songs and covers inspired by sounds from all over the world.
Best of the Interwebs on the Big Screen at Muenzinger Auditorium (Sunday, free) Rather than staying home watching YouTube videos alone, see them on the big screen tonight. The curated selection of funny, beautiful and weird videos is sure to be much more impressive in Muenzinger.
Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Sunday, free) Whether or not you're religious, the Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks is a magical way to start your day. Watch the sun come up over the plains while you're surrounded by other early birds. It's a beautiful tradition.
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Arguments & Grievances: Comedy Debates at Vine Street Pub (Sunday, free) Denver's best comedy debate series is back tonight with a killer lineup of topics and comedians to battle them out. Bibles vs. Blunts, April Showers vs. Baby Showers, and more will be hilariously discussed at Vine Street Pub.