Whether it's laughter, beers or dancing you're after this weekend (and really, you should be looking for all three), Denver has them in abundance. And you won't have to shell out lots of money for fun events that range from a comedy show to a beer fest to a Solstice dance party: We've rounded up ten that each cost under $10, and seven are completely free! To find more upcoming events, visit the Westword calendar, and feel free to share more bargain entertainment options in our comments section.
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Clips Beer and Film Tour at Twenty Ninth Street Mall (Friday, free) Sample beer -- $1.25 for a three-ounce cup -- while you watch films created by New Belgium fans tonight. The brewery will offer all sorts of esoteric beer selections for you to sip on while you watch the short movies and support Community Cycles with your brew purchases.
Untitled #58 at the Denver Art Museum (Friday, $10) Nick Cave's Soundsuit performance at the Denver Art Museum is totally sold out, but you can still see a live stream of what's sure to be a unique performance at tonight's Untitled event: Getup. And while you won't be able to get up close and personal with Cafe, you'll be able to get a tour of Western wear, sing karaoke and see an art-inspired fashion collection from Mona Lucero.Final Friday at MegaFauna (Friday, $5 donation)
MegaFauna's monthly art-and-music showcase is sure to be a blast tonight, with performances by bands like We Are Audible and Reverb and The Verse, as well as food vendors. This RiNo block party will be a giant bash, and another chance to walk around the community and discover the fine array of local businesses popping up.
Galactic Summer Solstice Butterfly Princess Party at Glob (Saturday, donations) Saturday night Glob will transform into a Galactic Summer Solstice Butterfly Princess Party to raise money for the fifth year of music Titwrench, complete with a kissing booth. With music from DJs and Talk All Night, you can dance the night away while helping the lady-oriented festival continue to bring an impeccable selection of female-identified music acts to Denver this year.
Aurora Arts Festival at Fletcher Plaza (Saturday, free) To get your festival fix this weekend, don't miss the Aurora Arts Festival. The annual celebration of the arts will be bigger and better than ever, with craft activities, games, live music, free dance classes and lots more summer fun. Chekhov on Santa Fe Drive at the 910Arts Courtyard (Sunday, free) It's a rare treat to see live theater for free, much less outside. But Visionbox, a local actors studio, will be raising the curtain on a free performance this evening, when actors perform scenes from some of the most famous plays by Anton Chekhov.
Pop Shops at The Plaza at Belmar (Saturday-Sunday, free) Shop from booths run by a variety of local artists and vendors at Belmar's on-the-go weekend market. While you're at the Lakewood complex, listen to free music on the Plaza and buy fresh produce at the weekend farmer's market.Vinyl O' Vinyl Record Swap at the Deer Pile (Sunday, free)
Get some new summer jams at the Deer Pile's record swap, which returns today. Bring your vinyl to trade and plan on picking up some rare records at the free, all-ages event.
Social Media Day at Galvanize (Sunday, free) Sick of sadly tweeting alone from your basement bedroom? Bring your iPhone for a play date to instagram, tweet and hashtag in real life and win prizes at this first-ever Denver Social Media Day party.Propaganda! at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret (Sunday, free)
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Matt Monroe's Propaganda show continues to bring a stellar line-up of comedians to Lannie's. The best part? The show is totally free -- and that includes complimentary slices of Sexy Pizza. Tonight's lineup features Portland's Ian Karmel as well as Chris Voth, Adam Cayton-Holland, Bobby Crane, Matt Gubser and Ben Adams.