This weekend is full of free events -- whether you want to enjoy art while outside or inside. You can see downtown get turned into an arcade, check out historic hubcaps or have an artsy picnic, all without turning your wallet inside out. Keep reading for ten events that don't cost more than $10 each in Denver this week.
Check out the online Westword calendar for more to do, and tell us about bargain entertainment opportunities we missed in the comments below.
Hit and Run Musical Improv at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse (Friday, $10) Experience an hour-long, Broadway-style musical that is completely improvised. This Voodoo show is prompted by suggestions from the audience, so if you ever thought you could be a great playwright, here's your chance -- kind of. Springdale Quartet Lawn Concert at Clyfford Still Museum (Friday, free) Bring a blanket and a picnic down to this free concert at one of the city's best museums. The Springdale Quartet has roots in jazz and blues, but essentially it plays what's called dance music. And you can also explore the museum for free while the quartet sounds off. Civilized Living at Fancy Tiger (Friday, free) Local designers from Loveticket and Native Clutter will be on hand for this monthly series at Fancy Tiger to discuss repurposed vintage and antique fashion. The designers will showcase new creations and illustrate their interesting techniques during the program, which is free. And you can also enjoy a beverage while you're there.
Lit Fest at Lighthouse Writers Workshop (Friday-Sunday, free) Lit Fest is a crazy-intense writers workshop that lasts two weeks. Normally it's pretty expensive to enroll, but since there are so many events, Lighthouse is opening its doors and offering a few programs to the public for free. The Speakeasy will include many famous contemporary writers, reading their work and holding discussions with the audience. All told, Lit Fest has a ridiculous amount of events going on, so check out the calendar for everything.
The Drowsy Chaperone Musical at Founders Green Park (Friday-Sunday, free) That picnic blanket is going to get a lot of use this weekend, as this free show will need one, too. The musical has been around nearly twenty years and even won a couple of Tony awards. It follows a sad guy known as "Man in chair" who listens to his favorite musical comedy record and suddenly the show comes to life. Pack a snack and bring the fam. Keep reading for five more free events in Denver this weekend. Arvada Trails Day at Majestic View Nature Center and Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge (Saturday, free) This one takes urban dwellers on a urban nature experience. Arvada has 125 miles of hiking and biking trails, and this free event will show you and your family around. There will also be live animal presentations, nature exhibits, free hot dogs and froyo. Summer Art Market at Art Students League of Denver(Saturday-Sunday, free) This free, two-day event not only showcases art from hundreds of artists, but also live music, food, kids activities and demonstrations. Legendary Denver rockers Chris Daniels and the Kings will even make an appearance.
Oh HeckYeah at Denver Theater District (Saturday, free) Tron comes to life this weekend on Champa Street between 14th and 16th streets. This street arcade will be projected on buildings and the theater district's LED screens; it will also be available on your smart phone. This is a completely interactive walk through downtown like you've never experienced before, and it's free!
Hubcap Art Show at 40 West Gallery (Saturday, free) 40 West Gallery is celebrating the rich history of luring weary travelers to stop in at one of Colfax's glowing neon diners and motels. The free event today includes a classic car show, a meet-and-greet with Hubcap Annie and hubcaps turned into art by many different artists.
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Capitol Hill People's Fair at Civic Center Park (Saturday-Sunday, free) The Peoples Fair has been going on for over forty years. Admission is free to this event with live music, a carnival, arts and crafts and much, much more.