10 things to do for $10 this weekend, July 29-31, 2011

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Rent is due on Monday, which means unless you're some type of money-saving wizard, you're probably a little short on cash this week. Don't worry, though: There is a ton of stuff to do this weekend for under ten bucks, including the Denver County Fair, which all on its own can take up your entire weekend. But if you're not into eating contests and fried foods, we've still got plenty to choose from.

Grawlix at the Avenue Theater (Friday, $7) Every month we tell you that you should go to Grawlix, and every month you nod your head and briefly consider doing so, but instead you just fall asleep on the couch with your hand on the remote. This week, though, you'll make it there, because it's one of Denver's best comedy shows, with stand-up, short videos, sketches and plenty more to keep you entertained from 10:30 p.m. til midnight.

A Midsummer Night's Travesty Comedy Film Fest at 3 Kings Tavern (Friday, $8) If you ask us, the biggest problem with comedy films right now is they're too damn long. Who thinks it's a good idea for a comedy to be two hours? If you're with us on this, you'll appreciate the film festival going down at 3 Kings tonight, where it's all about short films. No epic bromances, twisted plot lines or continual remakes of a film about two friends deciding to have sex.

Repro Redux at Sputnik (Friday, free) This is your last chance to check out Joseph Findiess' massive spray-painted works at Sputnik. They're reimaginings of classic images and sayings, but most importantly, they're gigantic and look fantastic on the wall. Steampunk: Mechanical Science Meets Victorian Romance at TACtile Textile Arts Center (Friday, free) The steampunk show at TACtile only has about a week left of its display, so if you haven't made it down there yet, you should do so with haste. It's essentially all about remaking Victorian-era textures in a way that's more steampunk-like, which we can only assume means adding more bronze and topping it off with some goggles. Denver Country Fair at the National Western Complex (Friday-Sunday, $10) A pass for the whole weekend will run you $25, but if you can't handle all that, a single day will only cost $10. It's a darn good deal too, because the ridiculous amount of entertainment you'll get for a measly price will have you talking for weeks.

Buffalo Bill Days in Downtown Golden (Friday-Sunday, free) As if there weren't enough festivals and fairs and what-not going on this weekend, your weekend just got more packed with the Buffalo Bill Days. Parades, live music, a classic-car show, pancake breakfasts and plenty more will be taking over the streets of downtown Golden in celebration of Buffalo Bill.

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (Saturday-Sunday, free) There is so much Japanese culture smashed into the Dragon Boat Festival it's hard to keep track of everything, but the main event, the actual boat races, should be a draw enough for most people. Eighteen paddlers, a drummer and a flag catcher pile into a boat and race across Sloan's Lake. If that's not your thing, there are plenty of other activities, including performances, markets, play areas and more.

Denver LGBT Wedding Expo (Sunday, free) The purpose of the LGBT Wedding Expo is pretty simple: provide a place where would-be married LGBT folks can shop and hunt for bridal materials without feeling the awkward stares. It's still a bridal show through and through, but it's meant to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all types.

Hot Dog Eating Contest at Steve's Snappin' Dogs (Sunday, free) It'll cost you $25 if you actually want to participate for some reason, but if you'd like to sit around and gawk, you can do so for free. It may be the best weight-loss plan this side of Jenny Craig.

George R.R. Martin at Tattered Cover Colfax (Sunday, free) Tattered Cover is expecting a huge turnout for this, but provided you've already ponyed up the cash for Martin's newest book, A Dance With Dragons at Tattered Cover, you'll be able to get in and have him sign a copy. If not, you can still purchase the book before Sunday. Unfortunately, it turns out Martin's appearance won't come with a Q&A section, but for fans looking to get a signature, this might be your only chance.

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