Ten Things to Do in Denver for $10 and Under (Six Free)

Enjoy a cup with your pup at the Dumb Friends League's Yappy Hour at Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery on Sunday, August 27.
Enjoy a cup with your pup at the Dumb Friends League's Yappy Hour at Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery on Sunday, August 27. Ken Hamblin III
Though Denver is awash in hot-ticket entertainment all weekend long, Westword hasn't forgotten about all the Johnny-Come-Lately readers with empty pockets and nothing to do. It's entirely possible to have a great time while avoiding steep admission fees in the Mile High City, if one only knows where to look. Luckily, the following list contains ten events that Denver residents can experience for less than ten American dollars, including six freebies. From tiki-tinged dance parties and dog friendly happy hours to concerts and comedy shows, the only way to have a bad time in Denver this weekend is by staying home.

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Mercury Cafe Facebook
The Classic Swing Dance Tiki Party
Thursday, August 24, 6 p.m. to Midnight
Mercury Cafe
From the fleetest of foot to wobbly novices, everyone can dance their cares away at Mercury Cafe's Classic Swing Dance Tiki Party. Sip tasty island-inspired cocktails, try out your best hula dance or see how low you can go in a limbo contest at the event immediately following on-site dance lessons (sold separately). A re-creation of one of Mercury's most popular events, the Classic Swing Dance Tiki Party is always a good time. Admission is $8 at the door; beginner and advanced Lindy Hop lessons cost $10 for one class or $15 for both. Visit the Facebook events page for more details.

click to enlarge Brian Mashburn, “Bluebirds,” oil. - ABEND GALLERY
Brian Mashburn, “Bluebirds,” oil.
Abend Gallery
Variance Opening Reception
Friday, August 25, 6 to 9 p.m.
Abend Gallery


Abend Gallery waxes on change and its rebirth in a shared LoDo space with two other galleries by unveiling Variance, a fresh group show mixing vibrant works by old and new gallery artists. A tribute to new avenues and unexpected subject matter, this show will also reassure fans that one of Denver’s strongest representational-art galleries continues to excel.

Downtown Denver Partnership
Untapped: RiNo Tap Takeover
Friday, August 25, 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Skyline Beer Garden
Enjoy a wide range of favorite local brews while taking in an unbeatable view of the city at Untapped, DRiNk RiNo's takeover of downtown's Skyline Beer Garden. A coalition of brewers comprising Beryl's Beer Company, Ratio Beerworks, Denver Taproom, Epic Brewing Company, Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Mockery Brewing, Stem Ciders and Great Divide Brewing Co. will be on hand to pour drafts and offer tastings. The Gardens will also be livening up the proceedings with sporadic prize giveaways and musical accompaniment from the Mary Louise Lee Band. Brewhounds eager for information can find out more on the Facebook events page.

Friday, August 25, 7:30 p.m.
Illegal Pete's South Broadway

Since releasing its debut album Pintas en Pasteles ten years ago, Izcalli has amassed a loyal local following by sticking close to its roots. The band, named for the area outside of Mexico City where the sibling trio grew up, sings in both English and Spanish, rocking hard enough to shatter any language barrier. Check out what the band has been up to lately at a free concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25, at the South Broadway location of Illegal Pete's. Enjoy huge burritos along with some of the tastiest margaritas in town while getting a rocking start to your weekend. Visit the Facebook events page to learn more.

Downtown Denver Partnership
Meet in the Street
Saturday, August 26, 9 a.m.
16th Street Mall

Every week it seems like someone's trying to tame or transform the 16th Street Mall. But this time it's serious: From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 26, the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District will host the final My 16th Street: 2017 Meet in the Street Community Prototyping Series of the year. The concept behind the project is that the public can actively create what the 16th Street Mall is evolving into — even on a day-to-day basis. The event, which will include community-designed installations, outdoor cafes, concerts, exercise classes, impromptu performances and more, has been a hit with residents. Enjoying this exercise in participatory planning is free, but this is your last chance; find out more at

Union Station Farmers Market
Chef Demo at Union Station Farmers Market
Saturday, August 26, 10 to 11 a.m.
Union Station Farmers Market

Calling all foodies: The popular Chef Demo events at Union Station Farmers Market have reached the final week, with only one more chef demonstration to go before the series concludes. This week, Chef Brett Smitt of the Post will demonstrate how to prepare one of his personal favorite recipes for an early-rising crowd from 10 to 11 a.m. at Union Station Farmers Market on Saturday, August 26. Learn the ropes from a maestro of the kitchen before descending onto the market to find all the necessary ingredients to recreate Smitt's dish at home. Admission is free. Visit to learn more.

Summer Yappy Hour
Sunday, August 27, 2 to 4 p.m.
Infinite Monkey Theorem

There’s nothing more Colorado than drinking on a patio in the company of a canine companion, a proud tradition celebrated at the Dumb Friends League’s Yappy Hour series, which continues on Sunday, August 27, at the Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery. Guests can sample fine wines and enter a sweepstakes giveaway with prizes sure to delight pets and owners alike. Keepsake pint glasses are available for $10 each, with proceeds going toward care for homeless pets; $1 from every beer sold will also be donated. And of course, leashed and well-mannered dogs are welcome. Visit Denver Dumb Friends League to learn more.

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Broken Shovels Farm
Open Farm and Snuggle Fundraiser
Sunday, August 27, 1 to 3 p.m.
Broken Shovels Farm
$5 Donation

On most farms, animals generally serve a utilitarian purpose that overshadows sentimental concerns, no matter how adorable the creatures may be. At Broken Shovels Farm, however, families are welcome to visit and interact with the animals in a lovely pastoral setting, located just outside Henderson. A sanctuary for abused, neglected or unwanted farm animals, Broken Shovels has a uniquely heartwarming policy that mothers are never to be separated from their young. All these cuddly cows, goats, pigs and donkeys require tremendous upkeep, which is why Broken Shovels is hosting an Open Farm and Snuggle Fundraiser, welcoming donors to experience how happy animals live. A minimum donation of $5 is suggested for each visitor. Visit the Facebook events page for more details, including very specific instructions on how to feed the pigs.

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