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Free for All: The Five Best Free Events This Week

Skate among the skyscrapers when the Downtown Denver Ice Rink returns to Skyline Park on Tuesday, November 20.
Skate among the skyscrapers when the Downtown Denver Ice Rink returns to Skyline Park on Tuesday, November 20. Brandon Marshall
Thanksgiving week has arrived, and while you might think that entertainment offerings in the days ahead are as sluggish as a turkey-stuffed drunken uncle, Denver's creative community will surge through the holiday with plenty of ways for you to avoid your families. Whether you fancy laughing, skating through an urban park remade into a winter wonderland, or burning calories for a worthy cause, you don't need to dip into your feasting funds. Here are the best free events in Denver this week.

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Brandon Marshall
Downtown Denver Ice Rink
Tuesday, November 20, through Sunday, February 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Skyline Park

Don a pair of skates and hit the ice when the Downtown Denver Ice Rink again transforms Skyline Park into a winter wonderland. One of the city's fondest annual traditions, the seasonal installation invites visitors of all ages to skate among the skyscrapers; mingle with costumed characters like Santa Claus and Parade of Lights-leading penguin mascot Major Waddles; boogie down to Friday night DJ dance-offs; wobble through balance and flexibility-challenging rounds of "Snowga"; or marvel at graceful performances by the Denver Figure Skating Club. The rink opens up on Tuesday, November 20, and will stay open through Sunday, February 3. Admission is free; skate rental is $6 to $8 (or bring your own). Visit the Downtown Denver events calendar for more details.

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South Broadway Ghost Society
Wednesday, November 21, 7 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe

Gaze into the great beyond with the South Broadway Ghost Society, a spooky soirée that brings creatives from Denver's literature, theater, comedy and music scenes together for an evening of frights and delights. In addition to readings by such local storytellers as Lewis Neef, Ralonda Simmons, Brian Flynn, Sarah Rodriguez, erstwhile Westword scribe Josiah Hesse and many more, the paranormal proceedings include performances by Claire Heywood and Dustin Whatley, psychic readings by Bridget Callahan, and a dance party soundtracked by DJ Ghost VII. The South Broadway Ghost Society recommends a minimum $5 donation for the performers, but no one with empty pockets will be turned away — haunted for eternity maybe, but not turned away. Visit Mutiny Information Cafe's Facebook events page to find out more.

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Ratio Comedy host Matt Cobos.
Andrew Bray
Ratio Comedy Night
Wednesday, November 21, 8 p.m.
Ratio Beerworks

Tap into a keg full of frothy funsters when Ratio Comedy Night returns for another round of good cheer and even better beer. Hosted and curated by Matt Cobos (a Denver comic with a mane that can't be contained), Wednesday's lineup offers comedy nerds a chance to check out local up-and-comers like Titus Milan; visiting performers Austin's Colton Dowling, L.A.'s Zoe Rogers and Morgan Miller; and prodigal Denverite Stephen Agyei as they warm up the stage for headliner Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. Learn more on the Ratio Beerworks Facebook events page.
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Byron Graham is a writer, comedian and gentleman thief from Denver. Co-host of Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, the deathless Lion's Lair open mic and the Mutiny Book Club podcast, Byron also writes about comedy for Westword. He cannot abide cowardice, and he's never been defeated in an open duel.
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