Arts and Culture

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

Kyle Emerson headlines the Clyfford Still Museum's final lawn concert of the season on Friday, September 7.
Kyle Emerson headlines the Clyfford Still Museum's final lawn concert of the season on Friday, September 7. Ash Taylor
The upcoming weekend offers plenty of reasons for Coloradans to wiggle their feet and booties alike. Boasting concerts, cultural festivals, comedy shows and culinary adventures, Denver and its surrounding areas are rich with affordable entertainments. And humans aren't the only ones with plenty to celebrate as the weekend approaches; the days ahead also hold a pair of decidedly dog-friendly events. Best of all, readers needn't break the bank in their quest to have a good time: Admission to any ticketed event below is less than $10, and most of them are free.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF ADAM BODINE
Courtesy of Adam Bodine
Adam Bodine Sextet
Thursday, September 6, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Simmer down on a September evening with the genre-melding sounds of the Adam Bodine Sextet. A fixture of the venerable jazz venue's Sunday brunch concerts, the keyboardist welcomes an expanded ensemble to interpret his eccentric and eclectic compositions, including Dan Schwindt on guitar, Tom Gershwin on trumpet and flugelhorn, Patrick McDevitt on bass, Andrew Vogt on saxophone and clarinet, and Kevin Matthews on drums. With performances at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m., early birds and night owls alike have plenty to tap their toes about. Visit Dazzle's box-office page to buy tickets, $10, and learn more.

Your Dad's Comedy Show
Friday, September 7, 7 p.m.
Comedy RoomRoom

Local comedian and frazzled father Aaron Maslow joins the Comedy RoomRoom's ever-growing roster of dad-centric standup shows with Your Dad's Comedy Show, which returns for a second outing in the venue's First Friday time slot. The lineup boasts a surprise out-of-town guest, a scorching middler set from El Charrito open-mic host Allison Rose and Denver Comedy nerd-laureate Jose Macall stretching his hilarious wings in the headliner spot. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated — seriously, comics are all broke and Maslow has three children to feed, so cough up a buck or two if you can. Find out more on Your Dad's Comedy Show's Eventbrite page.

Lawn Concert with Kyle Emerson
Friday, September 7, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Clyfford Still Museum

At the Clyfford Still Museum this weekend, singer-songwriter Kyle Emerson headlines the season's final free lawn concert. A nimble-fingered folk revivalist whose confessional lyrics and breathy singing voice infuse ’60s sounds with modern sensibilities, Emerson will offer a fitting farewell to the outdoor concert season. Catch a preview of Emerson's songs on his debut EP, Worth It, and visit Swallow Hill Music's events calendar for more details.

Illustration by Kenny Be
Dogs & Donuts
Saturday, September 8, 8 to 10 a.m.
DeLaney Community Farm

Saturday, September 8, is easily the week's dog-friendliest day, and the city's unofficial day of canine celebration gets off to an early start (8 a.m.) with Dogs & Donuts. Sponsored by the High Line Canal Conservancy, an organization many locals (and their pets) appreciate for maintaining and protecting one of the country's longest and most scenic urban trails, Dogs & Donuts welcomes guests on two and four legs to explore the inviting walkways of the High Line Canal, which line the area near the historic DeLaney Community Farm and the Community College of Aurora (specifically, mile marker 56). Enjoy complimentary coffee, Santiago's breakfast burritos, and of course, doughnuts, in the happy company of leashed pups while learning about the efforts to preserve a local treasure. Learn more on the High Line Canal Conservancy's events calendar.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF EVENTISM
Courtesy of Eventism
Kidtopia Festival
Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Four Mile Historic Park

Gather your younglings for a merry marathon of imagination-sparking activities at Kidtopia Festival, a full day of fun for children of all ages. Soaking your H20-armed opponents in a massive squirt gun fight, panning for gold, making a furry friend at the petting zoo and hunting for treasure are only a few of the family-friendly entertainments presented by Eventism at Four Mile Historic Park. While an unforeseen incident has sadly scuppered Four Mile's distinctive horse-driven carriage rides, tiny attendees can jump away their disappointment in a bouncy castle. General admission is $8 per person, with family passes available for $30. Visit Kidtopia's home page to buy tickets and find out more.

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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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