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

Frances Cone co-headlines with Wildermiss at tonight's Summer Concert at Levitt Pavilion.
Frances Cone co-headlines with Wildermiss at tonight's Summer Concert at Levitt Pavilion. Frances Cone

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click to enlarge DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS?
Denver Botanic Gardens?
Lavender Festival
Saturday, July 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
$5 to $7

Immerse yourself in lovely sights, sounds and smells at Chatfield Farms' Lavender Festival, a blossoming showcase of over 1,000 lavender plants accompanied by beverages, live music and crop-inspired arts. Shop for lavender-infused health and beauty products while sipping lavender beer and grooving out to performances from Follow the Fox, the Lonesome Days and That Damn Sasquatch. Admission is free for children under the age of thirteen, and $5 to $7 for everyone else via the Denver Botanic Gardens' box-office page.

Westminster Latino Festival
Westminster Latino Festival
Saturday, July 21, noon to 8 p.m.
Westminster Station

Ride low and fly high at the Westminster Latino Festival, a daylong celebration of the many ways that Colorado's South and Central American immigrants have enriched the culture of the entire state. Congregating at the commuter-friendly base of Westminster Station, the festival will regale guests with delectable food-truck cuisine, lowrider demonstrations, lucha libre thrills and utterly danceable music. Admission is free; visit the Westminster Latino Festival home page for more information.

Faces of Eve: Ron Hicks Pop-Up Solo Exhibition
Saturday, July 21, 7 to 10 p.m.
B-Spot Gallery

A timeless story splashed across canvas, Ron Hicks's Faces of Eve exhibition explores how biblical archetypes inform the modern-day female experience. Inspired by ancient banishment mythologies, Hicks finds poignant parallels between the story of Adam and Eve and the present-day experiences of refugees and women fighting for a definitive role in their own narratives. The uniquely thought-provoking installation is on view for one night only, so don't miss it. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required on B-Spot Gallery's Eventbrite page.

click to enlarge WISH OF A LIFETIME
Wish of a Lifetime
Skis, Suds and Soul Summer Party
Sunday, July 22, 3 to 7 p.m.
Meier Ski Factory

Get your groove on while supporting a worthy cause — and possibly shopping for some new slope-shredding gear — at Meier Ski Factory's Skis, Suds and Soul Summer Party. The ski-centric soirée is a benefit for Denver-based nonprofit Wish of a Lifetime; all proceeds go directly toward Lifetime’s ongoing campaign to mitigate senior isolation. Enjoy a lively performance from guitarist D.J. Williams and his band Shots Fired while noshing on nibbles from Fiesta Fusion and Pappa Beau’s food trucks and quaffing Milagro tequila or Tivoli beer and wine. Visit the Wish of a Lifetime events page for more details.

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John Farris Photo
Sin Sundays
Sunday, July 22, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Church

Shuffle off the Sunday doldrums with gothic glee at the Church Nightclub's Sin Sundays, one of Denver's longest-running dance parties for the pierced and mascara'd masses. Wallow in the sounds of old-school goth, industrial and dark alternative music in one of the state's most evocative venues at a Sabbath sortie for the gloomy and glamorous. Admission is free for those 21 and up. Visit the Church Nightclub's Facebook events page to learn 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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