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

Enjoy a free day of family fun at Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue on Sunday, June 10.
Enjoy a free day of family fun at Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue on Sunday, June 10. Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue
As readers make their plans for the approaching weekend, too many of their fun-finding efforts will be stymied by steep admission fees. However, cash-strapped locals need not despair: Westword has assembled a handy guide to weekend entertainment that's easy on the wallet. Aside from the usual gallery openings, concerts and comedy shows, the days ahead hold delightfully odd surprises like the chance to compete in an adult spelling bee or meet a pony. Keep reading for the ten best cheap and free events in Denver this weekend.

ATC DEN Summer Exhibition: We Make Our Own Wings
Thursday, June 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

We Make Our Own Wings, the summer exhibition at ATC DEN gallery, is an artful alliance of sculpture, painting and mixed media showcasing three Denver-based creators. The installation unites the delicate fiber paintings of Emma Balder, the multi-layered paper sculptures of Bonnie Ferrill Roman and the multimedia creations of Yoshitomo Saito, exploring how themes of transcendence occur and reoccur within their work. Admission is free; visit ATC DEN's Eventbrite page to register and find more information.

Adult Spelling Bee
Thursday, June 7, 7-9 p.m.

Brush up on your phonics logophiles, for BookBar's Adult Spelling Bee is seeking a champion who can outlast and out-spell the competition. In addition to winning bragging rights and an array of fabulous prizes, contestants can also rest easy knowing hat a portion of the evening's proceeds go toward Colorado Gives' Community Educational Outreach. Visit the Colorado Gives donation page to enter the $10 contestant fee — spots are filling quickly, so make haste — or make an unrelated donation, and find more details on BookBar's events calendar.

Power Move: Comedy in Action
Thursday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.
Image Brew

A consistently well-curated standup showcase with a philanthropic mission statement, Power Move: Comedy in Action enlists some of Denver's funniest people in an effort to raise funds for a myriad of worthy causes. Co-created by local funsters Nathan Lund and Aaron Urist, Power Move offers an evening of laughs, plus free brews from Ratio Beerworks and Stem Ciders in exchange for a suggested $5 donation toward the benefit of a different charity each month, an honorable tradition that continues with June's organization, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Join Lund and Urist along with guest comedians Jacob Rupp, Geoff Tice, Christie Buchele and Connor Cawley.

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Derrick Adams
Summer Opening Celebration
Friday, June 8, 5 to 11:30 p.m.
MCA Denver
$5 to $15

Denver's Museum of Contemporary Art welcomes readers to celebrate the unveiling of summer's newest installations with an artsy soirée. With new works from Derrick Adams, Lisa Oppenheim, Kristen Hatgi Sink and Patrice Renee Washington, MCA's Summer Opening Celebration offers guests a chance to catch an early glance at exciting new art while sipping Ratio Beerworks brews and noshing free samples from Bamboo Sushi. The festivities also include live DJ sets from MILE HIGH SOUL CLUB, Cooper Saver and DJ Polyphoni on the museum's swanky rooftop. Admission costs $5 to $15 via Eventbrite; visit MCA Denver's events calendar to learn more.

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Denver Public Art
Golden Triangle Public Art Tour
Saturday, June 9, 1 to 2 p.m.
McNichols Building

Denver's Golden Triangle district is a bustling transportation hub and home to some of the city's most popular attractions, which include the area's eye-catching public art. Gain deeper insight into the delightful works of art dotting the neighborhood all summer long on the Golden Triangle Public Art Tour. Public Art docents Esther Varney and Djamila Ricciardi — who rotate tour-hosting duties — lead an amble through the icons of the district, including giant animals and abstract forms. The tours continue through July 25; visit Denver Public Art's Eventbrite page to register.
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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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