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

"Helpful Specter" and other works by Jenny Morgan debut this weekend at MCA Denver's SKINDEEP exhibit.
"Helpful Specter" and other works by Jenny Morgan debut this weekend at MCA Denver's SKINDEEP exhibit. Jenny Morgan

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click to enlarge BOULDER CREEK EVENTS
Boulder Creek Events
7. Thirtieth Annual Boulder Creek Festival
May 27-29, Hours Vary
Boulder Central Park

Widely considered Boulder's favorite annual event, locals have been jump starting their summers with the Boulder Creek festival for over a quarter century. Taking over Downtown Boulder for a weekend, the free Creek Festival offers nine different event areas packed with over 500 vendors. A carnival atmosphere rules the weekend, whether you're shopping for arts and crafts or reliving your youth on amusement park rides. Guests can also enjoy live performances from musical acts such as the Dead Phish Orchestra, Space Orphan and Hazel Miller. The fun continues throughout the day and all weekend long. Visit the Boulder Creek Events page to learn more.

8. BookBar Birthday Party
Saturday, May 27, 6 p.m.

In Denver's cutthroat real-estate market and business climate, four years of operation is truly something to celebrate, particularly when the establishment in question enriches Denver's cultural community like the BookBar does. A gem of the Tennyson Arts District, the BookBar team have a fun-filled celebration planned on Saturday. Revelers at this free event can begin the evening with a splash as they try their luck at a local author dunk tank before testing their mettle in a literary trivia contest and an adult spelling bee. Sample noshes from the new Spring menu as well as cake and champagne will also be available. Visit BookBar's events page to learn more.

9. Sexpot Comedy Presents Ramon Rivas II

Saturday, May 27, 7 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera

Although his laid-back stoner vibe is a perfect fit for our perpetually chill city, Ramon Rivas II is a defiantly proud Clevelander. While he's worked constantly in other cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, Rivas has always repped Believeland, where his Accidental Comedy showcases are a bedrock of the local scene. His low-profile is due to change however, as Rivas was one of only seventeen comics selected to record a Comedy Central Half Hour special without the assistance of a manager or agent. Rivas's self-starting work ethic and love of ganja make him an ideally simpatico comic for Denver's Sexpot Comedy, which has come roaring back this month with a series of showcases at the uber-hip Syntax Physic Opera. Tickets, $7, are available from Nightout.

click to enlarge JACOB D'ARMAND
Jacob d'Armand
10. Shakesbeer's A Midsummer Night's Dram
Sunday, May 28, 7:30 p.m.
Ratio Beerworks

Revel in the mortal foolishness of the Wit's Shakesbeer, a beery troupe of players presenting original adaptations of William Shakespeare's classic plays. A Midsummer Night's Dram adapts one of the Bard's goofiest plays into a fleet and funny hour-long show. Furthermore, in grand Elizabethan fashion, the Shakesbeer players will be quaffing brews right alongside the groundlings in the audience throughout the performance. Premiering at 7:30 p.m. on May 28 and continuing every Sunday until June 12 at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer Street), Shakesbeer's A Midsummer Night's Dram will be popping up at different venues across town throughout the summer. While "the course of true love may never run smooth," the same can't be said of Ratio's fine craft beers. Free admission.

For more events, check the Westword calendar.
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