Things to Do

Ten things to do for $10 this weekend, June 22-24, 2012

It may have felt like summer for the past few months, but now it's official. The season of ice cream trucks and bike riding has begun, and to celebrate, we have plenty of events, ten in fact, that you can participate in for less than $10 -- so that you'll still have a few extra bucks in your pocket to spend on a Choco Taco. From bicycle races, tours, and scavenger hunts to a slumber party dance workout, it's all here. For a full calendar of events, visit Salida ArtWalk in Salida (Friday-Sunday, free) We hear it's cooler up in the mountains, which is definitely a reason to make a weekend of it and head up to Salida today for the town's twentieth-annual art walk. Whether you check out the numerous artist receptions, take in some live music or theater, or get away from the hubub to go river rafting, heading up to this mountain town is a great way to beat the heat this weekend.

Terminal Velocity at the I Heart Denver Store (Saturday, $10) Scour the city for typography today -- on your bike. This urban scavenger hunt challenges participants to find the letters of the alphabet all over the city, culminating in an after party with awards at Matchbox. Get out and search through this beautiful city on wheels.

Check out Denver yard sales (Friday-Sunday, free) Tis the seasons for yard sales all over town, so why head to Ikea when you can get someone else's old, moderately priced furniture and tchotchkes and walk around the city while you're at it. Brush up on your haggling skills, put on your sunscreen, and go shopping. If you'd rather not wander aimlessly to look for yard sales, search "yard sale" in the Craigslist For Sale section to find out places to hit up.

Loops 4 Year Anniversary Party at the City Park Boat House (Saturday, free) Pump up your bicycle tires to get ready for another ride this weekend, celebrating the fourth anniversary of weekly crawl Loops. If you want to be competitive you can register for the group's bike race, but if not, you can just ride along and celebrate at the after party at the Open Road House.

Hit the Road with the Horseshoe Market at Healy House and Dexter Cabin (Saturday, free) Here's another place to escape the heat this weekend: Leadville. The higher altitude (10,152 feet above sea level) is sure to offer a nice break from the oppressive sweatiness of Denver while you shop at this outdoor market. Buy art wares and more at this mini flea market and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

Better Block at Jefferson Park (Saturday, free) Explore a neighborhood you may have never given a second look to today as part of the Better Block program. For just one day, pop-up shops, restaurants, art, and more will appear in the neighborhood to encourage strolling around and demonstrate the potential of this Denver location.

To Market / To Market at Tantra Drive & Table Mesa Drive, Boulder (Saturday-Sunday, free) If you're sick of outdoor markets with an abundance of head shops and incense stands, the organizers of To Market/To Market promise that this is the place for you to shop. Targeting a hipper audience than traditional street market junk fests, this innovate shopping experience is more focused on peddling the wares of innovative artists than marijuana-leaf t-shirts. Come to Boulder today to find fresh, creative gifts and wares.

Viva Transit Historic Street Car Bike Tour at REI (Sunday, free) For yet another way to get out on your bike (and learn about Denver history!) check out this historical bike tour offered by the Denver New Rail-Volutionaries. Starting at REI, the tour will follow the old #5 street car route up Tejon, Along 32nd, ending at 41st and Tennyson. A series of historians and city planners will speak along the way, so you can plan on getting some exercise as well as learning about Denver's street car past.

Blessing of the Bicycles at St. Thomas Episcopal Church (Sunday, free) Prepare for a long summer full of bike riding with a little help from God this Sunday. Lutheran minister Nadia Bolz-Weber will bless the bicycles of anyone who shows up to the ceremony today with incense, bike prayers, and holy water, followed by a group ride to a picnic with snacks and beer. Read Bree Davies' interview with the progressive minister to learn more before you check out the event.

Dance Dance Party Party at 910 Arts (Sunday, $5) The organizers of Dance Dance Party Party akin the all-female dance party to the kind you had at a preteen sleepover. It's sure to be a way more fun way to exercise than trying to keep up with the salsa steps at Zumba. So don't worry about judgment, go to this freestyle dance party, and be prepared to sing into your imaginary hairbrush.

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