Did your wallet explode over the Fourth of July? Not to worry: The days ahead hold plenty of fun that won't cost you a cent. You can look at art, listen to poetry, watch Jaws or run...for a few hundred yards, at least. Keep reading for ten ways to celebrate the land of the brave and home of the free this weekend:
Cherry Creek Arts Festival Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free
The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is back for a 29th year, transforming the streets of Cherry Creek into an outdoor gallery showing the work of almost 300 artists, both local and national; while most are visual, performance and musical artists will be on hand, too. And, yes, there will be culinary artists selling their fare, too. Admission to the festival is free, as is parking at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. For more details, visit the Cherry Creek Arts Festival website.
Friday, July 5, 11:11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Start your First Friday festivities at Headspace, a clothing store offering art and live music. Spiritual electronic beats will be provided by Wei-Chi Field, Quantum Dub artist Spaceship Earth will play an interactive set, and JakeWalker will add his unique sound to the mix. Mix and mingle with all kinds of artists; since the event is free, you can use the cash you've saved to buy a new piece of art. For details, go to the Cymatic Showdown event page.
The Secret Recipe Showcase Friday, July 5, 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Mutiny Information Cafe Free
Colorado is overflowing with talent, and this Mutiny Information Cafe showcase will be filled with magic displays, rap battles, poetry, comedy, an all-element hip-hop jam, and a lot of live music. Admission is free; for a list of everyone involved, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Saturday, July 6, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Declaration Brewing Company
Free Celebrate Saturday with a party at Declaration Brewing, which will offer food, music, games and, of course, plenty of beer on tap! Drink a few brews, then see if you can last eight seconds on the mechanical shark. At dusk, a screening of Jaws will conclude the shark-tastic evening. There's no cover to get into the party, but you'll pay for beer and food, and a ride on the shark will cost $5. For more details, visit the Shark Rodeo event page.
5th Anniversary Tiny Carnival Party Saturday, July 6, noon to 11 p.m. Baere Brewing Free
Baere Brewing is turning five and celebrating with a party you won't want to miss, complete with carnival games, and new and vintage beer in bottles and on tap. INDYINK will be printing T-shirts, and Migration Taco will be serving up vegan delights. As at every Baere anniversary party, July Jorts are highly encouraged! There's no cover; for updates on the party, visit the Tiny Carnival Party event page.
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Zoe Yabrove is a Denver native with an undergraduate degree in creative writing and a master’s in special education. She is a teacher in Denver Public Schools and contributes to Westword to get her writing fix.