Ten Things to Do in Denver This Weekend (All Free!)

Cherry Creek Arts Festival runs July 5 through 7.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival runs July 5 through 7. Danielle Lirette

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click to enlarge Hydrate at Station 26 Brewing during a fun run this weekend. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Hydrate at Station 26 Brewing during a fun run this weekend.
Danielle Lirette
Run for the Cure 0.5k
Saturday, July 6, 2 to 6 p.m.
Station 26 Brewing Co

The decimal point in this fun run is important; it signifies the difference between a run that's over three miles long and one that's just over a quarter of a mile, designed for those who like beer and exercise, particularly at the same time. If that distance still sounds excessive, keep in mind that at 0.2 kilometers there will be a cold-brew and doughnut stop to fuel you for the last stretch. There's no entrance fee, but proceeds from beer purchases at the after-party will go to the Colorado Professional Fire Fighter's Foundation. And to help with refueling, Basic Kneads Pizza will roll in after the race ends.

First Saturday Poetry
Saturday, July 6, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The First Saturday Poetry Series at BookBar recognizes poets of all backgrounds and writing styles. This month's edition will showcase Erica Hoffmeister, who hails from Southern California and writes about home and other real-life concepts, and Denver's Daniel Klawitter, whose work appeals to both kids and adults in the manner of Shel Silverstein. Admission is free; happy hour with half-off wine starts at 4:30 p.m., readings at 5:30.

click to enlarge Owner Steven Alix took a ride on the bull at last year's rodeo. - CALEB ROTH
Owner Steven Alix took a ride on the bull at last year's rodeo.
Caleb Roth
Gay Rodeo
Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
X Bar
Yeehaw! Grab your cowboy boots and ass-less chaps for the gay rodeo bash at X Bar. Come early for buy-one-get-one drinks during happy hour, which runs from 3 to 8 p.m. After you think you've have enough liquid courage, saddle up and see how long you can last on the mechanical bull, then grab your partner (or find one) and do-si-do around the dance floor. There's no cover (though you might want to consider some with those chaps.)

World Cup Watch Party
Sunday, July 7, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Dick's Sporting Goods Park
The members of the USA women's team have played their hearts out, earning a place in the FIFA Women's World Cup finals. While it's a little late to head to France to cheer them on, Dick's Sporting Goods Park will be broadcasting the game on the stadium scoreboard. Gates will open at 8:30 a.m., so you can buy some snacks and still find a seat by the first kick at 9 a.m. USA! USA!

The Great Phil Family Reunion
Sunday, July 7, noon to 11 p.m.
Civic Center Park

Summer Jam at Watkins Glen in 1973: the party that keeps on giving. It was bigger than Woodstock, which marks its fiftieth anniversary this year. Prep for that anniversary at the Great Phil Family Reunion, which honors Phil Bianchi, the man who helped bring the Denver Deadheads together, and will also pay tribute to the legends that took the stage at the iconic Watkins Glen festival. Colorado-born Shakedown Street will pay tribute to the Grateful Dead; music made famous by the Band will be played by Three Days in the Saddle, with special guest Bill McKay of Leftover Salmon. Meanwhile, the Allman Brothers Band will be honored by Mountain Jam — a Tribute to the Allman Brothers. The concert is free, but registration is required.

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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.
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