Don't worry if you didn't get tickets to Adele: There's still plenty of fun to be had in and around Denver — and it won't cost nearly as much. Below, we've pulled together our ten favorite events this weekend, everything from a mac-and-cheese festival to a chance to smash robots, and none of them cost more than $10. Keep reading for the details, and check out the Westword calendar for even more to do.
Colorado African Carnival and Beer Fest
4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, free
Transport yourself to Africa by heading east to Aurora. Bicentennial Park will be filled this weekend with Afrocentric marching bands, floats, fashion shows, craft, food and beer. Find more info here.
ConnectArte: Lucha Libre
Museo de las Americas
5 p.m. Friday, $5
Museo de las Americas is always a good spot to visit — but tonight it has something special in store: a traditional lucha libre match that you can watch while sipping cocktails. Between bouts, check out the Resistencia/Resistance exhibition by Edgar Flores. RSVP here.
Union Station Buskerfest
5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, free
Admission is free at this revived Buskerfest at Union Station, but bring bucks to tip the fire dancers, jugglers and other wild entertainers. Take a selfie with the giant puppet — and don't miss the famous Isabella and her hoops.
ROLL | Secret Agent
Exdo Events Center
9 p.m. Friday, free to $10
Sshhh — you'll want to go undercover for this one. Dress up as your favorite secret-agent character and then skate around to sounds from DJ Soup (after you sign a waiver, of course). Whether you're inspired by Austin Powers or the Men in Black, you'll be on a roll at ROLL. Come before 10 p.m. for free entry.
FARMCAD: a summer food, art and craft market
Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
10 a.m. Saturday, free
The Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design is hosting a series of farmers' markets this summer — but you'll find more than just produce here. At this mash-up market, you can also pick up art, try out yoga or a printmaking class, even get a henna tattoo. You can also tour the campus and grab a snack from one of many food trucks on site, so plan to make a day of it here.
Keep reading for five more events this weekend.
Mac & Cheese Fest
10 a.m. Saturday, free
Head to the hills to try the greatest dish invented by man, as restaurants compete for the honor of making the "Best Mac and Cheese in Summit County." Besides great gooey food, there will be plenty of booze, live music, community bike rides, eating competitions and much more. Click here for all the info.
Our House: The Empathy Project
Denver Central Library
10 a.m. Saturday, free
Gain new insight into this city's homeless community through the Empathy Project at the library. You can create a positive message on a cardboard sign for all to see, learn about resources for lower-income folks, discover volunteer opportunities, and even enjoy live music.
Pearl Street Arts Fest
Pearl Street Mall, Boulder
10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, free
The Pearl Streets Arts Fest is a summer institution. The mall will have it all today: lots of work to admire (and buy), lots of food options, lots of live music. Experiment with making your own art at the Open Studios Mobile Art Lab, and let the kids cut loose on the climbing wall. The art will be great and the background superb. Find more info here.
Robot Riot: Mile High Voltage
Little Machine Beer
7 p.m. Saturday, free
Combine your love of robots, destruction and beer today at Little Machine Beer. Contestants from four states will converge on the bar for all-out robot destruction. There will be loaner bots for a few lucky audience members to try out, as well as special surprises. So grab a beer and get ready for battle.
BoomBapTricks Presents: The Man of Steel Summer Tour
9 p.m. Saturday, $5 to $10
BoomBapTricks lights up its monthly party with a special guest from the Bay Area, DJ True Justice, presenting his newest release, The Man of Steel, alongside Vocab Slick and Equipto. A fashion show will be added to the mix by Flare and Square, and D Kelly will host, so you can expect plenty of tricks...and treats.
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