We're starting to spark up the spooky time of year, so the calendar is full of ghostly galas and other sweet soirees. This weekend you can become a part of history, catch improv in the act or dance your tuchus off. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more than $10 — eight are free! — and see the Westword calendar for even more to do.
Celebrate Ink! Ink Lounge 9th Anniversary
5 p.m. Friday, free
This is First Friday, so while you're wandering along the Art District on Santa Fe, stop by the Ink Lounge and congratulate the owners on their ninth anniversary. At the same time, you can learn how to screenprint your very own drink cozies and enjoy libations from Bear Creek Distillery, Divino Wine and Ratio Beerworks.
Working Together: Season 3 Premiere
Voodoo Comedy Playhouse
6:45 p.m. Friday, $5-$7
The live sitcom returns to Voodoo for its third season. This is a completely unscripted show dealing with all the foibles of office life — and it's a blast. Get your $5 tickets here.
Downtown Denver Urban Market
11 a.m. Saturday, free
Take a fall stroll through the market in Skyline Park for a pleasant Saturday afternoon. Browse the handmade goods, appraise the antiques and try some local treats and eats. It's only a matter of time before these markets have to pack up for the season, so go now.
LoDo Alleyways: A Collaboration with NINE dot ARTS
Tattered Cover Bookstore
1 p.m. Saturday, free
Be a part of an outdoor art installation — inspired by you. Meet in front of the Tattered Cover on 16th Street and take a tour through the Dairy Block section of LoDo. Folks from Write Denver will be on hand to give prompts and let you write to your heart's content. Your work will be polished by the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, which will then turn it over to NINE dot Arts, which will create actual art inspired by the words. Make your mark on this town.
Indigenous Film & Arts Festival
CU Denver Learning Resources Center
4 p.m. Saturday, free-$5
The Indigenous Film & Arts Festival celebrates its thirteenth year in Denver with a week's worth of showings all over town. Today the festival moves to the Auraria campus for a double feature of short films and Mekko, the story of a man taken in by a homeless Native American community after a stint in prison. It's a harrowing journey of the search for home, and has the power to resonate with all of us. All films are free (but donations are appreciated); see the whole festival schedule here.
Keep reading for more events this weekend.
Cabal Creep Show: Halloween Art Smash
6 p.m. Saturday, free
Kick off a season of Halloween parties at Cabal, which promises a spooky time with an art twist. There will be new works by guest artists Daniel Crosier & Heretic Art and other Cabal members. Dress up for the costume contest, carve pumpkins and have so much fun, it's scary.
Tell Your Mom I Said Hi
Black Book Gallery
7 p.m. Saturday, free
You may have noticed the yarn bombing on trees and bike racks around town courtesy of the Ladies Fancywork Society. The covert operation of crochet queens goes overt tonight at Black Book, bringing street art into the gallery. If you fancy any of the work, you can buy it, too.
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Haunted Field of Screams
6:45 p.m. Sunday, free
Colorado’s largest haunted attraction welcomes you to enjoy the family-friendly film Hotel Transylvania outdoors under the crisp fall air. Bring your blankets and chairs; snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. And if you have dollars to spare, don't miss the Haunted Field of Screams and Dead Man’s Night Maze.
Binge Watch Live: All Female Show
Mutiny Information Cafe
7 p.m. Sunday, free
Binge-watch your TV every other day of the week, because Binge Watch Live only comes around once every two months — and it's not to be missed. This time around, a special, all-female lineup of improvisors — including the longest-running, all-female improv team in Denver, the Dishwater Blondes, as well as At the Barre, Not Your Mom, Momma McCracken and the Rapscallions — will perform.
Mile High Soul Club
Lost Lake Lounge
7 p.m. Sunday, $5
Enjoy an extra-special dose of Mile High Soul Club this week at Lost Lake Lounge. Join resident soul daddies Jason Heller and Steve Cervantes for an evening of deep cuts ranging from northern soul to R&B, funk and more. Go cut a rug, but remember you have to get back to work tomorrow.