After the whistle blows, throw away your cares and soak up as many of these bargains as you can. This weekend you can sing karaoke, appreciate art (Denver Arts Week runs for one more day!) and dance to almost anything. Details on our ten favorite events under $10 follow; check the Westword calendar for even more entertainment opportunities.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Friday and Saturday, free
Keep riding that wave of sunshine and enjoy the very great outdoors at the Denver Botanic Gardens. While you're there, the Winter Gift Market will be selling one-of-a-kind body products, specialty foods, antiques, handmade items and much more. Holiday shopping in a beautiful setting: Thanks, Mother Nature!
Black Sheep Friday: Folked Up Karaoke
6 p.m. Friday, $5
Black Sheep Friday returns for its seventh season of weird, wacky and wild fun at MCA Denver. Tonight a live folk band comprising Swallow Hill musicians will accompany you as you sing folk karaoke — let's call it folkaoke. Plus, you get to explore the museum, which is always rad. This night was made for you and me.
The Election Is Over. Tonight, We Dance!
7 p.m. Friday, $7 suggested donation
Get out and celebrate not having to: watch attack ads, pick up the phone only to be reminded to vote, or suffer through the rest of the circus that was the 2016 election. Kick off the night by filling out postcards about what you want to see happen in the first 100 days of the new presidency, enjoy libations and food from women entrepreneurs of the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood, and, most important, dance your cares away to the sounds of Pink Hawks and the Mile High Soul Club.
La Rumba's 19th Anniversary Celebration
9 p.m. Friday and 9 p.m. Saturday, $5-$10
The party's been going for nineteen years, so big congrats to La Rumba for keeping our weekends full of dance. Enjoy bachata lessons on Friday and salsa on Saturday; the drink specials will be flowing both nights, and giveaways will be abundant.
Denver Veterans Day Parade and Festival
Civic Center Park
10 a.m. Saturday, free
Celebrate those who've served our country in the military as they parade through downtown, then meet at Civic Center Park for a festival with live music, vendors and much more.
Keep reading for more activities around town.
Historical Craft Society: Holiday Cards
Byers-Evans House Museum
1:30 p.m. Saturday, $10
Tired of the same old holiday cards? Take a gander at the rare images provided by History Colorado for this craft event. For the price of admission, you can use all of the Historical Craft Society's supplies to create very original, Colorado-inspired cards for the season.
Evan Anderman Artist Lecture and Book Signing
Denver Central Library
2 p.m. Saturday, free
Evan Anderman just released his latest series of photographs in In Plain Sight, a book that belongs on your coffee table — and which he'll sign if you purchase it today. Some of the aerial prints are currently on display in the library, and at this session, he'll present a little background on all of the flights he took to capture these amazing shots of the plains.
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Down&Out Series No. 4: Jaap Blonk with Lundy, Lowe, Smiley and Seward
7 p.m. Saturday, $5-$10
Head to Louisville and get experimental as you enjoy the vocal stylings of the Holland-born Jaap Blonk, a self-taught composer and all-round fascinating character. Joining the fun are Victoria Lundy with theremin and electronic goods, Farrell Lowe with guitar, Matt Smiley on double bass and Ryan Seward on percussion.
Phone It In Film Festival
LFX Filmworks and Event Space
7 p.m. Saturday, $5 suggested donation
The monthly festival makes its first stop in Denver, where cell-phone video by amateur comedy artists will be showcased. The silly films can only be three minutes in length, so it's not like you have to sit through anything grueling. Support the art and join the party.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
9 a.m. Sunday, free
If you haven't been to the Denver Museum of Nature& Science to take a selfie with the dude in this picture, now is your chance. Explore the facility for free, and learn about the world around us and in us.