Of course you're going to the Westword Music Showcase in the Golden Triangle on Saturday, but that still leaves plenty of time to enjoy everything else this city has to offer, including comedy shows, brewery birthdays and a couple of beach parties. Keep reading for our ten favorite events that won't set you back more than ten bucks each, and check out the Westword calendar for even more entertainment options.
Garage Sale & Kickass Closin' Party
Ice Cube Gallery
10 a.m. Friday through Sunday, free
Ice Cube is moving to greener pastures in Commerce City, but it's going out with a bash: a garage sale and a hell of a party. Through the weekend, you can browse through the art, supplies and surprises that the gallery needs to get rid of — and stop by on Saturday night for booze, dancing and the blues performed by the Anthony Russo Band.
Sexpot Comedy Presents The Nerd Roast: Harry Potter
7 p.m. Friday, free
The nerds are back, and this time they're roasting up squad Hogwarts. Your favorite local comedians will dress as wizard characters and conjure up jokes about the nerd realm. For nerds, by nerds, so get there, ya nerds.
The Underground Stand UP Comedy Showcase featuring Ryan Singer
The Soiled Dove Underground
8 p.m. Friday, $10
There's always room for more laughter on this list and in your lives, so don't miss Ryan Singer, Shane Torres and a handful of other comics cracking jokes at the Dove. Props to Matt Monroe and Stephen Agyei for keeping this quality showcase going.
Coors Light South Platte RiverFest
10 a.m. Saturday through Sunday, free
A lot of people who've recently moved here complain about the lack of natural water in the area, but we do have the Platte, and we're going to celebrate the heck out of it this weekend. Learn how to navigate the river on a paddleboard, discover new water-based activities, catch some tunes, enjoy beer and have a nice time kicking it down at the Confluence. Get more details here.
Summer FLEA 2016
Exdo Events Center
10 a.m. Saturday through Sunday, $5
Once you buy your ticket, you're automatically entitled to a free New Belgium brew or margarita when you get to the event. You'll also be able to shop at stands set up by hundreds of local artisans while sipping on those cocktails. Don't miss the interactive recycled-art installation by local artist Gamma Acosta before you move on to games, truck food and the rest of the Flea magic.
Keep reading for five more events.
Sand in the City
11 a.m. Saturday through Sunday, free
Sand in the City is now four years old, and the beach party only gets better with time. Ogle giant sand sculptures, and spring for great food and beverages from local vendors. Don't forget to bring the kids — they get in free, and will stay busy hunting for buried treasure.
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Renegade's 5th Anniversary Block Party
Renegade Brewing Company
3 p.m. Saturday, free
Congrats to Renegade for going strong for five years now, and for bringing us this party. Renegade is shutting down the block around the brewery to present performances by Holly Lovell, Animal Electricity, Plume Varia and Inner Oceans. Come hungry, because there will be a string of food trucks — and come thirsty, because there will be plenty of tasty Renegade brews.
The Savoy Event Center
5 p.m. Saturday, $10
Get down with folks from such local dance troupes as Samba Colorado, Ascential Dance Theatre Colorado, 6Degrees Collaborative and many more. The Edge is a dance party, art market, performance venue and straight-up fiesta all rolled up into one. Classes and workshops are available for an additional fee; find more info on that here.
Stompin' Ground Games: La Raza Park
La Raza Park
Noon Sunday, free
We're still trying to figure out which Denver neighborhood is the best with the help of the Warm Cookies of the Revolution folks, who're gathering everyone in north Denver this weekend. Bring a grill and some food to share with your neighbors, then check out a monster truck as well as lowriders, motorcycles, roller-derby gals, soapboxes and pretty much anything else that involves wheels. Let the good times roll!
Splash! Poolside Fashion Show and Market Powered by 303 Magazine
Riviera at the Breakers Resort
3 p.m. Sunday, free
It's hot out there, so enjoy a fashion show while you stay cool in the pool. The show will feature summer looks from local makers, who'll also be selling their designs at a fashion market. With poolside activities for the family, this is a perfect spot to wind down your weekend.