This is Labor Day weekend, which means there are several days of fun events ahead — many of them free. Our top-ten picks include stuff for skaters, art for sludge stoners, swag for sneaker heads and something for everyone in between. For even more entertainment options, visit the Westword calendar.
Taste of Colorado
Civic Center Park
Friday through Monday, free
Summer's going out, but only after the bang of Taste of Colorado. Food is ostensibly the focus of this event, but there's also live music from dudes like Boyz II Men, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and many more. And booze, of course. Bring the sunscreen, and check out the complete schedule here. The Taste is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.
DTL Concert Series & Bazaar
Denver Tool Library
6 p.m. Friday, free
It's a wrap on the DTL summer concert series. It's been quite a party — with music, art, food and booze — and it's getting a proper sendoff. Gun Street Ghost, PrettyMouth and Granny Tweed will bring the jams, while Hippieman, Michael Karlik and Zac Maas bring the comedy. Come hungry — food trucks will be on hand.
Landskates, by Coburn Huff
6 p.m. Friday, free
Coburn Huff is a rad skateboarder, but he's an amazing photographer as well. See the two combine in this show at Buffalo Exchange, featuring photos shot over the summer, and pick up a new/old outfit while you're at it.
Creating Crumbling Cosmos: A Retrospective Screening of Films by Evan Mann
7 p.m. Friday, free
Meet award-winning shorts filmmaker Evan Mann at Leon, which will show eight of his films — featuring monochromatic worlds, furry creatures, stop motion and all kinds of amazement — and then host a Q&A with the Colorado native.
Hesh Magic: Cosmic Offerings From The Witch, The Wizard, and The Wolf
7 p.m. Friday, free
Fresh off the lunar eclipse, The Witch, The Wizard and The Wolf make their first appearance from a stoner planet of a galaxy eons away. All they've brought is their offerings of pen and ink, and possibly a couple of Magic the Gathering decks. See what these purveyors of the cosmic green have in store for us earthlings before they return to the cosmos. Get a feel for it here.
8 p.m. Friday, donations-$10
Missed all the big music festivals this summer? Make up for lost time at FOMO, which will feature a largely EDM lineup with such performers as Antithexist, Tiger Uppercut and many more. Bring whatever goods you need to party; booze service is limited.
Keep reading for more events this weekend.
Feral First Friday Film Series - Drawn
Feral Mountain Co.
8 p.m. Friday, free
The final installment of Feral's summer film series will feature artist and rock climber Jeremy Collins, who's searching for answers to the meaning of life — and for perfect lines up the sides of mountains. Bring a chair and some beverages to maximize your experience.
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FISE World Series
Denver Performing Arts Complex Sculpture Park
10 a.m. Saturday-Monday, free
A huge BMX and skateboard contest is bringing international athletes to Denver this weekend. Take a stroll downtown and see skaters and riders hitting the park installed at Sculpture Park. But if you want to make sure you catch the best action, first check out the FISE schedule.
Sexpot Comedy Presents Good Cop, Bud Cop in Boulder with Geoff Tate & Emma Arnold
License No. 1
6 p.m. Saturday, $5
A couple of quality comedians are coming to Boulder this evening, one a bee keeper and the other a serious Cheers enthusiast. Geoff Tate hangs out with Doug Benson a lot, and so does Emma Arnold, who's also an author and mother of six. This odd couple is guaranteed to get you giggling; find your $5 tickets here.
11 a.m. Sunday, $10
Some people spend money on their family or their dog, while others just splurge on sneakers. This festival will be full of all kinds of expensive, rare, rad and fly sneakers. Buy, sell or trade and get your after-summer looks in line.