We're high on the Mile High City these days, and this weekend offers many examples of why Denver is such a great place to live. You can space out on space, learn to love animals and drink plenty of cold beer — all without lightening your wallet too much. Our ten favorite events for under $10 follow; check out the Westword calendar for even more entertainment opportunities.
Astronomy on Tap
7 p.m. Friday, free
Booze is supposed to fry your memory, but there's no way you'll be a space case tonight. Astrophysics and planetary-science grad students Becky Nevin, Thomas Rogers and Baylee Bordwell present out-of-this world information at this mash-up of learning and slurring featuring asteroids, rockets, galactic bugs and locally crafted beer from Wynkoop Brewing Co.
Denver International Festival
Civic Center Park
10 a.m. Saturday, free
With around two million people running around metro Denver, there's bound to be someone from every country on the planet. The first-ever Denver International Festival will celebrate all these global citizens at an event featuring over thirty food trucks, a beer garden, live music, free health screenings, interactive art, cultural displays and much more. Find out how to rock your world here.
Jefferson County Fairgrounds
10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, $10
Learn how tasty it is to practice a cruelty-free lifestyle at this year's VegFest. Sample hundreds of products that are delicious, environmentally friendly and free of animal products while checking out live bands and presentations by doctors and activists. Get the whole scoop by clicking here.
Westminster Latino Festival
Irving Street Park
11 a.m. Saturday, free
Another first-time festival goes live today in Westminster. You can do a little Zumba; dance to salsa, mariachis or reggaetón; and eat all the spicy food you can handle. Find more info here.
Keep reading for five more events this weekend.
Great Divide Barrel Bar
2 p.m. Saturday, $5
Denver has a strong biking community and a stronger beer community, and the two will meet today in the Brighton Bikedown, where you can check out services from local pedal shops while trying brews from a handful of breweries in the area. There will also be food trucks and music from Gun Street Ghost, Gritz Gaskan and Tnertle. Rock and roll!
Longmont Songwriters Festival
300 Suns Brewing
4 p.m. Saturday, free
There's some real talent north of Denver, and you can hear an impressive lineup at 300 Suns today. Longmont will get down with intimate performances by Foxfeather Music, Brian Rezac, Antonio Lopez, Eric Adrian Gonzales and Sandra Jean MacDougall.
6 p.m. Saturday, free
Freak shows, sci-fi fashion and technology galore converge on City Hall tonight, when you can experience virtual reality, meet drones and robots, investigate steampunk stuff and get back to the future — for free! RSVP here, fast.
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Nathan Kalish and the Last Callers
Broken Shovels Farm
6 p.m. Saturday, $5
Broken Shovels is much more than a farm — though it does offer fresh produce and the cutest goats in town. But tonight you can also enjoy live music by Nathan Kalish and the Last Callers after you tour the farm and pet the animals. Bring a blanket and your favorite treats to enjoy along with the music.
The Underground Stand UP Comedy Showcase featuring Will Weldon
The Soiled Dove Underground
8 p.m. Saturday, $10
Welcome quick-witted and high-energy comedian Will Weldon to the Underground tonight. He'll be tickling your funny bone from the headliner spot, but Jason Keyes, Cody Spyker and Alan Bromwell get to warm up the evening's chuckles.
Final Beer Bust at Logan Street
The Denver Wrangler
4 p.m. Sunday, $10
The Sunday beer busts at 17th and Logan have been legendary: Buy a cup for $10 and drink all the Coors Light or Killian's you want, while partying...hard. But the Wrangler is about to move into Five Points, so the burly gay bar is opening up the parking lot next door for one last goodbye bash. You won't want to miss the party!