The best place to make memories is in the car. That's why we have some events a little further out this weekend. From birds to dead guys and cartoons to collages, there's a little something for everyone to do over the next few days. Check out the Westword calendar for even more.
Monte Vista Crane Festival
7 a.m. Friday-Sunday, donations
This is like Coachella for ornithologists. Five thousand of the world's top cranes, raptors, ducks and geese descend on the southwest side of our state, and they'll fill the air with the deafening sounds of wings flapping and a noise that's like a mix between a pigeon's coo and a tiger's growl. There will be tours around the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Penitente Canyon, as well as a craft and nature fair with local artists. Click here for more info.
Frozen Dead Guy Days
Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Field
4 p.m. Friday-Sunday, free-$10
Any excuse to party is a good one, but this one is especially good. Grab a wristband to watch all the bands or just wander around to enjoy one of the nation's quirkiest festivals. The coffin race is probably the wildest event, but watching everyone jump in the frozen lake is always a sight to see as well. Check out the schedule.
Shins Listening Party
Twist & Shout Records
5 p.m. Friday, free
Apparently the Shins are still a thing, and they're fixing to drop a new album, so let's have a party about it at one of the best record shops in town. Grab a free beer and listen to Heartworms as you browse the endless selections.
Denver Collage Club Opening Reception
6 p.m. Friday, free
The Denver Collage Club art collective has been cutting and pasting its days away, so come down to Alto Gallery and see what the group has come up with. This event celebrates the citywide Month of Photography and showcases Westword favorites Phil Bender, Mario Zoots, Taylor Balkissoon and many more.
Urban Art Experience Presents: While You Were Sleeping
Spectra Art Space
6 p.m. Friday, free-$7 donation
Everyone's favorite Instagrammers and street artists, ShellieBee, KoKo Bayer, Chris Haven, Pher01 and Graffiti Mpek, are throwing an art experience over at Spectra on Friday night. If walking through RiNo wasn't enough for you, immerse yourself in a curated street art world. Live beats and rhymes provided by ICE CREAM, Travellers, Music, Taylor Tmc Mccullough and BullHead*ded. After 8 p.m., a $7 is requested.
Read on for more of the best cheap events in Denver this weekend.
Guest List Comedy Showcase
8 p.m. Friday, $5
Aaron Urist, Cody Spyker, Tyrel Hartman and many more take the stage in a side-splitting night of improv and standup. You usually have to go to two separate places for that, but it's all under one roof tonight. It'll be live, maybe peppered with some video sketches and filled to the brim with special guests. Go on and have a laugh downtown.
Saturday Morning(ish) Cartoons
Mutiny Information Cafe
1 p.m. Saturday, free
Roll out of bed at the crack of noon and enjoy free cereal and coffee while having a laugh with Wile E. Coyote, Tweety Bird and the rest of the gang. Laughter is the best cure for a hangover, so head on over.
Marquis Mystery Movie Night
7 p.m. Saturday, free-$5
Netflix is pretty chill, but the problem is deciding what to watch. Thankfully the Marquis took the guesswork out of it; we just don't know what two movies have been picked. If you're 21 and up, you get in free, so bring a blanket and a bean bag, buy a beer or six, and reach the maximum comfort level.
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The GirlyBoyz Present: Don't Wake Dad
Hooked on Colfax
7:30 p.m. Saturday, free
Nerd roastmasters Zach Reinert and Preston Tompkins team up with new acts Roger Stafford and Grayson Nite for a night of standup in a basement. Head to the downstairs of Hooked on Colfax to spend an evening in stitches.
Ratio Sessions: Beach Slang
4 p.m. Sunday, free
Brink a beer and hear some songs from Philadelphia-based Beach Slang. The musicians will be hanging out in the taproom at Ratio and talking to the Mostly Harmless podcast before their show at Summit Music Hall later in the evening. If you like what you hear at Ratio, you can pick up some discounted tickets to the concert.