Rent just posted and your bank account is looking a little desolate, but your weekend will be rich with bargain entertainment activities. First Friday, the Kentucky Derby, Star Wars Day and Cinco De Mayo have filled the calendar with great things to do. And as a bonus, the Denver Art Museum is free all day on Saturday. Keep reading for ten events that won't set you back more than ten bucks.
Great Western Alpaca Show Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. National Western Complex Free
Head to the National Western Complex for the annual Great Western Alpaca show. Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies is hosting the event, which will have vendors, displays, lots of animals and a competition in which alpacas will compete against each other in several events, including long jump and limbo. The main performance will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday; at 9 a.m. Sunday, young halters will take the stage with their alpaca for the youth competition. The weekend is free; see the complete schedule on the GWAS schedule page at alpacabreeders.org.
Zero Party: MTV's Spring Break With Ladies Fancywork Society
Friday, May 3, 6 to 10 p.m. PS Design, 2921 Walnut Street Free
PS Design believes that artists should have a space to create and express themselves, and it supports this notion by providing a commission-free space for artists with the motto "zero bucks and zero fucks." Celebrate the concept at a Zero Party decorated with work by the Ladies Fancywork Society, including the Stenciled Doily Mural adorning the outside of the building. Inside, see more whimsical LFS work while DJ Rice Cube spins tunes that make you feel like you're on MTV Spring Break. LFS will be selling art, pins and koozies throughout the evening, so bring some spare cash, an open mind, dancing shoes and a cup to be filled by Ratio Beerworks. Find out more on the Zero Party Facebook page.
Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale
Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free Backyard barbecue season is quickly approaching, which means it's time to start working on your yard. The Denver Department of Public Works is hosting its annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale, providing local gardeners with crucial supplies for the season. Highly discounted compost can be purchased at the Havana Nursery; free mulch will be available at this location as well. You can also get free mulch at Bear Creek Park, Fred Thomas Park, Sloan's Lake Park and Veterans Park; bring your own pitchforks to dig up the mulch, as well as bags or tarps to pack it in. For more information, visit the Denver Government Trash and Recycling page.
Free Comic Book Day 2019
Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vision Comics & Oddities
May 4 has been lovingly deemed Star Wars Day, since fans tagged the date with a variation of "May the force be with you." And not only is the Fourth with you this Saturday, but it's also Free Comic Book Day. Star Wars starship designer Collin Cantwell will be making an appearance at Vision Comics & Oddities to help celebrate both pop-culture holidays; videos of creations like the Millennium Falcon, TIE Factor and, of course, the Death Star will be shown throughout the day. The event is free; fans can pay $25 for Cantwell's autograph on their own possession or a print or model photo.
Phish Chicks and Friends Spring Shakedown Saturday, May 4, 1 to 5 p.m. Factotum Brewhouse Free The Phish Chicks and Friends Spring Shakedown will roll out for the second year, providing a place for Phish fans to buy tons of handmade Phish items as well as other goods: jewelry, Phish-branded apparel, tie-dye, herbal supplements and essential oils. Phish will be back in August, so now's the time to outfit yourself for the show. Admission is free, but you'll want to buy some of the great Factotum beers.
Screen and Tell
Saturday, May 4, 1 to 5 p.m. Denver Open Media
Every first Saturday of the month, Colorado filmmakers present their work at Denver Open Media, which shows ten-minute films throughout the day. Rebecca St. John is the featured youth filmmaker this round; actor, writer, director and producer Ivan Pavletic is the featured filmmaker. Both will be available to answer questions following their films. Family-friendly films will be shown until 3 p.m., PG-rated films from 3 to 5 p.m. Purchase tickets at the door for $5, and find a full schedule on the Screen and Tell Facebook event page.
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Zoe Yabrove is a Denver native with an undergraduate degree in creative writing and a master’s in special education. She is a teacher in Denver Public Schools and contributes to Westword to get her writing fix.