Ten Things to Do for $10 or Less This Weekend (All Free!)

Jump for joy at the Mile High Dance Festival.
Jump for joy at the Mile High Dance Festival. Stan Obert
Save your money for that sky-high rent due next week: There are plenty of things to do in and around Denver over the next few days that won't cost you a cent. You can browse through art, listen to live music, and shake what your mama gave you. Keep reading for the ten best free events this weekend.

I Am Movie Night
Thursday, July 25, 7:15 to 9:30 p.m.
Grandma's House

After a serious bicycle accident in 2007, filmmaker Tom Shadyac had some major life revelations. His film, I Am, dives into his discoveries, exploring human connections, dissecting his addiction to materialism, and taking on other social issues. Arrive early to grab a beer and a spot, then stay afterward for more meaningful discussion. Visit the event's Facebook page to RSVP to this free screening.

Printmaking Circus at the Chicano Music Festival
Friday, July, 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
Professional printmakers Justin Maes and Daniel Carillo will host free printmaking workshops during Su Teatro's Chicano Music Festival. Not only will they talk about their preferred medium during these hands-on lectures, but you'll get the chance to try making a print yourself. Artist and musician Adolfo Romero will provide music to complement the day's activities, and Marialuisa Burgos will discuss all things mariachi from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. While these events are free, you'll need tickets for other shows during the five-day Chicano Music Festival.

Marvel and DC Comics Free Art Event
Friday, July 26, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, noon to 6 p.m.
Incredible Art Gallery
Incredible Art Gallery will cater to fans of Marvel, DC Comics, Star Wars and Disney all weekend long. Nationally recognized artist Christopher Clark will make the scene, which includes comic art from famous franchises. Not only is admission free, but there will be complimentary beer and wine. And if you share the event on Facebook (where you're also encouraged to RSVP), you will receive a free 9x11 print of your choice!

click to enlarge The Mile High Dance Festival will have you moving. - STAN OBERT
The Mile High Dance Festival will have you moving.
Stan Obert
Mile High Dance Festival
Saturday, July 27, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Things will be jumping at the Mile High Dance Festival, with free dance classes from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dance performances into the evening. Food trucks will be on site starting at 2 p.m. to keep you fueled through the shows and workshops, which continue until 8:30 p.m. The free fest is open to dancers and non-dancers of all ages; find a full schedule on the Cleo Park Robinson website.

Cheesman Park Art Fest
Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cheesman Park

The Cheesman Park Art Fest returns for a seventh year, filling Cheesman Park with art, food and live music. Over 150 artists will be showing and selling their work; a dozen food trucks will keep you fed while you ponder what to purchase. Find a schedule of the musical acts and a list of vendors on the Cheesman Park Art Fest website.

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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.
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