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

Professional swing dancers from Swingin' Denver offer free lessons every Saturday night during the summer.
Professional swing dancers from Swingin' Denver offer free lessons every Saturday night during the summer. Harry Warters
We've finally made it to Memorial Day weekend, signaling that summer is quickly approaching. There's no shortage of things to do this long weekend: The Denver Mart Drive In is opening, providing a cheap and super- fun way to watch new movies; swingers will be taking over Little Man Ice Cream; you can drink beer both after a workout with your dog and then up in Boulder. Most of the activities on this list won't cost you a dime, but don't forget to take time to honor those who paid the ultimate price while serving their country. Remember, there's a somber reason that Memorial Day is a national holiday.

Life in Low-Earth Orbit With Astronaut Kjell Lindgren
Friday, May 24, 3 to 4 p.m.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Kjell Lindgren lived in Colorado, but the Mile High City wasn't high enough for him, so he decided to go to outer space. After graduating from medical school at the University of Colorado, Lindgren worked as a surgeon at NASA's Johnson Space Center, where he was selected to be an astronaut in 2009. Lindgren will be at the Museum of Nature & Science to discuss low-earth orbit, his 141 days in space and the future of space exploration, and will hold a meet-and-greet afterward. The event is free, but you must enter through the west side of the museum.

Denver Mart Drive In Season Opening

Friday, May 24, 7 p.m.
Denver Mart
The Denver Mart Drive In provides a nostalgic and comfy way to watch new releases. This weekend, you can see Aladdin and Avengers: End Game on the eighty-by-forty-foot outdoor screen. The Mart Cafe remains open throughout the films, offering classic movie-night treats. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the first film will start after the sun goes down; admission is $10 per person. After this opening weekend, the drive-in will remain open through Labor Day, showing new movies every weekend. To see the full schedule and purchase tickets, visit the Denver Mart Drive In's website.

Colorado Remembers
Saturday, May 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Colorado Freedom Memorial, 756 Telluride Street, Aurora
The 3,500 soldiers from Colorado who were killed in World War II will be honored at a special memorial at the Colorado Freedom Memorial, which was built five years ago. The event will begin with a free pancake breakfast; a formal ceremony at 10 a.m. will include live music, a bald eagle sighting and traditional acts of remembrance performed by veterans and soldiers on active duty. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; no dogs allowed.

South Suburban Pet Fair, Barks, Boot Camp, and Brews
Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m.
Brewery Boot Camp, 4151 East County Line Road, Centennial
Brewery Boot Camp is not letting anyone get away with this excuse: "I don't want to leave my dog at home." This full-body workout is for both humans and their pets, and ends with a beer tasting with brews from Blue Spruce Brewing (for the adults) while dog food and other pet supplies will be available. Adoptable pets will also  be in attendance, in case your pet is in need of a companion. For more information, visit Brewery Boot Camp's Exercise page.

click to enlarge The Beer Bazaar joins the Boulder Creek Festival on Saturday. - BOULDER CREEK EVENTS
The Beer Bazaar joins the Boulder Creek Festival on Saturday.
Boulder Creek Events
Beer Bazaar Boulder
Saturday, May 25, 5 to 10 p.m.
13th Street in Boulder

Beer Bazaar Boulder will be setting up shop Saturday at the Boulder Creek Festival, which offers local arts and crafts vendors curated by TheBigWonderful along with DJs spinning tunes all weekend long. The festival is free (and continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday). Beer and cider-tasting tickets can be purchased in advance at the Bazaar's Eventbrite 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.
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