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

Have a blast buying things from the past.
Have a blast buying things from the past. Loveland Antique Show

Strapped for cash? Not to worry: There are plenty of things to do around town over the next few days that won't break the bank. You can get active, give back...and drink lots of beer. Here are ten of the best bargain entertainment opportunities in Denver this weekend, seven free!

Country and Bluegrass Concert Series
Thursday, July 11, 7 to 10 p.m.
ViewHouse Centennial
Free
Every Thursday evening this summer, bluegrass and country music has been filling the ViewHouse in Centennial. This week, Denver-based four-piece country band Union Gray will take the stage for a hand-clapping, foot-stomping set. The music is free, and if you arrive early for happy hour, you can enjoy a $3 beer or $5 glass of wine or a select cocktail. Cowgirls who stay late can drink for free at ladies' night, from 9 p.m. to midnight. As a bonus, every Thursday you can enter to win a pair of tickets to the Seven Peaks Music Festival in Buena Vista. For a complete schedule, visit the Concert Series page on the ViewHouse website.

Celebrate fifty years of rides. - COURTESY OF RTD
Celebrate fifty years of rides.
Courtesy of RTD
RTD Rockin' Anniversary Party
Friday, July 12, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Wynkoop Plaza
Free

On July 1, 1969, the Regional Transportation District was established, providing public transportation in fifteen districts of metro Denver. On July 12, RTD will host a celebration for all the people who've ridden the bus/train over the past five decades, with speakers, food trucks, music and other family-friendly activities on Wynkoop Plaza outside of Union Station. For more information, visit the RTD website.

Pure Imagination Lemonade Stand
Friday, July 12, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The Curtis
Free
The Curtis is serving up a special event to celebrate Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, now playing at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. In the lobby of the hotel, the Pure Imagination Lemonade Stand will give out sugary beverages to kids, while adults can spike their drinks with complimentary booze. Cast members will join the party from 2 to 2:30 p.m. to mix and mingle with fans. The Curtis is also hosting a Scrumdiddlyumptious Ticket Drop contest and has hidden four pairs of tickets to the performance on Sunday, July 14, along with vouchers for an overnight stay at the hotel, somewhere downtown. Follow the Curtis on Facebook and Instagram for clues.


Mingle with Author Nic Stone at fiction Beer Company this Friday. - COURTESY OF NIC STONE
Mingle with Author Nic Stone at fiction Beer Company this Friday.
Courtesy of Nic Stone
Writer Meet-Up With Nic Stone
Friday, July 12, 5 to 7 p.m.
Fiction Beer Company
Free
Spend happy hour with best-selling author Nic Stone at Fiction Beer Company. She's published three books including Dear Martin, which earned the number-three spot on the New York Times bestsellers list in 2017. The meet-and-greet is free, which means you can afford to buy a beer and maybe one of the vegan specialties at the Truthful Bites food truck. Stone will also be at the Tattered Cover at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13; that event is also free, but registration is required.


Be the Match Fundraiser
Friday, July 12, 5 to 11 p.m.
Denver Art Society
$10
Be the Match has a mission: to match those who need bone marrow with those who donate it. The Denver Art Society is hosting a fundraiser to help raise money and awareness for this important nonprofit, complete with live music, food and a cash bar; buy some original art and the money will go to the cause. Representatives from Be the Match will be on hand to answer questions. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Global Sports Bra Squad Day
Saturday, July 13, 9 to 10 a.m.
Union Station
Free
The hashtag #sportsbrasquad started as a way to empower women to shed their shirts while they sweat. Over time, it's become a slogan for being comfortable in your own skin. Around the country this weekend, there will be group workouts where athletes will be encouraged to ditch their shirts. In Denver, women and men who want to support the cause will be going on a three-mile run starting at Union Station...and neither men nor women are required to run in a sports bra. The goal of #sportsbrasquad is to empower people just as they are.

Antique and Vintage Collectibles Market
Saturday, July 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Ranch Events Complex
$5
Antiques dealers from twelve states will be under one roof this weekend, selling everything from oak furniture to Western and Native American goods, pottery, postcards, vintage toys and antique kitchenware. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Loveland Antique Show 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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