Pack in a lot of fun this weekend without adding to your financial woes. Drink beer and listen to music at Brewgrass on South Pearl Street and at the Berkeley Music and Art Fest; watch a free screening of WeRiseUp or take the kiddos to watch Saturday morning cartoons on the big screen at the Alamo. There's a wealth of cheap ways to keep yourself amused over the next few days, including simply taking in the scenery to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. Keep reading for the ten best entertainment bargains around town.
WeRiseUP at GlobalMindED Thursday, June 6, 6 to 9 p.m. Sheraton Denver Free
The annual GlobalMindED conference unites policy makers, educators, foundation officials, businesspeople and other community thinkers in a conversation about where this world is going. The gathering includes a showing of the inspirational film WeRiseUp, which recognizes some of the brilliant leaders of today; it's preceded by a meet-and-greet with the director, Michael-Shaun Conaway, and producer Alex Melnyk. While the film is free, registration is required at the WeRiseUp Eventbrite page.
Skyline Beer Garden Season Opening Friday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Skyline Beer Garden Free The third season of the Skyline Beer Garden kicks off with a party you won't want to miss. This spot off the 16th Street Mall is fun for the whole family, with twelve beers on tap and a recreation area complete with mini-golf course, ping-pong and cornhole. On opening night (and many others), there will be live music and freshly made street tacos to complement any ale. Since admission to the beer garden is free, treating yourself to a well-deserved Fri-yay beer ain't no thang.
Berkeley Park Art & Music Festival Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Berkeley Park, 46th and Tennyson Free
A major perk of summer in Denver is spending the day in one of this city's manicured parks, soaking up the sun, tossing a Frisbee and watching people. At Berkeley Park this weekend, you can also enjoy live music and some great art. Other activities at the Berkeley Park Art & Music Festival include a kids' art station, food vendors and all-around good vibes. The festival is free and open to all, including leashed dogs; find a full schedule at the Colorado Events and Festivals website.
PBS Kids at the Alamo Saturday, June 8, 10:30 a.m. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Littleton $1 to $5 donation
The Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton is taking Saturday morning cartoons to a whole new level with the kickoff of PBS Kids at the Alamo, complete with three screenings focusing on outer space, with cereal for snacks. "Alamo for all" rules apply: Noisy young viewers won't be asked to leave, but cell phones and all other devices should be tucked away. Reserve seats at the Alamo Drafthouse website; choose the option to "edit order" and select the price you would like to donate for your seat, as well as the PBS outlet you'd like your donation to benefit.
Castle Rock Outlets are throwing a party to celebrate National Get Outdoors day.
Courtesy of Castle Fock Outlets
National Get Outdoors Day Celebration Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Castle Rock Outlets Free
Castle Rock Outlets will host an event celebrating National Get Outdoors Day complete with a rock wall, a pop-up Olympics training center with meet-and-greet opportunities with athletes, and the chance to interact with the majestic birds of Hawk Quest. A series of outdoor skills workshops will run through the day (including first-aid tips from the Castle Rock Fire Department), and several stores will offer special discounts as well as prizes. Admission is free, but donations benefit the Denver Dumb Friends League, which helps four-legged hikers find their forever homes.
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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.