The Summer Solstice marks the official beginning of summer, and with that milestone come many excuses to get outside, get active and drink lots of beer. There's certainly plenty of fun to be had this weekend, and much of it is absolutely free; keep reading for the ten best events for under ten bucks.
Jefferson Park Summer Solstice Urban Carnivale Friday, June 21, 4 to 9 p.m. Jefferson Park Free
Jefferson Park is throwing a party to celebrate the longest day of the year, with live music, vendors, Carnivale games for the kids, food trucks, and beer and Aperol spritzers on tap. For more events in the Jefferson Square Urban Street Market series, visit the Jefferson Park Farm & Flea website.
Friday Night Live Friday, June 21, 5 to 11 p.m. Ridge at 38 7101 West 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge Free Localworks, a Wheat Ridge organization helping the community thrive, is hosting a family-friendly free event. While parents enjoy live music from Jakarta, kids can make crafts with the help of Teller Street Gallery & studios. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted, but you can bring your own picnic or patronize a participating food truck. When the sun goes down around 8:45 p.m., Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse will be projected on the big screen to complete the perfect family night out.
Blank Slate Comedy Friday, June 21, 8 to 10 p.m. Diebolt Brewing Free
Leave the work week behind and start the weekend off with some belly laughs at the first Blank Slate Comedy show of the summer. Catch five funny people on the Diebolt stage: Locals Brian Flynn, ShaNae Ross, Christy Buchele and Wes Williams, along with Nebraska's Dusty Stehl. Since the show is free, you can enjoy a beer or three without any guilt.
303 ArtWay & Vision Zero Community Pop-Up Event
Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3475 Holly Street
WalkDenver, the Department of Public Health and Environment, and Denver Public Works have joined together on the Vision Zero Community Program in an effort to increase safety and mobility in the community. At this 303 Artway event, you can see what a safer street might look like and explore the start of the Heritage Trail in northeast Park Hill. There will be free food and ice cream, as well as more activities and the chance to contribute your own ideas.
Fetch Summer Market
Friday, June 21, 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2635 Blake Street
$5 Fetch grew out of the Denver Flea; while there's now a brick-and-mortar store off the Dairy Block alley, the markets will keep popping up all summer, providing a one-stop place to shop, eat and drink. At the first Fetch Summer Market, over 100 vendors will show their wares; there will also be food and beverage opportunities. Admission is $5 (and tickets are good for re-entry), so you have plenty of time to make your choices. And if you have some extra cash, the market is opening with a special Summer Solstice party on Friday night, when a $30 ticket gets you two drinks and entry into the market all weekend. Find out more on thisisfetch.com.
Sacred Way Summer Fair
Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
6774 West 66th Avenue, Arvada
$2 (free for kids under seven)
If you're in need of spiritual healing, the Sacred Way Summer Fair has you covered. Readers, healers and vendors selling metaphysical items, soaps and lotions, and other good-for-the-soul items and services will all be on hand. There will also be food, activities for kids and plenty of free parking.