Even though rent is due next week, there's no need to stay inside and eat ramen: The calendar is overflowing with free or inexpensive entertainment opportunities. This weekend, you can attend eclectic music events, celebrate dogs or eat plenty of tacos. Keep reading for ten great (and cheap) things to do around Denver over the next few days.
Highlands Square Ensemble
Thursday, June 27, 6 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 1373 Grant Street
The Highland Square Ensemble offers free concerts around the city that further the appreciation of chamber music; the group includes talented musicians who boast a wide range of professional experience, including stints with the Colorado Symphony. This performance at the First Baptist Church led by Felix Petit will focus on composers Prokofiev, Haydn and Ponce.
COFOH Live & Undead
Thursday, June 27, 7 to 8 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe
The first-ever Colorado Festival of Horror, set for November 11-13, will offer plenty of thrills and chills; to get you in the spooky mood, the fest is offering a series of live interviews. At this Live & Undead event, Richard Taylor and Zach Beins, creators of the horror comedy Atom the Amazing Zombie Killer, will spill some secrets. For a full schedule of the Live & Undead events, visit the COFOH's Facebook events page.
Summer Concert Series: Stillhouse Junkies
Friday, June 28, 7 to 9 p.m.
The dominant theme this summer seems to be free concerts, and you won't hear us complain. On June 28, the Terminal Bar's enlarged patio at Union Station will host the Stillhouse Junkies, finalists in the 2018 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, who will share their unique blend of funk and bluegrass. The concert series continues on the last Friday of every month through August 30; for details, visit the Terminal Bar's Facebook event page.
Rough, a Comedy Show
Friday, June 28, 8 to 11 p.m.
$5 online, $10 at the door
Comics put their old jokes on the line at Rough, a comedy show that focuses on the the writing process. Performers dig out old jokes to see how the world has changed since they first offered them, then mix in current events to see if they can get fresh laughs. Tickets are $5 on the event's Facebook Page and $10 at the door; a portion of the proceeds will go to RAICES, a nonprofit that promotes justice for immigrants.
Cozy: Queer Dance & Lingerie Party
Friday, June 28, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Blush & Blu
Kick off your heels and put on your slippers and PJs for the town's comfiest low-pressure dance party, a true pajama party. Several local vendors will be in attendance offering a wide array of items, but the dance will be the focus. Blush & Blu maintains a safe space, where intolerance of any kind is strictly prohibited; for more information, visit Blush & Blu's Event Page.
Nature Play Community Pop-Up
Saturday, June 29, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Parks and Recreation want kids (and grown-up kids) to get back to basics, and play outside. This interactive event will offer family-fun activities, as well as a healthy reminder to step away from the screens and into the fresh air; smoothies and Latin food will be available. The pop-up will be between Ferrill Lake and the museum, and while it's free, registration is encouraged.