10 things to do for $10 (5 free!) in Denver this weekend, April 26-28
Denver's thaw couldn't have come at a better weekend. This week only, National Parks throughout the country are waiving their admission fees -- so you can enjoy the spring weather by exploring the natural beauty of this state, for free! And even if the great outdoors aren't your thing, we've got more events -- each for under $10! -- that should lure you out of the house, everything from dance parties to live theater. Share info about other bargain events in the comments section, and head to the Westword calendar for more things to do.
- Manuel Ramos on his Mile High noir novel and the gentrification of the North Side
- Colorado Dark Expo: CoDE-13 brings eccentric performers and artists together
- Win tickets to Totally Tennyson 3, this weekend's '80s-themed pub crawl!
Wonder of Wonders at the Center for the Arts Evergreen (Friday, free)
Step into a surreal carnival tonight at this traveling exhibit in Evergreen. Five local artists have created pieces inspired by a circus that includes attractions like the Amazing Chicken Man and the World's Tiniest Elephant. The artists will be on hand to discuss their work; there will also be a live performance by the Snowflake Circus.
Semillas de Colorado: Stories From the Struggle at Su Teatro (Friday, by donation)
Get inspired by a Romero Theater Troupe performance this evening that celebrates Colorado's unsung activist heroes. From a 1932 splash-in at Washington Park to protest discriminatory swimming rules to a more recent tale of a woman picketing the Tanner Gun Show, these untold stories will unfold on the stage. The event is free, but donations will be accepted for the Harm Reduction Center -- so you can support a good cause while getting a good dose of fascinating Colorado history.
National Parks Week (Friday-Sunday, free)
National Park Service
Get out into nature and explore Colorado's national parks this weekend -- without having to pay entrance fees. Hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, explore Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument or see other marvels without having to pay a penny. See a full listing of national parks here.
Untitled #56 (Current) at the Denver Art Museum (Friday, $10)
Tonight, you can plug into the world of electrical currents at the Denver Art Museum; DIY activities include sewing with conductive thread, making a mini-lantern with the Concoctory Creativity Shoppe, and much more. There will also be performances by Buntport Theater, a digital projection by Japanese video artist Taketo Kobayashi and a interactive show with the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, so this month's Untitled event promises to be an electrifying evening at the museum.
Fragments music series at Crash 45 (Friday, $5)
Now in its second month, Fragments is a new music series that puts together great lineups of interesting locals. Check out Talk All Night, Sex Therapy and BIRTH all for free -- but you'll want to bring cash so that you can buy a great burger at this Globeville bar.
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, CO
321 E. 45th Ave., Denver, CO
734 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO
5360 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO
608 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO
17th Ave. and York St., Denver, CO
721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO
32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, CO