10 things to do for $10 (5 free!) in Denver this weekend, April 26-28

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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.

See also:
- 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 Park Service
National Parks Week (Friday-Sunday, free)
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.

Location Info


Denver Art Museum

100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, CO

Category: General

Crash 45 - CLOSED

321 E. 45th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Denver Art Society

734 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

Category: General

Sam's Chinese & Vietnamese Restaurant - CLOSED

5360 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

Beauty Bar

608 E. 13th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

City Park

17th Ave. and York St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Su Teatro at the Denver Civic Theatre

721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO

Category: General

Center for the Arts/Evergreen

32003 Ellingwood Trail, Evergreen, CO

Category: General

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Free days at National Parks ended on April 26th ... had to drive to Estes Park to find this out the hard way! Plus, after you pay the $20 admission, you find out that most of the park is still closed due to snow or construction. Oh well., it was a great day anyway. 

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