It’s a big, big weekend in Denver, and even though the temperatures are dropping, the cultural scene shows no signs of cooling. There are plenty of great free events in town, including the ongoing Art RiNo which culminates with the Westword Music Showcase at Mission Ballroom Outdoors today.

Check out twenty of the best things to do for free here, plus other arty nights in Art Attack. Keep reading for twelve events worth the price of admission.

1840 Rendezvous and Spanish Colonial Art Market
Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Fort, 19191 Highway 8, Morrison

Travel back to the beginning of the West at the 1840 Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market, an annual gathering hosted by the Tesoro Foundation. Historical interpreters will demonstrate everyday skills from the 1840s, such as sign language, wool processing, black powder shooting contests and more. Additional activities include arts and crafts vendors; a scavenger hunt for children; conferences and screenings of documentary films; an exhibition of birds of prey, mammals and reptiles offered by nature educators; narration by Angel Vigil; period music by Rex Rideout; a fandango with the Southwest Musicians; and the flamenco dance of Fiesta Colorado. Admission is $5; find out more here.

Westword Music Showcase
Saturday, September 10, from noon to midnight
Mission Ballroom Outdoors, 4242 Wynkoop St.

The Westword Music Showcase returns, this time in partnership with Art RiNo! After a night of free music through RiNo on September 9, the Westword Music Showcase will fill the Mission Ballroom Outdoors with psychedelic rockers extraordinaire, the Flaming Lips, loud indie-funk band Saint Motel, X Ambassadors, Jukebox the Ghost, the indie-electronic Cannons and funk-rock band The Main Squeeze, plus performances from some of Denver’s top bands. Fortify yourself for all the action with dining options from the city’s best restaurants and trucks, plus drinks from on-site bars. Tickets cost between $45 and $85; Catch them here.

High Plains Comedy Festival

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Jordan Doll is back in Denver.

High Plains Comedy Festival

Saturday September 10
South Broadway Sights

After these last years, can’t you laugh a little? Adam Cayton-Holland founded the High Plains Comedy Festival, which is back in Denver for its ninth year, with more than 100 comics performing in theaters along South Broadway. “It can be harder and harder to find that vibe where everyone knows each other in the new Denver, but High Plains is one of those communities,” organizers promise. “Even if you don’t really know everyone. Artists with movie contracts, that chasm that runs the local open mic, and diehard comedy fans get together once a year, egoless, to catch up, laugh and remember the community It would be great to spread the word and have more people join in. What else do you need to know Get the full lineup and tickets here.

Colorado Horror Festival 2022: Funhouse
Until Sunday September 11
Embassy Suites Hotel, 4444 Havana Street
The 2022 Colorado Festival of Horror is an intimate fan experience and convention for all things horror, featuring celebrity guests, artists, writers, vendors, performers and more. The three-day event features horror-related artists, writers and vendors; panels, workshops and interactive events for the public; a costume contest and a horror tattoo contest, plus plenty of after-hours activities. Get tickets, from $25 to $90, here.

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A classic stop on the Colfax tour.

Danielle Read

The Colfax Crawl
Saturday September 10, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
East Colfax Avenue, between Grant and Josephine streets

After a nearly three-year hiatus, the Colfax Crawl returns to Colfax, with the theme “Less fancy, more fun.” It’s hosted by the Colfax Ave Business Improvement District, and fourteen sites — including classic dives and breweries — are participating this year. For $25 you get a limited edition t-shirt and wristband that unlocks promotions at every stop. Register between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at DNVR Bar, 2239 East Colfax Avenue; find out more here.

Opera Colorado 40th Anniversary Overture: Cavalleria rusticana
Saturday, September 10, 7 p.m.
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Opera Colorado kicks off its fortieth anniversary season with Cavalleria rusticana, a one-night musical look at the ups and downs of small-town Sicilian life through the eyes of director David Lefkowich. Get tickets herewhere you can also find out about a special celebratory dinner.

DCPA Theater Company: The Chinese lady
Saturday, September 10, 7 p.m., Sunday, September 11, 1:30 p.m.
Singleton Theater, Helen Bonfils Theater Complex, Denver Performing Arts Complex

In 1834, when a fourteen-year-old Cantonese girl named Afong Moy arrived in America, no one had ever seen a Chinese girl. The first of her race and sex to walk on American soil, she became a high-end curiosity, wearing her traditional clothing, demonstrating the use of chopsticks and showing off her four-inch bound feet while seated in a chair. plush. The Chinese lady is its imagined history, as well as a social history of Western imperialism. After opening this weekend, performances take place every day except Monday through October 16; learn more and find tickets, $35 to $66, here.

Theatrix, The Wind Is Us: The Death That Killed Capote
Saturday, September 10, 7 p.m. and Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m.
People’s Building, 9995 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora

The Aurora Cultural Arts District series of theaters brings The Wind Is Us: The Death That Killed Capote, a play produced by Theatrix National Playmasters, at the People’s Building on East Colfax Avenue. Written by Mike Broemmel, The wind is us tells how Truman Capote’s most controversial book, In cold bloodultimately led to his death in 1984. Capote, who was accused of fabricating events in the narrative, called it a “non-fiction novel”, but never completed another work of fiction after In cold blood. Tickets are $26 here (choose “calendar” at the top to choose a date).

Curious theater company: Heroes of the Fourth Turn
Saturday September 10, 7:30 p.m., Sunday September 11, 2 p.m.
Curious Theater Company, 1080 Acoma St.
Curious Theater Company begins its 25th season pushing another burning American issue. This time it’s the red/blue divide that has torn our democratic way of life apart in recent years, as playwright Will Arberry saw in his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Heroes of the Fourth Turn. The story is set in Wyoming, where four former classmates, all young conservatives, open a window to the public while discussing politics at a nighttime rally. After opening this weekend, racing continues Thursday through Saturday through October 15, and tickets range from $35 to $53; book yours and find information here.

Stage Stories: The forbidden book club
Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive
In recognition of Banned Books Week, which will take place on September 18, Stories on Stage – a series that produces dramatic staged literary readings – kicks off its 22nd season by fighting back with a program titled The forbidden book club. Actors Seth Dhonau, Jose Guerrero and Camryn-Nailah Torres will perform stories specifically from books that some people want to throw into the bonfire. Encourage the positive book team; tickets are $24 here for the one-time live show or a perpetual virtual version that kicks off at 7 p.m. on September 15.

Murder at the Museum: A New Interactive Mystery
Sunday, September 11 and Monday, September 12, 4 p.m.
Aurora History Museum, 15051 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora
Do the lessons of politics and local history mix well in a murder mystery? The Aurora History Museum is giving it a shot with Murder at the Museum, a play written by Aurorans Deepali Lindblom and Jeffrey Wolf. A cast of historical figures from the city – Aurora’s first black councilwoman, Edna Mosely; Donald Fletcher, one of the founders of what eventually became Aurora; Billy Preston, a local benefactress known for riding her horse, Patches; and Bill Nakaoka, the town’s first Japanese pharmacist – reunite to plan the unveiling of a new town mascot, but are interrupted by a murder. Buy a ticket to discover the thriller; they only cost $5 to $10 at Eventbrite. Performances repeat next weekend.

and a continuous bonus:

The impossible zoo
Until December 8, Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street, Suite 261

It’s hard to keep up with the influx of immersive environments coming to town, some luring viewers with larger-than-life renditions of art and others tickling the brain with augmented reality and holographic headsets. The Impossible Zoo is the second type, telling an interactive story of unicorns and dragons and other animations On Beyond the Zebra creatures from Dr. Seuss’ playbook. Don’t stand back and look around in awe: stay engaged in the game and the rewards will come. Tickets range from $13.99 to $44.99 here.

Know of a big event in Denver? We’ll be updating this list throughout the weekend; send information to [email protected]