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Frugal Fun in Denver, this Week July 30th

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There are two really great fests across from one another. Since the free shuttle from Invesco Field has returned (beware, parking is now $5) getting to both shindigs should be easy. Bring sunscreen, water and an umbrella. See you there!


Dragon Boat Festival

FREE

Saturday, July 30th 10am to 7pm and Sunday, July 31st 10am to 5pm

Sloan’s Lake Park

Denver

Longing for the awakening of your spirit? How about some chicken satay or monkey balls? The Colorado Dragon Boat festival rows into Sloan’s Lake for it’s 11th year of fun. Be there Saturday at 10am for the opening to do’s, beginning with the parade of race teams. Next, Buddhist monks chant and perform the “Eye Dotting Ceremony,” a spiritual ceremony that awakens the spirit of the dragon. Finally the open ceremonies are concluded with the “Dragon Spirit Ceremony and Dance,” performed by a 75-foot long dragon, operated by the members of the Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Academy of Boulder.

Saturday at 6pm, learn the Japanese Obon Dance in this mass exercise in audience participation. The Obon Dance or Japanese Folk Dance is easy to learn and requires no special costumes or training. Think of it as the Japanese version of the Electric Slide, except the dancing takes place in concentric circles instead of rows. The Denver Buddhist Temple Minyo Kai dance group, who have been leading the Cherry Blossom Festival with Obon dance for the last 40 years will be on hand to lend their experience and careful instruction.

Bring the kids to the newly improved Dragon land to learn how to make a Chinese mask, an Asian fan or origami. The little ones will love the bubble station, face painting and dance lessons. Snacks and refreshment will be provided.

If you attended the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in the past two years, you are aware of how the slowing economy has hit one of Denver’s favorite fairs. The shuttle bus service from Invesco Field, which was cut out the last two years, has returned albeit with some changes. Park at Invesco Field for $5 and take the free shuttle back and forth through the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood to the festival. It’s a small cost compared to the gallons of gas and oodles of patience you will burn looking for non-existent parking. Bikes and scooters are welcomed at the festival site, just look for the bike parking lots to the east and west of the lake. Forget taking the light rail to Invesco Field, it’s out of commission this weekend through August 14th. However, you can still take the RTD bus directly to the park. Routes 51, 28 and 20 all stop there.

For more information on this year’s Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, click here: http://www.cdbf.org/

Edgewater Children’s Festival

FREE (presumed), tickets required for rides/food

Saturday and Sunday, July 30th and 31st (No times given)

Sheridan Blvd. and West 25th Avenue

City of Edgewater

Last year’s festival, their very first, proved successful with over 10,000 families in attendance. This year’s attendance is expected to more than double. Conveniently situated across from the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, the Edgewater Children’s Festival sits along the city’s historic main street. The seven-block long festival boasts 75 vendors, two music and entertainment stages, educational exhibits from local museums and organizations, bouncy play equipment and pony rides.

I could not find any price connected to the festival, so I assume it is free and tickets are needed for entertainment, rides and food. A portion of the proceeds support local public schools.

Since this event occurs simultaneously with the Dragon Boat Festival, consider parking at Invesco Field and taking the free shuttle over. Park at Invesco Field for $5 and take the free shuttle back and forth through the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood to the festival. It’s a small cost compared to the gallons of gas and oodles of patience you will burn looking for non-existent parking.

Bikes and scooters are welcomed at the festival site, just look for the bike parking lots to the east and west of the lake. Forget taking the light rail to Invesco Field, it’s out of commission this weekend through August 14th. However, you can still take the RTD bus directly to the park. Routes 51, 28 and 20 all stop there.

For more information on the Edgewater Children’s Festival, click here:

http://www.loveedgewater.com/shoppingTo


To view their Facebook page, click here:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edgewater-Childrens-Festival/120565064695441?sk=info

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