Free Things To Do This Summer In Denver
Denver's summer is packed with free things to do like checking out the rock 'n' roll memorabilia at Rockmount Ranch Wear, hiking at Red Rocks Park or seeing an outdoor movie.
FREE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
First Friday Art Walks
WHEN: June 3, July 1 and Aug. 5, 2016
WHERE: Denver's Art Districts
Discover Denver's thriving creative community during a First Friday celebration, held every first Friday of the month. Galleries in Denver's seven art districts stay open late for a festive, street party-like event.
WHEN: All summer long
WHERE: Throughout Denver
The many farmers' markets spread throughout The Mile High City aren't just about locally grown farm-fresh produce, delicious baked goods and yummy prepared foods — though you'll find more than enough of those things. Each Denver farmers' market is a festive, weekly street fair, with live entertainment, family-friendly activities and a vibrant crowd of locals.
A Taste of Colorado
WHEN: Sept. 2-5, 2016
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave.
A Taste of Colorado stands proud as the end-of-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region. Over 500,000 people make the four-day festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration, enjoying the offerings of more 50 area restaurants, 250 marketplace artisans and vendors, seven stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region.
Outdoor Movies in the Parks
WHEN: All summer long
WHERE: In Denver's city parks
Spread out a blanket in one of Denver's gorgeous parks for free, family-friendly Outdoor Movies in the Parks.
FREE LIVE MUSIC
Denver Day of Rock
WHEN: May 28, 2016 (2:30-9:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Downtown Denver
For the seventh year in a row, the 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with more than two dozen free rock concerts throughout the day. Food and beer gardens will be set up throughout downtown for the fundraising event. Amp the Cause, a Denver-based, non-profit organization raises funds for more than 50 children's charities. For full concert information and updates, visit DenverDayofRock.com.
City Park Jazz
WHEN: Sunday evenings in June and July
WHERE: City Park
Every Sunday night in June and July, the City Park Bandstand and Pavilion turns into a swinging, open-air jazz club as music lovers of all ages congregate for the free City Park Jazz.
Elway's Taste & Tunes Summer Music Series
WHEN: Wednesday evenings, mid June to mid-August
WHERE: Elway's Cherry Creek
It's a Wednesday night thing and the music is free. The Elway's Taste & Tunes Summer Music Series fills the restaurant-adjacent courtyard with rockin' tunes. Enjoy music, cocktails and Elway's signature menu.
Coohills Beats on the Creek Summer Concert Series
WHEN: Tuesday evenings, June 14-August 16, 2016
Join Coohills for eight consecutive Tuesdays this summer for their free Beats on the Creek Summer Concert Series. From 6:30-8:30 p.m., live music will fill the restaurant for all guests to enjoy. Headliners include The Hazel Miller Band, Funkiphino, That 80's Band, The Moderators, Mr. Majestyk's 8-Track Revival, UBRS and The Long Run.
FREE ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS
Denver Free Walking Tours
See and experience downtown Denver the green way, on foot! Denver Free Walking Tours offers daily walking tours that start in Civic Center Park, wind through downtown past more than a dozen of Denver's distinctive landmarks, and end in front of Coors Field. The daily tour showcases the history, architecture, landmarks and businesses of The Mile High City.
U.S. Mint Tour
Learn how to make money! The U.S. Mint produces 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little "D" for Denver. Free tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change.
Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) Free Days
Colorado residents can enjoy the following cultural attractions for free on select days throughout the summer: Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street (June 23, July 26 and Sept. 14, 2016); Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield (June 7, July 12 and Aug. 2, 2016); Denver Museum of Nature & Science (June 5, Aug. 29 and Sept. 11, 2016); Clyfford Still Museum (June 24, July 29 and Aug. 26, 2016); and Denver Firefighters Museum (August 2, 2016).
Denver Art Museum
WHEN: First Saturdays
FREE to all youth ages 18 and under every day
First time in The Mile High City? Free Saturdays are a great opportunity to explore Denver's vibrant arts and culture! The Denver Art Museum offers free general admission on the first Saturday of the month and includes locals and tourists. General admission to the Denver Art Museum is free to all youth ages 18 and under every day, granting more kids access to art than ever before. Youth pricing is capped at $5 for special ticketed exhibitions.
19th and Little Raven Sts.
The expansive Denver Skate Park — one of the most renowned skate parks in the country — is filled with bowls for all levels of skating skill. Admission is free. Helmets are required.
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Learn about global warming, the 21st century's hottest topic, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, located about 30 minutes away in Boulder. See a hailstone the size of a softball, watch as a miniature tornado is whipped up in front of your eyes, and get an up-close look at how lightning is created.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Park
Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Park in Morrison is one of the world's most renowned concert venues. When there's no concert, the free Visitor Center has a Performers' Hall of Fame, while the surrounding park has hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks.
Colorado State Capitol Tour
Tour the magnificent, gold-domed Colorado Capitol Building. Stand at exactly a mile high on the steps, see Allen True's beautiful murals, listen in on the Colorado General Assembly, and check out the gorgeous Rose Onyx wainscoting. Free tours are available 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.
Children's Museum Free Target Tuesdays
Tots love exploring and learning in the themed mini-worlds inside the Children's Museum of Denver for free every first Tuesday of the month from 4-8 p.m.
Denver Story Trek
Ever wonder about the stories of the places you pass? On Denver Story Trek you'll explore the stories behind Denver's historic landscapes and landmarks on an interactive, self-guided tour of the city. It's simple to use and free!
Littleton Historical Museum
Travel back in time at the Littleton Historical Museum and get a glimpse into Colorado's pioneer past. Located on 39 acres, the museum consists of two living history farms (one from the 1860s and one from the 1890s), with a working farm, a blacksmith shop and more than 40,000 historically Colorado artifacts.
Tattered Cover Bookstore
The Tattered Cover is one of the nation's largest and most well-known independent bookstores and often hosts free signings by some of the literary world's most famous authors. They also offer free Wi-Fi if you want to surf the net while you're there.
Coors Brewery Tour
"Taste the Rockies!" on a tour at Golden's Coors Brewery. The world's largest brewing site still uses the same Rocky Mountain spring water that Adolph Coors discovered in 1873. Free tours show every step in the brewing process, and end with free samples for those over 21.
Celestial Seasonings Tour
See how Celestial Seasonings, the largest specialty tea manufacturer in North America, blends, packages and ships its teas, then enjoy free samples of every variety they make, and discover a gallery of original artwork from their famous tea boxes. The factory is located in Boulder.
Great Divide Brewery Tour
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Denver's craft beer world on a free tour at the Great Divide Brewery in downtown Denver and at the brewery's River North location. Tours are about 30 minutes in length and take place at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, and each hour starting at 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
See some dinos — or what's left of them anyway. Dinosaur Ridge, in Morrison, features famous Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus, discovered in 1877, and Cretaceous dinosaur footprints. A guidebook is available for use on self-guided tours.
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum
Housed in Sports Authority Field At Mile High Stadium (home of the Denver Broncos), the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum honors the legacies of The Mile High City's greatest sports heroes, and features the Gallery of Legends, a "Great Moments in Colorado Sports" exhibit and a section celebrating the achievements of girls and women in Colorado Sports.
Rockmount Ranch Wear
Browse the racks and enjoy the free museum at Lower Downtown's historic Rockmount Ranch Wear, the originator of the western snap-button shirt. The walls are adorned with photos of the many celebs who have worn Rockmount shirts, including Eric Clapton, Robert Redford and Elvis Presley.
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City-Denver Branch's Money Museum
The Money Museum offers an opportunity to learn about the Federal
Reserve Bank. And, best of all, it's free! Walk-ins are welcome and
groups can make advance reservations. Photo ID required for visitors 18
and older. On your way out, don't forget to get your bag of shredded