FREE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL
WHEN: June 18 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and June 19, 2016 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
WHERE: Northfield Stapleton
During the Denver Arts Festival, more than 150 of Colorado's most esteemed artists showcase paintings, sculpture, photography, glasswork, woodwork and more. A small set of acclaimed national artists will also display their work.
FREE ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS
SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL FACILITIES DISTRICT (SCFD) FREE DAYS
Colorado residents can enjoy the following cultural attractions for free on select days throughout the summer: The Denver Art Museum (April 2, May 7, June 4 and July 2, 2016 — free to all, not just Colorado residents); Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street (April 3, June 23 and July 26, 2016); Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield (April 5, June 7, July 12 and August 2, 2016); Denver Museum of Nature & Science (April 10, April 23, May 9 and June 5, 2016). Check the website for even more free days.
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.
GARDEN OF THE GODS
Located 60 miles from Denver, the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods features gigantic 500-foot high red sandstone rock monuments at the base of Pikes Peak.
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
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 at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE & PARK
Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Park is one of the world's most renowned concert venues. When there's no concert, the free Visitor Center has a museum 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 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
Every first Tuesday of the month (April 5, May 3, June 7 and July 5, 2016)
With several themed worlds of wonder for kiddos to explore, the Children's Museum of Denver is 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!
Travel back in time at the Littleton 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.
COORS BREWERY TOUR
"Taste the Rockies!" on the Coors Brewery Tour. 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.
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.
FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF KANSAS CITY – DENVER BRANCH'S MONEY MUSEUM
The Money Museum offers an opportunity to learn about the Federal Reserve Bank. 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 money.