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Enjoy some of the Mile High City's greatest winter attractions and events for FREE. Make a night of it and take advantage of great hotel rates.

FREE EVENTS & THINGS TO DO

HOLIDAY ART MARKET

WHEN: Oct. 23–25, 2020
WHERE: Highlands Garden Center, Centennial

A select group of Colorado's finest artisans will transform The Garden Center in Centennial into a unique boutique-style outdoor artists' village. Browse fine art, specialty gifts, high-end decor, eclectic fabrics and wearables, specialty foods and more while enjoying live entertainment!

21ST ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WREATHS

WHEN: Nov. 3–Dec. 11, 2020
WHERE: Aurora History Museum
For more than two decades, artists and other members of the community have decorated and donated wreaths for this holiday-themed fundraiser. Wreaths will be on display at the Aurora History Museum and sold through an online auction. This year's proceeds will help ensure the continuation of exhibits, programs and preservation efforts that have been affected by COVID-19. Reserve an entry time to visit the museum to view the wreaths and vote on your favorite!

ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM CHURCH 2ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR

WHEN: Nov. 7, 2020
WHERE: St John Chrysostom Church, Lakewood

Bring the whole family and shop handmade crafts and artwork by talented local artisans! All of the crafters will be located outside on the church grounds with plenty of room between the exhibit spaces to ensure social distancing.

DENVER ARTS WEEK(END)

WHEN: November 6–8, 2020
WHERE: Various museums, galleries and venues in the Denver Metro area 
Based on the popular event from Paris, Denver Arts Week is a celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, during which many of the city's top museums, art galleries, theaters and concert halls offer free or discounted admission. Free shuttle buses make it easy to hop from venue to venue. In addition to free or discounted admission, many venues offer special music, dance and other performances throughout the week. Due to COVID-19, this year's event will pivot to a weekend focus.

URBAN HOLIDAY MARKET

WHEN: Nov. 7–8, 2020
WHERE: Skyline Park
This two-day, open-air holiday market in the heart of downtown Denver is the place to get all of your gift shopping done in one fun-filled weekend. Browse an eclectic collection of local art, crafts, holiday gift, specialty foods and much more.

DENVER CHRISTKINDL MARKET

WHEN: Nov. 20–Dec. 23, 2020
WHERE: Civic Center Park

This outdoor event brings the most beloved elements of an authentic German holiday experience to The Mile High City. Stroll through a European village decorated for the holiday season as you shop for finely crafted artisan gifts and treats at charming wooden huts. Fuel your shopping with authentic Glühwein (mulled spiced wine), German Biers and hot chocolate, and nosh on Bavarian-style pretzels, fresh smoked salmon, Knödel, Goulasch, Nürnberger Sausages, pastries, caramels and European chocolates. This year, the Denver Christkindl Market is moving to a spacious, open-air location in Civic Center Park.

GRAND ILLUMINATION

WHEN: Nov. 27, 2020
WHERE: Denver Union Station   
As part of Downtown Denver's Winter in the City program, Downtown Denver's Grand Illumination event will light up downtown, from Denver Union Station to the City and County Building at Civic Center Park. The lights stay on through the end of December.

JACKALOPE VIRTUAL HOLIDAY MARKET 

WHEN: Nov. 28–Dec. 18, 2020
WHERE: Online
Make a list and check it twice before logging on to the Jackalope Virtual Holiday Market. Shop online for gifts from more than 100 artisans, including fashion and accessories, home decor, art, body products, food and much more, all from the comfort and safety of home!

FAROLITO LIGHTING & PINECONE CEREMONY 

WHEN: Nov. 29, 2020
WHERE: The Fort Restaurant, Morrison
A unique alternative to the typical tree-lighting ceremony, Tesoro Cultural Center reenacts holiday traditions of the 19th century by lighting farolitos: paper bags filled with sand and illuminated with candles. As a part of the pinecone ceremony, guests are given a piece of paper and invited to write a message to someone who lives far away or who has passed. The message is tucked inside the pinecone and tossed into a bonfire. 19th-century revelers believed that as the fire burned, the messages were transported to the heavens. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.

PASSING THROUGH BY SCOTTIE BURGESS

WHEN: Thru Nov. 30, 2020
WHERE: Republic Plaza
This large, site-specific installation by local artist Scottie Burgess consists of multiple wooden rectangular forms that trace the ever-changing Republic Plaza silhouette experienced through its viewer’s fluid perspective, creating a dynamic arrangement that references time, the building and the lives that traverse through its spaces.

THE FENCE 

WHEN: Thru Nov. 30, 2020
WHERE: Cherry Creek Shopping Center

THE FENCE is a juried, traveling outdoor photography exhibit of outstanding images by photographers from around the world. The exhibit is installed along a 500-foot banner at Cherry Creek Park behind the shopping center (near the bike path).

THE ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: WEB-A-THON EDITION  

WHEN: Dec. 5, 2020
WHERE: Online

This year, the Longmont Museum's epic annual fundraiser extravaganza broadcast will be streamed live and direct from the Stewart Auditorium. The free show features more than a dozen musical acts over eight hours. Enjoy some of your favorite local musicians as they perform original tunes and holiday standards. And, in classic telethon style, the museum will be taking donations online and over the phone for the duration of the show.

LAS POSADAS

WHEN: Dec. 24, 2020
WHERE: The Fort Restaurant, Morrison
Tesoro’s annual Las Posadas celebration is a “truly Colorado” holiday activity. Reenacting Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, this one-night event is a shortened version of Mexico’s traditional nine-day festival. But it’s not short on fun: kids are invited to be part of the processional and take a crack at the piñata. Enjoy live music and Mexican hot chocolate and biscochitos (traditional cookies flavored with cinnamon and anise). All ages and all faiths are welcome to participate in this free event.

NEW YEAR'S EVE FIREWORKS

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: 16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall

Ring in the New Year with Denver's annual New Year's Eve Fireworks with viewpoints along the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. There will be two displays, one at the family-friendly hour of 9 p.m. and the other at midnight. Costumed entertainers will interact with crowds between shows, featuring magicians, costumed characters, balloon artists, stilt walkers, comedians and more.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT DENVER UNION STATION

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Denver Union Station   
Ring in the New Year in style at Denver's iconic Union Station.

For more free events, see our Lights ExtravaganzasHoliday Favorites and Winter Fun & Outdoor Activities pages. 

FREE MUSEUM DAYS

 

PENNY SATURDAY AT MCA DENVER

WHEN: Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, 2020; Jan. 2, Feb. 6 and Mar. 6, 2021
Okay, so it's not technically free. But every first Saturday of the month, Colorado residents can explore MCA Denver for just $0.01. 

MUSEO DE LAS AMERICAS FREE CULTURAL FIRST FRIDAYS

WHEN: Dec. 4, 2020; Jan. 1, Feb. 5 and Mar. 5, 2021
WHERE: Museo de las Americas 
Museo de las Americas is dedicated to educating people about the arts and cultures of Latinidad in the Americas and is the premier Latin American art museum in the region.

FOUR MILE HISTORIC PARK FREE DAYS

WHEN: Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, 2020; Jan. 8, Feb. 12 and Mar. 12, 2021
WHERE: Four Mile Historic Park 
Take a trip back in time to Denver's pioneer past at Four Mile Historic Park, nestled on the bank of Cherry Creek. Stop by for a free afternoon of tours, historic demonstrations and more on the second Friday of each month.

LONGMONT MUSEUM SECOND SATURDAY FREE DAYS

WHEN: Nov. 14 and Dec. 12, 2020; Jan. 9, Feb. 13 and Mar. 13, 2021
WHERE: Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, Longmont
The Longmont Museum is a center for culture in Northern Colorado where people of all ages can explore history, experience art and discover new ideas through dynamic programs, exhibitions and events.

FREE DAY AT DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

WHEN: Dec. 6, 2020
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Explore the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, a maze filled with treasures of the earth: dinosaurs, dioramas, space exhibits, science experiments, a digital planetarium, an IMAX theatre and touring shows. 

DENVER ART MUSEUM FREE FIRST SATURDAYS

WHEN: Nov. 7 and Dec. 5, 2020; Jan. 2, Feb. 6 and Mar. 6, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum 
Explore the Denver Art Museum's galleries showcasing a world-famous Indigenous art collection, as well as traditional and contemporary art from around the world. And admission is ALWAYS free for youth ages 18 and under, ever day.

CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM FREE DAYS

WHEN: Nov. 19 and Dec. 9, 2020
WHERE: Clyfford Still Museum
Enjoy nine beautiful galleries of Clyfford Still’s art, historic photos and letters from the Clyfford Still Archives, an interactive timeline, dozens of videos and books and a pair of tranquil outdoor terraces. 

MOLLY BROWN HOUSE FREE DAYS

WHEN: Nov. 11, 2020
WHERE: Molly Brown House Museum
Learn all about the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown and the tragic voyage of the Titanic during free days at the Molly Brown House Museum. (Note: Free days apply to Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson County residents only.)

FREE FIRST TUESDAY NIGHTS AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Families can play for free the first Tuesday of each month from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Discover the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, where interactive playscapes, programs and special events make learning fun by engaging kids to play, learn and explore. It's a place that ignites and fosters a love of learning that children will carry with them throughout life. 

DENVER ZOO FREE DAYS 

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Denver Zoo
Say hello to the animals for free this season. Denver Zoo, located in City Park, spans over 75 acres and is home to more than 4,000 animals, including rare amur leopards, okapi, black rhinoceros, elephants, vampire bats, orangutan, Komodo dragons and more! 

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS FREE DAYS: YORK STREET LOCATION

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens 
Denver Botanic Gardens is a 24-acre oasis in the middle of the city, with 45 different gardens (some 33,000 plants), as well as one of the nation's top 10 conservatories. Relax in the Japanese Garden, climb through the Rock Alpine Garden and explore the Mordecai Children's Garden. 

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS FREE DAY: CHATFIELD LOCATION 

WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
 is a picturesque nature preserve among the grasslands, ponds and cottonwood banks of Deer Creek. Facilities include nature trails, a wildlife observation area, display gardens, educational exhibits, a historical farm, a 19th-century one-room schoolhouse, working beehives and picnic areas. 

MORE FREE ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKS

WHEN: Every First Friday
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 creative art districts stay open late. 

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER

Night Lights Denver features rotating content designed by local artists and the community and projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening.

FREE DENVER PUBLIC ART TOURS

Denver Arts & Venues invites art and architecture lovers to participate in free public art tours on foot, bike and scooter. These free guided tours focus on small segments of the city’s public art collection and give citizens and visitors the opportunity to venture inside venues such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Colorado Convention Center to view works and hear the intimate details of their creation and installation.

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.  

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!

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 downtown or the Great Divide Barrel Bar in RiNo. Tours at both locations take place at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Mon.–Fri. and each hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

COLORADO SPORTS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM

Housed in Empower Field at Mile High (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.

DENVER SKATEPARK

The expansive Denver Skatepark — 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.

DENVER BEER TRAIL

The Denver Beer Trail provides a sampling of Denver’s top microbreweries. Follow the suggested routes or pick and choose from the list of featured breweries.

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. 

DENVER'S CITY PARKS

No matter where you find yourself in The Mile High City, you’re likely only a few steps away from a lush and relaxing green space. Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to explore Denver's more than 5,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, as well as an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks in neighboring counties that are maintained by the City and County of Denver.

DENVER STREET ART

Denver street artists have been busy brightening (and enlightening) the urban landscape for decades by making canvases of the city’s alleyways, building exteriors, warehouses, garage doors and storefronts. Grab your camera and take a stroll past some of the city's favorite murals. 

FREE THINGS TO DO NEAR DENVER

LITTLETON MUSEUM

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. Located in nearby Littleton

RED ROCKS PARK & AMPHITHEATRE

Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre in Morrison 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.

DINOSAUR RIDGE

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.

GARDEN OF THE GODS

Located just 60 miles from Denver in Colorado Springs, the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods features gigantic 500-foot-high red sandstone rock monuments at the base of Pikes Peak. 

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