DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE FREE DAY (COLORADO RESIDENTS ONLY)
WHEN: Dec. 10, 2017
WHERE: 2001 Colorado Blvd.
Explore the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, a maze filled with treasures of the earth – dinosaurs, dioramas, space exhibits, science experiments, a digital planetarium, IMAX theatre and touring shows.
DENVER ART MUSEUM FREE DAYS
WHEN: Dec. 2, 2017; Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, 2018
WHERE: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
The Denver Art Museum's Hamilton Building is an architectural work of art. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, it will change the way you experience art and architecture. Explore the Museum's galleries showcasing a world-famous American Indian art collection, as well as art from around the world.
DOWNTOWN DENVER RINK AT SKYLINE PARK
WHEN: Nov. 21, 2017–Feb. 16, 2018
WHERE: Skyline Park, the corner of 16th and Arapahoe
One of the most popular holiday events in Denver, the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park in Downtown Denver returns in 2017 with ice skating and family fun. The rink is free and open to the public with the option to bring your own skates or rent a pair at a minimal cost.
WINTER FEST ON FILLMORE
When: Dec. 9, 2017
Where: Cherry Creek North
Bring your friends and family to Fillmore Plaza for Winter Fest on Fillmore, a free community event featuring live ice carving, fire pits, carolers and more, from 10 am–2 pm.
FREE TARGET TUESDAY NIGHTS AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF DENVER
WHEN: First Tuesday of each month
WHERE: Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Families can play for free the first Tuesday of each month from 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Discover the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, where interactive Playscapes, programs, and special events all make learning fun by engaging children, infant through age 8, to play, learn and explore. It is a place that ignites and fosters a love of learning that children will carry with them throughout life.
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.
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.
RED ROCKS PARK & AMPHITHEATRE
Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre 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 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.
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 in downtown Denver.
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.
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!" 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.
See some dinos - or what's left of them anyway. Dinosaur Ridge 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.
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.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH
Learn about global warming, the 21st century's hottest topic, at the 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.