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 Outdoor Fun

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 and Performers' Hall of Fame, while the surrounding park offers hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks. 

Lariat Loop Byway

Retrace the motoring adventures of the early 1920s and experience the thrill of foothills exploration at the dawn of the Age of Motorcars on the Lariat Loop, a 40-mile scenic circle in the foothills west of Denver. The Lariat Loop takes motorists to several popular attractions, including the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, the Colorado Railroad Museum and the Mother Cabrini Shrine

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. 

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 historic Colorado artifacts.

Garden of the Gods

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

Free Festivals & Events

Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade

WHEN: March 12, 2022
WHERE: LoDo
Don your green and line up for the 60th anniversary of the Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade. Step off is at 9:00 a.m. Check our Facebook and Instagram pages for the latest updates!

Olde Town Arvada's St. Patrick's Day Festival 2022

WHEN: March 12, 2022
WHERE: Olde Town Arvada
Everyone’s Irish at this all-ages St. Patrick’s Day Festival! This street festival features live stage music, unique vendors, food and, of course, beer and other libations. Kids activities and plenty of great Olde Town Arvada merchants to visit make it a welcoming experience for the whole family. 

St. Patricks Day Extravaganza

WHEN: March 17, 2022
WHERE: Game Train USA, Highlands Ranch

Learn an Irish Riverdance-style line dance, sample some Bushmill's Irish whiskey, test your knowledge about the Irish with a trivia contest, play some lucky boardgames and enjoy great food, drink, atmosphere and fun!

St. Patrick's Day Party!

WHEN: March 17–18, 2022
WHERE: Number Thirty Eight

Get shamrocked this St. Patrick’s Day with green cocktails (Wicked Leprechauns), live music, Irish dancers, bag pipers and special menu items! Join us for this epic two-day event as we celebrate the luck of the Irish at Number Thirty Eight with bluegrass and roots band Pretend Friend from Wichita, Kansas. 

St. Madness 4-Day Weekend

WHEN: March 17–20, 2022
WHERE: Avanti Food and Beverage

Experience the madness at Avanti F&B! Watch all the March Madness games while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all weekend long, including We will have a Pop-A-Shot high-score contest and drink specials!

Easter Service & Party

WHEN: April 17, 2022
WHERE: True Life Church, Arvada
Every year True Life Church throws the biggest Easter party in Arvada! Come for the Easter service at 10 a.m. and stay for the celebration, featuring an egg hunt, pony rides, a petting zoo, axe throwing, a bounce house, food trucks, lawn games, a photo booth and more. 

Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival

WHEN: April 24, 2022
WHERE: Downtown Boulder
Spring officially arrives in Downtown Boulder when the beautiful, colorful Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, parade around the Pearl Street Mall "waking up the tulips." Featuring live performances, kids activities and more than 15,000 blooming tulips.

'Until the Flood'

WHEN: Thru Aug. 11, 2023
WHERE: Virtual/Online

After the death of Michael Brown, The Ferguson Unrest shook the nation to its core and put a spotlight on police brutality and discrimination. Using extensive interviews she conducted herself, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Dael Orlandersmith created eight fictional characters to represent the broad spectrum of perspectives that continue to define and divide our country at large.

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

Free Museum Days

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Free Days

WHEN: May 1 (Día del Niño) and May 23, 2022
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 Days

WHEN: April 12 and April 24, 2022
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: March 19 and April 24, 2022
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. 

History Colorado Center Free Days

WHEN: April 25, 2022
WHERE: History Colorado Center
History Colorado Center showcases powerful stories, honoring Colorado’s treasured memories and vibrant communities through exhibitions and programs. The center is also home to the State Historic Preservation Office and Stephen H. Hart Research Center — the portal to History Colorado’s more than 200,000 artifacts. 

Four Mile Historic Park Free Days

WHEN: March 11 and April 8, 2022
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.

Denver Botanic Gardens Free Days: York Street Location

WHEN: March 16 and April 21 (Earth Day), 2022
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 Days: Chatfield Farms Location 

WHEN: March 16 and April 21 (Earth Day), 2022
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, Littleton
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms
 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. 

Plains Conservation Center Free Days

WHEN: March 19, 2022
WHERE: Plains Conservation Center, Aurora

The Plains Conservation Center helps students and adults grow their knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem and the cultural history of Colorado through a variety of educational programs managed by Denver Botanic Gardens in cooperation with the City of Aurora.

Penny Saturdays at MCA Denver

WHEN: April 2, 2022
WHERE: MCA Denver

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 First Fridays

WHEN: April 1, 2022
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.

Denver Zoo Free Days

WHEN: April 10, 2022
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! 

More Free Attractions & 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. 

Thrift-Pop: Monthly Outdoor Market

WHEN: Last Sunday of every month
WHERE: Parking lot adjacent to Denver Central Market
ThriftCon, the No. 1 vintage clothing and collectable convention in the world, is proud to present Thrift-Pop, a free outdoor market taking place on the last Sunday of each month in the heart of Denver’s RiNo Art District. Featuring 40 premier vintage clothing and collectible vendors plus food, music and drinks, Thrift-Pop is your one stop shop for Sunday fun in Denver.

Ski Factory Tours

WHEN: Thru April, Tuesdays–Saturdays
WHERE: Meier Skis

Meier Skis offers two free tour options to learn about how trees are turned into skis. Grab a seat at the bar, made from ski core wood with windows looking onto the factory floor. Enjoy a complimentary locally brewed beer while a friendly skitender explains the ski-building process. Or reserve a 5 p.m. happy hour tour and go behind the scenes and learn about each step in the ski-making process.

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 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. 

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