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Oh, spring, how we adore you. Come enjoy the glory of the season at some of The Mile High City's greatest attractions and events for free. Plus, take advantage of great hotel rates

FREE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

FAMILY DAY AT THE OPERA

WHEN: Mar. 24, 2018
WHERE: Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Starring Opera Colorado’s Young Artists, Family Day at the Opera offers families the opportunity to see both of the company’s touring productions — "Cinderella" and "The Elixir of Love" — sung in English. Arrive early to explore the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and enjoy kid-friendly activities and refreshments. Free tickets available online Mar. 1, 2018.

CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 5–6, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park
Attendance is free at the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Civic Center Park, one of the largest cultural events in Colorado, with more than 400,000 visitors each year. Enjoy live entertainment on three stages, hundreds of exhibitors, great food and drink, children's activities, a parade — and the hotly contested green chili cook off.

FIVE POINTS JAZZ FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 19, 2018
WHERE: Five Points neighborhood
The Five Points Jazz Festival takes place on the third Saturday of May and celebrates the history of Denver's iconic and musical Five Points neighborhood.

DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: May 26–27, 2018
WHERE: Conservatory Green at Northfield Stapleton

During the Denver Arts Festival, more than 100 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. This popular event is expected to bring over 50,000 attendees.

DENVER DAY OF ROCK

WHEN: May 26, 2018
WHERE: Downtown Denver
A free, outdoor music festival in the heart of downtown Denver? Yes, please. Denver Day of Rock is an annual tradition that sees dozens of performers bringing rockin' good vibes to The Mile High City. This event will feature five stages of live music throughout downtown Denver.

CAPITOL HILL PEOPLE'S FAIR

WHEN: June 1–3, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park 

The Capitol Hill People's Fair is one of Colorado's longest-running outdoor festivals. Special features include a wine pavilion, jazz stage, "Fine Art Avenue," food from local restaurants, and a hoppin' kids' area. It's truly an event for the people!

FREE ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS

AI WEIWEI: CIRCLE OF ANIMALS/ZODIAC HEADS

WHEN: Oct. 18, 2017–Oct. 17, 2018
WHERE: Civic Center Park
The 12 bronze heads of Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals represent the 12 animals of the traditional Chinese zodiac. See it for free at Civic Center Park!

DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE FREE DAYS

WHEN: Apr. 9, Apr. 29, June 3, 2018
Colorado residents can 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 FIRST SATURDAYS

WHEN: Mar. 3, Apr. 7, May 5, June 2, 2018 
Explore the Denver Art Museum's galleries for free the first Saturday of every month.

CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM FREE LAST FRIDAYS

WHEN: Mar. 30, Apr. 27, May 25, 2018 
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. The Clyfford Still Museum is also free every Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

DENVER BOTANIC GARDENS FREE DAYS

WHEN: Mar. 22, Apr. 8, June 5, 2018 (York Street); Apr. 3, June 5, 2018 (Chatfield Farms)
Both the York Street and Chatfield Farms locations offer free days throughout the year, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF DENVER AT MARSICO FREE TARGET TUESDAYS

WHEN: Mar. 6, Apr. 3, May 1, June 5, 2018
With several themed worlds of wonder for kiddos to explore, the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is free every first Tuesday of the month from 4 to 8 p.m.

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKS

WHEN: Mar. 2, Apr. 6, May 4, June 1, 2018
Galleries, studios and cultural attractions in Denver's art districts stay open late the first Friday of every month for a mind-expanding night of art, food, drink and fun.

FOUR MILE FREE DAY

WHEN: Mar. 9, Apr. 13, May 11, June 8, 2018
Travel back in time ... for free! Enjoy historic demonstrations, take a tour of the Four Mile House Museum and meet our many farm animals. Every second Friday of the month from 12 to 4 p.m.

U.S. MINT TOUR

Learn how to make money! The U.S. Mint can produce more than 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little "D" for Denver. Free guided tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change.

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 SKATEPARK

The expansive Denver Skatepark — one of the most renowned in the country — is filled with bowls for all levels of skating skill. Admission is free. Helmets are required.

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 on the hour 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!

COLORADO SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Housed in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium (home of the Denver Broncos), the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 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.

TATTERED COVER BOOK STORE

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.

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. 

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.  

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.

STRANAHAN'S COLORADO WHISKEY DISTILLERY TOUR

If you prefer whiskey to beer, the free Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Distillery tour was made for you. Learn how the good stuff gets made during an hour-long guided tour, then sample Stranahan's Diamond Peak and  Original Single Malt Whiskies. 

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.

GREAT DIVIDE BREWING TOUR

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Denver's craft beer world on a free tour at Great Divide Brewing Co. in downtown Denver and at the brewery's River North Barrel Bar location. Tours are about 30 minutes in length and take place at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., and each hour starting at 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

COORS BREWERY TOUR

"Taste the Rockies!" on the Coors Brewery Tour in Golden. 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 Boulder's 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.

GARDEN OF THE GODS

Located 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.

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 in Boulder.