FREE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
WHEN: May 29–30, 2021
WHERE: Central Park's Conservatory Green Neighborhood
This free fine art and fine crafts festival supports Colorado artists while showcasing a select group of national artists.
WHEN: June 18–20, 2021
WHERE: Empower Field at Mile High
Scarf down some of the country's best BBQ in Denver this summer for America's biggest Father's Day BBQ. The event is free and BBQ and beverages will be available to purchase.
WHEN: June 26–27, 2021
WHERE: Various Venues
Denver PrideFest features a parade, exhibitors from across the country, culinary vendors, a political rally, family activities, a 5K race and entertainment. This free event raises over $1 million in support of programs for LGBTQ+ youth, seniors, Colorado's transgender community and training and legal programs.
WHEN: TBA 2021
WHERE: Skyline Park
Celebrate Denver's craft beer culture at the Skyline Beer Garden, which features 12 beers on tap, food truck fare, burgers, brats and German pretzels, along with ping pong, mini-golf, cornhole and more.
FREE MUSEUM DAYS
WHEN: Apr. 25 (free day, Dia Del Nino), May 23 (free day, Space Day) and June 30 (free night), 2021
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.
WHEN: Apr. 8, 2021
Say hello to the animals for free two times this fall. 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! Free days currently work on a lottery system due to COVID-19. Reserve your free ticket online in advance.
WHEN: Mar. 27–Apr. 2 (free week) and Apr. 25, 2021
Explore the Denver Art Museum's galleries for free!
WHEN: Apr. 25 (Día del Niño), May 19 and June 19, 2021
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.
WHEN: Apr. 3, May 1 and June 5, 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.
WHEN: Apr. 2, May 7 and June 4, 2021
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.
WHEN: TBA 2021
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.
WHEN: TBA 2021
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.
WHEN: TBA 2021
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.
WHEN: Apr. 9, May 14 and June 11, 2021
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.
WHEN: Apr. 2 and June 4, 2021
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. Enjoy free admission and events from 5–9 p.m. the first Friday of each month.
WHEN: TBA 2021
Learn all about the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown and the tragic voyage of the Titanic. Free days at the Molly Brown House Museum are for residents of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties.
WHEN: TBA 2021
Learn about fire safety and the history of firefighting in Denver through more than a century of historical artifacts and exciting hands-on activities. Kids will especially love trying on the child-size firefighting gear and exploring the touch cart full of real firefighting tools and equipment.
WHEN: May 13, 2021
Travel back in time at this 15-acre railyard and museum in nearby Golden, Colorado. The Colorado Railroad Museum feature over 100 engines, cabooses and coaches, a garden railway and a library and roundhouse restoration facility with working turntable.
MORE FREE TOURS AND ATTRACTIONS
FIRST FRIDAY - FIVE POINTS JAZZ HOP
WHEN: Every First Friday
WHERE: Five Points
The Historic Five Points Neighborhood keeps culture alive! Join us every first Friday of the month as some of the city's best local talent sets a swingin', jazzy soundtrack in your favorite restaurants and watering holes along Welton St.
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.
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.
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.
Denver Central Library has an impressive art gallery on the seventh floor. The library is best known, perhaps, for its Western History Collection, which covers the earliest explorations, Spanish land grants, Native American history, the gold rush era and the present day with a particular focus on the Rocky Mountain West.
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.
Housed in Empower Field at Mile High (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.
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.
Denver may be a major city, but there are hundreds of nearby farms across the Front Range, meaning there's no shortage of fresh produce to fill The Mile High City's multiple farmers' markets. You'll also find humanely-raised meats, baked goods, prepared foods, fresh flowers and artisanal personal care products, and many markets also include live music, food vendors and flea markets. Most markets begin in May and extend into the fall.
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!
DENVER FREE WALKING TOURS
See and experience downtown Denver the greenway, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FREE ATTRACTIONS NEAR DENVER
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 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.
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.
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.