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Denver's summer is packed with free things to do like checking out the rock 'n' roll memorabilia at Rockmount Ranch Wear, hiking at Red Rocks Park or seeing an outdoor movie. 

OUTDOOR FUN

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 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.

LITTLETON HISTORICAL MUSEUM 

Travel back in time at the Littleton Historical 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

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.

FREE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

SLOAN'S LAKE SPRING BAZAAR

WHEN: July 18–19, 2020
WHERE: Sloan's Lake/West Colfax
Enjoy shopping at over 100 local makers, craft beer tastings, fashion trucks, local food, live music, DJs and more. 

BOULDER COUNTY FAIR

WHEN: July 31–Aug. 9, 2020
WHERE: Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont
The annual Boulder County Fair is the oldest fair in Colorado celebrating more than 150 years. There is no charge for parking, gate admission or concerts (though there is a charge for rides, concessions, motorized sports, rodeos abd some special events), so come back as often as you like! 

COLORADO BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL

WHEN: Aug. 79, 2020
WHERE: Online
This family-friendly event showcases the creative talents of local, regional and national African Americans in art and culture. This year's festival will be a virtual event.

COLFAX ART FEST

WHEN: TBD, August 2020
WHERE: Lamar Station Plaza, Lakewood
The annual Colfax Art Fest is an all-day, family-friendly event with food trucks, adult beverages, music, kid’s activities, a craft marketplace and, of course, art!

DENVER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

WHEN: Aug. 1, 2020
WHERE: Civic Center Park 
The Denver International Festival celebrates our global heritage with traditional food, music and art from hundreds of countries and cultures from around the world. Dance, eat, drink and play in Civic Center Park.  

TASTE OF LOUISVILLE

WHEN: Sept. 5, 2020
WHERE: Historic Main Street, Louisville

Enjoy this opportunity to taste the "Quality of Life" in Louisville with excellent food, local beer, arts and crafts booths, kids' entertainment and live music from local bands. This will also be the opening day for the Louisville Farmer's Market.

DENVER STARTUP WEEK

WHEN: Sept. 14–18, 2020
WHERE: Various venues throughout town
Founded in 2012, Denver Startup Week is a celebration of The Mile High City's entrepreneurs. The core programming is centered on the entrepreneurial community, with an emphasis on technology, design, social entrepreneurship, manufacturing and business.

CRUSH WALLS

WHEN: Sept. 14–20, 2020
WHERE: River North Art District - RiNo
The annual CRUSH WALLS is a week-long celebration of graffiti and street art, and it is responsible for many of the vibrant murals in RiNo. Join the action and watch as larger-than-life murals evolve from ideas into masterpieces right before your eyes!

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

WHEN: Sept. 15–Oct. 15, 2020
WHERE: Various venues throughout town
Each year, Denverites observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. It's a month-long celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

DENVER BEER WEEK

WHEN: Sept. 18–26, 2020
WHERE: Various venues throughout town
A nine-day, citywide celebration of all things beer includes rare beer tastings, beer-paired dinners, tap takeovers, brewery tours, firkin tappings and a variety of entertaining beer events.

DOORS OPEN DENVER

WHEN: Sept. 26–27, 2020
WHERE: City of Denver

Explore Denver architecture as Doors Open Denver opens the doors to some of the places and spaces that make The Mile High City such a special place. From historic structures to contemporary builds and everything in between, there's architecture for everyone to enjoy.

FREE LIVE MUSIC

LEVITT PAVILION

WHEN: August-September (May-July concerts have been rescheduled) 
The Levitt Pavilion is a new, state-of-the-art amphitheater in Ruby Hill Park that was created as a gift to the community. This outdoor venue hosts a slew of free concerts every summer. Bring a blanket and a picnic, kick back on the lawn and enjoy artists from a wide range of genres.

  • Aug. 1, 2020: Rebirth Brass Band
  • Aug. 8, 2020: Fiesta Colorado Dance Company with Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra 
  • Aug. 20, 2020: The Slackers
  • Aug. 21, 2020: Genitallica 
  • Sept. 5, 2020: La Santa Cecilia

 

COOHILLS BEATS ON THE CREEK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

WHEN: Tuesday evenings July to August
WHERE: Coohills

Join Coohills for six Tuesdays this summer for their free Beats on the Creek Summer Concert Series, benefiting the Conservation Colorado Education Fund. From 6:30–8:30 p.m., head to Wewatta Bridge for live music above Cherry Creek.

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. 

OUTDOOR MOVIES IN THE PARKS

WHEN: All summer long
Spread out a blanket in one of Denver's gorgeous parks for free, family-friendly Outdoor Movies in the Parks.  

FARMERS' MARKETS

WHEN: All summer long
The many farmers' markets spread throughout The Mile High City aren't just about local farm-fresh produce, delicious baked goods and yummy prepared foods — though you'll find more than enough of those things. Each Denver farmers' market is a festive, weekly street fair, with live entertainment, family-friendly activities and a vibrant crowd of locals.

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKS

WHEN: July 3, Aug. 7 and Sept. 4, 2020
Discover Denver's thriving creative community during a First Friday celebration, held every first Friday of the month. Galleries in Denver's seven art districts stay open late for a festive, street party-like event.

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 skate parks in the country — is filled with bowls for all levels of skating skill. Admission is free. Helmets are required.

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!

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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