Denver's summer months are packed with free things to do like strolling through the city's vast park system, checking out rock 'n' roll memorabilia at Rockmount Ranch Wear, looking for vivid street art, going on a Great Divide Brewery tour, hiking at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre or seeing an outdoor concert. 

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Free Outdoor Fun

City Skate at Skyline Park

Roll into summer like never before. City Skate is your go-to spot for summer fun. Featuring downtown's first-ever roller rink and the return of the Skyline Beer Garden, City Skate is the place to be in downtown Denver. With free mini golf, local food and beer, and events throughout summer, City Skate is sure to let the good times "roll" through Oct. 2, 2022.

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. 

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 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. 

Farmers' Markets

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. 

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.

Lesser-Known, Hidden-Gem Parks

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to have a picnic, take in great views or experience a different side of the city, check out these lesser-known Denver parks.

How to Explore the South Platte River by Bike

Take a two-wheeled tour through the heart of the city along this beautiful river. You'll cruise by some of the city's biggest attractions. 

Denver's Best Urban Hikes

Denver is a city with boundless outdoor fun and has an ideal location next to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. While The Mile High City is conveniently close to major peaks for hiking, there's actually no need to head into the mountains when Denver's regional trail system encompasses hundreds of miles for all ages and abilities to explore. 

Outdoor Concerts

The Mile High City is filled with music, and during the spring and summer, many of the outdoor concerts are free for all, including City Park Jazz, Concerts in Central Park and many of the shows at Levitt Pavilion.

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.

How to Explore the Colorado Trail in Waterton Canyon

Many people think that Denver’s prettiest, closest and most accessible bit of mountain scenery is Waterton Canyon. This is the start of the famous Colorado Trail, one of the great long-distance hikes (or mountain bike rides) of the Rocky Mountains.   

Pet-Friendly Denver

Denver is home to dozens of pet-friendly activities and destinations, including dog-friendly hotels and dog parks. Find the best on-leash and off-leash fun for your best friend.

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. 

Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department Annual Mountain Festival

WHEN: Thru Sept. 10, 2022
WHERE: 10830 Rist Canyon Rd., Bellvue

Benefitting the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, events include a full day’s lineup of performers, demonstrations, booths and activities for the entire family. Other festival favorites include a used book sale, silent auction, bake and plant sales, craft and art vendors, food trucks, educational booths and demonstrations. Admission, parking, a hayride shuttle to/from the parking area, live musical entertainment and ice cream all are free of charge.

'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. 

Horseshoe Summer Series in RiNO

WHEN: Aug. 13, 2022
WHERE: Denver Central Market

Come shop from over 40 Colorado makers, vintage and flea curators and small businesses in the lot adjacent to The Denver Central Market! The Horseshoe Market is popping up to bring you a quaint but amazing collections of vendors to kick off your day of exploring in the RiNo Arts District! Enjoy all the food and drinks the neighborhood has to offer, tour the murals and explore the galleries and local businesses all around the market.

Taste of the South Festival

WHEN: Aug. 19, 2022
WHERE: 
Civic Center Park
Taste of the South was created in 2021 as a nonprofit 5013c organization with a mission is to bring positive vibes, southern cuisine and the celebration of Black excellences that people of all backgrounds will enjoy.

Healthy Denver Festival: A Celebration Of Cultures

WHEN: Aug. 20, 2022
WHERE: Sculpture Park at Denver Performing Arts Complex

Healthy Denver Inc. is a local nonprofit with a mission to build and promote health equity in the Denver Communities. The 6th Annual Healthy Denver Festival: A Celebration of Cultures is the organization's largest annual fundraiser, supporting programs and workshops for kids and adults that allow everyone to live their healthiest life. The festival will feature a full line up of entertainment, food and vendors.

Arvada Days 2022

WHEN: Aug. 20, 2022
WHERE: Clear Creek Valley Park, Arvada

Looking for some fun for the whole family? Come down to Clear Creek Valley Park and join us in celebrating Arvada Days with free train rides for kids, food trucks, live music, vendors and more!

Taste of Colorado

WHEN: Sept. 3–5, 2022
WHERE: Civic Center Park

Come out and enjoy the end-of-summer celebration, complete with multiple outdoor performance stages, dozens of food vendors, a large arts and crafts marketplace, and an expanded Kids Zone packed with family-friendly activities.

Denver Chalk Art Festival

WHEN: Sept. 3–5, 2022
WHERE: Golden Triangle Creative District

This long-running Denver festival follows street painting traditions that originated in 16th century Renaissance Italy when artists began transforming asphalt into canvas using chalk. This year more than 100 artists will be beautifying the streets in the Golden Triangle Creative District.  

Art RiNo

WHEN: Sept. 5–11, 2022
WHERE: River North Art District - RiNo

This year the RiNo Art District is launching Art RiNo, a new, week-long arts festival featuring art in all its forms, with murals, music, installations, arts workshops and special events in partnership with Westword Music Showcase.

Westword Music Showcase 2022

WHEN: Sept. 9–10, 2022
WHERE: River North Art District - RiNo

The Westword Music Showcase will return to the RiNo Art District this September, filling the area with music from local and national acts alike in the city’s longest-running celebration of the scene. From the first Showcase in LoDo in 1995 to big bashes in the Golden Triangle a decade later to our current festivals in RiNo, the Showcase has only gotten bigger and better. Friday's music events are all free and feature more than 50 of Denver’s best bands, live painting, interactive art and offerings from the best food trucks in the city.

Westwood Chile Fest

WHEN: Sept. 10, 2022
WHERE: 4407 Morrison Rd.

This one-day event in the Westwood neighborhood celebrates Hispanic-centric cultures, making up 80 percent of this Denver neighborhood, with a strong focus on authentic food and local arts.

Denver Walls

WHEN: Sept. 22 –26, 2022
WHERE: 
River North Art District - RiNo
Don't miss this international mural festival in the Globeville and RiNo neighborhoods. Denver Walls will become a part of the globally recognized Worldwide Walls series of street art events, which, since 2010, has brought murals to public spaces in 19 international cities.

Denver Beer Week

WHEN: Sept. 30–Oct. 8, 2022
WHERE: Various venues throughout Denver

Enjoy nine days of all things beer. Head to The Mile High City for festivals, tap takeovers, brewery events and much more. 

Free Museum Days

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Free Days

WHEN: Aug. 17, Sept. 7 and Sept. 19, 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: Aug. 9, Sept. 10 and Sept 13, 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: Sept. 10, 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. 

Four Mile Historic Park Free Days

WHEN: Aug. 12 and Sept. 9, 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: Aug. 16, 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: Aug. 16, 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. 

Penny Saturdays at MCA Denver

WHEN: Sept. 3, 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: Sept. 2, 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.

Plains Conservation Center Free Days

WHEN: Aug. 18, 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.

History Colorado Center Free Days

WHEN: TBA 2023
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. 

Denver Zoo Free Days

WHEN: TBA 2023
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! 

Colorado Railroad Museum Free Days

WHEN: TBA 2023
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum

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 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.

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.

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.

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 Central Library

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.

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. 

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.

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