Extra Free Issues to Do in Denver This Week

August is right here, with a few of the final large bashes of summer time nonetheless forward. The mountains are filled with festivals, and this weekend additionally marks the beginning of Denver Days, a collection of neighborhood celebrations within the metropolis.

On Friday, admission to all lands overseen by the Division of the Inside is free, in honor of the third anniversary of the Nice Outdoor Act; on Monday, August 7, admission to all Colorado State Parks shall be free in a belated celebration of Colorado Day. In fact, there are out of doors films, live shows and markets throughout…and First Friday!

Hold studying for twelve of the perfect free occasions round city this weekend, and look ahead to updates:

Nice American Outdoor Act Anniversary Price-Free Day
Friday, August 4
Throughout Colorado
On Friday, August 4, the Division of the Inside will commemorate the three-year anniversary of the signing of the Nice American Outdoor Act. In recognition of GAOA’s contributions to the nation’s public lands, entrance charges shall be waived on August 4 in any respect lands managed by the division. Different charges, similar to in a single day tenting, cabin leases, group day use and use of particular areas, stay in impact. Get all the main points right here.

twenty second Annual Breckenridge August Artwork Pageant
Friday, August 4, and Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. to six p.m.
Village at Breckenridge and Foremost Road Station, Breckenridge

This annual juried fine-art competition returns, with over 100 artists in 13 fine-art classes. All the artists shall be readily available to debate their work, and there shall be dwell native music all weekend. Admission is free; get extra particulars right here.

Colorado Day Bourbon Whiskey Launch Celebration
Friday, August 4, and Saturday, August 5, 4 to 7 p.m.
State 38 Distilling Tasting Room, 400 Company Circle, Suite B, Golden
Some of us have fun Colorado Day by remembering nice moments in state historical past. However at State 38 Distilling, the vacation is noticed by releasing an annual Colorado Day Whiskey. This yr, it’s a straight bourbon whiskey that’s been completed in a port wine barrel and adorned with a limited-edition label by Colorado artist Jesse Crock, and shall be launched at a free, two-day launch get together in Golden. On Friday, the hoopla will embody meals vehicles, and Crock shall be there in individual, signing bottles and posters, however the brand new launch shall be obtainable each days for $79. Be taught extra right here. Cheers!

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The hills round Silverthorne are alive with the sounds of music.


August First Friday Block Celebration at Fourth Road Crossing
Friday, August 4, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Head for the hills for a celebration on the principle road of Silverthorne, the place 9 native bands shall be unfold throughout 5 phases. Along with music, the city will have fun its continued dedication to artwork, displaying the work of three dozen artists and providing suave actions for each adults and youngsters. Admission is free; foods and drinks shall be obtainable for buy. And Offended James Brewery is internet hosting an after-party with Shakey Hand String Band following the formal occasion. Get the main points right here.

Olathe Candy Corn Pageant
Friday, August 4, 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Olathe, U.S. 50

One of the best candy corn in Colorado might come from the agricultural city of Olathe on the Western Slope. It’s an extended haul from Denver, however for anybody who loves contemporary candy corn, the Olathe Candy Corn Pageant is well worth the drive. Whereas the corn is the principle attraction, the free fest additionally has a Foremost Road dance and parade, together with a automotive present, bouncy homes, water fights and — duh — a corn-eating contest, amongst different actions. The ticketed finale with the Neon Sky Band and Collin Raye is $15 to $30 (or free for kids twelve and below); get tickets right here. Discover fest particulars right here.

Style of Ethiopia Pageant
Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Parkfield Lake Park, 15555 East 53rd Avenue

Style of Ethiopia went on hiatus for 3 years in the course of the pandemic, however now it is lastly again. The inviting cultural fest provides a cornucopia of fragrantly spiced dishes served by native Ethiopian restaurateurs, in addition to artwork, crafts, attire and different items, dwell music from across the globe, performances and elaborate espresso ceremonies from the Horn of Africa. Admission is free; discover extra data right here.

Horseshoe Summer season Market
Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m. to five p.m.
Breckenridge Brewery, 2920 Brewery Lane, Littleton

The Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market returns to Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton, bringing a family- and dog-friendly procuring journey filled with fortunate finds. The primary attraction — greater than sixty makers, artists, cottage industries and classic distributors — will arrange open air, however Breckenridge’s brews shall be obtainable, too, on the sidelines, inside a pattern tent, in addition to within the tasting room and Farmhouse Restaurant (reservations advisable prematurely). Within the beer backyard, adults may purchase a tall, cool beer slushy. Admission is free; RSVP at Eventbrite.

Takeover Screening and Collaging Workshop
Saturday, August 5, 5 to eight p.m.
CHAC Gallery, 1560 Teller Road, Lakewood
Be taught some Latinx historical past in regards to the Brown Energy motion, then do some crafting on a single Saturday night at CHAC. The occasion begins with a documentary screening of Takeover, the true story of how a chapter of the Younger Lords, a revolutionary Puerto Rican group modeled after the Black Panthers, took over Lincoln Hospital within the Bronx, demanding accessible well being take care of underserved communities. Afterward, the dialogue can proceed over the work tables, the place you will collage containers for plant begins. The film, workshop and discourse are free; register right here.

Listening Garden
Saturday, August 5, 5 to eight p.m.
1400 53rd Avenue, Globeville

Take heed to town’s finest underground digital musicians in the course of the Listening Garden, held in Carpio Sanguinette Park, a former sewage therapy plant in Globeville. It is free…and funky; discover out extra right here.

Parker Honey Pageant
Sunday, August 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
O’Brien Park, 10795 Victorian Drive, Parker
The annual Parker Honey Pageant is all in regards to the sweetest issues in life: honey contemporary from the hive and bee-related merchandise and wares, in addition to the honeybee itself, a significant cog within the environmentally valuable circle of life. The fest, an occasion protecting farmers’ market hours, can even put patrons head to head with folks within the native beekeeping subject, who will share their experience and data as stewards of the earth-friendly pollinators. Admission is free; extra particulars right here.

Denver Americana Pickin’ Picnic
Sunday, August 6, 1 to six p.m.
Ruby Hill, picnic website #4, 1200 West Florida Avenue

This group potluck, a celebration of roots/American music, is a part of Denver Days. Deliver your picnic baskets with gadgets to share, your appreciation of music — and your acoustic devices. Everyone seems to be invited to return share meals and track. Discover out extra right here.

Metropolis Park Jazz
Sunday, August 6, 6 to eight p.m.
Metropolis Park Pavilion, Metropolis Park

If you have not hit this Denver custom but, it is not too late. La Pompe is the ultimate group performing on the thirty seventh yr of Metropolis Park Jazz. Deliver a picnic or make the most of the meals vehicles on website; you may usher in drinks (no glass). Discover out extra right here.

and an ongoing bonus:

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Mini golf is simply one of many actions at Skyline Park.

Ken Hamblin III

Summer season at Skyline Park
Day by day by means of September 31, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Skyline Park, sixteenth Road Mall at Arapahoe Road

The Downtown Denver Partnership is providing a summer time of enjoyable at Skyline Park, with the return of Metropolis Skate and the Skyline Beer Backyard (open from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday by means of Sunday), together with mini golf, volleyball and free films. And this yr, pickleball is added to the combo! In a city the place pickleball courts are in scorching demand, these shall be free from 3 to five:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and will be reserved for $30 an hour, seven days per week, from 9 a.m. to three p.m. (League play is out there, too.) All through the season, volleyball, mini golf and skating shall be free, with skate leases obtainable for $7 for teenagers twelve and below and $9 for these 13 and up. Discover the whole schedule (it is somewhat difficult, since skating and pickleball share the identical area) and different particulars right here.

Are you aware of an awesome free occasion in Denver? We’ll be updating this listing by means of the week; ship data to [email protected].