Ten things to do for free in Denver this week, July 25-31
The weather may be getting cooler, but Denver is still brimming with trendy entertainment options. See a movie under the stars, catch up Curiositiesand get ready for a week of Denver Days celebrations.
Keep reading for twelve of the best free events in and around town this week.
Longmont Startup Week
Tuesday July 26; Wednesday July 27; and Thursday July 28; 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Times Collaborative, 338 Main Street, Longmont
Longmont Startup Week will host a hybrid of free virtual programs from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily through July 28, with watch parties at the Times Collaborative. The first thirty people of each evening will each receive a drink ticket; find the full program here.
Tuesday, July 26, 6 p.m.
Galleria, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Denver Film and Denver Arts & Venues are teaming up for a summer series of films and music that will screen near famous on July 26. Pre-show entertainment is a Youth on Record showcase with iZCALLi and Michelle Roquet; Ryan Dykstra Records will be on hand with a mobile record store. Free entry; RSVP here.
Wednesday, July 27, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Marjorie Park, 6331 South Fiddler’s Green Circle, Greenwood Village
Come to the Museum of Outdoor Arts for the opening of Curiosities, its Design and Build 2022 summer internship exhibition. Eight emerging artists worked under the direction of 2022 Fellow artist Scottie Burgess and artist Walter Ware to create several site-specific installations for MOA’s Marjorie Park. There will be music from DJ Manos; Woodhill Small Batch BBQ Food Truck will be on site and drinks can be purchased. Learn more here.
60 minutes in space
Wednesday, July 27, 7 p.m.
Ricketson Auditorium, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2201 Colorado Boulevard (and online)
Explore the latest space news with space scientists and hear the latest updates on missions exploring the solar system, rocket launches, astronomy and more. Admission is free to the museum; you can also watch on zoom. Register for the virtual event here.
Mile High Startups and Music
Thursday July 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Number Thirty-Eight, 3560 Chestnut Place
Mile High Startups & Music takes over number 38 for a free show with local music favorites Doors, Cheap Perfume and Thousand Frames. This monthly networking event is hosted by Next Week Rocks, bringing together the Front Range startup ecosystem to connect and meet other innovators while promoting and supporting the live music community. Learn more here.
Thursday, July 28, 9 p.m.
Avanti F&B, 3200 Pecos St.
Avanti hosts a free movie night every Thursday, with projection on its thirty-foot rooftop screen as well as food and drink specials. On July 28, the film is The brilliant; mark your calendar for mean girls August 4, Oceans 11 August 11, Old school August 18 and The great Lebowski August 25. Learn more here.
Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014
Friday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street
Before a trip to Cheyenne the next day, Big Boy #4014 will be on display at Union Station, along with free access to the Union Pacific Rail Car Experience, a multimedia museum of modern railroad history. Special edition Big Boy memorabilia will be on sale in the merchandise tent. Twenty-five Big Boy locomotives were built for Union Pacific to haul heavy freight during World War II, and of the eight still preserved, No. 4014 is the only working Big Boy in the world. Learn more here.
Denver Shop Week
From Friday 29 July to Saturday 6 August
Participating Black Businesses in Denver
Denver Boutique Week is a free week-long event that is all about shopping and introducing you to a group of local, black-owned small businesses. This list includes everything from a yarn store to Matter: a bookstore, stationery and gift shop that serves as the retail store for Matter, a business jointly owned by printer/designer/activist Rick Griffith and Deborah Johnson . Save business cards and receipts from stores you visit to participate in a drawing; find details and a full list of participating companies here.
Skate History Watch Party
Friday, July 29, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
All Skate Studios, 2691 30th Street, Boulder
The Boulder’s All Skate Foundation has a no-pressure approach to teaching and supporting the 21st century roller skating crowd that considers each skater – from beginners to accomplished roller dancers – individually, encouraging students to listen to their own bodies as they learn new tricks, without any push to the competition skating rink. Now there’s a new cog in the mindset of ASF owner Leann Corbitt, who skates for the love of skating: the Skate History Watch Party. It’s a free potluck, and the movies featured focus on different rolling techniques and styles. Register in advance here.
Denver Days Festival
Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Civic Center Park, 101 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver Days, a week of neighborhood celebrations, will kick off its tenth anniversary celebration with a free party at Civic Center Park that includes a giveaway of school supplies, live music from Brothers of Brass, wall art, free vaccinations from Denver Health and other city information kiosks, a soccer clinic and more. Mayor Michael Hancock will oversee a memorial tree planting at 10:30 a.m.; at 11:30 a.m., Snarf’s will present the mayor with a ten-foot sandwich, which will then be shared with the public. To learn more about this event and all of the Denver Days rallies during the first week of August, click here.
day at the park
Sunday, July 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Civic Center Park, 101 West 14th Avenue Parkway
The fun continues at Civic Center Park on Sunday, when the Civic Center Conservancy and the Golden Triangle Creative District host a family day where you can learn about the history of the park. The Denver Public Library’s Nature & Science Curiosity Cruiser and Book Bike will be on hand; there will be an open drum circle as well as free ice cream and other treats. And the Denver Art Museum will be hosting a free day (book here), so you can plan to spend the afternoon at the Civic Center. Find more details about the day in the park here.
Tabor Summer Celebration
Sunday July 31, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Want to get out of town? The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation is hosting a Tabor Summer Celebración, featuring a free block party with performances in front of the legendary building. At 2 p.m., the festival moves indoors for a benefit performance, and tickets ($30) are required; bring them here.
Know of a great free event in Denver? We’ll be updating this list throughout the week; send information to [email protected]