After the long holiday weekend, Denver is having a lot of fun this short week. The official start of summer brings free festivals, more outdoor movies and, yes, another Avs watch party!
Keep reading for fourteen of the best things to do for free in Denver this week:
Meet the Muralist and Celebrate Northside Pride
Thursday, June 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street
Little Man will unveil a new mural painted by Chicano artist Ken Marley (Aqua One), whose son is the store’s general manager, at an event that will include tamales from La Casita, a tour of the Denver Fashion Truck, a performance live by Los Mocochetes, lowriders and, of course, ice cream. See our story on the project and get more details about Little Man here.
Tyler’s Wild Ride
Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m.
Cuernavaca Park, 3500 Rockmont Drive
The Denver Cruisers are on a roll, and this week’s Thursday night social ride will be one of Tyler’s wild rides, featuring a meet at Cuernavaca Park and a TBA destination. Learn more here.
Clark Richert: Celebrating Life and Legacy
Friday, June 24, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
MCA Denver, 1485 Delgany St.
The late Clark Richert, who died in December, was a pioneering artist, mentor and educator in Colorado for sixty years. A founding resident of the experimental artist community Drop City in the 1960s, Richert grew up in a family of mathematicians; his interest in geometry influenced his career as a painter. MCA Denver invites friends and fans to share stories and revisit Richert’s remarkable career this weekend; the event is free, but pre-registration is required here.
Concert on the Lawn: Pink Hawks
Friday, June 24, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock Street
Ready to have fun when the work week is over? Head to the Clyfford Still Museum for a free lawn concert by Pink Hawks, Denver’s self-proclaimed “Traditional Xicanxbeat Orchestra of the Future.” Bring a lawn chair, a blanket or your dancing shoes and relax to world music beats. Picnics are welcome, but there will also be food and drink available for purchase. Bonus: The Still Museum will be open to the public during the show – no registration or admission fee required. Learn more here.
Colorado Avalanche Viewing Evening
Friday, June 24, 6 p.m. (doors 4 p.m.)
Tivoli Quad, Auraria Campus
Don’t have a couple to drop on a seat for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche? Stop a few blocks from the Ball Arena and join the party at the free Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Zero Sugar Watch Party at the Tivoli Quad on the Auraria campus. There will be giant screens, as well as team boosters handing out limited edition Avs swag, team autographed merchandise, and more. Food trucks and beverage vendors will be on site. Get all the details here.
International Mud Day and Health and Fitness Expo 2022
Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Barr Lake State Park, 13401 Picadilly Road, Brighton
If you can’t stand the heat, do as the animals do. Find some mud and wallow in it: Much like your dog, you’ll need a good bath afterwards, but it’s worth it. Practically, International Mud Day lands on Saturday this year, and Barr Lake State Park is throwing a celebration with mud holes suitable for all ages, from toddlers to adults. Fair warning: there will be a place to wash off the mud, but it is freezing cold. Meanwhile, the Brighton Chamber is hosting a simultaneous health and fitness exhibition in the park, where you can warm up again with yoga, demonstrations and fitness stalls. Details and mud pool registration here.
48th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 2022
Saturday June 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday June 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sakura Place, 1255 19th Street
Denver’s Japanese community has had its day in the sun every year for nearly fifty years, and shows no sign of throwing in the towel. The Cherry Blossom Festival may have gotten bigger and better organized, but it is still friendly, beautiful, delicious, loud like a taiko drum and sweet like a samisen, with cultural exhibitions and food, thanks to an army of volunteers. And the vendors market is wonderful, with beautiful things you won’t find anywhere else. Learn more here.
Highland Street Fair
Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
West 32nd Avenue, between Perry and Irving streets
Part of the charm of the annual Highlands Street Fair is the commercial corridor it runs through, dotted with shops and restaurants where you can step inside to shelter from the heat, cool off and head back outside to listen to live music, vendor stalls and festival food. Go out, dance with your child, buy something you like but don’t need. Learn more here.
2022 Fiberfest & Market
Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Francisco Museum, 306 South Main Street, La Veta
La Veta is a booming artsy neighborhood in the shadow of Spanish peaks, with a charming main street and lovely views. It’s also the location of the first Fiberfest & Market 2022, a new Huerfano County event that promises the work of more than forty vendors, including textile and fiber artists. Hosted by the Francisco Fort Museum, the festival will also feature demonstrations, hands-on activities, live music and food. And the museum, which houses Native American, Spanish settler, and pioneer artifacts inside Colorado’s last original adobe fort, is free to visit. Learn more here.
Our Words Are Powerful: Open Mic Healing Words
Saturday, June 25, 6 p.m.
La Raza Park, 1501 West 38th Avenue
A coalition of Words to Power, Gang Rescue and Support Project, Servicios de la Raza, Teocalli Sacred Heart of the Mountain and Too Dope Teachers and a Mic present the family community event Our Words Are Powerful: Healing Words Open Mic, at the occasion of the release of a second book of youth poetry, We are here for a reason, by Words to Power. Thirty-three young participants will be honored at the celebration, which will also feature food, live music, performers and vendors alongside. Learn more about the free event and the Words to Power mission here.
9 + CO Saturday Sing-Along Outdoor Movie: Fat
Saturday, June 25, 7:30 p.m. (film starts at 9 p.m.)
Hale Park, 4128 East Tenth Avenue
Go, greased lightning! Bring your blankets, chairs and picnics for the first of three Saturday outdoor movies at 9+CO! The best 50s inspired Fat costume will win a prize. Admission is free, but hand-popped popcorn will be available for $2 per bag, and water and soda will be on sale for $1 each; proceeds benefit Hill Middle School. Get the details here.
Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies Public opening and visits
Opening on Sunday June 26 at noon
Summer hours until September 1: Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Visits: 1:45 p.m. daily, from June 26 to July 1; 12:30 p.m. thereafter, from Monday July 4 to September 1
Bayer Center, Aspen Institute Campus, 610 Gillespie Avenue, Aspen
There seems to be a spike in appreciation for artists we can consider Colorado treasures, including Herbert Bayer, a leading figure in the Bauhaus movement who wore many creative hats as an artist, sculptor, designer and architect. Bayer moved to Aspen in 1946, bringing with it its reputation and skill set. In Aspen, he helped design the quarters for the Aspen Institute, and in turn, the Institute has now established the Bauhaus-inspired Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies to house and exhibit a collection of diverse works by Bayer. The new space opens to the public on Sunday afternoon with the exhibition Herbert Bayer: an introduction, organized by Bayer researcher Bernard Jazzar. Admission and tours are free; book tours on Eventbrite.
Vespa Parade 2022
Sunday, June 26, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sport Scooters, 160 South Broadway
There’s nothing quite like a parade of scooters, reminiscent of a bunch of Italians, their hair blowing in the wind as they maneuver hairpins through the Alps on gleaming rainbow-colored Vespas. Keep this image in mind and consider this: June 26 is National Vespa Parade Day everywhere, including on less dangerous city roads, and Denver’s Vespasti are invited to board and join in droves. at Sportique Scooters for a ride around Denver. If so, arrive at Sportique at 12:30 p.m. for a 1 p.m. roll-off and make some new friends. Learn more about Instagram.
Cotton Collective Vintage Market Summer Series
Sunday, June 26, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Matchbox, 2625 Larimer Street
Vintage shopping has never been better than when the Cotton Collective Vintage Market sets up shop in your favorite bar for a pop-up market. This weekend, the traveling flea will be rocking RiNo at Matchbox on Sunday night for her summer hop series, with at least ten stunning vintage vendors selling t-shirts, jeans, shoes, one-shots and more. giveaways. Admission is free for a crowd 21 and older; check the Facebook page for info and upcoming dates.
Know of a great free event in town? We’ll be updating this list throughout the week; send information to [email protected]