Things to Do

Six Things to Do for Free in Denver Today

Native American Women Warriors at the thirtieth annual Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow.
Native American Women Warriors at the thirtieth annual Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow. Christina Jackson
The weekend isn't over yet! You can enjoy art and live music at events from Boulder to Greenwood Village to Aurora today. And the Friendship Powwow is back in Denver!

Keep reading for six free things to do today:

Firefly Handmade
Sunday, September 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1200 to 1400 blocks of Pearl Street Mall, Boulder

The area's classiest artisan market, Firefly Handmade, will be vending goods by 100 artists all weekend on the Pearl Street Mall, as a companion to the annual Downtown Boulder Fall Fest. That means live music, food, brews and a kids’ carnival are just a few steps away; Street Wise will continue through the weekend, too, so that you can see dozens of muralists at work around town. See who’s who at the market and find info here.

Art on the Green
Sunday, September 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Curtis Park, 2200 East Orchard Road, Greenwood Village
The Curtis Center for the Arts brings back Art on the Green, an outdoor fest in the adjacent Curtis Park powered by an all-Colorado roster of eighty artists in a variety of media. There will also be live music and food available. The art show happens in tandem with the seventh annual Women of Steele Neighborhood Studio Tour, an open studio event. Catch a shuttle at Art on the Green and visit five studios to see and buy additional artworks by resident and guest artists. Find out more here.

Secular Hub Grand Opening
Sunday, September 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
254 Knox Court

The Secular Hub, founded in 2013, is a nonprofit affiliate of the American Humanist Association and hosts events for the secular community including Sunday morning coffee and community, speakers and lectures, book and discussion groups, hikes and more. Now the Secular Hub has found a new home for its community center, where it will host a free open house, complete with coffee and pastries. Find out more here.


32nd Annual Friendship Powwow
Sunday, September 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Denver Indian Center, Inc., 4407 Morrison Road

The annual Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow celebrates the diverse Indigenous community here on the Front Range. Because of ongoing construction at the museum, this year’s event will take place at the Denver Indian Center. But as always, there will be singing, dancing and fry bread. Admission is free; find out more here.

And ongoing:
The New American Arts Festival: Cultures on the Margins
Through September 18
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton Street, Aurora
Fletcher Plaza, 9898 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
In its second year, the New American Arts Festival in Aurora might be the most inclusive cultural event you’ve ever encountered. That’s the way fest director and founder Deepali Lindblom wants it — representing people from every niche, from recent immigrants and senior citizens to young breakdancers and performers from a coterie of international cultures, over eight days. The fest mixes daily live and virtual arts performances, all free. Find a detailed schedule, a map and more information here, and RSVP for specific events here.

Denver Night Lights at Supernova Digital Animation Festival: Re-Generation
Daily (except Mondays) through September 30, dusk to midnight
Clocktower, 16th Street Mall at Arapahoe Street

Much of the Supernova Digital Animation Festival, which runs through September 30, is online this year. But you can also see digital animation in person, with an amazing new array of Denver Night Lights projections on the Clocktower Building downtown from dusk to midnight. "This is our best program of the year," promises Denver Theatre District's David Moke, "as Ivar Zeile and Sharifa Moore do an incredible job commissioning art from all over the world." There will also be a Silent Screen Walking Tour through the district on Saturday, September 18. Get the full Supernova schedule and sign up for a free membership here.

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