Things to Do

Five Things to Do for Free in Denver Today

The Black Arts Festival returns.
The Black Arts Festival returns. Ken Hamblin
The fireworks are over, but the free fun continues. ARTSWeek Golden kicked off on Thursday, and artists will be painting the town all weekend. Meanwhile, hot cars will be zooming to Milliken, and the Colorado Black Arts Festival has returned to City Park...for a 36th year!

Keep reading for free events in Denver (and beyond) today:
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Sterling Rod and Custom
Rockin' Rides and Custom Rides
Sunday, July 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3220 Center Street, Milliken
Head up to Milliken for a free car show sponsored by Sterling Rod and Custom that includes not just amazing autos, but raffles, entertainment and pinup and ride contests. Admission is free, and proceeds benefit the Weld Food Bank. Find out more here.

Colorado Black Arts Festival
Sunday, July 10, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
City Park West, near 21st Avenue and York Street

The 36th annual Colorado Black Arts Festival returns to City Park this summer, fully packed, from five stages of live music, drumming and dance to the Watu-Sakoni People’s Marketplace and the Visual Artists Row. Kids and seniors will still both have their own special pavilions, and a food court will be slinging soul food, African dishes, Caribbean tastes and standard fest fare. A jam-packed Saturday starts off with the traditional Boogaloo Celebration Parade, followed by a Mardi Gras Indians show and evening headliners Lakeside, still funky after all these years. Find a complete schedule and all the details here.

ARTSWEEK Golden Festival
Sunday, July 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
12th and Arapahoe Streets, Golden

Head to Golden for this annual festival that includes over seventy artist booths, as well as beer gardens and food vendors. And around town, artists participating in the plein air event will be creating new works that will be unveiled at a reception on Monday. Find details of all the free events here.

13th Avenue Flea and Wax Trax Sidewalk Show
Sunday, July 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wax Trax, 638 East 13th Avenue
Wax Trax has been holding down 13th Avenue between Washington and Pearl streets for more than forty years, cultivating its own community, and the record haven is joined at the hip (and we do mean “hip”) with the Sunday 13th Avenue Flea. Both markets deal in street-level wares, including vinyl, vintage, zines, handmades and whatever, and Wax Trax will contribute live music. Show up and dive in.

Chris Hinds Wheel Deal: Cheesman Park
Sunday, July 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cheesman Park Pavilion, 1900 East 11th Avenue

District 10 City Councilman Chris Hinds will be answering your questions about district issues and how to deal with governmental bureaucracy at the city level while also hosting some wheel-based weekend fun for the masses in Cheesman Park. Along with free paletas and music courtesy of DJ Alisha B, there will be a limited number of spaces for free roller skate and skateboard lessons beginning at 12:30 p.m., so arrive early if interested. Find details here.

Do you know of a great free event in Denver? We'll be updating this list through the week; send information to [email protected]
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