Things to Do

Five Things to Do in Denver (and Beyond) Today

Evan Semon
We're heading to the end of August, and there's no sign of summer stopping. The calendar continues to heat up, filling with art festivals, music festivals, food festivals and more.

Keep reading for five of the best events in and around Denver:

Golden Fine Arts Festival
Sunday, August 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
11th Street from Arapahoe to Maple streets, Golden

The 32nd annual Golden Fine Arts Festival will fill the town with art — more than 100 artists, chosen through a jury process — as well as live entertainment, beer and wine gardens, and food vendors. Admission is free; find out more here.

Fallen Owl Tattoo Benefit for Choice
Sunday, August 21, 11 a.m.
Fallen Owl Tattoo Studio, 1420 Garrison Street, Lakewood

Fallen Owl Tattoo Studio will be doing 100 tattoos for $100 each on August 21, with all proceeds going to Cobalt Advocates, a Colorado-based group dedicated to fighting for systems, structures and policies that protect reproductive rights and guarantee comprehensive, universal access to reproductive health care, including abortion. Find out more here.
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Painted Prairie is part of the tour.
Parade of Homes
Parade of Homes
Sunday, August 21, noon to 5 p.m.
Around Metro Denver

The longstanding Parade of Homes, a summer tradition hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, has returned, with 38 homes along the Front Range included on the tour, as well as the entire community of Painted Prairie in Aurora. There are free in-person tours of homes from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, as well as online tour options. The parade continues through August 28; get the details here.
Fourth Annual La Raza Park Day
Sunday, August 21, 1 to 5 p.m.
La Raza Park, 1501 West 38th Avenue
La Raza Park Day celebrates the day this north Denver park lost its former name commemorating Christopher Columbus, but it’s also a salute to Denver’s deeply rooted Latinx families and culture. The laid-back event, also designated as one of the town’s biggest lowrider events, includes music, food, vendor booths, Aztec dancers and lucha libre matches, along with crowds of happy people. More info on Facebook.

Shakespeare in the Wild, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Sunday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.
Open Space by Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 South University Boulevard, Centennial

Actor Leigh Miller, a familiar face from Denver Center for the Performing Arts stages and others around town, is also the founder and artistic director of Shakespeare in the Wild, a local company that performs the Bard’s works in the great outdoors for free. In open space near the Goodson Recreation Center, the troupe will unfold a fine version of A Midsummer Night's Dream; fellow DCPA familiar Sam Gregory directs. The show repeats the following weekend and admission is free; get details here.

And a paid-admission bonus:

Denver Modernism Week Through Sunday, August 28
Various Metro Denver Locations

In its sixth year, Denver Modernism Week has grown into a ten-day midcentury lifestyle universe, with a seemingly endless roster of lectures, presentations, tours, vintage markets, parties, shows, films, expos and more, at various locations. The toughest part of this dream staycation for mid-mod enthusiasts is deciding what you'll have time to do. Highlights include a Mid-Mod Home Retrovation Expo full of design and restoration tips, Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix’s Mad for Midcentury slide show. That’s just the start; find a complete schedule, ticket prices and registration for events here.


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