Things to Do

Five Things to Do for Free in Denver This Weekend

Join the fourth annual Petite Parade.
Join the fourth annual Petite Parade. Dairy Block
The snow must go on! Today is full of special art performances, free music....and people skiing behind horses.

Keep reading for some of the best free events around town, as well as two good reasons to head for the hills.

Eldora WinterFest
Sunday, March 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eldora Resort

The Suburu WinterFest is a celebration of adventure and all things winter, with an amazing lineup of artists that includes Lissie, Pixie & the Partygrass Boys, Kind Hearted Strangers and Lindsay Lou. Alpine Start Foods will supply free s’mores and hot chocolate, and there will be daily giveaways and opportunities to test the latest gear from Mammut, Nordica Ski, Arbor Collective, Solo Stove, Dynamic Wax, Thule, Klean Kanteen and more. Get all the details here.
click to enlarge Head to Leadville for Crystal Carnival Weekend. - MARK LAROWE
Head to Leadville for Crystal Carnival Weekend.
Mark LaRowe
Leadville Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival Weekend
Sunday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Harrison Avenue, Leadville

Head for the hills and the 74th Leadville Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival Weekend. From noon to 3 p.m., cheer on the horses and skiers; it's free to watch (but no dogs or drones). In addition to the races, the Leadville Nordic Paintball Biathlon starts at 10 a.m., with  Nordic skiing and paintball at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center. Find out more about the weekend here.
click to enlarge Join the fourth annual Petite Parade. - DAIRY BLOCK
Join the fourth annual Petite Parade.
Dairy Block
Dairy Block Petite Parade
Sunday, March 6, noon to 3 p.m.
Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee Street

The Dairy Block is hosting its fourth annual Petite Parade to celebrate Mardi Gras. Everyone is invited to “laissez les bons temps rouler” by building a creative float starting with a shoebox base; each float must be no larger than 2 feet long by 2 feet wide and shorter than 3 feet tall, and able to be pulled on wheels. Advance registration for floats required: It's free for individuals and families to enter and $50 for businesses. Awards will be given for Most Original Float, Funniest Float and more. Along with the parade, entertainment will be provided by Denver’s Handsome Little Devils, complete with live music. Find out more here.

Night Lights Denver: Women's History Month
Through March 31, daily except Mondays, 6:15 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Clocktower, 1601 Arapahoe Street

For Women’s History Month, Night Lights Denver is presenting a collection of time-based artworks projected on the side of the Clocktower; the work is designed to express conversations unique to each artist’s practice. This program was independently curated by Sharifa Moore, executive director of Denver Digerati; find out more here.

Plan ahead

Preserving Women's Voices: The Life and Legacy of bell hooks
Monday, March 7, 4 to 5 p.m., online

Denver Public Library will celebrate Women's History Month by highlighting namesakes of Denver Public Library branches Dr. Justina Ford, Pauline Robinson, Sarah Platt Decker. First up: Professor Qrescent Mason discussing the impact of the life of bell hooks and the legacy of her archival collection. Find out more here.

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