November got off to a strong start with Día de los Muertos events that will continue through the weekend (see our Day of the Dead list here
), overlapping with the start of Denver Arts Week
, which includes special deals at dozens of cultural institutions — many of them free.
Here are the five best free events in and around Denver today.
DFF Virtual Reality Arcade
Sunday, November 7, 10 to 11:45 a.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Monday, November 8, Tuesday, November 9, and Wednesday, November 10, 2:30 to 8 p.m.
The Festival Annex, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue
As part of the 44th Denver Film Festival, the Virtual Reality Arcade is returning. Explore the best of new-cinema storytelling through twelve virtual reality experiences curated from all over the globe — including favorites from SXSW, Tribeca, Venice International Film Festival and Sundance. There are free times daily
at the arcade; find the schedule here
Historic Persse Place Open House
Sunday, November 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Roxborough State Park, 4751 East Roxborough Drive, Littleton
Hike the Fountain Valley Trail to this nationally registered historic home. Naturalists will share stories of the people who lived here in the early 1900s. The program is free, but you'll need to show a parks pass or pay admission to get into Roxborough. Find out more here
Denver Public Art Tour: Denver Performing Arts Complex
Sunday, November 7, 1 p.m.
Denver Performing Arts Complex
Denver Arts & Venues is offering three free tours of public art this week, including one of the Denver Performing Arts Complex at 1 p.m., and one of 14th Street on November 9; there will be a tour of the Colorado Convention Center on November 21. The agency also offers self-guided tours online. Register and find out more here
The Legacy of Chicano Theater: A Conversation With Tony Garcia
Sunday, November 7, 2 p.m.
Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue
Tony Garcia, founder of the nationally recognized Su Teatro, will discuss fifty years of theater in Denver, including how he developed his style as a playwright, how he develops his stories, the challenges of getting his work produced, and the legacy of Chicano theater. Find out more here
Did you miss TEDxMileHigh last month? With RETHINK, the entire program of big ideas and transformational stories is available. Catch it here
Do you know of a great free event in Denver? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]