Things to Do

Ten Things to Do for Free in Denver This Week

Lio BUMBAKiNi at Stanley Marketplace.
Lio BUMBAKiNi at Stanley Marketplace. Denver Design Week
The temperature's dropping, but the roster of activities both entertaining and educational around town is picking up. This week you can hear discussions of race and society, race and art, and art and age; you can celebrate art and also buy some...but that's the only time you'll have to open your wallet. And in all but two cases, you won't even have to leave your home — but you'll want to for those activities.

Keep reading for the ten best free events in Denver this week.

Denver Design Week
Through October 23
Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora

The fifth annual Denver Design Week — celebrating Colorado’s most innovative and relevant architecture, design and technology projects and people — has gone virtual this year. While most programs are ticketed, there's a free component. Six local artists — Autumn T. Thomas, Viviane Le Courtois, Rian Kerrane, Jodie Roth Cooper, Sean O’Neill and Lio BUMBAKiNi — are all part of an outdoor art space at Stanley Marketplace that's free to visit. Find out more at

Colorado Election Experts – Two Weeks Out
Wednesday, October 21, 3 p.m.

The Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Denver presents a Zoom conversation with Joey Bunch of Colorado Politics, Democratic strategist Sheila MacDonald, former Colorado Republican Party chair Dick Wadhams, and moderator Floyd Ciruli, discussing the presidential, Senate and congressional races in Colorado, as well as the general state of our democracy as November 3 approaches. Sign up here.

Race on the Ballot
Wednesday, October 21, 4:30 p.m.

A panel of experts will discuss Colorado ballot initiatives through the lens of racial equity. The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Soul2Soul Sisters, Cameron UMC, Sacred Stones Ministries and Scott UMC, along with other sponsoring partners, are hosting this virtual event, that will include a panel discussion and also a Q&A. It's free, but you must register in advance.

Make Zines at Home
Wednesday, October 21, 5 p.m.

Learn how to make your own eight-page zine during this MCA Denver virtual workshop with the Denver Zine Library, a Denver treasure. The program also includes an overview of zines and zine culture, as well as a sampling of some of the DZL's zines; find out more here.

Changing the Legacy of Race and Ethnicity: Conversations for One America
Wednesday, October 21, 7 p.m.
Author Adrian Miller leads a panel exploring race and ethnicity in Colorado and the United States from the perspectives of history, economics, criminology, psychology and faith traditions. Panelists include Rachel Harding, a historian and poet who specializes in religions of the Afro-Atlantic diaspora; Denise Maes of the ACLU of Colorado; Wendell Pryor, director of the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation; and Anthony Young, president of the Denver-Rocky Mountain Association of Black Psychologists. This is the first in a series sponsored by Colorado Humanities; find out more here.

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