Summer is speeding by...so slow down and make time for some of the great free events this week, which range from serious to silly. You can peek into some fancy homes, travel back in time at folksy fests in Littleton and Wheat Ridge, or listen to free music.
Keep reading for the twelve best free events in and around Denver this week:
Denver Parade of Homes
Tour this home at 3633 Salud Lane, Castle Rock.
Parade of Homes
Sunday, August 15, noon to 5 p.m. (and 24/7 online)
Throughout metro Denver
Denver’s annual home showcase, hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, returns to highlight 39 new homes from Castle Rock to Erie and Arvada and Aurora. Thirteen homebuilders designed the models, which include seven luxury "Dream Homes." You can tour them all online anytime during the Parade, or in person Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 29. Admission is free; find out more here
Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival
Sunday, August 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anderson Park 4355 Field Street, Wheat Ridge
Wheat Ridge, once home to as many as 32 carnation growers, adopted the moniker “Carnation City” in the last century, and when the city incorporated in 1969, the Carnation Festival was born. Today the carnations have disappeared (the last grower closed up shop in 2008), but the festival lives. The fest is free to attend, but there are a few optional ticketed events. Find a schedule and information here
Littleton Western Welcome Week
Through August 22; Festival Day: Saturday, August 21, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Western Welcome Week Grand Parade: Saturday, August 21, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
After more than ninety years, Littleton’s Western Welcome Week has become a nine-day extravaganza with more than forty events, including ice cream socials, fireworks shows, pancake breakfasts and concerts under the stars. The seemingly endless schedule wraps up on the final weekend with a couple of parades and a night of music by the Littleton Symphony Orchestra at Hudson Gardens. Most Welcome Week events are free, with a few optional exceptions; find info and chart your course here
Sunday, August 15, noon to 10 p.m.
Marble Mill Site Park, 322 West Park Street, Marble
The town of Marble in Gunnison County, best known for the Yule marble quarry and the nearby ghost town of Crystal, might seem near the end of the road in the mountains, but MarbleFest is definitely a worthy destination, a weekend of live music and regional vendors showing off their wares. That includes the nomadic Woody Creek bookstore Read With Moxie that travels the narrow roads in a VW bus. Intrigued? Gas up and head for the hills. Get details here
Rock in City Park
Sunday, August 15, 5 to 8 p.m.
City Park Pavilion Bandshell
The Parent Rocker Organization will host a live concert with the School of Rock Denver House Band, featuring some of Denver's most talented musicians between the ages of ten and eighteen. This is an all-ages event; bring your families, pets and picnics (food trucks will also be on hand). Find out more here
Do you know of a great free event in or around Denver? We'll be updating this list through the week; send information to [email protected]