Things to Do

Five Things to Do for Free in Denver Today

This market has landed in Boulder.
This market has landed in Boulder. Firefly Handmade
The vote's in: You're a winner if you live in the Mile High City, where there's plenty to do in town. Throughout the metro area, events both silly and serious are campaigning for your attention.

Keep reading for some of the best free events in Denver this weekend:

Wakanda on Welton
Through Wednesday, November 16
Melody Market, 2590 Washington Street, and other Five Points locations

Remember seeing Black Panther for the first time and how it roused a powerful sense of recognition? A new event, Wakanda on Welton, is here to flesh out that initial high with a week of culturally edifying art, music and learning, just as the film sequel is released. Organized by Melody Market in Five Points, the event includes an art gallery, vendor market, African dance and drumming classes, craft workshops, Afrofuturism and fashion panels, all spread through other businesses and venues around the Welton corridor, where you’ll also be able to sit on a Black Panther throne for selfies. Wakanda forever! Learn more on Facebook.

Firefly Handmade
Sunday, November 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pearl Street Mall, Boulder

It's not too early to start your holiday shopping! This weekend, the Pearl Street Mall will be filled with more than eighty curated artisans, featuring the best of local handmade craft, art and design in fourteen categories of goods, including art, ceramics, artisanal food/beverage, jewelry/accessories, home goods, skincare/wellness, adult/children's apparel, and more! Admission is free, but you'll definitely want to open your wallet; get the details here.

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Biennial of the Americas
Edge Effect: La inclusión de mi raza (The inclusion of my race), Free Tour with Cortney Lane Stell
Sunday, November 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tail Tracks Plaza, 1550 Wewatta Street
The Biennial of the Americas and Black Cube Nomadic Art Museum partnered on the latest Edge Effect project: La inclusión de mi raza (The inclusion of my race), a temporary public-art installation by Guadalajara-based artist Gabriel Rico at Tail Tracks Plaza. Rico’s outdoor installation includes totemic sculptures composed of an array of objects donated by the Denver community and an interactive AR experience. The work comes down at the end of today; get details here.

Denver Film Festival: Virtual Reality Arcade
Sunday, November 13, noon to 3 p.m.
Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue

Although most Denver Film Festival events are ticketed, the Virtual Reality Arcade — which has moved to the Tattered Cover Colfax this year — is open to the public at select times. You can experience the Monte Gelato waterfalls in Rome; follow in the footsteps of Kubo, a Korean writer in Seoul in 1934, when Korea was under Japanese occupation; or meet a panda named Herbie. Get details here.

Belleview Ski Chalet Winter Pop-Up
Sunday, November 13, noon to 9:30 p.m.
6751 East Chenango Avenue

The weather is getting chillier at just the right moment for the Belleview Ski Chalet, a pop-up that's taking the place of a popular market/beer garden in warmer times. The heated party tent will continue to pop up at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and at noon Saturday and Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday) through December 18. Expect warm drinks and hot times; find out more here.

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