Things to Do

Six Things to Do for Free in Denver Today

Jackie Robinson, by Detour, at Civic Center Park.
Jackie Robinson, by Detour, at Civic Center Park. Detour
All-Star action brought lots of activity to downtown Denver, but the fun continues through the weekend. Be sure to stop by Civic Center Park, where the McNichols Building has reopened; not only can you catch three new exhibits there, but the park itself is filled with work from the Black Love Mural Festival.

Keep reading for ten more free events in and around town this weekend.

51st Annual Cherry Creek North Sidewalk Sale
Through Sunday, July 18
Cherry Creek North
For more than five decades, Cherry Creek North businesses have gotten together one weekend a year for a sidewalk sale that includes amazing deals and discounts...and plenty of giveaways (including a $500 prize for one shopper). More than seventy outfits are involved this year, ranging from clothing retailers to fitness and wellness centers, hotels, home furnishing stores, restaurants and more. Get all the details (and a map) here.

Babe Walls Mural Festival
Through Sunday, July 18
Ralston Creek Trail at Pierce Street, north of Ralston Road
Muralist Alexandrea Pangburn rounded up an army of women and nonbinary artist friends last August to found the first Babe Walls Mural Fest in Westminster; now the fest is returning with an all-new crew for a second round of collaborative art-making along the Ralston Creek Trail in Arvada. Get out and see the artists in action this weekend; learn more here.

Boulder Creek Festival 2021
Sunday, July 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Boulder Creek, from 9th to 14th street, between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder

Another summer tradition — the Boulder Creek Festival — is back in full force this year to celebrate 32 years of partying along the creek, with three stages, a whole Creekside for Kids activity zone, a makers’ market and business bazaar, and a plethora of food choices, from vegan fare to carnival favorites. Admission is free (there is a restricted, ticketed Beer Fest area if you’re feeling spendy); find details and a complete schedule of events here.

Domingos en Westwood
Sunday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
RISE Westwood, 3738 Morrison Road

Community development nonprofit Re:Vision does things the Westwood way, and its Sunday farmers’ market Domingos en Westwood is no different. Supporting BIPOC vendors from the neighborhood, this market retools the concept by including folks who grow produce at Re:Vision's urban farm; cook up great eats just the way their ancestors did, in their own kitchens; or create art reflective of Westwood culture. Domingos en Westwood will set up every Sunday through October 31; learn more here.

EcoFiesta 2021
Sunday, July 18, 4 to 8 p.m.
Fairfax Park, 6850 Fairfax Drive, Commerce City
This gathering in Commerce City will celebrate the community's vision to transition beyond Suncor — an oil refinery that's a primary contributor to the 80216 zip code being the most polluted in the U.S. — to a safe, healthy and just environment. Over a dozen organizations will discuss everything from how to participate in community air monitoring of pollution from the Suncor refinery, to how to call for denial of Suncor’s Title V pollution permit. But in addition to educational activities, there will be family fun. Find out more here.

City Park Jazz: Chris Daniels & the Kings
Sunday, July 18, 6 p.m.
City Park
Pack a picnic and head to City Park for a free concert with Chris Daniels & the Kings (now with Freddi Gowdy). which just celebrated its 36th year and is still going strong. Find out more here.

Know of a great free event around town? We'll be updating this list through the week; send information to [email protected]
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