The big news this week is Denver Pride, which is inspiring a virtual parade of events, both online and in person, across the city. But there's lots more to do for free, including browsing musical memories, listening to live music, catching a new exhibit on the history of Five Points, and helping the city capture its Latino/Chicano history. And you can even tour Casa Bonita (see our story here).
Keep reading for eight of the best free events in Denver this week.
ALICE (in wonderland)
Friday, June 25, 8 p.m.
Colorado Ballet and Rocky Mountain PBS present a broadcast performance of ALICE (in wonderland), a larger-than-life ballet based on the books by Lewis Carroll. The show features choreography by Septime Webre and music by Matthew Pierce, performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra — and broadcast for free on Rocky Mountain PBS. Find details here.
Summer Solstice Art Market
Saturday, June 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mint and Serif, 7310 West Colfax Avenue, Lakewood
The enclave of shops and eateries at West Colfax Avenue and Vance Street are banding together to celebrate the return to summer and commerce as usual with an art market that’s got everything you might need for a fun family afternoon: art vendors, live music, a car show, food and drink, shaved ice by Rainbow Yeti, local shopping— and visiting llamas from Bell Ranch. The day-long event is free for all; learn more here.
Dollhouse Miniatures Yard Sale
Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, 830 Kipling Street, Lakewood
Got a thing for little people who live in little houses, sleep in little bedsteads and use itty-bitty silverware to eat off minuscule dinner plates? The annual yard sale at Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys has big deals if you'd like to collect some new pieces for your own little micro-world. Buy craft supplies, miniature items and other tiny things to support the museum at this yard sale in the back parking lot. Admission to the sale is free (there's still a fee to enter the museum); learn more here.
I Am Denver Storytelling Lab: Latino/Chicano Historical Context
Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m
Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education, Denver Performing Arts Complex
The Denver Office of Storytelling is collecting the history of Denver’s Chicano and Latino communities, and is looking for stories, memories and photos to identify significant locations that should be recognized and remembered. Share your stories at this workshop; register here.
Seven Year Celebration
Saturday, June 26, 3 to 6 p.m.
Studio Colfax, 2418 East Colfax Avenue
When a small business like art-and-gift boutique Studio Colfax manages to last seven years on a gritty stretch of Colfax, weathering even the disastrous pandemic breakdown of 2020, it attests to the sound concept and merchandising practiced by this art-savvy team. See how they’ve prettied up the store for a new era and celebrate at Studio Colfax at an event with music, flowers, cupcakes and everything nice in the shop’s courtyard; find info and sign up to receive a date reminder at Eventbrite.
TEDxMileHigh: All Together
Saturday, June 26, 5 to 7:15 p.m., online
Meet interesting and creative Coloradans at TEDxMileHigh: All Together, a learning experience of virtual talks by podcasters, community builders, writers, comedians, activists and a brain expert, all kept in line by emcee and experienced TEDx talker Nita Mosby Tyler. Spoken-word performer, mentor and Denver superstar Suzi Q. Smith; author and 2021 Whiting Award-winner Steven Dunn; and immigration activist Jeanette Vizguerra are just a few of the folks you’ll meet for free; learn more and RSVP at Eventbrite.
Waking Up the Summer Dance Party
Saturday, June 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
Awake Denver, 2240 Clay Street, Unit #100
Secret Dance Addiction, along with Awake Denver and Lyres, is hosting a series of three sober dance block parties starting with Blossoms + Bass. Toast the opening of Colorado's first sober bar and then party into the night with nonstop dancing to MC MAURICE, along with Double Crush DJ duo featuring Jeff Miguel on sax and Ignight. Other activities include Flower + Spirit Crowns by Sophie Howell, meditation led by Quana Madison, Mermaid Walking fashion truck, sober bar and snacks at Awake, and a special non-alcoholic Spritz tasting. The all-ages event is free, but you must register here.
Jazz Brunch and Youth Jam
Sunday, June 27, 1 to 3 p.m.
People’s Building, 9995 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
You won’t see any international jazz stars on the stage at the People’s Building’s Jazz Brunch, but you might see some stars of tomorrow, as Denver saxophonist Daryl Gott and friends jam with youth musicians. You’ll need to bring your own brunch, but organizers — who will provide a bar — suggest pre-ordering delicious eats from nearby eateries Third Culture Bakery and Baba & Pops. There's no admission fee; find info here.
Know of a great free event in town? We'll be updating this list through the week; send information to email@example.com.
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