Things to Do

Ten Things to Do for Free in Denver This Weekend

A long line for ice cream?
A long line for ice cream? Little Man Ice Cream
A cornucopia of free fun will be spilling out in October, with the last of summer markets, the start of pumpkin festivals (including a market outside Little Man Ice Cream) and Day of the Dead festivities, plus an ongoing chance to explore the built environment with Doors Open Denver. But there's also a serious reason to get out of the house this morning: the Denver Womxn's March rally for reproductive rights at the State Capitol.

Keep reading for the ten best things to do for free in Denver:

Womxn's March Denver: Reproductive Rights Rally
Saturday, October 2, 9:30 a.m.
West Steps, Colorado Capitol

Womxn’s March Denver will host a rally to support reproductive freedom for all. Speakers include Vicki Cowart, CEO at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains; Kassandra Rendon-Morales, Reproductive Rights Campaign Coordinator at ACLU of Colorado; Amanda Carlson, Abortion Fund Director and Senior Policy Associate at Cobalt; and Nadine Bridges, Executive Director One Colorado. Find out more here.

Doors Open Denver

Through October 17
All over Denver and online
Doors Open Denver returns, with some great new in-person tours (weekends only, and tickets required) as well as free online, on-demand tours. New virtual tours include 200 Block South Lincoln Street Historic District, Daniels & Fisher Tower, Loretto Heights: Pancratia Hall and NCAR Mesa Laboratory; there will also be twelve archived virtual tours from 2020. The Your Denver photo contest has also returned, with submissions now being accepted. Get all the details on Doors Open Denver here.
click to enlarge Tour the Lumina building virtually. - DOORS OPEN DENVER
Tour the Lumina building virtually.
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Arts Hullabaloo
Through Sunday, October 3

Head for the hills, where painter, illustrator and caricaturist Thomas Fluharty will be in residence at the 3rd Street Gallery.  But that's just the start of the action at the fifteenth annual Arts Hullabaloo, hosted by the Sangres Art Guild in partnership with Rebecca’s Fund and the Custer County Tourism Board. The three days of family fun include chalk art day on Friday, with special prizes for the best “History of Custer County” chalk art. “Saturday in the Park” brings the Quick Draw Artist Competition along with the People’s Choice awards, as well as face painting and workshops for kids, roving musicians, dance performances, and arts and crafts vendors on site. “Sunday on the Bluff” features such old-fashioned activities as kite-flying and paper airplane games. Find out more here.

Autumn Bazaar
Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Belleview Station, 6785 East Chenango Avenue
The Bazaar takes a decided autumnal turn with this free event, featuring eighty-plus vendors, a pop-up street-food court, fashion trucks and live music. Entry is free, and the bazaar is both family- and dog-friendly. Find out more here.

Fourth Annual Fall Bulb Sale With Oak and Hawthorn
Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
RitualCravt, 7700 West 44th Avenue, Wheat Ridge

Missy Rhysing, owner of Wheat Ridge metaphysical apothecary and oddities vendor RitualCravt, keeps an all-black gothic Hekate garden that would have been right at home in a Harry Potter novel, and now you can create one, too. Oak and Hawthorn, the vendor from whom Rhysing buys bulbs that unfold with dark-colored tulips and pale white narcissi, will spend Saturday at the store selling its wares, just in time for fall planting. Find more information here.

Handmade in Colorado Expo
Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fillmore Plaza, Cherry Creek
It's not too early to start your holiday shopping, and the fourteenth annual Handmade in Colorado Expo is a juried event that showcases some of the state's best fine art and contemporary craft, created by Colorado artists working in a variety of media. They'll be on hand to talk to customers about their work. There will be live music, too, and admission is free. Find out more here.

La Llorona Festival
Saturday, October 2, 2 to 4 p.m.
Corky Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving Street
The story of La Llorona, a mourning woman who wanders at night crying for her children, dates back centuries in Mexico, with roots in Aztec lore. Once those likely Indio origins clashed with the arrival of Spanish Colonial culture, the story changed course, but no matter the history, all La Llorona tales are haunting. Join a group of master storytellers who will weave these folkloric twists and turns Saturday, when the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC) revs up a free, month-long Día de los Muertos Recuerdos 2021 series at the Corky Gonzales Library. Learn more here.

Shakesbeer Presents: Romeo & Brewliet
Saturday, October 2, 4 p.m.
River North Brewing, 3400 Blake Street

Shakesbeer's back, as The Wit & River North Brewing present a free (and free-flowing), frothy, sixty-minute adaptation of Shakespeare's romantic tragedy, transformed into comedy. Find out more here.

Harvest Fest
Sunday, October 3, noon to 10 p.m.
Ironton Distillery, 3636 Chestnut Place

Despite being a distillery, Ironton’s urban Harvest Fest serves adults and children alike. While you practice a little therapeutic ax-throwing, book a fall family photo session, enjoy live music and steal a shot or two, the kids can pick a jack-o-lantern-to-be from Ironton’s patch ($5 per pumpkin) and do some artsy-craftsy pumpkin decorating. There’s a costume contest, too, along with a mini farmers’ market, and pumpkin-themed food and drink specials. Get info and RSVP here for a free taste of pumpkin-spice liqueur.

Titwrench Music Festival 2021 
Sunday, October 3, 4 to 10:30 p.m.
City Park Pavilion, 2001 Steele Street

The feminist, volunteer-driven, gender- and race-inclusive, experimental, community-friendly gathering known as Titwrench will celebrate a thirteen-year run — and say farewell — during one big evening under the stars in City Park. Music begins at 4 p.m. at the pavilion on Ferril Lake, along with an hour-long Sol Vida #DivineBootyShaking Workshop; New Mexican artist Nacha Mendez, the Milk Blossoms, Machete Mouth and My Name Is Harriett will perform. Between sets, visit the Maiz and Konjo food trucks for eats, and shop Titwrench merch and the Witch Collective’s artisan market. Admission is free; RSVP here.

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