Things to Do

Ten Things to Do for Free In and Around Denver This Week

The Cast Iron Queens close out the season at City Park Jazz.
The Cast Iron Queens close out the season at City Park Jazz. City Park Jazz

August is here, but there's still plenty of summer fun ahead, including free events all over town as Denver Days continues through the weekend, with community gatherings in various neighborhoods as well as at Denver Public Library branches. And, yes, this is the last weekend for City Park Jazz.

Keep reading for ten of the best free things to do this week:

Skylark Lounge Memorabilia Sale
Through Saturday, August 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Location TBA

RIP, Skylark Lounge. Though Nathaniel Rateliff and a group of investors have purchased the Skylark building with plans to keep it a bar, at least some of the Skylark’s retro contents — all the ephemera and vintage furnishings that made the Skylark the Skylark, from vintage posters, lobby cards and pinups to a Schlitz Beer lamp, pool and shuffleboard tables, barstools and more one-of-a-kind items — will be sold at a three-day, everything-must-go sale. The location will be announced at 4 a.m. daily; find details here.

Fraser Mountain Mural Festival
Through Sunday, August 8, beginning at 9 a.m.

Just up the road from busy Winter Park, Fraser likes to keep things folksy — even when it throws a big mural festival. More than two dozen muralists from Colorado and beyond will be painting the town (actually, 8-by-8-foot primed panels that will be auctioned off at the end of the fest), and there will be lots of live music all day Saturday. Get a schedule for the weekend event here, and you’ll also want to download the Fraser Mountain Mural Festival app, which includes a map, access to the auction and other helpful information.

Art the Hard Way: The Fight to Become Better
Through August 28
Fremont Center for the Arts, 505 Macon Avenue, Cañon City

The fourth annual inmate exhibition opened August 6, offered In conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the ADX prison. It includes 275 pieces created by people incarcerated in ADX, with four featured artists.

Gathering to Remember
Saturday, August 7, 10 a.m.
Berkeley Lake Park

This 615,000-step march — one for every victim of COVID — is part of a nationwide day of awareness and action. As the number of cases continues to rise, participants will ask elected officials to strengthen prevention measures to end the pandemic, prioritize COVID survivors for relief resources, improve health and mental health care for long-haulers and surviving children, memorialize those who died, and form a nonpartisan commission to ensure this never happens again. Find out more here.

From Surviving to Thriving: Small Biz Resource Fair
Saturday, August 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
South Broadway Christian Church, 23 Lincoln Street

Connect for Health Colorado is hosting this free event, where Medicaid and health-insurance enrollment specialists will be on hand to provide help for both business owners and individuals. There will be live music, Aztec dancers, a kids' zone, massages and more...and the first 150 people get free tacos, too! Find out more here.

Back-to-School Bash
Saturday, August 7, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Town Center at Aurora, 14200 East Alameda Avenue, Aurora

Stop by Town Center at Aurora for crafts, games and more! Not only will the mall be hosting a party by the food court, but the Aurora Public Schools Back-to-School Kick-Off will be at the same time and place. That's open to Aurora residents and students; the Town Center party is open to all. Find out more here.

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Lookin' good!
Blanchard Family Wine
Glamour & Wine Photoshoot Party
Saturday, August 7, noon to 3 p.m.
Blanchard Family Wines, 1855 Blake Street, #120
Get your glam on at award-winning Blanchard Family Wines in the Dairy Block, which is teaming up with boutique Redamancy the Label, makeup artist Aura by Ashley and Rheanne Loren Photography to host a photoshoot complete with professional styling, makeup, photography...and wine. It's free, but advance registration is recommended; get your time slot here. And to get you in the mood (and shape) to pose, nearbyCorePower Yoga is hosting a free Fit & Rock group exercise class at 9 a.m. in the Dairy Block. Find out more here.

Crystal Street Block Party
Saturday, August 7, noon to 7 p.m.
Crystal Street across from Montbello Street Park

Community advocates are hosting a block party and job fair to introduce the formation of several new justice organizations and an alliance with existing organizations that will uplift the most vulnerable and oppressed. The event will provide community networking and a meet and greet; free food, guest speakers, and entertainment will also be provided.

Throwdown Showdown
Saturday, August 7, doors open at 3:30 p.m.
Infinity Park, Glendale
Colorado’s biggest talent show is back at Infinity Park, with a winner’s purse of $10,000. During the afternoon, there will be ten preliminary performers — including Maurice Avatar and Matt Skellenger, as well as more musical acts, a comedian and various other talents — followed by acts from the three finalists. Fans will be voting on an online platform during both the prelims and the finals; there will a bar, food trucks and entertainment by DJ Trent during the break between the preliminary rounds and the finals. Admission is free; find out more here.
click to enlarge The Cast Iron Queens close out the season at City Park Jazz. - CITY PARK JAZZ
The Cast Iron Queens close out the season at City Park Jazz.
City Park Jazz
City Park Jazz: Cast Iron Queens
Sunday, August 8, 6 to 8 p.m.
City Park

The final edition of City Park Jazz 202 will feature Erica Brown and her Cast Iron Queens. The realization of an idea that has always been close to her heart, the act is a melting pot of jazz, soul, blues and country. Find out more here.

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