Free For All: The Five Best Free Events in Denver This Week

Civic Center Cinema continues on Wednesday, August 9 with a screening of The Blues Brothers.
Civic Center Cinema continues on Wednesday, August 9 with a screening of The Blues Brothers. C/o Universal Pictures
The arrival of a new week means a fresh crop of entertainments that even the thriftiest Denverite can enjoy. Today, and today only, entrance to all Colorado state parks is free — a bonus left over from the August 1 Colorado Day. After that, whether you fancy outdoor screenings of classic movies, dance lessons, or craft beer and comedy, there's plenty more to do all week, and all for free.So pack up a picnic and put on your dancing shoes, because the only way to have a bad time in Denver this week is by staying home.

Free Introductory Ballroom Class
Monday, August 7, 6 to 6:50 p.m.
The Denver Turnverein

The Denver Turnverein is both a historic local institution and a bustling dance hall constantly bursting with life. While its schedule is packed with balls, concerts, special functions and professional classes, curious Denverites can get a taste of all the Turnverein has to offer on Monday, August 7, at a free introductory ballroom-dancing class. Join instructor Leonard Thurman (with musical accompaniment from a DJ) to learn the basics of the waltz, a twirling and fancy-free Viennese art form. The class runs from 6 p.m until 6:50 p.m., and participants are welcome to stay on for the regular 7 p.m. ballroom class after returning to the foyer and paying the regular rate. Whether you're fleet of foot or learning for the first time, the Turnverein's free ballroom classes offer a bit of old-world elegance as well as a grand time. Visit the Denver Turnverein events calendar to learn more.

click to enlarge C/O HARPER COLLINS
C/o Harper Collins
BookBar Book Club
Wednesday, August 9, 7 p.m.

For the easily distracted reader, nothing beats the fellowship and accountability of a book club. BookBar, an independent bookstore and wine bar nestled in the heart of the Tennyson Arts District, hosts a lively reading group that meets once a month for an in-depth and wine-soaked discussion of literature. This month, the group will be discussing The Book of Joan, by Lidia Yuknavitch, a genre-shattering dystopian novel that's as provocative as it is thrilling. Enjoy BookBar's menu of small plates, including charcuterie, pizzetas, crostini and sweets, while sampling its selection of fine wines. Facilitated by BookBar regular Kelly Thompson, the monthly meetings provide an ideal opportunity to share the joys of reading. Guests can also shop for next month's book, Marked Men, a collection of poems by Joseph Hutchinson. Visit BookBar's events page to learn more.

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Byron Graham is a writer, comedian and gentleman thief from Denver. Co-host of Designated Drunkard: A Comedy Drinking Game, the deathless Lion's Lair open mic and the Mutiny Book Club podcast, Byron also writes about comedy for Westword. He cannot abide cowardice, and he's never been defeated in an open duel.
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