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

The Civic Center Cinema series concludes with a screening of Jurassic World on Wednesday, August 16.
The Civic Center Cinema series concludes with a screening of Jurassic World on Wednesday, August 16. C/o
Though we're already halfway through August, it's still summertime...and nothing makes the living easier than a week full of great entertainment. Whether you'd like to picnic in the park during a blockbuster screening, enjoy laughs and quaffs at brewery-based comedy shows and Shakespeare parodies, or gather with a gaggle of bibliophiles, the days ahead hold plenty of delights for even the most penny-pinching locals. These five events are all completely free!

MCA Denver
Read Out Loud
Tuesday, August 15, 7-9 p.m.
MCA Denver
Taking the good, old-fashioned read-along out of musty classrooms and into your adult life, MCA Denver's Read Out Loud series invites twenty participants to read aloud from a book of their choice. An open forum that functions like a microcosm of a healthy democracy, the event — originated by Caryn Keffer — welcomes everyone to read and listen in equal measure. The rotating roster of readers follows no particular order and there's no hierarchical structure in place, ensuring that each gathering is utterly unique. It's free to attend, but all readers must email [email protected] to register. Visit MCA Denver's events page to learn more.

Civic Center Cinema

Wednesday, August 16, 6:30 p.m.
Civic Center Park

Local cinephiles have one more week of Civic Center Cinema to enjoy. A partnership of the Civic Center Conservancy, the Outdoor Cinema Network and Xfinity, the series includes weekly screenings of voter-selected movies. Civic Center Cinema concludes on Wednesday, August 16, with a showing of Jurassic World. A new entry in the series of films adapted from Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park novels, the 2015 film stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, and it helped introduce a whole new generation of dino-crazed fans to the franchise. The movie starts at dusk — roughly 8:30 p.m. — but we recommend arriving at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy an array of lawn games and food-truck cuisine as well as calling dibs on the perfect spot. Admission is free and picnics are welcome; visit the Civic Center Conservancy'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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