You've spent all your money preparing for Valentine's Day? Not to worry, there are plenty of sweet deals out there. You can stretch both your body and your mind this weekend in Denver, without paying a cent! Here are five options:
Ruby Hill Rail Yard
Open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Daily
Ruby Hill, South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue
For the fourteenth year, the Ruby Hill Rail Yard in Denver's Ruby Hill Park is now open to both snowboarders and skiers. The park is already a favorite for sledders, but this facility sports ten rails and boxes of varying configurations and skill levels, as well as some new features for 2020. Ruby Hill Rail Yard was created in 2007 as a joint venture between Denver Parks and Recreation and Winter Park Resort, which has been tied to the city since it opened eight decades ago. For nighttime fun, Ruby Hill Rail Yard is illuminated from dusk until 9 p.m., and always absolutely free. Find out more on Facebook.
Friday 500: Story of a Book, With Jason Flores-Williams
Friday, February 14, 5:30 p.m.
Lighthouse Writers Workshop, 1515 Race Street
Jason Flores-Williams is an author, attorney and rabble-rouser who has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post...and on the cover of Westword . He recently opened an office in Mexico City, but somehow has found the time to write four novels, including The Dead Sea, a new book about two autonomous people trying to find meaning in America, a love story in a dying landscape. He'll talk about that book, as well as life in general, at the latest installment in the Friday 500 series; it's preceded by an hour of writing at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free for Lighthouse members, and non-members are welcome to visit for free, too...once. Find out more here.
The Colorado Rumble F.C. v. Amarillo Bombers
Saturday, February 15, 7 p.m.
Foothuse Fieldhouse Sports Arena, 3606 South Independence Street
Denver's professional Major Arena Soccer League Division 2 team is hosting an Educators Appreciation Night at its next game, when all local schoolteachers, tutors, trainers and administrators will receive a complimentary ticket; kids under seven also get in free. Find out more here.
Investigative Journalism in the Time of Trump, with Jim Hightower
Saturday, February 15, 7 p.m.
Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs
The Colorado Springs Independent Weekly, as well as Colorado College's Cornerstone Theater and journalism and history departments, will present a free screening of Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, an award-winning documentary film on the life of firebrand Molly Ivins, the Texas journalist who took on corruption wherever she found it. Nationally syndicated columnist and radio host Jim Hightower, a close friend of Ivins's, will introduce the film and provide insight into her witty, irreverent legacy as well as offer opinions on the current political scene. Register for your seat here.
Buell Art + Music Series: Still. Here.
Monday, February 17, 5 to 7 p.m.
Buell Theatre Balcony, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Fresh off a big show at Michael Warren Contemporary, Sharon Feder and Dallas Parkins will be at an opening reception for their new show, Still. Here., which is part of the Buell Art + Music series. The event will include a performance by Solis, performing works from the Renaissance back to back with new compositions and arrangements from Colorado composers, including Nathan Hall. Admission is free, but you should RSVP here.
We'll be updating this post over the weekend. Know of a great free event in or near Denver? Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.