Five Things to Do for Free This Weekend

The Mile High Tree is much more than a Christmas experience.
The Mile High Tree is much more than a Christmas experience. Brandon Johnson (@BJohnsonxAR)
It's a Denver tradition to keep holiday lights on through January — at least at the Denver City & County Building. You can thank the National Western Stock Show for that; decades ago, rural residents who came to town for the show expressed their disappointment that the holiday lights had gone dark by the time they arrived, and Denver obliged them by keeping the lights on at City Hall. But that's not the only place that's all aglow...keep reading for five illuminating free events this weekend.

Mile High Tree

Daily through January 31, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Sculpture Park, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Even if you've already experienced the Mile High Tree, Denver's newest — and tallest — holiday attraction, there's reason to return to Sculpture Park. Two reasons, actually: a pair of brand-new light shows set to non-holiday soundtracks. The first is an all-Colorado set, with bands ranging from the Fray to the Lumineers to Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. The second is a dance-happy array of tunes, with a slight Western twang in a nod to the National Western Stock Show. And in between, you can hear the Colorado Symphony play Charles Denler’s sweeping Portraits of Colorado — An American Symphony No. 1. The free shows start every fifteen minutes; adult beverages are available for purchase.

Dance Party With Starburn
Friday, January 10, 7 p.m.
Stargazers, 10 South Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs

Blast classic rock through your car as you head down to Colorado Springs for a free dance party with Starburn, which plays hits by Santana, Chicago, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, the Doobie Brothers, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, and many more big acts from the ’60s and ’70s. Starburn has opened for national touring acts ranging from Jefferson Starship to Kofi Baker; the music is bound to get you moving into the new year. Doors open at 6 p.m.; find out more here.

seal boy
Saturday, January 11, 2 p.m.
Grace Gamm Theater, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street

The Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company is hosting a public reading of its latest Generations new play competition winner: seal boy, by Ken Weitzman. Here's the description of this "contemporary fable" from the BETC: "Meg has given birth to a seal. But what kind? Predator? Prey? And if she doesn't know, how will she know how to keep him safe? Or others safe from him?" The reading is free, but reservations are required; make yours here.

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