The best things in life are free, as evidenced by a host of activities around town, many of them connected with Denver Arts Week, which runs through November 9. In fact, there's so much to do in Denver, you'll need extra sustenance to get through it all, so grab a few handfuls of Halloween candy, then get out and grab some free fun.
Immersive Denver Denver Film Festival Preview Night
Friday, November 1, 5 p.m.
Film Festival Annex, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue
Denver is immersed in immersive art, and chronicling all the local action is Immersive Denver, an organization headed by University of Colorado Denver professors David Thomas and Jenny Filipetti that emerged from the inaugural Denver Immersive Summit they organized last November. Its calendar is currently dominated by the last of the very spooky Halloween activities (think Spookadelia, shown above, which is not free but worth a visit), as well as Denver Film Festival events at the Film Festival Annex, which is hosting virtual-reality installations throughout the fest, among them a free virtual-reality arcade that includes eight experiences curated from around the globe. To have your own event listed with Immersive Denver, email email@example.com. That way, you won’t feel like a fraud when you mention that you’re with Immersive Denver in order to get a free drink ticket at the door of the Immersive Denver DFF Preview Night. This free bash is a great way to quickly immerse yourself in the scene, including all the fest VR offerings.
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Denver Arts Week Block Party
Friday, November 1, noon to 9 p.m. and continuing through Sunday, November 3
3100 Block of Blake Street
This community-driven free event showcases various forms of art. MegaFauna, the creative shop at 3102 Blake Street, will offer educational "Cannabis Conversations" as well as a vendors' marketplace, while 14er Brewing Company at 3120 Blake will host live music and an art marketplace. As part of the festivities, the HTBX will offer social consumption in an upcycled shipping container (BYO cannabis) from 6 to 9 p.m. The 21+ fun continues on Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3; get the full schedule here.
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Friday, November 1, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
16th Street Mall by Denver Pavilions
Here's real food for thought: To support the Community Ministry of Southwest Denver, which is in danger of losing the location at 1755 South Zuni Street where it hosts a neighborhood food bank, stocks school supplies and helps families in need, comic Jared Ewy has formed a support group that will be giving away free doughnuts...and all you have to do to get one is dance! After you do, though, you'll probably want to donate some cash, too. CMSWD Rocks has set a goal of $800,000, and has already collected $350,000, but has a ways to go. Find out more at cmswd.rocks.
Altares Vivos: Amor Eterno (Anthem for Honoring and Remembering)
Friday, November 1, 4 p.m.
Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive (parking lot)
Su Teatro and Denver's Art District on Santa Fe are hosting Altares Vivos: Amor Eterno, a free event honoring Day of the Dead with live performances that celebrate the tradition of Calaveritas: quatrains (short, four-line poems) recited in memory of a loved one. They'll be performed in the parking lot of Su Teatro, which will be transformed into El Campo Santo (holy ground), a cemetery with a large altar open to the community to honor loved ones. The activities will continue through the night — not just at Su Teatro (which will be offering family-friendly activities indoors), but all along the street on First Friday. If you're interested in contributing or creating an altar, contact Su Teatro at 303-296-0219.
Night at the Museums
Saturday, November 2, 5 to 10 p.m.
Across Metro Denver
As part of Denver Arts Week, more than a dozen museums across the metro area will stay open late and offer free admission from 5 to 10 p.m. To make the most of this opportunity, hop on one of the free shuttles leaving from the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science that will offer different loops. Find out more here.
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