First Friday is coming right up, followed by Labor Day weekend — but you won't have to work hard to find free diversions around Denver this week. The days ahead are filled with free art, free comics and free conversation.
Keep reading for eight of the best things you can do for free over the next few days.
One Night Stand's Summer Fling
One Night Stand Theater, a Denver company that has presented one-night-only staged readings for a decade, took the concept virtual during the pandemic. Now it's just finished its second online “mini-show”: a fifty-minute audio production called One Night Stand’s Summer Fling that includes plays, stories and poems about summer and romance. Listen to it anytime on the One Night Stand website, onenightstandtheater.org. The show is free, but donations are encouraged.
State Fair Day Camp
Through Thursday, September 3, 3:30 p.m.
The Colorado State Fair is under way, but this year's version is very different from the usual blowout. While there are still some activities in Pueblo, many have gone virtual. The 2020 State Fair Day Camp is a way to let kids experience the fun of the fair. It's designed for those in third through fifth grades, but the whole family can participate; it will be live-streamed on the Colorado State Fair website each afternoon. The fair itself continues through September 7; find out more at the Colorado State Fair website.
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Open Source: Multicultural Alliance Open Mic
Thursday, September 3, 1 p.m.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is introducing Open Source, a series of programs by the creative community, for the community. First in the three-week series is Multicultural Alliance Open Mic: Ending Racism in America and Envisioning an Ideal Future, with host Christie Jones. The program is free on Zoom; find out more here.
One Colorado Academy: Why Local Elections Matter
Thursday, September 6, 6 p.m.
From dog catcher to district attorney, local elected officials affect almost every aspect of your community. Find out why you should pay attention to the bottom of your ballot and how to influence the local elected officials in your community. The program is on Zoom and Facebook, and it's free; find out more here.
Canal History: Guided Walk Along the High Line Canal
Friday, September 4, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
DeLaney Farm, 170 South Chambers Road, Aurora
The High Line Canal Conservancy is hosting the 71-day Walk for the Canal to raise awareness and funds. While most of that program is DIY, you can join a Conservancy representative for a guided four-mile walk along the canal, which will include discussion of canal projects, plant and animal life, environmental stewardship and more. The six-week series starts on September 4 with a walk centered on DeLaney Farm. To register for a free community walk, email email@example.com.
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Friday, September 4, 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
700 Kalamath Street
KGNU, the Open Media Foundation and the Art District on Santa Fe are hosting a Yard Bazaar as the media organizations prepare to move. Shop in the open air for records, CDs and books, electronics, TV equipment, and work by local artists. KGNU DJs will provide entertainment, and food trucks will be on site. Find out more here.
Doom With a View Book Launch
Friday, September 4, 6 p.m.
Celebrate the release of Doom With a View: Historical and Cultural Contexts of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant at a virtual launch event. Many of the contributors to the anthology will be on hand at this webinar; register here.
Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 Broadway
The comic book industry's biggest annual event is Free Comic Book Day, generally held during the first weekend in May. This year, of course, it didn't happen...but now Mutiny Information Cafe is hosting its postponed Free Comic Book Day on September 5. There will be plenty of free merch, as well as a costume contest. Get the details here.
Know of a great free event in town? Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org. And watch for a list of Labor Day weekend activities later this week.