Things to Do

Five Things to Do for Free in Denver (and Online) This Week

WANG Chen, "The Sin Park" (excerpt), 2019, looped video (video still) for Night Lights Denver.
WANG Chen, "The Sin Park" (excerpt), 2019, looped video (video still) for Night Lights Denver. Courtesy of WANG Chen and Black Cube
Spring is finally here, giving a lift to the temperature as well as spirits as events start popping up around town.  Opening Day brought new energy to the area around Coors Field, and a few blocks away, the D&F Tower has lit up with new art coordinated by Black Cube. Meanwhile, Boulder Arts Week continues through the weekend, with activities both online and in person.

There's more, lots more. Keep reading for five of the best free events in and around Denver...and online:

Opening Weekend Celebration
Local AF Market, 3 to 8 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in April
Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee Street

The Dairy Block’s proximity to Coors Field makes it a prime location for entertainment before and after a ball game, and it's throwing a major shindig to mark opening weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with pre-game DJs, game broadcasts on big screens with pop-up bars in the alley, food and drink specials in Dairy Block restaurants, and park-and-play packages at the Maven Hotel. Taking the activities into extra innings, the block will kick off an April run of American Field’s Local AF Market on Friday for shoppers more interested in local goods than baseball. Get all the details here.

Night Lights: clock-watching
Through Friday, April 30, 8:30 p.m. to midnight nightly

D&F Clocktower, 1601 Arapahoe Street
Nomadic art museum Black Cube remains true to its mission to free art from the confines of gallery walls with a month-long video projection collaboration with Night Lights Denver. Seven international artists were chosen to show animation work on the Arapahoe Street side of the Clocktower in a seven-day rotation, with a different artist’s work showcased each night. Art-viewing has never been easier: Find a good spot and look up. Learn more here.

Just Between Friends Sale
Friday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, April 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock

This decade-old tradition that offers bargain prices on consignment sales of children's items is continuing despite the pandemic, but with some twists — including special community pre-sales on March 31 and April 1, and a fill-a-bag final hour on April 3; paid tickets are required for these events. Admission to the main sale on Friday and Saturday is free, but tickets are required; get them here.

Stories With Spirit: Tales of Salt and Spice
Friday, April 2, 6 p.m., online

Last year, Boulder storytellers supreme Rachel Ann Harding and Cooper Braun of Stories With Spirit had to cancel their annual Boulder Arts Week edition, traditionally a sensually blended collaboration with the Savory Spice Shop. But now they're going virtual with mouthwatering global stories about salt, chocolate and food, with Dan Hayward of Savory Spice sharing the lowdown about spices, what they are for and where they come from. The event is free, with a “pay what it's worth” option after the show; register for the zoom link and find more info at Eventbrite.

Explore Tennyson/Berkeley Spring Festival & Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 3, 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.

César Chávez Park, 4131 Tennyson Street
Put on your masks and bunny ears, kids: The Explore Tennyson/Berkeley Spring Festival & Easter Egg Hunt will be held April 3, rain or shine, in the Berkeley neighborhood. There’ll be an egg hunt and photo ops with the Easter Bunny; plan to arrive early to line up for the 10 a.m. rope drop. Happy hunting! Learn more here.

Know of a great free event around town? We'll be updating this list through the week; send information to [email protected]
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