The Six Best Things to Do for Free in Denver This Week

Parade for the People will be a real free-for-all spectacular!
MCA Denver
Parade for the People will be a real free-for-all spectacular!
This week boasts an embarrassment of educational and entertainment riches — and they're free! You can head outside to parade with the people, or stay home and learn about wolves, social justice and the sense of smell.

Keep reading for the six best free events in and around Denver (and watch for updates):

Live From Boulder: A Snapshot of Boulder's Musical History
Thursday, October 1, through December 1
Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway

Just when COVID is keeping you far away from live-music venues, the Museum of Boulder is launching an exhibit drawn from the vault of Boulder music memories at venues past and present, a rich vein of history in the college town. Take a trip through time with memorabilia, posters, community stories and other remembrances of amazing shows gone by. The museum is limiting the number of people in the gallery at one time for now, but there is no timed ticketing; admission ranges from free to $10. Learn more here.

Wolves in Colorado: Media Coverage and Public Perceptions on Wolves
Thursday, October 1, 5 p.m.
The perceived dangers or benefits of wolf reintroduction will determine the success or failure of Proposition 114 on the November ballot, and journalists and scientists play a key role. So what does responsible reporting on wolf issues look like in the modern age? And how might social-science research help us to better sort fact from fiction? Those are topics that Sam Brasch, reporter at Colorado Public Radio, and Rebecca Niemiec, assistant professor in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, will take on in a free webinar; they'll also take your questions during a moderated Q&A session. Sign up here.

Music, Race & Social Justice Virtual Visiting Artist Services
Thursday, October 1, 5 p.m.

The MSU Denver Department of Music, with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is hosting a year-long virtual visiting artist series on Music, Race & Social Justice. On October 1, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras Brandon Matthews will moderate a program on The Dream Unfinished, an activist orchestra in New York City. Watch it live here.

ACLU of Colorado's Bill of Rights Event
Thursday, October 1, 6 p.m.

The ACLU of Colorado usually holds an annual Bill of Rights Dinner. This time, it's hosting a virtual event to celebrate victories and honor leaders, including Reverend Dr. Timothy Tyler and Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, who'll receive the Carle Whitehead Memorial Award for their steadfast fight against racism, misogyny, homophobia and economic injustice; Casa de Paz will receive the Ralph L. Carr Award for its outstanding work supporting detained immigrants and their families. The keynote will be a conversation between CeCe McDonald, a transgender prison-reform activist, and Elisabeth Epps, a prison abolitionist who is one of the founders of the Colorado Freedom Fund and ACLU of Colorado's Smart Justice Organizer. Musician Nathaniel Rateliff will also be on hand. Sign up here for the event, which is free (but donations are encouraged).

Date Night: Sense Science
Thursday, October 1, 8 to 9 p.m.

Date Night returns to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (at least virtually), and the first installment in the revived series is ahead by a nose. "Take an olfactory trip with scent artists and scientists to inhale the facts and fictions of your sense of smell," the museum suggests. "Take a trip to space and sniff around, delve into the fascinating world of the politics of scent, and learn some interesting hacks that might just sweeten up your surroundings." Register for the free program here.

Parade for the People
Saturday, October 3, 2 to 4 p.m.
City of Cuernavaca Park

Instead of launching its fall show Citizenship: A Practice of Society with a reception, MCA Denver will get silly —and democratic — by inviting everyone to participate in a one-mile human parade from City of Cuernavaca Park to the museum with performers like Handsome Little Devils and Flobots popping up around some corners. Learn more and RSVP for this true free-for-all at Eventbrite.

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