This is the last full week of August, snow has fallen in the mountains, and a few trees are already glowing gold. But there's still plenty of summer to enjoy, including free music on the 16th Street Mall and real reason to celebrate at La Raza Park.
Keep reading for the best free events in and around Denver this week:
Third Annual La Raza Park Day and Cruise
Sunday, August 29, 1 to 6 p.m.
Berkeley Park, 4601 West 46th Avenue
La Raza Park, 1501 West 38th Avenue
After-Party: Sunday, August 29, 6 p.m., The Bar at Plaza 38, 3550 West 38th Avenue, #98
What’s changed since the second annual La Raza Park Day and Cruise? The park itself, formerly dubbed "Columbus Park" to honor Christopher Columbus, and now finally transformed to La Raza Park after years of protests from the surrounding Northside community. This year, the cruise is all about people getting together to enjoy their victory. Cruisers will start at Berkeley Park with an opening prayer by the Aztec dancers in Grupo Tlaloc before a leisurely drive to La Raza Park for food, lowrider cars and bikes, DJ spins and more; at 6, the adult crowd can head west to the Bar at Plaza 38 for an after-party. Find more info here.
Denver Parade of Homes
Through Sunday, August 29, noon to 5 p.m., and 24/7 online
Throughout metro Denver
Denver’s annual home showcase, hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, returns to highlight 39 new homes from Castle Rock to Erie and Arvada and Aurora. Thirteen homebuilders designed the models, which include seven luxury "Dream Homes." See them in person or online through August 29. Admission is free; find out more here.
Recipe Shared was originally imagined by Meghan Frank and Buba Basishvili of Theatre Artibus as a followup to Recipes, a collaborative pre-COVID performance based on interviews conducted with citizens of the Five Points neighborhood as a way of creating bonds between artists and neighbors. But the pandemic interceded. So they recycled the material — a treasure trove of interviews and historical storytelling — into an online film project. Recipe Shared is now available virtually anytime for no charge. Learn more here.
Back to School
One Night Stand Theater has released its eighth online “mini-show”: an audio production called Back to School, with six short plays and stories showcasing education, students and school life. “While we’re waiting to return to live stage performances, we’re doing these online productions with our One Night Stand Theater writers and actors,” says James O’Leary, One Night Stand Theater’s artistic director. “Our new show features tales of life in kindergarten, grade school and high school, with scary teachers, lunchroom hijinks and prom pranks.” Listen to it for free here.
Know of a great free event in town? We'll be updating this list through the week; send information to [email protected]