Things to Do

Three Things to Do for Free in Denver Today

Fall Flannel Fest
Last chance for Doors Open Denver which is offering more than a dozen free online tours through October 17. But the Denver Design Maker Marketplace is just getting under way, with a free marketplace today.

Here are three things to do for free in Denver today:

Denver Design Week Maker Marketplace
Sunday, October 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue
Denver Design Week is here, with a full schedule of tours, lectures and workshops uniting Denver-centric design people and projects. The free Maker Marketplace is at the center of it all, an artisan-market showcase of more than forty Colorado makers and their products and services. Learn more and RSVP at Eventbrite.

Fall Flannel Festival
Sunday, October 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
Dairy Block Alley, 1800 block between Blake and Wazee streets

Dairy Block and Denver Milk Market are hosting the fourth annual Fall Flannel Festival, a free event full of family-friendly activities including live music, face painting, a balloon artist, a photo booth and kids' craft stations. Visit the Make Your Own Caramel Apple Station at Denver Milk Market’s Cornicello walk-up window and see a live pumpkin carver turn a giant pumpkin into an artistic masterpiece. Staff from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will be activating their Curiosity Cruiser on 19th Street and providing an interactive activity in the Alley; the Denver Aquarium will also be on site with a Creepy Crawly activation featuring live animals like geckos, iguanas and snakes. And from 3 to 6 p.m., adults can stick around for Fall Flannel [After Hours]. Costumes for all encouraged; find out more here.

Doors Open Denver
Through Sunday, October 17
All over Denver and online

Doors Open Denver concludes this weekend with in-person tours (weekends only, and tickets required) as well as free online, on-demand tours. New virtual tours include 200 Block South Lincoln Street Historic District, Daniels & Fisher Tower, Loretto Heights: Pancratia Hall and NCAR Mesa Laboratory; there are also twelve archived virtual tours from 2020. The Your Denver photo contest has also returned, with submissions now being accepted. Get all the details on Doors Open Denver here.

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