Things to Do

Six Things to Do for Free Today

Cinco de Mayo is back, in a big way.
Brandon Marshall
Cinco de Mayo is back, in a big way.
This weekend has been full of free fun, including events included in Celebrate Colorado Days, which Governor Jared Polis announced as a way to show that the state has come back from the worst of the COVID pandemic. (Don't be confused: The state will still celebrate Colorado Day on August 1, the anniversary of Colorado becoming a state in 1876.)

And there's still more fun to come: Keep reading for six things to do for free today, in Denver and beyond.
Heirloom Tomato Plant Sale
Sunday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Farm 39, 3611 Chestnut Place
The Sparrow, 475 Corona Street

Tracy Weil, a RiNo pioneer long before he helped form the RiNo Art District, took up heirloom tomato farming in 2009 at his Chestnut Place outpost — the one he just sold for $5.8 million in February. It was and still is a hobby venture dedicated to preserving heirloom varieties and helping build better salads, and after experimenting with socially distanced and online sales over two pandemic years, he returns to a live and in-person sale this year at two locations: Weil’s Farm 39 and fellow tomato lover Carolyne Janssen’s Alamo Placita backyard. Admission is free; check Facebook or Instagram for sale updates through the month.

Celebrate Colorado Days
Sunday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway

History Colorado opens its doors to the public for free three days this weekend, offering opportunities for adults and children alike to explore the museum’s insightful exhibits and hands-on experiential activities —including a last chance to catch The Power of Horses, which closes May 8. RSVP for free tickets in advance and learn more about current exhibits and attractions here.

Cinco de Mayo
Sunday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Civic Center Park
The city's big free celebration is back, with food, fun, kids' activities, taco-eating contests, lowrider shows, Chihuahua races, and music and other performances both days, including 8 Segundos (6:30 p.m. Saturday) and Grupo Control (6:30 p.m. Sunday). Find out more here.

Pueblo Riverwalk Summer Kickoff
Sunday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
101 South Union Avenue, Pueblo

Ready for a road trip? The Pueblo Riverwalk is kicking off the summer season with discounted boat rides, live entertainment and free fun for the whole family. Find out more here.

Celebrate Mother's Day
Sunday, May 8, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Little Man Ice Cream Can, 2620 16th Street

At Little Man, all heart belongs to Mama. Take Mom on an outing in all that free sunshine on the patio by the Little Man Can. She'll get 50 percent off a scoop of her favorite ice cream, and the Rose Lady will be hosting a pop-up shop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find out more here.

Second Sunday Free Guided Tour of Lumonics
Sunday, May 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Lumonics Studio

Lumonics is among the first and longest-running light art studios in the U.S. Barry Raphael, a longtime Lumonics member and co-archivist, leads this free tour, which includes the gallery, studio, light-art school and performance space. View works by the late artists Dorothy and Mel Tanner, learn about how Lumonics began, and enjoy a mini light and sound immersion. Light refreshments will be served at this event; find out more here.

Plan ahead:

Road to the IX Summit of the Americas: Denver Edition
Monday, May 9, 8 to 10 a.m.
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway

The Biennial of the Americas and Denver Cafecito are hosting this special celebration of the Summit of the Americas. The gathering begins with networking (with coffee and pastries), followed by a welcome from Mayor Michael Hancock and then a conversation between Special Advisor for the Summit of the Americas Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Rosemary Rodriguez, with an audience Q&A. After this free event, stay to see the Denver Art Museum. RSVP here.

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