August has started out hot, with plenty of cool events. Some are tied to the ten-year anniversary of Denver Days, which ends today; get the full schedule here. But that's just the start of the free fun, which includes outdoor movies, concerts and more.
Keep reading for the five best free events in Denver (and beyond) today:
Leadville Boom Days
Sunday, August 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Leadville Boom Days return, celebrating the historic town's rowdy days with a parade, mining competitions, games and shows, music and dancing, food and art vendors, and much more. If you haven't seen burro races at 10,000 feet, you're missing a Western tradition. Get all the details here.
Denver Dumb Friends League Pets on the Plaza
Sunday, August 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fillmore Plaza, Cherry Creek North
Pets on the Plaza in Cherry Creek North is totally for the dogs — at least the well-behaved kind. The activities include contests and giveaways, with a pop-up pet market of products and services. It’s free to attend, but if Fido wants to win a prize, there are contest entry fees that go directly to the Denver Dumb Friends League. Raise the woof! Find details here.
Sunday, April 7, noon to 11:45 p.m.
Civic Center Park, 101 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Spend a day at the beach south of the border to celebrate all things Mexican, reproduced in high style at Playero Fest right here at Civic Center Park. Along with the oceanside atmosphere, Playero Fest offers the next best thing to a vacation in the sun, beginning with the food, an array of micheladas, birria de res, street tacos and more to tickle your tongue. Dance to live music by Banda El Limón, meet original Rockies infielder Vinny Castilla, cheer on your favorite luchadores or play beach volleyball on forty tons of sand. Admission is free; register and find VIP options here.
Littleton Criterium & Bike Fest
Sunday, August 7, 3 to 10 p.m.
The Littleton Twilight Criterium Bike Race is a full afternoon of professional men’s and women’s bike races on the streets of downtown Littleton. It's free to watch the races and enjoy the rest of the bike fest, which includes a beer garden, a family-friendly cruiser ride, and live music by Thumpin' from 7 to 10 p.m. Find out more here.
City Park Jazz: Colorado Mambo Orchestra
Sunday, August 7, 6 p.m.
This is the final show of the 2022 City Park Jazz Summer Series, and it's a special one. Appearing for the first time on the City Park Jazz stage is the Colorado Mambo Orchestra, headed by Raul Murciano, a world-renowned Latin jazz pianist, composer and orchestrator. Find out more here.
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