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Five Things to Do for Free in Denver Today

Downtown Denver Partnership
Skate in Skyline Park, right off the 16th Street Mall.
The weekend's not over yet! Get out and enjoy one of the last days of the Downtown Ice Rink, or tray some outdoor fun at Ruby Hill Rail Yard. And it's not too late to shop for your valentine!

Keep reading for five of the best free events in Denver today:
Mercadito de Amor
Sunday, February 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Rise Westwood, 3738 Morrison Road
Another market dedicated to the celebration of love, Westwood’s Mercadito de Amor returns to the Rise Westwood campus with a range of artisan vendors you might not have seen anywhere else. Along with the shopping opportunities, there will be an Amor al Arte gallery show, a Galentine’s Day brunch menu, children’s activities, and chocolates and confections from Cultura Chocolate.

Firsthand Market Heart-n-Craft Market
Sunday, February 12, noon to 4 p.m.
Aspen Grove Center, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Suite 710, Littleton
Firsthand Market at Aspen Grove is partnering with the Maxfund nonprofit no-kill animal shelter for a juried Heart-n-Craft Market of fifty vendors. For extra cheer, beer and wine will be available, and sales benefit Maxfund. Find information here.

Love at First Ice: Downtown Denver Rink
Sunday, February 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday, February 13, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, February 14, noon to 8 p.m.
Skyline Park, 1601 Arapahoe Street
The Downtown Denver Rink closes this week, so get out and enjoy the finale: Love at First Ice. Skating is always free, but if you need to rent, it's usually $11 for adults and $9 for children — but  BOGO on Sunday, then $1 off on Monday and Tuesday. There will also be photo opportunities, hot chocolate, surprises from Southwest Airlines, Bulow Jewelers, Hard Rock Cafe, and Modern Market, and much more! Get details on these last days here.

Ruby Hill Rail Yard
Daily 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. (lights on until 9 p.m.)
Ruby Hill Park, South Platte Drive at West Florida Avenue

Denver Parks & Recreation and Winter Park Resort have again teamed up to offer free skiing and snowboarding at the urban terrain park at Ruby Hill, complete with rails, snow features and boxes of varying configurations and skill levels. Admission is always free, but on Thursdays (4 to 9 p.m.) and Saturdays (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) equipment is free, too. Find out more here.

"Reclaiming Denver’s Chinatown"
Online 24/7

To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Denver's Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships has released the #IAmDenver documentary “Reclaiming Denver’s Chinatown,” produced by the Denver Office of Storytelling. The documentary premiered to a sold-out audience at the Denver Film Festival in November, and plans are in the works for community screenings and talkback events. In the meantime, watch it online.

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