Things to Do

3 things to do for free in Denver this week, January 7-10

Denver is full of fun -- and free -- events this week. From long-horned cattle on the downtown streets to art from around the world, there's plenty to see -- and you won't have to watch your wallet emptying out in order to enjoy the sights. For a full calendar of happenings, check out our online Westword calendar; if you know of more free events this week, leave the info in the comments section below.

See also: - Faces of the 2012 Stock Show parade - Lucky '13: Cortney Lane Stell, RMCAD gallery director and curator - Michael Hancock announces stock show will stay here in Denver -- but which here?

Makers & Doers at the Atomic Cowboy (Wednesday) Makers & Doers is a monthly gathering where local creative types can get together, meet new people and make valuable connections -- all while enjoying drinks and food. Tonight's networking party will feature happy-hour specials as well as complimentary appetizers, and a chance to win a two-night stay in Estes Park and other prizes. Go for the stimulating conversation, the free food and, above all, the opportunity to see what other artists, musicians and businesspeople are working on in Denver.

The Temporary Institute of Emancipated Objects at the Philip J. Steele Gallery (Thursday) Curator Cortney Lane Stell's first exhibition of the year at RMCAD is not to be missed. She's brought together artists from around the world to help examine the concept of art that incorporates objects from everyday life. The show opens tonight with a reception and panel discussion entitled "Beg, Borrow and Steal: Four Contemporary Views on Failure." Everything is free, but for guaranteed admission to the panel, be sure to RSVP online. National Western Stock Show Kick Off Parade at Starting at Union Station (Thursday) It's the time of year when you get to see a bizarre sight in Denver: over a hundred longhorn cattle marching down the street. The parade for the National Western Stock Show starts at Union Station and runs down 17th Street at noon today, it features cowboys, marching bands, floats and lots more. Dress in your best boots and hats, and help kick off the yearly show that celebrates all things Western.