July 20, 2017

Free stuff. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Sure, sure, your city is probably great. But we must say, being in Denver during the summer months is practically unbeatable. So whether you’re learning online across the globe and due for a visit, or you’re a local looking to thwart boredom -- here ‘s a list of the FREE events you’ll find in the mile high during the warm days:

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKS
WHEN: July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, 2017
WHERE: Denver's Art Districts
Discover Denver's thriving creative community during a First Friday celebration, held every first Friday of the month. Galleries in Denver's seven art districts stay open late for a festive, street party-like event.

COLORADO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
WHEN: July 29–30, 2017
WHERE: Sloan's Lake Park 
Founded in 2001 to celebrate Colorado's Asian Pacific American (APA) culture, the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival has become the region's fastest growing fun, family-friendly summer festival. Named "Top Annual Festival" by the Rocky Mountain News and a "Best of Denver" event by Westword, it offers festival-goers the opportunity to explore APA customs through performances, arts and crafts, shopping, dining and the exciting athletic competition of dragon boat racing.  

FARMERS' MARKETS
WHEN: All summer long
WHERE: Throughout Denver
The many farmers' markets spread throughout The Mile High City aren't just about locally grown, farm-fresh produce, delicious baked goods and yummy prepared foods — though you'll find more than enough of those things. Each Denver farmers' market is a festive, weekly street fair, with live entertainment, family-friendly activities and a vibrant crowd of locals.

A TASTE OF COLORADO
WHEN: Sept. 1–4, 2017
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave. 
A Taste of Colorado is the end-of-summer celebration of community pride and spirit in the Denver region. Over 500,000 people make the four-day festival their Labor Day Weekend celebration, enjoying the offerings of more 50 area restaurants, 275 marketplace artisans and vendors, six stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region.

OUTDOOR MOVIES IN THE PARKS
WHEN: All summer long
WHERE: In Denver's city parks
Spread out a blanket in one of Denver's gorgeous parks for free, family-friendly Outdoor Movies in the Parks.  

THE BIG WONDERFUL

WHEN: Saturdays from 12–7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Various locations in and around Denver
Part farmers' market, part outdoor flea market, and all fun, The Big Wonderful also includes beach volleyball, a craft beer garden, an urban farm, and live music and entertainment.

CITY PARK JAZZ
WHEN: Sunday evenings in June and July
WHERE: City Park
Every Sunday night in June and July, the City Park Bandstand and Pavilion turns into a swinging, open-air jazz club as music lovers of all ages congregate for the free City Park Jazz.

ELWAY'S TASTE & TUNES SUMMER MUSIC SERIES
WHEN: Wednesday evenings, mid-June to mid-August
WHERE: Elway's Cherry Creek
It's a Wednesday night thing and the music is free. The Elway's Taste & Tunes Summer Music Series fills the restaurant-adjacent courtyard with rockin' tunes. Enjoy music, cocktails and Elway's signature menu.

COOHILLS BEATS ON THE CREEK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
WHEN: Tuesday evenings, June–August, 2017
WHERE: Coohills
Join Coohills for eight consecutive Tuesdays this summer for their free Beats on the Creek Summer Concert Series. From 6:30–8:30 p.m., live music will fill the restaurant for all guests to enjoy. Last year's headliners included The Hazel Miller Band, Funkiphino, That 80's Band, The Moderators, Mr. Majestyk's 8-Track Revival, UBRS and The Long Run.

We want you to come visit! And yes – “hiking weather” is subjective, but a 14er with sun on your cheeks, followed by a free concert in the park sounds good to us. Contact your admissions counselor and set up a time to check out your Regis University campus and the city of Denver.