Believe it or not, in a city where everything is on the rise like rent, housing, and daycare to name a few, there are still plenty of fun and exciting activities you can do for free! You can always hit up the great outdoors for some fun in the sun, but when you’re looking for something new, check out these exciting and free options in and around Denver.

Time to Get Artsy.

First Friday Art Walks are becoming quite the ‘thing’ in Denver. From the Art District on Santa Fe to the River North Art District to many other vibrant neighborhoods in between, you can check out some amazingly unique works of art all while enjoying the pleasant evening weather with food, fun, drinks, and friends. These free events take place throughout the year on the (you guessed it!) first Friday of every month.

Get Moving.

Ever heard of Denver Cruise Ride? It started out sort of like Fight Club, where the only rule was to not talk about Denver Cruise Ride. But, pretty soon everyone was talking about DCR. In a nutshell, there’s an organized bike ride every third Wednesday (except August) starting in May and going through September, but the real fun is in the theme of the ride. Themes like dress night or ski bum/bunny night really take the ride to the next level. Whether you participate once or become member, this is a must try.

As you know, there is no shortage of great hiking and biking paths in the area, but if you want to do something different outside then take the short drive to Golden and tube, kayak, raft, or river board on Clear Creek. The best part is the ease of getting in and out anywhere along the path. No matter how you choose to move down this creek, it’s a great way to cool off on warmer days!

Let the Music Take You Away.

Summer nights in Denver are filled with music. From the awesome concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the 1STBANK Center to trendy neighborhood music clubs, you’ll find a variety of good music to enjoy. Some of the best area musicians are featured at one of the many summer concert series in the metro area. You could hit up The Streets at SouthGlenn in Centennial on Wednesdays, Olde Town Arvada on Thursdays, or Belmar in Lakewood on Fridays for something new each night. Bring the family, a picnic, and you have a fun night with a great lineup of musicians to listen to.

Explore Our National Parks.

Each year there are a few select days when you can get free entrance into the National Parks. Lucky for you, there are four beautiful parks right here in Colorado and there are still three opportunities this year to visit them for free – August 25 (National Park Service Birthday), September 30 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11-12 (Veterans Day Weekend).

  • Rocky Mountain National Park – located between Estes Park and Grand Lake, this park captures the essence of the Rocky Mountains. Be sure to drive up Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the United States for breathtaking views.
  • Mesa Verde National Park – found in southwest Colorado, near Cortez, Mesa Verde is home to the most unique Ancestral Puebloan dwellings in the world.
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve – located near Alamosa, you won’t find other sand dunes in the U.S. taller than right here. The entire field of dunes encompasses 30 square miles.
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison – towering black walls soar up to 2,700 feet in this canyon near Montrose. With millions of years of natural history and a plethora of outdoor activities, you could spend several days here.

Brewery Tour Hop. 

Colorado is a hub for craft breweries. In fact, there are now close to 300 breweries scattered across the state. Whether you’re a craft brew expert or you just like trying something new, many of these breweries offer free tours and tastings. Most people are familiar with the Coors Brewery Tour in Golden, there are several smaller but just as interesting tours to check out like New Belgium and Odell in Fort Collins, where you can tour their operation, have samples, enjoy a food truck, and even play games outdoors. Insider tip: reserve your tour space online ahead of time. Another favorite is Wynkoop Brewing Company in Downtown Denver. Did you know Governor John Hickenlooper was one of the original founders of Wynkoop Brewing? For even more free brewery tours, check here.

Have you found something fun and free to do in Colorado? Let us know.

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