Free things to do in Denver this week, August 23-29


It’s the last full week of August, snow has fallen in the mountains and a few trees are already glowing gold. But there’s still plenty of summer to enjoy, including a dog hour and a real reason to party at La Raza Park.

Read on for some of the best free events in Denver and the surrounding area this week, including some serious discussions.

Air quality health impacts
Monday August 23, 5:30 p.m., online
It’s not all fun and games this week. At this virtual event, community members, health experts and elected officials will talk about poor air quality this summer due to pollution and the escalating climate crisis. The discussion will also include new research from the recently released Colorado 2050 report by the Colorado Fiscal Institute, written by environmental policy analyst Pegah Jalali, which examines how several climate-related risk factors will impact Colorado by 2050. , and how we can build resilience. for the various communities and economies of the state. Subscribe to Zoom here.

Diverse and Inclusive Voices: The Future of Transit in Denver
Tuesday, August 24, 7:30 to 9 p.m., online
Molina Speaks and Kimberly Ming host a session of creative community contribution from historically unrecognized voices on the future of Denver’s transportation plans. This session focuses on Northside / Highlands, Sunnyside, Berkeley, Regis and Chaffee Park (North Federal Boulevard), but anyone living in Denver County can participate. And it could be better than free; qualified participants could get a $ 75 Visa card. Register now here.

National Dog Day Yappy Hour
Thursday, August 26, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Bar Terminal Patio, Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street

It’s not every day that you can have a drink with your dog in a cool bar, but you will have the opportunity to participate in National Dog Day at a Yappy Hour celebration on the terrace of the Terminal Bar of Union Station. Start your Dog Day afternoon with a drink at 4 p.m. (and water for your pooch, of course). Admission is free, but cocktails aren’t – you can still feel good knowing that $ 1 from every purchase of a Tito vodka concoction will benefit Denver Animal Shelter. If you need a dog, DAS will be there with adoptable puppies. RSVP and find information here.

Sustainable tourism and greening of graduates
Thursday, August 26, 6 to 7 p.m., online
The world of travel is changing and Helle Sorensen, professor at Metro State University, will explain how you can travel in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way. During this free presentation of Treasure Tours, Sorensen will discuss the travel industry, sustainable tourism and how travelers can improve themselves a bit. Register now here.

Colorado State Fair
From Friday August 27 to September 6
State Exhibition Center, Pueblo

The State Fair is back and there is something for everyone at this 149th annual edition – including free entry for some (two days for children, two days for seniors and the day of the back to school). But general admission is just $ 12, and it includes a variety of free activities, including musical performances, the All American High Dive team, duck and pig races, a petting zoo, Motorcycle Thrill. and Stunt Show, and more. Get the full schedule (including free days) here.

Rainbow Dome open house and art sale
Friday August 27 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday August 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2600 West Second Avenue, Unit 10
What is a rainbow dome? This is an artist-led experimental ice rink, designed by Frankie Toan and Therin Zimmerman, which is still in the planning stages. The two artists, who are still learning to skate on their own, hope to start with pop-up events and eventually find a permanent space – and they already have 425 pairs of boxed roller skates and decorations going on at Rainbow Dome headquarters. to prove that they are serious. Come see for yourself this weekend and shop for RD merch and original art, make duck lips in a Polaroid photo booth, and learn all about it. One thing you won’t be doing is skating – yet. More info here; RSVP for a free ticket on Eventbrite.

City of Denver Live Podcast Recording
Friday August 27, 6 p.m.
Mutiny Information Café, 2 South Broadway

Join Bree Davies, host of the award-winning Best of Denver City Cast Denver podcast, for a live recording at this year’s Underground Music Showcase. The candid conversation will explore the idea of ​​“diversity in music” and what it really means for performers of color. Join Davies and the CityCast Team: Alicia “Bruce” Trujillo, a chicana feminist who is now a concert director at the Swallow Hill Music Association, as well as the weekend host on Colorado Public Radio’s new music service, Indie 102.3, and the creator of Especial, a weekly hour-long dive into new and independent Latin music from the “Americas” and Colorado; Wes Watkins, multi-instrumentalist bandleader, show organizer and longtime member of the Denver music community; and Miguel Aviña, a Mexican singer, songwriter and producer known as the lead singer and guitarist of the iZCALLi group. It’s free to watch, find out more here.

MahlerFest Decadence and Debauchery: Music of the Roaring Twenties
Friday August 27, 8 p.m.
Boulder Bandshell, 13th Street and Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
No one has ever called Gustav Mahler a fun guy, but MahlerFest will fight the composer’s dark reputation with a free chamber concert of light jazz-era music, from Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” to “Fantasie” by Ernst Krenek’s opera Jonny Spielt Auf, on a Weimar-era jazz violinist. Bring a chair and stretch out in front of the Boulder Bandshell, an appropriate art deco; no reservations are necessary. Find the details here.

Third Annual Day of La Raza Park and Cruise
Sunday August 29, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Berkeley Park, 4601 West 46th Avenue
La Raza Park, 1501 West 38th Avenue
After Party: Sunday August 29, 6 p.m., The Bar at Plaza 38, 3550 West 38th Avenue, # 98

What has changed since the second day and annual cruise at La Raza Park? The park itself, formerly nicknamed “Columbus Park” in honor of Christopher Columbus, and now finally transformed into La Raza Park after years of protests from the surrounding Northside community. This year’s cruise is all about bringing people together to enjoy their victory. Cruisers will begin at Berkeley Park with an opening prayer by Aztec dancers from Grupo Tlaloc before a leisurely ride to La Raza Park for food, lowrider cars and bikes, DJ rides and more; at 6 a.m., the adult crowd can head west to the bar in Plaza 38 for an after-party. Find more info here.

Shared recipe

24/7, online

Shared recipe was originally imagined by Meghan Frank and Buba Basishvili of the Artibus Theater as an extension of Receipts, a pre-COVID collaborative performance based on interviews conducted with citizens of the Five Points neighborhood as a means of creating bonds between artists and neighbors. But the pandemic has intervened. So they recycled the material – a treasure trove of interviews and historical tales – into an online film project. Shared recipe is now available virtually anytime free of charge. Learn more here.

Do you know of a big free event in town? We will update this list throughout the week; send information to [email protected]


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