The calendar is full of free offers this week, ranging from the serious to the ridiculous. Learn about the Black Power movement, explore Aurora’s international community, or simply enjoy a movie under the stars.
Here are fourteen of the best free events in Denver (and beyond) this week:
West Slope Start Week
Until Friday July 15
Multiple locations in Grand Junction and online
You don’t have to travel to the West Rim to attend this free, five-day conference for entrepreneurs, small business owners, makers, technicians and more. All forty-plus programs are available online. Get the full program here.
The Itty Bitty Art Tour
Wednesday, July 13, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Gold Visitor Center, 1010 Washington Street
As part of ARTSWEEK Golden, ten local artists installed tiny temporary works of art in downtown Golden, on Washington Avenue and along the Clear Creek Walking Path. Look down and you might see a dinosaur leaning around a pillar or a toy train moving along a crack. Take a self-guided tour of all fourteen installations or join a special tour led by the Itty Bitty Art Committee at 3 p.m. on July 13. Find more information here.
Levitt Pavilion: five concerts over five years
From Wednesday 13 July to Sunday 17 July
Levitt Pavilion, 1380 West Floridas Avenue
On July 21, Levitt Pavilion Denver will mark its fifth anniversary of free concerts for all ages at Ruby Hill. In anticipation of this date, it presents a series of five concerts: The New Respects with Joseph Lamar (6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday July 13), Jessica Lea Mayfield with despAIR Jordan (6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday July 14), Drive- By Truckers with Buffalo Nichols (6-10 p.m. Friday, July 15), Mo Lowda with Holdfast and Joyce From the Future (6-10 p.m. Saturday, July 16) and The Abrams with Casey James Prestwood (4 p.m. at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 17). There will be giveaways and contests, and you are entered when you respond; learn more here.
Art and Collective Healing: Artist Conversation with Guadalupe Maravilla
Thursday, July 14, 1 p.m., online
MCA Denver exhibiting artist Guadalupe Maravilla and guest curator Larry Ossei-Mensah will discuss art as a resource for healing and connection. On his current MCA show, Purring monsters with mirrors on their backs, Maravilla presents three of his signature “Disease Throwers” sculptures, one of which was specially commissioned for the exhibition. Admission is free with RVSP here.
Inauguration of the Arkins promenade
Thursday July 14, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Enter at 36th Street and Chestnut Place
Mayor Michael Hancock and other community leaders will be on hand to dedicate Arkins Drive along the South Platte River. There will be live performances by Gora Gora Orkestar and Roka Hueka, as well as other local artists; free food and drink will be provided. Learn more here.
French National Day With Purnell Steen
Thursday July 14, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Place Larimer, block 1400 Larimer Street
Larimer Square is hosting a four-day Taste of France party in partnership with Air France that includes free and paid events. The series begins with the Fête Nationale Française, which includes a free performance from 5:30-7:30 p.m. by jazz musician Purnell Steen – who is raising money for a trip to Brest, a sister city of Denver – and a pop-up market. Get details on the entire series here.
The invaders Screening of documentaries and discussion with John B. Smith
Thursday July 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
RedLine Center for Contemporary Art, 2350 Arapahoe Street
RedLine has a Black Power vibe with the exhibits Floyd D. Tunson: Rise and The Dark Power Tarot, created by King Khan and artist Michael Eaton with input from Alejandro Jodorowsky. The tarot looks back at the heroes of the Black Power era, and RedLine will screen The invaders, a documentary about a radical group in 60s Memphis demanding a change in the Black Panther mould, to provide more context. Guest speaker John Burl Smith, a writer and activist who is still working for social justice decades later, will speak after the screening. It’s free; find information and RSVP here.
Collective misnomer: “the way things are.” the way they are going to be. fifth part.
Friday, July 15, doors at 8:30 p.m.
RiNo ArtPark, 1930 35th Street
After two years of touch-and-go-pandemic programming, new media artist Adán De La Garza presents his experimental film series Collective Misnomer in a new location: the lawn of RiNo ArtPark (weather permitting). The outdoor screening, which will start at 9 p.m. sharp, focuses on the impact of human intervention on the course of history, nature and life on Earth, looking at the changing prairie of the northeast. of Colorado, the impact of the tumbleweeds in the West and the memories. of the first detonation of an atomic bomb at Tularosa Basin and its reverberations; there is also a comparison of found footage between news from fifty decades ago and today. Learn more here.
Havana World Street Market
Saturday July 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Havana Exchange Mall, 2802 South Havana Street, Aurora
The Havana Street shopping corridor in Aurora is home to a wealth of international flavors and cultures brought to the outskirts of Denver by immigrant and refugee communities. The Havana Street Global Market aims to draw attention to the region’s diversity by showcasing a world of food, crafts, art and jewelry. The market opens this weekend and continues twice a month until September; find future dates and details here.
9 + CO Saturday Sing-Along Outdoor Movie: Frozen
Saturday July 23, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (film at 9 p.m.)
Hale Park, 4128 East Tenth Avenue
Bring your blankets, chairs and picnics for a free outdoor movie on Saturdays at 9+CO. The best Frozen– the inspired costume will win a prize; and there will be special appearances from Princesses Elsa and Anna at 7 p.m. Picnic boxes will be available at Blanco and Culinary Dropout, and Gelato Boy will sell gelato for $3 per serving, with proceeds going to Hill Middle School. Find more information here.
Swing under the stars
Saturday, July 16, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Little Man Ice Cream, 2620 16th Street
Every Saturday through Labor Day, Little Man offers free lindy hop dance lessons for beginners with Swingin’ Denver, starting at 7:30 p.m. Dizzy with a Dame performs ’40s swing from 8 p.m. h. Cool! Learn more here.
Trinity Art Festival
Sunday, July 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sister Blandina Wellness Gardens, 225 North Commercial Street, Trinidad
Trinidad, once an aging working-class mining community, continues to rework its image as an artistic community that rises in southern Colorado at the junction of mountains and plains. The brand new non-profit Trinidad Art Festival starts small and hospitable, adding to this new look a day of artist booths, live music and food vendors, plus a live Quick Draw art event hosted by the city’s AR Mitchell Museum. Western art. See more details on Facebook.
Beacon’s Kids from Carnival Extravaganza
Sunday, July 17, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Beacon, 2854 Larimer Street
Beacon, the art bar that makes adults feel like kids in a large, immersive playground, is changing clientele for the afternoon so real kids can feel like adults, dancing all day , bump elbows with circus acts, go on treasure hunts or learn to be better hula-hoopers. And that’s just a sampling of what’s included in nada’s admission price. Everything from balloon animals to face painting is free. Find information here.
Stanley Film in the field: A league apart
Sunday July 17, 8:25 p.m.
The land at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
A new A league apart, based on the film, will premiere on Prime Video on August 12; now you can catch the real thing, which might be the sweetest baseball movie ever made. The 1992 comedy A league apart features Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna and a great cast; it plays Sunday night in the field behind Stanley Marketplace. Feed yourself before the show at one of Stanley’s dining options, or take him out to eat. Details here.
Know of a great free event around town? We’ll be updating this list throughout the week; send information to [email protected]