Sunshine, sandals, Saturday brunch on the patio—what’s not to love about summer in Colorado? With no snow to stand in your way, there are endless opportunities to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer. While $12 bottomless mimosas and action-packed Colorado adventures definitely top our list, there are also free sources of fun throughout the state that don’t cost a pretty penny. Console your worried wallet: here are our top five free events to keep you entertained all month long.
Denver Botanic Gardens Free Entry Day (Denver, CO)
June 14th (TOMORROW!)/9:00 AM–8:00 PM
Thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), the Denver Botanic Gardens periodically offers free entry days throughout the year to the community. With many of the flowers in full bloom, June is a perfect time to check out the gardens at no cost. Visitors can enjoy a walk through the 24-acre park, gain information about the different species through a tour, and learn about the specific steppe climates in the “Science Pyramid” via nifty interactive screens. For those less interested in the blah-blah-blah of horticulture, the park’s incredible spread of different colors also makes for some pretty sweet Instagrams. For more information about park hours and things to see, check out the Botanic Gardens website.
Bands on the Bricks (Boulder, CO)
June 14th (TOMORROW!), 21st, and 28th/5:30 PM
As if the Pearl Street strip wasn’t entertaining enough, Boulder’s “Bands on the Bricks” returns this summer for its 20th anniversary. The concert series kicks off June 7th, and promises to deliver a variety of musical acts—including a salsa band (bring them dancin’ shoes) and an Eagles’ tribute band. Still not sold? The event also has a beer/wine garden AND Rio Grande Restaurant margaritas. What more could you want? For more information and to sample music, take a look at Bands on the Bricks’ website. And, if you just can’t wait for the series, follow them on Soundcloud to get all their featured music.
Civic Center Power Vinyasa Yoga (Denver, CO)
June 15th, 22nd, and 29th/6:00–7:00 PM
Need some peace? The River Power Vinyasa Yoga will be hosting free yoga classes this June as part of the Civic Center MOVES summer fitness program. The classes run every Thursday from 6:00–7:00 PM at the Broadway Terrace, and the vinyasa structure of the class (think continuous movement synced with breath) makes it a great way to wind down from all of the summer fun you’re having. If you’d like to see more from the Civic Center MOVES program, including other types of fitness classes offered Mondays through Thursdays, visit their website.
Clyfford Still Museum Summer Family Day (Denver, CO)
June 24th/10:00 AM–5:00 PM
The Clyfford Still Museum Summer Family Day is a great free event for you artsy folks out there. Featuring work by the famous abstract expressionist painter Clyfford Still, the collection sits neatly among a uniquely designed building that compliments the still nature of his paintings (no pun intended.) If you’re already a fan of Still’s work, this is the place to see it—the museum currently holds 95% of all of Still’s work. If you’re not yet a fan, the museum also has a research center and plenty of public information to help you understand the artist’s pivotal role in American art. Complimentary guided tours are also offered throughout the day. For more information, visit https://clyffordstillmuseum.org/info.
Buskerfest (Denver, CO)
June 23rd/5:00–7:30 PM
June 24th/10:00 AM–7:30 PM
If fire dancers and face paint are more your speed, check out Denver’s very own street performance festival in Union Station. In addition to offering a wide variety of live street art, Buskerfest will feature a flash mob, a contest to for a free Tesla, and multiple street vendors. Though entry is free into the event, proceeds made from select vendors will be donated to an organization called Arts Street in Denver, which focuses on encouraging high-risk youth to get involved in the arts (talk about a win-win). For a schedule of events, maps, and more helpful info, check out http://unionstationbuskerfest.com/.
P.S. We know you’re wondering, so FYI: busker means “street performer.” You’re welcome.
Are there any other free events going on this month? Include them in the comments below!