Free and cheap summer events throughout the city of Denver


Free Events

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Where: Cherry Creek North Shopping District, from 2nd to 3rd avenues between Clatyon and Steele streets.

When: July 6-8, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Details: The Cherry Creek Arts Festival has creative activities for children and adults. The 12 winners of last year's festival are automatically invited to participate in the 2018 festival. The event also has live music and a beer garden. There are also evening events until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Colorado Black Arts Festival

Where: City Park West

When: July 13-15, Friday 12-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Details: The Colorado Black Arts Festival was founded in 1986 to celebrate African-American arts and culture. The festival has live music, including a gospel stage, films and an art garden. The lineup for the 2018 festival has not been announced yet.

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Denver International Festival

Where: Civic Center Park

When: August 4, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Details: Now in its third year, the Denver International Festival brings food from all over the world into Civic Center Park. The event will have more than 20 food trucks, as well as performances and a beer garden.

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Where: Colfax and Park avenues

When: Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Details: Art-i-Fax is run by the Colfax Ave Business Improvement District. The event closes a portion of Park Avenue for an open-air art gallery. As part of the Colfax Ave Streetscape Plan, the organization is working to improve the area and potentially turn it into a public plaza.

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Art Events

Between Us: The Downtown Denver Alleyways Project

Details: In mid-June, five artists took over alleyways downtown for new art installations. The art pieces can be found in the alleys between Stout and California streets, Champa and Stout streets, Curtis and Champa streets, Market and Larimer streets as well as 14th and 15th streets. Each artist has his or her own alley space and include Carlos Fresquez, Kelly Monico, Stuart Semple, Joel Swanson and Frankie Toan. The project launched in conjunction with the “Happy City Denver” art installation by Semple, which stated in May. The alleyway installations will be in place until May 2019.

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Monthly Art Walks

Golden Triangle Creative District: Final Friday events

Details: In addition to touring the local galleries and art museums in the area, Final Fridays offer free walking tours on history or architecture. Walking tours meet at the Golden Triangle Creative District tent on West 12th Avenue and Acoma Street at 5:45 p.m. Space is limited. The last Final Friday event is in September.

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South Pearl Street

Details: On First Fridays from April to December, South Pearl Street hosts art walks from the 1200 to 1800 blocks. Visit the area's five galleries plus locally owned shops and restaurants.

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Paid Events

Historic Denver Walking Tours

Details: Historic Denver offers walking tours of four different neighborhoods in Denver. Tours are held from May to October, a full schedule can be found at Tickets to tours start at $15. Historic Denver is also offering two specialty tours once per month this summer. One tour covers the Five Points neighborhood, the other looks at the mansions of Quality Hill.

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Denver County Fair

Where: National Western Complex

When: July 13-15

Details: Tickets for grounds admission are $10 for adults and $3 for kids. Admission for the carnival and beer garden sold separately. Events include goat yoga, a 5k race, a drag queen pageant, roller derby and more.

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