The weather may be cooling off, but Denver is still packed with hot entertainment spots. See a movie under the stars, play Enigma and gear up for a week of Denver Days celebrations.
Read on for ten of the best free events in and around the city this week.
ThrillHouse presents: A gaming night for all gamers
Monday, July 25, 4 p.m. to midnight
Enigma Bazaar, 4923 West 38th Avenue
Monday evening and nothing to do? Enigma Bazaar bartender Will Salomon, who also doubles as Will ThrillHouse and streams retro gaming on Twitch, will be overseeing Enigma’s first-ever free IRL game night. But this event will have games for everyone – in addition to a giant running projection of Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 for group play and tables dedicated to trading card games, the bar will have an impressive collection of forty board games and also promotes a BYO board game favorite protocol for the avid ones Player. Sign up and learn more here.
Longmont Startup Week
Monday, July 25, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m
Dry Country Distilleries, 519 Main Street, Longmont
Longmont Startup Week, which runs through July 28, kicks off with a free meetup at Dry Land Distillers with live music. Thereafter, sessions will be a mix of free, virtual programs running daily from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., along with watch parties at the Times Collaborative, 338 Main Street in Longmont. The first 30 people of each party will each receive a drink menu. The full schedule can be found here.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Monday, July 25, 8 p.m
Edgewater Public Market, 5505 West 20th Avenue, Edgewater
The Edgewater Public Market is hosting free movies on its lawn on Monday nights this summer; next is Spider-Man: No Way Home. The fine print: Only Edgewater Public Market food and drink is allowed on the lawn, and since it’s not covered by a liquor license, alcoholic beverages aren’t allowed there either (although you can pre-gamble at shops in the market). More information can be found here.
60 minutes in space
Wednesday, July 27, 7 p.m
Ricketson Auditorium, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2201 Colorado Boulevard (and online)
Explore breaking space news with space scientists and hear the latest updates on solar system exploration missions, rocket launches, astronomy and more. Admission to the museum is free; You can also look at Zoom. Register here for the virtual event.
Thursday, July 28, 9 p.m
Avanti F&B, 3200 Pecos St
Avanti hosts a free movie night every Thursday with a showing on its 10-foot-high rooftop screen and food and drink specials. The film is out on July 28th The glow; Mark your calendar for mean girls on 4.8. oceans 11 on 08/11 Old school on August 18 and The big Lebowski on August 25th. Learn more here.
Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014
Friday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St
Before a trip to Cheyenne the next day, Big Boy #4014 is on display at Union Station, with free access to the Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car, a walk-in multimedia museum on the history of modern railroading. Special edition Big Boy souvenirs are for sale in the Merchandise Tent. 25 Big Boy locomotives were built for Union Pacific to haul heavy freight during World War II and of the eight that survive, No. 4014 is the only working Big Boy in the world. Learn more here.
Denver Boutique Week
Friday 29th July to Saturday 6th August
Participating black businesses in Denver
Denver Boutique Week is a free, week-long event all about shopping and introducing you to a group of local black-owned small businesses. This list includes everything from a yarn store to Matter: a book, stationery, and gift shop that serves as the retail wing of Matter, a company co-owned by printer/designer/activists Rick Griffith and Deborah Johnson. Save business cards and receipts from stores you visit to enter a raffle; Details and a full list of participating companies can be found here.
Skate History Watch Party
Friday, July 29, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m
All Skate Studio, 2691 30th Street, Boulder
Boulder’s All Skate Foundation has a pressure-free approach to teaching and supporting the 21st century roller skating crowd that takes an individual look at each skater – from newbie to experienced roller dancer – and encourages students to listen to their own bodies when learning new ones learn tricks. without pushing towards the competitive skating track. Now there’s a new cog in ASF owner Leann Corbitt’s mentality: the Skate History Watch Party. It’s a free potluck, and the movies featured focus on different techniques and styles of rolling. Register here in advance.
Denver Day Festival
Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m
Civic Center Park, 101 West 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver Days, a week of neighborhood celebrations, kicks off its tenth anniversary with a free party at Civic Center Park that includes a giveaway for school supplies, live music by Brothers of Brass, wall art, free Denver Health vaccinations, city information booths, a soccer clinic and more. Mayor Michael Hancock will oversee a memorial tree planting at 10:30am; at 11:30 a.m., Snarf’s presents the mayor with a ten-foot sandwich, which is then shared with the public. Learn more about this event and all Denver Days gatherings during the first week of August here.
day in the park
Sunday, July 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m
Civic Center Park, 101 West 14th Avenue Parkway
The fun continues at Civic Center Park on Sunday when the Civic Center Conservancy and the Golden Triangle Creative District host a family-friendly day to discover the park’s history. The Denver Public Library’s Nature & Science Curiosity Cruiser and Book Bike will be on site; There will be an open drum circle, as well as complimentary ice cream and other goodies. And the Denver Art Museum is running a free day (book here) so you can plan to spend the afternoon at the Civic Center. More information about the day in the park can be found here.
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