When it comes to incredible attractions, we know that Denver has an abundance of enjoyable activities to offer, but we also know that they can come with a hefty price tag. If you’re looking for some Mile High fun that won’t break the bank, try these 11 amazing and totally FREE places to go in Denver that won’t cost you a dime! They’re the perfect solution for date night, family fun, or just an outing with friends. Get out there and take advantage!
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1. First Friday Art Walk
Probably one of the most wonderful and well-known free events in Denver is the First Friday Art Walk held every month. Works by regionally and nationally acclaimed artists are on display in studios and galleries in the Art District on Sante Fe, as well as Tennyson, RiNo, Belmar, and the Navajo Art District in Littleton. A free feast for the eyes!
2. Denver Art Museum (and More!)
The Mile High City is teeming with museums and other attractions that offer free entry on specific days throughout the year. The Denver Zoo, the Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Nature and Science, the Children's Museum, (and more) all participate. Check your local listings for details!
3. Free City Festivals
Throughout the spring and summer, take part in one of the numerous free festivals happening all around the metro area. Among them are the Denver Chalk Art Festival (pictured), as well as the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, Taste of Colorado, and many, many more!
4. Colorado State Capitol
Climb the 99-step spiral staircase of the famed gold-plated dome for breathtaking views of the Denver skyline and mountains beyond from their open air deck. You can also reserve a spot on one of their free tours and marvel at the intricate beauty of the historical stained glass windows, Colorado white granite, rose onyx, and yule marble used to construct the building, which is modeled after the Capitol in Washington D.C. (And, don't forget the Mile High photo op on the 13th step!)
5. The U.S. Mint in Denver
Ever wonder what $30 million in cash looks like? Find out on your free tour of the Denver Mint, only one of two in the United States. The guided tour lasts 45 minutes and is completely free...just be sure to call ahead and reserve a spot.
6. Hammond's Candies
Since 1920, Hammond's Candies has been satisfying the sweet tooth of Denver natives and vacationers with delightful confections such as lollipops, chocolate bars, and ribbon candy. They also provide complimentary factory tours, with no reservation required, and they even shell out free samples at the end. Extraordinary fun for the whole family! (Thrift Tip: Ask about their "Oops! Candy" being sold at discounted prices.)
7. The Denver Center for Performing Arts
The Performing Arts Center is home to many theaters and small stages that offer free, high-quality performances year-round. It operates solely on a first come, first serve basis, so get there early to secure your spot!
8. Movies in the Park
Many parks in the metro area, including Skyline Park, Infinity Park, and the Civic Center, host movie nights throughout the summer, providing free fun for families and friends all over town. Grab that special someone, spread out a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy the show!
9. Farmers' Markets
During the spring and summer months, weekly Farmers' Markets pop up all over the neighborhoods of Denver, and they each have something special to offer. Enjoy locally grown, farm-fresh produce, live music, family friendly activities, and a whole lot of quality people watching!
10. City Park Jazz
For more than 20 years, City Park has been entertaining Denverites with free jazz and plenty of room to dance. Grab your partner and hit the pavement!
11. Coors Brewery
"Taste the Rockies" at the world's largest brewing site located right here in Golden, CO! Take a free self-guided tour with FREE beer samples at the end and sip on the same Rocky Mountain Spring water that Adolph Coors discovered in 1873. Afterward, enjoy the charm of the town of Golden, the gateway to the Rockies!
Next time you’re waiting on that paycheck but looking for some quality entertainment, try one of these amazing attractions! What are some of your favorite free places to go in Denver? Share them with us in the comments!