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Fifty Free Summer Activities, Concerts, Daytrips and Festivals in Denver!

Grab your calendars and start planning now because Visit Denver recently released a fantastic rundown on Denver happenings. During the summer months in the Mile High City, there are plenty of free things to see and do, from fun festivals and outdoor movies to scenic drives and quaint mountain towns.


Downtown Denver Arts Festival
May 28-30
Throughout Memorial Day Weekend at the Denver Pavilions mix and mingle with 150,000 art lovers at this free fest, featuring more than 125 of Colorado’s best artists.

First Friday Art Walks
June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3
Discover Denver’s thriving creative community during a First Friday celebration, held every first Friday of the month, during which galleries in Denver’s art districts stay open late for a festive, street party-like event.

Denver Chalk Art Festival
June 5-6
Larimer Square’s Italian street-painting festival is a two-day pavement painting in Downtown Denver. More than 200 artists come down to turn the streets of the Mile High City’s oldest street into a virtual museum of chalk art.

Capitol Hill People’s Fair
June 5-6
The largest of Denver’s summer festivals, this fun and funky event in Civic Center Park features live music, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts, and a food bazaar with Colorado cuisine.

Cherry Blossom Festival
June 26-27
A celebration of Japanese-American culture, food, music and dance, Downtown Denver’s Cherry Blossom Festival offers a taste of the Far East in the Mile High City.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival
July 3-5
Over Fourth of July Weekend, 350,000 visitors enjoy the visual, culinary and performing arts and interactive activities for the whole family. Meet and talk with international visual artists, sample fine cuisine, and enjoy live musical performances and artist demonstrations.

Civic Center SOUNDS: Independence Eve Celebration
July 3
Kick off the U.S.A.’s birthday weekend with a bang in Civic Center with the area’s biggest and best fireworks display, accompanied by patriotic favorites performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Mile High Movies
Stretch out beneath the stars and enjoy free, family friendly movies at Skyline Park in the heart of Downtown Denver. This year’s schedule includes “Field of Dreams” (July 3), “Madagascar” (July 31), and “The Wizard of Oz” (August 21). All movies begin at dusk behind the historic Daniels & Fisher Clocktower on 16th and Arapahoe.

Farmers’ Markets