Things to Do for Free in Denver This Week, June 27-July 3

It’s not all fun and games this week, although the city will celebrate the Colorado Avalanche win at the Championship Celebration on June 30 then return to Civic Center Park on July 3 for an Independence Eve Celebration.

But you can also learn about space, explore zines and catch cool concerts. Keep reading for twelve of the best free events in Denver (and beyond) this week:

Addressing Gun Violence Within a Health-Grounded Approach: Advice from Practitioners and Researchers
Tuesday, June 28, 5 to 6:30 pm, online

Faculty experts from the University Colorado Boulder and the CU Anschutz Medical campuses will discuss the public-health impacts of gun violence in a Zoom webinar moderated by CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano. They’ll tackle gun violence as a public health and safety issue, talking to children about gun violence and how generations are affected by large-scale traumatic events, and how CU researchers are working together to address gun violence. It’s free to register; learn more here.

SCFD Free Space Night
Wednesday, June 29, 5 to 9 pm
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s SCFD Free Days are going dark this summer, but don’t panic: They are not going away. Instead, the museum is doing a time switch and hosting three free evenings, blasting off Wednesday with an SCFD Free Space Night. Along with guest space-themed programming with local aerospace whizzes and a special 60 Minutes in Space talk, the Space Odyssey exhibition and planetarium shows will be open — in fact, all museum exhibits will be available. Reserve a timed-entry slot online, and don’t procrastinate: Those spaces will disappear quickly.

Colorado Avalanche 2022 Championship Celebration
Thursday, June 30, 5 a.m. through the day.
Downtown Denver

The 2022 Stanley Cup win will be celebrated with a parade through downtown and a rally at Civic Center Park. The Championship Celebration Parade will begin at 10 am at Union Station (17th and Wynkoop streets), proceed down 17th Street to Broadway, and then head south to Civic Center Park. The rally there will begin at 9 am (park opens at 5 am) with live music, 2022 Colorado Avalanche season highlight reels, live video from the parade, and more! After the parade arrives, the City and County of Denver will present a program honoring the 2022 Stanley Cup Champions featuring Colorado Avalanche players, coaches and management, Stanley and Josh Kroenke, Mayor Michael Hancock, Avalanche mascot Bernie and the Avalanche Ice Patrol. Admission to all events is free; find out more here.

American Music Concert

Thursday, June 30, 7 pm (doors at 6:15)
Eisenhower Chapel, 293 Roslyn Street

Start the celebration early with a family-friendly, free pre-July 4th American Music Concert. Performed by members and friends of the Colorado Symphony, this program features a medley of patriotic favorites, pop tunes, selections including ragtime from Gershwin, and a whole lot more. Admission is free but reservations are recommended here.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival 2022
Friday, July 1, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (accessibility hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.); Saturday, July 2, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cherry Creek North, on Second and Third avenues from Clayton Street to Steele Street, and between Second and Third avenues from Detroit Street to Steele Street

This July 4 weekend, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival will return to its traditional grounds in the heart of Cherry Creek North, with 250 artists and artisans pitching tents where they’ll sling juried artwork and wares in a broad variety of media. And it wouldn’t be the CCAF without live music, the creation station, a diverse culinary row and deals on purchases at participating businesses along the route. The fest is always free (there are some optional ticketed VIP perks and/or related events). Familiarize yourself with the 2022 artists and learn more here.

Glendale Fireworks
Friday, July 1, 9:30 p.m.
Infinity Park Stadium and Infinity Park South, 950 South Birch Street, Glendale

Glendale gets its usual head start as a fireworks destination on Friday in a new location at the Infinity Park rugby stadium and southern playing fields. You’re encouraged to arrive early to find a viewing spot or stadium seat; to that end, the fields will be open all day, and stadium gates open at 7:30 pm, when the streets around Infinity Park are blocked off. Seating is first-come, first-served; bring your own food and drink (but no grills or glass containers) or enjoy food-ruck fare. It’s worth the wait. Get all the details here.

4th of July Weekend on the Rooftop
Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 2, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Avanti Food & Beverage, 3200 Pecos Street

The rooftop at Avanti is prime property for fireworks viewing, especially the ones that will be blasting off on Friday and Saturday nights at Coors Field, just a few blocks away over the river and I-25. Others will be viewable at a greater distance, but there are other reasons to park yourself at Avanti this weekend, including plenty of food choices, the Big Chill Bar (which will be pushing a Frozen Bomb Pop cocktail special all weekend) and a few food deals around the hall. Get all the info you need here.

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Zine Readings
Saturday, July 2, 2 to 4 pm
Denver Zine Library, Bob Ragland Public Library, RiNo ArtPark, 1900 35th Street

The Denver Zine Library quietly landed in a second location yet this spring: within the new Bob Ragland Branch Library at RiNo ArtPark. To celebrate, and to help get you reacquainted with the wonderful world of zines now that it’s more accessible, DZL director Kelly Shortandqueer and friends are hosting a zine reading in the community room; bring your own zines to read or swap. And if you can’t make it this weekend, the well-cared-for DZL is open every Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm Details here.

Self Made Weekend Pop-up Shop Explosion
Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denver, Aurora Medical Campus, 14200 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora

Some people just want to shop over a holiday weekend, setting off dopamine fireworks in their brains with every new find or deal. Perfect for the July 4th weekend! If that’s you, drop everything and run to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Denver at the Aurora Medical Campus for — what else? — a Pop-up Shop Explosion by Self Made, where 32 vintage vendors and artisans will set up shop for two days. Shopsmall; enjoy food, music and drinks; and take home a great reward in the shape of true happiness. Admission is free; get more info and RSVP at Eventbrite.

Snowmass Art Festival
Saturday, July 2, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 3, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Base Village, Snowmass Village

What do Coloradans do on a long weekend? A lot of them head to the hills for a few days of pristine nature and much-needed respite. And, for anyone landing in the vicinity of Aspen/Snowmass, that could also include an outdoor art show in the sweet mountain air. Plan a stroll through the juried Snowmass Art Festival by Colorado Events at the Snowmass Village Base, and get some culture as part of a holiday mountain revelry. Learn more here.

Do you know of a great free event in Denver (or beyond?). We’ll be updating this list through the week; send information to [email protected]

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