Thanks for visiting our Colorado-for-Free blog! Let us be your Colorado guides to free activities, free events, free tours, free music, free samples, and many other FREE things to see and do throughout Colorado.
Travelers (as well as Colorado residents) will find many vacation planning ideas here from the Front Range to the Western Slope and from the Great Plains to the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Also, be sure to visit our website, Colorado-for-Free, for even more information on free things to enjoy, including a Calendar of Events by Month.

4th of July 2011

posted Tuesday June 28, 2011

As always, there are tons of celebrations over this Independence Day weekend all over Colorado. We’re still adding items to our Calendar of Free Events, but here are a few of the items (and locations) you’ll find on our calendar:

Saturday, July 2
Aspen Music Festival (Aspen)
Cowboys’ Roundup Days & July 4th Celebration (Steamboat Springs)
Free Brunswick Bowling
Cherry Creek Arts Festival (Denver)
Independence Day (Breckenridge)
Art in the Park (La Veta)
Denver Art Museum (Denver)

Sunday, July 3
Aspen Music Festival (Aspen)
Cowboys’ Roundup Days & July 4th Celebration (Steamboat Springs)
Free Brunswick Bowling
Cherry Creek Arts Festival (Denver)
Independence Day (Breckenridge)
Art in the Park (La Veta)
Great American Sing-Along (Boulder)
Salute to the USA (Avon)
CBS4 Independence Day Eve Celebration (Denver)

Monday, July 4
Aspen Music Festival (Aspen)
Cowboys’ Roundup Days & July 4th Celebration (Steamboat Springs)
Free Brunswick Bowling
Cherry Creek Arts Festival (Denver)
Independence Day (Breckenridge)
4th of July Celebration (Fraser)
Parenting Place 4th of July Parade (Boulder)
4th of July (Arvada)
July 4th at Falcon Stadium (Colorado Springs)
4th of July (Pagosa Springs)
Fourth of July Concert (Aspen)
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast (Boulder)

Be sure to check our Calendar for details, links, and other contact information on these and more celebrations. Happy Independence Day to all!


SCFD-Funded Free Stuff (Front Range)

posted Friday January 14, 2011

On our Calendar, we’ve posted some of the Free Admission dates to major venues, thanks to SCFD funding. But there are a number of other organizations funded by SCFD which offer free admission and more.

The full list can be found on this SCFD webpage.  For your convenience, we’ve repeated some of that list below.

Other SCFD Funded Organizations that offer Free Days:

Aurora History Museum
15051 East Alameda Parkway
Aurora, Colorado 80012

Bluff Lake Nature Center
9801 E. Colfax Ave. #100
Aurora, CO  80010

Colorado Railroad Museum
17155 W. 44th Avenue
Golden, CO 80403

Broomfield Cultural Affairs
3 Community Park Road
Broomfield, CO 80020

Center for the Arts Evergreen
32003B Ellingwood Trail,
Evergreen, CO 80439

The Children’s Museum of Denver
2121 Children’s Museum Drive
Denver, CO 80211

Colorado Wind Ensemble

Denver Firefighters Museum
1326 Tremont Place
Denver, CO 80204

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
1880 Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80206

Foothills Art Center
809 Fifteenth Street
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 279-3922

Golden History Museums
923 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401

Hannah Kahn Dance Company
75 South Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80223

The Hudson Gardens & Event Center
6115 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, Colorado 80120

Imagination Makers Theater Company
2590 Walnut Street, Suite 3
Boulder, CO 80302

1485 Delgany
Denver CO 80202

Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts
200 E. Baseline Road P.O. Box 698
Lafayette, CO 80026
303 665-0599

Working with Artists
445 S Saulsbury
Lakewood, CO  80226

Young Voices of Colorado
P.O. Box 1234
Littleton, CO 80160
303-797-SING (7464)

For those who don’t already know, SCFD stands for Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. The District consists of 7 counties on the Front Range, is funded by a 0.1% sales & use tax, and distributes approximately $40,000,000 annually to over 300 organizations.

Fun, Free, Festive Winter Happenings

posted Saturday January 8, 2011

Got the winter blues? Get out and experience some outstanding winter events in the next several weeks!

Ullr Fest (Breckenridge)
January 9 – 15, 2011

This is one of the premier wild & crazy events of the season!

Visit a National Park for Free
January 15-17
Enjoy free admission to all National Parks (including our wonderful Colorado parks)

International Snow Sculpture Championships (Breckenridge)
January 25 – 30
Back to Breck for some spectacular (and huge) snow sculptures!

SnowDown (Durango)
February 2 – 6
More fun in the snow with unique competitions and all-around excitement.

No more cabin-fever — get out there and enjoy!

December 2010 free stuff

posted Monday November 29, 2010

It’s that time of year when lots of free events are scheduled around the holidays. Here are some of the things to consider in the weeks ahead.

Tuesday, November 30
7:00pm Free movie at Avalon (Grand Junction)
7:00pm John Fielder (Montrose)

Friday, December 3
4:00pm Free Tours of the Powerhouse (Durango)
7:00pm Jr. Astronomers: Gas Giants (Golden)
8:00pm 9NEWS Parade of Lights (Denver)

Saturday, December 4
Denver Art Museum (Denver)
9:30am CU Wizards: Climate Change in a Bottle (Boulder)
6:00pm 9NEWS Parade of Lights (Denver)
6:00pm Lights of December Parade (Boulder)

Sunday, December 5
12:00pm Boulder History Museum (Boulder)
1:00pm Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys (Denver)

Tuesday, December 7
5:30pm Treasure Hunt (Fort Collins)
7:00pm Free movie at Avalon (Grand Junction)

Friday, December 10 – Saturday, December 11
Longmont Lights & Parade (Longmont)

Saturday, December 11
9:00am Hammond’s Candy Cane Festival (Denver)

Tuesday, December 14
7:00pm Free movie at Avalon (Grand Junction)

Thursday, December 16-Saturday, December 18
Rock on Ice (Crested Butte)

Coming soon (Nov. 19 – Dec. 5, 2010)

posted Friday November 19, 2010

Check our Calendar for more details on these free admissions & events coming soon:

Friday, November 19
Pearl Street Stampede (Boulder)

Saturday, November 20
5:00pm Switch on the Holidays (Boulder)

Tuesday, November 23
7:00pm Free movie at Avalon (Grand Junction)

Tuesday, November 30
7:00pm Free movie at Avalon (Grand Junction)
7:00pm John Fielder (Montrose)

Friday, December 3
4:00pm Free Tours of the Powerhouse (Durango)
7:00pm Jr. Astronomers: Gas Giants (Golden)

Saturday, December 4
Free admission: Denver Art Museum (Denver)

Sunday, December 5
Free admission:  12:00pm Boulder History Museum (Boulder)
Free admission:  1:00pm Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys (Denver)

Early November 2010 happenings

posted Sunday October 31, 2010

Visit our online Calendar of Free events for more details on these upcoming free events, tours, festivals, and free admissions.

Tuesday, November 2
5:30pm Treasure Hunt (Fort Collins)

Friday, November 5
4:00pm Free Tours of the Powerhouse (Durango)

Saturday, November 6
All day Arkansas Valley Balloon Festival (Rocky Ford)
All day Denver Art Museum (Denver)

Sunday, November 7
All day Arkansas Valley Balloon Festival (Rocky Ford)
12:00pm Boulder History Museum (Boulder)

Friday, November 12
All day Pearl Street Stampede (Boulder)
7:00pm Cassini Spacecraft Mission to Saturn (Golden)

Coming soon (10/25 – 10/31/2010)

posted Sunday October 24, 2010

Here are a few free happenings coming up this week.  Check our Calendar for more details.

Monday, October 25 thru Sunday, October 31
Cottonwood Farms Halloween Fun (Boulder)
Halloween Week Dance classes (Littleton)

Saturday, October 30
10:00am Halloween Family Fun Festival (Loveland)
3:30pm Spooktacular (Grand Junction)

Sunday, October 31
11:00am Hanging with Bats (Golden)

4th of July 2010

posted Friday June 25, 2010

Back by popular demand — some of the free things to do to celebrate Independence Day, 2010! As usual, we won’t even scratch the surface of the hundreds of free celebrations going on around the state, but here’s a sampling for your independent spirits to enjoy. All events are on July 4 unless stated otherwise.

07/03/2010 – 5:00 p.m.
Harry A. Nottingham Park
Music, food vendors, and a beer garden. A FREE Family Zone will offer carnival games, inflatable jumping toys, face painting, clowns and a special children’s instrument petting zoo. The Family Zone opens at 5:30 p.m. and continue until the fireworks begin at 9:45 p.m.  970-748-4060

07/03/2010 – 6:30 p.m.
University of Colorado, Boulder on the Green in front of the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival invites the public to a free reading of the Declaration of Independence.

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
PARADE begins at 10:00 a.m.
East side of Cheesman Park at The Pavilion (East 9th and High Street)
Enjoy the balloon artist, the caricature artist, a marching band and more.  Children are to be accompanied by adults and should arrive by 9:00 AM to decorate their bikes or wagons. Also, enjoy face painting, a meet and greet with Denver policemen on horseback and with Denver firemen. For more information call Council Woman Jeanne Robb at (303 377-1807).

Estes Park
Pancake breakfast, car show, horse show and fireworks.


Start the day with the Kids Fishing Derby, cheer on the Main Street parade, watch a concert in the park or at the marina, and

end with the grand finale, the Fabulous Fireworks over Frisco Bay Marina on Dillon Reservoir.


7/3 – 7/4/2010
La Veta Town Park
Original handcrafted fine art, crafts, jewelry, apparel, paintings, ceramics, glass, wood, more. Rodeo, parade, barbecue and live music.  719-742-3074

7:45 p.m
Norma & Lynn Hammond Amphitheater – North Lake Park – 29th Street and Taft Avenue
This concert celebrates our Day of Independence with a party of patriotic music. We finish just in time for the fireworks to begin.  970-226-1283

Montrose - American Salute by the Montrose Community Band
6/30/2010 – 7:00 p.m.
“American Salute” is the theme of the Montrose Community Band’s annual patriotic concert
at the Montrose Pavilion and will be held outdoors, weather permitting. No tickets are needed.

Carnival: 7/1 – 7/4/2010 Held daily from noon until at least 9 p.m. in Town Park
Park to Park Arts & Crafts Festival: 7/2 – 7/4/2010 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Enjoy the beautiful works of over 75 vendors in two downtown parks and along the River Walk.
4th of July Parade: 7/3/2010 - 10 a.m.
Community Picnic, Live Music & Fireworks:  Starts at 6 p.m., Fireworks at 9 p.m. at the High School & Sports Complex.

Rocky Mtn arsenal Nat’l Wildlife Refuge – JULY 4TH WILDWALK  - 5K and 1K
9:00 a.m.
5650 Havana, Commerce City
Celebrate the holiday with wild and healthy fun at this free family event.
Walk along scenic lakes, blooming prairies and rustling woodlands and look for wildlife along the way.
- 5K walk features Red, White, and Blue wildlife trivia
- 1K family-friendly walk includes Wildlife Learning Stations
- Healthy snacks provided
- Refuge gate entrance opens at 8:00 a.m. and close at 12:00 p.m.
Registration is required. Call 303-289-0930.

Happy Birthday, U.S.A.!


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