Huge List of FREE (+ Low Cost) Fun Things To Do With Kids In Denver 2016!
When we moved to Denver, last year, we busied ourselves with making a life, learning our way around the city, and other practical things. Despite making time for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, The Greek Festival, and the Botanic Gardens, we knew we'd just scratched the surface of what this town has to offer.
I was certain Denver had a lot going on, but I never dreamed it'd be this extensive! At first, I was intimidated, but then I started to get really excited as more and more activities were added to the list. Thanks to all the fun and free* things to do in here, there's no reason to sit around and be bored or go broke trying to keep the kiddos entertained this summer! And to make things that much easier for you, I've created a free calendar with all the events pre-filled in; all you have to do is download it and either keep it on your phone or print it out and stick it on the fridge.
*Just about everything on this list is free, but if there is a cost, I've noted it.
Festivals + Fairs
Denver Chalk Art Festival: June 4 + 5
People's Fair Art & Music Festival: June 4 + 5
A Taste of Puerto Rico Festival: June 12
Wildflower Festival: June 12 (technically not in Denver, but it's only about 25 minutes from the city!)
Juneteenth Music Festival: June 18
Denver Arts Festival: June 18 + 19
Cherry Blossom Denver Festival: June 18 + 19
Highlands Street Fair: June 25
South Platte RiverFest: June 25 + 26
Cherry Creek Arts Festival: July 1 - July 4
Colorado Black Arts Festival: July 8-10
Lavender Festival: July 16 (it's about 20 minutes from Denver, but it's FREE and lavender smells amazing!)
Cheesman Park Art Festival: July 30 + 31
Colorado Dragon Boat Festival: July 30 + 31
Denver Days: July 30 - August 7
Free Movie Nights at Infinity Park: Alternating Mondays from June 13 - August 8
Summer Movie Series at Skyline Park: FREE Thursday, July 7; Saturdays, July 9-August 6
Civic Center Movies in the Park: FREE Wednesday nights, August 3-17
Denver Art Museum FREE First Saturdays: June 4, July 2, August 6
Denver Botanic Gardens FREE Days: June 23 + July 26
Children's Museum Target Tuesday Nights (FREE admission from 4pm - 8pm every first Tuesday of the month!): June 7, July 5, August 2
Denver Money Museum: Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4pm
FREE Day at the Denver Firefighters Museum: August 20, 10am - 4pm
4th of July Fun!
Farmer's Markets + Food Trucks
Civic Center EATS: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays through October 6
Stapleton Fresh Market: Sundays through October 16
Union Station Farmers Market: Saturdays through October 22
Cherry Creek Fresh Market: Wednesdays through September 28, Saturdays through October 29
City Park Esplanade Fresh Market: Sundays through October 30
Pearl Street Farmers Market: Sundays through November 13 (get a week's worth of fresh veggies for $10!)
Summer Reading + Library Exhibits
Read With Me, Denver Public Library: June 1 - August 13; birth to pre-k
On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!, Denver Public Library: June 1 - August 13; for those entering kindergarten - 5th grade
Get In The Game: Read, Denver Public Library: June 1 - August 13; for teens
From Farm to Storytime, Montebello Branch: June 2 (ages 2 - 5)
Little Brown Skin Girls Art Exhibit, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library: Artist Reception: June 4, 1pm - 4pm; On display Monday-Thursday June 1 - 30
Events + Classes + Tours
CityPark Jazz: Free Sunday concerts from June 5 - August 5, 6pm - 8pm
Home Depot Kids' Workshops: FREE classes every first Saturday of the month
Meet In The Street: Saturdays, from June 25 - July 24
First Friday Art Walk, Art District on Santa Fe: Every first Friday of the month, 6pm - 9pm
Celestial Seasonings Tea Tour: Monday-Friday 10am - 4pm; Sunday 11am - 3pm
Denver Story Trek: Free self-guided tours of Denver landmarks and landscapes
The U.S. Mint Tour: Monday-Thursday, 8am - 3:30pm
MoJaBlu Concert Series: Thursdays, June 9 - August 4 (except July 21)
Concert on Founder's Green Series: Every other Saturday, June 18 - September 3
Michaels Kids' Club: many of the classes are $2 per child
Free Junior Chef Classes at Williams-Sonoma: call or visit local store for details
Our Favorite Kid-Friendly Hiking Trails
Some of these trails are just outside of Denver, but they provide a budget-friendly opportunity to unplug, be active and interact with nature.
Be sure to check back throughout the season since more events could pop up as the summer progresses. Also, I'd love to hear what your family likes to do during the break! Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!
Ready to download the calendar? Click on the image below to download it!