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This week leads straight into the weekend of Friday first and July fourth, with events across Colorado. Although fireworks shows have to be canceled once again (this time because of the fire hazard rather than the pandemic), there are plenty of bargain conversations going on.
If you’re planning events for the season, don’t miss our comprehensive listings for Summer 2021. To take a quick look at this week’s options, read on for ten of the best free events in and around Denver – and yes, some online :
Friday night bazaar
Friday, July 2nd, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
2424 Larimer Street
Get the weekend off to a real start. Friday Night Bazaar is back with three dozen vendors including food and fashion trucks. Entry to this weekly dog-friendly festival is free, but there is a happy hour with drinks from 4pm to 6pm. Find out more here.
No vacancy on the first Friday
Friday, July 2nd, 7pm to midnight
See the first First Friday show, which showcases work created during No Vacancy artist residencies. Johnny Draco, Shadows Gather, Jeff Merkel, Diana Merkel and OddKnock Productions have been in residence for a month; Meet the artists and see their creations at this free beer party from Ratio Beerworks. Find out more here.
Thought for Food: A Poetry Perk for Denver Food Rescue
Friday, July 2nd, 7pm to 10.30pm
Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street
South Broadway Press published Thought for Food: Anthology of Poetry Supporting Denver Food Rescue last year during the lockdown and still made thousands of dollars for the blackboard selling the book. But the people who put the anthology together aren’t done yet. Now that the live events are back, a group of Denver poets involved in the project will be reading en masse at the Mercury Cafe (now under new ownership!) With a free marathon reading. There is no coverage, but donations to Denver Food Rescue are accepted; find out more here.
Tour of the old town on the first Friday
Friday, July 2nd, 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Shades of American Graffiti: Downtown Littleton is jumping into the Wayback Machine this summer with the First Fridays Old Town Cruise, a car show on wheels that runs all of the Main Street corridor (from Prince Street to Alamo Avenue to Curtice Street to Powers Avenue) circumnavigates the first Friday of the month through October. Potential cruisers should meet in the parking lot of the City of Littleton Building at 2255 West Berry Avenue at 6:00 p.m. the first fifty to arrive drive the route while spectators are encouraged to bring chairs to line the streets. Get information here.
Meet on the street
Saturday, July 3rd through Monday, July 5th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
16th Street Mall
The Downtown Denver Partnership and the City and County of Denver are hosting Meet in the Street, a summer festival that takes over the 16th Street Mall with games, activities, and more. Find out more here.
Sloan’s Lake Bazaar High Country Hustle with Derek Dames Ohl
Saturday, July 3rd, 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
1611 Raleigh Street
TheBigWonderful presents a free show with Derek Dames Ohl (5 to 6 p.m.) Durango’s High Country Hustle (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) at Sloan’s Lake Bazaar. Entry is free, dogs are welcome, and you can purchase an open bar ticket for $ 40. Find out more here.
ArtWalk Summer on the Streets Festival
Saturday, July 3rd, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Avenue, Longmont
The Firehouse Art Center is taking over the ArtWalk in Longmont again this summer by enabling live music and mini craft markets in the alleys and briseways of the city center every Saturday from this weekend through August 21st for this round, but teens can visit the Firehouse for free Pick up hands-on takeaway art kits, where the One Thing, and Then Another art exhibit is on for a final day. This summer, get to know the nooks and crannies of Longmont on foot. you can find weekly tickets and timetables here.
Big Boom Bash
Saturday, July 3rd, 9:15 pm
Jeffco Stadium, 500 Kipling Street, Lakewood
Spectacular fireworks will be seen from various vantage points, including nearby parks and convenient parking, within 1.5 miles of Jeffco Stadium, 500 Kipling Street, on July 3rd. Tune to 100.3 FM on your car radio to listen to choreographed music or stream here on your phone; Find out more and find a map with the best viewpoints here. If there is wind, pray for calmer weather on July 4th.
The parade returns to Lower Highland.
July 4th Highland Neighborhood Parade
Sunday, July 4th, 8 a.m. pre-party, 9:30 a.m. parade prelude
West 32nd Avenue and Clay Street
After a pandemic break, this family-friendly Highland neighborhood celebration returns with a pre-party bike decoration, festively dressed red, white, and blue locals marching behind the antique fire truck, the Little Man drumline, and the added star power of Senior Miss Colorado, 96 -year-old Lorie Woltemath. After a bike decoration pre-party, Makenna Sherry will sing the national anthem at 9:30 am. Then the parade heads down 32nd Avenue to Tejon Street and ends at Hirshorn Park for a local meet-and-greet with fire department # 7. At 11:00 am, the action moves to Little Man Ice Cream, who turns thirteen on July 4th, for a free, kid-friendly “Happy Birthday Bash Singalong,” directed by local favorite Hank Williams from North Denver from Greatness at the Rocky Mountain Erdferkel. Find out more here.
Brighton Fourth of July Festival
Sunday, July 4th, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Carmichael Park, 650 East Southern Street, Brighton
The annual free celebration returns to Brighton. Live entertainment includes music by DJ Tidal Wave from 5pm, followed by headlining Anavrins’s Day, a 90s alternative and grunge tribute band, at 7pm. At the end of the concert, the festival will feature one of the largest fireworks in the region. Find out more here.
Do you know of a great free event in Metro Denver? We’ll update this list later this week; send information to [email protected]
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