Working on a tight budget with the holiday season fast approaching? Here are some of the best free things to do this November in the Denver area!
Día de los Muertos – Santa Fe First Friday Art-Walk
The Santa Fe First Friday art-walk is a monthly tradition, but things are a little bit different for this one. This this time First Friday celebrates Dia de los Muertos. Costume contests, sugar skulls, and creative activities for the whole family join the usual food trucks and art galleries for a unique first friday event.
Día de los Muertos
The Longmont Museum is returning to host its Dia de los Muertos celebration. Already the biggest celebration of this sort in Colorado, they are going even bigger this year, with live music and dancing, sugar-skull decorating, traditional food, altars, craft making, Catrina face painting, and so much more. Their celebration continues with a gigante procession at 6:15, and a (not free) Catrina Ball held at the Dickens Opera House.
Museo de las Americas
The Latin American art museum in Denver, Museo de las Americas, is offering a free night in the museum in conjunction with Denver Arts Week. From 5 to 10 pm, this museum is open for all to enjoy free of charge.
The Denver Art Museum hosts a free admission day on the first Saturday of every month. This does not include special ticketed exhibits, but the museums general admission exhibits are yours to roam for free.
Nov. 4 & 8
The Denver Zoo offers only a handful of free admission days throughout the year. This year, after months without, we have two coming up on November 4th and 8th. These don’t happen very often so make sure to take advantage of them while you can!
Combining two of the coolest things around, LEGOs and libraries, the LEGO challenge is just that. A place where budding architects, engineers, artists, and more can put their building skills to the test. Kids can compete alone or in a team, and are competing for an unspecified “exciting prize.” While this particular event stands out, the Lakewood Library has an after school activity every Tuesday. And, because it’s a library, they’re all free.
From 4 – 8 pm on the first Tuesday of every month the Children’s museum Marisco Campus is free to enter. From their website: “Families can play for FREE the first Tuesday of every month from 4 – 8 pm. Create in The Art Studio, power a hot air balloon or make giant bubbles. There is always something new to explore!”
Four Mile Historic Park – Free Day
The Four Mile Historic Park is home to the oldest standing building in Denver. It is also free on the second Friday of every month. Enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum, and meet our many farm animals. Keep in mind that the museum tours are first-come, first-served and can accommodate up to 10 guests each.
DMNS offers free days through the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, which pays for the free days by way of a very small sales tax. This is a free day that you have already paid for, so why not go? No extra steps necessary, just show up to the museum, and enjoy.
The Denver Christkindl Market is is put on by the Colorado Chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce at Skyline park in downtown Denver. This festival is a celebration of German culture, and more specifically of German holiday traditions. With food, drink, handmade jewelry, toys, clothing, gifts, and more, this market has something for everyone. It also has live music and entertainment, and with plenty of things for the kids to do as well, this is a great place for the whole family.
Switch on the Holidays – Pearl St. Mall
No, it’s not too early to be thinking about putting up the holiday lights. Of course, if you don’t feel like dragging the big ladder out of storage, then just drive up to Boulder for their annual illumination ceremony. Downtown Boulder invites you to come on down and join the festivities as they light up the Boulder County Courthouse and Pearl St. Mall.
Olde Golden Christmas
This festival in Golden starts on the 30th of November and keeps on going all the way to the 31st of December. There is plenty to do, including a community candlelight walk, Victorian carolers, free Newfoundland dog-pulled cart rides, a holiday art market, parades, shopping, music and theater productions, Santa Claus and twinkling holiday lights.
Grand Illumination – Union Station
Another indication that it’s never too early to decorate for the holiday season. Downtown Denver’s Union Station is turning on the lights, and invites you to come on down and join the festivities. Enjoy the lights, carolers, and treats for the whole family.
Light the Lights
If LoDo isn’t your scene, or if you just want to enjoy a lighting ceremony with a bit more open space, then this is the one for you. Get your winter gear ready and head down to Civic Center Park to enjoy this nearly 100 year old ceremony. The lighting ceremony is from 6:30 to 7:00, but get there early to enjoy the winter festival. If you can, be sure to also bring extra hat, gloves, coats, and scarves to donate to Denver families in need.