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Frugal fun in Denver this weekend, July 1-4

Hate fireworks?  There's plenty to do sans obnoxious explosions this weekend.
Hate fireworks? There's plenty to do sans obnoxious explosions this weekend.
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Fireworks and/or crowds not your thing? There are still plenty of free and fun things to do this weekend. Below is a list of completely free events you may not have thought about.

Every First Friday:

First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe:

Enjoy over 60 participating galleries, artist studios and restaurants from 6pm to 9pm every first Friday of the month within the Santa Fe Art District. Don’t worry about parking. Park at the 10th and Osage Street light rail station and the free, guided shuttle coach will pick you up and chauffeur you around.

For more information, click here: http://www.artdistrictonsantafe.com/events/firstfriday

This Friday Evening, 7pm to 10pm:

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Preview the Cherry Creek Arts Festival before the crowds and oppressive heat. There will be live, music, artists and spirits. This event is on Clayton Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

This Saturday through Monday:

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

July 2-4: Stroll along the streets of Denver’s premier upscale neighborhood and view artists working in pottery, fiber, clay, photography, wood and metal. View the newly renovated North section of Cherry Creek. There will be plenty of food and live music. Musical guests include local favorites like Dotsero, Opie Gone Bad, Gypsy Swing Review and the Boulder Acoustic Society. Monday at 11am, there will a musical theater presentation by PHAMALy. The culinary stage will feature chefs from Tag Restaurant, Panzano, Row 14, Mezcal and the Art Institute of Colorado. Saturday and Sunday the Fest runs 10am to 8pm, and 10am to 6pm on Monday, the last day. For more information, click here: http://www.cherryarts.org/the-festival/about

Every Saturday:

Colorado Farmers Market

The frontrunner of all Colorado Farmers Markets, the Cherry Creek Farmers Market, located at 1st and University, features a European-style open-air haven. Meet local farmers, cheese makers, wine makers, gourmet chefs, artists and musicians. Purchase farm fresh produce, local wines, home made cheese, fresh baked breads, pastries, handmade tortillas, samosas, crepes, sauces and pastas. There are plenty of free samples, enough to cover breakfast. Spoil yourself with handmade, organic soaps, body butters and other skin products. Be romanced by an array of musicians, from harpists, pan flutists, to violin trios. This Saturday weekly event is dog friendly, so bring Fido along. There are plenty of doggie pit stops with cool drinking water. There are also vendors that feature organic dog treats and food for your furry pal.

Farmers get moving notoriously early, and the Cherry Creek Farmers Market is no exception. It begins every Saturday through the summer at 8am and ends at 1pm. There is also a market at the same location on Wednesdays from 9am to 1pm. Bring sun block, water and your favorite reusable shopping bags.

Every First Saturday:

Denver Art Museum

The first Saturday of the month is free day at the Denver Art Museum. The stylish update created many cool art spaces, nooks, corners, crannies and a glass bridge complete with bistro tables for watching the world go by. The Denver Art Museum is a family-friendly place, with plenty activities for the kids. Pick up a family backpack on the first floor and explore the galleries while the kids make art, playing games and piece together puzzles. There is a different adventure for every time you visit. If you don’t have time for a family backpack, grab an art tube. Each one has a small art creating activity to complete in the galleries.

For more information on the Denver Art Museum, click here: http://www.denverartmuseum.org/home

Every Sunday:

City Park Jazz Summer Concert Series

We have lost a lot of cultural events due to the sagging economy, however the City Park Jazz Concert Series is still going strong. An extremely popular event in Denver, this year’s concert series includes some primo talent. This Sunday, July 3, bring the family out to see the Denver Municipal Band, founded in the 1860s, which makes it the oldest professional concert band in the United States.

Parking in the City Park area gets pretty scarce for this event. Come early and park at East High School along Esplanade. Set up your barbecue spread in a prime seating location or better yet, stop for Chinese food. Bring comfy chairs, bug spray, sunscreen and umbrellas. The concert continues rain or shine.

For the summer schedule of musicians, click here: http://www.cityparkjazz.org/schedule.html

Every First Sunday:

The Denver Film Center/Tattered Cover Free Classic Movie

This month, view the 1958 drama The Last Hurrah, featuring Spencer Tracy, Diane Foster, Basil Rathbone, Pat O’Brien, James Gleason, John Carradine and Jane Darwell. Loosely based on the last election campaign run by the infamous James Curley, mayor of Boston, the film, directed by John Ford, is about politics, good intentions and corruption. Host Howie Movshovitz presents this 2-hour digital presentation. For more information, or the list of class films, click here: http://www.denverfilm.org/filmcenter/detail.aspx?id=21377

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