Denver! Resolving to Spend Less in the New Year? Start with a Bang – January FREE Events

Just because you blew your wad on holiday gifts doesn’t mean you have to stay home in January. There are gee-gobs of FREE Events in Denver January 2014, starting with New Year’s Eve:

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Downtown Denver Fireworks
December 31 (9 p.m. and midnight)
The sky will once again sparkle over the 16th Street Mall at the close of 2013 with the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Downtown. The two spectacular fireworks shows will occur at 9 p.m. and midnight. For the best viewpoints, stand along the 16th Street Mall. Costumed entertainers will interact with crowds between shows, including magicians, mascots, balloon artists, stilt walkers, comedians and more. Best of all, it’s not going to be that cold; the evening will be 35-45 degrees and clear. It’s very crowded down there, I recommend taking the Light Rail.

Of Course FIRST FRIDAY will be alive and well on January 3rd at all your favorite Denver Arts Districts.

January cultural FREE DAYS: 

Denver Art Museum: Saturday, January 4th (the museum is FREE every first Saturday)

Denver Botanic Gardens (York Street): Monday, January 20th

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield:  Tuesday, January 7th

Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Monday, January 13th

Denver Zoo (3 Days!): Friday, January 10th, Saturday, January 11th, Wednesday, January 22nd

Clyfford Still Museum: Wednesday, January 8th

So pack a nice lunch and go get your Culture on in January, for FREE!

Denver Alert! FREE Fourth of July Events Abound All Week!


There’s a ton of Free things to do this holiday week! This is just a sampling…

Tonight (July 3rd)  is a big one. FREE amazing fireworks display at Civic Center  Pack up a picnic and head down to the lawn to stake out a spot for the evenings display, (seating is first come) starts around dusk.

Tonight and tomorrow night (July 3 & 4) there are fireworks after the Rockies game. You’ll be able to see them from anywhere near the stadium, like say, one of the downtown rooftop bars…

Highland Fourth of July Parade starts at 32nd and Clay on the Fourth, and you can be in it! All the info is here:

The Oldtown Arvada Festival. This family-friendly event is on the Fourth.

Elitches puts on a fireworks display on the Fourth at dusk. The Confluence is a great spot to watch from.

On the afternoon of the Fourth is the quaint Parkhill Parade, starting at 1:30pm

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival (one of the top 3 outdoor arts festivals in the country!) begins on Friday the 5th, and goes all weekend. I highly recommend getting there EARLY. It starts at 10am, but I get there at 9, stop for a coffee, and start strolling. Parking is a bear after 10am. Most of the artists will be open an hour early. Oh, and wear comfortable shoes!

…and of course, Friday the 5th is First Friday, and all the Denver Arts Districts (Santa Fe, Rino, etc.) will be in full swing, so go see some art!

Have a Fabulous Fourth everyone! and stay safe.