Free things to do in Denver this week, January 10-16, 2022


Have you decided to go out and take it further in the New Year? This week is a great time to make that resolution a reality, with free events all over the Denver metro, both indoors and outdoors (and online).

The National Western Stock Show and the Denver Art Museum both have free days this week (and the Denver Zoo just opened its lottery for the next free day on January 22), and MLK tributes are starting to roll out ahead of the next Monday vacation.

Read on for the fifteen of the best free events in town this week.

Golda Meir House Museum Celebration

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Gold Meir lived here in 1913.


Monday January 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Auraria campus

The Golda Meir House Museum celebration will honor the efforts of those who had the foresight to save the tiny Denver duplex that once housed former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, the Western world’s first female head of state and the one of the most influential women in modern history. The duplex was moved twice from 1606-1608 Julian Street before finally landing on the Auraria campus in September 1988. Today the building has been renovated into a community conference space and a museum showing what it would have looked like when Meir lived there in 1913. Speakers today include Governor Jared Polis, Colorado State Attorney General Phil Weiser, and State Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet. Find out more here.

Free day admission to the National Western Stock Show
Tuesday January 11 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street

Thank Arrow Electronics for free entry to the grounds of the National Western Stock Show, where you can walk around all the new buildings, enjoy the same old vendors in the Hall of Education, and see all the animals. It is an annual tradition that deserves to be celebrated. Find out more here.

Free day at the Denver Art Museum
Tuesday January 11 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway

Haven’t you been to the fabulous Martin Building at the Denver Art Museum yet? It’s the perfect way to view the renovated structure designed by Ponti, with a whole new look in each gallery as well as a flurry of fresh exhibits from the museum’s extensive collections. To take advantage of this free day, book a free ticket here; note that the Whistler to Cassatt the exhibition always requires a paid entry.

The american cowboy
Tuesday January 11 12:30 p.m.
Tattered cover McGregor Square, 1991 Wazee Street

Active Minds hosts this show about the American cowboy, explaining how his origins stretch south of the border to the Spanish colonies in the Americas. Find out more here.

Denver Night Lights
Tuesday, January 11 to Sunday, January 16 from 5:15 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Clock Tower, 1601 Arapahoe Street

The January “People’s Spotlight” program is underway, with new works by artist Danielle Cunningham. Joseph Toney and Mario Carrillo lighting up the side of the Clock Tower; The 2019 audience favorite Clayton Kenney’s ‘Snow’ is also back. The light shows continue every day (except Monday) until January; find out more here.

Click to enlarge The annual MLK tribute is back.  - COLORADO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The annual MLK tribute is back.

Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Tribute to Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday January 11 7:30 p.m.
Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex

Pay homage to the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King at a free concert hosted by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. This traditional celebration, supported by the MLK Jr. Holiday Commission and Denver Arts & Venues, features guest artists and honors this year’s 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award recipients. Find information and free general admission tickets here.

From Wednesday January 12 to Sunday January 16 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dubbing, 890 C 14th Street

The latest project in the Denver Theater District’s cozy art incubator space, Understudy, has all the fixings of a traditional arcade – except they’ve been inflated by a long list of participating local artists. Even the prizes are artist-created: grab a masterpiece from a claw machine or redeem coupons for enamel pins, coloring books, miniature paintings, jewelry, tea towels, prints. art, small sculptures and more. ARTcade will be open from Wednesday to Sunday until the end of January to welcome visitors to the Stock Show; find out more here.

Sun and rainbows wellness painting course
Wednesday, January 12, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Denver Milk Market, 1800 Wazee Street
Milk Market is sponsoring a free “wellness” painting class as part of a handful of wellness activities this month. The theme is the sun and the rainbows, and you can go in, do a quick guided painting, and take your art home for free. Find out more here.

Colorado Election 2022: Trends and Forecasts
Thursday, January 13, 11 a.m., online

The Crossley Center at the University of Denver presents a virtual conversation about Colorado in the 2022 election. Crossley Center Director Floyd Ciruli will host a panel with Dick Wadhams, former Colorado Republican Party leader and current consultant and commentator; Sheila MacDonald, political consultant for Democratic candidates and causes; Melanie Layton, state legislative lobbyist; and Seth Masket, professor and director of the DU Center on American Politics. Register here.

Masters of music
Thursday January 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Maven Hall, Maven Hotel, 1850 Wazee Street

The Dairy Block continues their free Mavens of Music performances with Denver-based alternative soul group Dzirae Gold, which combines Memphis-style soul with classic jazz, and David Lawrence, who mixes Delta blues and American roots. with an infused jazz guitar. . Find out more here.

Early Colorado Families
Thursday January 13, 6 p.m.
Koelbel Library, 5955 South Holly Street, Greenwood Village

Treasure Box Tours presents this free lecture on some of the families so intrinsic to Colorado history: the Byers, Evans, Cheesmans, Tabor, Moffat, Boettcher and many more. No reservation required; find out more here.

Click to enlarge Everything revolves around animals in Vida.  - MARSHALL BRANDON

Everything revolves around animals in Vida.

Brandon marshall

CSU Day Celebration: Vida Building
Saturday January 15th from 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
CSU Spur, National Western Drive
CSU’s Vida Building is now open at the National Western Complex, and History Colorado will display some elements of its current Horse power exhibit there on CSU day; the free event will include hands-on story-driven activities – and the chance to have your photo taken with an eight-foot-tall kitten cutout. The Vida building also offers free educational opportunities, including a virtual reality room and the opportunity to attend animal surgery and therapy. Find out more here.

Celebration of wonders
From Friday January 14 to Sunday January 16
Beaver Creek Village, Avon

A pedestrian playground of oversized, selfie-friendly sculptures has been on display at Beaver Creek Village throughout the holiday season, but now is the time for art installations to truly shine. During the three days of Beaver Creek Wonder, you can explore the interactive works of art and learn more about them on interpretive art walks; After dark, listen to live music, light and fire spinners, and other artists while playing among installations of ski-shaped mirrors, a giant snow globe, a cookie truck and Moreover. Skiing can get expensive, but this après-ski pastime is free; Find out more here.

Text me when you are at home x Larimer Lounge Music and Art Fest
Saturday, January 15, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Salon Larimer, 2721, rue Larimer
Text Me When You’re Home is a Denver-based organization that hosts events to promote women, gays, BIPOC, and other under-represented artists and musicians in safe and inclusive spaces. The free part of this event, organized in partnership with the Larimer Lounge, will feature more than fifteen local artists, who will present and sell their works from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. it will be followed by a paying concert with local groups. Buy tickets in advance, $ 12, here, or pay $ 15 at the door.

2022 New Years Clothing Swap
Sunday January 16: Clothing drop-off, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. early entry for clothing contributors, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. general admission, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Grant-Humphreys Mansion, 770 Pennsylvania Street

The once postponed 2022 New Year’s clothing swap is back – no matter what – in its sixth year, moving from History Colorado to the sleek Grant-Humphreys Mansion, a beautiful setting for what is essentially a big, inclusive girl’s party with an add-something, take-something theme. You can drop off lightly worn clothes, shoes and accessories to exchange from 9:00 am in order to be eligible for an hour of morning shopping; from 1 p.m. anyone can join the hunt. Everything is free to give and receive; RSVP and find the rules and regulations on Eventbrite.

Do you know of a big free event in town? We will update this list throughout the week; send information to [email protected]


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