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10 (Mostly) Free Things To Do: September 2014 Edition

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The changing seasons mean that we’re keen to keep a little more change in our pocket. Here, 10 ways to keep your bank balance up this month.


1. Hike: Fall Color Treks

Why you should go: There is only a (very) short amount of time when the mountains turn gold. Make sure to see it.

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Details: Your pick, Colorado

2. LISTEN: America’s Story: A Community Conversation with Award-Winning Journalist Maria Hinojosa

Why you should go: You’ll feel like you’re sitting in a college lecture hall again, and get to build a community discussion about race, identity, and history. This event already has a waitlist, but it’s worth putting your name down in case a seat becomes available.

Details: September 22, 7-9 p.m., History Colorado Center

3. GET INVOLVED: Viva Lyons

Why you should go: A year after floods devastated Lyons, Oskar Blues Brewery and the Infamous Stringdusters are teaming up to raise funds to aid recovery. If you open your wallet, this event won’t be free, but your donations will help rebuild Colorado (bonus!).

Details: September 13, 5-10 p.m., Lyon’s Bohn Park

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4. STROLL: Explore the Rocky Mountain Arsenal

Why you should go: When football games wreck your getaway plans for the weekend, this near-to-Denver hiking spot will satisfy your hike quota.

Details: Your choice, Rocky Mountain Arsenal

5. NOSH: Pueblo’s Chile and Frijoles Festival

Why you should go: You’ll have to pay for road-trip gas (and you probably won’t be able to resist the food stands), but thankfully, smelling roasting peppers—a true sign of fall—is free.

Details: September 19-21, Pueblo’s Union Avenue Historic District

6. EXCHANGE: Fall Bulb Swap

Why you should go: Too many irises in your backyard? Bring in your extras (and other perennials) to swap for someone else’s—and then get planting.

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Details: September 20, 10 a.m.-noon, Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library

7. SWEAT: Civic Center MOVES

Why you should go: Switching the lunch-at-your-desk ritual with a yoga session in the park is a very good idea.

Details: Through mid-October, various times, Civic Center Park

8. RIDE: Denver Cruiser Ride’s Denver Bike Night

Why you should go: The ride’s theme is “Ullr Fest: Winter Wonderland,” and given the group’s creativity, you’ll likely to see more polar bears than parkas.

Details: September 24, ride starts at 8:45 p.m., various meet-up locations

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9. WATCH: 11th Annual Festival Italiano at Belmar

Why you should go: Flag throwers, two stages, and grape stomping. That’ll do it.

Details: September 6-7, Belmar

10. TOUR: Denver’s Public Art

Why you should go: The Mile High City’s public art scene is controversial and too much fun. Take a self-guided tour using 5280‘s itinerary.

Details: Your pick, Denver

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Natasha Gardner, Articles Editor

Natasha Gardner writes and edits longform journalism and multimedia projects for 5280 and is a regular columnist for 5280.com.

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