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10 Free Things To Do in August

From City Park Jazz to Farmcad, the Golden Fine Arts Festival and more, here are ways to give your wallet a break this month. 

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1. City Park Jazz | Aug. 9

Why You Should Go: Grab a blanket, load up on picnic supplies, and head to the last show of the season, which features the Sam Mayfield Blues Revue.

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2. Meet in the Street | Aug. 9

Why You Should Go: We love the commuting convenience of the 16th Street Free MallRide during the week, but on this day, pedestrians, patios, and play spaces will take over downtown.

3. Food Lover’s Book Club | Aug. 12

Why You Should Go: At the office, we have the enviable opportunity to pick food editor Amanda M. Faison’s culinary brain on a regular basis. During her bimonthly book club at Cherry Creek Library, you can do the same. This event’s topic: ice cream!

4. Lincoln Hills: African-American History in the Outdoors | Aug. 23

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Why You Should Go: We dig any chance to combine hiking with a history lesson; do both on this afternoon trek.

5. Golden Fine Arts Festival | Aug. 15 & 16

Why You Should Go: Golden’s close-to-Denver location makes it an ideal fast getaway, especially when there is a massive art show involved. Bonus: Bring along a tube and your swimsuit to cool down in Clear Creek.

6. Remember the Titans at Monday Movie Madness at Infinity Park | Aug. 10

Why You Should Go: At least once a summer, you should watch a movie outside, under the stars.

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7. Free First Friday at Four Mile Historic Park | Aug. 7

Why You Should Go: In this month’s “Outward Bound,” we picked this park as a perfect way to take your kid’s learning out of the classroom. See why during this free day.

8. Farmcad | Aug. 15

Why You Should Go: Part art show, part craft market, part foodie fest, this Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design event is a whole lot of fun.

9. Lafayette Peach Festival | Aug. 15

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Why You Should Go: There’s no need to travel to the Western Slope to celebrate peach season. Bonus: Check out 5280.com/freshpicks2015 every week for information on what’s in season (and how to cook it).

10. Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival | Aug. 14 & 15

Why You Should Go: Did you know that Wheat Ridge once had 32 carnation farms? Find out more at this annual festival (and read about additional diversions in the area here).

Looking for more things to do in Denver? Check out our events calendar.

Follow senior editor Natasha Gardner on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

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