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10 Free Things to Do in March

From St. Patrick's Day celebrations and free tours to First Friday walks and more, here's how to give your wallet a break (while having fun) this month. 

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1. Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade | Mar. 12

Why: We don’t know when St. Patrick’s Day became a multi-day celebration, but you probably won’t be complaining while dressed in your best greens along this festive parade route.

2. See the Colorado Ballet and Clyfford Still Museum Present “Performance: Building a Dance” | Mar. 17

Why: Learn how thoughts can turn into movement and then into choreography during this free performance.

3. Walk on First Friday | Mar. 4

Why: Touring galleries on First Friday is a good idea every month, but with forecasted highs in the 60s this Friday, you’ve got one more reason to get moving.

4. Snowshoe Old Monarch Pass | Your Choice

Why: While Denver’s weather has been balmy (see No. 3), there is still powder in the mountains. Pack up your snowshoes and go on this 2.5-mile trek.

5. Go to Denver Public Library’s Volume Record Release Show | Mar. 13

Why: There will be no librarians asking for silence at this sure-to-be-loud record release party (first 50 people to show up—with a DPL card, of course—get a free copy).

6. Join Tattered Cover’s Travel Lovers’ Book Club | Mar. 14

Why: A low-maintenance book club (show up when you can, read when you can) sure to inspire vacation plans tackles In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides this month.

7. Tour the Metro Area’s Specialty Food Markets | Your Choice

Why: This is technically a free activity because you aren’t obligated to purchase items from Denver’s top 20 specialty food markets while on this tour, but it will be pretty hard not to stock your pantry with an array of lentils, spices, and hard-to-find flours when you visit these local shops.

8. Attend Denver Art Museum’s Free First Saturday | Mar. 5

Why:Fracture: Cubism & After,” a look at the evocative art movement, closes this month; don’t miss your chance to see the exhibit.

9. Visit Fort Collins | Your Choice

Why: This “First-Timer’s Guide” does include some spendy options, but the “if you do one thing…” pick is free: Take a stroll around Old Town.

10. Tour the Denver Mint | Your Choice

Why: If the presidential election has you thinking about your country and how it works, make sure to book a free tour at the Denver Mint to learn more about how that penny in your pocket was made.

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


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