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10 Free Things to Do in May

From puppy socials to Denver's annual Cinco de Mayo festival, here are 10 ways to give your wallet a break (while having fun) this month. 

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1. 29th Annual Cinco de Mayo | May 7–8

Why: This holiday is about more than drinking margaritas and eating guacamole; find out why at this annual parade and festival.

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2. Play a Tune on a “Your Keys to the City” Piano | Your Choice

Why: Tapping out “Chopsticks” on one of the art-decorated pianos in downtown Denver should be on your Bucket List. Good thing the pianos returned from their winter hibernation on May 2.

3. Hike Doggie Sniff ’n Social | May 14

Why: An event made just for Fido, this free social (held in Golden’s Lions Park) helps launch a new weekly hiking-service business for dogs.

4. Denver Day of Rock | May 28

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Why: Five stages. One day. Free live music. Enough said.

5. Volunteer at the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon | May 15

Why: Finishing a marathon is a great accomplishment, but volunteering at one lets you enjoy the endorphins at the event without training for months. That’s a win-win.

6. Free Day at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science | May 9

Why: Denver’s weather has been a bit mercurial lately, which is why we love having a reason to stay inside when the skies darken.

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7. Dedication of the Memorial Bell at Fort Logan National Cemetery | May 30

Why: On Memorial Day, don’t miss the dedication of the Honor Bell, a unique bell crafted from military medals, insignia, and other memorabilia. Read more about how the Honor Bell came to be at 5280.com.

8. Primal Colorado Bike Expo | May 13–14

Why: This expo will give you plenty of inspiration to prep your bike for summer rides.

9. Valverde Bazaar | May 14

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Why: While there is no admission fee to this massive market featuring local artisans, food trucks, and antique sellers, you probably don’t want to leave your wallet at home just in case you find a special treasure to put on your bookshelf at home.

10. Buena Vista’s Paddlefest | May 27–30

Why: Not quite ready to dip your toes into icy rivers yet? Watch the Kayak Rodeo at this two-day festival for free from dry land.

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

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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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