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Take a hike to St. Mary's Glacier this month, while the weather is still hot. —Photo by Jerilyn Forsythe

10 Free Things to Do in August

Take a hike, see a show, or watch the Olympics—all without spending a dime. 

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1. Ruby Hill Bike Park | Your choice

Why: This brand new, 7.5-acre mountain bike park has plenty of slopes, jumps, and pump tracks to keep you (and your kiddos) busy.

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2. Flobots concert | Aug. 12

Why: Civic Center Park will be humming when this Denver group hits the stage for a gratis concert.

3. Olympic Games | Aug. 5–21

Why: Watch from home and cheer for 18—yes, that’s a lot—Coloradans competing in Rio.

4. Denver Pet Expo | Aug. 20–21

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Why: Because Fido deserves the latest tech, newest toy, and freshest food.

5. Go for a Hike | Your choice

Why: 5280’s “Hike We Like” series is a treasure trove of sure-to-please Colorado treks. (We used it this weekend to find Fort Collins’ Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.) If you need more inspiration, check out this month’s round-up of 10 of the state’s best Wilderness Areas.

6. Del Norte’s Covered Wagon Days | Aug. 4–7

Why: If you missed celebrating Colorado’s birthday (Aug. 1), then head to Del Norte for a celebration of Western history and culture, complete with a barn dance and parade.

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7. City Park Jazz | Aug. 7

Why: It always seems like the City Park Jazz series ends a little too soon for our #foreversummer friends. This year is no exception: Don’t miss the final concert on August 7.

8. Perseid Meteor Shower | Aug 12–13

Why: Whether you drive to Lookout Mountain or Strasburg, you should escape the city’s lights in order to see nature’s own brilliant show.

9. Mizel Museum | Aug. 5

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Why: This Jewish museum and cultural resource center has free admission for the day, meaning you should cancel your Friday plans and head over for a visit.

10. Lafayette Peach Festival | Aug. 20

Why: Your friends have started posting pictures of everything they’re making with Palisade peaches and you want to keep up your social media game.

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

Follow senior editor Natasha Gardner on Twitter.

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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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