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One of many hot air balloons gets lit at the annual Telluride Festival. Photo by Paul D deBerjeois/Color Bandit Photography

Things to Do in June That Won’t Break the Bank

Here are 10 (mostly) free things happening in Colorado this month.

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Watch Telluride Glow | June 3 & 4
The annual Telluride Balloon Festival is truly a sight to behold. The weekend-long hot-air balloon event in Telluride Town Park is also the perfect reason to explore one of our favorite Colorado mountain towns.

Set up a Sunday Barbecue | Your Choice
Now that spring showers are finally subsiding, why not set up a Sunday barbecue in the park? Check out our guide to Denver’s plethora of parks. (Bonus: Here’s how to pair local cheese with booze like a pro.)

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Witness the Transformation of Larimer Square | June 3 & 4
Head downtown for the 15th annual Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square, when local artists will paint the streets into a kaleidoscope of color. Go for the art; stay for the food, drinks, and live music.

Meet Local Climbing Phenom Tommy Caldwell | June 5
As one of the stops on a book tour for Tommy Caldwell’s new memoir, The Push, the Colorado native and climbing legend will make a special appearance at Movement Climbing + Fitness Denver. Hang around afterward (quite literally) for a free climb.

Watch a Movie Under the Sun (Or Stars) | Your Choice
June 21 is the official start of summer—which means it’s the season for outdoor cinema. Catch free movies starting this month in Skyline Park, Infinity Park Glendale, Stapleton’s Farmer’s Green, O’Brien Park in Parker and various Westminster parks.

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Slacklining is one of many unique outdoor competitions you can watch at Vail’s GoPro Mountain Games. Photo by Zach Mahone

Get Stoked on Summer at the GoPro Mountain Games | June 8–11
Where else can you watch the extreme, over-water version of dogs playing fetch? At this Vail outdoor extravaganza, you can marvel at the slackliners, enjoy nightly concerts, participate in product demos, and more—all free.

Visit the Union Station Buskerfest | June 23 & 24
Be entertained by a large collection of street performers offering live music, dancing, magic and face-painting. Free to attend, any proceeds from Union Station vendors will go to Arts Street, a Denver-based youth art program.

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Hike Chautauqua, Have a Cold One Afterward | Your Choice
Boulder’s an easy enough weekend getaway, with plenty of hikes around the Flatirons and Chautauqua, but after all that exertion, treat yourself to a tour of one of the city’s many breweries (make sure to designate a sober driver). Our choices, which offer great patios and free tours, are Avery Brewing, Boulder Beer, Odell Brewing Co., and Upslope Brewing Company’s original taphouse.

Bike to Work | June 28
Save money on gas and help the planet by joining Denver’s annual bike to work week. Along with feeling good about yourself, you can stop along your commute at a number of breakfast and water stations across the state.

Take a Drive up Mount Evans | Your Choice
It’s fourteener season in Colorado. If you’re not quite ready to dust off your hiking boots, consider taking a drive along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway. This historic road is the highest paved road in North America and will take you through three life zones to the gorgeous summit of Mount Evans.

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