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Why: On Cyber Monday (get the play on words there?) pop into the Tattered Cover’s Colfax Avenue, LoDo, or Aspen Grove locations for a gratis cup of hot apple cider.
Give One Year of 5280 for just $16.
Why: Here’s you chance to see a short performance from the Nutcracker for free. Shows start every 20 minutes between 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Why: Thanks to Denver Arts Week, a slew of Denver’s museums are opening their doors for one night without an entrance fee. There are plenty of locations to choose from, but our pick is the Black American West Museum.
Why: Don’t miss the 2 p.m. screening of this compelling documentary about cultures, food, family, and traditions.
Why: Even if it finally cools down and fall starts to actually feel like fall around here, this JeffCo hike is an ideal way to stretch your legs any time of year.
Why: If the Harry Potter fan in your life can’t wait until the November 18 release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, take them—in costume, of course—to this celebration of all things Potter at the Ross-Broadway branch of the Denver Public Library.
Why: In this month’s cover story, assistant food editor Callie Sumlin breaks down Denver’s efforts to address food waste, including taking the EPA’s free challenge to see how much food she was throwing away (spoiler: she cut her household’s average food waste in half by the end of the experiment).
Why: An homage to all things two-wheels, this 5:30 to 10 p.m. exhibit features works by students in the Arts Street youth art program.
Why: There are three chances to visit the zoo this month sans entrance fee, meaning that you’ll have plenty of time to make it to all of the exhibits (parents of young ones take note and start your tour in the opposite direction on the second visit), including checking out all the powerful “Washed Ashore” art pieces.
Why: Learn about this Mexican holiday that honors loved ones that have passed away while the kiddos sample Mexican hot chocolate and learn to decorate sugar skulls.