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10 Free Things to Do in September

Squeeze in late-summer hikes, spend a day at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and sample varied tastes of the Rockies this month—all on a budget. 


1. Photo Mash-up Workshop with ideaLAB | Sept. 12

Why You Should Go: You’ll get to pick out a historic Denver photo at History Colorado and then hit the streets to photograph the same spot to see how the city has changed.


2. Denver Free Walking Tours | All month

Why You Should Go: You need an excuse to play tourist at home, so park your car, slather on some sunscreen, and take a two-hour walk around the heart of the Mile High City—with a tour guide, of course.

3. Denver Museum of Nature & Science Free Day | Sept. 27

Why You Should Go: Late September weather can be fickle. If it’s too hot or too brisk to play outside, come inside and practice your dinosaur speak (read: “rawr!”) with the fossils.

4. A Taste of Colorado | Sept. 4–7


Why You Should Go: Because you (hopefully) aren’t working, which will give you ample time to unwind at this four-day fest.

5. Colorado State Fair | Through Sept. 7

Why You Should Go: A summer without a state fair (read: fried foods, livestock competitions, and concerts) just doesn’t feel complete.

6. Pikes Peak World Cup Downhill Skateboard Race | Sept. 12–13

Why You Should Go: Watching skateboarders hurtle down the road is exhilarating, even if you are just standing still and watching.


7. Denver Botanic Gardens Free Day | Sept. 9

Why You Should Go: If the crowds for the corpse flower scared you away, here’s your chance to see what’s blooming at the Gardens.

8. Hang out at a Farmers Market | Various dates

Why You Should Go: After spring storms delayed crops, the market stands are finally bursting with fresh produce. You’ll often find live music and you’ll always find someone willing to talk about all-things-food. Bonus: If you do spend some cash, check out for tips on what to cook now.

9. Cuba: Past, Present & Future | Sept. 24


Why You Should Go: This “Active Minds” event at the Sam Gary branch of the Denver Public Library tackles one of the most timely news topics of the summer.

10. Hike the Betasso Preserve | All month

Why You Should Go: This quick, four-mile trek is close to bustling Boulder, but the walk is blissfully serene.

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