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Free Things To Do in Colorado This Month, July 2018

From movie nights to a river float, get the most out of your summer without breaking a sweat. Well, maybe a little sweat.

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Movie Madness | July 9, 23
There’s no denying that Mondays suck. To make them bearable, Infinity Park in Glendale is hosting movie nights all summer long. The park is transformed into a giant movie theater with a jumbo screen and a high-quality sound system. On July 9, watch the award-winning Wonder Woman underneath the stars. Want to bring the whole family? Catch Disney’s Coco on July 23. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets and food, or grab a bite from one of the local vendors. The gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. 950 S. Birch St.

Tube to Work Day | July 11
Ditch your car and grab a tube. For one day this summer, the best way to commute to work is via the Boulder Creek on Tube to Work Day. Although a helmet, life vest, and closed-toed shoes are required, commuters are encouraged to wear business attire as they float down the creek. Don’t forget to say the Tuber’s Creed prior to your commute: “By wind or by water, by flight or by float, by land or by river, by bike or by boat, ‘Lest on this day we end up in the murk, let our epitaphs say ‘We were tubing to work.'” All participants must register and fill out a waiver. Eben G. Fine Park, 101 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder

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Slow Food Nations | July 13–15
Taking over Larimer Square in Denver, Slow Food Nations is a food and culture festival with a mission to connect food lovers with local farmers and chefs. The festival will include Taste Marketplace—an open air, free-entry marketplace—demos, workshops, talks, and a free Family Pavilion where families can engage in hands-on cooking and gardening activities. The grassroots organization works to ensure everyone has access to good, clean, and fair food. A list of times and events can be found here (note that some events require an entry fee). 1430 Larimer St.

Vive la France! | July 14
Denver’s Alliance Française is hosting the Bastille Day Block Party at the Maison Française. The French national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789 and the unity of the French people in 1790. The block party will feature french cuisine such as crêpes, as well as live music and games. A modern take on the tradition Bastille Day “Ball” will conclude the evening. The block party starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. 571 Galapago St.

Silverthorne Fine Arts Festival | July 14-15
In an effort to grow Silverthorne’s arts and culture community, the Silverthorne Fine Arts Festival will bring together artists from all over the country to showcase their craftsmanship in a first annual showcase. With the Gorge Range as the backdrop, the festival will feature 13 categories of art, including painting, sculpture, jewelry, and photography. The festival begins at 10 a.m. North Pond Park, Hamilton Creek Rd., Silverthorne

Artsweek Golden | July 16–22
Organized by the Foothills Art Center, the weeklong celebration of art in Golden will likely add another dimension to the city’s reputation (it’s not just good for beer). Although there will be beer at Artsweek, the festival will showcase 100 artists through traditional paintings, sculptures, performance art, murals, chalk sidewalk masterpieces, and plein air painting. Various events, with a focus creativity and critical thinking, will take place throughout the week all over downtown Golden. Artsweek Golden will culminate with the Artsweek Golden Festival on July 21 and 22. Various locations throughout downtown Golden

Gear & Beer | July 24
The Wayfinder Coop on Santa Fe is hosting an industry expo for up-and-coming outdoor, travel, adventure, and lifestyle brands. Enjoy beer, fare from local food trucks, and music while brands showcase and demo their products. Some of the participants include Bedrock Sandals, First Ascent Coffee Roasters, Purple Rain Adventure Skirts, and Trail Fork. The expo begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. 525 Santa Fe Dr.

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STILLness | July 28
In the crazy days of summer, the Clyfford Still Museum invites you to be still and clear your mind through guided meditation in their galleries. Presented by the Zen Center of Denver and the Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver, experienced meditation practitioners will lead the session. Everyone is welcome; no prior experience is required. Although the event is free, registration is required. 1250 Bannock St.

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