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2018 Chinese New Year Celebration. Photo by Chris Giovenco.

10 Free Things to Do in Colorado This Month, February 2019

No spare change? No problem. These events will deliver much-needed doses of fun, adventure, and education.

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Opening Night of Denver Fashion Week Exhibit | February 2
Not to be confused with the actual Denver Fashion Week (that’s coming in March), this exhibit at the McNichols Civic Center Building shines a spotlight on DFW’s 10-year history. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at past runway shows, and local designs will also be on display. The opening night reception is February 2, 6 to 9 p.m. Registration is encouraged. McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.

Colorado Mountain School Avalanche Awareness Clinic | February 5
If backcountry skiing is your pastime—or you want it to be—this free clinic is an absolute must. Experts trained by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education will provide an introduction to avalanches, covering snowpack analysis, different types of avalanches, decision-making, and weather considerations, among other topics. Clinic starts at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Register online to save your spot. Bent Gate Mountaineering, 1313 Washington Ave., Golden 

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Cripple Creek Ice Festival | February 9–17
Get away from the city and into the mountains for the 12th annual Cripple Creek Ice Festival. This year, the theme, “Super Heroes in Ice,” will feature famous superheroes. Some ice sculptures will be interactive (think ice slides and an ice maze). Be sure to check out the concurrent Ice & Art Fest at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center. Free parking is available at the Heritage Center on Highway 67, with complimentary shuttle service on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bennett Avenue in Cripple Creek

25th Annual Chinese & Vietnamese New Years Celebration | February 9–10
Ring in the Chinese New Year with a weekend of festivities including dragon dances, a tai chi performance, and children’s fashion shows. The bulk of the festivities will take place on February 9, with performances from the National Martial Arts Academy and the Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center. The opening ceremony is at 11:30 a.m. on February 9. 333 S. Federal Blvd. 

LoDo’s Legend of Karaoke | February 14–23
Time to share your shower vocals with the world. This karaoke tournament hosted by LoDo’s Bar and Grill offers three cash prizes to the top three finishers—but first, you have to audition. So gather your friends, since they will be key to getting you past the semifinals, sign up, and sing your heart out. Auditions begin on February 14 at the downtown location of LoDo’s Bar and Grill. Sign up online. 1945 Market St.

Day of Remembrance for Japanese Internment | February 15–17
Consider the past with this special event series from the Mile High Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League. Art and artifacts from the Japanese American National Museum will be on display, and two films will be screened and then discussed with the filmmakers. Filmmaker Satsuki Ina, who was born in an internment camp, will deliver a keynote presentation followed by a Q&A with the audience. The event is being hosted by History Colorado. Museum admission is required to access the rest of the museum. 1200 Broadway

Think Outside the (Beat)box | February 21
If starting your own a cappella group is on your bucket list, here’s the perfect opportunity to expand your vocal abilities. At this event hosted by TEDxMileHigh, you’ll learn how to use your voice as an instrument from Mark Martin, an international beatboxing champion who spent five years touring the world with Voca People, a vocal theatre group. Starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but online registration is encouraged. 2345 7th St.

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2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Championship. Photo courtesy of Monica Dalmasso/UIAA.

2019 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup | February 22–24
Come to Civic Center Park for a weekend of right-before-your-eyes ice climbing competition. Hosted by the American Alpine Club, this is the finale of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup season—and it’s being hosted in Denver for the first time. Anyone can spectate; competitors registered by January 30. 101 14th Avenue

The Pillars of African-American Art Songs | February 22
The Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library is collaborating with the Denver Art Song Project for an educational performance curated by Stephanie Ann Ball for Black History Month. You’ll not only hear the music, but you’ll also learn the stories behind the songs by African-American composers and poets. Seating is limited, so guarantee yourself a spot by reserving online. 2401 Welton St.

Arvada WinterFest | February 23
Don’t let the name fool you—this festival is about more than snow and ice. The second annual Arvada WinterFest in Olde Town Arvada is a celebration of the variety of cultures in the local community. Come out for arts and craft vendors, entertainment, and informational booths and demonstrations, as well as some winter-themed attractions. The festival will be at McIlvoy Park in Olde Town Arvada from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5750 Upham St.

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