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10 Free Things to Do in and Around Denver This June

Jam out to jazz, take slacklining lessons, and travel—between time periods and cultures—all without breaking the bank.

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City Park Jazz | June 2 to August 4 
Every summer for more than 30 years, City Park Jazz has produced a summer concert series that sends dance-worthy tunes across Ferril Lake. This summer’s series starts Sunday, June 2, with Emma Mayes & The Hip, a Denver band that melds soul, funk, and jazz styles with original lyrics. The concerts are every Sunday all summer until August 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. Musicians play from the City Park Pavilion. Bring your own blankets or chairs. City Park

Fit & Rock Fitness Series | Every Saturday
Get your sweat on every Saturday morning in June with free dance fitness classes at Dairy Block. The hour-long workouts follow AKT, an exercise concept that combines dance and personal training techniques. Classes run from 10–11 a.m. Reserve your spot in advance. 1800 Wazee St.

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Stay Human Party in the Park | June 6
Michael Franti, a musician, filmmaker, and spoken word poet, is kicking off his Stay Human summer tour with a free, family-friendly party in Civic Center Park. Come for yoga, acoustic music, and food, and stay for an outdoor screening of Franti’s film, Stay Human. RSVP online to stay in the know about the event schedule. 5 to 9 p.m. Civic Center Park

Disney Movie Trivia | June 11
Hop on your magic carpet and head to Growler USA Highlands Pub to put your childhood screen time (ahem, Disney obsession) to work. The Disney-themed trivia night will have questions on the animated films, from Bambi and Snow White to Moana and Coco. So go ahead—be their guest and put your Disney knowledge to the test. Reserve spots for your team online. 4433 W. 29th Ave., #102

The Denver BBQ Festival | June 14–16
Celebrate Father’s Day (with or without your dad) with a weekend of barbecue, beer, and live music. The Denver BBQ Festival kicks off at Broncos Stadium on Friday, June 14, at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday, June 16, at 6 p.m. Entry is free (food and beverages must be purchased) and the lineup of Denver bands will keep things rocking all weekend long. No RSVP or ticket purchase necessary, but sign up online for a chance to win a Green Mountain Grill. 1701 Bryant St.

Photo courtesy of Winter Park Resort

Venture Out Fest | June 15
Try your hand (or feet) at slacklining, learn how to properly cast a fly-fishing line, or just sit back and watch dogs in a professional dock-jumping competition. All of these things—and more—are part of Winter Park Resort’s first-ever Venture Out Fest, a day of free activities for anyone who likes to get outside. You can also enjoy free performances by the Wood Belly bluegrass band and Yellow Designs, a BMX stunt team. The event runs from noon until 4 p.m. 85 Parsenn Road, Winter Park

16th Street Fair | June 21–22
Three times between now and the end of September, artists and makers will take over the 16th Street Mall, transforming downtown into a street fair with a wealth of art and handmade goods. Come to shop or just wander and enjoy the creativity on display. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Subsequent 16th Street Fairs will take place on August 9–10 and September 27–28. 16th Street Mall

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Photo courtesy of the Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival | June 22–23
If teriyaki chicken and Japanese artwork aren’t enough to bring you to Sakura Square for the 47th annual Cherry Blossom Festival, come for the drums. Taiko drumming performances will be happening more than five times throughout the weekend as Japanese musicians, martial artists, craftspeople, and food vendors share their work in a celebration of Japanese heritage. The festival runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sakura Square is at 19th and Larimer

COLORCON | June 28
Alleyways aren’t generally awesome places to hang out on Friday nights, but COLORCON turns that idea on its head. A collaboration of businesses, galleries, and organizations in Capitol Hill, COLORCON is a community mural and music event in the alleyway behind 1112 Broadway. Register for free online. 6–9 p.m. Alleyway behind 1112 Broadway

Homesteaders’ Day at Golden History Museum & Park | June 29
Travel back in time and explore what life was like for Colorado homesteaders in the 19th century. Buildings from the former Pearce Ranch in Golden Gate Canyon, where Thomas and Henrietta Pearce raised eight children, dot the landscape of the Golden History Museum and Park. You can spend the day exploring old cabins, learning about blacksmithing, or taking woodstove cooking lessons (or sit in a class at the one-room schoolhouse). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 11th and Arapahoe St., Golden

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