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Guitar Town. Photo courtesy of John Sadler

10 Free Things to Do in Colorado This August

Peaches and pierogies, music lessons, and interactive art projects—this month has no shortage of ways for you to keep busy without spending a dime.

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Union Station Buskerfest | August 1–4
Get wowed by street performances with Denver’s fourth annual Buskerfest, taking place throughout Colorado Day Weekend. From pyrotechnics and juggling to drummers and stilt walkers, Wynkoop Plaza outside Union Station will be full of acts to startle, delight, and stun in celebration of the Centennial State’s 143rd birthday. Thursday, August 1 from 5–8:30 p.m.; Friday, August 2, 5:15–9 p.m.; Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.; Sunday, August 4, 11 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St.

Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival | August 9–11
Originally started as a celebration of Wheat Ridge’s rich history as a hub for the carnation and agricultural industry, the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival is now an annual event that raises funds for local nonprofits and organizations. Carnival rides, live music, car and fine art shows, a parade, food, and a big-top circus highlight the event. Times vary. Parking is limited, but shuttle service is available. Tickets must be purchased to attend the circus show. Anderson Park, 44th Ave. and Field St., Wheat Ridge

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Trail Hacks for Dogs | August 10
Does Rufus join you on the trail? Then add this free seminar to your calendar. Taught by a JeffCo Open Space park ranger, the two-hour course will teach you how to keep you and your dog safe from the elements, injury, and wildlife. 10 a.m. to noon.; Jefferson County Open Space Headquarters, 700 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 100, Golden. Register online.

Guitar Town | August 9–11
Guitarists are taking over Copper Mountain for three days of free performances, guitar and songwriting workshops, and giveaways. Whether you’ve been strumming chords since your sixth birthday or you’re a music-lover who just learned what “acoustic” means, Guitar Town will bring music to your ears and give you an opportunity to level-up your own musical abilities. Don’t miss the campfire jam session on Friday night or the acoustic kids showcase on Saturday evening. Events start at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with varying end times; Copper Mountain Resort, 209 Ten Mile Circle, Frisco

24 Hours Block Party | August 10
Interactive art projects, a poetry reading, roundtable discussion, and music and theater performances are just a few of the elements composing this year’s 24 Hours Block Party, a daylong event put on by the RedLine Contemporary Art Center. The event aims to engage attendees with social issues through a variety of artistic mediums, while exploring how division influences society. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; 2350 Arapahoe St.

Hangar 2’s Summer Sundaes | August 11
The rocket at Hangar 2 in Lowry serves as the backdrop for this family-friendly event. Kids can go wild before school starts with a bouncy castle, trivia, breakdancing, and more. Ice cream sundaes from Rocket Ice Cream are the cherry on top. Noon to 4 p.m.; 7757 E Academy Blvd. All activities are free; sundaes must be purchased. 

Lafayette Peach Festival | August 17
Peach season is upon us! Colorado’s own Palisade peaches are on their way to the 20th annual Lafayette Peach Festival, where you can enjoy the drip-off-your-elbows juiciness in everything from smoothies to desserts. Artists, antique dealers, and free face painting (plus, non-peach food vendors) round out the event. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Public Road in Old Town Lafayette

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Polish Food Festival | August 24–25
Think you can win a pierogi-eating contest? Here’s your chance. The Polish Food Festival offers two opportunities for you to compete and eat as many of the Polish dumplings as possible. Or you can simply sit back and enjoy performances of Polish folk dancers and singers, and join the evening dance parties facilitated by deejayed beats. Polish food and beer is available for purchase throughout the event. Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saint Joseph Polish Roman Catholic Parish, 517 E. 46th Ave.

Reggae on the Grass | August 25
Rock out for 10 hours at the second-annual Reggae on the Grass, part of Levitt Pavilion’s free concert series. In addition to a variety of local reggae musicians, the event will have a marketplace selling merchandise, art, and other items. All ages are welcome. Noon to 10 p.m.; Levitt Pavilion, 1380 West Florida Ave. General admission is free, but VIP tickets are available for purchase. 

Yoga on the Plaza | August 31
Grab your mat and head to Union Station for a free yoga class on the plaza. Put on by Oxford Club Spa and Salon, the class will prep your body for the rest of Labor Day Weekend. 8–9 a.m.; Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop St.

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