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8 Free Things to do in Colorado This November

Music, art, dance, and doing good: Here are a few ways to enjoy November in Denver without burning a hole in your wallet.

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Create Cooking School Anniversary Celebration | November 2
Try a bite of some of the tasty confections that have put this Stanley Marketplace cooking school on the map and mingle with the Create Cooking School staff to celebrate their first anniversary. Sip on complimentary libations, or stick around after the open house at their full-service bar to see more of the culinary creation in action. Create Cooking School at the Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Suite 128; 5–7 p.m.

Music with Friends Concert | November 5
Experience an intimate evening of string and flute sounds from host Catherine Beeson on viola and Ensemble Faucheux—a group of local professional musicians—all within the cozy confines of Broadway Roxy’s 1920s-inspired space. Grab a classic cocktail or a shareable plate and enjoy pieces by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Elizabeth Brown, and Pulitzer Prize finalist Andrew Norman. Broadway Roxy, 554 S. Broadway; 6–7 p.m.; RSVP not required, but attendees can make a reservation online to secure a table. 

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Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Private Showcase | November 5
Celebrate Denver Arts Week with an exclusive performance from Denver’s beloved modern dance company. Spectators can enjoy free drinks and appetizers along with the special performance from the company’s 11-person ensemble that will celebrate the tradition, and will hear a special word from Executive Director Malik Robinson. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, 119 Park Ave West; 6–8 p.m.; contact Hillary@cleoparkerdance.org to RSVP

Opening Day Party with Breckenridge Brewery and Punch Bowl Social | November 9
Couldn’t hit the slopes for opening weekend? Channel that spirit at Breckenridge Brewery’s Opening Day Party at Punch Bowl Social. Bring your board to get a free fresh wax from Never Summer Industries, show off on the snow ramp, or just celebrate the new sports season with plenty of beer. Punch Bowl Social (Denver), 65 Broadway; 6–11 p.m.

30 Years of Colfax celebration | November 20
The Colfax Ave Business Improvement District is turning 30, and there’s no better way to celebrate than gathering with neighbors and indulging in some Colfax favorites like The Goods, Yahya’s Mediterranean, and DC Pie Co. Learn about the BID’ future vision for Colfax, snap a selfie with the new Colfax Ave sculpture outside of the Filmore for a chance to win free concert tickets, or even bring an unwrapped gift to contribute to the Warren Village drive. The Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N Clarkson Street; 6–8 p.m.

Wagner Custom Artist Series Exhibition | November 21
Colorado’s favorite piece of sports equipment become the canvas at the Boulder Creative Collective’s first collaborative exhibition with Wagner Custom Skis. The collection at the AKA Gallery features graphic art creations on custom skis from a slew of Denver- and Boulder-based artists. The Boulder Creative Collective, 2500 47th Street Unit 10, Boulder; 6–10 p.m.

Parade of Lights
Parade of Lights. Photo courtesy of the Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc

Light the Lights at the City and Council Building | November 29

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Witness one of the mile high city’s longest-standing traditions in all of its glowing glory at the lighting of the Denver’s City and County Building holiday lights. Don’t miss the ceremonial flipping of the switch, and round out the holiday cheer at the winter festival in Civic Center Park with food trucks, festive family activities, and warm and spirited libations alike. Attendees can also spread the warmth and pay it forward by bringing hats, scarves, or gloves for the Giving Tree to donate to Colorado families in need. Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street; 4–8 p.m.

Volunteer in the community | Throughout the month
Help put a warm meal on every Coloradan’s plate for the holiday season and volunteer your time with a local nonprofit like The Denver Rescue Mission and Food Bank of the Rockies, which have opportunities throughout the month to serve the community, or groups like Operation Turkey to collect and distribute food and other necessities to those in need.

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