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7 Free Things to Do in Colorado This February

From an Oscars party to a Mardi Gras celebration and a new arts exhibit, here are ways to have fun on a budget this month.

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Free Day at the Denver Art Museum | February 1
Peruse all the fine-art offerings at the Denver Art Museum without spending a dime at their first free Saturday of the year. While this doesn’t get you in free to the DAM’s separate ticketed exhibitions, like Monet, you’re still free to roam other collections like the whimsical and interactive Shantell Martin: Words and Lines, or Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection, the museum’s largest collection of its kind, painting a large cross-sectional look at Britain’s cultural history. 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.; 10 a.m.–5 p.m; Find more information online

Future of Food Panel at Denver Milk Market | February 4
Food might be necessary for survival, but it has also evolved to become an intimate part of culture—and Denver is at the heart of a booming food scene itself. Stop by the Denver Milk Market to grab a breakfast treat and cup of coffee and catch General Assembly’s panel discussion on the future of how we’re growing, preparing, and interacting with food in Denver. Denver Milk Market, 1800 Wazee St., Suite 100; 8–10 a.m.; Find more information online

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Dew Tour | February 6–9
Catch some of the world’s most elite skiers and snowboarders (and maybe even a photo op with one, if you’re lucky) at the winter sports festival, happening for the first time ever on Copper Mountain after 11 years prior in Breckenridge. The halfpipe, slopestyle, and para-snowboard events are free to watch all weekend, along with a concert in Copper’s Center Village from hard-hitting electronic pop duo Phantogram. Copper Mountain; Find daily event schedule and more information online

Oscars Viewing Party at Bar Helix | February 9
Bar Helix has Hollywood buffs covered with a free excuse to don your most flashy garb on the red carpet and join in the snarky Oscars commentary. And if snubs and celebrity speeches aren’t fuel enough for you, splurge for the happy hour deals or grab some small plates, champagne, and “best-picture-themed cocktails.” 3440 Larimer St.; 5–10 p.m.; Find more information online

Forget the Cake Wedding Expo at Little Man Ice Cream Factory | February 10
Getting married in the next year? Or maybe you’re just looking to celebrate Cupid’s month? Denver’s beloved creamery is hosting its first wedding cake expo, where you can see how the team puts together its whimsical wedding dessert designs (yes, there will be plenty of samples). Come for the fancy fondant, and stay for the free snacks and a special gift. 4411 W. Colfax Ave.; 6–9 p.m.; Find more information online

From Broadway to Bourbon Street | February 21
Let the brass sounds transport you to the French Quarter at Denver Brass5’s Mardi Gras celebration, a march through the roots that make up the American music landscape—from blues to ragtime and jazz fusion. Admission is free, but donations for the Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry are encouraged. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 8545 E. Dry Creek Rd.; 7–8:30 p.m.; Find more information online

“People Connections” by Laurie Frick. Photo by Laurie Frick

The Plasticene Exhibition | Through March 15
Plastic has assumed its role as the material we love to hate, and yet it’s still found in so many things that touch our day-to-day lives. The Plasticene at the Art Students League of Denver brings together works from 16 artists in more than 10 mediums to explore our relationship with plastic—from a understanding of what plastic actually does well, to things we can do to combat what it doesn’t. Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant St.; 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday through Sunday; Find more information on artists and special events online 

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