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Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series at Aspen Mountain. Photo by Lindsy Fortier

8 Free Things to Do Around Colorado in March

From live music, mocktails, and plenty of St. Patrick's Day shenanigans—here's how to stay busy this month on the cheap.

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Brock Fetch Exhibition at Foreign Form | Through March 30
Swing by the former pop-up-turned-concept-store and fine art gallery for a special showing of works from prominent music photographer and Colorado resident Brock Fetch. Known for his intimate style of catching world-renowned artists at candid moments, the collection captures some of Fetch’s most coveted work, like portraits of the late Mac Miller. Stay and scope the RiNo outpost’s offerings, or if you’re feeling inspired to command the lens yourself, pop in during the vintage film camera trunk show March 21–22. 2719 Larimer St; Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday through Sunday 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Find more information online

Molly Brown Salon Series: Women of Color and the Suffrage Movement | March 5
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and the passage of the 19th Amendment with a timely history lesson and open discussion at the Molly Brown House Museum. Connect with the stories of the women who paved the way with the suffragette movement—like none other than Denver’s beloved Molly Brown—and join for a community conversation on the issues faced by women 100 years ago and how they’re still relevant today. Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.; Find more information and register to attend online

First Friday Five Points Jazz Hop | March 6 
Keep the rich history of Five Points alive—and grab a bite while you’re at it—all to the swingin’ sounds of some of Denver’s best live performers as they bounce around different watering holes on Welton Street. Ginger & the Jazz Precludes is to set to kick off the first of several stops for March’s Jazz Hop at Coffee at the Point. Starts at 710 East 26th Ave; 5:30 p.m.; Find more information online 

Athena Project’s Read & Rant | March 9
The best part about reading something new is having someone to vent with about it afterwards. Find your new cohort for conferring at Athena Project’s first ever Read & Rant: a book club of sorts, dedicated instead to reading and discussing play scripts written by women. Scripts and topics will rotate each month, with special guests slated for each gathering. The monthly “rants” will kick off this month with a look at the plays The Snake God of Fiji (A Hedda Gabler Prequel) by Katherine Vondy and Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, with an introductory focus on prequels and sequels, what makes a good script, and how reading a play differs from a book. Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax, 2526 E Colfax Ave, 7–9 p.m.; Register online to receive a copy of this month’s scripts

The Emerald Society playing in the 2018 Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Photo courtesy of Deborah Grigsby

Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade | March 14
Follow the Irish spirit to the end of the rainbow—or at least the end of Blake Street— at Denver’s 58th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Don your green garb if you don’t want a pinch, and gather for Irish step dancing, music, floats, and more, with a special theme this year to honor first responders. Plan to get there early if you want a good spot for one of Denver’s most crowded parades. Begins at Wynkoop and 19th Streets; 9:30 a.m.; Find more information on parade route and parking online

Olde Town Arvada’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival | March 14 
Rock your shamrock pride and get your proper festival fix with plenty of street eats and spirited beverages from local breweries, distilleries, and wineries. The historic streets of Olde Town Arvada will be blocked off for a full day of celebrating Irish culture, including an all-day lineup of local Celtic sounds on the main stage from Big Paddy, Angus Mohr, and Pick & Howl. 7530 Grandview Ave, Arvada; 12–6 p.m.; Find more information online

Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series at Aspen Mountain | March 21
World-famous rapper—and former half of iconic Atlanta hip hop duo OutKast—Big Boi will be hitting the stage on Aspen Mountain at 7 p.m. for the ultimate après affair as part of the 20th annual Bud Light Spring Jam Festival. Catch opening electro pop band Arizona at 4 p.m. and DJ Naka G at 6 p.m., and stop by the on-site beer garden while you’re there and grab a brew you can feel good about, with proceeds going to Aspen Skiing Company’s Environment Foundation and Caring for Community Fund. Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza, 675 E Durant Ave, Aspen; 4 p.m.; Find more information online

Mocktail & Mindfulness | March 22
Take a day to take care of you. Head to RiNo’s Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse for a free full day of yoga classes, mindfulness seminars, live painting, massages, reiki, and much more. All with a tasty mocktail in hand (and classes for how to make those, too). 3636 Chestnut Pl; 12–5 p.m.; Yoga mats not provided; Find more information online

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