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Secret Dance Addiction's Sober Dance Party. Photo courtesy of Martha Wirth Photography
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7 Free Things to Do Around Denver This August

We’ve got fun ways for you to make the most of the last full month of summer—even on a budget.

Monday Night Movies at Edgewater Public Market | All month long
You can feel better about your summer screen time thanks to this outdoor film series. Moviegoers will get some fresh air while relaxing on Edgewater Public Market’s lawn and watching classics such as Grease, Top Gun, and Mean Girls. Get there early to snag some concessions from the market’s many stalls, including Lazo Empanadas and Tilford’s Wood Fried Pizza. 5505 W. 20th Ave., Edgewater; 8 p.m.

Sunnyside Jazz in the Park | August 5
If you’ve already drained your live music budget for the year (we don’t blame you with all the great acts touring) hit up this free concert featuring the Mile Hi Brass Band and the Denver Municipal Band. Before the main event, sign up for a free yoga class held by Sunnyside-based Better Buzz Yoga to loosen up those dancing muscles. Chaffee Park, 44th Ave. and Tejon St.; 4:30 p.m.; Register for free yoga here

Photo courtesy of Martha Wirth Photography

Waking Up the Summer Dance Party | August 8 & 21
Secret Dance Addiction is hosting this no-booze series of bashes at sober bar Awake. Guests can listen to tunes spun by local DJs DoubleCrush and Ignight while sipping on non-alcoholic beverages, including a spritz made with Lyre’s spirits. Bonus: Since the party is N/A, children are welcome.  2240 Clay St.; 6-8 p.m.

Denver Parade of Homes | August 12–29
Get a first look at new homes on the market during this house-browsing fest. Whether you’re on the hunt for a pad or you’re just a dwelling enthusiast, you’ll be able to tour a variety of abodes across the Front Range. If you’re unable to make it to one of the viewings, check out the event’s website to see the homes virtually. Locations vary; Thursday–Sunday, noon–5 p.m.

Photo courtesy of LUKI Brewery

Peach Peelin’ Party | August 14
Beer lovers can have a hand in making a special brew at this sweet fête. To make its popular That’s Just Peachy saison, Luki Brewery requires pounds and pounds of Palisade peaches. That’s where you come in: In exchange for prep help—you can blanch, cut, or package the peaches—you’ll get 10 percent off of your tab, free grilled peaches, a crowler of That’s Just Peachy when it’s released on September 3, and you can brag to your friends that you helped make the suds. 14715 W. 64th Ave., Arvada; 11 a.m.–1 p.m.; Register here

Boreas Pass Railroad Day | August 21
Some 130 years ago, the town of Como was a locomotive hub. Though the last train ran through Como in 1939, many of its historic buildings still stand—and Coloradans can see and learn more about them during this educational experience. In addition to live train demonstrations, visitors can explore the town’s Roundhouse (built in 1881) and hear live music from Denver Brass. Broadway & Rowe St., Como; 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Firefly Handmade Summer Market | August 28-–29
This extensive artisan bazaar gives Denverites the chance to support local makers. Browse wares such as dazzling handmade jewelry by Denver’s Sarah DeAngelo, vintage midcentury modern furniture from Mile High Vintage, and intricate puzzles by Goodfit. Be sure to check out the food, drinks, and live music, too. 1000 block of S. Gaylord St.; Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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