Things to do for free in Denver this week, 8-14. November 2021

It’s another great week for arts and entertainment in Mile High City, with Denver Arts Week continues through November 13 and the Denver Film Festival rolling through November 14th. You can enjoy events both online and in person – and do not forget to raise a glass on November 10 to Lattered Cover, which officially marks its fiftieth birthday with a party in all stores.

Keep reading for a dozen of the best free events in and around the city this week.

DFF Virtual Reality Arcade
Monday, November 8, Tuesday, November 9 and Wednesday, November 10 at 14.30 to 20.00

Festival Annex, McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue

As part of the 44th Denver Film Festival, Virtual Reality Arcade returns. Explore the best of storytelling in new cinemas through twelve virtual reality experiences curated from around the globe – including favorites from SXSW, Tribeca, the Venice International Film Festival and Sundance. Although VR includes paid programming, there are free times daily; find the full schedule here.

Denver Public Art Tour
Tuesday, November 9 at
Gallery, 1385 Curtis Street
Join Denver Arts & Venues for a free tour of public art along 14th Street, home to some of Denver’s oldest murals by Allen True, as well as Lawrence Argent’s famous “I See What You Mean” (also called Big Blue Bear) in Colorado Convention Center. Sign up in advance here.

X Marks the Spot: A History of zingmagazine, Artist-Run Publishing, and the Future of Print Tuesday, November 9 at
Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, 312 East Colfax Avenue

zingmagasin was founded in 1995 by Devon Dikeou, whose role as editor and publisher continues through 25 editions. At this event, Devon Dikeou and zingmagasin editor-in-chief Brandon Johnson will take a look back at the wild and wonderful world of zingmagazine – its history, content and persons; how it relates to a genus of artist-driven publications; and the role of publishing in the art world in general. A Q&A will follow; Find out more here.

Rick McIntyre: Redemption of Wolf 302

Tuesday, November 9 at
Colfax Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue

Rick McIntyre, wolf researcher and author of The Rise of Wolf 8 and The Reign of Wolf 21, has a new book about an untraditional alpha male. He will read from the book and discuss his work; Find out more here.

Colorado Novelists: A NaNoWriMo Panel
Wednesday, November 10 at 15.30 to 16.30
Arapahoe Community College Library, 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, and online

Three novelists at different stages of their careers – Manual Ramos, David Slayton and Ruth Sharpe – will read from their work and join a panel discussion with Susan Brooks, Editor-in-Chief of Literary Wanderlust, a local independent publisher, to talk about the process of writing. , edit and publish a novel and the state of the market for novel publications today. It is free to attend (in person or online); Find out more here.

50th anniversary celebration of tattered front
Wednesday, November 10 at 10.00 to 19.00, ceremony at 18.00
All Lattered Cover locations
All day on November 10, all Lattered Cover locations will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Denver’s independent bookstore chain, with special offers and a festive bookmark for free for anyone making a purchase. The events culminate in a special ceremony at. 18.00 with free desserts and drinks in all shops. Find out more here.

click to enlarge An Alien Resistance exhibition for IS Fair.  PERMISSION OF IS RIGHT

An Alien Resistance exhibition for IS Fair.

Lent by IS Fair

IS Fair 20202021
Thursday, November 11 through Sunday, November 14
Globeville Rec Center, 4496 Grant Street
Fort Greene Bar, 321 East 45th Avenue

Explaining what IS Fair is could fill many screenshots, but as the folks who run this show explain, it’s a “pseudo-science fair for free-thinking adults, artists, villains, jokers and anyone with a good story to tell”, which gathers all four years in another city to share tri-fold exhibitions and short films. Denver organizer Peter Miles Bergman notes that it’s been a while since the fair was last here (it was due to return in 2020, when the Denver trade show had to be postponed). But now the time has come: IS Fair is free, in every sense of the word; learn more here.

Stanley Marketplace Holiday Fashion Show
Factory Fashion Pre-show: Thursday 11 November at 17.00; Stanley Marketplace Show: 6:30 p.m.
Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora

Stanley Marketplace’s unofficial league of stores – June Ruby, True, Goose and the Goat, Steele Angel, Sterre, Billy Goat and the Gosling and Active – adhere to the hall’s creed of “love each other” to collaborate on a fashion show that shows holidays. looks that you can put together simply by shopping under one roof. Before the big event, the students joined Factory Five Five‘s design and cycling classes will tighten their handmade items down the runway. See the free events in the common area near Logan House Coffee; find info here.

click to enlarge Time to start shopping!  AUTHORIZATION OF A PARIS STREET MARKET

Time to start shopping!

Lent by A Paris Street Market

Rue de Noel, in the Paris Street Christmas Market
Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 at 10-17
Douglas County Fairgrounds and Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock
Once a year, the old-fashioned flea market at A Paris Street Market holds up to the holidays with a Christmas version. But the holiday selection is still eclectic with the vintage aura you know and love: old-fashioned molded and glittering glass ornaments, happy plastic lawn elves and reindeer in the middle of the flight, and everything else you might find packed together in Grandma’s loft, among others. gift items, clothing, art and antiques. Access and parking are both free; learn more here and RSVP at Eventbrite.

Kill the runway
Saturday, November 13 at 18-20
Roser ATLAS Center, ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio B2, 1125 18th Street, University of Colorado Boulder

Something remarkable happened when a dozen LBGTQ children aged twelve to eighteen met once a week for two months in Longmont’s Firehouse Art Center and Boulder Public Library’s Building 61 Maker Space to learn not only how to make and upgrade clothes, but also how to become more comfortable in their own skin as neurodiverse teens. Following the guidance of experts in fashion design, fiber art, makeup and multimedia, they are now ready to showcase their fashion and personalities at Slay the Runway, a one-off show in the ATLAS Black Box at CU Boulder. Admission is free, but space is extremely limited; make reservations in advance with Eventbrite.

Bighorn Sheep Festival
Saturday, November 13 at 10-18
Strusse Park, 600 Sixth Street, Georgetown
Gateway Visitor Center, 1491 Argentine Street, Georgetown

Georgetown, the historic little mountain community up I-70 with vintage shops and Victorian houses, also has a great place to see bighorn sheep, and the city built an entire festival out of the awe-inspiring views. Bighorn Sheep Festival is an all-day party complete with spotting scopes, a photo competition, an archery workshop, a fun run, nature walks, campfire’mores and much more. It’s a family affair like no other and it’s free. Find a festival card and information here.

Balefire Anniversary Open House
Saturday, November 13 at 10-19
Balefire Goods, 7513 Grandview Avenue, Arvada

Balefire Goods in Olde Town Arvada opens its doors wide open this weekend for a celebration of a fourth anniversary just right for old friends from the jewelry store and people who have never been there before. There will be bites and bubbling, live demos and a trunkshow with the metal engravers from Tuggle Designs, discounts and more. It’s also a chance to shop Balefire’s current Affordable Art Show, and shoppers who spend more than $ 50 at the store will receive a free gift. Get in the mood to shop locally; learn more here. RSVP at Eventbrite.

Do you know of a great free event around town? We will be updating this event throughout the week; send information to [email protected]

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