Ten things to do for free in Denver this weekend, April 1-3, 2022


April is here, and the cultural scene is serious business. This weekend you can eat, drink and have fun for a variety of good causes…or just for fun. Along the way you can listen to some great music and maybe buy a piece of art or two.

Keep reading for ten events in and around Denver that are worth the price of admission this weekend.

NFT Garage Sale
Friday, April 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
IRL Art, 2611 Walnut Street, #230

Are NFTs changing the way we make and collect art? The NFT Garage Sale at IRL is ironically yet egalitarian in intent to make sense of visual tokens for curious artists and collectors. No cryptocurrency exchange is required, so cash is best if you want to play; choose your favorites from the images projected by some forty artists. A few curated best NFT buys will also include a built-in real wooden coin with an augmented reality experience that you can carry in your pocket. It’s free to walk through the door, but you know you’ll want some of that action. RSVP here.

Welton Street Cafe Benefit Concert
Friday, April 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Spangalang Brewery, 2736 Welton Street

Five Points represents for one of its own, the revered Welton Street Cafe, which closed its doors last month while raising funds to up the street. During First Friday Jazz Hop, stroll through Welton and head to Spangalang for a beer and music from the Tony Exum Jr. Quartet between 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets for the 21+ event are $20 general admission or $200 for a table. booking for four; the benefit will raise funds to build a new location for the cafe. Book seats and learn more here.

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Get cozy for an evening of love poems and music.

House of Serene

Boulder Arts Week at the House of Serein: Love Poems, Accordion Music and Wine
Friday, April 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Serene House, 103 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
Boulder’s House of Serene, a joint art space with private studios, invites the public to peek as Boulder Arts Week draws to a close. On Friday evening, House of Serein founder Belgin Yucelen will host a reading of poetry by Pablo Neruda recited by Mario L. Millo and Yucelen, with a haunting side of Balkan music performed by accordionist Evelyn Haruten. Reading is $12; E-mail [email protected] to RSVP in advance.

Downtown Opera House Tour: Frida Kahlo and the bravest girl in the world

Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.
People’s Building, 9995 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora

Central City Opera descends from its high hill and rolls into the plains with home cooking. The one-act opera, based on a children’s book by Laurence Anholt, follows a little girl in Mexico City who befriends Frida Kahlo, learns of the artist’s terrible accident from Diego Rivera, and sings with the precious animals. of Frida’s native pets, and – just a guess – the public. Take the little ones to the People’s Building for a fun art history lesson; find info and tickets, from $5 to $12 (free for CCO members and children under 2), here.

Dino & Dragon Ride
Saturday April 2: Sensory, 8:30 a.m., and all others, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday April 3: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, 6700 Gaylord Rockies Boulevard, Aurora

What about three-year-olds who love creatures bigger than their house? The Dino & Dragon Stroll Tour, which stops at Gaylord Rockies this weekend, is for those miniature people-in-training, some of whom have been known to kiss the noses of life-size animatronics, just for the love of dinos and fire-breathing dragons. The attraction includes dino rides and scooters, T-Rex ATVs, craft tables and bouncy houses in addition to all the huge creatures. Admission is $26.99; find details here.

family party
Saturday, April 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, 7711 East Academy Boulevard

Think of FamilyFest as the biggest school carnival you’ve ever encountered, with classic games and challenges: bean bag tossing, frog fishing, craft projects, and Plinko boards, to name a few. Family-themed vendors, competitive robots, nerf battles, diaper derbies, Fairy Hair, Ghostbusters selfies — if you can think of it, it’s probably somewhere inside the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. , where the festival takes place. Adult tickets are $10 and children under 12 are free with a paying adult; it’s a godsend for the fun of coming home with exhausted kids going straight to bed. Learn more here.

Rolling Smoke BBQ 5th Anniversary Crawfish Boil
Saturday April 2, from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Stanley Market, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora

Dine Cajun style from home at Stanley Marketplace, where Rolling Smoke BBQ will be celebrating its fifth finger-licking anniversary with a crawfish boil. There will be tunes from the Kory Montgomery Band and mountains of hot and tasty seasoned bright red boiled crawfish. Buy your shellfish for $20 a pound; big eaters who buy five books will get one for free. Visit Facebook for more information.

Power Playback Theater: Pandora and the Pandemic
Saturday April 2, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dairy Arts Centre, 2590 Walnut St, Boulder

When Motus Theater puts on an evening of improv theater based on real stories from real people, it’s called Power Playback Theater because the kind of stories Motus re-enacts are stories of courage and resilience. This week’s theme, Pandora and the Pandemic, is fishing for personal pandemic stories from the public to reenact them on stage with the help of a special guest: slammer, author and force of nature Dominique Christina. Tickets are $16.95 to $22.60 here.

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Women+Film Festival
From Tuesday April 5 to April 10
FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue
International Women’s Month, which ended on March 31, is truly a year-round affair — since the dawn of time, at least in human history. Continue the March high in 2022 by attending the Denver Film’s Women + Film Festival – an event that never fails to sell out – which will take place live and in person this year. Opening night on April 5 kicks off the festival with a reception and screening of the documentary fire of loveabout volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died doing what they loved, setting the stage for five more days of films, women directors markets and special events, including the closing night film, an animated biopic about German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, on April 10. Find the full schedule and ticket options here.

Aspen Short Party
From Tuesday April 5 to April 10
Wheeler Opera, 320 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen; Crystal Theatre, 427 Main Street, Carbondale
If you’re going to choose a short film festival to attend this year, Aspen Shortsfest is a better bet — and one of four Oscar-qualified short film festivals across the country. See top contenders and premieres galore over six days split between venues in Aspen and Carbondale, and you might be the first to tick off your favorites next year when the nominations roll in. Along with the schedule of movie selections, Shortsfest features after-hours conversations, receptions and screenings at local clubs, taking full advantage of Aspen’s glitzy reputation for nightlife. What rolls? Goes here to find the full schedule and your ticket options.

Know of a big event around Denver? We’ll be updating this list throughout the weekend; send information to [email protected]


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