SCFD free days September (Fests down below)
Clyfford Still Museum – 9/1, 8, 15, 22 5-8pm, 9/29 free all day (1250 Bannock St, Denver)
Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL) – 9/2 (99 W 12th Ave, Denver)
DAM – 9/2 and 9/9 (pow-wow) (100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver)
Denver museum of dolls and miniatures – 9/3 (1880 Gaylord St Denver) $1 suggested donation
Children’s museum of Denver – 9/5 4-8pm (2121 Children’s Museum Dr, Denver)
Four mile park – 9/8 12-4pm (715 S Forest St, Denver)
Longmont museum – 9/9 (400 Quail Rd, Longmont)
Joy park @ Children’s museum – 9/15 4-8pm
Denver museum of nature and science – 9/17 (2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver,)
The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave – 9/17 (987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Rd, Golden)
Molly Brown House – 9/22 (1340 Pennsylvania St, Denver)
First Friday art walks, 9/1, usually 5-9pm in most places
Santa Fe drive (5-9th st) – www.artdistrictonsantafe.com/
Kids 18 and under are free at the MCA and DAM 2017 (as far as I have heard)
Free culture passes from the library
Through 9/4 COLORADO STATE FAIR
1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, CO 81004
Price: Varies by Event
Through 10/5 CIVIC CENTER EATS
Colfax and Broadway, Denver, CO 80204
Price: Varies by vendor
No EATS on 9/6
9/1-3 Four Corners Folk Festival
9/1-3 Yampa Valley Crane Festival
9/1-3 Labor Day Celebration, Balloon Festival & More
9/1-4 A TASTE OF COLORADO
Friday: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.Monday: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
9/2 14th Annual Wild West Air Fest & Labor Day Celebration
Don’t miss the Farmers’ Market on 6th St., the semi-annual downtown sidewalk sale, the Rocky Mountain Bull Bash PBR, or the Steamboat Springs Stage Race.
9/2 Monarch warrior workshop
9/2 Free Yoga in the Park – Highlands Ranch (Ages 18+)
Civic Green Park
Yoga is a sacred practice to feed our body, mind, and spirit. It’s a time to honor an inward journey without the chaos and interruptions of daily living and what better place to be sacred than on the Earth. This practice welcomes both beginners and seasoned yogis alike. Step outdoors in nature, breathe life into yourself, and connect to your own innate bliss. Brought to you every Saturday morning through September 2 (except June 10 and June 24) by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness.
Just show up
9/2-4 42ND ANNUAL GATHERING AT THE GREAT DIVIDE
From: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Located on Main Street at Wellington, this show is a highlight of Labor Day festivities in Breckenridge.
9/2-4 COMMONWHEEL ARTISTS LABOR DAY WEEKEND ART FESTIVAL
The Commonwheel Art Festival is located in a beautiful park setting in picturesque and historic Manitou Springs, Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak. Beautiful old shade trees fill the park and Fountain Creek runs along the south side of Memorial Park. Over 100 juried artists will display watercolors, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, stained glass, photography, and oil paintings, and so much more. All artists have been chosen by a jury of professional artists. Only handcrafted work created by the artists who will be present at the festival has been accepted.
Live original music by local performers fills our outdoor stage area all three days. Fun art activities for the children happen throughout the Park. There is a tent where children can have a hands-on art experience. Eco-friendly food vendors serve up delicious treats found in a tree-shaded food court. This is a great place to meet friends before exploring the art festival. Enjoy lunch at a table in the food court and a bit of live music, then stroll among the beautiful art filled booths to find the perfect art for your home or body. To get a taste of the festival and see who will be exhibiting, visit our web site or FaceBook page: bit.ly/cmwlartfest.
The Art Festival starts at 10 a.m. Art patrons are invited to come and enjoy live music, have lunch at a table in the food court, then stroll among the beautiful art filled booths to find the perfect art to decorate your home, enjoy wearing or find the perfect gift.
There is plenty of free parking and admission is always FREE to visiting Art Patrons.
9/2-4 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off 2017
If you’re sick of being on land, then enjoy your Labor Day weekend up in the air at the Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. Hot air balloons will take you to the skies to get a stunning view of Colorado scenery that you can enjoy with your whole family. In addition to going on these exciting balloon rides, there’s an assortment of live entertainment options should you need to bring it back down to Earth.
9/5 Seedlings: Spirit Voices with Donnie Betts (Ages 2-5)
Lone Tree Arts Center
This performance consists of African and African-American folktales and stories from other cultures that incorporate and encourage audience participation. The program teaches students and teachers about the call and response tradition in the African and African-American culture. Spirit Voices includes music, drumming, props, and African dress.
Seedlings is a family program designed to engage parents and young children in arts, culture, and science at the Lone Tree Arts Center.
Purchase tickets online, at the Box Office, or by calling (720) 509-1000
9/5-10 DENVER FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL
1000 Chopper Cir., Denver, CO 80202
9/7 Rube Goldberg Machines
A Rube Goldberg Machine is a complex machine built to do a simple job. See how weirdly complicated you can make this wacky contraption.
9/7 Lecture by Bonnie Clark “Revealing the Secrets of Artifacts”
Bonnie Clark presents her lecture titled “Revealing the Secrets of Artifacts” at 7 p.m. on September 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited, free tickets are available at the Littleton Museum starting Tuesday, August 22. Limit four tickets per person.
Traditionally, archaeology consists of going to sites, digging up ancient artifacts, and bringing the objects back to a lab for analysis. Recent breakthroughs in technology have revolutionized the field by allowing archaeologists to bring the lab to the field. In this illustrated talk, Bonnie Clark, an archaeologist at the University of Denver, will reveal how she has been employing X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (or PXRF) to analyze a variety of objects, both in and out of the lab. From stone tools, to Egyptian sarcophagi, to metals used during World War II at Camp Amache, the study of materials used in artifacts has forever changed. Using case studies, Dr. Clark will illustrate how this non-destructive, portable instrument is changing our understanding of the lives of past peoples and the objects they used.
9/7-10 LONGS PEAK SCOTTISH-IRISH HIGHLAND FESTIVAL
9/8 Movie & Martinis: The Blues Brothers (Ages 21+)
CU South Denver
Enjoy an all-inclusive night out! Guests enjoy two drinks (signature cocktails, beer, or wine), an incredible menu prepared by the in-house culinary team, trivia and prizes, popcorn, and a classic movie.
Purchase tickets online
9/8-10 BRECKENRIDGE OKTOBERFEST
111 Ski Hill Rd., PO Box 1909, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Timed accordingly during the most scenic time to visit Breckenridge, vivid yellow Aspen trees make up the breathtaking fall foliage and surrounds the Wiesn celebration. Make it a weekend-long mountain getaway and explore the popular Aspen tunnels on the surrounding trails throughout Breck. Keep your eyes peeled for special Oktoberfest lodging packages. Take our word on this one; you won’t want to miss this party. Due to the extensive food and beverage offerings, we ask that you please leave your four legged friends at home as well as any outside alcoholic beverages. Oktoberfest patrons must be 21 to consume the wide variety of beverages offered, don’t forget your ID if you plan on partaking.
PROST! That means “cheers” in German.
9/9 Potato day at Centennial village
9/9 Park Hill Walking Tour
Join us as we travel from Pauline Robinson to Park Hill branch highlighting our lovely neighborhood. The full loop will be 3.42 miles, with an option to do half ending at the Park Hill branch if you arrange for transportation. Highlights will include: Little Free Libraries, the Dahlia Center for Health and Well-Being, the Park Hill Community Bookstore, exciting alley art and fun historical facts.
9/9 Jeffco Open Space Nature Journal Club: Capturing Historic Buildings In Watercolor
Want to deepen your love of the natural world, notice nature’s tiniest details and spend time surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors? Then start keeping a sketchbook nature journal! Join us for a free journaling field trip in a Jeffco Open Space Park each month and make this activity a habit.
Capturing the Historic Buildings of Hiwan Heritage Park In Watercolor: Explore Hiwan Heritage Park and sketch its historic buildings in your journal. Tips for depicting weathered wood and other building textures in watercolor will be covered. We will also enjoy a shared potluck lunch in the Heritage Grove.
All ages. Instruction will be geared for adults, but children who are interested in art are welcome to attend with an adult. Parents, please make sure to monitor your children’s energy and interest levels during club outings to ensure that their behavior is conducive to a positive learning environment for everyone.
9/9 16TH ANNUAL SOUL REBEL FESTIVAL
Starting: 3:00 PM
The Festival is the manifestation of the creative visionary ideals of Ujama News, an innovative and culturally strong magazine that informs, entertains and educates. Presenting thought provoking, comprehensive information based on the unique Afro Centric heritage,revealed through the arts, dance, literary works, music, natural living and sports.
9/9 ARTISTS-CRAFTERS-FOODIES FAIR
9/9 WHAT IF… FESTIVAL OF INNOVATION AND IMAGINATION
What If… business people, art-makers of all kinds, inventors, educators, tech savvy folks, and garage tinkerers shared a day of wows, innovation, and creativity with people of all ages.
Personally interact with inventions and innovations in robotics, cycling, phone apps, art, broadcasting, 3D printing, ping pong physics, urban farming, fire prevention, water management, musical instruments, sports, and much more. Enjoy the beer garden and multiple stages of live music and performance throughout the festival grounds!
The What If… Festival, produced by Imagination Celebration and presented by Xfinity, features an imaginative array of intriguing innovations from the Pikes Peak region. A full schedule of performances, delectable foods, and experiences, as well as a festival map, will be available in advance and on-site on Festival Day.
The event will feature four bluegrass bands, a classic car show, cottage food contests, vendors, food trucks, local beer, lots of kids’ activities and more. New to RidgeFest this year is a Chalk Art Festival. This year’s headliner, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, will take the stage at 7 p.m.
9/9 LA FIESTA: WORLD PARTY 2017
Food trucks featuring Colombian arepas, Middle Eastern falafels, and wood fired pizza will also delight the senses. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to shop artisan items in the World Market including art, home goods, jewelry, fashion and accessories, skin care and paper goods.
9/9 Brighton Chili Fest 2017
Denver is already a cultural center loaded with art, food and music. Let’s focus on that food part because they’re really ahead of the game in that department. You will get a taste of a chili recipe competition, throw an assortment of creative and delicious chili dishes down your gullet and enjoy a ton of live entertainment ranging from comedy to juggling.
09/09 Dinosaur Ridge – Free Day
9/9 FRIENDSHIP POWWOW AND AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURAL CELEBRATION
Join us for the 28th annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration! Everyone is welcome and general admission is free.
One of the Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) longest-running events, the 28th Annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration will feature American Indian dancers, drum groups, working artists, hands-on activities, and more. The DAM’s Friendship Powwow is a celebration of the vitality of American Indian cultures. Throughout the day, visitors can watch colorful dance competitions, participate with artists in hands-on activities, and enjoy their first (or 101st!) piece of fry bread, with food concession by Mile High UNITY Youth.
This year our new powwow chair Pat Roy-Trujillo (Ojibwe/Meskwaki) is working with Café Cultura Youth to bring spoken-word performances to the event. Additionally, you will have a chance to collaborate on printmaking art projects with Native Arts Artists-in-Residence Gregg Deal and Walt Pourier. Also, don’t miss the American Indian art collection on levels 2 and 3 of the North Building, and art programs scheduled throughout the day on level 3. The powwow will take place on Acoma Plaza (between the Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library).
All powwow activities and general museum admission are free. Youth 18 and younger also receive free admission to the special exhibition The Western: An Epic in Art and Film.
9/9-10 Frisco fall fest
9/9-10 16TH STREET FAIR
1001 16th St., Denver, CO 80202
Take a stroll along the 16th Street Mall to enjoy a showcase of emerging artists and designers, producing original and unique handmade goods, in a wide array of media. This is Downtown Denver’s premier art and craft festival located in the city center along the busiest pedestrian street in the State.
9/10 Girls STEAM day
9/10 Passport to culture SMIRK
9/10 Crafts and trades of olden days
9/11 Crime Scene Science
Mondays, September 11, 18, 25, 4-5:30 p.m. and Friday, September 29, 7-9 p.m. @ Hampden Have you ever wondered how crime scene investigators solve crimes? On Mondays, we’ll explore the techniques that investigators use in their work and then put those skills to use during a crime scene mystery after hours event on the final Friday in September. Ideal for ages 8 through teen.
3611 Chestnut Pl., Denver, CO 80216
CRUSH started and still finds its home in RiNo (River North) Art District which defines itself as a community “Where Art is Made”. CRUSH celebrates the craft of graffiti and street artists who bring life to walls while maintaining the unique cultural identity in this rapidly evolving community. The annual event transforms streets and alleys into open-air galleries, allowing the neighborhood to attract positivity as well as transforming local businesses by adding character to store fronts and surrounding walls with colorful, creative murals.
CRUSH raises awareness of the cultural significance and importance of art for all ages and all demographics that may not have the opportunity to experience it otherwise. CRUSH offers art inspiration through this urban craft. The organization serves as a forum for community engagement and creative expression, inviting locals and visitors to engage in this rich history and through forward-thinking public art in Denver, Colorado. Join the experience during the annual event in Mid-September or visit the CRUSH Walls year round in the RiNo neighborhood.
9/12-16 BIENNIAL OF THE AMERICAS
Our events attract top leaders from more than 20 countries around the Americas. The broad slate of activities we offer also attracts innovators, artists, students, thinkers and doers from across the Americas.
The Biennial curates content among collaborators in the ideas, arts and cultural spheres, leveraging partnerships that result in high-quality, in-depth programming. Our growing list of partners demonstrates the impact of the Biennial.
9/14 Henna Tattoos with Hummingbird Henna
September 14, 2017 – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
“Have you ever seen Henna Tattoos at Faires and Festivals and wondered what it would be like to get one? Join us in learning a little bit about the History and Mystery of Henna! Enjoy trying to apply one yourself, and receive a small design from a Henna Artist.”
9/14 Park Hill Underground Comedy Club: Christie Buchele
Denver comedian Christie Buchele reps the Mile Hi City hard while crushing audiences with a wry, biting style that’s a bit sweet, and a little bit surly; proving time and again you can say anything with a smile on your face and a gimp in your step in our underground, after-hours comedy club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Eighteen and over only due to adult content.
9/15-17 CHERRY ARTS FESTIVAL AT STANLEY
In addition to the artists, visitors will enjoy children’s activities at the Creation Station, interactive art installations, local food trucks and live entertainment.
9/15-17 DOWNTOWN BOULDER FALL FEST
Festival hours: Friday: 5 – 10 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
9/15-17 Florence Pioneer Days and Junktique Market 2017
The Pioneer Days and Junktique Market is an annual outdoor festival held in September in Florence, Colorado. The three-day celebration kicks off with a Pioneer Parade that weaves its way through Florence all the way to Pioneer Park. Several blocks of Main Street are closed to traffic for the Junktique Open Air Market, where food vendors and craft booths sell locally made goods. Besides a plethora of great shopping available to visitors, this family-friendly festival offers a tractor pull ride in Pathfinder Park as well live entertainment and arts and crafts booths. Special luncheons and dinners are served each day of the festival.
9/15-17 Denver Gem & Mineral Show 2017
“They’re not rocks, they’re minerals.” Those were some famous words of Breaking Bad’s Hank Schrader, and he’s not the only one with this kind of passion. You will find numerous special exhibits with a variety of gems and minerals, competitive cases, a kids’ corner and many other activities in celebration of these colorful items.
9/16 Erie biscuit day
9/16 33RD ANNUAL SUMMERSET FESTIVAL
9/16 WESTWOOD CHILE FEST
Free and open to the public, this celebratory event takes place along the Morrison Road Corridor, an area rich with makers, entrepreneurs, and artisans. The Westwood Chile Fest is an event that is able to bring diverse communities together with local food, art, music, and dance.
9/16 Broomfield days community festival
9/17 History Hunt!
Dress for the weather. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended.
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
9/19 Paint with Your Feet!
Paint with your feet and see how it compares to using your hands. Participate in other painting challenges including painting with a 2 foot long paint brush.
9/19- 23 7th Annual HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival
« HOOTenanny – Nocturnal Wildlife Hike – Owls of Chatfield Chatfield State Park »
Whoooo haunts the night skies at the Audubon Center? Discover the secret life of owls through crafts, activities, interactive tables, and bluegrass music. Join local owl experts to learn more about Colorado owls, owl conservation, and see live owls up close with Nature’s Educators.
9/22 TEQUILA, TACO, & CERVEZA FEST
2027 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80204
This is an event geared to showcase diverse Mexican beers & worldwide tequilas plus unique taco recipes from all of your local favorites……it will feature 10 (.25oz) Tequila samples included with ticket price plus Taco Food Trucks, Mexican Beers, Live Bands, DJs, Branded #TTCFest Shot Glass, Spanish Music, Mariachis, Water Pong, CornHole, El Jefe Taco Champ Vote, Red Beers, Margaritas, Mexican Candies & So Much More Amigos!
9/22-24 HANDMADE IN COLORADO EXPO
All merchandise displayed at this juried show is handmade in Colorado and sold direct by the artist or crafter. A huge collection of exhibitors will represent a wide range of media. All work sold will be created from both emerging and experienced artisans from Colorado. This event is designed for Locavores as customers will only find Colorado made items. There will be an exciting mix of awesome free music from local bands.
9/22-24 Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival 2017
Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival is a food festival that takes place at Along Union Avenue between B Street and City Center Drive.
9/22-30 OKTOBERFEST DENVER
9/23 “Uke” Can Do It! A Mini-Series of Ukulele Lessons
Grab your uke or borrow one of ours and learn to make zany music and “rawk” out. In our first 2-hour workshop you’ll learn easy chords, strums and get to know your uke. The second class you’ll learn to read tablature and make melodies.
9/23-24 CHALK ART FESTIVAL
www.centennialco.gov/Things-To-Do/community-events.aspx?calEventId=ed5f44f6c8fd46e5932378406150724f#CalendarContentWatch in awe as pastel chalk paintings come to life at Centennial’s award winning park. Using pavement for canvas, juried artists—amateur and professional are needed. Please join us for two fun-filled days enjoying whimsical chalk art, bites from local food trucks, live entertainment, artisan crafters and more.
9/23-24 PARKER ART AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
The two day Live Music Stage features Wounded Warrior Band’s “Motown Rock and Soul Revue”, Ponder the Albatross, Band On The Fence, Flyin’ Libre Band, Franny & The Jets, Tullis Blues, Scarecrow Revival Doc & Kit, and Ceruleus. Some seating is provided – lawn chairs are welcome. Music schedule is online at coloradoeventsandfestivals.com
The Creative Station for All Ages welcomes everyone to create their own masterpiece and kids love to have their face painted. Delicious foods by Big Papa’s Grill, Lucy’s Mediterranean Grill, Kona Ice, Tim’s Ice Cream, Kettle Korn & Roasted Nuts and more.
9/24 Denver National College fair
9/24 Arvada history then and now
9/24 Junior Naturalist: Getting Ready for Winter (Ages 7-12)
Roxborough State Park
FREE! ($7 Day Pass or State Parks Annual Pass required to enter the park)
Join Naturalist Ann Sarg for a fun hike on Roxborough’s trails. Discover how the plants and animals of the park adapt to cold, wind, and snow and prepare to survive the harsh conditions of winter.
Space is limited; register online www.eventbrite.com/o/roxborough-state-park-interpretive-nature-programs-amp-events-13389478828
Call (303) 973-3959 or visit Roxborough State Park website
9/24 Education Station: Elk
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
9/24 COLORADO EXOTIC PET EXPO
4655 Humboldt St., Denver, CO 80216
www.coepe.info/The premier exotic animal expo. Vendors bringing all types of exotics for sale and educational purposes. Concessions will be open so bring your family and friends and spend the day with some amazing people and incredible animals!
9/24 Autumn heritage and vintage baseball game
9/25-29 DENVER STARTUP WEEK 2017
www.denverstartupweek.org/Registration is now open for Denver Startup Week, the largest free entrepreneurial event of its kind in North America!
The sixth annual event, aimed at growing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Denver, will take place from Sept. 25 through 29, 2017 and include 300 free community events spanning each of Denver Startup Week’s programming tracks – Founder, Growth, Maker, Product, Designer and Developer – and geared towards supporting all industries and all stages of business.
9/29-30 Vision Heirs Living history days
9/30 Free Entrance to National Parks
The National Park Service just turned 100 years old iand they want everyone to join the party! On 10 days in 2017, all National Park Service sites that usually charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. The 2017 Free Entrance Days are January 16 (MLK Jr. Day), February 20 (Presidents’ Day), April 15-16 and 22-23 (weekends of National Park Week), August 25 (National Park Service Birthday), September 30 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11-12 (Veterans Day weekend).
Normally, 124 of America’s 413 national parks charge an entrance fee that ranges from $3 to $30. Colorado has 13 National Parks, 8 of which normally charge an entrance fee.
9/30 “Uke” Can Do It! A Mini-Series of Ukulele Lessons
Grab your uke or borrow one of ours and learn to make zany music and “rawk” out. In our first 2-hour workshop you’ll learn easy chords, strums and get to know your uke. The second class you’ll learn to read tablature and make melodies.
9/30 CU Wizards
9/30-10/1 THEBIGWONDERFUL’S 4TH ANNUAL OKTOBERGRASS
What’s New: Oktobergrass’ BEERFEST will take place daily from 2-6 p.m.
9/30-10/1 Chalk Art Street Fair & Bin Market
9/30-10/1 Estes Park Elk Fest
9/30-10/1 Denver American Indian Festival 2017
The Denver American Indian Festival in Thornton, Colorado, celebrates American Indian culture by spotlighting its traditions. Two days of entertainment and heritage lessons are accompanied by cultural attractions like snake dancing, storytelling, classic fare, dance performances, drumming circles and touring American Indian musicians, along with native artists and crafters who sell authentic goods.
9/30-10/29 15TH ANNUAL HARVEST FARM FALL FESTIVAL & CORN MAZE
Families of all ages are invited to enjoy fall fun this October at Denver Rescue Mission’s 15th Annual Harvest Farm Fall Festival & Corn Maze. Activities include a 10-acre corn maze, corn cannons, yard games, food trucks, natural play areas, petting zoo, pig races, hay wagon rides and much more.
Friday and Saturday hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
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