Between planning weekend getaways, expensive Red Rocks show tickets, and an increase in day-drinking tabs, the summer season we’re finally entering tends to make a sizable dent in one’s pocketbook. As we head into the first full weekend in June, we wanted to share several noteworthy events in Denver — all for the low, low price of free.

The People’s Fair – Saturday June 7th & Sunday June 8th

The People's Fair 2013, photo by Rhonda de Palma

The People’s Fair 2013, photo by Rhonda de Palma

With over 200,000 attendees, the Denver People’s Fair is by far one of the biggest, best, and most welcoming free fairs Colorado has to offer. This weekend, come to Civic Center Park and find all the best local art, crafts, designers, food, games, rides, music, and even an exclusive Schomp MINI experience where you can test drive a MINI! The People’s Fair truly has something for everyone. Look for a new, 2014 youth mural project, see our full gallery from last year, and read up on the entire music lineup for the main stage at the Peoples Fair here.

First Friday Art Walks – Friday, June 6

Photo from the Santa Fe Art District First Friday by Lindsey Bartlett

Photo from the Santa Fe Art District First Friday by Lindsey Bartlett

Six culturally vibrant yet distinct spots around Denver host art walks , and while they happen year round, there’s nothing like strolling around the city in shorts and flip-flops. Food, drinks and live music usually supplement the art, making for an ideal setting to explore the immense artistic talent this city has to offer. Our personal favorite First Friday Art Walks to check out are the Art District on Santa Fe, the Art District on Larimer at River North, and the brand new First Friday in the Art District in the Lower Highlands in the surrounding galleries and boutiques, right by Little Man Ice Cream! To learn more, visit the official Denver Art Districts page here.

Lawn Concert at Clyfford Still Museum – Friday, June 6

The first of three free summer concerts on the lawn outside the museum features the eclectic sounds of Colorado’s Springdale Quartet at the Clyfford Still Museum. Described as “vintage, yet contemporary,” the four-some includes sounds taken from progressive rock and funk — ensuring a danceable experience awaits. Bring a blanket and picnic — the show runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. You also get free museum admission during this time.

City Park Jazz – Sunday, June 8

A staple of summertime in Denver, the free shows begin Sunday evening and continue for the next 10 weeks at the City Park Bandstand and Pavilion. The 28th season gets underway with the the Hazel Miller Band (pictured at top), as one of Colorado’s most beloved performers blankets the park with her powerful, moving and soulful voice. Miller’s career spans 39 years, and she has opened for legends like James Brown and the Temptations. See the complete City Park Jazz schedule here.

Photo from the People's Fair 2013 by Rhonda de Palma

Photo from the People’s Fair 2013 by Rhonda de Palma

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Luke Simmons is a Colorado native with a passion for music and information. After four years producing local TV news, he’s trading the police reports and scanner chasing to cover the exciting and uplifting local music scene. You can follow him on Twitter @LukeASimmons or send him an email at Luke@303magazine.com

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