Free Things to Do in Denver – 2016 Edition

When we focused on paying off our $51,000 in credit card debt, we realized most of our debt existed because we love to have fun. We didn’t want to stop having fun, but we also needed to pay off our debt. Our goal became finding ways to still have a good time while spending less money. Our focus became finding free things to do in Denver, so that we had a full life and could direct all extra money to our credit cards.

How We Did It

Especially in the summer we get the urge to go out, have fun and spend time with  friends and family. This often means spending money and a lot of it. So we came up with a strategy to not spend too much. We grabbed our summer calendar and looked up as many free and cheap activities that we could find and to fill our dates. This helped us prepare. We know that when we are prepared we’re less likely to spend more than we budgeted.

How You Can Do It, Too

You can now easily follow our example. Create and print off a summer calendar here. Then get each member of your “group,” whether family or friends, to add events or activities that are free or close to it, so each member gets their say. Plan a free activity for the kids. Plan one for just you and the hubby or wifey. Plan one with your gaggle of gays.

The Massive List of Free Things To Do In Denver

My colleague, Deahna, like us, is Money Conscious and likes to save money and have fun. Each year she compiles a massive list of free things to do in Denver. Okay, maybe they aren’t all free but they’re close. Her exhaustive list will save our fellow Denverites hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, this summer.

If you live in Denver, please share other cheap, free and fun ideas in the comment section below.  Out-of-state fans, we’d love to hear about your super saving tips for frugal fun this summer. What cheap or free activities are going on in your area?

Lastly . . . thanks, Deahna!

2016 Free Things To Do In Denver

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Comment List

  • ZJ Thorne 31 / 05 / 2016 Reply

    Most local papers also have a great section of free events. Most local libraries have interesting things going on all the time. It’s pretty fantastic.

  • Teresa Mears 19 / 07 / 2016 Reply

    The top source of free and cheap things to do in Denver is the website Mile High on the Cheap ( They’ve got guides to summer concerts and summer movies and add new events and deals to the site every day.

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