We love summer—from the much-welcomed warm weather to the seemingly endless array of activities. We also know that all that fun in the sun can take it’s toll on your bank account. But summertime doesn’t have to result in pinching pennies. Get out and explore Denver with these low-cost, high-fun activities!

Movies in the Park

There’s no better way to spend a cool summer night than enjoying a great movie in Denver’s great outdoors. Movies for the whole family, cult favorites, and recent blockbusters are played in incomparable settings including Red Rocks Amphitheater. BYO picnic or order from food trucks (when available)! Click here to see their full lineup.

Farmers Markets

The many farmers markets spread throughout The Mile High City aren’t just about locally grown, farm-fresh produce, delicious baked goods and good-to-the-last bite prepared foods — though you’ll find more than enough of those things. Each Denver farmers’ market is a festive, weekly street fair, many with live entertainment, family-friendly activities and a vibrant crowd of locals. Click here to check out a full schedule of this season’s markets.

Free Museum Days

Looking to beat the heat and spend some time in the A/C (that’s short for arts and culture)? Denver has amazing zoos, museums, and gardens, many of which offer free days for residents thanks to the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District — the seven-county metro area’s tax district that largely funds these free days. Click here to view a full calendar of free museum days.

Brewery Tours

Colorado has so many craft breweries, there are probably some local beers you still haven’t tried yet. Get a behind-the-scenes looks at Denver’s thriving beer scene, including the largest single-site brewery in the world, as well as specialty microbreweries like Wynkoop, Great Divide, and Breckenridge, who all offer free tours (and delicious beer). Click here for more info and a full list tours.

Get a Mile High 

No, not like that (although it is Colorado…). The 13th step on the Colorado State Capitol’s stairs is the exact marker of 5280ft, or one mile above sea level. Once you “come down” from your high, tour the building and survey its historical architecture including the copper dome gilded with gold leaf from a 1908 Colorado mine, a rare rose marble throughout the building, and stained glass windows depicting people and events related to the history of Colorado. Click here to learn more about the State Capitol.

Ready to Dabble without breaking the bank? Click here to check out great classes happening for $30 or less!