The Mile High City is buzzing with summer energy, and for newcomers adjusting to their new Colorado home, the sunshine might not be the only thing feeling bright! Denver offers an energetic summer scene that’s easy on the wallet. From exploring scenic trails to catching free concerts, you can experience the best of the city without blowing the budget.

Denver boasts a crown jewel of parks – and it’s completely free! City Park, a sprawling green oasis in the heart of the city, offers endless possibilities for summer fun. Pack a picnic lunch and relax on the grass, or rent paddleboats and explore the serene lake. History buffs will appreciate the nearby Denver Art Museum, which offers free admission every first Saturday of the month. Immerse yourself in stunning collections spanning centuries and cultures.

Speaking of art, Denver shines a light on local talent with its First Friday Art Walks. Held on the first Friday of every month, these self-guided tours let you explore galleries and studios in various neighborhoods, all for free. Immerse yourself in the creative energy and discover your new favorite artist.

If you’re looking for a dose of nature, Denver has you covered. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the beauty of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. Hike to the top for breathtaking city views, or visit during the day for a free self-guided tour of this iconic music venue. For a more laid-back experience, head to Washington Park, a haven for locals offering walking paths, a public pool, and even a barnyard petting zoo, perfect for a family outing.

Denver’s music scene is legendary, and you don’t have to shell out big bucks to enjoy it. Many parks and outdoor venues host free concerts throughout the summer. Check out offerings at Levitt Pavilion or catch a jazz performance in City Park. Pack a dinner, bring some friends, and enjoy an evening of live music under the Colorado sky.

Looking for a unique experience? Catch a Denver Cruiser Ride – a massive bike parade with music, costumes, and good vibes. Participation is free (though bike rentals might have a cost), and it’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in Denver’s quirky spirit.

By taking advantage of these free and low-cost activities, newcomers can experience all that Denver offers without feeling the summer budget strain. So grab your sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, and an adventurous spirit – Denver’s free summer fun awaits!