Free, cheap things to do in Denver: record shows, farmers markets, and more

Free, cheap things to do in Denver: record shows, farmers markets, and more

Rocky Mountain Record Show

Vinyl is back in a big way. And for music collectors, it’s a dream come true to see the Rocky Mountain Records show at The Denver Sports Castle (1000 Broadway) on April 6 and 7. The show brings together over 75 vendors to present over 150,000 records in a fun atmosphere celebrating collecting culture. While the show focuses on vinyl, there will also be other recorded media for sale, as well as music memorabilia and ephemera. Shop vinyl-only DJ tunes on the site. A full bar and food trucks will also be available. Admission is $10 on Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. If you’re on a budget, admission is free on Sundays. However, you must RSVP in advance, with a two-ticket limit. rockymountainrecordshow.com

Dairy Queen Bogo Blizzard

DQ fans, get ready for a whirlwind of new goodies and savings. The ice cream shop is offering a special deal for Blizzard fans. Customers can enjoy buy-one-get-one free Blizzard deals from April 1st to April 14th. DQ introduced three new limited-time seasonal flavors for its 2024 Summer Blizzard Treat Menu: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Party, Picnic Peach Cobbler, and Ultimate Cookie. BOGOs are a great excuse to try new flavors or return favorites from years past. This offer is only available through the DQ app. dairyqueen.com

Shredding and Recycling in Northfield

Start your spring cleaning by shredding old documents and recycling electronics at The Shoppes at Northfield (8340 Northfield Blvd.) in Denver on April 6. The free event runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Drive-up mobile units will be in the east parking lot between Off Broadway and Old Navy. The trucks will remain on site until they are filled or the event ends, whichever comes first. Note: There is a $50 fee for box-style TVs. Additionally, paint recycling will be offered at the same location from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. shopatnorthfield.com/events

Boulder County Farmers Market

Fresh heirloom tomatoes from Toohey & Sons, organic from Hygieia Colorado at the Boulder County Farmers Market August 12, 2023. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

Sunny skies mean farmers markets are back on the list for a leisurely weekend adventure. Boulder County Farmers Markets kicks off the season on April 6, when its Boulder and Longmont locations open with locally grown fresh produce, fruits, meats, locally produced packaged goods, plants and more. This is an opportunity to support local farmers and the community as well as take home fresh produce at a fair price. Enjoy live music, kids’ crafts, the season’s first-ever produce samples and more each week. Customers who shop with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) receive up to $20 in additional incentives for purchasing Colorado grown fruits and vegetables. bcfm.org

Colorado State Button Society’s Annual Button Show

Join the Colorado State Button Society’s annual button show at the Embassy Suites by Hilton (4444 Havana St.) in Denver on April 13 and 14. Craftsmen and collectors alike can view thousands of vintage, antique and contemporary buttons displayed by dealers from across the country. United States of america. There are also educational exhibits, programs, and crafts. Society members will be ready to answer your burning questions. Plus, find lots of unique buttons for sale. The button-up affair runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays and 10am to 3pm on Sundays. Admission and parking are free. coloradobuttons.com/events

Arvada Kite Festival

Kyran Frishman, 8, smiles while working on flying a kite during the Arvada Kite Festival at the Stanger Sports Complex on April 16, 2023 in Arvada, Colorado.  His kite is a lantern tail dragonfly that was hand built by kite maker Kenny Wood.  It is 30 feet long and 13 feet wide.

Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Kyran Frishman, 8, smiles while working a kite during the Arvada Kite Festival at the Stanger Sports Complex on April 16, 2023 in Arvada, Colorado. His kite is a lantern tail dragonfly that was hand built by kite maker Kenny Wood. It is 30 feet long and 13 feet wide.

The Arvada Kite Festival is set to take to the skies at the Stenger Soccer Complex (11200 W. 58th Ave.) on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This high-flying event will thrill people of all ages with the artistry and friendly competition of kite flying. Bring your own kite or purchase one on site. When you’re not looking up, there will be plenty to enjoy on the ground, including entertainment, over 70 local vendors, kids’ activities, kite demos, food trucks and much more. Gates open at 9:45am, no dogs or barbecue grills allowed. Admission is free and parking is first come, first served. Those who bike can make use of the complimentary bike valet. arvadafestivals.com/arvada-kite-festival

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

Everyone screams for ice cream – even more so when it’s free. To thank customers, Ben & Jerry’s sets aside a day each year to happily eat its popular ice cream at no cost. This year’s annual Free Cone Day is on April 16 from 12pm to 8pm, enjoy a free scoop at the company’s Scoop Shops. Get there early or be prepared for long lines. Whip up a longtime favorite or try one of the ice cream giant’s new limited-time flavors. There are three participating stores in Colorado: Boulder (203 Pearl St.); Denver (2339 E. Evans Ave.) and Fort Collins (1 Old Town Square). benjerry.com/scoop-shops/free-cone-day

record store day

Jim Hucks long pored over the selection of vinyl LPs at the Capitol Hill record shop Wax Trax Records.  The store is hoping to attract long lines and big sales on Saturday, aka Record Store Day, by bringing live music performances and special vinyl releases.
Jim Hucks long pored over the selection of vinyl LPs at the Capitol Hill record shop Wax Trax Records. The store is expected to attract long lines and big sales on Record Store Day. (Denver Post file)

Get ready for the world’s largest one-day music event. Record Store Day is on April 20, in which local record shops offer discounts, freebies, giveaways and entertainment. However, the day is really about presenting hundreds of new releases on vinyl by big-name stars as well as new artists – all supporting the resurgence of vinyl and actual brick-and-mortar record stores. Because all stores are independently owned, each store sets its own celebration hours, events and giveaways. In the Denver metro area, participating stores include Angelo’s CDs & Records, Black & Red, Chain Reaction Records, Twist & Shout, and Wax Trax Records. However, there are more locations throughout Colorado. Check each store’s website for details and hours. recordstoreday.com

Swap N’ Sip

Upcycled clothing is very popular. You can join the Swap N’ Sip trend for a clothing exchange at Town Hall Collaborative (525 Santa Fe Drive) in Denver. On April 20, from 11am to 4pm, shop the swap and customize your new items. Cost of admission is one bag of adult-sized clothing in good condition or $15 (collected at the door). Make sure whatever you’re bringing doesn’t have a lot of dirt or pet hair, is freshly washed, and comes from a smoke-free home. Admission includes full access to the DIY “upcycle” station to shop the swap and bleach, tie dye, crop, block print or add patches to your new find. Clothing swaps are gender-free, but please do not swap clothes for children or infants. All remaining items will be sorted and donated. fruitofourlabor.co/2024-swap-n-sip

Boulder Bike Swap

Are you looking to upgrade your bike gear at a discount or have the kids’ bikes aged out? The Boulder Junior Cycling Bike Swap is April 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Boulder Elks Lodge (3975 28th St.). This free event is open to the public to buy and sell cycling gear for people of all ages. Commonly sold items include all types of bikes, wheels, bike shoes, pedals, helmets, pumps, bike racks and more. People who want to get rid of unwanted gear have two options: donate their gear to Boulder Junior Cycling or sell it on consignment. Drop off gear to sell at the Boulder Elks Lodge on April 20 (4 to 6 p.m.) or April 21 (10 a.m. to noon). Unsold gear must be picked up between 4 and 6 pm on the Sunday after the exchange. Items must be in good to excellent condition and not more than five years old. boulderjuniorcycling.org/bike-swap

Lakewood’s Earth Day Celebration

Lakewood hosts its own Earth Day celebration with family fun for all. The event will take place April 27 at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park (801 S. Yarrow St.) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with live music, entertainment, educational demonstrations, family activities and more. Children, adults and pets can enjoy their favorite Can wear plants. Or dress up as animals to participate in a parade of species. Other activities include animal yoga, a costume contest, and photo ops with Smokey Bear. The festival is also an opportunity to test drive the electric vehicle and ask owners about their experience. Enjoy plenty of local vendors and food trucks, too. Lakewood.org

Free and cheap things to in April: Kite festival, record show and farmers markets

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