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Denver will be full of fun this weekend, with a cornucopia of Oktoberfest and Harvest festivals. And many of the best events are free! Immediately after Denver Startup Week closes its impressive selection of free programs with a bash on Friday, September 20, Doors Open Denver will fill the remainder of the weekend with free tours of many Denver attractions and programs. And there is a lot more; Read on for five of the best free events this weekend, plus a bonus for the next week.

Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition
Thursday, September 19th to November 1st
Colorado State University
The 21st biennial edition of the world-famous Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition returns to the CSU, with a special focus on Soviet art. It starts with a lecture on Thursday, September 19th at 5:00 pm in the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art by the exhibition judge Pekka Loiri, designer and professor at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. Happy Hour will be held on September 20th at 6pm, followed by the unveiling of the student artists selected for the exhibition at 7pm at the Curfman Gallery in the Lory Student Center. Further information on the free programs can be found here.

“Virtue of reality”
Friday September 20th to Sunday September 22nd
Carlson High School, University of Colorado Boulder
The immersion in immersive arts continues! The University of Colorado Boulder’s first Experience Design MFA cohort will present their own immersive Virtue of Reality experience on Friday, September 20 at Carlson High School on the CU Boulder campus. The work was inspired by the cohort’s visit to Meow Wolf’s Eternal Return home in Santa Fe last year, whose surprising success really brought the mainstream card to the fore. Now, the CU group’s attitude will take viewers to a dystopian future, encouraging them to explore the space – a futuristic haunted house – and interact directly with the actors. “Virtue of Reality” runs in ten-minute slots between 6pm and 9pm until Sunday, September 22nd, and all performances are free. To sign up, go to thevirtueofreality.eventbrite.com.

Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival
Friday September 20th to Sunday September 22nd
Arvada old town
Some of the best custom guitar makers from around the world will be coming to Arvada for the Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival this weekend. The creators of these special instruments and the players who love them will perform and demonstrate their craft as a group for the first time. Guitar makers include Ken Parker, Tom Ribbecke, Linda Manzer, Benedetto, Ryan Thorell, Tad Brown, Maegen Wells, Cristian Mirabella, Otto D’Ambrosio, Stephen Marchione, Victor Baker, Bryan Galloup, Denny Kopp, Roger Sadowsky, Woody Phifer and Gary Zimnicki Greg German, Tyler Wells, Danny Koentopp, Wyatt Wilkie, Bill Comins, Tyler Unger and Stefan Sonntag. The performances will take place in locations around Olde Town Arvada from Friday, September 20, 7.30 p.m. and on Saturday evening again. You are all free! (You can purchase tickets to workshops and exhibitions for $ 29.) For the schedule of free shows, visit toarchtopfestival.com.

Mistake or Marketing?  That's the problem.

Mistake or Marketing? That’s the problem.


Unlimited massages with the visible
Saturday, September 21, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street
Take advantage of an unfortunate typo – or just a smart marketing campaign – when Visible is paid for a billboard promising unlimited “massages” instead of “news” at this free event. Masseuses will be on site offering massages (with an option of CBD oil); Other freebies include towels, eye masks, and essential oil wristbands. Of course there will be kombucha as well as charging stations so that your phone (possibly linked to the fully digital company Visible?) Can be charged as you. And there will be dog massages too! Find out more here.

West Side poems
Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22, 10 a.m.
Visual Arts Center, 965 Santa Fe Drive
Doors Open Denver is hosting free open days across town this weekend, and some will come with additional activities. At the Center for Visual Art, Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre will sit down with five residents of West Denver for five minutes each in the Denver Architecture Foundation’s pop-up stand to hear their stories and write original poems on site. The photographer Armando Geneyro will take the pictures of the participants as part of the collaboration. Available subject to availability. More information about Doors Open Denver can be found here.

And a bonus during the week!

Sounds of America
Wednesday, September 25th, 7pm
Boettcher Concert Hall, Performing Arts Complex in Denver
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with songs at Sonidas de las Americas, a joint concert on Wednesday September 25th at 7pm presented by the Mexican Cultural Center and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The evening includes classical and contemporary compositions that highlight the formative contributions of Latin and Central America to the musical canon. Part of the American Biennial Celebration, Sonidas will unite every corner of this vast continent with irresistible rhythms. The concert at Boettcher Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex is free. For more information, please visit coloradosymphony.org.

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