Free things to do in Aurora

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Aurora, CO. without spending a cent!

Spend time at the Stanley Marketplace

There's always something going on at Stanley Marketplace, with live music, pop-up events, and seasonal activities. This indoor market is jam-packed with stores, eateries, and family-friendly activities. Find out what's going on this weekend by visiting their website or following them on Facebook.

2022 Pride Kickoff Party

This event is completely open to the public. Come see a drag act, listen to DJ Dugo's music, cheer on CGVA Volleyball players, join a Zumba class, and take advantage of Stanley Marketplace's food and drink discounts.

Stanley Farmers Market

From savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers' markets. A regular trip to a farmer's market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced.

Film on the Field

Come watch a movie under the stars! Stanley Marketplace is bringing outdoor movie nights to the Field at Stanley. "Film on the Field" series, presented by Visit Aurora, starts Sunday, May 15th, at dusk and will run every third Sunday of the month from May through September. This event is free. For dates and times of movie showings, click here.

Occam's Rose

All summer long, Stanley Marketplace's West Patio will offer a FREE live music series featuring local artists. Grab drinks and refreshments from your favorite Stanley businesses every Sunday afternoon from 3-5PM and enjoy Colorado summer nights with friends and neighbors.

Popular Attractions

Learn more about the best places to visit in the city with our list of the top attractions in Aurora.

Pelican Bay at Cherry Creek

This is the spot to go if you want to get away from the rush and bustle of the city while also listening to live-free music. With magnificent views of the mountains, this park makes you feel like you're miles away. On a hot summer day, this is one of the few (if not the only) sites in this large state park where you may obtain a drink (be it just water or alcohol).

Aurora History Museum

The Aurora History Museum houses some of the city's earliest antiquities as well as the historical components that make the city great. Visitors can take self-guided tours while seeing rotating and permanent exhibits from Tuesday to Sunday. The fully restored 1913 railway trolley is a must-see!


The Colorado Freedom Memorial pays tribute to our country's heroes. This free-to-enter memorial is unique in that it honors all Colorado veterans, regardless of rank or conflict. Look for names or take a tour around the grounds; you might even catch a glimpse of the F-16 fighter jets passing by.

Free outdoor activities

There are lots of ways to have free outdoor fun. "Naturally," being outside can be all about exploring nature, or visiting a local brewery - Get outside and enjoy these free outdoor activities.


Southlands, often known as "Aurora's Main Street," is an Outdoor Lifestyle Center offering year-round activities. During the summer, there are free concerts for the entire family to enjoy. Southlands hosts holiday-themed events and has an ice rink in the winter. While the ice rink charges a nominal cost, your permit is valid for the entire day.

Admire the street art

Murals will be installed at strategic locations across the neighborhood to bring color and energy to an already dynamic environment. The majority of the paintings will be on East Colfax in the 9000 blocks, but an event map will be available so that visitors may see all of the murals in the neighborhood, which extend from Dayton Street to Florence Street.

Walk the Cherry Creek Trail

The Cherry Creek Regional Trail is a scenic 40-mile trail that connects suburban and rural Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, including the cities of Parker, Centennial, and Franktown, and begins in downtown Denver. You can jog, cycle, run, or simply stroll along any stretch of the path while taking in the varied scenery and terrain.


Every Saturday at 2:00 PM, Dry Dock Brewing Company North Dock offers free tours. Guests of all ages are welcome, however, those who want to try free samples must be 21 or older. Dry Dock Brewing Company, which brews over 19,000 barrels of craft beer each year, is a favorite among Coloradans.

Looking for more events in Aurora? Check out Visit Aurora’s Events Page