Reserve your tickets in advance to get a free dose of culture.

In some good news for the Denver metro area, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District brings back its popular Free Days calendar this year. Like nearly everything else in 2020, the program was brought to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic—until now. The 2021 Free Days calendar may be on the lighter side compared to usual, but nine exciting events are already lined up in the coming months.

There's still some uncertainty regarding COVID and which organizations will participate throughout the year, what with constantly-evolving data, dial levels, and local variances. So far, the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Clyfford Still Museum are all on the calendar. The Denver Zoo's "Share the Love" days operate on a lottery system, but tickets for the other events can be reserved in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Other cultural venues like the Denver Performing Arts Center and Botanic Gardens may not be participating right now, but they're offering extra virtual programming—some of which is free. The Botanic Gardens and others may join in on Free Days later this year, so keep your fingers crossed for that! 

It's been a tough year for Denver, with many beloved local businesses like the Denver Diner closing their doors for good. Between stay-at-home orders and capacity restrictions, many of Denver's cultural organizations have struggled as well, including the Denver Zoo. Free-admission events can aid their recovery by bolstering revenue through increased visitors. 

The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District also provides operational support to cultural organizations throughout the seven-county Denver metro area. In fact, SCFD is the second-largest cultural funding mechanism in the country, distributing more than $60 million annually to over 300 local organizations. 

Will you be attending one of these free admission days? If so, let us know which one in the comments.