You’re probably familiar with the idiom, less is more. In an age where Americans are dealing with more stress than ever, people across the country are shedding their possessions—and their mortgages—for a simpler way of life. The tiny home movement is just starting to go mainstream (Denver, for example, just built its first tiny home village in RiNo for those experiencing homelessness). And this weekend, you can learn all about the big transition to these minuscule living spaces at the Tiny House Living Festival.
From Friday through Sunday, about 18 tiny homes on wheels will take over the parking lot at Aspen Grove in Littleton. Among the towables will be homes on trailers, converted school buses (or skoolies), transformed vans, and more. “The only limit to what a tiny house can be is that person’s own creativity,” says Coles Whalen, founder of the Tiny House Living Festival. “You can do anything with them. Just because they’re 200 square feet does not mean that they don’t provide an immense amount of flexibility and can be sort of manipulated in whatever way you want.”
Denver was the festival’s first stop on its regional tour. According to Whalen, the organizers added some special Colorado flavor for this weekend’s event, with woodsy and mountain-style homes that feature more storage for Coloradans’ beloved toys (skis, kayaks, bikes, etc.).
Explore the tiny homes, meet the movers and shakers of the movement, get hands-on experience in workshops, and learn about the ups and downs of tiny living at the three-day event. In addition to the tiny house activities, there will be ample food and beverages available for purchase.
“The Tiny House movement is about more than just a very small house on wheels,” says Whalen. “It’s really about all the different ways to downsize. We do our best to include and celebrate everybody’s efforts to minimize their lifestyles in whatever way that looks like for them.”
If you go: The Tiny House Living Festival takes place Friday and Saturday, August 11–12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain or shine) at Aspen Grove, 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr. Tickets can be purchased online. $10 per day, per adult; $9 per senior/veteran; kids 12 and under are free; a three-day pass is also available for $25.