Through Oct. 10. The Denver Coliseum becomes a mighty big big-top when the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus present “Funundrum,” the latest offering from “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Designed to mark the 200th birthday of circus founder P.T. Barnum, the show features all sorts of amazing acts: contortionists, trapeze artists, a strongman and, of course, lots of exotic animals. 90 minutes before showtime, ticketholders can meet the performing animals at an open house, then meet the human performers at an “all-access” preshow. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St.; 720-865-2475. Tickets are $22.45-$95.60 for adults, $16.85-$95.60 for kids age 12 and younger. Ticket prices include fees. Buy seats in advance at ticketmaster.com, or call 303-831-TIXS. Learn more at ringling.com.
Sunday. Join thousands of runners and walkers – of all ages – at the Komen Denver Race for the Cure. Choose your own adventure: a 5K run/walk, 5K walk or a one-mile family walk. Entertainment will keep spirits high along the course as it winds around the west side of town. Both courses end near the Auraria campus, where a closing ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, is the featured speaker. 6-10:30 a.m. Sunday. 5K starts at Water Street and Speer Boulevard; Family walk starts on the southeast side of the Pepsi Center. Day-of-race registration is $40 for adults, $30 for kids age 18 and younger and seniors age 65 and older. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit komendenver.org.
Saturday-Sunday. Celebrate the season at Four Mile Historic Park’s Pumpkin Harvest Festival. It’s a classic fall fest, with pumpkins to pick out, scarecrows waiting to be built and, naturally, plenty of caramel apples for snacks. Play historic games and join in arts and crafts activities, or test your love of dessert in a pie-eating contest. The Four Mile House, Denver’s oldest standing structure, will be open for tours as well – see how the Booth family, the house’s previous owners, would have prepared for the harvest season back in the day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St.; 720-865-0800. Admission is free. Visit fourmilepark.org for more information.
Saturday-Sunday. Fall means apples are officially in season, and Lakewood is getting in the spirit at Cider Days. Booths will be selling cider by the glass or the gallon, Buy a bunch of apples, or bring your own, and use the festival’s cider presses to make a take-home batch of cider. The fall fun continues with hayrides, live music, a vintage tractor pull and more. Tour the grounds of Lakewood’s Heritage Center, too, and explore historic buildings from Lakewood’s past. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lakewood’s Heritage Center, 801 S. Yarrow St.; 303-987-7850. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for kids ages 3 to 12. Learn more at ci.lakewood.co.us.
Monday-Tuesday. Youngsters get an up-close introduction to classical music at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s “Petite Musique” series. Each program includes a performance by a 16-piece chamber orchestra and a narrator telling an age-appropriate story in words and music. (This season’s theme is “Buckaroo Jamboree.”) Then it’s time to sing and dance along. The series continues October 11-12, traveling to two new venues. 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. Monday’s performance is at the Colorado Mountain Club, 710 10th St., Golden; 303-279-3080. Tuesday’s show is at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver; 303-388-4013. Registration is $5 for children, $7 for adults; register online or call 303-308-2466 or 303-308-2467. Visit coloradosymphony.org for more information, including times and locations of future Petite Musique events.