20 fun things to do in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Fall fun abounds! Don’t miss Dracula, Thorne Fall Fest, a pumpkin festival, free days and more! See full event listings at our event calendar.
Dracula at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Oct 6 –15
Back by popular demand, Colorado Ballet will open the 2017/2018 season with the crowd-favorite Dracula. Based on Bram Stoker’s Gothic romantic horror, Dracula features enthralling choreography by Michael Pink, hypnotic music by Philip Feeney performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and plenty of spine-tingling terror for ages 6th grade and up.
Caldecott Award winning author/illustrator DAN SANTAT live in Denver! at Sam Gray Branch Library
Oct 11, 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Second Star to the Right Children’s Bookstore is proud to present Caldecott Award winning author & illustrator Dan Santat on Wednesday, October 11th, 4:30pm, at Denver’s Sam Gary Branch Library. The creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend will be stopping in Denver to share his new starred-review picture book, After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again).
Just Between Friends of Broomfield/Brighton Sale at Adams County Fairgrounds
Oct 12 – 15
Twice a year, Mile High Mamas does a round-up detailing Colorado’s popular children’s consignment sales. Thousands of shoppers find bargains on kids’ clothing for newborn-preteen, toys, strollers, furniture, baby equipment, books, shoes, maternity items and more…all at 50-90% below retail. Be sure to check out the following fabulous sales. Always double-check the website for times, details and admission coupons.
Exhibition Opening: Las (H)adas at Museo de las Americas
Oct 12, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Museo de las Americas announces their fall exhibition, Las (H)adas, featuring site-specific installations by five Colorado Latina artists – Judy Miranda, Ana María Hernando, Jessica Luna (+), Arlette Lucero, and Meggan De Anza.
Pumpkin Festival at Chatfield Farms
Oct 13 – 15
Enjoy a day of fall activities at Chatfield Farms. Ticket price includes access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch and family and children’s activities. Pumpkin prices vary by size; the average price is $8. It is recommended to bring a wagon to transport pumpkins. Free pumpkin daycare is available while you enjoy the rest of the festival.
Thorne Fall Fest with Jeff & Paige!
Oct 13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Looking for something fun and free to do with your children on BVSD’s Fall In-service Day on October 13th? Celebrate the transition into Fall with Thorne Nature Experience at the Sombrero Marsh Environmental Education Center. We will have nature crafts, face-painting, nature explorations around the Sombrero Marsh with Thorne staff, and dancing and singing in rainbow socks with our favorite nature performers Jeff & Paige!
Four Mile Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
Oct 13, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Take a tour of the Four Mile House Museum, check out historic demonstrations, explore our 12-acre grounds, sample a treat from our summer kitchen, and greet our farm animals. We’ll also be offering our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time from 12:00-1:00 pm. Admission is free thanks to the support provided by your Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.
Friday the 13th Trivia with Geeks Who Drink (and Kid Zone Childcare!) at the Butterfly Pavilion
Oct 13, 5:00 pm
Bring your friends and test your Halloween knowledge with this haunted quiz-fest with Geeks Who Drink! Food and drink included. Childcare is available for an extra cost.
DINOS! After Dark at the Denver Zoo
Oct 13 – 14
This version of DINOS! After Dark is fun for the entire family, every Friday and Saturday in October, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The event will have family-friendly entertainment, such as pumpkin carving demonstrations, a self-guided scavenger hunt, a live fire show and more. In addition, there will be candy the weekend of October 27-28.
Fire Prevention Week free day at the Denver Firefighters Museum
A fun, family-friendly day at the Denver Firefighters Museum, celebrating Fire Prevention Week. Learn about fire safety and tour the historic Denver Firefighters Museum for free from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Special activities are open 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Maker Faire Denver at Denver Mart
Oct 14 – Oct 15
Maker Faire Denver is an all-ages festival that inspires, educates and entertains, propelling ideas into reality and curiosities into amazing creations. Makers come from across the US, and even the UK, to share their cutting-edge inventions and artistry, as well as teach their craft to attendees, with hands-on activities in arts, technology, and fabrication of all kinds.
Rock ‘n Roll Denver Half Marathon
Oct 14 – 15
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series makes running fun. Each year, more athletes participate in Rock ‘n’ Roll running events than any other running series in the United States.
Pumpkin Pie Days: Antique & Vintage Market
Oct 14 – 15
Vintage and Antique market now in its 48th year! Show features dealers from all around Colorado! Show also features glass grinder, art show, and bake sale. Show is a fundrasier for The St. Vrain Historical Soceity. Sat. 10am-5pm and Sun. 11am-4pm. Free parking.
Love Lakewood Fall Festival @ Love Lakewood Fall Festival
Oct 14, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Enjoy FREE family fun at the Love Lakewood Fall Festival! Saturday, October 14, 12pm–2pm at the Lakewood Link Recreation Center. The Fall Festival will include horse rides, games, inflatables, food, and prizes.
Family Film Night The Princess Series: Snow White
Oct 14, 3:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for our Family Film Night Princess Series featuring Snow White and party like a princess! This enchanted evening will include movie-themed educational activities, a photo opportunity with a live princess, giveaways and the first Disney princess film on our Giant Screen.
Evrē – a Unique Women’s Health and Fitness Event at Pepsi Center
UCHealth is hosting a unique health and fitness day – entitled evrē (pronounced “every”) – designed by women for women. The all-encompassing health and fitness event will allow women to personalize their day, creating an itinerary of health and wellness experiences customized to each attendee, including informative health sessions, interactive fitness classes, and drop-in wellness offerings. Maria Menounos will keynote the event’s “Stories, Struggles & Success” forum.
Family Tour at Clyfford Still Museum
Oct 15, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Enjoy a free art adventure for the whole family! Designed for children ages 5 through 10 and their adults, family tours are an interactive way to explore the art on view. Every tour features games, close looking, and an art project to take home. Discover a new and different theme–such as color, line, shape, movement, music, and architecture–in every tour.
Zombie Zone at the Denver Pavilions
Oct 17 – 20
Annual family zombie event in October at Denver Pavilions. Featuring fun horror related vendors, activities, and a zombie fashion show early in the evening.
Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms
Sep 15 – Oct 29
Wind your way through seven acres of corn. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Visitors under the age of 10 can explore the mini-maze.
Maize in the City
Sep 30 – Oct 31
Enjoy a convenient, simple and fun rural experience at Maize in the City with several fall attractions including free attractions for families to enjoy. Started in 2001, and located just 15 minutes from downtown Denver, Maize in the City offers hours of daytime activities to families and others seeking fall attractions including a 20-acre Crazed Corn Field Maze.