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30 fun things to do in Denver this weekend

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With Halloween behind us, the holiday season is in full swing with a number of holiday craft markets and a special play date with Santa. Don’t miss several free days at area museums including Denver Arts Week’s FREE museums on Nov. 4 from 5-10 p.m. For full listings, be sure to go our event calendar! 

Santa Play Date at The Sanctuary Studio 
Nov 4 – Nov 5 
PLAY DATE WITH SANTA! We are very happy to offer this festive and heartwarming Santa Play Date event to our clients and community. You will receive 20 minute Play Date with Santa Claus, just you and Santa! We are honored to be donating a portion of all proceeds to Hope Kids charity. We will be creating beautiful family portraits for your holiday cards, gifts, walls, profiles, etc., and then, the best part, the kids will get a play date with Santa Claus, and we will photograph the whole experience for you. Show up, and let us take care of the rest for you. You’ll end up with a fun memory, great gifts, and a full heart that you helped our community. Go here for more information. 

Christmas with the Colorado Children’s Chorale at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Through Nov 11
Hop on the Polar Express with the Colorado Children’s Chorale! From winter songs and lullabies at the stable to Santa and Willie, the Christmas Elf, this concert will kick off your holiday season with a song in your heart and a SparkleJollyTwinkleJingle in your step! Tickets to this magical concert are only $26.40 when purchased during Denver ArtsWeek. See our event calendar for more information.

Denver Film Festival 
Nov 1 – 12 
Denver Film Festival is the city’s premier cultural event of the fall, selling more than 55,000 tickets to more than 250 films: Blockbusters, docs, shorts and indies.

Wolfpack Ninja Tour at Budweiser Events Center 
Nov 3 – 5 
Wolfpack Ninja Tour is a Ninja Competition Spectacular for all divisions of ninja athletes – youth, amateur and pro will have a chance to run a state-of-the art professional ninja course and compete for over $50K in cash prizes. Top level ninjas, such as: Jessie Graff, Joe Moravsky, Flip Rodriguez, Jake Murray, Kevin Bull, Ian Dory, Meagan Martin, and many more fan-favorite athletes.

Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show 
Nov 3 – 5
Shop from 400 booths of art, crafts, specialty foods & unique items within the 3 Exposition Halls. In the Plaza you will find 50 specialty food vendors, a cafe-style concession stand and the Cooking For The Holidays culinary demonstration program. Children will love browsing through Hammond’s Candy Land, visiting with Santa and watching model trains running down tracks at ground level. Holiday music and displays help ring in the holidays. 

Free Day at the Denver Zoo 
Nov 3, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy the Denver Zoo for free!

MSU Denver BFA Thesis Exhibitions 
Nov 3 – 17 
MSU Denver’s BFA Thesis students will showcase two two-week-long exhibitions that are a culmination of their study and work in studio art and communication design. These exhibitions will feature a broad range of artwork including painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, ceramic, photography, multi-media and interactive.

Denver Arts Week 
Nov 3 – 11
Denver Arts Week is an nine-day celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, featuring more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls, many of which are deeply discounted. 

Early Release Day Adventure at Colorado Adventure Point 
Nov 3, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Throughout the year our various schools have several early release days. Colorado Adventure Point is available to make these days off more exciting by offering half day classes in various fun skills. Some of these classes include archery, rock climbing, art, cooking and robotics. 

Supernova at Denver Pavilions
Nov 3 – 11 
SUPERNOVA Digital Animaion Festival and the Denver Pavilions team up for a special, free encore presentation of works from the 2017 edition of the festival. Taking place on the Pavilion’s LED screen besides the UA Cinemas, each day will present looping animations from this innovative program, coinciding with Denver Arts Week and the 40th Edition of the Denver Film Festival.

First Friday: Dia de Los Muertos at Museo de las Americas 
Nov 3, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

November’s First Friday Santa Fe Art walk at Museo will celebrate Día de los Muertos. Join us as we remember loved ones who have passed and celebrate the eternal journey of death. Special treats like pan de muerto, music, food, and drinks will be served.

Lakewood Arts Gallery Holiday Craft Market
Nov 3, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
Join Lakewood Arts Gallery for an opening reception to celebrate the arts on ‘Know Your Arts First Friday.’ With live music, demos, and tons of artwork available for purchase or sale, Lakewood Arts Gallery is always a party on First Fridays. This show in particular is geared toward holidays gifts, with tons of reasonably priced art, jewelry, crafts and more that are perfect for giving to someone else, or yourself.

Healing Power of Art at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 
Nov 3 – 10 
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and Children’s Hospital Colorado are celebrating the healing power of art during Denver Arts Week through two exhibits that will be on display at the hotel. The transformational powers of art therapy will tower 18 feet tall outside the entrance to Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. The iconic ballerina sculptures will be adorned with dresses decorated by Children’s Colorado patients as part of therapy.

25th Anniversary Castle Rock Craft Show Extraordinaire at Douglas County Events Center 
Nov 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Don’t miss the annual kick-off to the holiday shopping season at the biggest craft event in the area. The first 1000 families through the doors will receive a 25th anniversary shopping bag. This free and even better-than-ever show features 150+ vendors, bake sale, book sale, silent auction, decorated wreath auction, “Grandma’s Attic,” free door prizes, and raffles for a quilt and an Apple Watch.

34th Annual Craft Fair at Smoky Hill High School
Nov 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This popular event is celebrating 34 years with 211 vendors showing hand-crafted items. The craft fair is a great place to purchase decorations, unique clothing, jewelry and gifts for the holidays. Funds raised are used to award scholarships to senior students who plan on becoming teachers, and to support clubs and activities. Food is available.

Englewood Holiday Bazaar 
Nov 4, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Over 100 artisans are available to choose from in your search for wonderful handmade crafts and fine art. Get a head start on your holiday shopping. Invite your friends and neighbors along as you enjoy this annual Englewood tradition! Concessions are available for lunch or snacking. 

Kids Clothes Swap: Evergreen at Bergen Park Church 
Nov 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Have you guys heard about the kids clothes swap? It happens twice a year in the spring and fall. The swap is coming to Evergreen! This is a great opportunity to swap out your gently worn kids clothes and equipment and find what you need. Bring your stuff in a container that is labeled with your name and number on Friday and come on Saturday from 9-12 to swap. Come early and see website for more details!!!

Free Day at the Denver Art Museum 
Nov 4, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Home(made) for the Holidays 
Nov 4, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join Washington Street Community Center for the annual Home(made) for the Holidays craft fair and bake sale! Engage with your neighborhood community by shopping handmade crafts and items, supporting the WSCC children’s program bake sale, and buying a breakfast burrito or a bowl of homemade chili.

Family Tour at Clyfford Still Museum 
Nov 4, 10:30 am – 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.

Day of the Dead Family Celebration 
Nov 4, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration is the Longmont Museum’s signature event and the largest Day of the Dead celebration in Colorado, attracting more than 6,000 people to the exhibit, family event, and related programming.

Ice Age Discovery Youth Program at Walking Mountains Science Center 
Nov 4, 2:00 pm
Join Walking Mountains Science Center with paleontologists from the Ice Age Discovery Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado for an afternoon of interactive investigation. Participants in 2nd through 5th grade have the opportunity to learn the story of the Ice Age first hand. Touch mammoth and mastodon teeth, wonder at the full size fossils of the American mastodon, giant bison, Jefferson’s ground sloth, Columbian mammoth, Ice Age deer, horse, camel, Black bear, Bighorn sheep, coyote, and beaver. At the end of the program, take home a hand-made fossil replica from a real Ice Age fossil!

Dioramart: Transforming the Wildlife Halls Through Art at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) 
Nov 4, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us as the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s wildlife halls become activated spaces through the passion of creative Colorado artists during Night at the Museum. These local artists will use light, sound, movement, color, and anything else that inspires them to unify the arts with nature and science. Choose your favorite and vote for the artist’s creation that best transforms our wildlife dioramas into unforgettable experiences.

Magic – Beyond Belief XII 
Nov 4, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mile High Magicians Society presents the 12th Annual Magic – Beyond Belief!, a magical event not to be missed. There will be close-up magic in the lobby followed by two solid hours of exciting magic and amazing feats.

$5 Day at the Butterfly Pavilion 
Nov 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
See bees hard at work in their hive, touch live starfish and crabs, and experience being surrounded by 1,600 free-flying butterflies! This, and much more, await you in Butterfly Pavilion’s interactive exhibits for only $5.

Kalama Polynesian Dancers at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus 
Nov 5, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Kalama Polynesian Dancers specialize in authentic dances from the islands of Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa and New Zealand. Prepare to be mesmerized as they tell the stories of the islands through dance.

Decades Rewind – Denver 
Nov 5, 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Decades Rewind is a National touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show! Come celebrate the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s, the most prominent decades in music history. Disco, Funk, Rock and Motown all take center stage in this brand new theatrical concert featuring over 60s songs, 100 costume changes and nostalgic video. 

Free Day at the Denver Zoo 
Nov 6, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Enjoy the Denver Zoo for free!

Free Day at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield 
Nov 7,  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Days occur throughout the year at both York Street and Chatfield Farms, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). No tickets are needed for admission to Free Days. Free Days are for regular Gardens hours only and do not include ticketed events.

Target Tuesday Free Nights at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Nov 7, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Target is committed to giving back to the communities where their guests and team members live and work. Through their generous sponsorship of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, families can play for FREE the first Tuesday* of each month from 4 – 8 pm.

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