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28 things to do in Denver this week

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November is a busy month in Denver and the fun includes Denver Arts Week, Colorado Ski & Snowboard Festival, the Polar Express and more. Go to our event calendar for additional information and full listings. 

Denver Veteran’s Day Parade and Festival at Civic Center Park 
Nov 11, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Denver Veterans Day is a family-friendly event offers FREE admission to the Parade & Festival! We’ll have a music stage, kids & family activities, military displays, tons of vendors, and a wide variety of food. The Parade & Festival serves as a celebratory “Thank You” to our Veterans who have fought to ensure our freedoms.

Christmas with the Colorado Children’s Chorale at Boettcher Concert Hall 
Oct 31 – 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.

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.

Santa’s Flight Academy at Cherry Creek Shopping Center 
Nov 9, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Santa is looking for cadets to help Santa prepare his sleigh for the big day. Create memorable moments with the Flight Suit Visualizer, a magical snow and light show inside Santa’s sleigh, and, of course, a visit with Santa Claus. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind interactive experience through Dec. 24.

The Polar Express™ Train Ride at Colorado Railroad Museum 
Nov 9 –19
The story of The Polar Express is being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the holiday season!

“A Bad Mom’s Christmas” – Mom’s Night Out at Harkins Theater at Northfield Stapleton 
Nov 9, 7:30 pm
A special event for Denver-area moms/women to view “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” at Harkins Theater at Northfield-Stapleton. Every attendee receives a swag bag with offers from local businesses and $9 from every ticket will be donated back to the school PTA of each attendee’s choice. 270 seats are being sold for this event.

Free Days at Denver Botanic Gardens 
Nov 10 – 11 
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.

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.

43rd Holiday Art Market
Nov 10, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Foothills Art Center opens its 43rd year of HART, the premier venue for local handmade shopping in the Denver metro area. HART is an exceptional event showcasing over 100 local artists while supplying visitors a wide range of prices and unique items to buy during the holiday season. Admission is free to the public and it runs approximately 7 weeks making it the longest holiday show in the area, giving you plenty of opportunities to pick up those gifts for family, friends, and loved ones.

Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo at Colorado Convention Center
Nov 10 – 12
Serious snowfall has already arrived in the mountains! It’s officially time to begin planning for the 26th annual Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo Nov. 10-12 at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. This is the place to get gear for adults and kids with skis, boards, boots, clothing, and accessories up to 60% off.

Four Mile Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park 
Nov 10, 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.

Grandparent’s Night with Santa at Park Meadows at Park Meadows Retail Resort 
Nov 10, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
We are happy to invite all grandparents to join in on the fun! Schedule a visit with the whole family. You’re never too old to let Santa know what is on your list. Santa loves Park Meadows! He wants you to know about the NEW 3D interactive set and 35-foot tree. Everyone who visits will receive a pair of 3D glasses to make your visit more fun! When we told him about it, Santa got so excited he almost spilled his hot cocoa! He can’t wait to see you!

Movie Night – Cars 3, Vehicle Vault 
Nov 10, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Please join us for Vehicle Vault’s Movie at the Museum. We’re hosting it on Friday, November 10th with doors opening at 6:00 pm. The entry fee is $25/per person($15 each for kids 12 and under), which includes entrance to the museum, food, beverage (alcohol for 21 and up), entertainment and of course the movie. This month we will be featuring Cars 3.

Open House at Montessori School of Denver 
Nov 11, 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Come visit and see for yourself how MSD delightfully engages, inspires, and challenges students from Toddler to Middle School! Children are welcome. You will have the opportunity to visit the classrooms, explore the outdoor learning environments, and meet our amazing teachers. We welcome all families!

Family Discovery Series: Opera Colorado’s touring production “Cinderella” at PACE Center 
Nov 11, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Is a wicked Stepfather like a wicked Stepmother? What about a wise advisor instead of a fairy Godmother? Inspired by the traditional fairytale, Rossini’s Cinderella is a twist on the classic story.

Girl Scout Craft Fair at Bethany Lutheran Church 
Nov 11, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Support youth entrepreneurs in your community by shopping at the Girl Scout Craft Fair! Pick up hand-made crafts, baked goods and other goodies just in time for the holidays. All gifts will be valued at $20 or less and all proceeds benefit local Girl Scout Troops.

Starlight Market – A Holiday Pop-up Shop for Families at Skylight 
Nov 11, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Please join us for the 2nd annual Starlight Market on November 11, 2017 at the new Skylight Events. There will be plenty of shopping from indie brands, crafting (like holiday wreath-making), and photo-taking (it’s what they say… Instagrammable).

Urban Holiday Market 
Nov 11, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Urban Holiday Market is a holiday shopping spectacular not to be missed, featuring an awesome selection of one of-a-kind seasonal items, high quality handcrafted goods, fabulous holiday gift ideas, delicious specialty foods, and more, made from a diverse collection of local artists and crafters. Enjoy an open air Holiday Festival in the heart of Downtown Denver. This unique holiday shopping experience will includes live entertainment and a whole lot of family fun.

Denver Handmade Homemade Market 
Nov 11, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
We had such a great lineup of vendors for the October Market, but this round is expected to be even better! Also expect Pony Treats vegan food buffet, stick & pokes from Uproot Tattoo and more details to arise soon.

Junior League of Denver Mile High Holiday Mart
Nov 11, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Enjoy a unique boutique shopping experience while giving back to the Denver metro community. Avoid the crowds and get first dibs on the merchandise by attending a VIP Private Shopping Event on Friday, November 10 before shopping opens to public at noon. Proceeds support the League’s efforts to develop the potential of women and improve the community.

LoDo Walking Tour at Denver Union Station 
Nov 11, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
From Union Station to Wynkoop, Tattered Cover to Warehouse Row, learn how the largest collection of historic warehouses in the West transformed from railroad hub to skid row to urban hot spot. Tour includes an exploration of Denver’s transportation history, commercial architecture, preservation efforts, and more. The tour starts and ends at the historic Denver Union Station, lasts approximately 90 minutes, and covers about a mile.

14th Annual Great Candy Run at Washington Park 
Nov 12, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Join thousands of runners and walkers at a sweet race for a sweet cause! The 14th annual Great Candy Run, benefiting the Fetal Health Foundation, features a 5K Run/Walk a competitive Stroller Division for those pushing little ones and a free Jelly Bean Kids Fun Run. Plus, lots of sweet extras: on-course entertainment, costume contests, prize money, sweet medals for every finisher, a fun expo, mascots and Lolli’s Candy Village with sweet treats for all.

Free Day at Denver Museum of Nature and Science 
Nov 13, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Enjoy the Denver Museum of Nature and Science 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.

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.

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.

Hillary Rodham Clinton to Discuss New Memoir at Bellco Theatre 
Nov 16 
Following sold out engagements across North America, Innovation Arts and Entertainment, an industry leader in the field of producing intelligent live entertainment programming, is proud to announce that Hillary Clinton will be appearing in Denver at the Bellco Theatre on Thursday, November 16.

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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