25 best things to do in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Fun events this weekend include hop, skip & a jump start, Oktoberfest, Day Out With Thomas, Rally for the Canal-ly and much more. See our event calendar for full listings.
Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum
Sept 12, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II.
Wild Toddler Chronicles -Getting Kids Outside with Brian Lewis at FERAL
Sept 12, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Have you ever wanted to take your young kids hiking? Camping? Backpacking? But you were too intimidated to try? Exploring with kids can be daunting, but the rewards are beyond gratifying. Join us September 12th at 6:30pm for a talk with Brian Lewis who will review recommended gear, where to find additional resources, and how he plans for trips with young kids. He’ll share all of his best practices that you need to get outside with your family.
Free Day at Four Mile Historic Park
Sept 13, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Discover this tranquil, 12-acre historic oasis and the site of Denver’s oldest house. Tour the museum, stroll the gardens and grounds, pan for “gold”, and visit our farm animals. Exhibits, demonstrations, and special programming compliment cultural and natural history to enrich your park experience.
Oktoberfest at Denver Union Station
Sept 13, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Throw on your lederhosen, our annual Oktoberfest event at Terminal Bar is back! Sip on brews from Dry Dock, Odell, Left Hand, and Denver Beer Co. while enjoying festive music from the Polkanauts. Feeling strong? The winner of the stein-holding competition will win a free night’s stay at The Crawford Hotel!
Denver Jazz Festival at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
Sept 13 – 15
Denver Vintage Jazz Festival is THREE days of world-class music held in the Mile-High City of Denver, Colorado and expecting a record crowd of over 600 dancers and listeners. This early-era throwback party appeal is unrivaled in Denver located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Our one-of-a-kind Vintage festival focuses primarily on vintage jazz and blues of the 1930’s & 1940’s.
Arvada Harfest Half Marathon 5K/10K/10M at Memorial Park
Sept 14, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
There are many road closures that will impact how you arrive and exit from the start area! All details are on the front page of the event website. Please visit www.featonthestreet.com:
Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 at Colorado Railroad Museum
Sept 14 – 15
All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to go full steam ahead for a day of engaging activities and fun adventures at Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019. Children are invited to spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Colorado Railroad Museum on September 14-15, 21-22. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel.
MuckFest Denver at Salisbury North
Sept 14, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
MuckFest features 18 obstacles primed to make you fly and climb higher than you’ve ever gone before. Conquer the 5K course with friends and afterward, proudly wear your new MuckFest t-shirt and hoist your free beer in the MuckFestival as you re-live the adventure and celebrate your accomplishment.
Rally for the Canal-ly Along the High Line Canal at Schomp Subaru
Sept 14, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join the High Line Canal Conservancy along with community leaders and Schomp Subaru for a family-friendly celebration of the tremendous progress we’ve made to protect and enhance the High Line Canal. Help us launch groundbreaking projects with free food, family fun and a Canal cleanup.
1840 Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market at The Fort
Sept 14 – 15
A day at the 1840 Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market is a day in the early West, offering engaging and immersive fun for the whole family. Historic interpreters will show guests day-to-day skills from the 1840s, such as horse and mule packing; fire-starting; beadwork; sign language; blacksmithing; moccasin-making; arrow-making; wool processing; and more. Guests will be able to put these newly found skills to the test, under the guidance of bonafide Mountain Men and Frontier Women.
Free Day at Longmont Museum
Sept 14, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Longmont Museum, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region. The Museum also features the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center. The Museum hosts hands-on education programs for all ages, indoor and outdoor concerts and performances, film series, lectures and historic tours, and a gift shop featuring local history books, souvenirs, and exhibit-related materials.
Museum Takeover: Dinosaurs at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Sept 14, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
T-Rexes and Velociraptors and Allosauruses, oh my! Discover dinosaurs like never before with interactive activity stations throughout the gallery. The dinosaurs might be gone, but fun will never go extinct.
6th Annual Lebanese Festival at St. Rafka Maronite Catholic Church
Sept 14 – 15
The Festival is a volunteer-run, purpose-driven event. Our purpose is to share traditional food and contemporary folk music highlighting the culture and history of Lebanon through music, food, dance and other forms of artistic and culinary expressions presented through events and educational experiences that celebrate the ever-changing nature of our American integrated existence.
Hands-on History Family Fun Day at History Colorado Center
Sept 14, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
On the second Saturday of each month, families have the opportunity to explore and create their own history, art, and culture through hands-on, immersive activities like adobe brick making, building log cabins, live performances, and role playing in our exhibits.
Sloan’s Lake Fall Bazaar at Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger
Sept 14– 15
Denver BAZAAR is bringing their lively weekend marketplace to the heart of Sloan’s Lake neighborhood, with Shopping & Sipping taking over three blocks starting at Sloan’s Lake Tap and Burger.
Sunnyside Music Festival at Chaffee Park
Sept 14, 12:00 – 7:30 pm
The Sunnyside Music Festival provides free music, fun entertainment, local food, lots of beer, and kids activities to the greater Sunnyside neighborhood of Northwest Denver via an inclusive all-day music festival in Chaffee Park.
Denver Outlaws vs. New York Lizards at Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Sept 14, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Major League Lacrosse at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Family-friendly and affordable, the non-stop action will have you on the edge of your seat!
Civic Center Centennial Celebration at Civic Center Park
Sept 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
The nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy will celebrate the centennial year of Denver’s Civic Center Park as we honor two very special supporters of the Conservancy, Dennis Humphries and the Boettcher Foundation, with the 2019 Elaine Asarch Award. For the first time in the Conservancy’s 15-year history, this annual event will take place outdoors in Civic Center Park.
hop, skip & a jump start at Denver Children’s Museum
Sept 15, 7:30 am – 9:00 am
Totally 80s 5K, Infant Crawl, Toddler Trot & Kids Course. This year is all about the 80s! Break out the neon and get your Walkman ready for a radical time. Bringing the kids? Our 5k along the South Platte River Trail is stroller friendly and you can watch them go for gold in the Infant Crawl, Toddler Trot or Kids Course. Then, check out the expo and fuel up with nutritious snacks.
Denver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears at Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Sept 15, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Cheer on the Denver Broncos as they take on the Chicago Bears in their first home regular season game!
Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights at Pepsi Center
Sept 17, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Vegas Golden Knights – Preseason game at Pepsi Center!
Images from the Tracks at the Colorado Railroad Museum
January 28, 2019 – January 5, 2020
One of the foremost photographers to photograph the great American West, William Henry Jackson’s images had an immense influence on the public’s perception of the American West. A portion of those images were captured here in Colorado as Jackson traveled throughout the west by rail. This exhibit not only showcases the Museum’s collection of Jackson photographs but provides visitors with the opportunity to visit the rail car he traveled and lived in – the Denver & Rio Grande Western business car – the Rico.
Marine Biologist for a Day at the Downtown Aquarium
Jan 1- Dec 31, 2019
See if you have what it takes to become a Marine Biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included.
Friday Night Bazaar
June 7- September 27
Celebrate the return of Friday Night Bazaar as they open on June 7th and pop-up weekly in RiNo, River North Art District all summer long from 5-10 p.m. for your shopping & sipping needs! Weekly features include 25+ Local Makers, Food & Fashion Trucks, live DJ and more. denverbazaar/fridaynightbazaar
First Light Family Space at the Denver Art Museum
June 1-Dec. 31, 2019
Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space and try hands-on activities inspired by the exhibition, The Light Show. Trace a shadow, make a mirror, play with patterns and create a colorful city. The museum of free for kids under 18 for kids. Have fun learning about artwork with gallery games similar to I spy, bingo, and memory matching with Gallery Games. Create Playdate’s artmaking with little ones is on the second Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. DenverArtMuseum.org.