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25 family-friendly events in Denver this week

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It’s Oktoberfest! Jurassic Quest! The Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival! Don’t miss these and other fun fall events this weekend. See our event calendar for full listings. Also, don’t miss Colorado’s best fall colors, festivals and corn mazes. 

Jurassic Quest at Colorado Convention Center 
Sept 20 – 22 
Jurassic Quest is Americas Largest and most realistic Dinosaur Event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among the living, breathing dinosaurs.

Handmade in Colorado Expo at Skyline Park 
Sept 20 – 22 
The Handmade in Colorado Expo is an annual showcase of some of Colorado’s Best Handmade Arts, Crafts, and Goods. All merchandise displayed at this juried show is handmade in Colorado and sold direct by the artist or crafter. A huge collection of exhibitors will represent a wide range of media. All work sold will be created from both emerging and experienced artisans from Colorado. This event is designed for Locavores as customers will only find Colorado made items. Free admission, Live music, and family fun.

Schatzi’s Oktoberfest at Bega Park
Sep 20 – 22 
Join us for this family friendly event featuring German music, German food and Dachsund races.

Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms 
Sept 20 – 22 
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 corn mini-maze. Get lost in our 7-acre Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms (there is no Corn Maze at York Street). Also enjoy our After Dark Corn Maze and Dead Zone Scream Park. Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.

Longmont Oktoberfest at Roosevelt Park 
Sept 20 – 21 
The festival will also feature 15+ local craft breweries, distilleries, and cideries as well as local food, and games for all ages. Ranked as a “Must Visit Oktoberfest” by DRAFT magazine, Longmont Oktoberfest celebrates the summer’s transition to fall at Roosevelt Park. In addition to music all weekend, the event will feature classic Oktoberfest activities including sack races (kids and adults), stein holding contests, a costume contest, bratwurst eating competition, and the tapping of the official Oktoberfest keg.

Pueblo Chile & Frijoles Festival at Union Avenue Historic District 
Sept 20 – 22 
In some places, the sight of falling leaves is synonymous with fall. In Pueblo, the savory aroma of roasting chilies signals summer’s end. The annual Chile & Frijoles Festival, held each year the third weekend after Labor Day, is Pueblo’s harvest celebration. The festival s hosted by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce.

Free Day at Joy Park at the Children’s Museum 
Sept 20, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Discover canyons, rivers, sand dunes and all the surprises Colorado’s wild outdoors has in store.

Extreme Sports for Families at  Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) 
Sept 20, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Do you really know what it takes? Explore the temporary exhibition “Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits.” After you have an extreme dinner at the Museum, try your hand at the skills required to master your own extreme sports and work on your own extreme crafts for the whole family!

University of Denver vs. Santa Clara Women’s Volleyball at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena 
Sept 20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against Santa Clara for a night of volleyball.

Jefferson Park Farm & Flea at Jefferson Park Neighborhood 
Sept 21, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
The Jefferson Park Farm & Flea is an urban marketplace dedicated to bringing the community the best food, handmade items, vintage finds, quality produce and urban homesteading goods and information. See website for hours.

Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 at Colorado Railroad Museum 
Sept 21 – 22 
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 21-22. Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019 is presented by Mattel.

Arvada Care Care Fest & Free Car Show at Sonsio (across from Van Bibber Park) 
Sept 21, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Arvada Car Care Fest and Car Show is a FREE, family-friendly event that will include: FREE Car Services & Information, Free Car Maintenance Advice & Information, Free Tire Tread Checks & Air Fill Station, Child Car Seat Inspection Information and Valuable Coupons & Giveaways.

HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival @ Audubon Center at Chatfield 
Sept 21, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The largest Denver Audubon family event of the year and the only owl festival in the Denver-Metro area! Join us for live owl demonstrations with Nature’s Educators, a hidden owl scavenger hunt in our Native Plant Gardens, owl pellet dissections, educational owl booths, owl crafts, live folk music from local Denver band Nearly There, delicious eats from the Migration Taco food truck, and owl merchandise from local vendors.

Givetoberfest at Stanley Marketplace 
Sept 21, 4:00 – 9:00 pm
The Neir Team presents the 2nd annual Givetoberfest in Stapleton! It’s an Oktoberfest charity event benefitting Stapleton Elementary Schools and one you will not want to miss. Come dressed in your lederhosen and drindl’s and dance to Rick Borger and the Average German Band while they play traditional German music, chicken dance, Ein Prozit and many many more!

Water Lantern Festival at Boyd Lake State Park
Sept 21, 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Water Lantern Festival was Voted #1 Best Cultural Festival by USA TODAY. Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. Magical nights in cities across the U.S. include food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflect upon the water.

University of Denver Women’s Soccer vs. Colorado University at Denver Athletics and Recreation 
Sept 21, 7:30  – 9:00 pm
Come out and support Colorado Women’s Soccer!

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center
Sept 22, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild – Preseason game at Pepsi Center.

Scotty Wiese Mile High Magic at Bovine Metropolis Theater 
Sept 22, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Mile High Magic is an unforgettable theater experience presented by world renowned magician Scotty Wiese. What makes Mile High Magic so unique is the tremendous way Scotty blends magic and his life experiences to tell stories, form a community, and motivate others to chase their own dreams.

CONSIGNMENT SALES:

Just Between Friends of Denver at the National Western Complex 
Sept 19 – 22 
Just Between Friends of Douglas County at Douglas County Fairgrounds
Sept 19 – Sep 22 
Boulder County Kids Sale at Boulder Valley Christian Church 
Sept 21, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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.

ONGOING EVENTS

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.

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