25 family-friendly Denver events this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
Fantastic fall events include the Harvest Farm Festival, Enchanted Hollows, Pumpkin Nights and more. See our event calendar for full listings and our guide to Colorado’s best fall colors, festivals and corn mazes and Harvest Fun: Colorado’s best pumpkin patches, farm stands and U-Pick Tours.
Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum
Oct 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 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.
Pumpkin Nights at Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex
Oct 17 – Nov 3
Pumpkin Nights is returning this fall and bringing even more magic than ever before to Denver from Thursday, October 17 to Sunday, November 3! Taking place at the Adams County Fairgrounds and Regional Park Complex, visitors will experience new interactive Halloween experiences and festival activities unlike anything else. Pumpkin Nights transports guests into an enchanted world with dazzling, multi-sensory Halloween displays and seven Pumpkin Lands created with more than 3,000 artistically hand-carved real and synthetic pumpkins.
Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Oct 17, 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High!
Corn Maze at Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Oct 18 – Oct 20
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.
Fall Break at Denver Art Museum
Oct 18 – 22
During Fall Break, Oct. 18-22, 2019, at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), kids can enjoy several interactive exhibitions and hands-on artmaking in the galleries and in the Paint Studio—all for free thanks to the Free for Kids program. Two in-gallery Create-n-Takes, The Shape of Feelings and Light the Way, will both be available every day from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on level 4 for visiting families to get creative and discover art at the DAM in new ways.
Harvest Farm Festival at Harvest Farm
Oct 18 – 20
What if you could have the best of both worlds? What if you could get all the enchantment of the fall while helping to change lives? At Harvest Farm Fall Festival that is exactly what attendees do. Proceeds from the Festival directly support the New Life Program (NLP) at Harvest Farm. An outreach of Denver Rescue Mission, Harvest Farm is a 100-acre working farm located in Wellington, CO. Scattered throughout the acres of farmland is a 10-acre corn maze, pig races, pumpkin picking station, corn cannons, petting zoo, wagon rides and much, much more. To top it off, the Farm makes some of the best kettle corn in all of Northern Colorado (some would even say it puts the pumpkin spice latte to shame with it’s out of this world flavors.)
Enchanted Hollows at Denver Zoo
Oct 18 – 19
Enchanted Hollows, perfect for ages 8 and up, featuring our all-new Harmony Hill Bigfoot Festival and the just-slightly-spooky Woodland Hollow Art Walk. The frightening fun continues with activities for the whole family, including ax throwing, cornhole, elaborate pumpkin carvings, animal specialist talks, and even a Scary-oke sing-along. Enchanted Hollows is open every weekend in October.
After Dark Corn Maze at Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms
Oct 18 – 20
The lights are out in Corn Maze and brave visitors can find their way through with only the light of a glow stick. Note: this maze is not haunted. Masks and costumes are not permitted on the premises.
Boo at the Zoo at Denver Zoo
Oct 19 – 20
Trick AND treat your little ghosts and goblins to the ultimate creature feature—including creepy-crawly animal stations, trick-or-treat stations, character meet-and-greets and other family-friendly fun at Boo at the Zoo, going on the last two weekends of October. Boo at the Zoo is included with daytime admission
Fall Family Festival at Bromley Historic Farm
Oct 19, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Join Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation for the inaugural Fall Family Festival filled with activities like the Colorado Ninja Challenge, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, fall food favorites, games, arts & crafts and more! Ten percent of ticket sales from this family-friendly event will help raise funds to improve the quality of life for families, sick children and infants throughout our communities by providing support when and how they need it most.
Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton
Oct 19 – 20
Enjoy Pumpkin-Patch-Palooza at Punch Bowl Social Stapleton. No cost to attend. Activities include Pumpkins for Purchase, Pumpkin Decorating and Photo Ops
Halloween Themed Putt Club (mini-golf) and Pumpkin Ring Toss, Halloween Drinks and Treats for Kids and Adults.
Provisions for the Digital Frontier at Family Resource Pavilion
Oct 19, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
A ground-breaking, evidence-based, solution-focused, live-seminar. What every parent must know to prevent anxiety > depression > suicide chronic distraction.
A Fair in the Air at Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance Studios
Oct 19, 5:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled evening and support your favorite aerial dance company and school: Frequent Flyers! Enjoy delicious appetizers and adult beverages; Mini performances by Frequent Flyers Professional Company and Students; Carnival Games for Adults and Kids (ages 5+) with a special game room for the kids; Awesome Silent Auction Items.
Belleview Park after Dark at Belleview Park
Oct 19, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Halloween is coming soon, so grab your mask or broom! Trunk-or-Treat with lots of sweets, Not-So-Scary Halloween Activities, Party Games, Creative DIY Arts & Crafts, Fantastic Face Painting and more. Belleview Park will be ready for a Halloween Celebration! Ghoulish fun for families of all ages. Goodie bags for all witches, ghouls and goblins. Please dress for the weather.
Celebrate Dance & Music at The ArtsHUB
Oct 19, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Danse Etoile presents Celebrate Dance and Music, its annual showcase of new and classic works, including student pieces and guest musicians from a range of disciplines. Tickets give access to a fabulous silent auction, wine, appetizers, and desserts.
Grim Rising: An interactive evening of Circus, Food, and Fright! at Apex School of Movement Denver
Oct 19 – Oct 20
Join Circus Foundry and Sugar Mountain Catering as we welcome the Halloween Season! We have created a new original circus production that is completely catered with delicious food bites and bubbling brews. Each bite is paired perfectly with the performance! We will be collaborating with Deep Space Drive-In and Matador Events who will be using unique projections and handcrafted lighting design to completely transform the space into an interactive underworld full of monsters!
In the Trenches: A Parenting Musical Premiere at Elaine Wolf Theatre Cherry Creek
Oct 19 – 20
A new musical comedy about the hilarious, touching and messy moments involved in parenting young children. Written by Colorado songwriters Graham and Kristina Fuller, the show features a series of musical “parenting diary entries” following a family and their friends through their journey navigating post-baby life. Primarily sung-through, the show explores the overarching themes of how a family (and its individual members) find their post-baby identities. In the Trenches contains adult humor and language and is recommended for audience members approximately age 16+.
October 19th at 7:30 p.m.; October 20 at 2 p.m.
Fall Flannel Festival at Dairy Block Alley
Oct 20, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
LoDo’s vibrant new micro-district – and Denver Milk Market, the 16-concept all-local food hall by Denver Chef Frank Bonanno, are once again celebrating the changing of the seasons with the 2nd annual Fall Flannel Festival on Sunday, Oct. 20th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
University of Denver vs. Western Illinois – Women’s Volleyball at University of Denver/Ritchie Center-Magness Arena
Oct 20, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join the University of Denver’s pioneers against Western Illinois for an afternoon of volleyball!
Glow at the Gardens at Denver Botanic Gardens
Oct 21 – 25
The Gardens dresses up for Halloween with luminaria-lined pathways, spooky lighting displays and hundreds of carved, glowing gourds. Using all real pumpkins harvested from local farms, our pumpkin artists push the boundaries of traditional pumpkin carving to create larger-than-life sculptures, dense displays of jack-o-lanterns and ornately detailed showpiece pumpkins. In addition to the pumpkin sculptures and creepy atmosphere, enjoy a wide array of activities. Seasonal food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Bugtober: Masquerade at the Butterfly Pavilion
Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion will showcase these master illusionists of the invertebrate world all October for Bugtober: Masquerade, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, October 1-31, 2019 at 6252 West 104th Avenue in Westminster, Colo. During Bugtober: Masquerade, guests will learn how various animals use lavish patterns and colors to stand out from the crowd and startle would-be predators. Others don complex disguises to remain unseen, concealing their true location, identity or movements to escape their enemies or sneak up on their prey.
Maize in the City
Through October 31
Maize in the City is Colorado’s favorite rural fall event featuring convenient, fun attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Get lost in your own backyard as you navigate your way through the 20-acre corn maze or mini maze. Find your perfect pumpkin in our easy-pick field. Locally grown by the Maize in the City farmer, choose from 15 variety of pumpkins and gourds. Launch ears of corn 50+ feet across the field with our corn launchers; have your little ones ride through the field on the barrel train; take a turn on our obstacle bouncer.
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.
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.