26 family-friendly events in Denver this week
posted by: Amber Johnson
It’s Denver Arts Week (with free night at the museum), Dis de los Muertos, Confluence Park Public Art Tour 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.
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.
Tricks and Treats at FCMoD at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
Oct 31, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for Tricks and Treats at FCMoD! Don your most boo-tiful or frightful costumes and head to FCMoD for an experience you’ll not soon forget! With Halloween-themed activities spread throughout the museum, and trick-or-treating stations to discover, the whole family will be ghoulishly entertained!
Free Day at Museo de las Americas
Nov 1, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe, Museo de las Americas is the premier Latin American art museum in the Rocky Mountain region. Museo de las Americas is dedicated to educate our community through collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the diverse arts and cultures of the Americas from ancient to contemporary, through innovative exhibitions and programs.
Denver Arts Week at Denver Metro
Nov 1 – Nov 9
The 13th annual Denver Arts Week is an eight-day celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, running from November 1-9, 2019. The program, presented by VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, features more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls many of which are deeply discounted.
Altares Vivos: Honor y Resistencia (Day of the Dead) at Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center
Nov 1, 5:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Living Altars, Family Activities and Tradition at Su Teatro’s Day of the Dead. Come down to Su Teatro for a fun celebration! Perfect for every age. We will have a giant altar and inside altars, where you can bring items and pictures of your loved ones
Dia de los Muertos Art & Street Party at 40 West Arts District
Nov 1, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
40 West Arts was voted Westword Magazine’s ‘Best Arts District’ in 2019 and this event is not-to-be-missed. Watch Aztec dancers in traditional costume and see fire artists, who will be on hand spinning fire to brighten the winter night in a display of light and shadow. This kid & family-friendly event will also showcase piñatas, Diá de los Muertos face painting, live music, and create & take art stations. Have your tarot cards read, see altars throughout the district, sip beer and wine while you’re here, or enjoy a bite at a local food truck.
Dis de los Muertos at Lakewood Arts at Lakewood Arts
Nov 1 – Nov 7
Get in on the Día de los Muertos fun with Lakewood Arts, located in 40 West Arts District. Lakewood’s oldest continuously-operating arts organization is kicking things off on First Friday with tarot-card readings, a make-your-own mask station and face painting.
Up Pat Bedtime at Clyfford Still Museum
Nov 1, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Have you ever wondered what Clyfford Still’s paintings look like through the eyes of a child? Join 10-year-old Still superfan Harrison as he takes us on a journey through his interpretations of Still’s work. Included with Museum admission, registration is required. Kids 17 and under are always free, adults are $5 on Fridays.
Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center
Nov 1, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars live at the Pepsi Center!
Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Nov 1 – Nov 2
Christopher Dragon, conductor. Returning by popular demand, see one of Tim Burton’s most celebrated films like never before! The full-feature film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, will be projected on the big screen with dialogue, singing, and effects accompanied by Danny Elfman’s darkly charming score played live by your Colorado Symphony. Families are welcome and costumes are encouraged. After all, this is Halloween!
Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Denver Botanic Gardens
Nov 2, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Denver Botanic Gardens’ observance of Día de los Muertos will be celebrated this year with indoor screenings of Disney’s Pixar film “Coco.” Seating is limited, so arrive early to shop the mercado and to get your face painted before the film. While you’re here, enjoy the display of ofrendas created by members of the Denver community and a special holiday exhibition in the Bonsai Pavilion.
Free Day at Denver Art Museum
Nov 2, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
General admission to the Denver Art Museum is FREE to all youth age 18 and under every day, granting more kids access to art than ever before. 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).
Free Day at Clyfford Still Museum
Nov 2, 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.
Urban Holiday Market at Skyline Park
Nov 2 – 3
The Urban Holiday Market is the official annual kickoff to the holiday shopping season. This gargantuan showcase of one of-a-kind seasonal items, high quality handcrafted goods, and fabulous holiday gift ideas is not to be missed. This free event is the place to get all of your holiday shopping done in one fun filled weekend. You will be astonished at the diverse collection of local art, crafts, holiday gifts, and specialty foods that will be found at this open air Holiday Festival in the center of Downtown Denver.
Day of the Dead Celebration: Family Fiesta at Downtown Longmont
Nov 2, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Longmont Museum is joining forces with the Firehouse Art Center, Longmont Downtown Development Authority, and El Comité de Longmont to bring you the biggest and best Día de los Muertos celebration Longmont has ever seen—all held downtown!
Denver Children’s Choir at Museo de las Americas
Nov 2, 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Hear the voices of the Timberline Ensemble of the Denver Children’s Choir sing in the wonderful art spaces of the Museo de las Americas on Saturday, November 2 at 4:00 PM. Admission is free as a part of Denver Arts Week!
Fourth Annual Day of the Dead Block Party at Thornton Arts and Culture Center
Nov 2, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annual celebration features mariachi performances, Catrina fashion show, art splatter station, plus holiday food and drink. A specially-designed community altar by artist Shirlee Miyaki will be set up in the TACC for ofrendas. The 2019 Day of the Dead poster contest is now open; submissions can be sent to ArtSubmission@ThorntonCO.gov by September 30.
The Okee Dokee Brothers Family Concert at Central Presbyterian Church (presented by Swallow Hill Music)
Nov 2, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music.
Dioramart: Transforming the wildlife halls through art at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)
Nov 2, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Local artists will activate our spaces with light, sound, movement, color, story, and passion – uniting the arts with nature and science in the Museum’s wildlife halls during DioramART.
Night at the Museums: Black American West Museum at Black American West Museum
Nov 2, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Watch African-American history come alive through re-enactments, videos and the stories told throughout this museum in Historic Five Points.
Confluence Park Public Art Tour at Confluence Park
Nov 3 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This tour visits several public artworks in Confluence Park starting at “Sing and Glide” near the Starbucks/REI store. The tour then travels over the confluence of the Platte River and Cherry Creek, visiting numerous murals along the way. The tour ventures past the Denver Museum of Contemporary art and crosses Millennium Bridge before returning to Confluence Park.
Halloween Spooktacular at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex
Nov 3, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Bertie Baigent, conductor. It’s a spooktacular event for all boys and ghouls! This family-favorite concert features music from films, television, and more! Costumes are encouraged — the best of the bunch will be invited to show off their creations on stage for the whole crowd! It’s a ghastly-good time for every little monster and their mummy!
Free Days at Chatfield Farms
Nov 5 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free Days occur throughout the year, 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.
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.