Saturday, October 10, 2015


Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:28pm

The leaves are finally starting to change color—time to get outside and celebrate everyone's favorite season. Head to this autumnal fest to take a ride on an old-fashioned wagon, get lost in a hay bale maze, learn about the art of beekeeping, and paint spooky faces on tiny pumpkins. Take your creations home as festive decorations to maintain that seasonal spirit. Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Union Station Harvest Market

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 2:04pm

For one day only, Boulder County Farmers Markets and the Union Station Alliance are bringing a farmers' market to the heart of downtown Denver. Munch on appetizers such as oysters and sandwiches from area restaurants Stoic & Genuine, Snooze A.M. Eatery, and Mercantile Dining & Provision as you peruse the bounty of local farms and speak directly with the growers. Live music will be provided by Masontown, a local bluegrass favorite and runner-up in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Sat 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

What’s Out There Weekend Denver

Submitted by Morgan Tilton 2 on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 9:44am

Although new restaurants and apartment complexes are opening rapidly in Denver, many of the city's most beloved spots have storied pasts. Learn about the history of the Mile High City's parks and open spaces on tours of more than two dozen locations, including the 16th Street Mall and the Governor's Residence at Boettcher Mansion.

Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 2:42pm

Celebrate the changing of the season the (really) old-fashioned way: by mining for gold, learning about steam engines, touring a haunted mine, and hanging out with Civil War reenactors. You and the family can get in the spirit by building a scarecrow, traipsing through a hay bale maze, and having the kids' faces painted, too. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mine to Mine Challenge

Submitted by Dan Roe on Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:08pm

Sprint between old gold mines like you've just struck the precious metal at this historic road race. The air may be a little thin (the town of Cripple Creek sits at 9,494 feet), but that only makes finishing the 9K course even sweeter.There's a financial incentive to be speedy: The top three finishers for each gender receive gold nuggets worth $500, $200, and $100, respectively. A beer garden and after-party will follow the race, courtesy of the Brass Ass Casino. Sat 10 a.m.

Anderson & Low: City of Mines

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 3:05pm

British photographers Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low have exhibited in the Met and the National Portrait Galleries of the United States and the United Kingdom, but one of their favorite subjects is right here in the Centennial State. The pair has visited the Southern Colorado mining town of Victor on multiple occasions during their 25-year career and say the burg holds a hypnotic quality for them. See the best of Anderson & Low's haunting full-color photos of Victor in this display. Mon-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Punkin Chunkin Colorado

Submitted by Dan Roe on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 2:06pm

Pumpkins are ideal for carving, eating, and occasionally being sent into the stratosphere for the sake of entertainment. Gourd gurus from across the nation spend all year perfecting their pumpkin slingshots, and these kinetic energy capers aren't messing around: The 2010 world record-setting contraption sent a pumpkin some 4,623 feet (if only Peyton Manning had a cannon like that). Between throws, check out the festival's pumpkin patch, fall market, and beer garden. Fri 10 a.m.

A Taste of the Foothills

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 10:14am

Food trucks and local restaurants will set up shop at an Evergreen elementary school for a feast of local delicacies. Taste delicious creations from Mestizos Food Truck, Bakin' Bakery, and the Village Patisserie, then snap a photo in the fall-themed photo booth or settle in for a relaxing chair massage. This family-friendly event also features a petting zoo, remote control cars, and a bouncy castle for the little ones. Proceeds benefit the Mountain Peace Shelter, which provides respite and support for victims of domestic abuse and relationship violence. Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fire Prevention Week Free Day

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:41pm

Teach your little ones how to stay safe in case of a house fire with a day of fun games and obstacle courses. The Denver Fire Department will be on site with its fire safety trailer, which simulates a home fire with fake smoke and heated doors. Inside the museum, families can learn about smoke detectors—like where to place them and how often to test them—while little ones explore the Escape House and identify dangerous objects (the stove) and safe items (a teddy bear) they probably have in their own homes. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Denver Firefighters Museum


Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 3:46pm

If you like your art literary as well as visual, this exhibition is the perfect fusion for you. Local artist Joel Swanson was inspired to create this display by literature and language and describes his pieces as "translations, transformations, and transpositions" of the written word.

Haunted Brew Fest

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:58pm

Dust off your costume and ready your game face for the scariest beer festival of the year. Local and national breweries alike will serve signature beers and fall specialties amid popular haunted house attractions from Colorado favorites such as Ghouls Gulch and the Sanitarium Haunted House (think: cobwebs, jack-o-lanterns, and a cast of terrifying characters). Sip unlimited samples from breweries including Red Leg Brewing Company, Redstone Meadery, and Odell Brewing Company, and enjoy the spooky scenery. Sat 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 

The Big Wonderful

Submitted by Callie Sumlin on Mon, 04/27/2015 - 9:41am

Part marketplace and part outdoor entertainment extravaganza, the Big Wonderful will shake up your Saturdays all summer long. The relaxed community gathering features craft brews from the outdoor beer garden and eclectic eats from local food trucks like Mobile Meltz and La Chiva Truck. Peruse the artisan wares of flea market vendors, get moving with a round of sand volleyball, or boogie to the musical acts and DJs gracing the stage all season long, including Whitewater Ramble, Euforquestra, and Rob Drabkin. Sat noon-7:30 p.m..

Harry Potter Show

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 9:15pm

Before your kids start complaining that their Hogwarts letter got lost in the mail, bring them to this educational event, where they can learn about real-world magic without the help of Dumbledore. Complete with hands-on demonstrations of disappearing ink, levitation, and even potions, this bewitching event means kids won't mind they missed out on the Sorting Hat experience. One highlight: Snape won’t be the one teaching the class. Sat 1:30 p.m.

Science Matters' Harry Potter Show

Submitted by Molly Duffy on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 2:05pm

If you're still waiting on that Hogwarts acceptance letter (who isn't?), bide your time learning about the science behind the Boy Who Lived's wizarding world. Experts from Science Matters will explain the principles of potions, disappearing ink, and levitation. Advanced pupils will get to build mini-rockets—simulating the power of Harry's Nimbus 2000. Maybe being a Muggle isn't so bad after all. Sat 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Denver Beer Co.'s Harvest Party

Submitted by Sarah Strohl on Tue, 10/06/2015 - 2:45pm

This beer extravaganza is one harvest event worth circling on your calendar. Come celebrate fall with unlimited cold brews from Denver Beer Co. while nibbling on some finger-lickin' pork from the pig roast (sourced from McDonald Family Farm) and stomping along to live bluegrass performances from Tallgrass and Kinky Fingers. Make sure to check out the corn maze, bobbing for apples station, dunk tank, and corn hole tournament. Sat 2-6 p.m. 

To Kill A Mockingbird

Submitted by Cassa Niedringhaus on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 2:03pm

With this year’s release of Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman (and the resulting controversy), it’s a perfect time to revisit her beloved story published in 1960. Lawyer Atticus Finch fights on behalf of a black man who has been falsely accused of rape in this adaptation of the classic Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, which explores themes of racism and loss of innocence. Days, times vary.

Day of the Dead Celebration

Submitted by Sarah Cahalan on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:49pm

Celebrate all things spooky and support a great cause at this holiday celebration. Boulder-based artist Melissa Stuart has centered her recent work on the juxtaposition of life and death, and her resulting Skeleton series forms the focal point of Studio Colfax's Dia de Los Muertos festivities. Stuart has designated that, for all art purchased from this exhibit, 40 percent of proceeds will benefit the Radical Life foundation, a Boulder nonprofit that helps veterans learn to overcome trauma through the art of mindfulness. Sat 5-7 p.m.

Top Hats & Ball Caps

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:22pm

Don your poodle skirt and June Cleaver pearls and get ready to have a swell time at this charity dinner. Channel 9 News co-anchor Kim Christiansen will emcee a 1950s-themed evening of music and dancing, featuring a live performance by local R&B-meets-soul band Chase N the Dream. Bid on prizes like an African safari for two or a football signed by Peyton Manning at the silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit the Arvada Community Food Bank. Sat 6-11 p.m.

Couture for Confidence

Submitted by Karah Kemmerly on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:31pm

When less-than-fashionable dresses are donated to Bella Boutique, they get spruced up for this fashion show fund-raiser.

Panic! At the Disco

Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 1:56pm

Best-known for putting a theatrical twist on the high school emo band template in the mid-2000s, these now-much-older rockers have returned to that operatic vibe with their latest single, "Victorious," released late last month. The tenor of Brendan Urie, the band's sole remaining founding member, swoops and warbles over arrangements as enjoyably melodramatic as the exclamation point in the band's name. Sat 7 p.m.

Pass the Hat Presents: Keith Knight, Gentleman Cartoonist

Submitted by Mary Clare Fischer on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 5:21pm

Experience a lighter, satirical take on a heavy topic that’s been dominating the news when nationally syndicated cartoonist Keith Knight brings his touring slideshow presentation to town. Knight, whose work has been published in the Washington Post and ESPN the Magazine, will showcase a wide range of illustrations from his 20-year-plus portfolio to draw attention to the context behind interactions between officers and minority communities. Sat 7-10 p.m.

—Photo courtesy of Keith Knight


Submitted by Henry Gargan on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 2:00pm

As U2 enters its twilight years, this Dublin-based group seems more than capable of taking over as Ireland's arena rock ambassadors. Lead vocalist Steve Garrigan's falsetto is more delicate than Bono's full-throated rasp, and, at times, sounds eerily similar to Coldplay singer Chris Martin. There's little original or groundbreaking about its sound, but the group enthusiastically embraces the 21st-century britpop formula for a satisfying effect. Sat 8 p.m.

The Word

Submitted by Kiran Herbert on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:18pm

Super group the Word is a bluesy, sacred steel jamband comprised of John Medeski (keyboards), Robert Randolph (pedal steel guitar), and the members of the North Mississippi Allstars: Cody (drums, washboard) and Luther Dickinson (electric guitar), as well as Chris Chew (bass). A love of gospel music forms the foundation of this primarily instrumental act, which released its first album in 14 years—the R&B and roots rock-laden Soul Food—this past May. Sat 9 p.m.

Otter Weekend

Submitted by Skyler Inman on Mon, 08/10/2015 - 9:23pm

Emmet, Slater and Blue, Denver’s resident otter celebrities, are fan favorites at the aquarium on any day. This weekend, though, kids can get a closer look at the three playful river-dwellers while absorbing vital facts about species conservation. Through games, special tours, and hands-on lessons about the life of the North American river otter—a threatened species native to Colorado—kids can come away from the event with a new appreciation for zoologists and the slippery animals they protect. Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m.