Feel like royalty for an afternoon in this Sedalie castle. Choose from a seasonal selection of teas along with scones and jam, as well as finger sandwiches and other pastries. After you practice your British accent over tea, take a tour of the castle, which sits on 3,400 acres roamed by wild elk, turkeys, and bears. Wed 2-4 p.m.
Unlimited beer and professional humorists lay the groundwork for a memorable night. On the eve of the Great American Beer Festival, Nikki Glaser and Adam Cayton-Holland set the mood for a crazy brew-filled weekend. Renegade, Epic, Breckenridge, and more will be on site to get the libations flowing as you snicker and snort. Wed 6 p.m.
Done with the radio's tired tunes? Freshen up your library when eight bands from cities such as Madison and Portland bring new sounds to Denver and Fort Collins. They’ll be joined by six Front Range bands who have spent the summer "swapping" towns with the out-of-state groups to expand their audiences. Seek out shows from local artists including indie outfit Eldren, acoustic rock band the Yawpers, folk group Gasoline Lollipops, and more. Wed-Sun, times vary.
Enjoy an evening filled with music, laughter, beer, and burlesque presented by Colorado Americana band Marty Jones and the Great Unknowns. The night features a beer list of more than 25 special beers from breweries such as Green Flash Brewing Company, Crazy Mountain Brewery, and more. Swing by the after party for a chance to meet and chat with Great American Beer Festival founder Charlie Papazian and Stephen Beaumont, co-author of World Atlas of Beer. Wed 7 p.m.
At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, (Bob) Dylan switched to an electric guitar. Many booed him and accused him of selling out. Serving as the title and the metaphor for this world premiere, the play takes place four years later in Greenwich Village where characters explore honesty, hypocrisy, and life during the colorful 1960s. Dylan Went Electric will feature an onstage bar (open to the public during intermission) and different local musicians will be featured every weekend. Days, times vary.
Experience art in two mediums at this month-long exhibition, featuring the monotype prints of Katharine McGuinness alongside Andy Libertone's sculptures. Don’t miss the opening reception on October 10 for a chance to mingle and meet the artists behind these extraordinary works. Thu 12-5 p.m.; Fri 12-9 p.m.; Sat 12-5 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
With custom mixed media art projects in Colorado, Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, Washington, and Mexico, Jerry Jaramillo has kept busy since graduating from University of Colorado Boulder in 1974. Jaramillo works in various materials including marble, alabaster, wood, fiberglass, polyester resin, and stainless steel on projects ranging from table top sculptures to public art installations. Wed-Thu 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri noon-10 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.
It’s never too early for a beer. San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing Company has partnered with LoHi's Old Major to recognize this universal truth at a three-course beer brunch. Featuring specialties such as cheddar chive biscuits, fried chicken and waffles, and pretzel bread French toast—all paired with a craft brew—the meal will also be accompanied by tunes from The Grateful Dead. Thu 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Old Major
Andy Libertone, a 35-year fixture of the Denver and Boulder art scene, shows his geometric drawings and powder-coated steel sculptures. Libertone is also a co-founder of Spark, the first artist-run gallery in Denver. He will be sharing space with Kate McGuinness and her colorful monotype prints. Thu noon-5 p.m., Fri noon-9 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m.
With a dismal Rockies season behind us, locals are hoping Colorado looks better on the ice than the dirt. Watch the Avalanche take on defending Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings, in one of two remaining pre-season games. The Avs have had a tough beginning, going 0-5 in September. But with a strategically reduced roster and a hopeful Patrick Roy, this might be the start of something good. Thu 7 p.m.
The circus has come to town with a few more tricks up its sleeve than usual. Along with elephants, lions, and clowns, kids of all ages will see legendary animals like a unicorn, woolly mammoth, and Pegasus. Arrive early for a meet-and-greet with the animals and their trainers. Thu-Fri 7 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m., 5 p.m.
Two breweries convene for a double-header tapping of special brews. Florida’s Cigar City Brewing brings Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, Invasion Pale Ale, and more to your pint glass while Durango-based Ska Brewing Company will pour Modus Hoperandi IPA, Hoperation Ivy, and a collaborative brew with Freshcraft. Enjoy your favorite craft beer with bites of innovative pub food at this one-night tasting event. Thu 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Presenting a pleasant combination of bluegrass twang and feel-good acoustic soul, the Amigos are an exciting group of newcomers who, with only one album to their name, are selling out venues across the nation. The seven-piece ensemble come to Denver this week to perform hits off its critically acclaimed debut album Diner in the Sky. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Although the Brit-pop craze peaked in the mid ’90s (think Oasis, Blur, Spice Girls), the Kooks are keeping English rock alive with catchy hooks and memorable choruses. The four-person indie outfit is deliberate when it comes to new material (they've released four albums in about 10 years), so consider yourself lucky that the Kooks are coming to Denver on behalf of their new LP, Listen, which hit shelves earlier this month. Thu 8 p.m.
Euclid Hall's culinary crew has teamed up with Avery Brewing Company to bring you beer for breakfast—at midnight. This multi-course meal features specially prepared breakfast favorites paired with Avery brews including Uncle Jacobs, 2003 Czar, and more. Don't miss out on the most important meal of the day. Thu 10:45 p.m.
You’ve probably explored the Rocky Mountains, but how much do you know about the wildlife that thrives there? Expand your knowledge while roaming around Estes Park. You’ll discover secrets about beavers, creek ecology, and elk-mating season (like why they rub their horns together). Fri-Sun, times vary.
Beer is not scarce in Denver, but 50 top breweries around town are bringing out uncommon prized pours. Imbibe on tastes from favorites like Great Divide Brewing, Elevation Beer, and Grimm Brothers Brewhouse alongside lunch. Take home a commemorative tasting glass, T-shirt, and pen, and be entered into a raffle for a nine-day beer tour of Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Germany. Proceeds benefit nonprofit Pints for Prostates. Talk about a good buzz. Fri 1-4 p.m.
Come support a pillar of Denver’s fair trade community at this fundraiser and silent auction. Throughout the evening, members of nonprofit Ten Thousand Village's board of directors, volunteers, and staff will share stories about artisans and their art as well as reasons to support fair trade. 9News Producer Tawnya Rush will serve as host. Bidding in the silent auction could net a weekend getaway in the mountains, a family four-pack of tickets to the Denver Zoo, or various restaurant gift cards. Fri 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Tom Petty has become one of the best-selling rock artists, with more than 80 million worldwide record sales. Now he’s promoting his July album, Hypnotic Eye, which recalls the old garage-rock style of the ’60s. With this tour, Petty proves that he and the Heartbreakers can still rock. Fri 7:30 p.m.
The Simpsons receive a makeover on stage in the Catamounts' season debut Mr. Burns, a post-electric play. After a nuclear power plant causes massive destruction, a group of survivors begin to recount the famous Simpson’s episode, “Cape Feare.” Seven years later, the survivors have formed a theatrical troupe that performs episodes from the famous cartoon.
This two-day festival is as American as apple pie. Created to celebrate Lakewood’s cider tradition, it has grown into a festival featuring beverages (non-alcoholic and alcoholic) from around the state. After treating your taste buds, watch an old-fashioned tractor pull, magic show, and square-dancing demonstration. Stay for the pie-baking (and pie-eating) contests. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
While this annual Colorado cycling tour isn't a professional race, it still draws some of the country's best bikers—which might have something to do with the striking scenery of western Colorado. The one-day trek, with 62- and 41-mile courses, takes riders past sheer sandstone cliffs and through rugged juniper forests. Spectators and family members can join the post-ride Harvest Moon Celebration, where lunch and drinks are served and some the newest cycling gear is on display. Sat 7 a.m.
Run alongside cows and roosters through 209 acres of winding dirt roads and scenic foliage. This country course will be full of color and smells that you, your dogs, and your strolling kids can enjoy. Treat yourself to kettle corn on site and hayrides for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the Fort Collins Rescue Mission. Sat 9 a.m.
What do you get when you combine artisanal food, interactive DIY workshops, and food trucks? No, not a Portlandia episode; it's the fall version of the Denver Horseshoe market. Created in 2010, the Denver Horseshoe Market is the one of the best local places to find vintage and handmade items. Vendors include Colorado companies Elevation Ketchup and Mutts and Mittens, while Baba’s Falafel highlights the spread of food trucks. Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hop on board for a first-class excursion on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. Riders enjoy a trip through the mountains while sipping on beers and sampling German cuisine. Live music from the German Oompa Band rounds out the celebration. Sat 9:30 a.m.
Take the kids to pick their jack-o-lantern fodder at this seasonal pumpkin party. After they've got their gourds, take an antique family photo, decorate a scarecrow, or watch the pie-eating contest. For some old-fashioned fun, sign up for the horse-drawn carriage ride and learn about the park's status as the last stop headed West on the Cherokee Trail. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
This fall-themed festival welcomes you into the new season. Take a hay ride or browse the pumpkin patch for that perfect jack-o-lantern. If you get hungry, multiple food vendors, like Biker Jim’s Hot Dogs and Crepe’s a Go Go, will be on site. Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
It's time to show the kids that there’s more to fall than the pumpkin spice latte. Four Mile Park’s Pumpkin Harvest Festival highlights all the goodness of the autumn season with hot cider, build-your-own scarecrows, and pie-eating contests. Be sure to pick out a pumpkin (and some kettle corn) to bring the fall fun home. Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Four Mile Historic Park
Visit Boulder’s artist studios as they open their doors for an opportunity to view their unique works. Plan your route so you can experience the 125 participating artists in this year’s tour. Maps are available for purchase at multiple locations including Whole Foods Market locations throughout Denver and Boulder. Fri-Sat 5-8 p.m.
We know how hard it is to get up and run on a cold autumn morning. But what if there's a steaming cup of hot chocolate waiting for you at the end? The nation-wide Hot Chocolate 15/5K returns to Denver to give racers of both distances the ultimate victory treat. There's even a party afterwards where you can blissfully earn your burnt calories back via chocolate fondue. Sun 7 a.m.
Bring your poker face with your running legs if you want a chance to grab the pot in this dash. Choose your distance carefully (5K or 7K) as contestants will receive a card after every kilometer they run. Lay down you best five cards at the end of the race as your hand to win the $300 dollar prize. Proceeds benefit the volunteer Douglas County Search and Rescue Force. Sat 8 a.m.
—Photo Courtesy of Scott Walker
Everyone should be free to breathe. Help people do just that by participating in this 5K, a race that raises awareness and research funds in an effort to double lung cancer survival by 2022. A yoga session will precede the race along with an opening rally. The closing ceremony will acknowledge the top three fundraising teams, sponsors, survivors, and those we've lost. Sun 8:40 a.m.
Alien life and creatures that reproduce under human skin are part of the entertainment provided at this one-night-only show, featuring staged performances and science fiction readings. Don’t miss out on your chance to experience the extraterrestrial; a sighting may not occur for many more years. Sun 7 p.m.
With a theme revolving around family, this year's Indigenous Film & Arts Festival concentrates on what it means to be unified as a diverse community. The event features art and films created by and about indigenous people from around the world. Watch compelling documentaries, full-length films, and shorts by American Indian, Hawaiian, and Canadian filmmakers at various Denver locations throughout the week. View works from this year's featured artist, Walt Pourier, who specializes in fine and graphic arts. Daily, times vary.
—Photo courtesy of Sterlin Harjo
Nothing says "tavern" like sports and trivia. Touchdowns for Tomorrow combines the two and throws in some charity for good measure. Gather a team of four and sign up for the pub trivia night hosted by Geeks Who Drink’s Quiz for a Cause. Tickets include appetizers and a dinner buffet. During the silent auction, bid on Denver Bronco players to join your team (the host is Broncos starting guard Orlando Franklin). Hopefully they have some brains behind all that brawn. Proceeds benefit 16Ways Foundation and Colorado Youth at Risk. Tue 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Though Matisyahu was once known for his novelty appeal (nobody had ever heard of a Hasidic-Jewish rapper), his innovative combination of reggae, funk, and hip-hop blended with thought-provoking lyrics show us that he’s more than his religion. Even now that he’s shaved his beard and traded in the suit for the v-neck, his records continue to provide inspiration—enough to rocket his new album Akeda to number four on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart. Wed 8 p.m.
While Georgia's Of Montreal has reinvented its sound nearly a dozen times over the last decade, one thing is certain: The band still knows how to put on a memorable show. The psychedelic indie rock ensemble released its latest album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, last year, but is known for experimenting with a combination of new and old songs during live performances. Wed 8 p.m.
Something wicked this way comes. The best films of the horror genre will be on display for the annual Mile High Horror Festival. The 2013 fest was recognized by MovieMaker Magazine as one of the top five coolest horror/sci-fi festivals in the world. Although the festival shows films from all over the world, competition categories do include the best local Colorado feature films. Celebrity judges include Dan Myrick, writer and director of The Blair Witch Project, and Jeffrey Reddick, writer and creator of the Final Destination series. Times vary.
Get into the Halloween spirit with the live performance of this classic tale. Two women fall under the Dracula's spell as Professor Van Helsing and a team of suitors fight to save them in this 1800s classic. Thu-Sat, times vary.
Experience the taverns and brewpubs of LoDo. Sample cocktails and small plates at each stop along your strolling tour. Drop by the Tavern Downtown, Jimmy's Urban Bar & Grill, Hayter's, and many more for specials on food and drink. Thu 5-9 p.m.
Heavy-hitting bass, boundary-pushing hip-hop, and the gospel all come together in rapper Lacrae's award-winning strand of religious rap. While this combination might seem like a contradiction, the music has struck a chord with audiences and critics alike; his album Gravity reached No. 3 on the Billboard charts, received a Grammy nomination, and was hailed as one of the most important albums in Christian hip-hop history. Thu 7 p.m.
Restlessness might be genetic. In this drama, a Croatian father passes down his nomadic desires to his son, who emigrates to Wyoming and later sees the same energy in his daughter when she moves even farther westward to Japan. Award-winning playwright Anthony Clarvoe penned the show based on the travels of his own ancestors. The show makes its regional debut with the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company after garnering several accolades. Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.; Sun 4 p.m.
It’s the tale of budding relationships and a man-eating plant. Famous for classic songs “Somewhere That’s Green,” “Feed Me,” and show namesake “Little Shop of Horrors,” this spoof on traditional horror will leave audiences laughing. Days, times vary.
Get up close and personal with the world’s biggest mammals at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s new exhibit "Whales: Giants of the Deep." The interactive display combines science and storytelling, showcasing fascinating artifacts from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, including a 58-foot long sperm whale skeleton. Explore a life-size replica of a blue whale heart (it’s the size of a car), glimpse ancient and contemporary objects made from whale bone, and learn about modern efforts to save the whales. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nothing says fall quite like a pumpkin party. A few weeks before Halloween, the three-day Pumpkin Festival is the prime time for families looking to bag the perfect gourd. In addition to a 10-acre pumpkin patch, the festival is ripe with family activities, including face painting, pumpkin carving, demonstrations, and pumpkin bowling. As if that weren't enough, there’s also pony rides, amusement rides, balloon twists, giant coloring murals, and a cookie decorating station. Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ceramic and mixed media sculpture artist Gayla Lemke is known for the political and social story she tells with her installations. Her "Hope Stone" sculptures, clay stones with quotes, have become her kind of calling card. In 2005, one of her Hope Stones was censored for its political content at a show at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Come see her uncensored this month. Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat 1-5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m.
South African-born and Brooklyn-based indie-electronic musician Jean-Philip Grobler, commonly known as St. Lucia, is a relatively new player to the electronic landscape. After finding success with his first, self-titled EP, he released When the Night in October 2013, helping position him as a viable contender in the industry. Fri 9 p.m.V
With races ranging from 30 to 100 miles, plus a 24-hour continuous run and team relays, the most experienced trail runners and those looking to simply dabble in ultra-distances can find common ground at this annual mecca of endurance. Boulder Reservoir plays host and provides the perfect setting for friends and family to relax while watching loved ones punish their legs. Sat-Sun, times vary.
What was once old is new again. That’s the world of upcycling,: taking old materials that were thrown away, repurposing them, and turning them into art, furniture, and even fashion. PalletFest is a two-day celebration of the endless opportunities of upcycling, complete with an upcycled fashion show, live graffiti artists, a pallet parkour course, and plenty of upcycled art vendors. Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Denver's premier amusement park gets spooky this October with Fright Fest. But if your little one needs a break from the scares, they'll love this pet costume parade. DJ'd by Alice 105.9, Spot, Fido and co. will sashay down the Elitch strip in their Halloween costumes, vying to be voted most creative pup. Proceeds from the event benefit local animal shelter Denver Dumb Friends League. Sat 1-2 p.m.
Coors may not get all the limelight in such a beer-centric region, but the founder of the largest brewery in the world knew how to market his product. Explore the ideas of Adolph Coors Sr. and his ad men through their wide range of advertisements, from the calendars featuring curvy models in 1893 to Gordon Snidow’s Coors Cowboy Collector Series created in the 1970s and ’80s. The exhibit will be on display for a year, but you can snag an exclusive look at Black and White Night, complete with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, beverages, and a mandatory black-and-white dress code. Sat 7-10 p.m.
You've surely seen a show at Red Rocks; why not break a sweat there, too? With a good balance of flat and steep terrain, the annual Run the 'Rocks 5K, which concludes at the top of the iconic amphitheater, is slowly becoming one of Colorado's most popular fall races. Sun 9:30 a.m.
The greats are coming to Denver. Matisse and Friends features the work of artist Henri Matisse, as well as Andre Derain, Albert Marquet, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy, Georges Braque, and Kees Van Dongen. Working in and around Paris at the turn of the 20th century, these visionaries explored new territory with their loose brushwork and bold colors. The 14 paintings are on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
He may have played the family man on Full House, yet Bob Saget’s notoriously dirty standup is anything but family friendly. Saget has worked as a comedian for more than thirty years and his comedy album “That’s What I’m Talking About,” released last year, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Sat 7:15 p.m.
When Kate Chopin’s classic novel The Awakening came out in 1899, it was controversial, but it sparked a conversation. That’s the goal of BolderLife Festival, a week-long arts festival geared toward high school students that aims to inspire dialogue around taboo subjects. The festival showcases films, speakers, fine art, and plays, and serves as a platform for people to share their life stories. Times vary.
The Honda Civic Tour stops by Denver every year, but this time it’s headlined by alt-rock group The American Authors. After huge Billboard success with whistle-in-the-shower-worthy tunes such as “Best Day of My Life” and “Luck,” they’ve become one of the faces of today’s music. They’re joined by California-based group The Mowgli’s, which will add another feel-good element to the performance. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Entice your tastebuds with a weekend chock-full of food-themed films, panels, and samples. The feast premieres with a viewing of Craft, a documentary that choronicles the craft beer revolution, featuring Fort Collins-based brewers Odell Brewing Company and Funkwerks. Eric Skokan, chef-owner of Bramble and Hare in Boulder, whose cookbook Farm, Fork, Food: A Year of Spectacular Recipes Inspired by Black Cat Farm will be published soon after the festival ends, will be signing advance copies and chatting about local ingredients. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Gary Manuel’s sculptures combine his love of art with his experience as a cabinet maker. Marrying woodworking with metal or aluminum, Manuel creates a nice contrast between the warmth of the wood and the hard edge of the metal. According to Manuel, he starts with the defects in the pieces of wood and that becomes the starting point for a sculpture. His work is on display at Sync Gallery. Thu 1-4 p.m., First Fridays 6-9 p.m., Third Fridays 6-9 p.m., other Fridays 1-4 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.
Known by his stage moniker Bonobo, Simon Green’s music is more than just electronic; the British DJ incorporates elements from afrobeat, gamelan, and Middle Eastern influences, just to name a few. After his fourth studio album, Black Sands, found critical acclaim, Green became a true star in the electronic-music industry. Fresh off his international tour, Bonobo continues The North Borders Tour in Denver as one of the few stops in the United States, likely because of Denver’s thriving electronic-music community. Thu 9 p.m.
Are you a Pilates enthusiast who's looking to take your stretching, breathing, and core strength to the next level? Your solution is coming to Denver in the Pilates Empowerment Summit, which includes three full days of conditioning and instruction with hundreds of Pilates experts. You can get certified to become an instructor or simply enough three days of hard work and new friends. Fri-Sun, times vary.
Hon Seon Jang’s structures expose the vulnerability of our daily life. His installations, such as Black Ruin (a construction of fishing line and hot glue) can fill a room and leaves the viewer considering the overwhelming immensity of society. Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.
Treat yourself to chocolate eats and drinks at this festival of decadence. Enjoy a happy hour of chocolate-infused wines, beers, cocktails, and more before heading inside to sample from more than 50 different vendors. Sampling tickets cost 12 for $10 or 25 for $20. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Action Center Food Pantry. Fri 4-9 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Experience the drama of Shakespeare without the typical blank verses and elaborate metaphors. Instead, Stories on Stage, a literary and arts organization focused on telling short stories, will entertain with tales by or about Skakespeare. Performances include The Weird Sisters, The Story of Edgar Sawtell, and An Actor Prepares, and the show will end with a 15-minute interpretation of Hamlet. Fri 7:30 p.m.
Welcome to the White House, Miss President. Girls engage in the structure of the political system by creating their own campaigns, voting, and ushering a bill through their very own Congress. Elected officials and political consultants will serve as advisers throughout the activities. The day-long camp is sponsored by the Miami-based Political Institute for Women, which aims to educate and engage females in the political process. Ages 7 to 17. Sat 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
While autumn is host to a plethora of races across Colorado, Aurora's quaint Galloping Goose will give you some of the most iconic fall views. The flat course winds its way around Quincy Reservoir, where the changing fall colors will reflect off its glass-like water. It's a simple, enjoyable race that appropriately ends with a photo-op next to a goose. Sat 9 a.m.
The obstacle course craze makes its way inside this fall for a challenge that's as tough as it is unique. Ten different stations will test your physical and mental strength as judges score your and your partners based on skill level and technique. It is a mud-free way for beginners and experts alike to push their limits. Sat 10 a.m.
Autumn is a beautiful time for your tykes to explore outside and admire nature—and maybe take a running jump into a pile of leaves. But do they know why they fall? This educational tour around the gardens explains the season's most intruiging questions, like why the colors change, and how frogs can survive in frigid ponds all the way through spring. Sat 10 a.m.-noon.
This lively (or undead, if you prefer) party is expected to be the largest zombie gathering in history. The daylong event includes a zombie parade, costume contest, and after parties at bars Casselman’s and Meadowlark. The event is free, but organizers request that attendees bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Food Bank of the Rockies. Arrive early for makeup and costume help starting at noon. Sat 2 p.m.-9 p.m.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Colorado Symphony Chorus, a group made up of nearly 200 volunteers. Conducted by Duain Wolfe, founder of the Chorus as well as the Colorado Children’s Chorale, the celebration will showcase music by famous composers such as Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Verdi. The gala also features critically acclaimed bass-baritone Nathan Berg, known for his dazzling performance of Handel’s Orlando. Sat 7:30 p.m.
Grab a gourd for a run that packs a bit more weight than your average race. Choose your own pumpkin for this two-mile test of strength and endurance, and make sure to warm up your muscles with a pre-haul boot camp. Climb over hay bales—and other “mystery” obstacles designed by Colorado Obstacle Racers and the Greenwood Village Title Boxing Club—before you enjoy a microbrew or hot apple cider. Stay for the awards including quickest hauler, best costume, fastest team, and heaviest pumpkin. Then, take your revenge by carving up your pumpkin. Sun 8 a.m.-noon.
A cappella music has seen a popularity surge in recent years with the creation of groups like Pentatonix and the release of the surprisingly popular movie Pitch Perfect. Yet Straight No Chaser has been producing impressive vocal music since the group’s college days at Indiana University in 1996. Known most notoriously for its arrangement (and somewhat spoof) of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and most recently for the album Under the Influence, the group continues to cement its legacy as a staple of vocal music. Sun 2 p.m., 7 p.m.
Start off the week with a fundraiser of bites and libations. Sip a cocktail from the open bar and enjoy Vesta Dipping Grill's globally-inspired small plates prepared by executive chef Brandon Foster. All proceeds benefit Urban Peak, a nonprofit that serves Denver's homeless and at-risk youths. Mon 6 p.m.
Connect with the vestiges of summer's bustling foliage and welcome autumn with this musical homage to nature. Kids will listen to famous nature-inspired compositions from classical music's all-time greats, like Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee," Aaron Copland's "An Outdoor Overture," and Vivaldi's "Winter." Worksheets and CDs are available several days in advance to help little ones get the most of the musical afternoon. Tue-Thu 9:50 a.m., 11:15 a.m.
Explore the Jewish culture and faith with this two-week (or technically 16-day) series of concerts, lectures, and performances. Hear from famed author Michael Chabon, celebrate the music of composer Leonard Bernstein, and hum along to Fiddler at 50 in Concert (marking the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof). Times vary.
For Pearl Jam, age is just a number: The soft-grunge band’s newest album Lightning Bolt recently became its fifth record to reach the number one spot on the Billboard 200. The group has been absent from Denver for years, but now local fans finally have the opportunity to hear this band jam live. Wed 7:30 p.m.
Some of the best comedians in the country competed for the title of Last Comic Standing in the renewed eighth season, and now the victors are coming to Denver. Winning comedian Rod Man and the show’s four other finalists will have the chance to test their material on a live audience. Wed 8 p.m.
Looking for art, jewelry, or furniture with a story? Delve into the past and find quaint pieces at the World Wide Antique Show. The expo features more than 85 antique and vintage dealers from around the country. The show, which happens three times a year, is back this fall and loaded with treasures waiting for your to find them. Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Through the work of 15 artists, Gallery 1261 is exploring contemporary realism, the straightforward, realistic approach to art. If the forms, colors, and lines of abstract work leave you wanting more, this is the exhibit for you. Artists Robert C. Jackson, Kate Sammons, and Sadie Valeri will be among those showing work. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Forget the pumpkins and hot chocolate; this fall race is all about the costumes—and we're not talking about witches and ghosts. For the second annual Dead Celebrity 5k, you'll have to dress up as your favorite deceased movie star, singer, or president. If you're feeling a bit morbid, take the opportunity to dress up as a "future dead celebrity." After the race, there will be drinks, music, and, of course, a costume contest. Fri 7 p.m.
Since serious runners had the whole summer to get in tip-top shape, the fall race circuit can seem daunting. Yet, the annual Great Pumpkin Chase is anything but competitive. Although you're more than welcome to attempt a 5K PR, little ones in costumes and stroller-wielding parents are the most common racers in this seasonal jaunt around Bayfield, a small town nestled in southern Colorado. Sat 10 a.m.
Is that steam rising from your tea...or a g-g-ghost? After snacks and a warm beverage, your kids will watch the Molly Brown House turn into a ghoul asylum while they tour the museum. Your little goblins will learn about the spooky past of the historic building and the surrounding Capitol Hill area. Sat 1 p.m.; 3 p.m.
Nick Swardson is a rare triple-threat in entertainment, having experienced success in acting, writing, and standup comedy. Though he is most known for his role of Tony Bernadino in Reno 911, he has appeared in films including Grandma’s Boy, The Benchwarmers, and Blades of Glory while reaching platinum status with his standup DVD Party. Sat 8 p.m.
Underneath Golden's towering Table Mountain lurk ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. But don't worry, those are just costume-clad runners getting ready for this year's Kooky-Spooky. The annual three-race event, fit for athletes of all abilities, winds from Arvada into Golden and past the iconic mesa. There's a post-run meal provided, and while costumes are not required, no one wants to ruin the festive atmosphere by showing up without one. Sun 9 a.m.
Bringing together styles from across the spectrum, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal combines ballet with contemporary dance in an intricately choreographed and artistic style of dance. The troupe has performed worldwide since its establishment in 1972. Sun 3 p.m.
Take your kids to the Wings Museum for close encounters of the third kind. Enter the hangar if you dare as it becomes a supernatural hotspot for a few hours, attracting space ghosts, Star Wars characters, and other sci-fi favorites. Watch in amazement as mad scientists conduct liquid nitrogen experiments and bring robots to life. Sun noon-4 p.m.
This British indie-rock band, also known as ∆ (the symbol produced by typing alt + j into an Apple computer), recently won the British Mercury Prize, one of Britain’s most prestigious music awards to date. In addition, pop-superstar Ellie Goulding covered their song “Tesselate” and featured it as a bonus track on her latest album, Halcyon Days. With a new record out in September, the group hopes to live up to speculation that it will England’s next big import. Tue 7 p.m.
A struggling shoe factory owner and a drag queen may sound like an interesting pair, but their combined forces may be enough to save a failing business. Along the journey, factory owner Charlie and drag queen Lola find they have more in common than an interest in footwear as they work to create custom heels for drag queens and kings. Tues-Sun, times vary.
Join 5280 Magazine food editor Amanda Faison as she delves into a quintessential slice of Americana: Pie. The Food Lover’s Book Club will discuss The Pie Book from Brooklyn bakery Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Be prepared to sample pie and chat about recipes and baking secrets. Wed 6 p.m.
Almost 10,000 Jewish children were saved during the Holocaust due to the efforts of the Kindertransport program, which transported children from ages 1-17 to the United Kingdom. The story and efforts will be highlighted in Kindertransport, a play that tells the story of one child whom the program saved. Days, times vary.
Before forming the American rock band DEVO (remember “Whip It”?), Mark Mothersbaugh was better known as an artist working in drawing, sculptures, photography, video, prints, and rugs. Myopia, opening this month at MCA, is the first presentation of Mothersbaugh’s complete works from the beginning of his career in the early 1970s to today. Tue-Fri noon-9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
It's never too late to get your groove on. Both beginning and experienced hip-hop dancers are welcome at this two-day workshop taught by world-class choreographers. In addition to lessons, participants can dance in showcase performances and freestyle battles judged by the Monsters staff. The seminar will also offer auditions for up to $10,000 in scholarships. Fri-Sun, times vary.