29 Unique Things to do in Denver this Weekend

“Transplanted” and a series of “Untitled” pieces. Photo by Wes Magyar, courtesy of MCA Denver

Denver has some unique cultural events happening this weekend. Kick it off by watching some films during Denver Film Festival and end it by dining for a cause at The Resistance Dinner. Whatever you end up doing, make sure to take a peek at this roundup of events in Denver.

Thursday, November 1

Denver Film Festival

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Aaron Sorkin accepting his award from festival director Britta Erickson at DFF40. Photo by Cori Anderson

When: November 1 – November 11

Where: Multiple Locations

Cost: Various Prices Check here

The Lowdown: Denver Film Society presents the Denver Film Festival. The 41st annual event features a 12-day festival full of screenings of films from all over the world. The opening night of the festival starts with a screening of Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite, starring Emma Stone. The film follows a story about Queen Anne and her companion, Lady Sarah.

READ: Here’s the Full Denver Film Festival Lineup

Local Video Mixtape Screening

Photo Courtesy of Ratio Beerworks on Facebook

When: November 1, 8 – 11 p.m. 

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Ratio Beerworks partners up with Denver Film Festival and 303 Magazine to present a Local Video Mixtape Screening. The screening features local music videos created by some awesome Denver artists in a playlist format. You can grab a brew and enjoy the show. The seating is first come, first served.

READ: We’re Throwing a Special Denver Film Festival Party at Ratio Beerworks

Denver International Wine Festival

Photo Courtesy of Denver International Wine Festival on Facebook

When: November 1 – 3 

Where: Denver Marriott Westminster, 7000 Church Ranch Blvd., Denver 

Cost: $95 – $490 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Marriott Westminster hosts the Denver International Wine Festival. The 14th annual three-day festival features one of Colorado’s largest selection of international and domestic wines open for tasting. You can nibble on bites from Colorado top chefs while sipping on paired wines.

Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert

Photo Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens‎ on Facebook

When: November 1, 5:30 – 7 p.m. 

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver 

Cost: $18 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Botanic Gardens hosts a Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert. The event features a performance from Chris Anne Coviello and Jason Coviello of The Healing Space Wellness Center. You can listen to the beats of a Hang drum and Tibetan singing bowls to calm and center your chakras. Make sure to bring a yoga mat or blanket to sit on. The event sells out fast so make sure to get your tickets soon.

Friday, November 2

First Friday Art Walk

Image courtesy of Art District on Santa Fe Facebook.

When: November 2, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

Where: Art District on Santa Fe, Santa Fe Dr., Denver 

Cost: Free and open to the public

The Lowdown: The first Friday of every month means a chance to experience the First Friday Art Walk. You can venture down the Art District on Santa Fe to experience all of the amazing galleries and creative businesses. The walk features 30 participating locations on Santa Fe and a whole slew of food trucks to fuel your art adventures. You can see sculptures, prints and more at the participating businesses. This Friday you can experience a Dia de los Muertos themed walk.

READ: The Definitive Guide to Denver Art Galleries 

Guilty Pleasures

Photo Courtesy of Guilty Pleasures‎ on Facebook

When: November 2, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Hi-Dive Denver, 7 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $5 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Hi-Dive Denver presents Guilty Pleasures. The event features an all-night dance party. You can indulge in your ’90s guilty pleasures with hit songs drinks from Hi-Dive and more. Make sure to wear your jellies and JNCO jeans to match the night’s theme.

Los Muertos Fantasticos

Photo Courtesy of The Fantastic Hosts on Facebook

When:  November 2, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Secret Location, Denver

Cost: $15 – $25 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Fantastic Hosts present Los Muertos Fantasticos. The event features an adventure with puzzles, obstacles and more. You can experience live music, entertainment and an underworld party to celebrate the afterlife. Make sure to dress in Dia de los Muertos gear to fit the theme. The first 300 people in the door will receive clues for a unique quest, so make sure to arrive early.

45s Against 45!

Photography Courtesy of Syntax’s Facebook Page

When: November 2, 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. 

Where: Syntax Physic Opera, 554 S Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $7 at entry

The Lowdown: Syntax Physic Opera hosts 45s Against 45. The event features a resistance dance party in response to the midterm election. You can dance till you drop to hot beats from DJ Jason Heller. Proceeds from the event will benefit AMERICA VOTES, so dance your heart out.

Denver Arts Week

“Denver Arts Week” – Chalk Art photo by Michael Rieger – featuring Randy Segura & Kyle Banister

When: November 2 – 10 

Where: Multiple locations

Cost: Various prices

The Lowdown: Denver Arts Week is back. The event features nine days of art centered experiences. You can experience discounted trips to museums, Denver Fashion Week, Denver Film Festival and more. This week is the week to really dive deep into Denver’s art scene.

Life Study: New Works by Tuke

The most recent piece created by Tuke and Emit, during CRUSH 2018 on the side of Yeah Baby. Photo by Bridget Burnett

When: November 2, 7 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Lowbrow Denver, 38 Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Lowbrow Denver hosts Life Study: New Works by Tuke. The event features a chance to experience new works from a pioneer in the Denver graffiti scene — Tuke. Tuke is known for his funky street art productions and influential graffiti writing. You can peruse the works and also watch as Tuke paints a new piece on the mural wall.

READ: After a Decade in Prison, An Influential Denver Graffiti Writer Finds His Groove Again

Day of the Dead Carnival

Photo Courtesy of Su Teatro Culture and Performing Arts Center

When: November 2, 4 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Dr., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center presents a Day of the Dead Carnival. The event features altars set up to honor family and friends who have passed, performances from Mariachi Sangre Mexicana and more in a Mexican style cemetery. You can sip on Mexican hot chocolate and nibble on Pan de Muerte as you celebrate the Day of the Dead.

One Year Anniversary

Photo by Alexandra Palmerton.

When: November 2, 3 – 11:30 p.m. 

Where: The Bindery, 1817 Central St., Denver 

Cost: Free – $129 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Bindery hosts its One Year Anniversary. The event features a night of food prepared by chef Linda Hampsten Fox and her team. You can dine on a multi-course meal, imbibe on signature cocktails and listen to live music throughout the night. Make sure to wear party attire to be ready for late night dancing.

Colfax Art Crawl

Photo Courtesy of 40 West Arts District on Facebook

When: November 2, 5 – 9 p.m. 

Where: 40 West Arts District, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: 40 West Arts Districts hosts the Colfax Art Crawl. The event features a free crawl to all of the creative businesses and galleries throughout the district with a Dia de los Muertos theme. You can watch performances from fire artists, Aztec dancers and more as you explore new art.

READ: 40 West is the Newest Arts District Near Denver to Keep Your Eyes On

Pray For Snow

Photo Courtesy of Colorado Ski Country USA

When: November 2, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. 

Where: REI Denver, 1416 Platte St., Denver 

Cost: $10 – $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Summon the snow gods at Pray For Snow. The event, hosted by REI Denver presents a winter party to celebrate the coming of snow. You can sip on drinks from 10 Barrel Brewing Company and Laws Whiskey House while dancing to beats from Eurórquestra and OptycNerd. You can also win prizes, participate in burning a giant snowflake sculpture and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit Protect Our Winters.

Neighborhoods: New Works by Tracy Weil

Painting by Tracy Weil courtesy of Tracy Weil, Artist – Weilworks‎ on Facebook

When: November 2, 5 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Weilworks, 3611 Chestnut Pl., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Weilworks presents Neighborhoods: New Works by Tracy Weil. The event features an opening reception of a giant 20-feet by 7-feet painting by Tracy Weil. The painting takes a deeper look into the four historic neighborhoods that make up the RiNo Art District.

Saturday, November 3

Dia de los Muertos at the Gardens

Photo Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens‎ on Facebook

When: November 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Denver Botanic Gardens hosts Dia de los Muertos at the Gardens. The event features a day of celebration with crafts, live art demonstrations, a costume contest and more. You can also shop from vendors presenting art, prints and jewelry and have a chance to watch some Lucha Libre wrestling.

Denver Pancakes and Booze Art Show

Photo Courtesy of The Pancakes & Booze Art Show on Facebook

When: November 3, 8 p.m.

Where: EXDO Event Center 

Cost: $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: There is nothing better than free pancakes and some great art. EXDO Event Center hosts the Denver Pancakes and Booze Art Show. You can explore from over 80 artists featuring their work of photography, paintings, sculpture, graffiti and more. This year the show features a zombie fashion show in celebration of the spooky season.

26th Annual Backcountry Bash

Photo Courtesy of Great Divide Barrel Bar on Facebook

When: November 3, 6 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Great Divide Barrel Bar, 1812 35th St., Denver 

Cost: $55 – $100 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Great Divide Barrel Bar partners up with Colorado Mountain Club to host the 26th Annual Backcountry Bash. The event features a live and silent gear auction, an award ceremony with CAMP USA and Adidas TERREX, giveaways and more. You can sip on beer from Great Divide and cider from Stem Ciders as you raise funds to help with conservation and education.

Penny Admission

Photo Courtesy of MCA Denver‎ on Facebook

When: November 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver 

Cost: $.01 at the door

The Lowdown: The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver welcomes back Penny Admission. Colorado Residents can get into the museum for only a penny, that is right— one cent— all day long. You can get the chance to see exhibitions such as Fieldwork by Tara Donovan.

READ: The MCA Has Been Taken Over by Larger-Than-Life Sculptures Made From Ordinary Things


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When: November 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver 

Cost: Free – $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Find some amazing bike gear at the VeloSwap. The event features more than 600 vendors presenting specials on bike parts, bikes, clothing and more. The VeloSwap was created to help brands get rid of inventory to prepare for the winter season. If you want to snag some sick deals, this is the place to be.

4th Anniversary Block Party

Photo Courtesy of Mockery Brewing

When: November 3, 12 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Mockery Brewing, 3501 Delgany St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Mockery Brewing hosts its 4th Anniversary Block Party. The event features live music, live screen printing from Humble Monster Screen Printed Goods and more. You can taste special tappings of brews and munch on food from food trucks while celebrating Mockery.

Breakin’ Convention

Photo Courtesy of Breakin’ Convention

When: November 3 – 4

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver 

Cost: $25 – $45 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Center for the Performing Arts hosts the Breakin’ Convention. The convention features a line-up of hip-hop dancers, b-boy crews, street dancers and more. You can watch performances, attend workshops and of course dance your heart out to beats from some sick DJs.

Yoga & Wine

Photo Courtesy of Bigsby’s Folly-A Craft Winery: Food, Bar, Private Events‎ on Facebook

When: November 3, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. 

Where: Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery, 3563 Wazee St., Denver

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Bigsby’s Folly Craft Winery partners with BEKN hosts Yoga & Wine. The event features a free hour-long yoga class guided by Lowry Yoga Pod. You can stretch out and let go of your weekly stresses and follow the class with a free glass of wine.

DAM Free Night

Photo courtesy of Denver Art Museum on Facebook

When: November 3, 5 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Denver Art Museum, 100 14th Ave Pkwy., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Denver Art Museum (DAM) hosts a DAM Free Night. The event features a night to explore the museum free of cost in connection with Denver Arts Week. You can take a peek at some of the museum’s exhibitions and have a chance to purchase discounted memberships.

Yoga on the Court

Photo Courtesy of CorePower Yoga (LoHi) on Facebook

When: November 3, 1 – 3 p.m. 

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver 

Cost: $43 – $62 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Pepsi Center hosts Yoga on the Court. The event features a yoga class on the basketball court guided by an instructor from CorePower Yoga. You can stretch it out and relax. After the class, you can watch the Nuggets play against the Utah Jazz.

The Great Onesie Bar Crawl

When: November 3, 3 – 9 p.m. 

Where: The Ginn Mill, 2041 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: $25 Register here

The Lowdown: Get comfy in a onesie and imbibe on some brews during The Great Onesie Bar Crawl. There will be eight different bars that are participating in the crawl, with specials for you to try. There will also be surprises at each location. Just remember, you have to wear a onesie. This event is insanely popular, so get to the Ginn Mill as close to 3 p.m. so you can to register in time.

Sunday, November 4

Denver Fashion Week

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When: November 4 – 10 

Where: Multiple locations

Cost: Various Prices check here

The Lowdown: Denver Fashion Week is back. 303 Magazine hosts Denver’s top fashion events. The week starts with a children’s and teenager fashion show with looks from Pleiades Designs, Peach and Penny, Beauty Underground Kids, Shape_streetwear and Cherry Creek Dance. The fashion show will be held at Lumenati. Purchase tickets here.

READ: Project Runway Winner, Mondo Guerra, To Show New Collection at Denver Fashion Week

10th Annual Dark Goddess Festival

Photo Courtesy of Mercury Cafe Denver on Facebook

When: November 4, 1 – 4 p.m. 

Where: Mercury Cafe Denver, 2199 California St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Mercury Cafe Denver hosts the 10th Annual Dark Goddess Festival. The festival features a day to tap into your inner goddess. You can experience entertainers, healers, readers and more. You can also win door prizes and take part in a ritual to honor the Dark Goddess.

The Resistance Dinner

Photo Courtesy of The Resistance Diner on Facebook

When: November 4, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

Where: Comal Heritage Food Incubator,   3455 Ringsby Ct.#105, Denver 

Cost: $50 – $65 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Comal Heritage Food Incubator presents The Resistance Dinner. You can participate in a four-course meal paired with two glasses of wine that benefits Denver Homeless Out Loud and Focus Points Family Resource Center. There are 32 seats open so make sure to grab a spot fast.

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Mark Your Calendars

Denver Fashion Week

When: November 5 – 10

Where: Multiple locations

Cost: Various Prices check here

A Night in Havana

When: November 9, 7 – 10:30 p.m. 

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver 

Cost: $33 tickets available here

Opening Day Party

When: November 10, 6 – 9:30 p.m. 

Where: Punch Bowl Social Denver, 65 Broadway, Denver 

Cost: Free admission

Winter Gift Market

When: November 15 – 17

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

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