27 Unique Things to do in Denver this Weekend

Denver has some festive events lined up this weekend. Kick it off by grabbing a bucket of popcorn for the Denver Film Festival and end it by seeing some fuzzy animals at World Lemur Day. Whatever the weekend has waiting for you, make sure to take a look at this roundup of events happening in Denver.

Thursday, October 31

Denver Film Festival

When: October 31 – November 10 

Where: Multiple locations check here

Cost: Various prices check here

The Lowdown: Denver Film Festival returns for the 42nd year in a row. During the 11-day festival, you can experience screenings of films such as The Right To RestMan Camp and Fire Escape. Some of the films featured throughout the festival are even created by Coloradans.

READ: Films Made By Colorado Directors to See at the Denver Film Festival

Death by Tiki

Photo Courtesy of Pony Up Denver on Facebook

When: October 31, 11 a.m. – 2  a.m. 

Where: Pony Up Denver, 1808 Blake St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Pony Up Denver holds a Death by Tiki party with Halloween themed treats to fuel your festivities. You can sip on Patrón tiki drinks and relax on the spooky holiday.

Ace Monster Mash

Photo by Anna Regan

When: October 31, 4 – 11 p.m.

Where: Ace Eat Serve, 501 E. 17th Ave., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Ace Eat Serve presents an Ace Monster Mash. The event features a chill evening of food and drink specials and free ping pong games when you wear a costume. Make sure to call 303.800.7705 to make a reservation.

Halloween Film Screening

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When: October 31, 7 – 9:30 p.m. 

Where: The Ramble Hotel, 1280 25th St., Denver 

Cost: $5 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Celebrate the spooky holiday with a Halloween Movie Screening. You can watch a screening of the Halloween classic Hocus Pocus within The Ramble Hotel while imbibing on themed libations to keep your spirits lively.

HOWL-o-ween Doggie Costume Contest

Photo Courtesy of Denver Beer Co on Facebook

When: October 31, 5 – 8 p.m. 

Where: Denver Beer Co., 1695 Platte St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Grab your furry friend for the HOWL-o-ween Doggie Costume Contest. You can dress up you and your pup in a costume to participate in the fourth annual costume contest to have a chance at winning prizes. There will also be people and dog treats.

Itchy-O Hallowmass

Photo by Kyle Cooper

When: October 31, 8 – 11:59 p.m. 

Where: Summit Denver, 1902 Blake St., Denver 

Cost: $25 – $40 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Summit Denver presents the Itchy-O Hallowmass. The annual event features a live performance and wild experience with Itchy-O. You can feel the powerful beats throughout your body and help create a shrine dedicated to honoring those who have passed on through this world. You can bring an item in remembrance of a loved one, pet or memory to add to the altar that will later be burned on November 2.

Daybreaker DEN BOOgie Down

Photo courtesy of Nativ Hotel’s Website

When: October 31, 6 – 9 a.m. 

Where: NATIV Lounge & Hotel, 1612 Wazee St., Denver 

Cost: $25 – $35 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Start off your Halloween morning on the right foot during Daybreaker DEN BOOgie Down. The event starts with a Buti yoga flow guided by Ashton August followed by a dance party to get your body moving with Alyson Calagna, MC King Lexie and some surprises along the way.

Uu5280 : Unmasked

Photo Courtesy of Bellwether on Facebook

When: October 31, 7 p.m. 

Where: Bellwether, 5126 E. Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Bellwether is throwing a music-filled party with performances from artists including Polyphoni, Sarei Bird and Sqwerv. Uu5280: Unmasked will also feature sick giveaways of Uu5280 gear, vintage posters and tickets to the sold-out deadmau5 / CUBE V3-2019 tour.

Chromeo Halloween

Photo Courtesy of Temple Denver

 When: October 31, p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: Temple Denver, 1136 Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $35 – $60 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Rock out your spooky holiday with a Chromeo Halloween. Temple Denver hosts a DJ set with Justin Jay and Le Youth for you to dance till your feet get sore. You can get show off some of your best dance moves and listen to some killer music.

Friday, November 1

Día de Los Muertos First Friday Art Walk

Photo courtesy of Art District on Santa Fe on Facebook.

When: November 1, 5 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Art District on Santa Fe, 525 Santa Fe Dr., Denver 

Cost: Free and open to the public

The Lowdown: Every first Friday of the month the Art District opens for a special walk to take a peek inside more than 100 participating businesses and galleries. This Friday you can walk down the Santa Fe Art District during the Día de Los Muertos First Friday Art Walk and celebrate the Day of the Dead while exploring art.

READ: The Guide to Art Districts in Denver and The Artists and Places That Make Them 

Halloween Feast for Souls

Photo Courtesy of Blanchard Family Wines on Facebook

When: November 1, 7 – 9 p.m.

Where: Blanchard Family Wines, 1855 Blake St., Denver

Cost: $125 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Blanchard Family Wines hosts a Halloween Feast for Souls. The feast is comprised of a five-course dinner created by Chef Meis with wine and cocktail pairings complemented by Blanchard Family wines. You can also watch live painting from Jana Hope. Dark cocktail attire is highly encouraged.

Disney in Concert

Boettcher Concert. Photo Courtesy of Colorado Symphony

When: November 1 – 2 

Where: Boettcher Concert Hall,1000 14th St., Denver

Cost: $30 – $104 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Take an evening to see Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at Disney in Concert. The animated Halloween film will be projected on the big screen while the Colorado Symphony performs the Danny Elfman score live for the perfect haunted atmosphere.

Midnight Madness

Photo Courtesy of Landmark’s Esquire Theatre‎ on Facebook

When: November 1 – 2, 11:59 p.m. – 1 a.m. 

Where: Landmark’s Esquire Theatre‎, 590 Downing St., Denver 

Cost: $9.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Grab a bucket of popcorn for Midnight Madness. Landmark’s Esquire Theatre holds a screening of the comedic and slightly spooky film, The Addams Family (1991). You can watch as the quirky family adjusts after Uncle Fester suddenly reappears after years of being lost.

Día de Los Muertos Celebration

Photo Courtesy of Mexican Cultural Center on Facebook

When: November 1, 4 – 8 p.m.

Where: Town Center at Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Honor the Day of the Dead during a Día de Los Muertos Celebration. You can delight in bites and sips, make crafts and take part in helping to create traditional altars.

Saturday, November 2

Día de Los Muertos at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Photo Courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens on Facebook

When: November 2, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

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

Cost: $12.50 tickets available here

The Lowdown: Embrace fall with Día de Los Muertos at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The gardens celebrate the holiday with screenings of the film Coco, displays of traditional ofrendas created by members of the community and more.

Denver Mac & Cheese Festival

Photo courtesy of the Mac & Cheese Fest on Facebook.

When: November 2, 12:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: RiNo Fairgrounds, 3715 Chestnut Pl., Denver

Cost: $55 – $89 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Denver Mac & Cheese Festival is back for a cheesy day of deliciousness. You can taste bites of mac from local chefs and restaurants as the present their best and most innovative mac and cheese. You can wash it all down with unlimited beer samples from local breweries.

MCA Penny Admission

Photo Courtesy of MCA Denver‎ on Facebook

When: November 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

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

Cost: $0.01 at entry

The Lowdown: Go dig through your change for a shiny copper penny for the MCA Penny Admission. You can take a look at the current exhibitions of Francesca Woodman: Portrait of a Reputation, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler’s Flora and Stacey Steers’ Edge of Alchemy all for just one cent.

Mockery 5th Anniversary Block Party


Photo courtesy of Mockery Brewing on Facebook

When: November 2, 12 – 10 p.m.

Where: Mockery Brewing, 3501 Delgany St., Denver

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Grab a glass and cheers to five years in business during the Mockery 5th Anniversary Block Party. The party will take over the streets in front of the brewery with axe throwing, live music and more. You can snack on food from food trucks and sample over 20 brews on tap as well as specialty tappings.

Night at the Museum

Photo Courtesy of Denver Museum of Nature & Science on Facebook

When: November 2, 5 – 10 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free admission 

The Lowdown: Museum of Nature & Science opens its doors for a Night at the Museum. You can take an after-hours look at the exhibitions within the museum, watch performances from groups such as Breaking Barriers, Animal Poetry Slam and Don’t Look Down and more. You can fuel your adventures with bites from food trucks and pours from cash bars.

The Great Onesie Bar Crawl

Photo Courtesy of The Ginn Mill

When: November 2, 3 – 9 p.m. 

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

Cost: $25 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Get cozy in a onesie and imbibe on some brews during The Great Onesie Bar Crawl. There will be eight different bars that are participating with specials and surprises at each location. Just remember, you have to wear a onesie or pajamas to crawl it out.

Free Day at DAM

Photo Courtesy of Denver Art Museum‎ on Facebook

When: November 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: If you love to dive into art, Free Day at DAM (Denver Art Museum) is the perfect day for you. You can explore the new Shantell Martin: Words and Lines exhibition with bold black and white linework, see The Light ShowEyes On: Jonathan Saiz and more, all for free. Exhibitions such as Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature are ticketed.

READ: Expansive Claude Monet Exhibit at Denver Art Museum Tells an Environmental History

Local Music Video Mixtape Screening

Photo courtesy of Ratio Beerworks on Facebook

When: November 2, 8:30 – 11 p.m.

Where: Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: 303 Magazine teams up with the Denver Film Festival for a Local Music Video Mixtape Screening. You can see some killer locally made music videos such as “Virginia” by Boot Gun, “Pin and Needles” by 888 and “Seasons” by Whitacre. Seating is first come, first serve so make sure to arrive early to snag a spot.

303 Music Video Panel

Photo Courtesy of Denver Film Festival‎ on Facebook

When: November 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m. 

Where: McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $5 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Film Festival partners with the 303 Magazine music desk for a 303 Music Video Panel. You can hear from national and local filmmakers whose expertise lies in music-video production. The panelists include filmmakers such as the owner of ARWorks Motion Picture Company Alex Rhodes, the co-founder of Poco a Poco Productions Kyle Hilken and director and editor at Ramble West Productions Mara Whitehead. The panel will be moderated by Tyler Harvey of Tyler, the Creative.

Sunday, November 3

Day of the Dead 5k

Washington Park via Thinkstock

When: November 3, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Where: Washington Park, 1000 S. Downing St., Denver 

Cost: $30 register here

The Lowdown: Get ready to break a sweat at the Day of the Dead 5k. You can run or walk around scenic Washington Park during the 5k timed race. Following the jaunt you can explore vendor village, and refuel with food drinks.

Blissful Morning Yoga

Photo Courtesy of Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse on Facebook

When: November 3, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse, 3636 Chestnut Pl., Denver

Cost: $12 at entry

The Lowdown: Ironton Distillery and Blissful Brunch Yoga team up to present Blissful Morning Yoga. You can stretch out and let go of your weekly stresses during the one hour Flow Yoga class and later sip on a free cocktail from Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse. Attendees are encouraged to stick around after the yoga practice to refuel with brunch.

Janet Jackson Brunch

Photo Courtesy of The Triangle Denver on Facebook

When: November 3, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Where: The Triangle Denver, 2036 N. Broadway, Denver 

Cost: $25 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Get your brunch on with some awesome performances from local drag queens at the Janet Jackson Brunch. You can delight in themed brunch bites and sip on cocktails while vibing to beats from DJ Robbie Winehouse. Drag queens Felony Theariale Misdemeanor, Coco Bardot and Khrys’ta Aal will keep you entertained as you dine.

World Lemur Day

Photo Courtesy of Denver Zoo on Facebook

When: November 3, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver 

Cost: Free with $20 general admission here

The Lowdown: Learn more about the funky looking primates during World Lemur Day. Denver Zoo gives you access to see some adorable fuzzy faces, hear from zookeepers and participate in lemur themed activities throughout the day.

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All Night Long

When: November 7, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 

Where: 715 Club, 715 E. 26th Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

Denver Fashion Week Fall ’19

When: November 9 – 17

Where: Multiple locations check here

Cost: Various prices check here

Rocky Mountain Con 2019

When: November 9 – 10

Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Stapleton, 4444 Havana St., Denver

Cost: $10 – $20 tickets available here

Eric Andre

When: November 12, 7:30 p.m. 

Where: Paramount Denver, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver 

Cost: $35 – $49.50 tickets available here