25 Unique Things to do in Denver this Weekend

Denver has some seasonal events ready for you to fall in love with lined up for the weekend. Start it off by experiencing adventure at the Denver Far Out Premiere and end it by witnessing your fitness at the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. Whatever you end up doing, make sure to take a gander at this roundup of events happening in Denver.

Thursday, October 4

Denver Far Out Premiere

When: October 4 – October 6

Where: Sie FilmCenter,  2510 E Colfax Ave. and Denver and The Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave., Denver 

Cost: $18 – $75 get tickets here

The Lowdown: REI and Teton Gravity Research present the Denver Far Out Premiere. The event features a screening of the newly released film, Far Out. The film follows the journey of an athlete pushing boundaries in the Albanian Alps. Following the screening, you can have a chance at winning prizes, such as tours to Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Ski City and more.

Panzano’s 20th Anniversary

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When: October 4, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

Where: Panzano, 909 17th St., Denver 

Cost: $125.44 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Celebrate 20 years of delights at Panzano’s 20th Anniversary. The event features a four-course dinner with wine pairings. You can sample dishes such as a Manzo alla Tartara, lamb croquettes and tuna “speck.” Each course is met with complimentary sips to perfect the evening.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Photo Courtesy of Newman Center for the Performing Arts‎ on Facebook

When: October 4, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

Where: Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E Iliff Ave., Denver 

Cost: $29 – $57 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Newman Center for the Performing Arts hosts Camille A. Brown & Dancers. The event features performances from Camille A. Brown and her latest works. The performances celebrate African American traditions and culture that have culminated together to create the Black identity.

Friday, October 5

Adventure Film Festival

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When: October 5 – 7 

Where: Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder

Cost: $25 – $70 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Adventure Film Festival is back in Boulder. The event features three days of amazing adventure-centric films. You can choose from over 30 independent films to view as well as take part in workshops, panels and more. You can also listen to live music, sip on local brews, explore vendors and peruse a street fair.

First Friday Art Walk

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When: October 5, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: The first Friday of every month brings First Friday Art Walk. You can stroll down the Art District on Santa Fe to explore all of the amazing galleries and creative businesses. The walk features 30 participating locations on Santa Fe and a myriad of food trucks to fuel your art adventures. You can see sculptures, prints and more at the participating businesses.

Scream Screen

SIE FilmCenter via SIE FilmCenter on Facebook

When: October 5, 9:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Where: Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $11.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Sie FilmCenter presents Scream Screen. The event features a screening of the thrilling film Invasion of The Body Snatchers. The film tells a terrifying story of Dr. Miles Bennell as he discovers that humans are being kidnapped by aliens and replaced with emotion-devoid clones.

The Source’s Five Year Anniversary Weekend

The exterior of The Source Hotel

When: Friday, October 5 – 7  

Where: The Source Hotel and Market Hall, 3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Experience all of the bounties of The Source during The Source’s Five Year Anniversary Weekend. The three-day event features drink specials, nibbles and more. You can listen to live music while you peruse all of the businesses within The Source.

Cannibal The Musical

Photo courtesy of The Bug Theatre on Facebook

When: October 5 – 27

Where: The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver 

Cost: $20 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The Bug Theatre hosts Cannibal The Musical, a production created by Trey Parker. The musical presents the real-life story of Alferd Packer, the sole survivor of a trip to the Colorado Territory that ended in cannibalism. Packer’s story has become a mainstay of Colorado history, especially in Boulder where they even have a cafeteria named after him. You can experience his tale of the journey through musical bounds.

The WhiskyX Denver

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When: October 5, 6 – 11 p.m. 

Where: Denver Rock Drill, 1717 E 39th Ave., Denver 

Cost: $50 – $100 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Rock Drill hosts The WhiskyX Denver. The second annual event features tastings of more than 60 whiskeys, bites from local food trucks and chefs and more. You can also have a chance at getting a hair trim from Scotch & Scissors as well as free Hoyo de Monterrey cigars for VIPs.

After Dark Corn Maze

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When: October 5 – 6, 7 – 11 p.m. 

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms, 8500 W Deer Creek Rd., Littleton

Cost: $14 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Botanic Gardens hosts an After Dark Corn Maze at Chatfield Farms. You can take a nighttime stroll throughout a maze made up of seven acres of corn, designed by emergency first responders. You can also take a look at the maze from above on top of two 15-foot bridges. No printed maps are available onsite, you can see maps here.

Saturday, October 6

Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market

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When: October 6, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Where: Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market, 4345 W 46th Ave., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Horseshoe Craft & Flea Market is back for fall. The event features more than 130 vendors, from makers to artists and more. You can grab food from food trucks, sip on drinks and jam out to live music while finding the best flea items to perfect your collections.

 4th Annual Backcountry Tap Room

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When: October 6, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Where: Grand Park Development, 46 Market St., Fraser

Cost: $15 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Upslope Brewing Company hosts a 4th Annual Backcountry Tap Room. The event features a 2.5-mile hike in Grand Park leading to an outdoor tap room. You can work up a sweat while you hike and then refresh with a pour of a limited edition Spruce Tip IPA. Proceeds from the event benefit Leave No Trace.

Mile High Grilled Cheese and Beer Fest

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When: October 6, 1:30 – 9 p.m. 

Where: Denver Rock Drill, 1717 E 39th Ave., Denver 

Cost: $55 – $105 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Pull apart the meltiest cheese at the Mile High Grilled Cheese and Beer Fest. The event features a day dedicated to grilled cheese presented by local chefs and restaurants as well as brews from a variety of breweries to wash down all of the cheesy goodness.

TheBigWonderful

Photo Courtesy of TheBigWonderful‎ on Facebook

When: October 6 – 7

Where: 4400 Fox St., Denver 

Cost: Free – $29 get tickets here

The Lowdown: TheBigWonderful is back in Denver. The event features more than 60 vendors, makers and more all from Colorado. You can imbibe with samples from over 15 local distilleries, cideries and breweries as well as dine from local food trucks while shopping.

Enchanted Hollows

Photo courtesy of Denver Zoo on Facebook

When: October 6, 6 – 9:30 p.m. 

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver 

Cost: $18 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Denver Zoo presents Enchanted Hollows. The event features a tour of the zoo at night, giving it a spooky twist. You can imbibe on cocktails, munch on seasonal food and more. You can also participate in demonstrations and peruse Jack-o’-lantern sculptures around the walk.

Zombie Makeovers

Photo courtesy of Spectra Art Space on Facebook

When: October 6, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Where: Spectra Art Space, 1836 S Broadway,

Cost: Free register here

The Lowdown: Spectra Art Space takes on the spooky season with Zombie Makeovers. You can get your zombie on with the help of a @fantasySfx, a professional makeup artist, play seasonal games and later head out on the Zombie Crawl. You can also dance in a silent disco and peruse art installations in Spectra.

Fresh Hop Festival

Photo Courtesy of Falling Rock Tap House

When: October 6, 12 – 11:59 p.m. 

Where: Falling Rock Tap House, 1919 Blake St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Falling Rock Tap House teams up with Colorado Brewers Guild to present the Fresh Hop Festival. The event features a day packed with hoppy brews. You can sample from more than 40 different hopped up beers from breweries such as Call to Arms Brewing Company, Capitol Creek Brewery and Chain Reaction Brewing Company.

Denver Zombie Crawl

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When: October 6, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Where: Denver Zombie Crawl, 16th St., Denver 

Cost: Free admission

The Lowdown: Spend your day with the living dead during the Denver Zombie Crawl. Make sure to dress up in zombie gear for the 13th annual event to make the slow walk around 16th Street. You can stop at makeup booths for touch-ups and jam out with Kevin Torres, the official emcee for the crawl.

Denver Oddities & Curiosities Expo

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When: October 6, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Where: The Denver Mart, 451 E 58th Ave., Denver 

Cost: $10 get tickets here

The Lowdown: If you love fascinating finds, spooky items and odd things, Denver Oddities & Curiosities Expo is the right place for you. The event features a variety of vendors presenting taxidermy, antiques, bones and more interesting and creep-tastic items for purchase.

Cereal Killers

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When: October 6, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Denver, 4255 W Colfax Ave., Denver 

Cost: $12.50 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Alamo Drafthouse Denver presents Cereal Killers. The event features endless bowls of cereal to munch on while you watch a screening of The Silence of The Lambs. The horror film follows a thrilling story of Clarice Starling as she investigates the murder spree of Buffalo Bill while getting insight from the notorious Hannibal Lecter.

Free First Saturday

Photo courtesy of Denver Art Museum on Facebook

When: October 6, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

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

Cost: Free and open to the public 

The Lowdown: Denver Art Museum opens its doors for Free First Saturday. You can enter the museum at no cost and explore all of the amazing art that it holds. All general admission tickets are free, however, if you do want to explore ticketed exhibitions, they will still be priced as normal.

Punkin Chunkin

When: October 6 – 7, 10 a.m. 

Where: Arapahoe Park & Mile High Racing, 26000 E Quincey Ave., Aurora

Cost: $5 get tickets here

The Lowdown: The City of Aurora teams up with Colorado State Bank and Trust to present the Punkin Chunkin. The event features a seasonal festival with live music, a pumpkin patch and of course, a pumpkin chucking. You can also watch a chainsaw carving competition, sip on brews from a beer garden and munch on food from vendors.

Sunday, October 7

Peking Duck Pop-Up

Photo by Brittany Werges.

When: October 7, 6 – 10 p.m. 

Where: Departure Denver, 249 Columbine St. Ste 102, Denver 

Cost: $100 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Departure Denver hosts a Peking Duck Pop-Up. The event features a chance to take a bite out of a crispy Peking Duck to share. The ticket price includes one Peking duck that serves two to four guests, traditional garnishes such as scallions, plum and hoisin sauce and more.

Oktoberfest

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When: Sunday, October 7, 1 – 4 p.m. 

Where: Citizen Rail, 1899 16th St., Denver 

Cost: $30 get tickets here

The Lowdown: Citizen Rail partners with Prost Brewing Company to present Oktoberfest. The event features a dinner with German fare. You can dive into pretzels, sausage and more with Marzen beer to wash it all down. The ticket price includes two beers, an all-you-can-eat feast and a stein.

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

Photo Courtesy of Hot Chocolate 15k & 5k on Facebook

When: October 7, 7 – 11 a.m. 

Where: Denver’s Civic Center Park, Colfax and Bannock St., Denver 

Cost: $54 – $74 register here

The Lowdown: Work up a sweat in the cool fall weather at the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. The event features a 15k race and a 5k race around Civic Center Park. Following the race, you can sip on hot chocolate and munch on treats to refuel. The proceeds from the race benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Mark Your Calendar

The Bloody Mary Festival

When: October 13, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Where: EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St., Denver 

Cost: $45 – $55 tickets available here

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

When: October 15, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. 

Where: Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver

Cost: $59 – $95 tickets available here

Pumpkin Nights

When: October 17, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. 

Where: Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton

Cost: $14 – $20 tickets available here

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