It’s starting to look like Christmas a lot – especially in Lakewood, where Camp Christmas has just opened, as well as Cheesman Park, where Blossoms of Light will bloom in the Denver Botanic Gardens tonight. Although most of the major seasonal light shows start after Thanksgiving, other parts of the city will also be lit this weekend. Several of them are on our list of free things to do.
Continue reading for events and activities around town this weekend that are worth paying for admission:
Affordable art festival
Friday, November 19 at 8.00 until and including Saturday 20 November at 19.00 online
The Affordable Arts Festival returns virtually with over sixty artists offering works for under $ 100, and all proceeds go to Arapahoe Community College scholarships. It’s $ 12 to register and get all your purchases done in one site! Find out more here.
The flowers of light
Friday, November 19 to January 8 at. 16:30 to 21:00 at night, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street
The Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens is a true thing of beauty: a wonderland that twinkles with millions of LED lights in colors that compete with the beauty of the botanical attraction’s summer flowers. Perfect for holiday-light geeks of all ages, it’s one of the best reasons in town to let the little ones get up late and swallow hot chocolate on a frosty winter night. And don’t miss the new 200-foot-long, 17-foot-high tunnel of animated lights along the O’Fallon Perennial Walk. Find information and get timed admission tickets, $ 16 to $ 21, here.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Friday, November 19th through January 2nd
Gaylord Rockies Resort, 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard, Aurora
Have a happy, acrobatic holiday with Cirque Dreams Holidaze, just one of the many holiday attractions the Gaylord Rockies has to offer – and one of the few that will satisfy a multi-generational audience with its classic Christmas-themed, circque-style theme. Tickets start at $ 29 and go fast; get yours here.
Now through January 2nd
Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, 801 South Yarrow Street, Lakewood
Immersive champion Lonnie Hanzon has surpassed herself in bringing Camp Christmas, formerly an indoor affair, to life in a six-acre outdoor setting. But he’s had plenty of experience with al fresco holiday exhibits in the past, at the Hudson Gardens, the Houston Zoo and even the Denvers Parade of Lights. Camp Christmas, a partnership with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Off-Center, is another kind of holiday show: It has a campy personality that dictates such exhibits as pun games, a glamorous Santa Claus, an emotional baggage check, and drag queen rides. There is also a bar to suit a fairy queen! See for yourself; see the schedule (hours vary) and get tickets, $ 8 to $ 25 (with optional add-ons available) here.
Winter is starting now
Friday, November 19, 6 and 9:30 p.m .; Saturday, November 20, 3 and 6 p.m.
Paramount Theater, 1621 Glenarm Street
Warren Miller Entertainment is back at home to show his 72nd feature film, Winter Starts Now. The action chases the winter from coast to coast: from Alaska’s Prince William Sound, where the only fresh tracks encountered belong to bears, to Maine’s community of artisans and women dedicated to gliding on snow. It is a tribute to any skier who lives for the excitement and finds comfort in the chairlift. Although legendary filmmaker Warren Miller is gone, his legacy lives on with these annual films. Get tickets, $ 26 to $ 28, here.
Scream Screen: There’s Something About Larry: A Tribute to the B-Movies of Larry Cohen
Friday, November 19 at 19.30 and continued Fridays until 17 December
You FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue
Now that Sie FilmCenter is once again hosting personal screenings, it’s no surprise that Scream Screen – the local horror queen Theresa Mercado’s long-running quarterly horror film series – has returned. Tributes to the reign of the late B-movie king Larry Cohen in the 70s and 80s are spread over five consecutive Fridays. Capture the first episode, a double feature in the documentary King Cohen and The Stuff, a creepy laugh about a dangerous goo marketed as dessert, this weekend; Bone, It’s Alive, Special Effects and God Told Me To follow. Read more and get tickets here.
The War of the Flowers
Friday, November 19 at 19.30 and Saturday 20 November at 14.00
Northglenn Arts, 1 East Memorial Parkway, Northglenn
Su Teatros’ moving drama The War of the Flowers is based on the true story of five Mexican-American women who chained themselves to the gate to the flowering plant in Brighton, where they worked to protest dangerous working conditions back in 1969. In a move against the striking workers, reminiscent of a scene from Grapes of peace, they were cruelly gassed by Weld County deputies and forced to give up their position. The show, written by Su Teatros’ Tony Garcia, travels from his home on Santa Fe Drive to Northglenn for a two-day run; read our story about the original production here. Tickets are $ 13 to $ 20 here.
The power of the horse
Saturday, November 20 to May 9
History of Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway
The importance of the horse in Colorado’s history and culture is not often mentioned in the technology-laden 21st century, but evidence – first and foremost the National Western Stock Show – is all around us, reminding us that horses were needed to shepherd the majestic longhorns. , and that there is nothing like seeing a cowboy hanging on a bucking bronco in the ring. History of Colorado’s new exhibition, The power of the horse, which opens this weekend, pays homage to the image of the western horse from all possible angles, providing insight into the horses’ usefulness, beauty and wild spirit. The show is included in the museum’s entrance; get lowdown and tickets here.
Shining Mountains Film Festival
Saturday, November 20 and Sunday, November 21 at. 14:00 to 20:00 daily
Wheeler Opera House, 320 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen
The Aspen’s Shining Mountains Film Festival premiered in 2018 as an initiative of the Aspen Ute Foundation, an organization formed to recognize and restore members of the Northern Ute tribe to the area where their ancestors once settled. Since then, it has grown to recognize other tribes, and Shining Mountain reflects the original diversity of its choices and gives voice to native filmmakers and subjects. Select titles include Earl Biss: The spirit that wanders among his people, a documentary about the Aspen-based artist; End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock and Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier, but the schedule does not end there; find all deals and purchase cards, $ 25 to $ 75, here.
Denver Fashion Week: Readywear
Saturday, November 20 at 7pm and Sunday, November 21 at 7pm
McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue
Does the city look a little better dressed this week? That’s because Denver Fashion Week has begun; it is the state’s largest fashion show featuring new designers, local shops, national brands, hairdressers, makeup artists and models. The action culminates with three runway shows; the first, November 18, features Readywear; that will be followed by local designers and sustainable fashion. Get the full schedule and tickets, $ 20 to $ 150, here.
Do you know of a great event in Denver? We will update this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]