The leaves are falling, days are getting shorter, and nights are chilly, but November's to-do list is keeping the Denver area hotter than ever. Gather the whole family and enjoy these Thanksgiving season events.
your go-to guide for november events around the denver metro area
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Fiesta de los Muertos on South Pearl Street
Friday, November 1st
4PM - 9PM | Old South Pearl Street
1400 South Pearl Street, Denver
Join us in celebration of Dia de los Muertos (also November's First Friday Art Walk) with several merchants on South Pearl Street! 5 green boxes, Second Star to the Right Books, R Bazaar, Gallery 1505, Uno Mas Taqueria, Whole Cat and Hazel will be host to these events and altars. We will honor the Day of the Dead with art, food (Mujeres Emprendedoras Cooperative), music, dance (Tom Ogunribido) and cultural exchange. Learn about altar-making, paper flowers, and shop with vendors that will help you honor your ancestors, loved ones and Mexican culture.
Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, November 2nd
9AM - 3PM | Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens’ observance of Día de los Muertos features indoor screenings of Disney’s Pixar film "Coco, " traditional music, community altar, face painting and more. While you’re here, enjoy the display of ofrendas created by members of the Denver community and a special holiday exhibition in the Bonsai Pavilion.
Cheese/Meat & Beer Pairing
Thursday, November 7th
6-8PM | Great Divide Brewing Company
Cheese Meat Board will be with us at the Great Divide Ball Park taproom from 6pm to 8pm pairing 3 delicious beers with your choice of either cheese or meat! Cost is $15, first come, first served. Hope to see you there!
The Polar Express Train Ride
Weekends in November, beginning November 9th
5PM - 9:15PM | Colorado Railroad Museum
The story of The Polar Express is being theatrically re-created so you and your family can be immersed in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale. Prepare to be surrounded by the magic and wonder of the holiday season! (Tickets $60-$120)
Nitro Fest 2019
Saturday, November 9th
4PM - 10PM | Left Hand Brewing Company
Nitro Fest is America's only exclusively nitrogenated beer festival, featuring rebelliously rare beers poured by acclaimed breweries from across the globe, as well as and invite-only list of the best nitro beers from the United States. Acclaimed national touring artists are curating performances featuring fire dancers, aerialists and more. The event is a Cosmic Formal Masquerade Ball, and costumes are highly recommended. Come ready for a one of a kind night and let the beers, costumes and music transport you for an experience you will surely never forget.
Family Day: Exploring Fantastic Fossils
Saturday, November 16th
10AM - 4PM | University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
Family Days inspire wonderment about the natural world in families and kids of all ages. We’ll explore topics through hands-on activities including creative take-home crafts, up-close observations, play-based activities, and experiments. This Family Day, imagine the Arctic 100 million years ago. How cold was it? Was it dark for 6 months of the year? What lived there? Join us to discover the answers about all the critters big and small that inhabited the far poles long ago.
Chili Cook Off
Saturday, November 16th
11AM - 1PM | Grand Prix Motorsports
Join us at Grand Prix Motorsports for our annual Chili Cook-Off! Tasting will begin at 11:00am and go until 12:00pm and the winners will be announced at 12:30pm. Grand Prix Motorsports gift cards will be awarded to the top chilis! Get your free tickets and sign up if you want to be a contestant or simply attend and eat some great chili.
Mac n’ Cheese 5k
Sunday, November 17th
8:30AM - 11:30AM | Boulder Running Company, Cherry Creek
Denver's premier 5k road race, starting and finishing in Washington Park. The Mac 'N Cheese 5k is a flat and fast course, offering $5,000 in prize money, age group awards, and plenty of food and beverages at the post-race party!
11th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival
Friday, November 22nd
6PM - 8PM | The Streets at SouthGlenn - 6851 S Gaylord Street, Centennial
Joins us as we kick off the season with this festive holiday community tradition! Enjoy a figure skating ice show, Santa's arrival, FREE photos with Santa (bring your camera to capture the moment) and free family fun! Plus, The Cube ice rink opens for the season.
Safari Camp at Denver Zoo
Monday, November 25th - Wednesday, November 27th
9AM - 4PM | Denver Zoo
During Fall & Winter Safari Mini-Camps, campers will learn to design solutions to real challenges animals face across Denver Zoo! They will create solutions to help animals learn, grow, and play, innovate ways to keep our animals comfortable and healthy, and think critically to construct dream homes for our residents! Paired with fun camp activities like investigating animals from around the world, playing games, making new friends, and meeting Zoo ambassador animals, it’s a perfect way to spend school breaks!