What are you waiting for? Keep reading for ten of the best events in Denver today:
Black Fantasy Summit Brunch
Sunday, October 3, 1 to 3 p.m.
Triangle Denver, 2036 Broadway
Black Pride Colorado is hosting Denver's first-ever celebration of LGBTQIA+ Ball culture with a series of “Black Fantasy” events. “This year’s 'Black Fantasy' events in Denver are a groundbreaking opportunity to pay homage to Ball culture, which was used as an escape by LGBTQIA+ people from the real world,” says Dr. Tara Jae, co-founder of Black Pride Colorado and executive director of YouthSeen. “The late-night activity also provided a support system to a community that helped each other thrive when 'mainstream' society seemed indifferent to their suffering and from which they were often excluded." Tickets are no longer available for the brunch online, but you can try your luck at the door.
Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Sunday, October 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Four Mile Historic Park, 715 South Forest Street
Four Mile Historic Park does autumn fun for families the old-fashioned way: with prairie games, an artisan market, live farm demonstrations such as blacksmithing, s’mores stations, tractor rides and, courtesy of the Swallow Hill Music Association, live music and an instrument petting zoo. There will be food trucks nearby—or BYO food. Timed tickets are $8 to $16; reserve in advance online.
Now through October 31, open daily at 10 a.m. (8:30 a.m. members)
Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele Street
The Denver Zoo has zippered Boo at the Zoo this year in favor of Wild Fall, a more nature-oriented and less-hectic “Fall-oween” celebration that stretches through October and is included in the regular zoo gate admission. While the emphasis is on real animals, it will have some supernatural touches, too, including cryptid-carved pumpkins (in plain English, that means creatures like Bigfoot and Mothman), as well as animal demonstrations and autumnal food and drink. Admission ranges from $14 to $20 (children two and under get in free); reserve timed tickets online in advance.
Sunday, October 3, noon to 10 p.m.
Ironton Distillery, 3636 Chestnut Place
Despite being a distillery, Ironton’s urban Harvest Fest serves adults and children alike. While you practice a little therapeutic ax-throwing, book a fall family photo session, enjoy live music and steal a shot or two, the kids can pick a jack-o-lantern-to-be from Ironton’s patch ($5 per pumpkin) and do some artsy-craftsy pumpkin decorating. There’s a costume contest, too, along with a mini farmers’ market, and pumpkin-themed food and drink specials. Get info and RSVP here for a free taste of pumpkin-spice liqueur.
Titwrench Music Festival 2021
Sunday, October 3, 4 to 10:30 p.m.
City Park Pavilion, 2001 Steele Street
The feminist, volunteer-driven, gender- and race-inclusive, experimental, community-friendly gathering known as Titwrench will celebrate a thirteen-year run — and say farewell — during one big evening under the stars in City Park. Music begins at 4 p.m. at the pavilion on Ferril Lake, along with an hour-long Sol Vida #DivineBootyShaking Workshop; New Mexican artist Nacha Mendez, the Milk Blossoms, Machete Mouth and My Name Is Harriett will perform. Between sets, visit the Maiz and Konjo food trucks for eats, and shop Titwrench merch and the Witch Collective’s artisan market. Admission is free; RSVP here.
Magic of the Jack O’ Lanterns
Sunday, October 3, 7 p.m. to close, continuing Thursdays through Sundays through October October 31
Hudson Gardens, 6115 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
Hudson Gardens is trying something new this fall: Magic of the Jack O’ Lanterns, a Halloween season spectacle of lights and holiday vignettes, brought to you by the same folks who scare you to death at the Thirteenth Floor and other fright houses across the nation. This one’s scareless, though, which makes it something for everyone to enjoy together on a brisk autumn evening. Find info and timed tickets here.
Sunday, October 3, 2:30 p.m., continuing weekends through November 7
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton Street, Aurora
Vintage Theatre hosts the world premiere of Colorado playwright Scott Gibson’s season-appropriate thriller Cross Words, which follows a scheming couple who can’t wait for Aunt Rosamund to kick the bucket so that they can pocket her fortune. Unfortunately for them, she seems to be imperviously kill-proof. Find out if luck goes their way or sticks with the hale and hearty Aunt Rosamund. Weekends through November 7; get your tickets, $20 to $38, here.
Sunday, October 3, 2 p.m., with shows continuing through November 7
Black Box Theatre, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
A.R. Gurney’s sweet and funny comedy Sylvia seems to become a perennial favorite wherever it goes. That’s true at the Arvada Center’s Black Box, where the story about a man who becomes obsessed with his dog makes the rounds every few years. In 2021, it kicks off the Black Box season in a production directed in-house by Lynne Collins. You can’t go wrong with this one; grab tickets, starting at $45, here.
Denver Visual Artists and Their Legacy (Part III of Generations)
Sunday, October 3, 7 to 9 p.m.
CHAC at Converge Denver, 3327 Brighton Boulevard
CHAC reappears at Converge Denver Sunday for the opening reception of part three of Generations: Denver Visual Artists and Their Legacy, a series showcasing the intergenerational connections between old and young artists in the Chicana/o community. CHAC veterans Stevon Lucero, known for his meta-realism and Neo-Pre-Columbian painting styles, and Judy Miranda, whose work has an international reach, show alongside Alicia Cardenas, who owns the tattoo and piercing studio Sol Tribe in addition to being a fine artist.
Doors Open Denver
Through October 17
Around town and online
Doors Open Denver is back, with a combination of a dozen virtual tours available on-demand and four in-person tours per day on the weekend. You can visit the Clyfford Still Museum, the Historic Elitch Theater, the Historic 11th Avenue Hostel and the US. Olympic and Paralympic Museum, among other places, but tickets — $25 for members of the Denver Architecture Foundation and $30 for non-members — are limited. Get all the details and tickets here.
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