The temperature may be dropping, but the entertainment scene is heating up around Denver. This weekend, you can have your fill of chili, booze, movies and markets. The Denver Film Festival
will end its run on Sunday, but the holiday festivities are just beginning!
See our list of things to do for free here
, and our roster of art shows here
. Now keep reading for seven events worth the price of admission:
34th Annual Champagne Cascade
Sunday, November 13, 10 a.m.
Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th Street
One of Denver’s traditional kickoffs to the holiday season is now marking its 34th year at the historic Brown Palace Hotel. Whether you're viewing the festivities from the atrium or in the VIP section enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks, the Champagne Cascade is a sight to behold. Marvel at the master swordsmen wielding Napoleonic sabers at the necks of Moët Champagne Magnums, and ooh and aah as the champagne effervesces down a two-story-high stack of over 5,000 glasses. It’s lavish, it’s indulgent, it’s beautiful — the holidays are here! Tickets, $20 to $175, are available through Eventbrite
, and benefit Make-a-Wish Colorado.
Cat Fest Colorado
Sunday, November 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
National Western Expo Hall, 4655 Humboldt Street
What are all of Denver’s crazy cat ladies doing? Getting ready for Cat Fest Colorado, which is geared to not only that group, but devoted cat lovers of any age, gender or belief system. This event has every angle covered: You can adopt a shelter cat, meet and greet a variety of gorgeous cat breeds, partake in costume contests for humans or felines, meet Colorado adventure cats That Cat Pluto and Denali Gato, buy cat paraphernalia or sip a Catini. Tickets are $20 per person at the door only (children two and under admitted free). Find more information here
Her Brush: Japanese Women Artists From the Fong-Johnstone Collection
Sunday, November 13, through May 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bonfils-Stanton Gallery, Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway
This beautiful show opening November 13 includes works from the Fong-Johnstone Collection, a recent acquisition for the Denver Art Museum, that have never before been seen by the public. It’s a triumph for women artists who continued working despite stiff social restrictions, but there’s more to it than that. As Christoph Heinrich, the DAM’s Frederick and Jan Mayer Director, notes, it serves “the museum’s ongoing commitment and mission of elevating voices of overlooked artists and their art” and fits into a concerted effort by the DAM to raise the art of not one, but all diverse cultures. Admission to the museum is $15 for Colorado residents; find out more here
Opera Colorado: Rigoletto
Last chance to catch Rigoletto.
Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m.
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Performing Arts Complex
Opera Colorado gets warmed up for the holidays with a classic: Rigoletto. Hunchbacked jester Rigoletto still loses his daughter Gilda to the debauched Duke of Mantua, a curse still falls upon the clown and the duke, and Gilda still dies: You can't make up this level of operatic drama, and it's perfect fodder for the city’s resident opera troupe’s fortieth anniversary year. There are still tickets, $75 to $239, for the final performance; get them here
The COVID Wife
Sunday, November 13, 2 p.m., continuing through December 10
Benchmark Theatre, 1560 Teller Street, Lakewood
In October 2020, Denver actress Suzanne Nepi was thrust into the national spotlight after her husband, Mark Nepi, was hospitalized on a ventilator with COVID-19 and a video of him went viral. Now, more than two years later, Suzanne is sharing her inspiring story about resilience in the face of tragedy with The COVID Wife
. She stars in the world premiere of the play she wrote; this is opening weekend, and the run continues through December 10. Tickets are $30; get them here
Native American Comedy Showcase
Josh Emerson could be Denver's funniest Native. See him Sunday.
Sunday, November 13, 7 p.m.
hi-dive, 7 South Broadway
Josh Emerson could be Denver’s funniest Native. After growing up on the Navajo Nation reservation, he began performing at open mics in Durango, then moved to Denver after the death of his mother and started to build his own career as well as boost the local Native comedy scene. He'll be helping to celebrate Native American Heritage Month at the Native American Comedy Showcase with Sam Tallent and others on Sunday. Read our story on Emerson here
, and get tickets, $12 (or $15 at the door) here
Denver Fashion Week: Fall 2022
Through Sunday, November 20
Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway
Denver Fashion Week’s fall 2022 event includes eight runway shows over nine days. The Sports Castle will serve as a dedicated Fashion Week central, with shows focusing on kids’ couture, hair, lifestyle, streetwear, ready-to-wear, national designers and sustainable fashion ticking off the schedule day after day. Find details, tickets, prices and everything else you need to know at Eventbrite
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