Things to Do

Ten More Things to Do in Denver (and Beyond) Today

Linnea Covington
The last day of the weekend brings golden opportunities to enjoy fall in Colorado, with harvest festivals and some spooky ceremonies.

You'll find plenty to do in our list of free activities around town, as well as the new Art Attack. Now keep reading for ten events worth the price of admission:

Doors Open Denver
Now Through October 16, with in-person tours on the weekends
All over Denver (and beyond)

Presented by the Denver Architecture Foundation, Doors Open Denver features 24 in-person tours that celebrate educational and cultural campuses across Denver, as well as 24 virtual tours of unique and significant sites across the Front Range. The virtual tours are free and available 24/7 during DOD; the Insider Tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays and include — but aren't limited to — looks at the Denver Zoo, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the University of Denver and the Auraria Higher Education Center. Tickets for in-person tours are $25 for DAF members and $30 for non-members; virtual tours are free. Get all the details here.

Pumpkin Festival
Sunday, October 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton
The corn maze is high and extra spooky at Chatfield Farms, and the pumpkins are ready to pick: It’s a perfect weekend for the annual Pumpkin Festival at the Denver Botanic Garden’s rural site in Littleton. The pumpkins are the main event, of course, and you’ll find them out in the field in all sizes for all ages, but your ticket also includes the maze, antique tractors, a hayride, carnival rides and other family-friendly perks, along with vendor booths, food trucks and live entertainment. The price is right at $9 to $15 (children two and under free); reserve timed-entry tickets here.

Pumpkin Harvest Festival
Sunday, October 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Four Mile Historic Park, 715 South Forest Street

Four Mile Park’s Pumpkin Harvest Festival has the perfect formula for a fall family day, with fun things to do and you-pick pumpkins. For kids, there will be old-fashioned prairie games and demonstrations of blacksmithing and other farm work, face-painting and tractor rides, while adults can browse an artisan market, pan for gold or throw an ax. Admission ranges from $10 to $18 (and $33 to $35 VIP) in advance (children six and under admitted free); prices go up a couple of dollars at the gate.

Denver Record Collectors Fall Expo
Sunday, October 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Delta by Marriott, 10 East 120th Avenue, Northglenn
Big K’s Denver Record Collectors Fall Expo returns this Sunday, as it has for nearly thirty years, to let you flip through piles of vinyl and CDs in every genre, as well as posters, memorabilia and rarities — every record collector’s dream. Nearly 100 tables will be packed high with whatever it is you’re looking for in 2022, and it still costs only $2 to get in the door. Find out more here.

Meet the Spirits
Sunday, October 9, noon to 5 p.m.
Columbia Cemetery, 1209 9th Street, Boulder

Volunteers from Historic Boulder will join Boulder’s Parks and Recreation Department for Meet the Spirits, when those interred at Columbia Cemetery will come to life. You never know which spirits will rise, but there may be appearances by gunslinger Tom Horn, photographer Rocky Mountain Joe, CU Professor Mary Rippon, architect Chauncey Stokes, and Civil War veteran and prospector Lew Wallace, aka “Indian Jack.” In addition, members of the Buffalo Soldiers organization and Colorado’s “Legendary Ladies” will be at the event. Tickets are $25; get more details here.
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You'll fall for Canopy.
Control Group
Control Group Productions, Canopy
Sunday, October 9, 2 and 6:15 p.m.
Aspen Grove Parking Lot, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

You’ll have to act fast to go leaf peeping with Control Group Productions. The immersive performance group’s foothills revery Canopy pops up today, running over the weekend for only six shows. After you hop on a bus at Aspen Grove, Control Group will whisk you away for a lesson in learning to appreciate the role that trees play in the rhythm of nature, told through performance by Caroline Sharkey (who also directs); the experience includes poetry, dance and a live score by Conrad Kehn and Ryan Fiegl of the Playground Ensemble. Get tickets, $30, here...before they're gone like fall leaves.

Futurity
Sunday, October 9, 2 p.m. Run continues through October 30
Aurora Fox Arts, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora

The Aurora Fox gives peace a chance with Futurity, a magical folk-rock musical by César Alvarez and The Lisps, who weave a story about a Civil War soldier and a mathematician creating a peace machine with the help of such human pastimes as music and storytelling. In a world where most people around the globe seem at war over something or other, from political disputes to the battlefield, this is a timely and tuneful production. Admission for the Colorado premiere ranges from $15 to $40; reserve tickets here.

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MCA Denver hosts Charles Lloyd's Ocean Trio at the Holiday Theater.
Photo by D. Darr
Fun on Federal 2022
Sunday, October 9, 4 to 7 p.m.
Adams Mystery Theater, 2406 Federal Boulevard
The Federal Boulevard BID, which oversees Jefferson Park and Federal between 22nd and 27th avenues, invites the public to come on down on Sunday afternoon to discover the thoroughfare’s eateries and entertainment. Check in at the Adams Mystery Theater, where you can also catch a free improv comedy show at 4, 5 or 6 p.m., and stroll the neighborhood to find eats and live music. Register in advance at Eventbrite; the $10 fee also includes a slice at Sexy Pizza, a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) at the Jefferson Park Pub and a scavenger hunt with prizes. Find out more here.

Fear at the Fort, Night One: Mandy
Sunday, October 9, 7 to 10 p.m. (film at 8 p.m.)
Fort Green, 321 East 45th Avenue

Popcorn & Jalapenos is launching a horrifying four-part film series on Sunday, when the feature is Mandy. Who will survive these fright nights? Tickets are $10; get them here.

The Dark Forest: A Halloween Burlesque Show
Sunday, October 9, 8 p.m.
The Spark Theater, 4847 Pearl Street, B4, Boulder

Get lost in the haunted woods as Boulder Burlesque beckons you into a mythic realm of fear and seduction, challenge and sexuality, fear and the unknown. Tickets are $25 and $30 at the door; 10 percent will be donated to Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence. Find out more here.

Do you know of a great event in Denver? We'll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to [email protected]
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