Things to Do

Ten More Things to Do in Denver This Weekend

War of the Flowers debuted in March 2019.
War of the Flowers debuted in March 2019. Jake Holschuh
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas — especially in Lakewood, where Camp Christmas just opened, as well as Cheesman Park, where Blossoms of Light is in full bloom at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Although most of the big seasonal light shows start after Thanksgiving, other parts of town will be getting lit this weekend, too. Several of those are on our list of free things to do.

Keep reading for events and activities around town this weekend that are well worth the price of admission:

Affordable Arts Festival
Through Saturday, November 20, 7 p.m. online

The Affordable Arts Festival returns, virtually, with over sixty artists offering works for under $100 and all proceeds going to Arapahoe Community College scholarships. It's $12 to register and get all your shopping done on one site! Find out more here.

The Power of Horses
Saturday, November 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through May 9
History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway
The importance of the horse in Colorado history and culture isn’t 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 herd those majestic longhorns, and that there’s nothing like watching a cowboy hanging on to a bucking bronco in the ring. History Colorado’s new exhibit, The Power of Horses, which opens this weekend, pays homage to the image of the Western equine from every possible point of view, giving insight into the usefulness, beauty and wild spirit of horses. The show is included in museum admission; get the lowdown and tickets here.
click to enlarge War of the Flowers debuted in March 2019. - JAKE HOLSCHUH
War of the Flowers debuted in March 2019.
Jake Holschuh
War of the Flowers
Saturday, November 20, 2 p.m.
Northglenn Arts, 1 East Memorial Parkway, Northglenn

Su Teatro’s moving drama War of the Flowers is based on the true story of five Mexican-American women who chained themselves to the gate of the Brighton floral plant where they worked to protest dangerous working conditions back in 1969. In a move against the striking workers reminiscent of a scene from The Grapes of Wrath, they were cruelly tear-gassed by Weld County deputies and forced to give up their stand. The show, written by Su Teatro’s Tony Garcia, is traveling from its 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.
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Shining Mountains Film Festival
Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21, 2 to 8 p.m.
Wheeler Opera House, 320 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen
Aspen’s Shining Mountains Film Festival premiered in 2018 as an initiative of the Aspen Ute Foundation, an organization formed to recognize and reconnect members of the Northern Ute tribe to the area, where their forebears once settled. It’s since grown to recognize other tribes, and Shining Mountain reflects indigenous diversity in its selections, giving voice to Native filmmakers and subjects. Select titles include Earl Biss: The Spirit Who Walks 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 doesn’t end there; find all the offerings and purchase passes, $25 to $75, here.

Winter Starts Now
Saturday, November 20, 3 and 6 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Street
Warren Miller Entertainment is back on its home turf to show its 72nd feature film, Winter Starts Now. The action chases 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 craftsmen and women devoted to sliding on snow. It's an homage to every skier who lives for the thrill and finds solace on the chairlift. Although legendary filmmaker Warren Miller is gone, his legacy lives on with these annual movies. Get tickets, $26 to $28, here.
click to enlarge Steve Sells will show his work on Saturday at Denver Fashion Week. - JONNY EDWARDS
Steve Sells will show his work on Saturday at Denver Fashion Week.
Jonny Edwards
Denver Fashion Week: Readywear
Saturday, November 20, 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 21, 7 p.m.
McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue
Is the city looking a little better dressed this week? That's because Denver Fashion Week has begun; it's the state's largest fashion showcase highlighting emerging designers, local boutiques, national brands, hairstylists, makeup artists and models. The action culminates with three runway shows; the first, on November 18, features Readywear; that will be followed by Local Designers and Sustainable Fashion. Get the complete schedule and tickets, $20 to $150, here.

Blossoms of Light
Through January 8, 4:30 to 9 p.m. nightly, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street

Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens is a real thing of beauty: a fairyland blinking with millions of LED lights in colors that rival the beauty of the botanical attraction’s summer flowers. Perfect for holiday-lights nerds of all ages, it’s one of the best reasons in town to let the little ones stay up late and gulp hot chocolate on a frosty winter night. And don’t miss the new 200-foot-long, 17-foot-tall tunnel of animated lights lining the O’Fallon Perennial Walk. Find information and get timed-entry tickets, $16 to $21, here.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Through January 2
Gaylord Rockies Resort, 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard, Aurora

Have a merry, acrobatic holiday with Cirque Dreams Holidaze, just one of the many holiday attractions Gaylord Rockies has to offer — and one of the few that will satisfy a multi-generational audience with its classic Christmas themes, performed cirque style. Tickets start at $29 and are going fast; get yours here.


Camp Christmas
Through January 2
Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, 801 South Yarrow Street, Lakewood
Immersive master Lonnie Hanzon has outdone himself to bring Camp Christmas, formerly an indoor affair, to life in a six-acre outdoor environment. But he’s had plenty of experience with al fresco holiday displays in the past, at Hudson Gardens, the Houston Zoo and even Denver's Parade of Lights. Camp Christmas, a collaboration with the Denver Center for Performing Arts Off-Center, is a different sort of holiday display: It has a campy personality that dictates such displays as pun trees, a glamping Santa, an emotional baggage check and drag queen tours. There's also a bar fit for a fairy queen! See for yourself; see the schedule (hours vary) and get tickets, $8 to $25 (with optional add-ons available) here.


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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