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Ten More Things to Do in Denver This Weekend

Ten More Things to Do in Denver This Weekend (3)
Courtesy of Little Ray's Exhibitions

It's a big weekend, with the last of the fall festivals colliding with a witches' brew of Halloween events. Denver Design Week is wrapping up; meanwhile, the Denver Art Museum is unwrapping the renovated Martin Building and new Sie Welcome Center. And walk, don't run, to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for Survival of the Slowest.

There are plenty of other things to do in and around Denver, too. Keep reading for ten of the best ticketed events in town:

Rethink: TEDxMileHigh
Saturday, October 23, 1 to 6 p.m.
Temple Buell Theatre, 1400 Curtis Street

TEDxMileHigh returns with speakers exploring new ideas rising in science, activism, health and art in Denver and beyond. Tickets start at $65; get them here. And if you can't make the in-person event, you can watch a virtual premiere starting at 7:30 p.m. today; get details here.
click to enlarge A real blast from the past! - FISKE PLANETARIUM/MATHEATRE
A real blast from the past!
Fiske Planetarium/Matheatre
Sunday, October 24, 3 p.m.
Fiske Planetarium, University of Colorado Boulder
The wonders of the universe have been set to disco music and 1980s rock ballads by Matheatre, which debuts its original musical about NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft at Fiske Planetarium. The show was originally scheduled to run in March 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic, but it's worth waiting for. After all, Voyager 1 and 2 launched back in 1977 and have since pushed past the boundaries of Earth’s solar system, and this show is a fitting tribute their iconic journey. Shows continue next weekend; get tickets, $25 adults and $15 children and students, here.
click to enlarge Walk, don't run, to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. - COURTESY OF LITTLE RAY'S EXHIBITIONS AND FARE
Walk, don't run, to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Courtesy of Little Ray's Exhibitions and FARE
Survival of the Slowest
Now open
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard

The new exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science promises to be a slow and steady learning experience: Survival of the Slowest invites families to walk, not run, over to City Park in no hurry at all, at the speed of two-toed sloths and green iguanas. Perhaps we can learn a thing or two from these slowpokes and others of their kind, whose ho-hum biology increases their adaptability and survival strategies. Survival of the Slowest is included in the regular museum admission of $13.95 to $19.95; learn more and get tickets here.

Witch Fest
Saturday, October 23, 6 to 10 p.m.
Elitch Gardens
Denver's first Witch Fest will join the Elitch Gardens Fright Fest lineup this weekend. Presented by the Moon Temple Mystery School, the mystical event will include live rituals, tarot readings and real magic, with vendors, readers and priestesses from across the United States. "Rituals to honor the dead are a powerful way to express gratitude for those that came before us, witches are natural healers, and when we combine our collective energies in this magical night, anything is possible,” says Tahverlee, founder of the Moon Temple Mystery School. It's free with admission to Elitch Gardens; find out more here.

Allied Witches Show: Still We Rise
Saturday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street

Now that Marilyn Megenity has handed the keys to the Mercury Cafe over to new owners, she can do more of what she loves best. The Allied Witches Show, one of the Merc’s Halloween-season traditions, is certainly one of her favorites, and she’ll still take the stage this year in the tongue-in-cheek revue that pokes fun at current issues and politics. Join Megenity and the Houze of Representatives for fun and tomfoolery; the price is right at $15 at the door. The show repeats on October 30 and 31; call 303-294-9258 for reservations.

Spirits & Spirits
Saturday, October 23, 6 to 10 p.m.
Four Mile House, 715 South Forest Street

Grown-up Halloween fun is the ticket at Four Mile House’s Spirits & Spirits, an event that mixes spooks and sips, with a side of the occult. General admission gets you a tour of the park by lantern light and a proper Victorian mourning ritual, a round of funereal ghost stories, a fairy-sighting expedition, side-show art by Mad Tatters and more. We’re sure you’ll want to dress for the occasion. Admission is $50 to $55 (the more expensive Aura Experience VIP tickets are sold out); get yours here.

Return of the Living Derby: Denver Roller Derby & Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Mix-Up Doubleheader
Saturday, October 23, 6 to 10 p.m.
Rollerdome, 2375 South Delaware Street

Roller derby matches are slowly returning, as signaled by this big match reviving the rivalry between the Denver Roller Derby and Rocky Mountain Rollergirls like a pair of ghosts floating up out of a graveyard. It’s a new day. Learn more and get tickets, $20, at Eventbrite.

It Sucks to Brexit
Saturday, October 23, 6 p.m.
Enigma Bazaar, 4923 West 38th Avenue

Opera on Tap is testing out a new home at Enigma Bazaar, which has food, drinks and a real piano built in Colorado! It's the perfect instrument to accompany the latest Opera on Tape showcase, which is a musical response to the question: What if the UK woke up one day and could only listen to Gilbert & Sullivan and Ralph Vaughan Williams? Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door; find out more here.

Horror House: Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown
Saturday, October 23, and Sunday, October 24
Denver Marriott South, Lone Tree

The Night Mutilator returns with his pinball tournament nestled in a Hauntcade! The ninth Incarnation of the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown is designed for these COVID times; groups of eight or fewer can reserve one-hour times for the chance to win prizes. Find out more here.

Denver Record Collectors Fall Expo 2021
Sunday, October 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Delta by Marriott, 10 East 120th Avenue, Northglenn

Vinyl-record flippers, your day is here. Big K’s Denver Record Collectors Fall Expo 2021 brings a wealth of bargains, collectors’ items, memorabilia and a big meeting with your obsessive psychic network. Come out of your basement listening rooms and be ready to play fair: If you touch it first, it’s yours. Happy hunting. Admission is still just $2 at the door, after we don’t remember how many years. Details 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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