Things to Do

Eight More Things to Do in Denver Today

The Westword Music Showcase returns to the Mission Ballroom Outdoors.
The Westword Music Showcase returns to the Mission Ballroom Outdoors. Brandon Marshall

This has been a big, big weekend in Denver, and the activities continue today. See eight of the best things to do for free here, as well as more arty parties in Art Attack.

Now keep reading for eight more events worth the price of admission.

1840 Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market
Sunday, September 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Fort, 19191 Highway 8, Morrison

Return to the early West at the 1840 Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market, an annual gathering hosted by the Tesoro Foundation. Historic interpreters will demonstrate day-to-day skills from the 1840s, such as sign language, wool processing, black powder shooting competitions and more. Additional activities include art and craft vendors; a scavenger hunt for children; lectures and documentary film showings; a display of raptors, mammals and reptiles provided by Nature’s Educators; storytelling by Angel Vigil; music of the period by Rex Rideout; a fandango with the Southwest Musicians; and flamenco dancing from Fiesta Colorado. Admission is $5; find out more here.

Colorado Festival of Horror 2022: Funhouse

Through Sunday, September 11
Embassy Suites Hotel, 4444 Havana Street
The 2022 Colorado Festival of Horror is an intimate fan experience and convention for all things horror, featuring celebrity guests, artists, writers, vendors, performers and much more. The three-day event includes horror-related artists, writers and vendors; panels, workshops and interactive audience events; a costume contest and a horror tattoo contest, as well as many after-hours activities. Get tickets, $25 to $90, here.

DCPA Theatre Company: The Chinese Lady
Sunday, September 11, 1:30 p.m.
Singleton Theatre, Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, Denver Performing Arts Complex

In 1834, when a fourteen-year-old Cantonese girl named Afong Moy arrived in America, no one had ever seen a Chinese woman. The first of her race and gender to step on U.S. soil, she became an upscale sideshow curiosity, wearing her traditional clothing, demonstrating the use of chopsticks and showing off her four-inch bound feet while sitting on a plush chair. The Chinese Lady is her story imagined, as well as a social history of Western imperialism. After this weekend's opening, performances run daily except Mondays through October 16; learn more and find tickets, $35 to $66, here.

Theatrix, The Wind Is Us: The Death That Killed Capote
Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m.
People’s Building, 9995 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora

The Aurora Cultural Arts District Theatre Series is bringing The Wind Is Us: The Death That Killed Capote, a play produced by the national playmakers at Theatrix, to the People’s Building on East Colfax Avenue. Written by Mike Broemmel, The Wind Is Us tells the story of how Truman Capote’s most controversial book, In Cold Blood, eventually led to his death in 1984. Capote, who was accused of fabricating events in the narrative, called it a “non-fiction novel,” but never completed another work of fiction after In Cold Blood. Tickets are $26 here (choose “calendar” at the top to choose a date).

Curious Theatre Company: Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m.
Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma Street
Curious Theatre Company begins its 25th season by pushing another American hot-button issue. This time it’s the red/blue divide that’s torn our democratic way of life apart in recent years, as seen by playwright Will Arberry in his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Heroes of the Fourth Turning. The story is set in Wyoming, where four former classmates, all young conservatives, open a window to audiences while talking politics at a late-night gathering. After this weekend's opening, the run continues Thursdays through Saturdays through October 15, and tickets range from $35 to $53; reserve yours and find info here.

Stories on Stage: The Banned Books Club
Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m. Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive
In recognition of Banned Books Week, coming up on September 18, Stories on Stage — a series that produces staged dramatic literary readings — is kickstarting its 22nd season by fighting back with a program called The Banned Books Club. Actors Seth Dhonau, Jose Guerrero and Camryn-Nailah Torres will perform stories specifically from books that some folks want to toss into the bonfire. Cheer the positive book team on; tickets are $24 here for either the one-time live show or a perpetual virtual version that debuts at 7 p.m. September 15.

Murder at the Museum: A New Interactive Mystery
Sunday, September 11, and Monday, September 12, 4 p.m.
Aurora History Museum, 15051 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora
Do politics and local history lessons mix well in a murder mystery? The Aurora History Museum is giving it a go with Murder at the Museum, a play written by Aurorans Deepali Lindblom and Jeffrey Wolf. A group of the town's historical figures — Aurora’s first Black councilwoman, Edna Mosely; Donald Fletcher, a founder of what eventually became Aurora; Billy Preston, a local do-gooder known for riding her horse, Patches; and Bill Nakaoka, the city’s first Japanese pharmacist — get together to plan the unveiling of a new city mascot, but are interrupted by a murder. Buy a ticket to find out whodunit; they’re only $5 to $10 at Eventbrite. Performances repeat next weekend.

and an ongoing bonus:

The Impossible Zoo
Through December 8, Wednesdays through Sundays, noon to 8 p.m.
Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street, Suite 261

It’s hard to keep up with the influx of immersive environments coming to town, some engaging viewers with larger-than-life art renditions and others tickling the brain with augmented reality and holographic headsets. The Impossible Zoo is the second sort, telling an interactive tale of unicorns and dragons and other animated On Beyond Zebra creatures from the Dr. Seuss playbook. No standing back and looking around in awe at this one: stay engaged in the game and rewards will be supplied. Tickets range from $13.99 to $44.99 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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