Nick's Fall Fest and Pumpkin Patch
October 29 to 31, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nick's Garden Center
A mere three days remain for families to indulge in fall-flavored fun at Nick's Fall Fest and Pumpkin Patch, which winds down for the season on Wednesday, October 31. Whether you need to stock up on last-minute decorations or simply take in a bit of autumnal atmosphere, a healthy harvest of delights awaits at Nick's Garden Center in Aurora. It's free to trek through the straw maze, participate in Professor Pumpkin's Story Time and enjoy kiddie-play-area games,but the Express Train, Tunnel of Terror, pedal carts and bouncy house cost $4 each. Find out more on the Nick's Garden Center events calendar.
Tuesday, October 30, 6 p.m.
Syntax Physic Opera
Classical music can seem like a hidebound and backward-looking genre, overlooking contemporary innovations in favor of honoring dead German guys — not that we have anything against those dead German guys. But the Denver-based Friends of Chamber Music collective strives to push the medium forward and engage with new generations of listeners at Music With Friends, a concert series dedicated to spotlighting a sonically and biographically diverse range of modern composers. Music With Friends returns to Syntax Physic Opera on October 30 with Ensemble Faucheux, thoughtfully interpreting a future-facing program that includes works by Benjamin Britten, Imogen Holst and Peter Schickele, along with Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, John Harrison and Denver-born Jessica Mays. Visit the Friends of Chamber Music events calendar for more details.
Thursday, November 1, 5:30 to 9 p.m.
La Raza Park
The morbidly heartwarming imagery of Día de Los Muertos has become increasingly mainstream in recent years, particular for Halloweeners who can't resist letting their spooky revelry bleed into the first week of November. Lost among the appropriated face-painting and candy-skull decorating, however, is the holiday's devotion to remembering dearly departed loved ones, a paranormal semblance of a family reunion. The Día de los Muertos celebration in La Raza Park — which claims to be the city's oldest observance of the holiday — stays true to its somber yet exuberant traditions. The procession convenes at La Raza at 5:30 p.m. and concludes in the North High School cafeteria, where dinner and festivities await. Visit Servicios de la Raza's Facebook events page to learn more.