Things to Do

Ten More Things to Do in Denver This Weekend

Visit the Lone Tree Alpacas booth at the Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show.
Visit the Lone Tree Alpacas booth at the Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show. Courtesy of Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show
Things are off to a fast start on this big, big weekend, with both the Denver Film Festival and Denver Arts Week now under way. And, of course, Dia de los Muertos events continue across town.

And there's still more to do! Keep reading for ten of the best ticketed events in metro Denver this weekend.
click to enlarge Visit the Lone Tree Alpacas booth at the Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show. - COURTESY OF COLORADO COUNTRY CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOW
Visit the Lone Tree Alpacas booth at the Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show.
Courtesy of Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show
Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show
Saturday, November 6, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, November 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street

It’s hard to get in the spirit when the temperature is in the 70s and snow’s been scarce. But ready or not, here the holidays come, bringing with them holiday markets. Put some jingle in your step and start your shopping at the annual Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show. Get tickets, $16.95 (free for children ages 13 and under), at AXS, and find vendor previews and information here.


Our Town: University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative
Saturday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue
The University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative — a catalyst for collaborative arts-related experiences with incarcerated individuals — will present a staged reading of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, about the fictional town of Grover’s Corners and the lives of its residents. Participants include DU student actors, formerly incarcerated actors, and actors who are currently at Sterling Correctional Facility, who will perform their parts over Zoom. The evening will include live set painting and music production by incarcerated artists working with DU students, as well as a post-performance talkback. Tickets, $5, are available here for Saturday (Friday is sold out). Learn more about the Prison Arts Initiative here.

American Son
Saturday, November 6, 7:30 p.m., with a run through December 11
Curious Theatre Company, 1080 Acoma Street

If you're already familiar with Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son through the Netflix film based on the play, you know how hard it can be to sit through without flinching. But the difficulty is written into the play, which involves an estranged interracial couple meeting at a police station, desperate to find their son, who’s been involved in an altercation with police. Racism, interracial dynamics and police violence all come into play as the story unfolds. Curious Theatre Company, already familiar with that contentious territory, is opening the season with some tough material. Admission is $20 for previews, $28 to $50 regular run, which continues Thursdays through Sundays through December 11; get tickets and more information here.

Rocky Mountain Con 2021
Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Central Park, 4444 Havana Street
Saturday, November 6, and Sunday, November 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Admission: $10 daily, online or at the door; $20 weekend tickets

Geek out this weekend at Rocky Mountain Con, a small, affordable pop-culture con with guesting comic artists, cosplay, gaming, and vendors of art, toys, collectibles and comic books. It’s ten bucks a day for all this and more; come as you are — or aren’t. Learn more and buy tickets in advance here.

VeloSwap
Saturday, November 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
National Western Center, 4655 Franklin Street

The state's biggest bike sale is back, with deals not just on bikes, but wheels, tires and clothing. Tickets are $20; get yours and more info here.

Denver Bookbinding Dock Sale
Saturday, November 6, 9 a.m. to noon
Denver Bookbinding Company, 1401 West 47th Avenue
Serious bookbinders, holiday crafters, scrapbookers and people who collect decorative papers will have a field day at the Denver Bookbinding Company’s dock sale, where they’ll be selling supplies right off the loading dock at the side of the building. The repurposing possibilities of sturdy book board, book cloth, moire cloth, marbled papers and odds and ends are endless, particularly as the holidays approach. It’s free to look, and you might end up being happily surprised. Find info here.

Local Holiday Pop-Up
Saturday, November 6, 4 to 9 p.m.
Recital, 1362 27th Street
The upscale boutique Recital, in the art-splashed alley behind the Denver Central Market, is jumping into the holiday-shopping game early with a pop-up market showcasing four small businesses: Talisman Fine Jewelry, clothing designer Meçlâ, Non-Porous Ceramics and Ida & Moon, a creative style-maker who combines handmade leather bags, naturally dyed clothing and Southwest-style vintage clothing. Anyone looking for a few very special gifts might just be able to cross those off their lists in one evening. See what’s in store at Recital and where to find it here.

Eddie and Dave
Saturday, November 6, 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 7, 4 p.m., with a run through November 28
People’s Building, 9995 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
Amy Staats had a funny idea when she sat down to write the comedy Eddie and Dave. What if Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth of the band Van Halen were portrayed by women actors? Candace Joice and Missy Moore bend genders to play Eddie and Dave, in the third gender-switching show that Catamounts has has mounted. Tickets are $30 or $50 for the November 7 Community Meal Night (there will be another on closing night, November 28). Get tickets 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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