The 21 Best Events in Denver, November 20-26

Lace up for the Downtown Denver Rink!
Brandon Marshall
Lace up for the Downtown Denver Rink!
Though it feels like everyone's in a mad rush to Thanksgiving (and Christmas after it), there are plenty of opportunities to slow down and enjoy the season. Loads of Denver holiday traditions return this week, including the Downtown Denver Rink, Light the Lights and Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens, to name just a few. There are also plenty of new events to discover over the next few days, while you roast and then digest that turkey. Keep reading for more!

Tuesday, November 20

If your family is looking to make a new holiday tradition, consider the Downtown Denver Rink, which opens on Tuesday, November 20, for ice skating seven days a week until February 3. Not only is the skating free, but you can rent your own skates for the price of that Starbucks hot chocolate you'll need to burn off. Open on Arapahoe Street between 16th and 17th streets, the rink hosts events throughout the winter season, so there's no excuse to stay home; find more information at

Wednesday, November 21

The South Broadway Ghost Society keeps a murky profile as an online art and writing journal looking for challenging work “that not only begs questions of the mainstream, but also of progressives and creative types.” Anonymity is an option for submissions, hence the reference to ghosts. The group will go live for an evening of readings and other entertainment, zine-making, spooky storytelling and a midnight dance party on Wednesday, November 21, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 South Broadway. A $5 donation to pay the performers is requested at the door; learn more on the event's Facebook page, and get to know the ghosts at

Capitals of haute couture the world over can agree on one thing: Nothing is more effortlessly stylish than an all-black ensemble. After previous editions inspired by the fashions of glamorous cities like Paris and Dubai, the Fifth Annual All Black Attire Party turns to Italy in its ongoing quest for monochromatic elegance. Strut through a red-carpet reception guaranteed to make each guest feel like a VIP before hitting the dance floor for thumping beats provided by three different DJs. Revel in swanky swagger while exploring the expressive potential of a limited color palette at an unusually well-dressed affair, which gets started at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21. This year's venue is Temple Nightclub, 1136 Broadway; tickets are $20 to $50 at Visit the Temple Denver Facebook events page to learn more.

Thursday, November 22

"It sucks you have to work on Thanksgiving,” says the sticker that members of the House for All Sinners and Saints Lutheran congregation will slap on the lunches that they’ll prepare during the tenth annual Operation: Turkey Sandwich. It sucks, but the fact that this crew of volunteers will be assembling and then distributing over 1,000 lunches around the city on Thursday, November 22, is pretty sweet. Want to do good before you move on to your own feast? Head to the Denver Community Church, 1595 Pearl Street, at 10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning...and if you want to come with a cooked turkey to donate, all the better. To find out more or to sign up, go to