Denver Area Events

The Denver area has a lot of amazing field trips and educational programs and opportunities, as well as the occasional free day for the entire family.

Do you know of a Denver-metro area event that should be listed here? Please Contact Me and give me the details.

NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change, so be sure to check the website of an organization for more details when making plans to attend one of these events.

Oct
18
Thu
DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Oct 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Tinker, re-imagine and invent! Drop in and use our DIY Lab space to get creative. Try a variety of tools including sewing machines, a serger, Dremel™, Silhouette Cameo™, button maker, soldering irons, hand tools for fiber crafts, LEGO™ Mindstorms (and other robotics), and Arduino™. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab. Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult as it is a mostly self-directed program.

Suitable for: Adults, School Age, Teens, Tweens

Oct
19
Fri
Wiggly Worms at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wiggly Worms at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center

Free, but registration Required

Ages 3-6 yrs

Bring your wiggly worm to get up close and personal with the real thing. Digging in the garden will usually turn up worms and lots of questions from your curious youngster. Come to the Nature Center for a fun program about worms with books, activities, and even the critters themselves. Sign up early!

Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

From their website:
Free open houses are held on Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. in summer when Daylight Savings Time is in effect) when CU classes are in session (during the spring, summer A & B, and fall semesters.)

SBO Public Event.

SBO public event on the observing deck.

Open houses are only held when the skies are clear. If you’re not sure if we’ll be open, check out our local weather with instructions for calling ahead.

There is no charge for the Observatory’s Open House nights … the stars are free to everyone!

Sessions typically last from 1-3 hours, depending upon the weather, the quality of the night, and the enthusiasm and size of the crowd (if unsure of observing status call 303.492.2020). Please stop by anytime after we open and stay as long as you wish.

We also have tripod-mounted binoculars and the world’s largest starwheel (well, at least we think it is) for identifying bright stars and constellations. Depending upon the staffing on a particular night, we may be able to offer you a chance to visit the 24-inch telescope … that mysterious tube hiding hiding inside the dome … as well additional smaller telescopes set up on the open deck for looking at the Moon and other bright celestial objects.

Most of our evening programs are hosted by the APS Department’s graduate students, with an occasional faculty professor, researcher, local amateur astronomer, and/or undergraduate volunteer on hand.

Oct
20
Sat
CU Wizards: The Tumultuous Life of Cumulus Clouds @ CU Boulder, Duane Physics G1B30
Oct 20 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
CU Wizards: The Tumultuous Life of Cumulus Clouds @ CU Boulder, Duane Physics G1B30

CU Wizards: The Tumultuous Life of Cumulus Clouds.

For over three decades, the CU Wizards program has presented FREE monthly shows that entertain and inform children about the wonders of science. Under the direction of Professor David Nesbitt, these interactive shows are presented once a month from September through June. They are hosted by renowned University of Colorado, Boulder professors and provide a perfect start to a fun-filled weekend. The shows are geared toward children and young adults, but all are welcome! Each program lasts about an hour and includes several lively demonstration experiments.

Location and logistics:
There are FREE PARKING in LOTS 308 and 436.  There is also parking available for a $4.00 flat fee in the Euclid parking structure. Please refer to the CU Wizards website for additional parking information.

Malloween Trick-or-Treat at the Orchard Town Center @ The Orchard Town Center
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Malloween Trick-or-Treat at the Orchard Town Center @ The Orchard Town Center

The Orchard’s Annual Halloween Celebration!

Join us at Town Center Square at 11AM to trade your non-perishable food donation for an Orchard Trick or Treat bag with fun surprises inside (while supplies last). Hang out and play some games, win some prizes and dance to family-friendly Halloween music! Then start your trick or treat journey through The Orchard. Participating stores with candy will have a balloon bouquet at their front door.

Enjoy tons of fun activities like free face painting, balloons, Halloween games and prizes, characters, photo opps and more!

Bring your furry friend and enter them into the pet parade and costume contest! Sign-up opens at 11AM, contest at Noon.

Please note that children over the age of 12 and adults are not permitted to wear face masks at The Orchard.

FREE Event

All food donations benefit Food Bank of The Rockies.

Westminster Halloween Harvest Festival @ Downtown Westminster
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Westminster Halloween Harvest Festival @ Downtown Westminster

Check City of Westminster’s website for more information.

Mark your calendars for Westminster’s new and improved Halloween Harvest Festival! This FREE, family-friendly event is bigger and better than ever because this year, it will now be combined with another one of Westminster’s signature events—the annual Westy Fest that is usually held each August.

Bring the whole family to kick off the fall season with free carnival games, trick-or-treating, a hot-air balloon glow, live musical performances by local bands, a beer garden, food trucks, arts and crafts, jumping castles, local vendors, a bonfire and a BBQ competition. You can even pick out the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch!

Admission is FREE for all attendees and includes:

  • Carnival games
  • Trick-or-treating
  • Live music
  • Ropes course
  • Inflatables
  • Face painting
  • Hot air balloon show
  • Admission to the JCPenney Pumpkin Patch

Additional costs include purchases from food/drink and craft/artisan vendors, pumpkin purchases and participation in the Meat Scream BBQ competition.

Entertainment Schedule

  • Noon: Broomfield School of Rock House Band
  • 2 p.m.: Gasoline Lollipops
  • 4 p.m.: BBQ Competition Awards
  • 5:30 p.m.: Rapid Grass

Shuttles: We highly recommend using our shuttle system to get to the festival. Shuttles will run about every 15-20 mins from noon until 9 p.m. Courtesy golf carts will be available for those will mobility needs.

Shuttle Locations:

  • College Hill Library: 3705 W. 112th Ave.
  • Westminster City Hall: 4800 W. 92nd Ave.
  • The MAC: 3295 W. 72nd Ave.

Parking: If you plan to park at the event, please use Harlan Street to access all event parking. There will be no event parking in the downtown garage–this is reserved for handicap parking and JCPenney customers. Please do not use lots at Olive Garden or Brunswick Zone.

Handicap Parking: Located in the parking garage or the paved parking lot along Harlan Street.

Biking: There will be a free bike valet located at the Eaton Street and Park Place median. View map of bike trails to Downtown Westminster.

Uber/Lyft: May drop off and pick up on 91st Place between Harlan Street and Eaton Street. There will be signage.

What can I bring in?

Costumes: We love costumes! Please make sure they are appropriate for the family-friendly event. Leave any sharp objects, sticks, bats and replica guns/swords at home.

Oct
25
Thu
DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Tinker, re-imagine and invent! Drop in and use our DIY Lab space to get creative. Try a variety of tools including sewing machines, a serger, Dremel™, Silhouette Cameo™, button maker, soldering irons, hand tools for fiber crafts, LEGO™ Mindstorms (and other robotics), and Arduino™. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab. Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult as it is a mostly self-directed program.

Suitable for: Adults, School Age, Teens, Tweens

Oct
26
Fri
Clyfford Still Museum (FREE Day) @ Clyfford Still Museum
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Complimentary guided tours of the galleries take place at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 3 pm, and 6:30 pm on these dates. Tours last about 45 minutes and are limited to 30 people. First come, first served!

Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

From their website:
Free open houses are held on Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. in summer when Daylight Savings Time is in effect) when CU classes are in session (during the spring, summer A & B, and fall semesters.)

SBO Public Event.

SBO public event on the observing deck.

Open houses are only held when the skies are clear. If you’re not sure if we’ll be open, check out our local weather with instructions for calling ahead.

There is no charge for the Observatory’s Open House nights … the stars are free to everyone!

Sessions typically last from 1-3 hours, depending upon the weather, the quality of the night, and the enthusiasm and size of the crowd (if unsure of observing status call 303.492.2020). Please stop by anytime after we open and stay as long as you wish.

We also have tripod-mounted binoculars and the world’s largest starwheel (well, at least we think it is) for identifying bright stars and constellations. Depending upon the staffing on a particular night, we may be able to offer you a chance to visit the 24-inch telescope … that mysterious tube hiding hiding inside the dome … as well additional smaller telescopes set up on the open deck for looking at the Moon and other bright celestial objects.

Most of our evening programs are hosted by the APS Department’s graduate students, with an occasional faculty professor, researcher, local amateur astronomer, and/or undergraduate volunteer on hand.

Oct
27
Sat
Brighton Harvest Festival @ Historic Downtown Brighton District
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Brighton Harvest Festival @ Historic Downtown Brighton District

Come enjoy a day of FREE family friendly fun at the Brighton Harvest Festival! Dress up in your family friendly costumes and walk up and down the street collecting candy and treats at our Trick or Treat Street.  Shop at the street fair from over 100 different businesses and vendors. Enjoy delicious food and  treats.
*Face Painting
*Bounce House
*CakePop Walk
*Donut Bobbing
*Bubble Pool
*Unicorn Rides
*Street Fair
*Food Trucks
… And More!!!!!
The event starts at the corner of Bridge Street and Main Street in the Historic Downtown Brighton District

Nov
1
Thu
Drop in Discovery at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Drop in Discovery at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center

First Thursday and Third Monday at 10 a.m.
All ages, Free.
Investigate the amazing natural world from the Nature Center. Explore different themes with activities, books, puzzles, crafts, and other interactive items. No need to sign up for this program, just swing by and enjoy!

DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Tinker, re-imagine and invent! Drop in and use our DIY Lab space to get creative. Try a variety of tools including sewing machines, a serger, Dremel™, Silhouette Cameo™, button maker, soldering irons, hand tools for fiber crafts, LEGO™ Mindstorms (and other robotics), and Arduino™. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab. Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult as it is a mostly self-directed program.

Suitable for: Adults, School Age, Teens, Tweens

Nov
2
Fri
Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Nov 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

From their website:
Free open houses are held on Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. in summer when Daylight Savings Time is in effect) when CU classes are in session (during the spring, summer A & B, and fall semesters.)

SBO Public Event.

SBO public event on the observing deck.

Open houses are only held when the skies are clear. If you’re not sure if we’ll be open, check out our local weather with instructions for calling ahead.

There is no charge for the Observatory’s Open House nights … the stars are free to everyone!

Sessions typically last from 1-3 hours, depending upon the weather, the quality of the night, and the enthusiasm and size of the crowd (if unsure of observing status call 303.492.2020). Please stop by anytime after we open and stay as long as you wish.

We also have tripod-mounted binoculars and the world’s largest starwheel (well, at least we think it is) for identifying bright stars and constellations. Depending upon the staffing on a particular night, we may be able to offer you a chance to visit the 24-inch telescope … that mysterious tube hiding hiding inside the dome … as well additional smaller telescopes set up on the open deck for looking at the Moon and other bright celestial objects.

Most of our evening programs are hosted by the APS Department’s graduate students, with an occasional faculty professor, researcher, local amateur astronomer, and/or undergraduate volunteer on hand.

Nov
3
Sat
Botanic Gardens (FREE Day) @ Botanic Gardens at York Street
Nov 3 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Free Days occur throughout the year, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). No tickets are needed for admission to Free Days. Free Days are for regular Gardens hours only and do not include ticketed events.

Denver Art Museum (FREE Day) @ Denver Art Museum
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Denver Art Museum (FREE Day) @ Denver Art Museum

General admission is free on the first Saturday of the month thanks to Your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

Explore fun things for families (including bilingual programs for the whole family), visit exhibitions throughout the museum, hear storytelling, and more!

General admission does not include special ticketed exhibitions.

Nov
4
Sun
Game Crazers @ Belmar Library
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Game Crazers @ Belmar Library

Game time! From word games, to card games, to board games, you’ll find a new game craze to love or recharge your enthusiasm for strategy and play. Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours and get your game on. Bring your own games to share or come and play some of the library’s favorites.

Suitable for: Adults and Teens

Nov
6
Tue
Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms (FREE Day) @ Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Nov 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms (FREE Day) @ Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is a 700-acre native plant refuge and working farm located along the banks of Deer Creek in southern Jefferson County.

https://www.botanicgardens.org/chatfield-farms/our-gardens

Nov
8
Thu
Plains Conservation Center (FREE Day) @ Plains Conservation Center
Nov 8 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Plains Conservation Center (FREE Day) @ Plains Conservation Center

This Aurora-based center helps students and adults grow their knowledge and appreciation of the prairie ecosystem and the cultural history of Colorado through a variety of educational programs managed by Denver Botanic Gardens.

DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Tinker, re-imagine and invent! Drop in and use our DIY Lab space to get creative. Try a variety of tools including sewing machines, a serger, Dremel™, Silhouette Cameo™, button maker, soldering irons, hand tools for fiber crafts, LEGO™ Mindstorms (and other robotics), and Arduino™. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab. Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult as it is a mostly self-directed program.

Suitable for: Adults, School Age, Teens, Tweens

Nov
9
Fri
Molly Brown House Museum (FREE Day) @ Molly Brown House
Nov 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Molly Brown House Museum (FREE Day) @ Molly Brown House

Free admission for the residents of: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson Counties – must show ID.  May 1,  August 1 (Colorado Day–Free for everyone!), September 6, and November 9 (Veteran’s Day). On free day, please consider making a donation according to your ability. The Museum is much busier on free days, so also consider visiting on a regular admission day instead. If you have a large group or a group with special needs, we can book a tour any other day by offering free or reduced admission.

Four Mile Historic Park (FREE Day) @ Four Mile Historic Park
Nov 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Four Mile Historic Park (FREE Day) @ Four Mile Historic Park

Every Second Friday of the Month | 12-4 pm

Travel back to 1859… for free! Enjoy historic demonstrations, a tour of the Four Mile House Museum—a Denver landmark!—and meeting our many farm animals. Our Hay Bales & Tall Tales story and activity time will also be offered from 12-1 pm.

Free general admission is courtesy of the support provided by your Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. Four Mile House Museum Tour times are at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm. Tours can accommodate up to 10 guests and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Nov 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

From their website:
Free open houses are held on Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. in summer when Daylight Savings Time is in effect) when CU classes are in session (during the spring, summer A & B, and fall semesters.)

SBO Public Event.

SBO public event on the observing deck.

Open houses are only held when the skies are clear. If you’re not sure if we’ll be open, check out our local weather with instructions for calling ahead.

There is no charge for the Observatory’s Open House nights … the stars are free to everyone!

Sessions typically last from 1-3 hours, depending upon the weather, the quality of the night, and the enthusiasm and size of the crowd (if unsure of observing status call 303.492.2020). Please stop by anytime after we open and stay as long as you wish.

We also have tripod-mounted binoculars and the world’s largest starwheel (well, at least we think it is) for identifying bright stars and constellations. Depending upon the staffing on a particular night, we may be able to offer you a chance to visit the 24-inch telescope … that mysterious tube hiding hiding inside the dome … as well additional smaller telescopes set up on the open deck for looking at the Moon and other bright celestial objects.

Most of our evening programs are hosted by the APS Department’s graduate students, with an occasional faculty professor, researcher, local amateur astronomer, and/or undergraduate volunteer on hand.

Nov
10
Sat
Longmont Museum (FREE Day) @ Longmont Museum
Nov 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Longmont Museum (FREE Day) @ Longmont Museum

The Longmont Museum, housed in a distinctive contemporary building, features changing exhibits in history, art, and science, as well as the award-winning Front Range Rising, a long-term exhibit on the history and culture of this region. The Museum recently opened an expansion, featuring the 250-seat Stewart Auditorium and Cone-Shortall stage, the Swan Atrium, and the Kaiser Permanente Education Center.

The Museum also has hands-on education programs for all ages, indoor and outdoor concerts and performances, film series, lectures and a gift shop featuring local history books, souvenirs and exhibit-related materials.

Nov
14
Wed
Teen Trivia Night: Stranger Things @ Standley Lake Library
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Teens! We know you’re pretty hip. Test your trivia knowledge and challenge your friends for prizes and bragging rights at Teen Trivia Night. Good fun and lively competition for everyone.

Suitable for: Teens and Tweens

Nov
15
Thu
Outdoor Nature Playdate at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center
Nov 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Outdoor Nature Playdate at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center

All ages, Free
Bring your children for a nature playdate in our “Nature: Explore” space, where they can climb, dig, jump and dive into nature as they connect with their world. No screens, no plans, no slides or swings-just nature and their imaginations. Please register as space is limited.

Parking is limited! Please consider carpooling or exploring more of the park by parking in the East parking lot off of 72nd and Carr.