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
19
Fri
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
Indoor Trick-or-Treating at The Butterfly Pavilion @ Butterfly Pavilion
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Indoor Trick-or-Treating at The Butterfly Pavilion @ Butterfly Pavilion

From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, come dressed in your best costumes to trick-or-treat through exhibits and enjoy free candy, prizes and crafts.

October 20 & 21, 2018 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Bug-A-Boo returns! Enjoy safe, indoor trick-or-treating throughout Butterfly Pavilion’s special Toxic Terror exhibits. Discover incredible animals that use poisons and venoms to survive the challenges of their world. Plus, enjoy free candy, prizes and a special pumpkin craft.

Event is great for all ages and is included with General Admission. Free for current Butterfly Pavilion members. 

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
21
Sun
Indoor Trick-or-Treating at The Butterfly Pavilion @ Butterfly Pavilion
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Indoor Trick-or-Treating at The Butterfly Pavilion @ Butterfly Pavilion

From 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, come dressed in your best costumes to trick-or-treat through exhibits and enjoy free candy, prizes and crafts.

October 20 & 21, 2018 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm 

Bug-A-Boo returns! Enjoy safe, indoor trick-or-treating throughout Butterfly Pavilion’s special Toxic Terror exhibits. Discover incredible animals that use poisons and venoms to survive the challenges of their world. Plus, enjoy free candy, prizes and a special pumpkin craft.

Event is great for all ages and is included with General Admission. Free for current Butterfly Pavilion members. 

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
Apex Halloween Carnival @ Apex Center - Arvada
Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Enjoy ghoulish games, bounce houses, hayrides, ghost stories and much more! One of the best family-friendly events in Arvada!

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
Trick or Treat Train @ Colorado Railroad Museum
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Trick or Treat Train @ Colorado Railroad Museum

From their website:

It’s full steam ahead for tricks, treats and trains
The Railroad Halloween Town is a safe place to enjoy Trick or Treating. Catch a ride behind a historic Denver & Rio Grande Steam Locomotive in vintage passenger cars hosted by conductors and engineers in full costume.

Visit all of the special stops to fill your treat bags and tickle your funny bones including the “not so spooky” Haunted Railcar and the Olde Railroaders Silly Graveyard. Enjoy local food, kettle corn, shaved ice and even get your face painted. Finally, get a great picture of your costume as you pose in front of our Pumpkin Patch cart. Get professional fall portraits by Mama Chicken Photography.

Admission: Museum members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $15 and Seniors $10.
Admission includes unlimited rides on our Steam Engine as well as entertainment throughout the grounds. We will be open to the public from 9AM-5PM with entertainment and events running 10AM-4PM.

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

Oct
28
Sun
Trick or Treat Train @ Colorado Railroad Museum
Oct 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Trick or Treat Train @ Colorado Railroad Museum

From their website:

It’s full steam ahead for tricks, treats and trains
The Railroad Halloween Town is a safe place to enjoy Trick or Treating. Catch a ride behind a historic Denver & Rio Grande Steam Locomotive in vintage passenger cars hosted by conductors and engineers in full costume.

Visit all of the special stops to fill your treat bags and tickle your funny bones including the “not so spooky” Haunted Railcar and the Olde Railroaders Silly Graveyard. Enjoy local food, kettle corn, shaved ice and even get your face painted. Finally, get a great picture of your costume as you pose in front of our Pumpkin Patch cart. Get professional fall portraits by Mama Chicken Photography.

Admission: Museum members and Children under 2 are free, Children $5, Adults $15 and Seniors $10.
Admission includes unlimited rides on our Steam Engine as well as entertainment throughout the grounds. We will be open to the public from 9AM-5PM with entertainment and events running 10AM-4PM.

Colorado Symphony Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular @ Boettcher Concert Hall
Oct 28 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Colorado Symphony Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular @ Boettcher Concert Hall

It’s a spooktacular event for all boys and ghouls! This family-favorite concert features music from Harry Potter™ films and more! Costumes are encouraged — the best of the bunch will be invited to show off their creations on stage for the whole crowd! It’s a goulish-good time for every little monster and their mummy!

FAMILY SERIES PRICING* STARTS AT:

Adult (13+) $27.00 and Children $10.00.

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
8
Thu
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
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
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.

DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Nov 15 @ 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
16
Fri
Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Nov 16 @ 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
19
Mon
Drop in Discovery at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center
Nov 19 @ 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!

Nov
23
Fri
Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Nov 23 @ 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
29
Thu
DIY Lab @ Golden Library
Nov 29 @ 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
30
Fri
Night Sky Observation at Sommers-Bausch Observatory (weather permitting) @ Sommers-Bausch Observatory at CU Boulder
Nov 30 @ 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.

Dec
6
Thu
Drop in Discovery at Majestic View Nature Center @ Majestic View Nature Center
Dec 6 @ 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!