The temperature may be dropping, but the entertainment scene around Denver is heating up. Get your fill of chili, booze, movies and markets this weekend. The Denver Film Festival ends Sunday, but the holiday celebrations are just getting started!
Check out our list of free activities here and our list of art exhibitions here. Now read on for ten events that are worth the price of admission:
The Harm Reduction Awareness Concert
Friday, November 11, 6 p.m
Goosetown Tavern, 3245 East Colfax
After Thomas Edinger died of a drug overdose, his sister wanted to do something and hosted a benefit concert in September 2021. “I really want to raise awareness here about fentanyl overdoses – overdoses in general,” says Caroline Edinger. Now the second edition of the benefit is here; The Harm Reduction Awareness Concert will raise funds for the nonprofit organization that provides education, awareness… and clean needles. Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the box office; get them here
Denver Veterans Day Run
Saturday, November 12, 6:30 a.m
The Denver Veterans Day Run is back! Hosted by the Colorado Veterans Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that hosts special events to raise awareness and funds for local veterans organizations. The City Park 5K and 10K memorial run is open to runners, walkers and joggers of all speeds, and there is also a virtual version. All details can be found here.
Women in Film Film Crawl Fundraiser
Saturday, November 12, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m
Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
The non-profit organization Women in Film and Media Colorado is banging the glass ceiling for the female, transgender and non-binary filmmaking community. To raise both awareness of the cause and funds for further WIFMCO goals, the group will host a film tour in the cozy setting of Stanley Marketplace, where some internal perks like a free drink at Cheluna Brewing Co. could be offered in set the ticket price. Activities along the crawl route also include a silent auction, short screenings of member films and scripts played live, and the above perks. Learn more and find tickets for $40 at Eventbrite.
Chili, liquor & beer
Saturday, November 12, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m
Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 East Kentucky Avenue, Glendale
The Morgan Adams Foundation, whose mission is to fund life-saving childhood cancer research, is hosting the 2022 Chili, Booze & Brews Event, an epic food and drink competition at Infinity Park Event Center. Food and drinks were donated by dozens of Colorado restaurants and liquor stores coming together to bring “Bring the Heat and Bring the Hope.” General admission tickets are $60; Get in an hour early with $90 for VIP. Learn more here.
Denver Fashion Week: Fall 2022
Saturday 12th November to Sunday 20th November
Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway
The Fall 2022 Denver Fashion Week event will feature eight runway shows over nine days, beginning on the evening of November 12 with a crowd favorite: the local couture showcase. Sports Castle will serve as the dedicated hub of Fashion Week, with shows focusing on children’s couture, hair, lifestyle, streetwear, ready-to-wear, national designers and sustainable fashion scheduled day-to-day. Visit Eventbrite for details, tickets, prices and everything else you need to know.
34th Annual Champagne Cascade
Sunday, November 13, 10 a.m
Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th St
One of Denver’s traditional kickoffs to the holiday season is now celebrating its 34th year at the historic Brown Palace Hotel. Whether watching the celebrations from the atrium or enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks in the VIP area, the Champagne Cascade is a sight to behold. Admire the master swordsmen with Napoleonic sabers at their necks from Moet Champagne Magnums and ooh and aah as the champagne gushes down a two story high stack of over 5,000 glasses. It’s lavish, it’s indulgent, it’s beautiful – the holidays are here! Tickets ranging in value from $20 to $175 are available through Eventbrite and benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Cat Festival Colorado
Sunday, November 13, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m
National Western Expo Hall, 4655 Humboldt Street
What are all the crazy cat ladies of Denver doing? Get ready for Cat Fest Colorado, which caters not only to this group but also to dedicated cat lovers of all ages, genders and creeds. This event covers every angle: you can adopt a shelter cat, meet and greet a variety of beautiful cat breeds, enter human or feline costume contests, meet Colorado adventure cats That Cat Pluto and Denali Gato, shop for cat paraphernalia, or drink a Catini. Tickets are $20 per person at the box office only (children under 2 free). More information can be found here.
Native American Comedy Showcase
Sunday, November 13, 7 p.m
Hi-Dive, 7 South Broadway
Josh Emerson might be the funniest Denver native. After growing up on the Navajo Nation reservation, he began performing at Open Mics in Durango, then moved to Denver after the death of his mother and began to build his own career and grow the local Native comedy scene. He will help celebrate Native American Heritage Month at the Native American Comedy Showcase with Sam Tallant on Sunday. Read our story about Emerson here and get tickets for $12 (or $15 at the box office) here.
Do you know a great event in Denver? We will update this list over the weekend; Send information to [email protected]