From wine tastings and Mexican hot chocolate to a pancake art gallery and a grand illumination, these ten November events are poised to light up your month and get you in the Holiday spirit!
When: November 1st – 3rd
Where: Denver Marriott Westminster
The Denver International Wine festival is the most delicious celebration of wine and cuisine ever! This three-day event is packed full of wine and food paring competitions; a tasting of 400 wines, beers, and spirits; educational seminars about wine; and a day-long tour of local wineries and one distillery.
When: November 1st – 12th
Where: Venues All Across Denver
The Denver Film Festival is the city’s premiere cultural event of the season, selling over 55,000 tickets to more than 250 blockbusters, documentaries, short films, and indies. There will be 200+ films from more than 35 countries, screening all around the city of Denver; at the Sie FilmCenter and the UA Denver Pavilions multiplex on the 16th Street Mall. Red Carpet screenings and events have their close-ups at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Brand new this year make sure to check out the Festival AnneX located at the McNichols Civic Center Building which is the center of all activity during the festival.
When: November 3rd – 11th
Where: Venues All Across Denver
Denver Arts Week is a nine-day celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, featuring more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls, many of which are deeply discounted. The 14er Film Fest, A Christmas Carol, The Santaland Diaries, Speakeasy at the Savoy, and many more are all events you can attend during Arts Week.
When: November 4th
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday traditionally observed on Nov. 1 and 2. A holiday with ancient roots combining Mexican indigenous customs and European traditions, Día de los Muertos is a lighthearted and joyful tribute to the memory of family and friends who have passed away. Families celebrate by creating ofrendas (offerings) – elaborate displays commemorating loved ones – decorating sugar skulls and more. Bring your family and friends to celebrate this fun and colorful tradition. Día de los Muertos costumes are encouraged!
When: November 10th
Where: Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
As you may have guessed, The Pancakes and Booze Art show is not like your typical Art Gallery. Since 2009 they’ve been filling the best venues in over 30 cities around the world with your favorite local artists, photographers, bands, and DJ’s. They focus on keeping the work on display local and original to help artists of all types sell their work. Each show usually features between 50-150 local artisans, a unique lineup of live musicians and/or DJs, live painting, body painting, along with other forms of entertainment. Oh, and of course PANCAKES!
When: November 16th
Where: McNichols Civic Center Building
When: November 17th – December 23rd
Where: Skyline Park, Downtown Denver
Celebrate the season at Denver’s only authentic German Christmas Market. The Christkindl Market brings old world Christmas charm to downtown Denver with music, beer & Gluehwein, entertainment, gifts, crafts, and of course holiday spirit. Vendors from Europe and the Colorado area share their unique wares with Denver – so be sure to head down to Colorado’s only authentic Christkindl market!
When: November 21st
Where: Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico’s Campus
Baby, it’s cold outside, and what better way to warm up than with a toasty beverage? Join the Western Dairy Association in The Teaching Kitchen to learn a spicy new twist on the classic hot chocolate. ¡Olé! Space is limited, first-come, first-served. Sign up outside The Teaching Kitchen.
When: November 24th
Where: Downtown Denver
As part of Downtown Denver’s Winter in the City program, Downtown Denver’s Grand Illumination event will light up Downtown, from Denver Union Station to the City and County Building. Light displays are through the end of December.
When: November 24th – 25th
Where: The Denver Zoo
Guests of this popular holiday tradition will experience a light safari with 60 brilliantly-illuminated acres of lights, featuring more than 150 animated animal sculptures that swing through trees, jump across lawns, hide in bushes, and appear in places where they’re least expected.