Things to do in Denver this weekend, November 18-21, 2021

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas, especially in Lakewood, where Camp Christmas opens tonight. While most of the major seasonal light shows begin after Thanksgiving, other parts of the city will be lit this weekend as well. Several of these are on our free things to do list.

Read on for events and activities around town this weekend that are well worth the price of admission:

Christmas camp
From Thursday November 18 to January 2
Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, 801 South Yarrow Street, Lakewood

Immersive master Lonnie Hanzon went above and beyond to bring Camp Christmas, once an indoor activity, to life in a six-acre outdoor environment. But he’s had plenty of experience with outdoor vacation exhibits in the past, at Hudson Gardens, the Houston Zoo, and even Denver’s Parade of Lights. Camp Christmas, a collaboration with the Denver Center for Performing Arts Off-Center, is another type of holiday display: it has a campy personality that dictates displays such as pun trees, a glamping Santa, a emotional baggage check-in and drag queen tours. There is also a bar fit for a fairy queen! See for yourself; check the schedule (hours vary) and get tickets, $ 8 to $ 25 (with optional add-ons available) here.

BrewSkis and boards
Thursday, November 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Rock Cut Brewing Company, 390 West Riverside Drive, Estes Park

Rock Cut Brewing Company and Estes Park Mountain Shop have teamed up to give sports enthusiasts a better ski waxing experience with BrewSkis & Boards. The idea is that you can gorge on beer while the experts at Mountain Shop take care of it with your skis or board – for $ 15. Or you can grab a Crowler, go out and come back later to pick up your skis like new – for $ 20. Or just drop the gear for a basic grind, wax, and a Crowler for $ 40. All options include a donation to Protect Our Winters; RSVP in advance on Eventbrite.

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Steve Sells will show his work Saturday at Denver Fashion Week.

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Denver Fashion Week: Ready-to-wear
Thursday, November 18, 7 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 7 p.m. Sunday November 21, 7 p.m.
McNichols Building, 144 Colfax Avenue West
Does the city look a little better dressed this week? This is because Denver Fashion Week has started; it is the state’s largest fashion showcase showcasing emerging designers, local boutiques, national brands, hairdressers, makeup artists and models. The action culminates with three parades; the first, on November 18, presents ready-to-wear; which will be followed by local designers and sustainable fashion. Get the full schedule and tickets, from $ 20 to $ 150, here.

Winter starts now
Thursday November 18, 8 p.m. Friday, November 19, 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday November 20, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Paramount Theater, 1621 Glenarm Street

Warren Miller Entertainment is back in its homeland to present its 72nd feature film, Winter is starting now. The action continues winter from coast to coast: from Prince William Sound to Alaska, where the only fresh tracks encountered belong to bears, to the community of Maine craftsmen dedicated to sliding down the snow. . It’s a tribute to every skier who lives for the thrill and finds solace on the chairlift. Although legendary filmmaker Warren Miller is gone, his legacy lives on with these annual films. Get tickets, $ 26 to $ 28, here.

Affordable Arts Festival
From Friday November 19 at 8 a.m. to Saturday November 20 at 7 p.m. online

The Affordable Arts Festival returns, virtually, with over sixty artists offering work for under $ 100 and all proceeds will go to Arapahoe Community College scholarships. It’s $ 12 to sign up and do all your shopping on one site! Find out more here.

Flowers of Light
Friday, November 19 to January 8, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Christmas
Denver Botanical Gardens, 1007 York Street

Blossoms of Light at Denver Botanic Gardens is a true beauty: a flashing fairy land with millions of LED lights in colors that rival the beauty of the botanical attraction’s summer blooms. Perfect for holiday light nerds of all ages, this is one of the best reasons in town to let the little ones stay up late and gulp down hot chocolate on a freezing winter night. And don’t miss the new 200-foot-long, 17-foot-high animated tunnel of lights lining the O’Fallon Perennial Walk. Find information and get timed entry tickets, from $ 16 to $ 21, here.

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The flower war debuted in March 2019.

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The flower war
Friday November 19 7:30 p.m. and Saturday November 20 2:00 p.m.
Northglenn Arts, 1 East Memorial Parkway, Northglenn

The moving drama of Su Teatro The flower war is based on the true story of five Mexican-American women who chained themselves to the door of the Brighton flower factory where they worked to protest unsafe working conditions in 1969. In a movement against strikers recalling a scene of Grapes of Wrath, they were cruelly gassed by Weld County MPs and forced to abandon their position. The show, written by Tony Garcia of the Su Teatro, travels from his home on Santa Fe Drive to Northglenn for a two-day run; read our story on the original production here. Tickets are $ 13 to $ 20 here.

Scream Screen: There’s Something About Larry: A Tribute To Larry Cohen’s B-Movies
Friday November 19 and Fridays until December 17
Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue

Now that the Sie FilmCenter is once again hosting in-person screenings, it’s no surprise that Scream Screen – the quarterly long-running horror film series from local horror queen Theresa Mercado – is back. The tribute to the reign of the late king of B movies Larry Cohen in the 70s and 80s spans five consecutive Friday nights. Watch the first part, a double feature film of the documentary King Cohen and The thing, a creepy laugh about a dangerous goo marketed as a dessert this weekend; BONE, It’s alive, Special effects and God told me to will follow. Learn more and get tickets here.

Circus Dreams Holidaze
From Friday November 19 to January 2
Gaylord Rockies Resort, 6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard, Aurora

Have a happy acrobatic vacation with Cirque Dreams Holidaze, one of the many vacation attractions Gaylord Rockies has to offer – and one of the few that will satisfy a multigenerational audience with its classic Christmas themes, performed in circus style. Tickets start at $ 29 and go fast; get yours here.

The power of horses
From Saturday 20 November to 9 May
Colorado History Center, 1200 Broadway
The importance of the horse to Colorado history and culture isn’t often mentioned in the tech-charged 21st century, but the evidence – first and foremost the National Western Stock Show – is all around us, reminding us that horses were needed to bring these majestic longhorns together, and there’s nothing quite like watching a cowboy hang onto a bucking bronco in the ring. History The new Colorado exhibit, The power of horses, which opens this weekend, pays homage to the image of the Western Equine in all its perspectives, providing a glimpse into the utility, beauty and wild spirit of horses. The show is included in the entrance to the museum; get the truth and the tickets here.

Shining Mountains Film Festival
Saturday November 20 and Sunday November 21 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day
Wheeler Opera House, 320 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen
The Shining Mountains Film Festival in Aspen was established in 2018 on the initiative of the Aspen Ute Foundation, an organization created to recognize and reconnect members of the Northern Ute tribe to the area, where their ancestors once settled. He has since grown to recognize other tribes, and Shining Mountain reflects Indigenous diversity in his selections, giving voice to Indigenous filmmakers and subjects. Selected titles include Earl Biss: The Spirit Who Walks Among His People, a documentary on the artist of Aspen; End of the line: Standing Rock Women and Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier, but the program does not end there; find all the offers and buy passes, from $ 25 to $ 75, here.

Do you know of a big event in Denver? We will update this list throughout the weekend; send information to [email protected]