Ballet, Symphony and Zoo Events!

October 10, 2019

With fall in full swing, the Colorado Ballet and the Colorado Symphony present inspiring new productions! See the epic story of Don Quixote told through the language of dance, and let the Colorado Symphony sweep you away with an emotional tribute concert to the ongoing legacy of Selena. Halloween events are beginning to pop up, too—the Denver Zoo gets spooky after dark with their acclaimed Enchanted Hollows exhibit!


Scott Joplin played an integral role in Ragtime music—learn all about it in this educational and entertaining lecture from Active Minds! Ragtime’s origins were in African-American traditions and Tin Pan Alley tunes, which surged in the early 20th century. Learn about Joplin’s most significant works, from piano rags to other progressive compositions, as he paved the way as one of the most successful African American composers of his day.

Sam Gary Library, 2961 Roslyn St,, Denver
1:00 p.m.
Registration: FREE

Thursday-Saturday, October 10-12

The title of this thought-provoking work of theatre art, Idiopathic, is a term doctors use to define diseases or conditions they can’t explain. Making the show even more unique, it’s done with puppetry.  Since a puppet’s first job is to entertain, when it does more than that, it becomes a work of art. 

A combination of theatre, music, and puppetry, this project fuses the dramatic territories of Clown and Tragedy. Touching on addiction, anxiety, and insomnia, this is no ordinary puppet show.

The People’s Building, 9995  E. Colfax  Ave.,  Aurora
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15

Thursday-Sunday, October 10-13

To dream the impossible dream is Don Quixote’s fate—see it enacted in all of its exquisite beauty when the Colorado Ballet performs this classic romantic work! Don Quixote and Sancho Panza search for a noble adventure and encounter a band of gypsies, dreams of Dryads, and a surprising turn of events.

The stunning costumes, the sets, and the inspiring choreography will transport you to another place and time. Don’t miss this classic story performed as a ballet! 

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$155
Phone: 303-837-8888

The new musical by the Pulitzer Prize-winning co-creator of In the Heights is a starkly relevant story of a migrant mother on the brink of deportation and her 16-year-old daughter who will be left behind. Beatriz and Olivia are on a cross-country road trip, accompanied by an acoustic score by folk music star Erin McKeown. The play is a poignant portrayal of the people they meet on their journey, a cross-section of America.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, Black Box Studio, 9900 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$37
Phone: 802-255-1826

Friday, October 11

For the first time ever, the Colorado Symphony will be performing the score of 1985 cult favorite, The Goonies, while the movie screens simultaneously! Anyone who came of age in the 80s or after will remember this childhood rite of passage, starring an endearing band of misfits. The movie is screened with the live orchestra performing the full film score!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$99
Phone: 303-623-7876

Friday-Saturday, October 11-12

What could be more spooky than the nocturnal cries of animals as darkness envelops territory so familiar and friendly by day? The Denver Zoo prepares for Halloween with Enchanted Hollows, two unique exhibits that come to life after dark!

Woodland Hollow is the immersive art walk with activities for the entire family, including axe-throwing, cornhole, elaborate pumpkin carvings, animal specialist talks, and even a “Scary-oke” sing-along! A second exhibit is perfect for tweens and parents—the Harmony Hill Bigfoot Festival with sasquatch-themed food and drink, educational talks from animal care specialists—and maybe even a photo with Sasquatch himself!  

Denver Zoo, 2900 E. 23rd Ave., Denver
6:00 – 10:00 p.m
Tickets: $9 – $20
Phone: 720-337-1400

Friday-Sunday, October 11-13

This Halloween, the Addams Family is everywhere—a new movie out in theaters and, even better, a live stage show right in the neighborhood! Join this lovable, freaky family with all the kooky characters you remember from the TV show—Morticia and Gomez, Wednesday, Cousin It, and the rest!

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, October 12

What do you get when you combine Oktoberfest and chocolate? You got it—Choctoberfest! This is the festival where you can sample and buy the finest chocolates in Colorado, including candy, cakes, cookies, truffles, fudge, brownies, drinks, coffees, and more! There’s also a Beer Garden serving an incredible variety of beer styles and flavors, and YES—Chocolate Martinis!

Fun chocolate-themed activities for the entire family include chocolate pudding eating contests, aerial chocolate apple bobbing contest, pumpkin bowling, cooking demos, and a live polka band during Happy Hour! 

Arapahoe County Fair & Event Center, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10; Kids 12 and under are FREE

This is the real deal! An all-day Oktoberfest party for adults with authentic German beer, food, and alcohol. The Oktoberfest menu includes potato pancakes, German coleslaw, beer-boiled brats, Jägerschnitzel with a mushroom-Jäger gravy and in-house fermented sauerkraut on a pretzel bun, Bavarian pretzels (jalapeño or regular) with beer mustard and chipotle adobo beer cheese, and for dessert, apple strudel and stollen!

Games and competitions include such Oktoberfest spielereien as masskrugstemmen (stein holding competitions) at 6 p.m.—both men’s and women’s rounds. Winners get a growler glass and a growler fill a month for a year! There’s also hammerschlagen—play at your own risk!

Peak to Peak Tap & Brew, 16701 E. Illiff Ave., Aurora
11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Phone: 720-446-8714 ​

Saturday-Sunday, October 12-13

Celebrate “The Queen of Tejano Music” with the Colorado Symphony. This tribute to the singular talent of Selena Quintanilla, whose brief life led to an enduring legacy, is sure to stir your emotions.  

Sensational vocalist Isabel Marie Sánchez performs iconic hits with the full orchestra including Dreaming of You, Como la Flor, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom, No Me Queda Más, and I Could Fall in Love in this unforgettable concert.

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$104
Phone: 303-623-7876

The beloved children’s book that has helped generations of children fall asleep comes to life on stage in a whimsical, sweet musical! All of the familiar characters will be there—kittens and mittens, bears and chairs, a red balloon, a quiet old lady saying “hush,” and of course, the beautiful moon!

The sweet music and dancing will be especially appealing to pre-K children through second-graders, but there is plenty for the entire family to love in this theatre classic.

Randy Weeks Conservatory Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver
1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $16
Phone: 303-893-4100

Sunday, October 13

This must-do fall race event benefits the all-important efforts of the American Lung Association in Colorado to improve the quality of air we breathe. And it’s held at one of the most spectacular viewing points in Denver—Red Rocks Amphitheater! Well worth the drive across town, this one-of-a-kind road race/fun run/walk combines the beauty and history of Red Rocks with a mix of rock-and-roll altitude for everyone who wants to strut their inner Rockstar. 

You choose between a 10K, 5K or family fun-run and enjoy breathtaking views, challenging hills, local live music along the course, and an iconic climb up the steps of the Amphitheater to a cheering finish, where a cold beer and bragging rights await! All participants receive a signature t-shirt, medal and race bib.

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
8:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Registration: $45-$65
Phone: 303-388-4327

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