Cabaret, a Masquerade Gala, and Spooky Events!

October 18, 2018

As the days grow shorter and cooler, warm up at one of the many events happening in Denver and Aurora this weekend! The Aurora Fox Cabaret Series kicks off its fall season, and the annual Masquerade Gala to benefit the Rocky Mountain Alliance Children’s Foundation is a great excuse to dress up and don your most stylish mask! The Denver Botanic Gardens, the Molly Brown House Museum, and even the Denver Zoo all have special Halloween events happening, so don’t miss out on the fall fun!


At Denver Botanic Gardens’ Halloween display, pumpkins aren’t mere jack-o-lanterns—they’re works of art! Glow at the Gardens features real pumpkins harvested from local farms where pumpkin artists push the boundaries of traditional pumpkin carving to create larger-than-life sculptures! These ornately-detailed showpiece pumpkins flicker eerily in the creepy nighttime atmosphere of the gardens, making for a spooky and special Halloween outing!

Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
5:30-9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$18
Phone: 720-865-3500

Looking for fun things to do at night in Denver with an unusual twist? Come to Taps and Tails at Denver Zoo where wild animals lurk around the corners while you sip on local ambers and IPAs, seasonal wines, and sample locally-sourced food. Enjoy great music performed by singer-songwriter Rob Drakin and the best comedy Denver has to offer with host, comedian Janae Burris. And if you dare, sign up for the Zoo’s VIP experience for a tour behind the scenes to see lions, spotted hyenas, or African wild dogs.

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$20
Phone: 720-337-1400

Thursday-Saturday, October 18-20

If your kids love the story of Corduroy, the adorable teddy bear who has lost his button, they will be thrilled to see him come to life in this sweet and funny stage adaptation! This tender, enduring story of true friendship follows Corduroy on a noble quest to find a missing button in order to be taken home by Lisa, the little girl who loves him. Watch as Corduroy navigates the challenges of the big department store in his unwavering devotion to Lisa. The whole family will be charmed by this heartwarming comedy—but especially kids aged Pre-K through third grade.

Conservatory Theatre/DCPA,1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs., 12:00 p.m.; Sat., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Phone: 800-641-1222

When Mary Shelley wrote the chilling words of Frankenstein, she couldn’t have imagined that her ghost would be reciting them centuries later while strolling the darkened, Victorian hallways of a haunted mansion! Literature and horror-film lovers will relish the chance to walk with her and her fellow Gothic wordsmiths in the Molly Brown House Museum’s 25th annual Victorian Horrors! 

History comes to life in this immersive theater event. While you wind your way through the darkened mansion, you’ll hear six soul-searing tales of terror perfect for literary nerds and fans of the macabre alike! Advance registration is required.

Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Thursday-Sunday, October 18-21

Constance Middleton has perfected her role of charming, traditional housewife—and she has everyone fooled! Set in the midst of strict expectations of relationships, fidelity and social roles, this social satire features a heroine that contemporary women can identify with!

This classic play from the 1920s transcends time with its universal themes! Written by Somerset Maugham more than 90 years before the #MeToo movement, The Constant Wife is a sharply witty comedy that proves when it comes to the battle of the sexes, nothing much has changed!

Space Theatre/DCPA, Speer Blvd. and Arapahoe St., Denver
Thurs., 6:30; Fri./Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$78
Phone: 303-571-4401

My Name is Asher Lev is a stage adaptation of the stirring novel by Chaim Potok that explores what it means to be an artist—and the sacrifices that must be made in the process. 

Torn between his Hasidic upbringing and the need to fulfill his artistic promise, Asher Lev is caught between two worlds. He is forced to examine and prioritize relationships with his parents, community and mentor as he realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith.

Pluss Theatre, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 South Dahlia St., Denver
Thurs., 7:00 p.m., Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$35
Phone: 303-800-6578

Kyle Kinane is all over the place. If you haven’t caught him appearing on TV shows like @Midnight, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Conan, Workaholics, This Is Not Happening, and Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, then you might know him from his Comedy Central specials, Kyle Kinane: Loose in Chicago, I Liked His Old Stuff Better, or Whiskey Icarus. Or maybe you know him from his recent premiere on Netflix’s The Standups or his recurring role on Love. One thing’s for sure—you won’t want to miss seeing him live on stage!

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 7:30 p.m., Fri./Sat., 9:45 p.m.; Sun., 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $27-$32
Phone: 303-595-3637

Friday-Saturday, October 19-20


Start planning your favorite animal-themed costume, and wear it for these special nighttime zoo activities! Take a spooky walk through Woodland Hollow as the wild animals watch your every move! Marvel at the jack-o-lantern sculptures! Enjoy seasonal refreshments and watch everything come to life in the shadowy hollows of the Denver Zoo!

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$20
Phone: 720-337-1400

Don’t miss local musical theatre star Jake Mendes for an entertaining evening as the Aurora Fox Cabaret Series kicks off its fall season! Mendes has starred in numerous Denver/Aurora productions, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Chorus Line, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. 

He has also appeared in Off-Broadway and various New York productions, including Bunnicula, Pinkalicious: The Musical,  Xanadu, A Man of No Importance, The Little Dog Laughed, The Normal Heart, and The Drowsy Chaperone. His Regional Theatre appearances include: The Rocky Horror Show, Little Shop of Horrors, Spring Awakening, Assassins, and Rent. Don’t miss this talented award-winning entertainer as he takes the stage in a special musical revue!

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E Colfax Ave., Aurora
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22
Phone: 303-739-1970

Friday-Sunday, October 19-21

It’s a great weekend for pickin’ at the World Wide Antique & Vintage Show! In its 43rd year, the show is a tradition that features the best antique and vintage dealers from around the United States, coming together for your browsing convenience! 

The show features between 85 and 100 dealers who have traveled the globe to find new and interesting items to bring to collectors here in Denver. You never know what you might find, so plan on spending the entire day!

The Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver
Fri./Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5

Elitch’s may be a family-friendly amusement park by day, but when darkness rolls in, it’s an entirely different story! Fright by Night is how Elitch Gardens chooses to celebrate Halloween—in the scariest way possible! Haunted creatures lurk around every corner, and blood-curdling screams fill the night sky! If you dare, don’t miss this scare!

Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver
Fri., 6:00-10:00 p.m.; Sat., 12:00-11:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$70

While the mystery of this famous work’s unfinished status remains unsolved to this day, you wouldn’t guess that the magnificent symphonic experience isn’t complete! Schubert’s Symphony in B Minor is the centerpiece of an eclectic program by the Colorado Symphony that includes Gould’s Spirituals for Orchestra and Gliere’s sweeping Concerto for Horn, featuring Principal Horn Michael Thornton. Rounding out the evening is the ever-popular Wagner’s bright and virtuosic opera, Prelude to Die Meistersinger. 

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$89
Phone: 303-623-7876

Boston Marriage is one of David Mamet’s most wickedly funny plays, sparing no one with its barbs. The fashionable fringes of upper-class society are represented by Anna and Claire, two scheming women with a history of pursuing advantageous relationships. Both women have set their sights on their newest conquests when an unexpected meeting sets off a crisis that puts both women’s futures in jeopardy.

Vintage Theatre Productions, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $32
Phone: 303-856-7830

Saturday, October 20

Love to run? Love dogs? Then you’re sure to love the Pup Run 5K for people and their pets! You may participate with or without a furry friend. If you do bring a pet, be sure to put him or her on a non-retracting leash and bring proof of vaccinations. The Pup Run 5K run/walk will donate a portion of ticket sales to benefit a local pet food pantry, and runners are also encouraged to bring food donations for the pantry.

Great Lawn Park, 101 Yosemite St., Denver
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
Phone: 800-977-3609

Go incognito in style at this glamorous event to raise money for the Rocky Mountain Alliance Children’s Foundation! The annual Masquerade Gala is your chance to dress up and dance the night away—all behind the cover of the stylish mask of your choice! Featuring live music by Sautille Strings and Florea, passed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and expansive silent auction, the evening is sure to be a memorable one!  

Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $85-$100

Life at the Lake: Southshore

Living in the master-planned community of Southshore gives you a front row seat to Life at the Lake plus all the convenience of an ideal location near shopping, entertainment and great schools! Check out the offerings from Colorado’s top builders: Toll Brothers, Richmond American Homes and Century Communities, ranch and two-story models, priced between the upper $300s and the $700s.