Fashion, Fright Fest and a Maker Faire!

October 11, 2018

Halloween is too much fun to limit to one day, so Denver is getting in the spirit already! With scary, literary and zoological takes on the spooky holiday, you can catch them all before the 31st arrives! The theatre and music scene is also in full swing, with the best in Broadway musical theatre as well as ballet and symphony performances! Get your spooky on this weekend in the Denver and Aurora area!

Thursday-Saturday, October 11-13

This powerful, poignant new musical is the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the 2018 Grammy Award, and has captured the hearts and imaginations of the theatre-going public! Dear Evan Hanson is a profoundly personal story about the need to belong and what lengths someone will go to in order to be accepted.

When a confidence-boosting letter he wrote to himself is intercepted by a school bully, lonely teenager Evan Hansen’s life is forever changed. A contemporary musical like no other, Dear Evan Hansen follows a snowballing series of events that spring from the publication of his letter on social media, rocketing him to unexpected stardom. 

Buell Theatre/DCPA,1350 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Thurs./Sat., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$145
Phone: 800-641-1222

Thursday-Sunday, October 11-14

You won’t want to miss your final chance to see this innovative production of the beloved musical, Oklahoma, set in an all African-American town in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory. The familiar songs and story center around cowboys and farmers who have chased their destinies to a land that promises love, opportunity and a brighter future. See and hear this favorite Broadway musical in a whole new way!

Stage Theatre/DCPA, 1101 13th St, Denver
Thurs., 6:30, Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 1:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$70
Phone: 303-571-4401

The story of everyone’s favorite sleeping princess magically comes to life with graceful choreography and Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score! No matter how many times you’ve heard the story, seeing Sleeping Beauty as a ballet is sure to capture your imagination and transport you to a place of beauty.

The entire family will fall in love with the breathtaking costumes and the lovely classical dance moves as the Colorado Ballet tells the story of a spellbound princess, the dreamy fairies who watch over her, and true love’s quest to save her!

Ellie Caulkins Opera House/DCPA, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$120
Phone: 303-837-8888

Friday, October 12

Can you do the Napoleon Dynamite dance? Do you know all of his quirky lines by heart? For fans of the classic nerd film Napoleon Dynamite, this is your chance to celebrate the movie you love! 

Starting with a full screening of the movie (it’s always better in the theater, surrounded by fellow fans!), the highlight of the evening will follow–a lively, freewheeling, moderated discussion with cast members Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro), and John Gries (Uncle Rico). For super-fans, there is even a chance to purchase a VIP Meet and Greet ticket!

Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $39.75-$125
Phone: 303-360-5360

Friday-Saturday, October 12-13

What could be spookier 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, your chance to take an eerie stroll down trails that take on a whole new life at night! 

See where the roots of Halloween started and inspiration for all kinds of mythical and terrifying creatures in stories arose! They all come to life in the shadowy Woodland Hollow of the Denver Zoo!

Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver
6:00-9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12-$18
Phone: 720-337-1400

Stroll the darkened, Victorian hallways of a haunted mansion with the ghost of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, and her fellow Gothic wordsmiths. “Listen to me, Frankenstein,” Shelley wrote. “You accuse me of murder; and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature.” 

The Molly Brown House Museum’s 25th annual Victorian Horrors is their most popular 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

Catch one of the most influential new comedians in the country when Michelle Wolf appears live on stage in Denver.  Wolf made international news as the much-talked-about headliner of the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner. It’s been an amazing breakout year for Wolf, as she has just finished serving as the executive producer, writer, and host of the critically-acclaimed variety sketch series, The Break with Michelle Wolf on Netflix.

Wolf debuted her first hour-long stand-up special, Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady, on HBO late last year. The critically-acclaimed special tackled a wide range of topics from her surprising thoughts on feminism, the environment, and more of life’s everyday absurdities. Don’t miss this controversial comedian who Rolling Stone named one of the “25 funniest people on Twitter right now.” 

Comedy Works-Downtown, 1226 15th St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 9:45 p.m.
Tickets: $35
Phone: 303-595-3637

Friday-Sunday, October 12-14

As Halloween creeps up on us, Elitch Gardens is ready! The park may be family-friendly by day, but once darkness takes over, it turns into Fright by Night! You will want to stay on guard as blood-curdling screams and shrieks fill the evening air! Haunted creatures lurk around every corner, just waiting to scare the daylights out of you! Come in costume, and you will fit in perfectly!

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

Saturday, October 13

Fall fashion is in vogue in Denver with a supermodel-packed runway show featuring the exciting creations of Gino Velardi! It’s a festive evening with jamming music, intoxicating energy—and of course, the hottest fashion trends!

The exclusive, eagerly-awaited Gino Velardi Fashion Show 2018 is a new collection of sexy, glamorous looks for the woman who is feminine, yet strong. If you are a fashion plate who loves to be the center of attention—this show is for you! Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with Denver’s favorite designer in an immersive setting!

Seawell Ballroom/DCPA, 1080 14th St., Denver
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35
Phone:  303-356-4146

The Tony Award-winning singer best known for his role of Aaron Burr in the original cast of Broadway’s Hamilton and his role in the TV series Smash, appears with the Colorado Symphony for an extraordinary evening of music! 

Leslie Odom, Jr. is a multifaceted performer and talented jazz musician who recently released his debut solo album, which quickly rose to number one on the Billboard and iTunes Jazz charts, and more! If you are a jazz lover, you won’t want to miss this special evening!

Boettcher Concert Hall/DCPA, Speer Blvd. & Arapahoe St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29-$99
Phone: 303-623-7876

Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14

As the days grow shorter and you realize you will be spending much more time indoors, take the opportunity to transform your house into the home of your dreams! Denver’s Home Expo features the latest in-home design, decor, automation, and outdoor living.

Visit booths with knowledgeable experts and see all the trends in home design and renovation. You’ll be inspired to finally cross those DIY projects off your list—armed with the know-how and products to do it in style!

The Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver
Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: FREE
Phone: 303-867-0808

This family-friendly event is the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth, a showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness! There’s something for everyone to get inspired by as you peruse awe-inspiring maker creations by engineers, artists, scientists and crafters. Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. 

Glimpse the future and get inspired! Maker Faire features hands-on activities for makers of all ages, presentations, competitions, and a life-sized interactive arcade experience!

National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8-$20

Life at the Lake: Southshore

Finding fun things to do isn’t hard when you live lakeside in the master-planned community of Southshore. If Life at the Lake intrigues you, visit Southshore and explore the breath-taking models from Toll Brothers, Richmond American Homes and Century Communities in ranch and two-story designs. New homes in Southshore are priced between the upper $300s and the $700s, and residents here have access to a bevy of shopping, dining, recreation and entertainment options!