Denver Events in November 2017

Denver events in November 2017 include Broncos football, holiday lighting ceremonies, and so much more. It's a great time to visit The Mile High City as the holiday season starts ramping up!

Other top things to do this month include comedy shows, sporting events, and special activities planned for Thanksgiving Day Weekend. Other favorite traditions here include seeing Denver's take on "The Nutcracker" ballet and "A Christmas Carol." 

Denver Events in November

Two large, must-attend annual activities are the International Wine Festival where you can sample world-class wines, and Denver Arts Week where you'll see the works of amazing local artists. 

Read on for more things to do to add to your November calendar. 

Broncos Football

Broncos Football

If you're a football fan and plan to be in Denver in November, you simply must see the 2015 Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos in action. 

You will only have one chance this month. They take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, 10/3 at 2:25 pm

If you can't join in on these Denver events in November in person, at least try to catch the game at one of the great sports bars near the stadium. Two of my favorites are Strange Craft and El Patron Sports Bar.

>> Find out more about the Broncos

Thanksgiving Day & Weekend Activities

Thanksgiving in Denver

Date: 11/23 and the weekend through 11/26

You will find a lot of fun Denver events in November on Thanksgiving and throughout the weekend. Several local restaurants will be open to serve you a tasty holiday meal.

You can also enjoy holiday lighting ceremonies as well as performances of "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Stage Theater. Other highlights include beer tours, the Colorado Avalanche at home, and the opening of "The Nutcracker" with the Colorado Ballet.

>> Discover my insider's guide for Thanksgiving Weekend

Holiday Events & Lighting Ceremonies

Holiday Lights in Denver

The holiday season is a special time, and there are plenty of Denver events in November that will help you get into the holiday spirit. Here are just a few:

Downtown Denver Grand Illumination (Saturday, 11/23): The kickoff starts at 6 pm and will run through Dec. 31. This free event literally lights up downtown from Union Station to the City & County Building. Don't miss the lighted tree in front of Union Station.

Mile High Holidays (TBD): The holiday season is a magical time to visit Denver, and with Mile High Holidays, your visit will be more affordable. Restaurants, shopping centers, and attractions all over the metro area offer great discounts so you don't have to be a Scrooge. 

Blossoms of Light (Friday, 11/29 - Sunday, 1/1 2020): A visit to the Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street is fabulous any time of the year, but especially during the holidays. That's when the gardens are lit with colorful holiday light displays such as the O'Fallon Perennial Walk and the Romantic Gardens.

L’Esprit de Noel Holiday Home Tour (TBD): Visit five of Denver's most beautiful homes during this annual fundraiser. All homes will be beautifully decorated for the holidays.

Denver Film Festival

Denver Film Festival

Dates: Wednesday, 10/30 - Sunday, 11/10

Location: Several venues around town

The Denver Film Festival features full length films, documentaries and other independent pieces from countries all around the world. For almost two weeks, you will get the chance to see more than 200 works from around 35 countries.

Films are shown around town. Top venues include the Sie FilmCenter, the McNichols Civic Center Building, the UA Denver Pavilions Complex, and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

>> Visit their site for a full schedule of this year's films and more details about the festival

International Wine Festival

Wine in Denver

Dates: 11/1 - 11/13

Location: Denver Marriott in Westminster

Billed as one of the country's best fall wine festivals and one of the biggest Denver events in November, this international wine festival is worth the trip here for wine lovers. With more than 80 wineries, distilleries, and importers, it's the largest tasting festival in the region. 

Special events include the Grand Vintners Dinner and Pairsine Chefs Fine Food & Wine Pairing Competition. Festival guests can attend seminars, participate in guided tastings, and bid in a silent charity auction. Food, fine art, and wine accessories will also be available. 

Art, Craft & Other Holiday Fairs in November

The holidays are almost here and some of the best Denver events in November are our craft fairs. You will find several this month all around town. Here are just a few of the most popular options.

  • Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show (Friday, 11/1 - Sunday 11/3): This event is located at the Denver Mart from 10 am to 8 pm, with more than 400 booths in three exhibition halls, you will find gifts for everyone including art, handmade crafts, food, and other unique items, you can purchase entry tickets at the door
  • Englewood Holiday Bazaar (Saturday, 11/2): This Bazaar is held the Malley Recreation Center at 3380 S. Lincoln St. in Englewood, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, free to attendees, runs from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Home(ade) for the Holidays (TBD) at the Washington Street Community Center located at 809 S. Washington St. in Denver, neighborhood craft fair and bake sale, runs from 10 am to 4 pm and admission is free
  • Junior League of Denver Mile High Holiday Mart (Friday, 11/8 - Sunday, 11/10): at the Gates Field House, University of Denver at 2201 E. Asbury Ave, more than 100 merchants with unique items for sale, $10 admission fee, annual fundraiser for the Junior League of Denver
  • Urban Holiday Market (Saturday, 11/2 and Sunday, 11/3): at Skyline Park in Denver at 16th and Arapahoe, features unique holiday gifts, crafts, and other fun items, includes family-friendly fun and entertainment, from 11 am to 6 pm
  • Smoky Hill High School Craft Fair (Saturday, 11/2): in Aurora, more than 200 vendors will be on hand with a variety of handmade goods, lasts from 9 am to 4 pm and admission is free
  • Castle Clay Artists Winter Show & Sale (TBD): in Golden, handmade pieces from more than 40 local artists, at the  Jefferson Unitarian Church from 10am to 6pm all three days, admission is free
  • Holiday Food & Gift Festival (Friday, 11/15 - Sunday, 11/17): takes a place as big as the National Western Complex to hold more than 400 vendors selling arts and crafts, jewelry, photography, gourmet foods, and more. Be sure to get a photo with Santa Claus! 
  • Denver Christkindl Market (Friday, 11/22 - Monday, 12/23): in Skyline Park at 16th and Arapahoe Streets, the market is along the 16th Street Mall and is open most days from 11 am to 9 pm (open until 7 pm during the week in November to mid-December)

TedXMileHigh: Wonder

TedX

Date: TBD

Location: Bellco Theatre

Have you always wanted to attend a TEDx conference? On November 11, you will get your chance. TEDxMileHigh: Wonder. It will be a full day of speakers that will engage your curiosity and give you a new way of thinking about complex topics.

Doors open at 9:30am. TEDx are independently produced TED events. Make sure to pick up your tickets early as they are sure to sell out quickly.

Theater Productions & Best of Broadway

A Christmas Carol

"The Phantom of The Opera" (Wednesday, 11/6 - Sunday, 11/17)

If you're in town during the holidays, head to the Buell Theatre for this brand new musical interpretation of "The Phantom of The Opera." This special production has won numerous Tony Awards and includes new sets, choreography, and new staging throughout it. 

The Phantom lives in the Opera house and falls in love with the singer, Christine Daae. However, the Phantom has to wear a mask to hide his disfigurement and Christine falls in love with another man. Will the Phantom and his love for Christine win out?

Additional top shows this month include Jesus Christ Superstar at the Buell, A Doll's House at The Ricketson Theatre, and Twelfth Night at the Space Theatre. Click the link below for additional Denver events in November on stage.

>> Additional productions this month in Denver

Colorado Avalanche

Avalanche

Another one of the top Denver events in November is a Colorado Avalanche game. 

This month, they play about a half dozen games at home against teams such as the Dallas Stars, the Nashville Predators, the Toronto Maple leafs and other top NHL teams.

You can catch all of their games at the Pepsi Center.

>> More ticketing details and tips to catch a game

'The Nutcracker' With the Colorado Ballet

Nutcracker Ballet in Denver

Dates: Saturday, 11/30 - Tuesday, 12/24

A trip to see "The Nutcracker" ballet is a special holiday treat for the family. Beginning November 30th, the Colorado Ballet presents its 58th annual production of this popular classic. 

"The Nutcracker" features more than 100 dancers and 300 costumes. The Colorado Ballet Orchestra backs the dancers with Tchaikovsky's musical arrangement. 

Be sure to book tickets in advance, because performances of this magical ballet tend to sell out. 

>> More about the Colorado Ballet and this year's Nutcracker performances

Comedy Shows

Comedy in Denver

Denver is known as being one of the country's best cities to catch a comedy show, and this month, the city hosts one of the country's best comedians: Kathleen Madigan at the Paramount Theatre on her hilarious "Hot Dogs and Angels" tour. 

Additional shows this month include Rachel Bloom at the Paramount Theatre and Trae Crowder at the Oriental Theatre.

You can also catch smaller shows and improv comedies around town at venues such as Comedy Works, the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, and Denver Improv.

>> Find out more about Denver's comedy scene

Denver Events in November: Concerts & Live Music

Concerts

Denver has some great music venues, both large scale and more intimate places. 

This month at the Pepsi Center, one of the city's biggest concert venues, the always incredible Cher takes the stage on Monday, November 25th.

On Saturday, the 9th, Ray LaMontagne rolls into town for one show at the Grizzly Rose. Other top performers this month include Nahko & the Medicine People, Switchfoot, and Ludacris & Nelly. The always enjoyable Preservation Hall Jazz Band plays at Paramount Theatre on Thursday the 7th

In addition, you can catch a number of smaller shows at intimate venues around town including the Bluebird, Cervantes, and the Marquis Theatre.

>> Read more about Denver's music scene

Denver Arts Week

Denver Arts Week

Dates: Friday, 11/1 - Saturday, 11/9

Location: Various venues in the metro area

If you love the arts, schedule your visit during Denver Arts Week. This is one of the Denver events in November that offers a smorgasbord of art showcased at venues throughout the arts districts. You can take in music, opera, film festivals, dance, museums, comedy, and visual arts.

Most events are discounted or even free. Also, when booking your hotel, be sure to ask for any special rates offered during Arts Week.

Free Night at the Museums

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Date: 11/4

Location: Various museums around Denver

As part of Denver Art Week, many of Denver's top museums will offer free admission from 5pm to 10pm on Saturday, November 4. Some of the museums on the list include the Children's Museum, Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Black American West Museum.

In addition to free admission, there will also be free shuttles that will take you from museum to museum so you can easily enjoy more than one that evening.

>> Learn more on the Denver.org website

Free Museum Days & November Exhibits

Botanic Gardens

If you're minding your budget during your trip, be sure to check out the attractions that waive admission on certain days. These are the free Denver events in November for many of our popular tourist spots.

This month, you will find free admission days at the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the Denver Zoo.

>> Find a full schedule of free admission days here for this year

In addition to free days, you will also find some great temporary exhibits at our top museums this month. Here are a few must sees.

Denver Art Museum: Shantell Martin: Words and Lines. This interactive exhibit uses triangular boxes that rotate and move, a second area that focuses on her drawings, and an animated video display that is sure to enthrall you.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Extreme Sports: Beyond Human Limits is on display all month long. This interactive exhibit, where you can jump, run, fly and dive, will allow you to imagine you are an extreme sports athlete. Learn more about the professionals and how they do the exciting events that they do.

Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets

Catching a Nuggets basketball game at the Pepsi Center is always a fun way to feel like a local. You'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy one of these Denver events in November as the team plays almost a dozen games at home this month.

See them in action against teams such as the Toronto Raptors, the 2017 & 2018 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, and the Chicago Bulls.

>> Additional info and ticketing details for the Nuggets

Opera Colorado

Opera in Colorado

Dates: 11/2, 11/5, 11/8, and 11/10

Location: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis St.

In November, Opera Colorado presents the classic The Barber of Seville. This love story is set in the Spanish city of Seville and is full of love, trickery, and incredible songs.

The Barber of Seville is based on Count Almavia trying to win the heart of the lovely Rosina. However, many characters try to stop them and mayhem ensues. Will Count Almavia and Rosina be able to fall in love? You'll have to see this opera to find out!

You can catch all of the performances downtown at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

>> More on Opera Colorado

Botanic Garden Events in November

Botanic Gardens in Denver

Some Denver events in November include four fun holiday celebrations at the Botanic Gardens' two locations.  

Día de los Muertos (Saturday, 11/2): This event also celebrates Mexico's Day of the Dead holiday. Dress in costume, make altars to departed loved ones, and place offerings of food, flowers, and candles. This is at their York Street location.

Winter Gift Market (Thursday, 11/21 - Saturday, 11/23): Find that special holiday gift here. Vendors will be selling handmade items such as jewelry, beauty products, clothing, pottery, and foods. All three days are at the York Street location.

Santa’s Village at Chatfield Farms (Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays from 11/29 - 12/15; Everyday from 12/16 - 12/22): Head over to the Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms location to see Santa this holiday season. In addition to meeting Santa, you can also do crafts with Mrs. Santa, enjoy a hayrack ride, and meet some of Santa's reindeer. Check times as they are different depending on day and date.

Blossoms of Light (Friday, 11/29 - Wednesday, 1/1/2019): A winter wonderland at the Botanic Gardens York Street location. 

Neustadt JAAMM Fest

Jaamm Fest

Dates: TBD

Location: Several around town

The Neustadt Jaamm Fest is a 14-day Jewish cultural arts festival. It features a variety of Denver events in November including authors, movies, arts, theater, and music.

The events are at a few locations around town with most events being held at the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center at 350 South Dahlia Street in Denver.

>> Visit their website for a full schedule of activities

Ice Skating rinks in denver

Ice Skating in Denver

Dates: TBD

You will find two ice skating rinks open to the public this November in Denver. The first is downtown at Skyline Park. This rink offers free skating for those with their own skates. You can also rent skates for just $2 per pair. It's open from 11 am to 7 pm.

In addition, there is a second ice skating rink at Denver International Airport. You will find this in the DEN Plaza and it will be open from 9 am to 9 pm daily. 

Beaujolais and Beyond Festival

Beaujolais and Beyond

Date: TBD

Location: McNichols Civic Center Building

Enjoy an evening of food and wine at the annual Beaujolais and Beyond Festival at the McNichols Civic Center Building in downtown Denver. The event features 20 Colorado chefs in a challenge of who can make the best French inspired dish to pair with this year's Beaujolais Nouveau wine. As a guests, you will get the chance to help select the winner.

Additional wines from years past will also be on hand for all attendees to sample. This event is an annual fundraiser for Rocky Mountain French-American Chamber of Commerce.

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