Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some family friendly events you might enjoy. Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in Denver this weekend.
Thursday - Sunday
Denver Film Festival
What: The largest film gathering in the Rocky Mountain region continues through this Sunday. The Denver Film Festival is a film-lovers paradise with more than 250 films from around the world, including premieres, tributes, awards, parties, celebrity appearances and more. Make it a movie marathon or just choose the films that peak your interest.
Where: SIE Film Center, 2510 East Colfax, Denver, Colo.; and other various Denver locations.
When: Thursday – Sunday; various times daily through Nov. 13th (Check website for details)
Admission: $11 - Weekday Matinees; $15 – Regular Screening (Member discounts available; special pricing for Red Carpet Screenings and other events.)
More Information: denverfilmfestival.denverfilm.org
Thursday – Saturday
Hammond’s Candy Factory Tour
What: Kids out of school this Friday? Take them to Colorado’s very own Hammond’s Candy Factory for a free tour. Factory tours run every half-hour Monday through Saturday. Watch candy makers as they hand-pull and twist oversize candy canes, ribbon candy, lollipops and chocolate. It’s educational fun for candy lovers of all ages. And bonus, every tour guest gets a free candy sample.
Where: Hammond’s Candies, 5735 N. Washington Street, Denver, Colo.
When: Mondays – Fridays: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Saturdays: 10:15 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed Sundays)
More Information: hammondscandies.com
Friday - Saturday
Winter Gift Market
What: Start your holiday shopping at the annual Botanic Gardens Winter Gift Market. Browse vendors selling one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, bath and body products, pottery, jewelry, specialty foods, clothing and antiques. Plus, the popular homemade gourmet herbal vinegars and seasonings, infused with herbs from the Gardens, will also be available for purchase courtesy of the Botanic Gardens’ Guild.
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, Denver, Colo.
When: Friday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
More Information: botanicgardens.org
Four Mile Historic Park Free Day
What: It’s a free day at the Four Mile Historic Park. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time as you wander this 1859 farm. Pan for gold, meet the farm animals and more. You can enjoy free admission at this Denver landmark on the second Friday of each month.
Where: Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest Street, Denver, Colo.
When: Friday: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
More Information: fourmilepark.org
$5 Day at Butterfly Pavilion
What: Enjoy all that the Butterfly Pavilion has to offer for just $5 general admission on Saturday. Journey through the new and improved Crawl-a-See-Em, hold Rosie the tarantula, touch a starfish, and take a stroll through the rainforest with 1,600 butterflies fluttering about.
Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Avenue, Westminster, Colo.
When: Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $5; Members and kids 1 year old and under are free.
More Information: butterflies.org
Denver Veteran’s Day Parade and Festival
What: Join the community in a salute to our Veterans. The parade will circle Civic Center Park, and there will be great spectator viewing spots along the route. After the parade, celebrate our Veterans at this family-friendly festival. Enjoy an afternoon of live music, vendors, kids’ activities and food. The festival will feature static displays of both vintage and modern military vehicles to explore.
Where: Civic Center Park, Downtown Denver, Denver, Colo.
When: Saturday: Parade starts at 10 a.m.; Festival: 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
More Information: denverveteransday.com
Denver Museum of Nature and Science Free Day
What: Enjoy a free day at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Fees still apply for IMAX, Planetarium and temporary exhibitions.
Where: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colo.
When: Sunday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
More Information: dmns.org
Bonus Things To Do: Looking for an adult night out? Left Hand Brewing’s annual Nitro Fest is Saturday night at Roosevelt Park in Longmont, featuring over 40 breweries, live music and circus acts.
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