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7 best things to do in Colorado this weekend, Nov. 1-3, 2019

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Posted at 9:30 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 02:30:42-04

DENVER – Every weekend, Denver7 compiles a list of some fun events you might enjoy. Here are our picks for the 7 best things to do in the Denver metro area and beyond this weekend.

1. The largest exhibition of Claude Monet's paintings is now on exhibit at the Denver Art Museum
What: The biggest exhibition of Claude Monet’s paintings in more than two decades is now open – and lucky for you, you don’t have to travel far. Over 125 paintings of the French Impressionist’s career are now on display at the Denver Art Museum. Denver is the only city in the U.S. to host such a collection.
Where: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. in Denver
When: Now through February 2, 2020; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $27 general admission; $5 for kids ages 6 to 18; free for children under 5; buy tickets here.
More info: Learn more about the exhibit by clicking here.

2. Honor the dead at the Día de los Muertos celebration during First Friday Art Walks
What: Día de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration of those who’ve since left this Earth, and the Santa Fe Arts District will become alive with hundreds of skeletons, colorful dresses, mariachi music as well as traditional Mexican food such as bread of the dead, hot chocolate, a Catrina procession, face painting, altars for the dead, and much more.
Where: Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe
When: Friday, Nov. 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: Free of admission
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1315721681885119/

3. Head to one of the most unique Halloween festivals in Brighton
What: Halloween would be nothing without carved pumpkins, and what better way to get in the spirit – and get some inspiration along the way – than to journey along a path made up of over 3,000 of them? The celebration continues with the Spirit of Pumpkins Fire Show, delicious tastes and treats, and outdoor movie screenings. Whether it’s date night or family night, there’s something for everyone at Pumpkin Nights!
Where: Adams County Fairgrounds, 9755 Henderson Road in Brighton, Colo.
When: Friday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $20 for adults; $18 for ages 60+; $16 for kids 4-12; free for kids 3 and under. Buy tickets here.
More info: https://www.pumpkinnights.com/

Dia de los Muertos, Fright Fest and Pumpkin Nights: 7 best things to do in Colorado this weekend - Nov. 1-3, 2019

4. Enjoy one last weekend of Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens
What: Filled with thrills and chills, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park presents: Fright Fest! This popular, family friendly Halloween event is open to younger guests during the day for Family by Day, and older visitors during the evening hours for Fright by Night.
Where: Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Circ. in Denver
When: Fridays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 9 p.m.
Admission: $15-70
More info: https://www.elitchgardens.com/fright-fest/

5. Celebrate the dead at the Denver Botanic Gardens this Día de los Muertos
What: Experience the colorful celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, in Spanish) at the Denver Botanic Gardens this weekend. The annual observance of this Mexican tradition honoring those who have died will include face painting, ofrendas (altars), indoor screenings of Disney Pixar’s “Coco” and a special holiday exhibition in the Bonsai Pavilion.
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St. in Denver
When: Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $0-$12.50; buy tickets here.
More info: https://www.botanicgardens.org/events/special-events/dia-de-los-muertos

6. How far can you catapult a pumpkin? Find out this weekend at the Punkin’ Chunkin’ in Fountain!
What: Have a pumpkin that went unused this Halloween? Bring it over with your giant zucchinis (why would you have one of those?!) and see how far you can send them off into the air at the catapult contest during the Punkin’ Chunkin’ in Fountain! You might as well soup up your zucchini with wheels for the zucchini race!
Where: Fountain Creek Nature Center, 320 Peppergrass Lane in Fountain, Colo.
When: Saturday, Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Admission: $4 for members, $5 for non-members
More info: https://www.visitcos.com/events-calendar/punkin-chunkin-zucchini-races/

7. Didn’t have enough fun at Halloween? Continue the celebration at Noche de los Muertos
What: Head over to Manitou Springs for the 9th annual Noche de los Muertos! There will be music, food, dance, costumes, delicious food and drinks, giveaways and overall revelry while celebrating and honoring the dead. You’re invited to bring a photo of a loved one who’s passed on so it can be placed in an altar.
Where: Manitou Springs Memorial Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs, Colo.
When: Saturday, Nov. 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door; buy tickets here.
More info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/noche-de-los-muertos-2019-tickets-75764187725

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