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Psst… 36 Things to do in Denver this October 2017

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October is Halloween month, and along with spooky events, Denver will feature fairs, shows, concerts, expos, and more. We’ve rounded up 36 things to do in Denver this October 2017 for you!

36 THINGS TO DO IN DENVER THIS OCTOBER 2017

#1 BE THE ASTRONAUT
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum | The Denver Ear

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When: October 1 – 31, 2017

Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E Academy Blvd #1, Denver, CO 80230

Time: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Cost: General Admission

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum will feature a new exhibit this month through March 2018, Be The Astronaut. The exhibit, developed with assistance from NASA’s Langley Research Facility, is an interactive pod-based exhibit that thrusts visitors into a world of space discovery.

#2 ELITCH GARDENS: FRIGHT FEST
Fright Fest - Fright by Night at Elitch Gardens | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Elitch Gardens

When: October 1, 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 20 – 22 & 27 – 29, 2017

Where: Elitch Gardens, 2000 Elitch Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Time: Friday 6pm – 10pm; Saturday 12pm – 10pm; Sunday 12pm – 9pm

Cost: $34.99 – $39.99

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In October, Elitch Gardens hosts Fright Fest, and transforms into Family By Day and Fright By Night, with special Halloween festivities for your little ghosts and goblins during the day and alive and haunted creatures lurking around every thrilling corner during the night.

#3 ROB LOWE – STORIES I ONLY TELL MY FRIENDS: LIVE!
Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE! | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Center for the Performing Arts

When: October 1, 2017

Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $55 – $225

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Following his sold-out debut in Mesa, Arizona, Rob Lowe is taking his one-man show, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE! on a limited-run tour. Inspired by the success of his two New York Times best selling memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, Rob has created an all-new, peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood and marriage.

#4 BUTTERFLY PAVILION: BUGTOBER
Butterfly Pavilion | The Denver Ear

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When: October 2 – 29, 2017

Where: Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020

Time & Cost: Varies

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Experience the Butterfly Pavilion’s Bugtober, and discover a Halloween month where invertebrates from the big screen and your wildest imagination come to life. From exploring new animals with incredible abilities in new, immersive exhibits to one-of-a-kind events that bring both fun and frightful adventures

#5 WWE DOUBLEHEADER: MONDAY NIGHT RAW & SMACKDOWN LIVE
WWE | The Denver Ear

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When: October 2 – 3, 2017

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Time: Monday 5:30pm; Tuesday 5:45pm

Cost: $20 – $115

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WWE Doubleheader is your chance to to see your all of your favorite WWE Superstars live in action. This two-night event will feature Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live.

#6 KINGS OF LEON
Kings of Leon | The Denver Ear

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When: October 2, 2017

Where: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465

Time: 7pm

Cost: $59.50 – $99.50

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Kings of Leon will perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with special guest Dawes.

#7 INCUBUS
Incubus | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©AXS

When: October 3, 2017

Where: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465

Time: 6:45pm

Cost: Re-Sell Tickets

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Incubus will perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with special guests Jimmy Eat World and Atlas Genius.

#8 MATCHBOX TWENTY
Matchbox Twenty | The Denver Ear

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When: October 4, 2017

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $25 – $99.50

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Matchbox Twenty will be performing live at the Pepsi Center, with special guest Matt Nathanson.

#9 DENVER ZOO: DINOS! AFTER DARK
Denver Zoo | The Denver Ear

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When: October 5 – 7, 12 – 14, 19 – 21 & 26 – 28, 2017

Where: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St, Denver, CO 80205

Time: 6:30pm – 9pm

Cost: $10 – $15; Free for Children 2 & Under

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Join the Denver Zoo every Friday & Saturday night in October for DINOS! After Dark. This event will feature jack-o-lantern sculptures, the traveling exhibit, Dino! Live, pumpkin carving, cultural performance and live shows.

Psst… Thursdays are for Adults 21+, offer speciality themed evenings and a beer garden. Fridays & Saturdays are family-friendly.

#10 DRACULA
Colorado Ballet: Dracula | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©Chandra Kuykendall and Domenico Luciano by Allen Birnbach

When: October 6 – 16, 2017

Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1385 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 2pm & 7:30pm *Date Dependent

Cost: $30 – $155

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Colorado Ballet will open the 2017/2018 season with the crowd-favorite Dracula. Based on Bram Stoker’s Gothic romantic horror, Dracula features enthralling choreography by Michael Pink, hypnotic music by Philip Feeney performed live by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, and plenty of spine-tingling terror.

#11 DENVER ZOMBIE CRAWL
Denver Zombie Crawl | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Zombie Crawl

When: October 7, 2017

Where: Skyline Park, 1600 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 11am – 5pm

Cost: Free

Denver will continue the celebrated tradition in which citizens share excitement in the fun and scary holiday season by dressing up as the undead, at the 12th Annual Denver Zombie Crawl.

#12 FIRST CHAIR FESTIVAL
First Chair Festival | The Denver Ear

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When: October 7, 2017

Where: Sculpture Park, 1736 Speer Blvd, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 1pm

Cost: $5 – $60

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The First Chair Festival features ski film premieres, live music performances from national touring acts, a giant gear sale, and more. This year’s festival will feature Air Traffic Controller and The Moth & The Flame.

#13 CHERRY CREEK NORTH ART FEAST
Cherry Creek North | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Cherry Creek North

When: October 7, 2017

Where: Cherry Creek North, Denver, CO 80206

Time: 3pm – 7pm

Cost: Free

The 3rd Annual Cherry Creek North Art Feast will feature is culinary and artistic interaction, sampling and learning, in a re-imagined way. Each participating gallery will showcase creativity at work in their own, unique fashion, along with select bites from Cherry Creek North’s popular restaurants.

New this year, Cherry Creek North is partnering with Denver Young Artists Orchestra to provide musical entertainment by young artists during the event.

#14 PURPLE RAIN: THE MUSIC OF PRINCE
Purple Rain: The Music of Prince | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Colorado Symphony

When: October 7, 2017

Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $30 – $104

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Colorado Symphony is joined by a live band in a symphonic tribute to the cultural icon Prince, for a special performance of Purple Rain: The Music of Prince. The concert will perform “Raspberry Beret,” “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Kiss,” and more.

#15 THE WILD PARTY
 The Wild Party | The Denver Ear

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When: October 11 – 31, 2017

Where: The Hangar at Stanley, 2501 Dallas St #135, Aurora, CO 80010

Time: 1:30pm, 6:30pm & 7:30pm *Date Dependent

Cost: $45 – $65

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Spend a night living in the Roaring Twenties at The Wild Party. Brought to you by the producers of Sweet & Lucky, The Wild Party is an immersive theater that allows you to indulge your inner flapper as you mingle with an unruly mix of vaudevillians, playboys, divas, and ingénues in a Manhattan apartment lost in time. Debauchery turns disastrous as wild guests become unhinged and their solo songs reveal the drama bubbling underneath the surface

#16 MOLLY BROWN HOUSE MUSEUM: VICTORIAN HORRORS
Molly Brown House Museum | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Molly Brown House Museum

When: October 13 – 14, 20 – 21, 27 – 28, 2017

Where: Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203

Time: 6pm – 9pm

Cost: $16 – $19

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Edgar Allan Poe and the other Gothic greats return for the 24th annual Victorian Horrors, an immersive theater experience for literary nerds and fans of the macabre at Historic Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum.

#17 THE WHISKY X

The Whisky X | The Denver Ear

When: October 13, 2017

Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E Academy Blvd #1, Denver, CO 80230

Time: 6pm – 10pm

Cost: $50 – $125

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The Whisky X is a tasting of over 60 whiskies and a live concert featuring Drive-By Truckers. The whiskies being sampled include many of the world’s most noteworthy; tastings are led by expert brand ambassadors and distillery representatives.

In addition, Denver’s best food trucks and several featured chefs will serve up delicious food throughout the event.

#18 MAKER FAIRE DENVER
Maker Faire Denver | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Maker Faire

When: October 14 – 15, 2017

Where: Denver Mart, 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO 80216

Time: 10am – 5pm

Cost: $12 – $35

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Maker Faire Denver features awe-inspiring maker creations, hands-on activities for makers of all ages, presentations, competitions, a Maker Fashion Show with Textile Arts Fun, a life sized interactive arcade experience, and more.

#19 SNOWBOARD ON THE BLOCK
Snowboard on the Block | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Snowboard on the Block

When: October 14, 2017

Where: Sculpture Park, 1736 Speer Blvd, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 1pm

Cost: $10 – $50

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Snowboard on the Block features the season’s best snowboard films premiered on a giant screen at Sculpture Park, along with some of the nation’s top musical artists on the soundstage. This year’s festival will feature The Vandals and The Murder City Devils.

#20 IMAGINE DRAGONS
Imagine Dragons | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Imagine Dragons

When: October 14, 2017

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $29.50 – $150

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Imagine Dragons will be performing live at the Pepsi Center, with special guests Grouplove & K.Flay.

#21 MAGIC MEN LIVE!
Magic Men Live! | The Denver Ear

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When: October 14, 2017

Where: Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 8pm

Cost: $20 – $100

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The world’s premier ladies night experience that you’ve been waiting for is coming your way. Magic Men Live!, a first-class ladies night experience is hitting the road and coming to Denver with an all-new interactive concert experience.

#22 WESTWORD FEAST
Westword Feast | The Denver Ear

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When: October 15, 2017

Where: McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 12pm

Cost: $25 – $60

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Westword Feast will feature dishes from more than 40 favorite restaurants of Westword food writers and readers, as well as beverage samplings and plenty of entertainment.

#23 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Red Hot Chili Peppers | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Red Hot Chili Peppers

When: October 16, 2017

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $49 – $99

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Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform live at the Pepsi Center, with special guests Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue & Jack Irons.

#24 GLOW AT THE GARDENS
Denver Botanic Gardens | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Botanic Gardens

When: October 18 – 19 & 25 – 26, 2017

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver, CO 80206

Time: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Cost: $10 – $16; Free for Children 2 & Under

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Denver Botanic Gardens’ Glow at the Gardens lights up the night with hundreds of carved, glowing jack-o’-lanterns. Luminaria-lined pathways wind through the Gardens to reveal larger-than-life pumpkin displays.

In addition, enjoy a wide array of activities including: DJ & live music entertainment, “Thriller” dance lessons, Halloween storytelling, pumpkin carving demos, free face painting, costume contests, LED performances, and more.

#25 WORLD WIDE ANTIQUE & VINTAGE SHOW
World Wide Antique And Vintage Show | The Denver Ear

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When: October 20 – 22, 2017

Where: Denver Mart, 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO 80216

Time: Friday & Saturday 10am – 6pm; Sunday 11am – 4pm

Cost: $5; Free for Children 12 & Under

Psst… Admission price is good for all three-days

The World Wide Antique & Vintage Show features between 85-100 antique & vintage dealers from around the United States. While attending the show enjoy our cafe and coffee cart as you stroll through time.

#26 DREAMHACK DENVER
DreamHack Denver | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©DreamHack Denver

When: October 20 – 22, 2017

Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80216

Time: Friday & Saturday 10am – 12am; Sunday 10am – 6pm

Psst… Event is open 24 hours a day for 3-Day Pass & BYOC Pass holders

Cost: Starting from $20

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DreamHack operates some of the world’s largest LAN parties and Esports gaming tournaments. Gamers have the option of watching big professional matches or bringing their own gaming rig to play alongside their friends for three nonstop days of gaming.

Visitors can come for the day or spend all weekend long checking out world class esports tournaments, as well as a variety of other exciting activities including the DreamExpo, Cosplay Competition, Free2play areas, Console Tournaments, Tabletop Games, pick up DreamHack merchandise and get involved with community events.

#27 MCNICHOLS PROJECT: THE FUTURE PROJECT
McNichols Project | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©McNichols Project

When: October 20, 2017

Where: McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 7:30pm – 10pm

Cost: $30

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The McNichols Project is a unique event that will explore the future via two brand new exhibits, drinks, bites, and entertainment. Immerse yourself in a vision of what the future could hold in both a real and fictional sense at the third and final event in The McNichols Project series

#28 BOB DYLAN & HIS BAND
Bob Dylan | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Bob Dylan’s Official Facebook Page

When: October 21, 2017

Where: 1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Ln, Broomfield, CO 80021

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $54.50 – $129.50

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Bob Dylan & His Band will perform live at the Pepsi Center, with special guest Mavis Staples.

#29 THE BLOODY MARY FESTIVAL
The Bloody Mary Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©The Bloody Mary Festival

When: October 22, 2017

Where: EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St, Denver, CO 80205

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Cost: $45 – $65

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The Bloody Mary Festival features a three-hour tasting of Denver’s most delicious and innovative Bloody Mary’s, made by the finest bars, restaurants & bottled mixes in the Denver Area. Also, enjoy music, food trucks, local food & drink samples, and more.

#30 DENVER CAREER FAIR

Denver Career Fair | The Denver Ear

When: October 26, 2017

Where: Holiday Inn Denver-Cherry Creek, 455 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246

Time: 11am – 2pm

Cost: Free

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National Career Fairs is hosting the Denver Career Fair, where you will have the opportunity to meet top employers and to interview for several positions during the course of the day, meeting the people who make the hiring decisions.

#31 DISNEY IN CONCERT: TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS™
Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Night Before Christmas | The Denver Ear

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When: October 26 – 27, 2017

Where: Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: $20 – $94

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Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Night Before Christmas is a full-feature film The Nightmare Before Christmas, projected on the big screen with dialogue, singing, and effects accompanied by Danny Elfman’s darkly charming score played live by your Colorado Symphony.

Psst… These performance include family-friendly pre-concert activities, one hour before the concert! 

#32 ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOBBY-EXPO
Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo | The Denver Ear

When: October 28 – 29, 2017

Where: Denver Mart, 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO 80216

Time: Saturday 9am – 6pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm

Cost: $12; Free for Active Military and Scouts in Uniform & Children 12 & Under

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Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo is the region’s newest family hobby event for hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and a monster marketplace of items for sale.

RC Cars, Planes, Drones, Boats, Trains, Slot Cars, Diecast Models, Scale Model Kits, Rockets, Gaming, Dolls, Beads and Scrapbooking- all in one location.

#33 DENVER ODDITIES & CURIOSITIES EXPO
Denver Punk Rock Flea Market | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Punk Rock Flea Market

When: October 28, 2017

Where: Fox St. Compound, 725 W 39th Ave, Denver, CO 80216

Time: 11am – 5pm

Cost: $5; Free for Children 12 & Under

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Denver Punk Rock Flea Market presents, the Denver Oddities & Curiosities Expo, a special market for the lovers of the strange and unusual. Featuring: Weird taxidermy, wet specimens, antiques, bones, odd jewelry, unusual art, Halloween decor and all around creepy, strange and bizarre items, and more.

#34 JAY LENO
Jay Leno | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Jay Leno’s Official Facebook Page

When: October 28, 2017

Where: Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80202

Time: 8pm

Cost: $45.50 – $125.50

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Acclaimed TV late night show host, Jay Leno, will be performing a stand-up comedy show at the Paramount Theatre.

#35 HALSEY
Halsey | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Halsey’s Official Facebook Page

When: October 29, 2017

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 7pm

Cost: $29.50 – $69.50

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Halsey will perform live at the Pepsi Center, with special guests PartyNextDoor and Charli XCX.

#36 BRUNO MARS
Bruno Mars | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Bruno Mars’ Official Facebook Page

When: October 30, 2017

Where: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Time: 8pm

Cost: Re-Sell Tickets

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Bruno Mars will be performing live at the Pepsi Center with his “24K Magic World Tour 2017”, with special guest Jorja Smith.

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