Denver, CO. (November 3, 2014) - The 8th annual Denver Arts Week - the largest and most diverse celebration of the arts in the Rocky Mountain region - returns from November 7-15, 2014 with more than 300 scheduled events - many of them free or at greatly reduced rates.

The nine-day festival is filled with special activities devoted to visual arts, theater, music, film, museums, dance, opera, history and heritage.

"Denver Arts Week was created to celebrate Denver's arts scene to the three million people in the metro area and throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West," states Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, the organization that stages the event. "To promote Denver Arts Week and all of the amazing arts and culture opportunities in the city, we have a fully integrated marketing campaign with television, print and web advertising, street banners, a special brochure listing all the events, posters and a variety of social media promotions," Scharf said.

All of the campaign efforts drive traffic to the DenverArtsWeek.com website, where people can find information on all the events taking place as well as dozens of Denver Arts Week deals.

Some of the Denver Arts Week 2014 highlights include:

KNOW YOUR ARTS FIRST FRIDAY
Friday, November 7, 2014
Denver Arts Week kicks off with a "super-sized," citywide First Friday street party where more than 100 art galleries in seven neighborhoods will stay open late, offering live music, art demonstrations, food truck roundups and a chance to interact with artists. It's the perfect introduction to the city's creative community.
• Neighborhoods include the Art District on Santa Fe, Belmar Block 7, Golden Triangle    Museum District, Navajo Street Arts District, Tennyson Street Cultural District and RiNo    (River North Art District) and 40 West Art District.
• Many galleries will offer artwork for the special "mile high" price of $52.80. (Denver is    exactly 5,280 feet above sea level - one mile high.)

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Denver Arts Week's most popular event is back with 24 museums, all of them staying open from 5 to 10 p.m. on a Saturday night - for FREE! Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee is the honorary chair of the event and said, "Night at the Museum is a concept that originated in France and has now spread across Europe, and I believe Denver is one of only a few cities in America that have taken this up. Not only will the museums be free from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on a Saturday night, but many of them are offering special programs, including music, dance, and tours. In our time crunched world, this is a great opportunity for a family outing on a Saturday night. Or it's a great date night. Or a time for neighbors to get out, have dinner together and go museum-hopping," she said.

Even better for families, there are free shuttle buses to carry people from one museum to another, making it possible for families to "museum-hop" to some of the city's top cultural attractions.

Nearly 25,000 people have participated in previous Night at the Museums.

• Many of the museums will offer special programs, family-friendly activities and live    entertainment.
• All 24 museums will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. for free. Shuttle buses will stop at or    near museums beginning at 5 p.m. from the Denver Art Museum (parking available    in the Cultural Complex Garage) and also from a shuttle stop between the Denver    Museum of Nature & Science and Denver Zoo.
• Museums on the four shuttle routes include: Black American West Museum;    Byers-Evans House Museum; The CELL; Children's Museum of Denver; Clyfford Still    Museum; Denver Art Museum; Denver Firefighters Museum; Denver Museum of    Nature & Science; Forney Museum of Transportation; History Colorado Center;    Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art; Molly Brown House Museum; Museum of    Contemporary Art-Denver. Visit DenverArtsWeek.com for the full list and shuttle    route.
• Also participating, but not on the shuttle route, are: American Mountaineering    Museum; Astor House Museum; Clear Creek History Park; Colorado School of Mines    Geology Museum; Dinosaur Ridge; Four Mile Historic Park; Golden History Center;    Mizel Museum; Museum of Outdoor Art; National Ballpark Museum; Rocky Mountain    Quilt Museum.

STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL
November 12-23
Walk the red carpet during this cinephile's paradise, featuring film premieres, seminars with nationally-acclaimed actors and directors, and hundreds of independent film screenings and red carpet events. Films will be shown at the Denver Pavilions, on the 16th Street Mall in the heart of downtown Denver, the SIE FilmCenter on East Colfax and at the Denver Performing Arts Complex in the city's theatre district.

ART DENVER
November 14-17
This year's Denver Arts Week will culminate with an all-new indoor fine arts experience inside the Colorado Convention Center, produced by the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Renowned national visual artists and fashion designers will present one-of-a-kind and handcrafted works for sale, exhibition, inspiration and entertainment. Exciting art installations, "Art of Living" design vignettes and "Colorado Made" handcrafted artisan goods, food, beverages and spirits will complement the patrons' visit.

DENVER'S ON STAGE
November 7-15
Denver's performing arts world struts its stuff all week long during Denver's On Stage, featuring special deals and discounts for theater, dance, music and more. From discounts to a full day of free dance performances and lessons on November 8, there are dozens of performing arts specials throughout the week. Some of the performances include:

Chance to Dance
   November 8
   The McNichols Building in Civic Center Park will become a place for all things dance    during Denver Arts Week. Take the opportunity to participate in free dance workshops    and classes. View amazing free performances from Denver's best dance companies    all day long, and when you're ready, take the stage for your very own "Chance to    Dance" performance.

Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum
   November 10-13
   Come and enjoy a free, full cast rehearsal of the 23rd Season of Granny Dances to a    Holiday Drum. A Denver original, this production is a family favorite that has been    inspiring patrons of all ages for a generation; celebrating and honoring holiday    traditions gathered from cultures around the globe. The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance    Ensemble has been blending dance, live music, spoken word, and holiday    celebrations from around the world into a memorable holiday tradition like none    other.

A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con v2.0
   November 15
   The "Mile High" price of $52.80 gets you a pair of tickets to A Symphonic Tribute to    Comic Con v2.0 with your Colorado Symphony! Experience an evening of Colorado    Symphony's Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con returning with an upgrade to v2.0! Just    when you thought it was safe to go back in the concert hall, this performance will    explore new works from your favorite movies, television shows, and video games.

A complete list of all 300 arts and culture events and deals, along with discounted hotel rates in Denver, is available at DenverArtsWeek.com.

Photo caption/credit
Mayor Michael B. Hancock and First Lady Mary Louise Lee, Chairperson of Night at the Museums, painting with bubbles at the Children's Museum of Denver during the Denver Arts Week 2014 Press Conference. Photo credit Jensen Sutta.