Denver's Fabulous Fall 2012
From one of the world’s most famous painters to a time-traveling trip back to ancient Rome, Denver’s fall schedule is packed with must-see exhibits and events. Hoist a craft beer or two at Denver Beer Fest, and enjoy a celebration of Mile High creativity during Denver Arts Week – it’s all happening in Denver.
Where: Denver Art Museum
When: October 21, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Another must-see at the Denver Art Museum. Becoming Van Gogh
, an in-depth exploration of Vincent van Gogh’s unconventional path to becoming one of the world’s most recognizable artists, examines critical steps in the largely self-taught artist’s evolution through more than 70 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, along with works that inspired him. Exclusive VIP packages and hotel deals are available now at www.vangoghdenver.com
Image credit: Vincent van Gogh, Wheat Field, 1888. Oil on canvas. Honolulu Academy of Arts, gift of Mrs. Richard A. Cooke and Family in memory of Richard A. Cooke.
A Day in Pompeii
Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
When: September 14, 2012 – January 13, 2013
What nature destroyed, it also preserved. Hundreds of exceptional artifacts offer an insider’s glimpse into the daily life—and tragic end—of this ancient Roman city that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. On display are archaeological treasures that lay buried in Pompeii’s ruins, preserved as if sealed in a time capsule. Highlights include marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, gold coins, everyday household items, and more.
When: September – October
Fall in Colorado isn’t complete without taking in the brilliant transformation of the state’s signature tree, the Aspen. The fall change from mellow green to stunning gold takes place during various weeks in September, depending on where you are – since the color only lasts a week, timing is everything! One of the best leaf-peeping routes on the Rocky Mountain Front Range is the Peak-to-Peak Scenic and Historic Byway that travels the high-altitude road between Black Hawk and Estes Park. Virtually every way you look, you’ll see majestic Aspen colors. Another great Front Range ride is along the Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway, just south of the historic town of Georgetown. Bunches of blazing Aspen can be found all over this incredible drive. Find more great drives
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens (York St. location)
When: Through November 4
Explore bamboo’s power and versatility in a variety of forms, including living plant displays. This season Denver Botanic Gardens proudly unveils the new Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion and Tea Garden with a revitalized Japanese Garden (Shofu-En). Kizuna, meaning “the bonds between people” in Japanese, celebrates the profound influence Japan has had on the West by presenting large site-specific art installations in bamboo by internationally known artists Tetsunori Kawana and Stephen Talasnik.
Where: Colorado Convention Center and various locations throughout the Denver area
When: October 5-13 (Denver Beer Fest) and October 11-13 (Great American Beer Festival)
A celebration of all things beer, Denver Beer Fest (Oct. 5-13) includes beer tastings at local Denver restaurants, beer-paired dinners, “meet the brewer” nights, beer tappings, Denver brewery tours and a variety of other entertaining beer events throughout the Mile High City. It coincides with the Great American Beer Festival (Oct. 11-13), the largest gathering of beer enthusiasts boasting more than 1,500 different beers from 300 American breweries at the Colorado Convention Center.
Where: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
When: Weekends throughout October
Things get spooky around this time of year – especially at Denver’s famed downtown theme park, Elitch Gardens. This enormous fun zone transforms from theme park to “scream” park all month long during Fright Fest. From haunted houses to a free Trick-or-Treat Trail, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
When: October 12-14
Where: Denver Botanic Garden at Chatfield
Come search for the perfect jack o’ lantern or pumpkin pie gourd for all your Halloween and fall festivities! Thousands of pumpkins will be ripe for the picking from the Denver Botanic Garden at Chatfield’s pumpkin patch. The gardens will be filled with exciting children’s activities and vendors selling handcrafted gifts. Explore the myriad of animals at the working farm, tour the historical ranch, and enjoy the carnival rides!
When: November 1-12
Where: UA Cinema (Denver Pavilions) and Starz FilmCenter (Lowenstein Cultureplex)
A feast for lovers of adventurous and independent cinema, the Starz Denver Film Festival feature more than 200 films from around the world. Indiewire recently named this event one of the top 50 film festivals in the world. The full schedule will be announced in September. Stay tuned!
When: November 2-10
Where: Various galleries, museums and theaters throughout Denver
The Mile High City celebrates its vibrant creative community each year with Denver Arts Week. In 2012, this unique citywide happening returns with a lineup of innovative, inspiring and fun activities and events. Denver Arts Week takes place at seven neighborhood art districts, 20 museums and 100 art galleries, and includes the wildly popular Night At The Museums, where several of the city’s greatest museums are FREE.
When: November 7-10
Where: Grand Hyatt Denver
Join fellow oenophiles in the Mile High City for the sixth Annual Denver International Wine Festival. More than 400 wines will be presented by proprietors and winemakers from around the world. Take educational seminars, sample delicious gourmet food samplings and meet travel experts from top international destinations.
When: Opens November 15
Where: History Colorado Center
Denverites know that the Mile High City is like no other on earth. But what really makes Denver, Denver? A new History Colorado Center exhibit, Denver A to Z, taps into the whimsical essence of Denver letter by letter—from “A” for adrenaline, “Z” for zombies, and every letter inbetween. Discover the heart, the art and the energy of Denver’s people, places and moments in this lighthearted and interactive exhibit.
When: October 6
Where: City Park
Chipotle Mexican Grill -- a chain that got its start in Denver -- is throwing a BIG (and FREE) party in City Park this October, including cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music, food artisans and other activities emphasizing fresh and affordable food. Entertainment will be provided by indie rock favorites Okkervil River and Best Coast.
When: November 7-11
Where: 1stBank Center, Broomfield
The magic of Cirque du Soleil returns to the Denver area this fall! Quidam tells the story of Zoé, a young girl whose life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world – the world of Quidam – where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul. The astonishing acrobatics, the stirring music and the beautiful visuals Cirque has become world famous for make this a must-see for all ages.