Opening night of Denver Arts Week, Friday, November 14, is Night At The Museums with eleven of the city’s museums opening their doors for FREE from 5-10 p.m.  Each museum will have special events and entertainment and there are FREE shuttles running between the museums with FREE parking at Cherry Creek Shopping Center.  Museums include:  Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Colorado History Museum, the Molly Brown House, the Black American West Museum, the Forney Transportation Museum and more. “This is a great chance for families to park for free at Cherry Creek, hop on a free shuttle and visit several new museums together.  It’s a perfect family ‘stay-cation,’ and a great introduction to the arts, all in a fun, festive – and free – atmosphere,” says Jayne Buck, vice president of tourism of the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is sponsoring the event.


Some Additional Family Fun Activities:


The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver wants visitors of all ages to experience its creative space. On November 16 at 10 a.m., SmART Brunch Sunday provides a chance for families to explore the museum, talk about the art with its education staff, as well as an opportunity to create their own art. The event is open to children ages 7-13 with an adult companion.

During Denver Arts Week purchase 2 tickets for $52.80 for the opening weekend to Colorado’s favorite holiday tradition - The Nutcracker, performed by the Colorado Ballet! Enjoy captivating costumes and scenery, unforgettable characters, and Tchaikovsky’s treasured music played by a full live orchestra. Must use promo code ARTSWEEK. (Offer subject to availability. D seating section only). Prices, dates, and performers subject to change. All sales final and valid for shows on November 29th and 30th ONLY. Minimum purchase of 2 tickets and price does not include ticketing fees. 

Wagon Wheels West
, presented at the D.L. Parsons Theatre, is kid-friendly musical spoof of the Old West, with showings November 14-22, Fridays & Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and November 19 & 20 at 10 a.m. Presented by the award-winning and nationally-recognized Northglenn Youth Theatre, this is a rip-snortin’, rootin’-tootin’ musical spoof of the Old West -- a mixture of colorful characters, mirth, melody, action and a laugh-a-minute pace.


On Saturday, November 22, Denver Arts Week and the Starz Denver Film Festival are teaming up to present Saturday at the Movies, an afternoon of family fun Hollywood-style featuring a screening of Robert Zemeckis’s The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks. Taking place at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, children and their adults can be “celebrities for a day” when they walk the red carpet, participate in a Toy Drive, have their pictures taken and see this fantastical family film. Admission is free with a donation of a pair of children’s pajamas for Denver’s Road Home or a toy for Toys for Tots.


During Arts Week, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will be offering a 20% discount to three upcoming Holiday shows, sure to be enjoyed by all ages: Handel’s Messiah (December 5 & 6 at 7:30 p.m., and December 7 at 2:30 p.m.); Jim Brickman Christmas with the Grammy-nominated pianist and the CSO (December 16 at 7:30 p.m.); and a fun-filled Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit Quartet (December 23 at 7:30 p.m.).


Danse Etoile Ballet in Broomfield is offering two-for-one general admission tickets to their presentation of Ronald Dahl’s Matilda. This contemporary ballet, described as witty and charming, will be sure to excite the entire family at a price impossible to resist. The production will take place on November 14 at 7 p.m., November 15 at 4 p.m., and November 16 at 2 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts (2590 Walnut Street, Boulder, CO). Ticket prices are as follows: $19 General Admission, $16 Student/Senior, $15 Groups 8+ & BCAA members (box office only), and $10 Children under 12.


On November 22, the Denver Botanic Gardens is bringing in Your Name in Graffiti artists from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to celebrate the closing of the Urban Nature exhibit and Denver Arts Week. The artists will write visitors’ names and then reveal some of the tricks of the trade. The Denver Botanic Gardens is a great way to spend an autumn afternoon with your family, especially because entry to the Gardens is free on November 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


On November 22, the Denver Zoo will be open to the public free of charge to celebrate Denver Arts Week and Denver’s 150th birthday. The zoo features nearly 4,000 animals representing 700 species. Don’t miss a great opportunity to get out and enjoy one of Colorado’s most popular cultural attractions.


On November 21, the Butterfly Pavilion will present Wings and Strings, an intimate night of classical music, while exploring the wonders of a tropical rain forest.  The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra will play classic melodies as guests venture through the Pavilion’s newest exhibit enhancement, Bug-A-Pedia.  Learn how insects have influenced culture, religion and art through history.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., performance at 6:45 p.m.  303-469-5441 for information.


Denver Arts Week is organized by the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau to help draw local and national attention to the cultural renaissance that Denver is experiencing. Arts Week takes full advantage of Denver’s rapidly expanding roster of incredible cultural facilities, from the nation’s second largest performing arts center to the new Ellie Caulkins Opera House, from the new Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum to the growing number of art galleries in neighborhoods like the ArtDistrict on Santa Fe and the Golden Triangle Museum District.


Get more info on Denver Arts Week (along with a full list of events and discounts) at