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Denver's fall and winter months are filled with some of The Mile High City’s greatest events, from the biggest beer festival in the country to a citywide week of arts.

OCTOBER

 

THE WHISKYX DENVER

WHEN: Oct. 18, 2019
WHERE: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
Taste over 60 whiskeys from around the world (and right here in Colorado). Hungry? Order from a variety of food trucks while listening to live music by St. Paul & the Broken Bones. 

BLOODY MARY FESTIVAL

WHEN: Oct. 20, 2019
WHERE: EXDO Event Center

Forego the snooze button and instead make a beeline to the boozy Bloody Mary Festival, a Sunday day brunch blowout featuring a three-hour marathon of unlimited Bloody Mary samplings (the garnishes alone are worth the price of admission) from numerous restaurants, bars and local liquor companies around the city. A steady stream of hip-shakin' live music and sustenance from multiple food trucks keeps you on your feet. 

TASTE OF GREENWOOD VILLAGE

WHEN: Oct. 23, 2019
WHERE: Denver Marriott Tech Center
Taste of Greenwood Village is back for its nineteenth year with more than 50 local restaurants, award-winning wines brought to you by Molly's Spirits. Local artists will display their work, and Stevinson Imports will showcase their latest lineup of Porsche and Jaguar vehicles. 

WESTWORD FEAST

WHEN: Oct. 24, 2019
WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building

A celebration of Denver dining, one bite at a time. Feast, a culinary bash from Westword, Denver’s alt-weekly newspaper, provides guests with unlimited food samples from dozens of Denver restaurants, plus a slew of libations from stations pouring beer, tequila, whiskey and vodka. Live entertainment is part of the lineup, too.

DENVER FILM FESTIVAL

WHEN: Oct. 30Nov. 10, 2019
WHERE: Various venues, including the Sie FilmCenter and UA Pavilions
Since 1978, the Denver Film Society has worked to promote the medium as both an art form and a civic forum, developing a program that includes year-round screenings, community outreach projects and renowned special events. The Denver Film Festival brings over 200 guest filmmakers and sells over 55,000 tickets to more than 250 films, from blockbusters and documentaries to shorts and independent films.

NOVEMBER

DENVER ARTS WEEK

WHEN: Nov. 19, 2019
WHERE: Various galleries, museums and theaters throughout Denver
The Mile High City celebrates its vibrant creative community every year with Denver Arts Week. This unique citywide happening returns with a lineup of innovative, inspiring and fun activities and events. Denver Arts Week takes place at neighborhood art districts, several museums and dozens of art galleries, and it includes the wildly popular Night At The Museums on Nov. 2, 2019, where several of the city's greatest museums are free.

DENVER MAC & CHEESE FESTIVAL 

WHEN: Nov. 2, 2019
WHERE: RiNo Fairgrounds

Your childhood favorite is all grown up! The Denver Mac & Cheese Festival invites local chefs to put a creative spin on this beloved comfort food. Sample everything, vote for your favorite and then take home your very own commemorative spork.

URBAN HOLIDAY MARKET

WHEN: Nov. 2–3, 2019
WHERE: Skyline Park
This two-day, open-air Urban Holiday Market in the heart of downtown Denver is the place to get all of your gift shopping done in one fun-filled weekend. Browse an eclectic collection of local art, crafts, holiday gift, specialty foods and much more.

DENVER FASHION WEEK

WHEN: Nov. 9-17, 2019
WHERE: Various locations
Denver's largest fashion showcase features emerging designers, local boutiques, national brands, hair stylists, makeup artists and models. 

BEAUJOLAIS & BEYOND FESTIVALOPENS A NEW WINDOW.

WHEN: Nov. 21, 2019
WHERE: NATIV Hotel

Watch as Colorado chefs face off by creating French-inspired dishes paired with this year's Beaujolais Nouveau wine and a premier selection of wines, spirits and food from local restaurants.

DENVER CHRISTKINDL MARKET

WHEN: Nov. 22Dec. 23, 2019
WHERE: 1515 Arapahoe St. 
The Christkindl Market includes vendors from Germany, Ukraine, Ireland and other countries — as well as local artisans — offering high-quality gifts, such as hand-carved wooden figurines, handmade candles and ornaments. Traditional German food will tempt your taste buds. Sip on warm Glühwein (hot spiced wine) as you listen to traditional Christmas carols and live German music. Entry is free and the entire family is invited.

GRILLED CHEESE FEST

WHEN: TBA 2019 
WHERE: Mile High Station
Enjoy everyone's favorite comfort food (along with tomato soup, beer and wine) as more than local 20 restaurants compete for the prestigious Meltdown Award for the best-grilled cheese in Denver. This fundraiser benefits Imagination Library of Denver, a free book program for kids.

JANUARY

NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW & RODEO

WHEN: Jan. 1126, 2020
WHERE: National Western Complex

Held every January, the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo is the world's largest stock show, involving more than 15,000 animals. Enjoy rodeos featuring top-notch bull riders, horse shows, livestock competitions and auctions.

COLORADO INDIAN MARKET AND SOUTHWEST ART FEST

WHEN: Jan. 1719, 2020
WHERE: Denver Mart

The Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Art Fest offers a little something for everyone, from art lovers to kiddos. Explore fine art and handicrafts from more than 200 Western & Native American artists, watch as tribes perform intricate dances in traditional dress, sample specialty foods, and even take a photo with a live hawk! 

WINTER BREW FEST 

WHEN: Jan. 24-25, 2020
WHERE: Mile High Station

Raise a toast to holiday revelry at Winter Brew Fest, a spirited soiree that uncorks a broad spectrum of seasonal beers from Colorado and beyond all under one roof. The mini beer fest is underscored by live local music and beer-appropriate food to soak up the suds. 

BOURBON & BACON FEST 

WHEN: Jan. 25, 2020
WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver Arts & Venues

Bourbon and bacon — two of life's greatest pleasures — come together at Bourbon & Bacon Fest, an annual food and drink festival. Sample pork-based delicacies from Denver's best chefs and whiskeys from distilleries across the globe.

WINTER WHISKEY TASTING FESTIVAL 

WHEN: January 25, 2020
WHERE: TBA

Warm up at the Winter Whiskey Tasting Festival, with samples from local and national distillers.

FEBRUARY

DENVER RESTAURANT WEEK 

WHEN: TBA
WHERE: Various Denver Restaurants

Hundreds of The Mile High City's restaurants will take part in the 16th annual Denver Restaurant Week. Try new tastes from a favorite haunt or visit that spot you've always wanted to try for a multi-course dinner at a flat rate ($25, $35 or $45 depending on the restaurant and menu). 

FAMILYFEST

WHEN: Feb. 22, 2020
WHERE: National Western Complex

As the name implies, this the family-friendly event of the year in The Mile High City! Expect a day of activities to keep the whole family happy at FamilyFest, from music and stage performances, to bounce houses, to interactive activities like coloring books, carnival games, balloon artists and face painting. Best of all, kids get in free with paid adults.

WINTER TEQUILA TASTING FESTIVAL 

WHEN: Feb. 22, 2020
WHERE: TBA

Think tequila is only for margaritas? Think again! Whether you're a noobie or a connoisseur, the Winter Tequila Tasting Festival will turn you into a tequila fanatic.

ALES, APPS AND BARRELS OF FUN 

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus

This adults-only event is all about beer, bites, music and becoming a kid again as you explore the exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Denver. Enjoy craft beer from local favorites like Comrade Brewing, Prost Brewing, Wynkoop Brewing and more, plus light bites from some of Denver's best catering companies. 

MARCH

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

WHEN: Mar. 14, 2020
WHERE: LoDo

Join one of Colorado’s largest St. Patrick's Day celebrations and enjoy Irish dancers, bagpipes, bands, equestrians, civic clubs and cultural groups.

ARTOPIA

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: The Church

Celebrate decades of hip-hop culture, from the past to the future! In addition to both visual and musical hip-hop artistry, this annual event will feature a pop-up fashion show, a new VIP experience and more.

SIDE STORIES // RINO

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Brighton Blvd.

Part film festival, part walking tour, this free event brings a walkable art experience to Denver by projecting eight short digital works from Colorado artists onto exterior walls in the RiNo neighborhood. Visitors will also receive block-by-block suggestions about where to stop along the way for food, libations and shopping.

COLLABORATION FEST

WHEN: TBA 2020
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

Brewers from across the country put competition aside and come together for this annual event that's all about cooperation. This year's Collaboration Fest will feature more than 200 breweries showcasing over 100 beer collaborations. But hurry — once the kegs are tapped, these experimental offerings will disappear fast! 

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