Monthly Denversions: Things to Do in Denver in November 2017

November in Denver means Denver Film Festival, Denver Arts Week, Opening Ski Days, and the start of holiday shopping. And, a few more fun things to do in Denver in November…

As I type this I’ve just put two sugar-exhausted kiddos to bed after a night of running around the neighborhood after dark, which can only signal the beginning of November…and all of the holiday planning that goes with it.

And, as the holiday shopping season kicks into gear, I’m so excited to share a project I’ve been working on for a while. (Spoiler alert: shameless plug ahead.) For the last year I’ve been working closely with Nicole Sullivan (of BookBar) and Heather Duncan (of Tattered Cover Book Store) to launch Local First Colorado, a statewide nonprofit organization devoted to raising awareness about the importance of supporting our local businesses.

Our first item of business is Local First Colorado Week, which will kick off on Small Business Saturday (November 25) and run through December 2. We’re asking Coloradans to take the Local First pledge…to re-think and shift daily habits by trying a local business first before placing that online order or walking into that big-box store.

We have so many amazing local businesses here in Denver (like these Denver gift shops or these Denver clothing boutiques or, heck, any of the businesses listed in this Denver shopping directory) as well as throughout the entire state. Shifting a little of our spending money to our local businesses is a great way to invest in our local economies while enjoying a shopping experience that can’t be replicated by a corporation.

Please visit to take the Local First Pledge this holiday shopping season and then follow us on Facebook, Twitter or learn about more local businesses you’re going to want to visit.

Okay, plug over. But it won’t be the last time you hear about this from me!

Here are a few more fun things to do in Denver in November…

October 26 – November 12: Neustadt JAAMM Festival* (various locations)

November 1 – 3: Denver International Wine Festival (Westminster)

November 1 – 12: Denver Film Festival* (various locations)

November 1 – November 28: 30th Annual Holiday Exhibition, Artists on Santa Fe

November 2 – December 31: Sixpenny RoadSHOP, Cherry Creek North

November 3: Free Day,* Denver Zoo

November 3: First Friday Art Walks*: Santa Fe Art DistrictTennyson Street Culture Walk, and RiNo Art District

November 3 – 11: Supernova at Denver Pavilions

November 3 – 11: Denver Arts Week* (various locations)

November 4: Dia de los Muertos Festival,* Denver Botanic Gardens

November 4: Five Points Stomp, The Savoy at Curtis Park

November 4: Home(made) for the Holidays, Washington Street Community Center

November 5: $5 Day, Butterfly Pavilion

November 9 to 11: Winter Gift Market, Denver Botanic Gardens

November 9 to 12: Denver Fashion Weekend, Exdo Event Center

November 10: Opening Day, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain, Keystone Resort

November 10: Junior League of Denver Mile High Holiday Mart, University of Denver

November 10: The Pancakes & Booze Art Show, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

November 10 – 12: Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo, Colorado Convention Center

November 11: Denver Holiday Wine & Cocktail Fest, Burnt Barrel

November 11: Denver Handmade Homemade Market (970 Yuma Street)

November 11: Denver Veterans Day Parade & Festival, Civic Center Park

November 11: Starlight Market: A Holiday Pop-Up Shop for Families (833 Santa Fe Drive)

November 11: TEDMileHigh: Wonder, BellCo Theater

November 11: Urban Holiday Market, 16th Street Mall

November 12 to January 21: Mile High Holidays

November 15: Opening Day, Winter Park Resort

November 16: Gypsy Farmhouse Market Sip N Shop, Union 27 (3275 W. 14th Avenue)

November 17: Opening Day, Eldora Mountain Resort, Vail Mountain Resort

November 17 – 18: L’Esprit de Noel Holiday Home Tour, Cranmer Park/Hilltop

November 17 – 19: Holiday Food & Gift Festival, National Western Complex

November 17 – December 23: Denver Christkindl Market, Skyline Park

November 18: $5 Day, Butterfly Pavilion

November 18: Opening Day, Purgatory Resort

November 22: Opening Day, Beaver Creek Resort

November 22 – February 14: Denver Rink, Skyline Park

November 24: Friday Night Bazaar, RiNo (1717 E. 39th Avenue) Free admission before 7pm!

November 24: Blossoms of Light, Denver Botanic Gardens

November 24: Grand Illumination, Denver Union Station

November 24: Light the Lights, Civic Center Park

November 24 – 25: Zoo Lights Preview Weekend, Denver Zoo

November 25: Small Business Saturday (Visit your favorite Denver small businesses! Need a little inspiration? Check out our Shop Local archives.)

November 25 – 26: Black Friday Weekend, Mile High Flea Market

November 25 – December 2: Local First Colorado Week

Happy November!

*This is a kid-friendly event.

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