After the whirlwind that was September, maybe you’d like to take ‘er easy in October. That doesn’t mean you should turn into a hermit. Below are four events—one for each week of the month—so you can still see and be seen without overdoing it. Game on!
Oct. 11-12: Palletfest
Denver is a DIY town; we really don’t have to tell you that. But on October 11-12, Palletfest ups the ante as attendees wander through a maze made of shipping pallets, get inspired in the Home & Garden section, and can even make their own pallet-based creations. Palletfest even includes upcycled art, to further celebrate all things green. What can you make with pallets? Find out this weekend!
When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, October 11; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, October 12
Where: Sculpture Park, Speer Blvd. and Champa Street
Oct. 19: The Great Pumpkin Haul
If picking a pumpkin from the patch and then racing through a two-mile obstacle course sounds like your kind of fun, then do we have the event for you. The Great Pumpkin Haul, October 19 at the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, invites individuals and teams of two or four to run through forests and fields, over creeks and hay bales, and through the gardens, all while carrying a big orange gourd. Families are welcome and costumes or team-themed tee shirts are encouraged. After the Haul, would you rather enjoy beers or apple cider at the post-race celebration?
What: The Great Pumpkin Haul
When: 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, October 19
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Oct. 24-Nov. 7: Lord of the Butterflies
It’s not Lord of the Flies, it’s Lord of the Butterflies... Drag queens Shirley Delta Blow, Zoe O, Olive de Bottom, and Dan D Lite are stranded on a deserted island. How can they put their fabulous wardrobes and all the glitters to work in order to survive? A spoof of Lord of the Flies, this competition for top queen is told through dance numbers, musical performances, and improv. Ready to bust out the sequins and fringe?
What: Lord of the Butterflies
When: 8 p.m., October 24, October 30-31, November 7
Where: Off Center at the Jones
Every Thursday: Women & Whisky Mixer
A weekly event celebrating women and their love for a good brown liquor, Argyll’s Women & Whisky Mixer features a different distilled spirit (of the whisky, bourbon, or rye persuasion) at each gathering. Experts guide attendees through tasting notes and other qualities unique to the night’s beverage of choice, so you can meet new folks and enjoy the signature cocktail of the evening. While this event was created specifically for the ladies, we assume menfolk are also welcome. You know how much we love the whisky here at WideFoc.us World Headquarters!
What: Women & Whisky Mixer
When: Every Thursday
Where: Argyll Whisky Beer
Tickets: Discounted whisky drinks
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—by Leah Charney
Leah Charney is sassy yet classy and is most excited by the things she can't stop writing about, like food, music, and people. She directs operations for the WideFoc.us team, which is just a fancy way of saying she is chief cat herder.