We are in the middle of November, with falling temperatures. But the entertainment calendar is heating up, with holiday markets starting to fill up on weekends.
Keep reading for twelve of the best free events this week (yes, including markets), and watch for updates:
Wendy J. Fox and Cynthia Newberry Martin
Monday, November 14, 6 p.m.
Tattered roof McGregor Square, 1901 Wazee Street
Denver award-winning Wendy J. Fox, who recently won her second Colorado Book Award for short story collection What if we were somewhere elsewill join Cynthia Newberry Martin, whose Fish dishes is now available in paperback, from Tattered Cover. “I will probably never go to an event by myself again,” says Martin. “It’s so awesome and so much more fun to do with another writer.” Free entry; learn more here.
tuesday november 15
Stanley Marketplace, 2501 North Dallas Street
Canstruction Colorado is a citywide competition in which architects and designers build life-size structures entirely from canned food, which will be donated to We Don’t Waste and distributed to local communities at the end of the exhibition in a month. The project kicks off Nov. 15 at Stanley Marketplace, where guests can wander the halls, view the sculptures in the making, and vote for their favorites. Learn more here.
Tell me everythingErika Krouse
Wednesday, November 16, 6 p.m.
University of Colorado Denver, Tivoli 444
It’s a Colorado Two-Iron: A Literary Reading and Examination of One of the State’s Most Notable Recent Events. Boulder author Erika Krouse will be on the University of Colorado Denver campus to discuss her recent memoir, which examines the infamous UC recruiting scandal; Krouse worked for attorneys representing victims of sexual assault and helped uncover the pervasive anti-female atmosphere on campus. Books will be available for purchase at the event; Krouse will read and sign copies of his book. Free entry; learn more here.
White Horse, Erika T. Wurth
Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 p.m.
Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder
Denver author Erika T. Wurth caused a stir with her novel White horse, which uses old Denver as the backdrop for a spooky tale; she will read the book and talk about it during this appearance. In advance, you can find out more about Wurth and read an excerpt in this Westword story. Tickets are $5, but can be used to purchase any book on the day of the event. Register here.
Cherry Creek Holiday Market
From Thursday November 17 to Saturday November 19 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday November 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Fillmore Plaza, Fillmore Street between First and Second Avenues
Third time is the charm of the Cherry Creek North Outdoor Holiday Market, celebrating its third year of gathering eighty rotating vendors to sell their wares at the Fillmore Plaza. As in the past, the market opens in sync with CCN and LAPS’ romantic lighting exhibition Winter Wanderland, a journey through time, a series of six hourglass-shaped interactive musical sculptures that viewers can put on movement. And on the first three Saturdays of December, enjoy the Saturday Night Lights, which feature illuminated trees and choreographed music, as street performers create a circus-like atmosphere at dusk. The market continues until December 24; Learn more here.
Market Street art market
From Friday, November 18 to Sunday, November 20, from noon to 8 p.m.
Annex Matter, 2114 Market Street
The Shop at Matter, Denver’s typographic design emporium and BIPOC and LGBTQ+ literature boutique, woke children’s books and other goodies, invited local artists from underserved communities to bring their products from arts and crafts at Annex Matter, a fully staffed temporary indoor holiday market that opens Nov. 18. At least seventy artists responded to the call, including makers of jewelry, stickers, enamel pins, artwork, zines, embroidery, t-shirts and other fun stuff. After the opening week, it will be open from Wednesday to Sunday until December 23; check Instagram for event information and updates.
Downtown Lakewood Holiday Bazaar
Friday, November 18, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 19, from noon to 8 p.m.
Belmar Plaza and Indoor Mall, 439 South Upham Street, Lakewood
The Denver bazaar will also host holiday events at RiNo and Belleview Station, and its market in Belmar will open three weekends, with eighty fashion and food vendors and trucks peddling wares. The shopfest continues from December 2-4 and December 16-18; whenever you go, enjoy Belmar’s pop-up bars, live music and lively ice rink. Admission is free, but you can RSVP and/or get $40 in optional drink tokens (and other paid options) here.
Poetry + Music + Community
Friday, November 18, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
RedLine Center for Contemporary Art, 2350 Arapahoe Street
Many around the scene know Deborah Jang for her wonderful assemblages of salvaged and found objects, but Jang is also a poet who in recent years has begun submitting her written work to literary journals and small presses with some success. Thus, Poetry + Music + Community at RedLine focuses on Deborah Jang, the wordsmith, who will present and read her new chapbook Last will and best guesses by Finishing Line Press. Joining her on the mic will be Cipriano Ortega, Meca’Ayo Cole, Suzi Q. Smith and Squidds Madden. Last will sells for $14.99; the event is free.
The Purple Lion: Book release and signing evening
Friday, November 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Access Gallery, 909 Santa Fe Drive
Access Gallery in the Santa Fe Arts District offers training that helps young artists with disabilities earn money doing art. Access artist Jareth J. Charles, a decade-long veteran of the program, is one of many Access success stories who found his way collaborating with authors to illustrate children’s books. Access will host a book release for The Purple Lion, a sweet story about learning that it’s okay to be different, written by teaching artist Rebecca Petty and illustrated by Charles, who is already working on his next picture book commission. Meet the creators and buy a copy on the third Friday. Details on Eventbrite.
Denver Woman’s Press Club Annual Jewelry Sale
Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Women’s Press Club of Denver, 1325 Logan St.
Selling jewelry is a DWPC tradition, a treasure trove of vintage and costume jewelry, much of it from personal collections, enhanced by new works of beauty, including hand-worked glass beads and pendants by the beader Bernadette Fuentes and revisited beads inspired by Corinne Joy Brown’s Tibetan jewelry. Proceeds go into the 124 Year Club’s scholarship fund to support and encourage young women in communications. Find more information here.
Sugar Plum Bazaar Holiday Market
Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stockyard Event [email protected] National Western Resort, 5004 National Western Drive
Markets come and go, but luckily for holiday shoppers, the Sugar Plum hangs in there; it’s a big fair of old fashioned vintage and craft vendors. This year, market owner Alissa Bush is trying out the new Stockyards Event Center for size, with 85 vendors. Admission is free (National Western parking is $7.50), but donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Big Dogs Huge Paws non-profit organization. Learn more here.
Handmade Firefly for the Holidays, Denver
Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1000 Block of South Gaylord Street
Boulder-based Firefly Handmade will land on Old South Gaylord Street, bringing together eighty vendors selling quality local wares. South Gaylord Merchants will add to the festivities with a convenient outdoor bar, and there will be plenty of live music. The event is even dog friendly as long as Rover is well behaved and on a leash. Learn more here.
Know of a great free event in Denver? We’ll be updating this list throughout the week; send information to [email protected]