Fall is well underway, and winter is rapidly approaching. Explore all the season has to offer with these family-friendly, culturally engaging, and nature-based events in Aurora, Colorado.
Plan ahead. Buy tickets, sign-up online, or do a little research before attending these events and activities.
Celebrate Día de Los Muertos, “Day of the Dead,” at the Town Center at Aurora. This traditional Mexican event honors those who’ve passed on by celebrating their life on Earth. Attendees can enjoy on-site food and drinks, along with family-friendly activities. This is not a ticketed event, so just bring yourself for a fun-filled day!
Enjoy local eats from different food trucks for the last Food Truck Rodeo of the season. Hosted by the City of Aurora, head over to the Municipal Center building from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM to enjoy eats ranging from BBQ and sushi to cheese fries and salads. All food truck will be parked in the same place, making trying different lunches easy.
Spend the night out painting pottery and drinking beer! Aurora’s newest brewery, Bent Barley, is located in Southlands Lifestyle Center and pours a variety of classic lagers and ales. Join them for a creative painting class and design a custom beer stein or holiday décor. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door and range from $30 to $35. After painting, enjoy $1 off your first beer.
Learn about one of Colorado’s oldest native species, the bison. The Denver Zoo is celebrating National Bison Day with educational classes, information, and things to do. There will be family-friendly activities, an art show, various speakers, and a specialty menu to enjoy. Skip the line and buy your tickets here. You can also head over to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to see bison on your own time and pace.
Enjoy a modern-yet-timeless installation at Stanley Marketplace Nov. 21 through Jan. 5. Camp Christmas is a 10,000 sq. ft. installation and light show that gives visitors ample picture opportunities while celebrating holiday traditions old and new. This over-the-top extravaganza is the brainchild of artist and storyteller, Lonnie Hanzon. You can even catch Santa Claus there every Saturday afternoon, enjoy a beverage (or two) while wandering the exhibit, and buy group tickets so all your friends can enjoy. In addition to Camp Christmas, visitors can expect pop-up events, Santa sightings, holiday tree lightings, and other festive events inside Stanley Marketplace. Visitors can purchase their tickets online ahead of time.
Celebrate the First Christmas at Gaylord Rockies with multiple holiday-themed events. Starting Nov. 22 through Jan. 5, the resort will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a Mistletoe Village with seasonal eats and Build-A-Bear Workshop. Gaylord Rockies will also launch their first annual ICE! event featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Visitors can wander through the wintery attraction made of two million pounds of expertly carved ice sculptures. Also, purchase your tickets in advance for a performance by Cirque Dream Holidaze, an interesting and exciting holiday theatrical production with dozens of dancers and performers. Throughout the 45-days visitors are welcome to stop by and enjoy holiday lights and more in the Grand Lodge. Buy your tickets online.
Start preparing for the holidays! At the Winter Park Holiday Market, enjoy a large selection of handmade items including jewelry, souvenirs, and clothing items. Visitors can wander around their plaza as the sound of live music drifts through the stores and restaurants. Sip on warm beverages after purchasing your commemorative mug in the warming tent and bring the kids to get a free photo with Santa. As the day begins to wind down, get a good spot to watch the annual Holiday Tree Lighting event in the main plaza.
The following will be open throughout November, making it easy to plan your laid-back adventures in Aurora.
Explore the amazing restaurants Aurora has to offer by taking your own food tour. Spend the day going to various restaurants that you have been dying to try. From delicious breakfast to exciting lunches, and rounding things off with an exquisite dinner, there are hundreds of places that serve up hard-to-find cuisines. There are all varieties of food from ethnic to comfort, we’ve got it all. You can get a head start on your own food tour by reading our ethnic eateries blogs.
November is National Aviation Month – the celebration of flight, space technology and everything out of this world. Explore the world of flight at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. Visitors can enjoy flight simulations, engaging exhibits, and family-friendly activities. Take a self-guided tour through the various exhibits. As a guest, you can download the savings pass to get 50% off admission and 10% off in the gift store. If you’re looking for something a little different, Stanley Marketplace was once home to Stanley Aviation, the creators of the airplane ejection seat. Since then, Stanley Aviation has been converted into Colorado’s largest indoor marketplace complete with 50+ businesses for shopping, dining, drinks, and outdoor seating.