KUSA – It's a weird time of the year. It's too cold for many outdoor festivals, but it's not quite time for things to start ramping up for the holidays.
Nevertheless, there's a lot of great stuff happening in Colorado, from a Silk Road exhibit to a film festival honoring a "National Treasure" named Nicolas Cage (see what we did there?).
There are also more ski resort openings, a comics festival and the chance to ride the Polar Express. Last but most definitely not least, there's also a wine festival.
9 things to do this weekend. 9NEWS at 4 p.m. 11/20/14.
Denver International Wine Festival – Nov. 19-21 – Broomfield http://bit.ly/14NltmE
Dude… it's a wine festival. What else are we supposed to say? What else can we say? Not much, but we're going to. This international celebration of wine and cuisine features a celebrity TV chef and on Friday, the Grand Tasting of International Wine. This three-hour tasting and exhibit experience features more than 400 wines, beers and spirits (as well as small food samples and food for sale). Happy Friday! General admission (it includes a logo wine glass) is $65.
Traveling the Silk Road Exhibit – Starts Nov. 21 – Denver Museum of Nature and Science http://bit.ly/1qtPrWs
Talk about the longest (and most enlightening) road trip ever. Starting this weekend, you can make the 5700-mile journey through the blazing deserts and snowy mountain passes of the Silk Road, a famous trade route that served not only as a conduit for materials but also scientific knowledge, technological advances, folklore, art and religious beliefs. You also get to learn more about the name behind the greatest swimming pool game ever (yup… we just made a bad Marco Polo joke). The exhibit includes a full-scale re-creation of a night market in Turfan, a display of live silkworms and a look at the ancient navigation tools that helped mariners find their way around. Tickets go on sale Nov. 21.
Opening weekend at Aspen, Vail – Nov. 21 – The Mountains (duh) http://bit.ly/1p1Ac6a
Remember how just a few weeks ago everyone was pushing back their openings due to unusually warm weather? Well that's a distant memory thanks to a snowstorm that dumped over a foot of snow on the mountains, enabling two of Colorado's most well-known ski resorts to open for the season. Already open are Copper Mountain, Keystone, Breckenridge, Winter Park, Wolf Creek, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin. Thank you, Colorado, for never letting us down.
Polar Express Train Ride – Nov. 21 – Dec. 28 – Colorado Railroad Museum http://bit.ly/1xQxT6C
If you liked the movie "Polar Express" but found CGI Tom Hanks very, very, creepy, then this is the perfect even for you. This train ride (which is actually a theatrically recreated version of the classic children's tale) features the North Pole, dancing waiters and, of course, the big man himself (we're talking about a Santa, and by "big man" we're referring to his power, not his size). There are three tiers of tickets, ranging from $30 ($20 for kids), $40 ($30 for kids) and $100 ($75 for kids). You can buy tickets at the link above.
'Cageathon' bad movie night – Nov. 22 – Fort Collins http://noconow.co/1uKIqAH
When your coworkers ask what you're going to do this weekend, this event gives you an excuse to say "I'm gonna steal the Declaration of Independence." Clearly, you aren't going to do that. Instead, you're going to see a movie festival dedicated to "National Treasure" (see what we did there?) Nic Cage. What terrible movie you will see on Saturday night at Fort Collins' legendary cinema is a mystery, but we can deduce that it stars everyone's favorite American icon. Tickets are only $6.
Estes Park Holiday Market – Nov. 22-23 – Estes Park http://bit.ly/1uyN8js
This isn't your typical holiday market. Sure, you can buy many handcrafted items included quilts, knitted hats and scarves, jewelry, stoneware, alpaca items and kid's books. More importantly, you can help the cause of your choice. More than 60 items have been donated to a silent auction where the winning bidder gets to make out a check to the nonprofit of their choice. That's pretty cool. For a list of vendors and more information about the auction, check out the link above.
Cowtown Comics Fest –Nov. 23 – Denver http://bit.ly/1yqqHh1
Look, it's no secret Denver has a lot of talented artists … including those who use comic books as their main medium. This festival showcases Rocky Mountain comics talent, and unlike Denver Comic Con, hopes to have more of a local rather than national vibe. The event, which is being held at Morey Middle School, is free to attend. Many creators may not have the ability to take credit cards, so organizers recommend bringing a little bit of cash.
Switch on the Holidays – Nov. 23 – Downtown Boulder http://bit.ly/11DrSQ2
Now that Thanksgiving is actually pretty soon, it's almost permissible for stores to already have their Christmas stuff out. And since the holidays are actually coming up, it's time to get festive. You can watch Boulder officially get into the holiday spirit on Sunday night during the grand illumination of the Boulder County Courthouse and the Pearl Street Mall. In addition to holiday performances by the Boulder Chorale, you can also meet Santa.
Starz Denver Film Festival – Nov. 21 – Nov. 23 – Various locations http://bit.ly/11iOqEQ
We all know that the new "Hunger Games" movie is coming out this weekend, and yes, it's probably going to be awesome. But it's not the only cinematic event happening in Denver. Check out the final few days of the Starz Film Festival, where you can catch a movie about an international pop star hiding from an assassin, a documentary about legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry and "Like Sunday, Like Rain," which stars Leighton Meester and Billie Joe Armstrong (he's the guy in Green Day). Ticket prices vary. For showtimes and more information, check out the above link.
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