Best Bets this weekend include Bighorn Sheep Fest, Veteran’s Day 5K

Get your fit and make it drip

Saturday-Nov. 20. Denver Fashion Week will be decked out in its finest starting on Saturday when the annual fest begins at the Denver Sports Castle, 1000 Broadway. Created to support Denver’s fast-growing fashion industry, the week will feature “innovative runway experiences with over 40 emerging and established designers … showcasing up-and-coming fashion trends enhanced by the work of talented hairstylists, makeup artists and models,” organizers say.

This year’s lineup includes: Local Couture on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. and Couture Kids on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 11:30 a.m., along with a hair show at 5 p.m. Other events take on streetwear, ready-to-wear, sustainable fashion and much more. This season’s nonprofit partner is Dress For Success Denver, an organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Go to for tickets.

Honoring veterans

Saturday. The Colorado Veterans Project hosts the 14th annual Denver Veterans Day 5k and 10k events at City Park in Denver. They include both in-person and virtual opportunities for runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities and speeds. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m. The virtual race may be completed anytime and anywhere between Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 12. Finisher’s medals, a race t-shirt and bib will be available to all participants, in person or virtual. The 10k starts at 8 a.m. followed by the 5k at 8:15 a.m. There will be an awards ceremony from 9:15 to 11 a.m.

The Colorado Veterans Project is a nonprofit “that aims to enhance pride and patriotism in all Coloradoans by building a stronger, more supportive community around our veterans,” according to the organization.  CVP hosts special events to raise awareness and funds for local veterans and veteran organizations. Find information at

To market, to market

Saturday-Sunday. Holidays markets are already in full swing across Colorado even before you’ve had your Thanksgiving dinner. One of the most interesting ones is the Firefly Handmade Market, which will take over the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 12-13.

You’ll find more than “creatively curated artisans,” according to the Downtown Boulder Partnership, which sponsors the event, filling the mall’s blocks with “local, handmade craft, art, and design in a festive setting.” There will also be live music from Dollhouse Thieves, Bear & the Beasts and Spencer Crawford. All the shops on the mall will be open as well. The event is free to attend and you can get a list of the vendors at

Counting sheep

Saturday. As it does on the second Saturday of each November, the Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival returns with a variety of family-friendly activities between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The free fest includes wildlife viewing from the Georgetown Gateway Visitor’s Center, 1491 Argentine St.; spotting scopes will be available while guides talk about bighorn sheep biology and behavior.

There will also be small children’s activities at the John Tomay Public Library, including puppet craft, dancing and face painting. Other businesses around town will also have activities related to Colorado’s state mammal. Go to for information.

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