|by JD Rinne||Colorado, Denver||1|
Denver, the town of Buffalo Bill and Rocky Mountain highs, is celebrating its second annual Art Week, beginning this weekend.
There are more than 150 events packed into nine days; it all kicks off with free admission to some of Denver's museums on Friday evening. "Night at the Museums" goes from 5 to 10 p.m.—visit venues such as the Denver Art Museum or the Colorado History Museum. You can search the events calendar for a ton of other events going on—Art Week runs through Nov. 22.
The Denver Film Festival is also happening this weekend (it goes through Nov. 23). Get your camera phones ready for a possible celebrity encounter: Star-studded film The Brothers Bloom will have an opening, as will the Mickey Rourke comeback-vehicle The Wrestler. Tickets start at $11—see all pricing and scheduling info.
Denver is turning 150 this year, and the city is taking 15 days to celebrate. One highlight: the official birthday celebration, complete with cake, is Nov. 22, where the Colorado History Museum will unveil Denver at 150: Imagine a Great City.
With all these events going on, you could stay awhile. In the Mile High Holiday promotion, 20 area hotels are offering a starting nightly rate of $52.80. (Curious about the number? Denver sits 5,280 feet above sea level.) Better act fast; the rates are based on availability (and exclude New Year's Eve).