Fall in Colorado is a beautiful time of year that all residents look forward to. Although the leaves are changing and the air is growing crisper, it is still a wonderful time to get out and enjoy the incredible beauty and lighthearted festivities that our state has to offer. Throughout the Front Range there are events, festivals, and gatherings of all kinds to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Here we’ve helped narrow it down to some of the best Colorado Fall festivals that you should definitely check out this year!
When: September 14th – 16th
Where: Pearl Street Mall
For over 30 years, the Downtown Boulder Fall Festival has been one of Boulder’s most beloved community celebrations. This cherished, three day autumn festival includes live music, local microbrews, wine and margaritas, a children’s carnival, and an art show along the one-and-only Pearl Street Mall.
When: September 14th – 22nd
Where: Multiple Locations Around Denver
Enjoy nine days of all things beer during Denver Beer Fest. There will be more than 100 beer-related events in Denver, America’s #1 beer city! Head to The Mile High City for tap takeovers, rare beer tappings, firkin nights, meet the brewer events, beer & food pairings and much, much more. The week culminates with the Great American Beer Festival, the largest beer competition in the country!
When: September 21st – 23rd
Where: Union Avenue Historic District, Pueblo
The Chile & Frijoles Festival is Pueblos version of a Harvest Festival. Every year, thousands pay homage to Pueblo’s most loved crop – green chilies‚ particularly the Pueblo chile!
The event features music‚ arts and crafts‚ cooking competitions, and chilies‚ chilies‚ chilies. Held downtown along Union Avenue‚ it draws Pueblo residents as well as people from across the state and around the nation.
When: September 21st – 23rd & September 28th – 30th
Where: Larimer Square
The Denver Oktoberfest attracts over 350,000 people during the six-day festival and it was quoted in Maxim Magazine and USA Today as “The Best Oktoberfest” in the United States and “One of the country’s biggest and longest running traditions”. It’s also one of the largest beer festivals in the United States based on consumption because Denver loves to drink beer!
When: September 27th – 30th
Where: Paonia, Colorado
Mountain Harvest Festival is an annual celebration of local music, art, farms, food & spirits organized by the nonprofit organization Mountain Harvest Creative. Held in the charming town of Paonia, visitors enjoy the music of the North Fork Valley, browse local arts and crafts and participate in the fun activities like the Great Chili Cookoff, Grape Stomp, Farm Tours and Saturday Sundown Swing. Mountain Harvest Festival is small town Americana at its best!
When: September 29th
Where: 150 Spring Street, Morrison, Colorado
Looking for a great day of family fun? Look no further than Morrison Ciderfest. It’s a full day of live music, food, drinks, hay and pony rides, arts and crafts, vendors, and kids activities. Acitvities include cider presses, silent auction, horseshoes tournament, and a bouncy castle. And the best part is, entry is absolutely free!
When: September 29th – 30th
Where: Bond Park, Estes Park
The haunting call of the bull elk fills the Estes Valley during the early days of fall. To celebrate the annual elk rut and learn about the “wapiti,” the Native American name for elk, Estes Park hosts the annual Elk Fest in Bond Park. The free festival features bugling contests, elk exhibits, the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, elk seminars, elk-inspired arts and crafts, Native American music, dancing and storytelling, a children’s area with elk-themed activities, and a craft beer garden. Live country, rock and bluegrass music will light up the park Saturday and Sunday with popular Colorado bands performing on stage.
When: October 6th – 7th
Where: Lakewood Heritage Center
Celebrating Lakewood’s agricultural heritage with an entertaining mix of live performances, activities and tasty harvest treats, Cider Days offers fun and excitement for the entire family! This year’s event will include tractor pulls and vintage power displays, wagon and barrel train rides along with other children’s activities, historic demonstrations and a unique variety of exhibitors and vendors.
When: October 12th – 14th
Where: Telluride, Colorado
The Telluride Horror Show, Colorado’s first and longest-running horror film festival, returns for its 9th edition October 12-14, 2018. Every year, the festival attracts the latest & best genre films from around the world and attendees from all over the country for an intimate gathering of film fans in the world-famous mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado. For three packed days, experience an eclectic mix of horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi, and dark comedy in Telluride’s unique theaters, with many of the films showing for the first time in the US.
When: October TBD
Where: Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge Grand Vacations brings Family Fun Fest to the Riverwalk Center for a day of pumpkin carving, music, face painting, and sweet treats such as caramel apples. It’s a great activity for families this fall, and it’s the perfect way to gear up for Halloween in a cozy indoor setting.
When: October 12th – 14th
Where: Botanic Gardens, Chatfield Farms
Enjoy a day of fall activities at Chatfield Farms. Ticket price includes access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch and family and children’s activities. Pumpkin prices vary by size; the average price is $8. It is recommended to bring a wagon to transport pumpkins. Free pumpkin daycare is available while you enjoy the rest of the festival.
When: October 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th
Where: The Denver Zoo
Boo At The Zoo event offers 20 trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of the beautiful fall foliage of Denver Zoo.
When: Every Weekend in October
Where: Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park
Every weekend in October, join the spooky festivities of Fright Fest at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park. From haunted houses to tasty treats to many spooktacular events, this thrilling Denver fall festival is fun for the whole family. You don’t want to miss out on Colorado’s largest Halloween nights!