It's an especially exciting time to visit Denver with so much going on this fall. Where do you begin? We've assembled a top 10 list to get you started. And this doesn't even include Star WarsTM and the Power of Costume. It's coming to the Denver Art Museum in November.
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1. Rock Labor Day Weekend with Big-Name Bands
The eclectic Riot Fest & Rodeo (Sept. 2-4) brings an amazing weekend full of live music to Denver's National Western Complex. The stellar luneup includes Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, Jane's Addiction, Sleater-Kinney, Nas, Deftones, Fitz & The Tantrums and too many more to name here.
2. See a Major Extreme Sports Competition
FISE World Denver - USA (Sept. 3-5) will bring together top professional as well as amateur athletes who'll compete in skateboarding and BMX events, right in the heart of the city. These athletes will wow crowds with seemingly impossible tricks.
3. Celebrate America's Top Beer City
The 2016 Great American Beer Festival®, the granddaddy of all U.S. beer festivals, takes place Oct. 6-8. The event coincides with Denver Beer Fest (Sept. 30-Oct. 8), a week-long celebration for beer lovers with beer-paired dinners, brewery tours and just about every other conceivable way to appreciate suds.
4. Get Pumped for a Super Bowl Rematch
The Denver Broncos will host the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 8 to kick off the NFL season. Before the epic game begins, numerous fan activities are planned, including an NBC/NFL special event called the "2016 NFL Kickoff Presented by Hyundai." There will be free live performances by Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic as part of a 60-minute pregame show in Civic Center Park. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. MDT.
5. Help Save the Oceans
An unusual traveling exhibit, Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, features 15 giant sculptures depicting sea life, made almost entirely of trash collected from beaches. Hosted by Denver Zoo, it's the first time the exhibit has appeared at an inland, noncoastal location. The exhibit will be open from Sept. 24, 2016, to Jan. 16, 2017.
6. Enjoy a Foodie Heaven
If you love food and wine, you won't want to miss these two annual events. More than 500,000 people make the free A Taste of Colorado (Sept. 2-5) the focus of their Labor Day weekends. Enjoy culinary offerings from more than 50 area restaurants and food trucks and rock out to live music from big-name acts. Meanwhile, the Denver Food + Wine Festival (Sept. 6-11) is a multi-day extravaganza of food, wine and spirits.
7. Pay Homage to Women Artists
Denver Art Museum is honoring largely unknown women working on the East and West coasts during the 1940s and ‘50s who expressed their lives in abstract form. See works by Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell and many more. Women of Abstract Expressionism runs through Sept. 25.
8. Experience Fall Foliage Like Never Before
Denver has one of the longest periods of fall colors of any city in the country. That's because there are five different climate zones within a two-hour drive of downtown. Pick your elevation and you can find yourself at the height of fall colors from mid-September to mid-November.
9. See Famous Sculptures Bask Among Gardens
Through Oct. 2, see 13 contemporary sculptures in an unusual event at Denver Botanic Gardens. And these aren't just any sculptures. Stories in Sculpture: Selections from the Walker Art Center Collection represents works from some of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century.
10. Find Out Why Travel + Leisure Picks Denver No. 1 in Fall Travel
And don't just take our word for it. Travel + Leisure recently rated Denver No. 1 on its "America's Best Cities for Fall Travel" list, thanks to spectacular fall foliage and craft beer. The magazine previously placed The Mile High City at No. 23 on its top 50 list of "Best Places to Travel in 2016." The magazine noted Denver's strengths in art and design, unique hotels, culinary treats and ease of access to Denver International Airport with the opening of a new rail line that serves the downtown area. "Denver may be surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, but these days the city attracts a lot more than skiers and snowboarders," said the magazine. For a humorous take on Denver, check out The Huffington Post's "15 Reasons You Should Never, Ever Visit Denver."