Denver's Fall FestivalsDenver's fall months are filled with some of The Mile High City’s greatest events, from the biggest beer festival in the country to a citywide week of arts.
WHEN: Weekends Throughout October
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Things get spooky around this time of year — especially during Fright Fest at Denver's famed downtown theme park, Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park. This enormous fun zone transforms from theme park to "scream" park all month long during Fright Fest. Daytime is a trick-and-treat trail for little ones, and nighttime is all about haunted houses and ghoulish surprises.
Boo at the Zoo
WHEN: Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30, 2016
WHERE: Denver Zoo
Discover "spooktacular" Halloween fun at the Denver Zoo during Boo at the Zoo. Enjoy trick-or-treating stations and family-friendly entertainment while supporting Denver Zoo's mission to provided exceptional care to our resident animals. Space is limited so buy tickets early!
Denver Gorilla Run
WHEN: Oct. 22, 2016
WHERE: Westin Westminster
The annual Denver Gorilla Run features more than 3,000 people in gorilla suits running a 5K to benefit the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The 13th Annual Gorilla Run will be taking place at The Westin Westminster. The run begins at 11 a.m. with the Silverback After Party immediately following. The cost of the race is $99.95, which includes a full gorilla suit (available in different sizes). All Gorilla Run participants receive entry into the after-party, and tickets are $10 (includes one beer and access to all food tents) for spectators or anyone who'd like to join the fun.
Denver Zombie Crawl
WHEN: Oct. 22, 2016
WHERE: Skyline Park
Some 16,000-plus blood splattered crazies gather at Skyline Park and drag themselves down the 16th Street Mall in this day-long event that can be as funny as it is horrifying. The Denver Zombie Crawl typically starts at 9 a.m. with the Organ Trail. This zombified version of a 5K event is a run, walk or crawl around downtown Denver. That's followed by a parade of undead at 4 p.m. As you might imagine, during the procession, you'll see zombie cheerleaders, zombie nurses, zombie brides, zombie Playboy bunnies, and even a complete zombie marching brass band.
Trick or Treat Street
When: Oct. 28-30 (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.), 2016
Where: Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
For three days, the Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus will host costumed kids and adults for a spooktacular wonderland of fun! Families can march from one Treat House to the next and collect goodies, create Halloween crafts, play carnival games and much more. It's the ultimate safe Halloween adventure, bursting with excitement for everyone. Event day pricing applies, see the museum's website for details.
Denver Film Festival
WHEN: Nov. 2-13, 2016
WHERE: Various venues, including the Sie FilmCenter and UA Pavilions
Since 1978, the Denver Film Society has worked to promote the medium as both an art form and a civic forum, developing a program that includes year-round screenings, community outreach projects and renowned special events. The Denver Film Festival brings over 200 guest filmmakers and sells over 55,000 tickets to more than 250 films, from blockbusters and documentaries to shorts and indepedent films.
Denver International Wine Festival
WHEN: Nov. 2-4, 2016
WHERE: Westin Hotel, Denver International Airport
Join fellow oenophiles in The Mile High City for the 12th annual Denver International Wine Festival at the Westin Hotel, Denver International Airport. More than 400 wines will be presented by proprietors and winemakers from around the world. Take educational seminars, sample delicious gourmet food samplings and meet travel experts from top international destinations.
Denver Arts Week
WHEN: Nov. 4-12, 2016
WHERE: Various galleries, museums and theaters throughout Denver
The Mile High City celebrates its vibrant creative community each year with Denver Arts Week. In 2016, this unique citywide happening returns with a lineup of innovative, inspiring and fun activities and events. Denver Arts Week takes place at seven neighborhood art districts, several museums, dozens of art galleries, and includes the wildly popular FREE Night at the Museums, where several of the city's greatest museums are free.