Free Things To Do This Fall In Denver
Enjoy the best that Denver has to offer this fall without stretching your budget. The Mile High City is packed with free festivals, attractions and activities that will keep you busy all season long.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
A Taste of Colorado
WHEN: Aug. 29 - Sept. 1
WHERE: Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Ave.
Held every year over Labor Day Weekend in Civic Center Park, A Taste of Colorado puts the spotlight on the diversity of Colorado cuisine. Delight your taste buds with creations from the state’s favorite restaurant and food establishments. Enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, family friendly entertainment and much more.
New Belgium’s Tour de Fat
WHEN: Sept. 6
WHERE: City Park, 17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
A Ballyhoo of Bikes and Beer! Connecting people with bikes, beer and community since 1997, the Tour de Fat’s Denver stop takes place in City Park. Expect a wild, costumed bike parade, food, drink and much merriment. The Ride begins at 10 a.m. from the west side of City Park.
Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow
WHEN: Sept. 6
WHERE: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
At the Denver Art Museum Friendship Powwow, experience powwow dance and pageantry, participate in a community mural project, enter to win prize drawings, browse vendor booths, and enjoy your first (or 101st) piece of fry bread.
WHEN: Sept. 6-7
WHERE: Belmar Center, 7112 W. Alaska Dr., Lakewood
The annual Festival Italiano Food & Wine Festival at Belmar Center is a fun-filled celebration of all things Italian. The event will feature over 70 of the finest Italian food, wine and artisan vendors from the area who will sell ceramics, gelato, sausage, baked goods, pasta, flowers, herbs, sculpture, antique maps, produce, pizza and much more.
Buffalo Bill's Fall Roundup
WHEN: Sept. 21
WHERE: Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, 987 Lookout Mountain Rd., Morrison
Meet Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and other "living history" characters straight out of the old west at Buffalo Bill's Fall Roundup at the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave!
WHEN: Sept. 19-21 & 26-28
WHERE: Ballpark Neighborhood (between 20th and 22nd Sts. on Larimer St.)
A family friendly fest, Denver's Oktoberfest commemorates the world-famous and time-honored tradition of German heritage. Enjoy German attractions including music from national touring groups, performances by international dancers, children's activities, and heritage booths selling German goods, splendid decor, an accordion concert and authentic drinks and cuisine.
Pumpkin Harvest Festival
WHEN: Oct. 4-5
WHERE: Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St.
At Four Mile Historic Park's Pumpkin Harvest Festival, find the perfect pumpkin in the patch, create your very own scarecrow, listen and dance to old time music, play historic games or make a historic craft!
Festival of Scarecrows
WHEN: Oct. 11
WHERE: Historic Olde Town Arvada, Main St.
Head to Historic Olde Town Arvada for the Festival of Scarecrows, with scarecrow contests, a pumpkin patch, kids costume parade, community booths, hay wagon rides, giant pumpkin contest.
Denver Zombie Crawl
WHEN: Oct. 18
WHERE: Downtown Denver
The Denver Zombie Crawl has already been documented as the largest zombie event in the nation, and for this – the ninth annual crawl – the organizers are again shooting for a new Guinness World Record. Whether you come dead – or alive – you’ll laugh, you’ll be grossed out, you’ll be horrified and quite frequently scared, sometimes all within one minute, but you’ll come to appreciate the creativity that exists in Denver, at least in the underground world of the undead.
Denver Arts Week: Night At The Museums
WHEN: Nov. 8
WHERE: Various museums in the Denver Metro area
Based on the popular event from Paris, Denver Arts Week’s Night at the Museums explores the city's top museums that open their doors for free from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Free shuttle buses are available, which also includes free parking, making it possible to hop from museum to museum. In addition to being free, many of the museums offer music, dance and special performances.
FREE ATTRACTIONS & TOURS
Denver Zoo Free Days (Colorado Residents only)
WHEN: Nov. 3, Nov. 14, Nov. 20
WHERE: Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St.
Go say hello to the animals for free four times this fall. The Denver Zoo, located in City Park, spans over 75 acres and is home to over 4,000 animals including rare amur leopards, okapi, black rhinoceros, elephants, vampire bats, orangutan, Komodo dragons and more!
Denver Museum of Nature & Science Free Days (Colorado Residents only)
WHEN: Sept. 8, Sept. 28, Oct. 27
WHERE: 2001 Colorado Blvd.
Explore the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, a maze filled with treasures of the earth – dinosaurs, dioramas, space exhibits, science experiments, a digital planetarium, IMAX theatre and touring shows.
Denver Botanic Gardens Free Days: York Street Location (Colorado Residents only)
WHEN: Nov. 8, Nov. 14-15
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.
The Denver Botanic Gardens is a 23-acre oasis in the middle of the city, with 45 different gardens (some 33,000 plants), as well as one of the nation's top 10 conservatories. Relax in the Japanese Garden, climb through the Rock Alpine Garden and explore the new Mordecai Children's Garden.
Denver Botanic Gardens Free Day: Chatfield Location (Colorado Residents only)
WHEN: Nov. 4
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Rd., Littleton
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is a picturesque nature preserve among the grasslands, ponds and cottonwood banks of Deer Creek. Facilities include nature trails, a wildlife observation area, display gardens, educational exhibits, a historical farm, a 19th century one-room schoolhouse, working beehives and picnic areas.
Denver Art Museum Free Days
WHEN: Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1
WHERE: Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.
The Denver Art Museum's Hamilton Building is an architectural work of art. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, it will change the way you experience art and architecture. Explore the Museum's galleries showcasing a world-famous American Indian art collection, as well as art from around the world.
Free Target Tuesday Nights at the Children’s Museum of Denver
WHEN: Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4
WHERE: Children's Museum of Denver, 2121 Children's Museum Dr.
Families can play for FREE the first Tuesday of each month from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Discover the Children's Museum of Denver, where interactive Playscapes, programs, and special events all make learning fun by engaging children, infant through age 8, to play, learn and explore. It is a place that ignites and fosters a love of learning that children will carry with them throughout life.
Molly Brown House Free Day
WHEN: Nov. 11
WHERE: Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St.
Learn all about the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown during this free day at the Molly Brown House Museum.
Denver Firefighters Museum Free Day
WHEN: Oct. 11
WHERE: Denver Firefighters Museum, 1326 Tremont Pl.
The Denver Firefighters Museum is one of Denver's great hidden gems, located in the heart of downtown! Learn about some real American heroes, try on some firefighters gear, get behind the wheel of an antique fire engine and slide down the pole!
Four Mile Historic Park Free Days
WHEN: Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7
WHERE: Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S. Forest St.
At the Four Mile Historic Park, take a trip back in time to Denver's pioneer past.
Free Denver Public Art Tours
Arts & Venues Denver invites art and architecture lovers to participate in FREE Public Art Tours - on foot, bike and scooter. These free guided tours focus on small segments of the City’s Public Art Collection and give citizens and visitors the opportunity to venture inside venues such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Colorado Convention Center to view works and hear the intimate details of their creation and installation.
U.S. Mint Tour
320 W. Colfax Ave.
Learn how to make money! The U.S. Mint produces 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little "D" for Denver. Free tours show every step in the process of turning a dull, blank, metal slug into shiny pocket change.
Garden of the Gods
1805 N. 30th St., Colorado Springs
Located 60 miles from Denver, the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods features gigantic 500-foot high red sandstone rock monuments at the base of Pikes Peak.
National Center for Atmospheric Research
1850 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder
Learn about global warming, the 21st century's hottest topic, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. See a hailstone the size of a softball, watch as a miniature tornado is whipped up in front of your eyes, and get an up close look at how lightning is created.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Park
18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Amphitheatre & Park is one of the world's most renowned concert venues. When there's no concert, the free Visitor Center has a museum Performers' Hall of Fame, while the surrounding park has hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks.
Colorado State Capitol Tour
200 E. Colfax Ave.
Tour magnificent, gold-domed Colorado Capitol Building. Stand at exactly a mile high on the steps, see Allen True's beautiful murals, listen in on the Colorado General Assembly, and check out the gorgeous Rose Onyx wainscoting. Free tours are available 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.
Denver Story Trek
Ever wonder about the stories of the places you pass? On Denver Story Trek you'll explore the stories behind Denver's historic landscapes and landmarks on an interactive, self-guided tour of the city. It's simple to use and free!
6028 S. Gallup St., Littleton
Travel back in time at the Littleton Museum and get a glimpse into Colorado's pioneer past. Located on 39 acres, the museum consists of two living history farms (one from the 1860s and one from the 1890s), with a working farm, a blacksmith shop and more than 40,000 historically Colorado artifacts.
Tattered Cover Bookstore
1628 16th St.
The Tattered Cover is one of the nation's largest and most well-known independent bookstores and often hosts free signings by some of the literary world's most famous authors. They also offer free wi-fi if you want to surf the net while you're there.
Coors Brewery Tour
13th and Ford, Golden
"Taste the Rockies!" Coors Brewery, the world's largest brewing site still uses the same Rocky Mountain spring water that Adolph Coors discovered in 1873. Free tours show every step in the brewing process, and end with free samples for those over 21.
Celestial Seasonings Tour
4600 Sleepytime Dr., Boulder
See how Celestial Seasonings, the largest specialty tea manufacturer in North America, blends, packages and ships its teas, then enjoy free samples of every variety they make, and discover a gallery of original artwork from their famous tea boxes.
Great Divide Brewery Tour
2201 Arapahoe St.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Denver's craft beer world on a free tour at the Great Divide Brewery in downtown Denver. Tours take place Monday thru Friday: 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & Saturday & Sunday: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm. Average tour time is 30 minutes.
16831 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison
See some dinos - or what's left of them anyway. Dinosaur Ridge features famous Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus, discovered in 1877, and Cretaceous dinosaur footprints. A guidebook is available for use on self-guided tours.
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum
1701 Mile High Stadium Cir.
Housed in Sports Authority Field At Mile High Stadium (home of the Denver Broncos), the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum honors the legacies of The Mile High City's greatest sports heroes, and features the Gallery of Legends, a "Great Moments in Colorado Sports" exhibit and a section celebrating the achievements of girls and women in Colorado Sports.
Rockmount Ranch Wear
1626 Wazee St.
Browse the racks and enjoy the free museum at Lower Downtown's historic Rockmount Ranch Wear, the originator of the western snap-button shirt. The walls are adorned with photos of the many celebs who have worn Rockmount shirts, including Eric Clapton, Robert Redford and Elvis Presley.
Colorado’s Fall Colors
Fall in Colorado isn’t complete without taking in the brilliant transformation of the state’s signature tree, the Aspen. The fall change from mellow green to stunning gold takes place during various weeks in September, depending on where you are – since the color only lasts a week, timing is everything! One of the best leaf-peeping routes on the Rocky Mountain Front Range is the Peak-to-Peak Scenic and Historic Byway that travels the high-altitude road between Black Hawk and Estes Park. Virtually every way you look, you’ll see majestic Aspen colors. Another great Front Range ride is along the Guanella Pass Scenic and Historic Byway, just south of the historic town of Georgetown. Bunches of blazing Aspen can be found all over this incredible drive. Learn more
Lariat Loop Byway
Retrace the motoring adventures of the early 1920s and experience the thrill of foothills exploration at the dawn of the Age of Motorcars on the Lariat Loop, a 40-mile scenic circle in the foothills west of Denver. The Lariat Loop takes motorists to several popular attractions, including Buffalo Bill’s Grave & Museum, the Colorado Railroad Museum and the Mother Cabrini Shrine.