Start planning now for exciting 2021 events and festivals in Denver. Scroll down our month-by-month list and choose from annual favorites, splashy debuts and exclusive showings. See our Denver 365 calendar for a complete listing of events.
ENDLESS FALL FUN
Wild Fall at Denver Zoo – Every day during the month of October, Denver Zoo is launching special family-focused "falloween" activities throughout its 84-acre campus. Under a "cryptid" theme (mythical animals like Bigfoot), look for costumed creatures, pumpkin carvings, festive food and drinks, and majestic animal demonstrations.
Red Rocks concert series – See an intimate concert under the stars at this world-famous venue.
Colorado Rockies baseball – There's nothing like having a craft beer and catching a game at Coors Field. Cheer on the home team all season long and get some tips on how to be a baseball fan.
Farmers' markets – Not only will you find locally grown, farm-fresh produce and delicious baked goods but live entertainment and other festive activities at these farmers' markets all over the city.
Events by Month
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Gets Experimental With New Offerings
As the first (legal) distillery to open in Colorado since the end of Prohibition, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey has been setting the gold standard for distilling in the Centennial State for nearly two decades. And now they’re getting more experimental with some new whiskey programs. Find out how you can get a taste.
Pumpkin Harvest Festival (Oct. 1–3, 2021) – This annual gourd gala at Four Mile Historic Park is the perfect way to kick off the fall season, with a build-your-own-scarecrow activity, fall-themed games and arts and crafts, a s'mores station, tractor rides, face painting, axe throwing, an autumnal artisan marketplace, whimsical treats from The Inventing Room and more!
Autumn Bazaar at Belleview Station (Oct. 2, 2021) – Denver BAZAAR's signature makers marketplace returns just in time for fall shopping and sipping. Spanning three blocks, the free Autumn BAZAAR at Belleview Station brings a shopping party to the streets to support local small businesses!
The Oddities & Curiosities Expo Oct. 2, 2021 – Lovers of the strange, unusual and bizarre won't want to miss the Oddities & Curiosities Expo at Colorado Convention Center! This event focuses on the weird, with local and national vendors selling all things strange and unusual: taxidermy, preserved specimens, odd antiques, horror and Halloween merchandise, original artwork, animal and human skulls/bones, jewelry made from insects/bones, clothing, antique medical equipment, vintage circus collectibles and much more.
10th Annual Orpheus Meadfest (Oct. 2, 2021) – Did you know that some of Colorado’s finest meaderies are international award winners? At this celebration of the nectar of the gods in nearby Golden, mead lovers can taste a wide variety of meads, accompanied by appetizers and live music.
Cheesman Park Art Festival (Oct. 2–3, 2021) – More than 130 artists and craftsmen from across the country will showcase their work at the 2021 Cheesman Park Art Fest. This is a juried event, and the festival organizers take pride in the curated selection of hand-made, American-made work sold directly by the artists.
Harvest Week (Oct. 3–7, 2021) – This five-night pop-up culinary collaboration is a celebration of Colorado’s harvest, chefs and food system. This year, 30 Denver-area chefs will collaborate on a series of five-course dinners paired with Colorado-made beverages, served in the garden at Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse in RiNo. Tickets go on sale in mid-September!
Pumpkin Festival (Oct. 8–10, 2021) – Celebrate fall at Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield Farms with a treasured October tradition for the entire family. Ticket price includes access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch and family and children's activities, food, music and fun.
Colfax Marathon (Oct. 16–17, 2021) – It's more than a marathon. It's a weekend of running events. In addition to the fifteenth running of the Colfax Marathon, there will be a half marathon, an urban 10 miler, a marathon relay and a 5K.
Denver Art Museum Reopening (Oct. 24) – This world-class museum is reopening to celebrate its expanded and reimagined campus.
FAN EXPO Denver: SPECIAL EDITION (Oct. 29-31) – Get your costumes ready for the premier pop-culture fan experience taking place over Halloween weekend.
Looking for more October events and activities? Check out the Denver 365 calendar.