Denver'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.
DENVER BEER FEST
WHEN: Sept. 29–Oct. 7, 2017
WHERE: Various venues in Denver
Denverites love their beer, so it's no surprise that we take a whole week each year to celebrate the art of the brew. Denver Beer Fest includes dozens of beer related events at area breweries, restaurants and tap rooms, from beer tastings to midnight beer breakfasts, brewery tours and even a beer street party with bands, brews and food trucks.
GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL®
WHEN: Oct. 5–7, 2017
WHERE: Colorado Convention Center
The Great American Beer Festival® is the nation's premier beer festival and competition, with brewers from hundreds of breweries across the country pouring samples of thousands of beers. Beer lovers: this event is for you.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY SOLAR DECATHLON
WHEN: Oct. 5–15, 2017
WHERE: 61st & Peña commuter rail station
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges teams of students to design and build full-size, solar-powered, sustainable houses. The event also includes a sustainability expo, educational events, a community festival and free tours of the houses.
FESTIVAL OF SCARECROWS
WHEN: Oct. 7, 2017
WHERE: Town Square, Arvada, CO
Olde Town Arvada's Town Square transforms into a pumpkin patch during the annual Festival of Scarecrows. Kids can don their costumes for the parade, meander through the corn maze and pick a pumpkin from the patch. Vote for your favorite scarecrow or enter your own into the contest!
PUMPKIN HARVEST FESTIVAL
WHEN: Oct. 7–8, 2017
WHERE: Four Mile Historic Park
Find the perfect pumpkin, go for a ride in a horse-drawn wagon and down a pint in the beer garden at Four Mile Historic Park's Pumpkin Harvest Festival. You can also craft your own scarecrow and listen and dance to old-time music!
MAKER FAIRE DENVER
WHEN: Oct. 14–15, 2017
WHERE: Denver Mart
Billed as "the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth," Maker Faire is a venue for “makers” to showcase their art, experiments, hobbies, crafts and projects through presentations, hands-on activities and competitions. This family-friendly event — the first of its kind in the Rockies — will feature everything from wearable tech, to a musical petting zoo, to the largest BattleBots competition in the Western U.S. We'd say more, but this it truly an event that's best experienced first-hand!
DENVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
WHEN: Nov. 1–3, 2017
WHERE: Denver Marriott Westminster
Recognized as one of the "Best Wine Festivals Across America" by Food & Wine magazine, the Denver International Wine Festival showcases the largest selection of international and domestic wines at any Grand Tasting in the Rocky Mountain region, plus the popular wine and food-pairing event, Pairsine, which features Colorado's top chefs creating gourmet food pairings for award-winning wines.
DENVER FILM FESTIVAL
WHEN: Nov. 1–12, 2017
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 independent films.
DENVER ARTS WEEK
WHEN: Nov. 3–11, 2017
WHERE: Various galleries, museums and theaters throughout Denver
The Mile High City celebrates its vibrant creative community every year with Denver Arts Week. In 2017, 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 and dozens of art galleries, and it includes the wildly popular Night At The Museums, where several of the city's greatest museums are free.