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Denver's fall and winter 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.

SEPTEMBER

DENVER FOOD + WINE FESTIVAL

WHEN: Sept. 9–13, 2020
WHERE: Various locations
The Denver Food + Wine Festival is a multi-day extravaganza featuring food, wine and spirits education, plus tastings.

BELGIAN BREW FEST 

WHEN: Sept. 12, 2020
WHERE: Bruz Beers

With four food trucks, two bands and more than 10 local breweries, you won't want to miss this celebration of Belgian brewing. Bruz Beers only invites a select few breweries that best represent true Belgian-style beers, including Thirsty Monk Brewery Woods Boss Brewing Company and more. 

ART ON THE GREEN

WHEN: Sept. 12, 2020
WHERE: Curtis Center for the Arts, Greenwood Village

This free art fair features Colorado artists and makers specializing in drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, glass, jewelry, ceramics and more. After you've gotten your fill of art, fill you belly with grub from local food trucks.  

FETCH MARKETS 

WHEN: Sept. 12–13, 2020
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace, Aurora
Head to Stanley Marketplace for a weekend of live music, family activities, outdoor movie nights, open-air bars and, of course, local vendors selling art, clothing, handmade goods, specialty foods and more.

COLORADO ARTFEST 

WHEN: Sept. 12–13, 2020
WHERE: Festival Park, Castle Rock
Downtown Castle Rock provides the perfect canvas for the 31st Annual Colorado Artfest, which has become a summertime tradition for residents and art enthusiasts alike. Enjoy a juried fine arts show with artists from across the country, live entertainment from popular musicians, interactive exhibits for the kids, fabulous food and beverages and much more!

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS 

WHEN: Sept. 12–27, 2020
WHERE: Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden
Thomas the Tank Engine is pulling into town for his birthday. Celebrate with a train ride, live entertainment, a hale bale maze, a scavenger hunt and a host of other family-friendly outdoor activities!!

DENVER STARTUP WEEK 

WHEN: Sept. 14–18, 2020
WHERE: Various venues throughout town
Founded in 2012, Denver Startup Week is a celebration of The Mile High City's entrepreneurs. The core programming is centered on the entrepreneurial community, with an emphasis on technology, design, social entrepreneurship, manufacturing and business.

CRUSH WALLS 

WHEN: Sept. 14–20, 2020
WHERE: River North Art District - RiNo
The annual CRUSH WALLS is a week-long celebration of graffiti and street art, and it is responsible for many of the vibrant murals in RiNo. Join the action and watch as larger-than-life murals evolve from ideas into masterpieces right before your eyes!

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 

WHEN: Sept. 15–Oct. 15, 2020
WHERE: Various venues throughout town
Each year, Denverites observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. It's a month-long celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

LONGMONT OKTOBERFEST

WHEN: Sept. 18–19, 2020
WHERE: Roosevelt Park, Longmont
Longmont's favorite fall gathering features national touring acts, more than 10 local breweries, food and fun for all ages. It was ranked as a "Must Visit Oktoberfest" by DRAFT magazine. Pull out your lederhosen and dirndls, grab a pretzel or brat, and don’t forget a pint from your favorite Longmont breweries as we celebrate the transition from summer to fall. 

HANDMADE IN COLORADO EXPO

WHEN: Sept. 18–20, 2020
WHERE: 16th Street Mall & Arapahoe St, Denver, CO 
Love the local? Then immerse yourself in all things Colorado at the Handmade in Colorado Expo, which showcases arts, crafts, food and music all produced in Colorado local artisans. 

CORN MAZE AND PUMPKIN PATCH

WHEN: Sept. 18–Oct. 31, 2020
WHERE: Chatfield Farms, Littleton
Get lost in Chatfield Farms' seven-acre Corn Maze, or simply watch the fun from one of two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges. Smaller visitors (age 10 and under) can explore the corn mini-maze. In October, pick the perfect pumpkin from the 10-acre Pumpkin Patch.

HARVEST WEEK 

WHEN: Sept. 23–Oct. 4, 2020
WHERE: Various Denver Restaurants
EatDenver and The GrowHaus are bringing back Harvest Week for its 13th year! Some of the Front Range's most beloved chefs and restaurants will celebrate Colorado's bountiful harvest and give back to our local culinary community. More than 20 participating restaurants will be offering special Harvest Week menu items and cocktails celebrating Colorado producers and ingredients.

FALL PLANT & BULB SALE 

WHEN: Sept. 25–26, 2020
WHERE: Order online, pick up at Denver Botanic Gardens
Get a jump­-start on your spring garden at the Fall Plant & Bulb Sale, which will feature hundreds of bulbs, perennials and other plants, along with expert advice from horticulturists. 

DOORS OPEN DENVER 

WHEN: Sept. 28–Oct. 15, 2020
WHERE: City of Denver

Explore Denver architecture as Doors Open Denver opens the doors to some of the places and spaces that make The Mile High City such a special place. From historic structures to contemporary builds and everything in between, there's architecture for everyone to enjoy.

OCTOBER

GRAND EXBEERIMENT 

WHEN: Oct. 1–18, 2020
WHERE: Online

This October, celebrate the art of craft beer at hundreds of breweries nationwide. Order your Great American Beer Festival passport, which gives you discounts at hundreds of breweries between October 1 and 18. Your passport also gets you exclusive access to virtual GABF events happening October 16–17.

OFF-GRID ADVENTURE EXPO 

WHEN: Oct. 2–4, 2020
WHERE: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden

Off-Grid Expo is Denver’s must-attend event for outdoor enthusiasts to check out the latest gear, equipment, vehicles and rigs to prepare you for your next adventure.

COLORADO DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE!

WHEN: Oct. 3, 2020
WHERE: Online

The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival is the largest dragon boat festival in the country. And this year, for their 20th anniversary, the festival is hosting its first virtual experience to promote and celebrate the amazing contributions of Colorado's pan-Asian communities.

DENVER BEER WEEK

WHEN: Oct. 9–17, 2020
WHERE: Various venues throughout town
A nine-day, citywide celebration of all things beer includes rare beer tastings, beer-paired dinners, tap takeovers, brewery tours, firkin tappings and a variety of entertaining beer events.

GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL  

WHEN: Oct. 16–17, 2020
WHERE: Online

Founded in 1982, the Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served in a public tasting event and private competition. This year's festival will be an immersive online experience. 

GLOW AT THE GARDENS

WHEN: Oct. 19–23, 2020
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
Wind your way down luminaria-lined pathways decked with spooky lighting displays and hundreds of carved, glowing gourds. Pumpkin artists use all local pumpkins to the boundaries of traditional pumpkin carving and create larger-than-life sculptures, dense displays of jack-o'-lanterns and ornately detailed showpiece pumpkins. You'll also enjoy a wide array of activities and entertainment, as well as seasonal food and beverages.

DENVER FINE ART FAIR

WHEN: Oct. 22–25, 2020
WHERE: National Western Complex

This four-day event features more than 50 select art galleries from around the nation and world showcasing more than $100 million in art from across genres and time periods in a museum-like setting.

HOLIDAY ART MARKET

WHEN: Oct. 23–25, 2020
WHERE: Highlands Garden Center, Centennial

A select group of Colorado's finest artisans will transform The Garden Center into a unique, boutique-style, outdoor artists village. Shop fine art, holiday gifts, home decor, clothing, specialty food and much more. 

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION

WHEN: Oct. 28–Nov. 2, 2020
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens

This traditional Mexican "Day of the Dead" celebration offers fun for the whole family. Come in costume, have your face painted and decorate a sugar skull. New this year, the observance of Día de los Muertos will be celebrated with Alebrijes Ilumniandos: colorful, illuminated sculptures made by Mexican artists Rubén Miguel Castillo and Óscar Becerra. View these elaborate artworks during the day and stay for special programming on select evenings.

BOONION STATION: TRICK-OR-TREAT PARADE

WHEN: Oct 29, 2020
WHERE: Denver Union Station
Union Station transforms into "BOOnion Station" for this family-friendly Halloween celebration. Your little ones will love trick-or-treating at the shops in the station, participating in a costume parade through the Great Hall and a contest with prizes for best costume and best group/family costume. And don't worry — there are adult drink specials for you grown-up ghosts and goblins.

ZOMBIE PROM

WHEN: Oct. 30, 2020
WHERE: Denver Union Station
The dead have arisen at Denver’s iconic Union Station. A night to "dismember" awaits as you're transported back to the 1980s — but with a ghastly twist. Enjoy killer beats by a live DJ, spiked punch cocktail and a historic venue with stories lurking around every corner. A prize will be given to the deadliest couple of the night.

NOVEMBER

DENVER ARTS WEEK(END)

WHEN: Nov. 6–8, 2020
WHERE: Various galleries, museums and attractions throughout Denver
The Mile High City celebrates its vibrant creative community every year with Denver Arts Week(end). This unique citywide happening returns with a lineup of innovative, inspiring and fun activities and events. Denver Arts Week(end) takes place at neighborhood art districts, several museums and dozens of art galleries, as well as virtual events to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

URBAN HOLIDAY MARKET

WHEN: Nov. 7–8, 2020
WHERE: Skyline Park
This two-day, open-air Urban Holiday Market in the heart of downtown Denver is the place to get all of your gift shopping done in one fun-filled weekend. Browse an eclectic collection of local art, crafts, holiday gift, specialty foods and much more.

DENVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL

WHEN: Nov. 11–13, 2020
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.

GRAND ILLUMINATION

WHEN: Nov. 27, 2020
WHERE: Denver Union Station   
As part of Downtown Denver's Winter in the City program, Downtown Denver's Grand Illumination event will light up downtown, from Denver Union Station to the City and County Building at Civic Center Park. Afterwards, meet Santa, enjoy drinks at Terminal Bar  and dance to holiday classics by the Denver Dolls. The lights stay on through the end of December.

DECEMBER

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT DENVER UNION STATION

WHEN: Dec. 31, 2020
WHERE: Denver Union Station   
Ring in the New Year in style at Denver's iconic Union Station.

JANUARY

NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW & RODEO

WHEN: Jan. 9–24, 2021
WHERE: National Western Complex
Held every January, the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo is the world's largest stock show, involving more than 15,000 animals. Enjoy rodeos featuring top-notch bull riders, horse shows, livestock competitions and auctions.

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