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.
WHEN: Sept. 21, 2018
WHERE: 1635 Platte St.
Co-hosted by Cerveceria Colorado and Denver Beer Co., this beer fiesta celebrates craft beer collaborations with some of the best brewers south of the border and featuring traditional Mexican flavors and ingredients. As for entertainment, how about Lucha Libre Mexican Pro-Wrestling, a chihuahua fashion show and live music?
WHEN: Sept. 21–23, 2018
WHERE:16th Street Mall & Arapahoe St, Denver, 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.
WHEN: Sept. 21–23 and 28–30, 2018
WHERE: Ballpark Neighborhood
Denver's Oktoberfest commemorates German heritage over two weekends each fall. Enjoy German attractions, including music from national touring groups, performances by international dancers, children's activities, heritage booths selling German goods, an accordion concert, the annual Long Dog Derby and, of course, German bier and cuisine.
WHEN: Sept. 22–23, 2018
WHERE: 2612 Champa St.
Taste of Five Points highlights the historic neighborhood's unique culinary heritage. Nosh on dishes from local restaurants and bakeries, including Whittier Café, Rosenberg's Bagels & Delicatessen, Genna Rae's Wings and More, The Humble Pie Store, The Rolling Pin Bakeshop, Purple Door Coffee, Curtis Park Delicatessen and Welton Street Café. Only $5 per plate!
WHEN: Sept. 29, 2018
WHERE: Old South Gaylord Street, between Mississippi and Tennessee avenues
Local craft breweries, wineries and distilleries step into the limelight during the Farm to Bottle Fall Festival, an all-day toast to harvest season. Combining the best qualities of farmers’ markets and brewfests into one big, block-long celebration, the festival, which is the ideal venue for donning some flannel and a cozy pair of boots, parades unlimited tastings of more than 40 local craft beers, spirits and wines, plus foodstuffs from Denver chefs. The fall fest also plays host to live music on a large stage and offers venues to shop for locally made crafts and clothing.
WHEN: Sept. 30, 2018
WHERE: McNichols Civic Center Building
A celebration of Denver dining, one bite at a time, Feast, a culinary bash from Westword, Denver’s alt-weekly newspaper, provides guests with unlimited food samples from dozens of Denver restaurants, plus a slew of libations from stations pouring beer, tequila, whiskey and vodka. Live entertainment is part of the lineup, too.
WHEN: Oct. 6, 2018
WHERE: Levitt Pavilion Denver
Love winter sports, music, beer and food? Then this is the festival for you! Protect Our Winters (POW) presents the inaugural Denver Shred Fest with musical headliners Neon Indian, Rapidgrass and Easy Giant. There's also a ski and snowboard rail jam, professional lumberjack competition, beer festival and food trucks.
WHEN: Oct. 6–7, 2018
WHERE: 4400 Fox St.
TheBigWonderful returns to Denver this fall with a two-day musical lineup that includes That Damn Sasquatch, WhiteWater Ramble, Woodshed Red, DeadPhish Orchestra and more. There's also a BEERFEST with more than 20 local breweries, cideries and distilleries, plus plenty of food trucks.
WHEN: Oct. 6–7, 2018
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!
WHEN: Oct. 7–11, 2018
WHERE: The GrowHaus
Each night during Harvest Week, six Colorado chefs will come together to create a one-of-a-kind pop-up dinner at The GrowHaus.
WHEN: Oct. 12–14, 2018
WHERE: 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128
Celebrate fall at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms. Explore a 10-acre pumpkin patch and family and children’s activities.
WHEN: Oct. 13, 2018
WHERE: EXDO Event Center
Forego the snooze button and instead make a beeline to the boozy Bloody Mary Festival, a Saturday day brunch blowout featuring a three-hour marathon of unlimited bloody Mary samplings (the garnishes alone are worth the price of admission) from numerous restaurants, bars and local liquor companies around the city. A steady stream of hip shakin’ live music and sustenance from multiple food trucks keeps you on your feet.
WHEN: Oct. 13–14, 2018
WHERE: National Western Complex
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!
WHEN: Oct. 31–Nov. 11, 2018
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.
WHEN: Nov. 1–3, 2018
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.
WHEN: Nov. 2–10, 2018
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.
WHEN: Nov. 19–21, 2018
WHERE: 2027 Old West Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80204
Watch as 20 Colorado chefs face off by creating French-inspired dishes paired with this year's Beaujolais Nouveau wine. The event will also feature a live performance by Imagination Arts Circus and a premier selection of wines, spirits and food from local restaurants.