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: 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, 2018
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!
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. 19–20, 2018
WHERE: Denver Rock Drill
More than 100 small-batch artisanal beer, cider and mead makers from around the globe will converge on Denver for this two-day drink festival.
WHEN: Oct. 20, 2018
WHERE: Infinity Park at Glendale
Missed the Oktoberfest-ivities in September? No worries: The Real Octoberfest is your second chance and pairs world-class beer with world-class rugby. Sample more than 20 beers while you cheer for the USA Women's Eagles Sevens as they compete for a spot at the 2020 Olympics!
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. 3–4, 2018
WHERE: Skyline Park
This two-day, open-air 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.
WHEN: Nov. 14, 2018
WHERE: Mile High Station
Enjoy everyone's favorite comfort food (along with tomato soup, beer and wine) as more than local 20 restaurants compete for the prestigious Meltdown Award for the best grilled cheese in Denver. This fundraiser benefits Imagination Library of Denver, a free book program for kids.
WHEN: Nov. 16–Dec. 23, 2018
WHERE: 1515 Arapahoe St.
The Christkindl Market includes vendors from Germany, Ukraine, Ireland and other countries — as well as local artisans — offering high-quality gifts, such as hand-carved wooden figurines, handmade candles and ornaments. Traditional German food will tempt your taste buds. Sip on warm Glühwein (hot spiced wine) as you listen to traditional Christmas carols and live German music. Entry is free and the entire family is invited.
BEAUJOLAIS & BEYOND FESTIVAL
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.