WHEN: Thru Sept. 28, 2023; Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Civic Center Park
Every Wednesday and Thursday From May through September, Civic Center Eats transforms Civic Center Park into a lunchtime extravaganza with Denver's best food and fashion trucks and live music. It's your chance to savor a variety of cuisines while supporting our city's small local business scene and the Civic Center Conservancy's mission to restore and enhance Civic Center Park, Denver's only National Historic Landmark.
WHEN: Thru Oct. 3, 2023
WHERE: River North Art District - RiNo
Denver is the 25th city to become a part of the globally recognized Worldwide Walls series of street art events, which, since 2010, has brought murals to public spaces. Spearheaded by Denver-based artist Ally Grimm (aka A.L. Grime), Denver Walls will feature 15 to 18 local and international artists painting across 12 to 15 walls in and around RiNo Art District. Mural installations will begin on September 22, with the majority of public events taking place over the weekend of September 29 to October 1.
WHEN: Thru Oct. 28, 2023
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield Farms
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.
WHEN: Thru Oct. 31, 2023
WHERE: Hudson Gardens
Presented and produced by The Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, Magic of the Jack O’Lanterns will delight adults and children alike under a magnificent glow of 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins and larger-than-life pumpkin displays. A magical carnival, a nautical sea-scape, a pirate ship, dinosaurs and dragons illuminate the grounds of Hudson Gardens in a soft, inviting glow where you’ll find magic around every corner.
WHEN: Sept. 29–Oct. 1, 2023
WHERE: Larimer and 21st in the Ballpark District
The free annual Denver Oktoberfest is almost here! Get ready for beer, pretzels, games and so much more celebrating German culture and cuisine. Denver Oktoberfest has been a staple two-weekend festival in Downtown Denver since 1969. From keg bowling to stein hoisting, live music and more, there’s something here for Oktoberfest pros and first-timers.
WHEN: Sept. 29, 2023
WHERE: Denver School of the Arts South Campus
Free family fun! Enjoy live performances and art demonstrations from the students at Denver School of the Arts. Food trucks, lawn games and more make this a perfect fall evening for families.
WHEN: Sept. 30, 2023
WHERE: Denver Audubon Kingery Nature Center
Calling all kids and families! Join Denver Audubon for a day of excitement at the 12th Annual HOOTenanny Owl and Music Festival. Get up close to majestic owls with live demos by Nature's Educators. Dive into owl crafts, scavenger hunts and pellet dissections. Explore interactive tables from nonprofit partners like Colorado Parks & Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. Dance to folk tunes by Nearly There, discover owl-themed treasures, and support conservation efforts. All ages are welcome! Proceeds benefit Denver Audubon Kingery Nature Center.
WHEN: Sept. 30, 2023
WHERE: Jareds Nursery, Littleton
Some of Colorado’s largest pumpkins compete for state and world records, with giant veggies like gourds and tomatoes, giant sunflowers and squash for all to see. Enjoy eats from local food vendors, bounce castles, a maze for the kids, a corn pit and live music.
WHEN: Sept. 30–Oct. 1, 2023
WHERE: Clement Park, Littleton
Calling all lumberjacks and lumberjack enthusiasts! Join us for The Lumberjack Festival, where you can test your skills with axe throwing, hammerschlagen, sawing and more. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the thrill of the lumberjack life, live country and bluegrass music, chainsaw art, a petting zoo, face painting (beards for everyone!), a roaming photobooth, delicious food, a beer tasting and bar, a market and flannel as far as the eye can see!!
WHEN: Sept. 30–Oct. 29, 2023
WHERE: Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Every October, Elitch Gardens transforms into a frighteningly fun haunted theme park, with family-friendly scares during the day and spine-tingling frights by night. Enjoy Halloween decor, spooky live performances, and all your favorite rides!
WHEN: Oct. 6–7, 2023
WHERE: National Western Complex
It's the ultimate pro rodeo competition with all-star contestants from around the globe! This year's Rodeo All-Star Concert, presented by Mountain Dew on Friday night, features TikTok sensation George Birge. The weekend also includes three professional rodeo performances jam-packed with bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding and fan-favorite Mutton Bustin'.
WHEN: Oct. 6–8, 2023
WHERE: Chatfield Farms, Littleton
Enjoy a day of fall activities at Chatfield Farms! Your ticket price includes access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch, Corn Maze and family and children’s activities, like the antique tractor exhibit, hayrides, a mini-maze, face painting, carnival games and bounces, and more. There's also live music, local craft and artisan booths, food trucks and food vendors, and beer and hard cider vendors. Pumpkin prices vary by size; the average price is $8, and free "pumpkin daycare" is available while you enjoy the rest of the festival.
WHEN: Oct. 7, 2023
WHERE: Aspen Grove, Littleton
A Paris Street Market, returns to Aspen Grove for its 23rd season! This free outdoor market features more than 100 antique, clothing, home decor, vintage, food, art and other fabulous vendors. The BARBOX by Breckenridge in the BARBOX Garden will be open and serving up some tasty beverages.
WHEN: Oct. 7–8, 2023
WHERE: Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park, Lakewood
Celebrate Lakewood’s agricultural heritage at the annual Cider Days festival! This family-friendly event features an entertaining mix of live performances, activities and tasty harvest treats. Watch tractor pulls and vintage power displays, enjoy wagon and barrel train rides along with other children’s activities, and check out historic demonstrations and a unique variety of exhibitors and vendors. The Cider Days festival wouldn’t be complete without everything apple, including apple pressing and apple cider by the glass or gallon!
WHEN: Oct. 8, 2023
WHERE: Stanley Marketplace
Head to Stanley Marketplace for an afternoon of music, camaraderie, and fun at DYAO's 2nd Annual FORTISSIMO: Fall Festival, a scholarship fundraising event. Enjoy yourself in a world of musical games that challenge your knowledge while vying for special prizes that await the most enthusiastic participants. The heart of the afternoon will be brought to life by captivating performances featuring the incredibly talented musicians of DYAO, showcasing their dedication and skill. Your presence and support will resonate far beyond the day, contributing to the education and artistic growth of young musicians.
WHEN: Oct. 11, 2023
WHERE: BAC Appliance Center, Englewood
This annual elite culinary competition features Denver's talented chefs and bartenders while supporting and raising awareness for a difficult disease: scleroderma. Indulge with delectable tastes from the extraordinary culinary talent the city has to offer. As a food critic for the night, you'll cast your vote along with our esteemed panel of guest judges to determine the ultimate winners in our Savory, Sweet and Sip categories.
WHEN: Oct. 14–15, 2023
WHERE: Four Mile Historic Park
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of autumn at Denver’s original fall festival. Pick out the perfect pumpkin, build your own scarecrow to take home to protect your garden, and browse for unique local treasures in the marketplace with more than 40 vendors on-site. New this year, the festival will also feature a Western-themed scavenger hunt, and guests can pan for gold, pack a wagon, play prairie games, and more! Catch some live music and performances on the Autumn Harvest Community Stage and dine on seasonal favorites like apple cider donuts for an unforgettable day at Four Mile Historic Park.
WHEN: Oct. 22, 2023
WHERE: ReelWorks Denver
Now in its 10th year, Denver's Bloody Mary Festival is back and bringing the best Bloody Marys made by Denver bars, restaurants and craft mixes to you! Taste them all before voting for the coveted People's Choice Award. There will also be eats and drinks from local food and beverage companies, photo ops...even a dancing tomato!
WHEN: Nov. 3–12, 2023
WHERE: Sie FilmCenter and other locations in and around Denver
The 46th Denver Film Festival is a 10-day festival presenting film and new media to more than 40,000 guests. The largest regional film festival in the Rocky Mountain region brings international cinema, filmmakers, virtual reality, immersive experiences and creative conversations to Colorado. The Denver Film Festival takes place at four primary locations throughout the city of Denver, with dozens of locations hosting pop-up events to engage audiences in the Denver and Aurora Metro areas, as well as greater Colorado and its surrounding states.
WHEN: Nov. 11, 2023
WHERE: City Park
This family-friendly event offers free admission, a music stage, kids and family activities, military displays and marketplace vendors. The festival serves as a celebratory “Thank You” to our veterans who have fought to ensure our freedoms.