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Enjoy the best Denver has to offer this fall without stretching your budget. The Mile High City is packed with free festivals, attractions and activities that will keep you busy all season long!

OUTDOOR FUN

RED ROCKS PARK & AMPHITHEATRE

Carved from towering red rock monuments, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is one of the world's most renowned concert venues. When there's no concert, the free Visitor Center has a museum and Performers' Hall of Fame, while the surrounding park offers hiking trails that weave in, around and over the colorful red rocks. 

COLORADO’S FALL COLORS

Fall in Colorado isn’t complete without taking in the brilliant transformation of the state’s signature tree, the Aspen. The fall change from mellow green to stunning gold takes place during various weeks in September, depending on where you are — and since the color only lasts a week, timing is everything! One of the best leaf-peeping routes on the Rocky Mountain Front Range is the Peak to Peak Highway and Scenic Byway that travels the high-altitude road between Black Hawk and Estes Park. Virtually every way you look, you’ll see majestic Aspen colors. Another great Front Range ride is along the Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, just south of the historic town of Georgetown. Bunches of blazing Aspen can be found all over this incredible drive.

LARIAT LOOP BYWAY

Retrace the motoring adventures of the early 1920s and experience the thrill of foothills exploration at the dawn of the Age of Motorcars on the Lariat Loop, a 40-mile scenic circle in the foothills west of Denver. The Lariat Loop takes motorists to several popular attractions, including the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave, the Colorado Railroad Museum and the Mother Cabrini Shrine

DINOSAUR RIDGE

See some dinos — or what's left of them, anyway. Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison features famous Jurassic dinosaur bones, such as Stegosaurus and Apatosaurus, discovered in 1877, and Cretaceous dinosaur footprints. A guidebook is available for use on self-guided tours. 

LITTLETON MUSEUM

Travel back in time at the Littleton Museum and get a glimpse into Colorado's pioneer past. Located on 39 acres, the museum consists of two living history farms (one from the 1860s and one from the 1890s), with a working farm, a blacksmith shop and more than 40,000 historic Colorado artifacts.

GARDEN OF THE GODS

Located just 60 miles from Denver, the awe-inspiring Garden of the Gods features gigantic 500-foot-high red sandstone rock monuments at the base of Pikes Peak. 

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

MCGREGOR SCARE: DANCE 'TILL YOU'RE DEAD

WHEN: October 22 and 29, 2021
WHERE: McGregor Square
Prepare for the ultimate Halloween at McGregor Scare, with two Fridays full of Halloween shenanigans! Put your dance moves to the test each weekend with Live DJs, or be your own DJ on Friday, October 29, during the Silent Disco. Themed cocktails and Halloween games await. Don't forget the costume!

BROADWAY HALLOWEEN PARADE

WHEN: October 23, 2021
WHERE: Broadway from 5th Ave. to Alameda Ave.
The fourth annual Broadway Halloween Parade features various spooky floats, bands and marchers. Join in the fun by wearing your favorite Halloween costume!

TREAT STREET AT THE ARAPAHOE COUNTY SCAREGROUNDS

WHEN: Oct. 23, 2021
WHERE: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Aurora
This free, family-friendly event features partners and the local community coming together in a safe environment to celebrate Halloween! Kiddos can partake in free trick-or-treating down “Treat Street,” contactless games and activities, nosh from food trucks, learn the Thriller dance and more. 

MCGREGOR SCARE: FAMILY FUN

WHEN: October 23–24 and 30–31, 2021
WHERE: McGregor Square
Prepare for the ultimate Halloween at McGregor Scare, with two weekends full of Halloween shenanigans! Bring the whole family on Saturdays and Sundays for festive fall fun, including pumpkin decorating, face painting and spooky movies on the lawn. The littles will especially love Trick-or-Treat Street on Saturday, October 30, a unique opportunity to explore McGregor Square and score some candy along the way.

BOONION STATION TRICK-OR-TREAT PARADE

WHEN: Oct. 28, 2021
WHERE: Denver Union Station
All of Denver’s costumed characters, both little and adult-sized are invited to take part in the 7th annual BOOnion Station Trick-or-Treat Parade. This free, family-friendly celebration will feature trick-or-treating, mini-train rides, balloon artists, face painting and more. The parade begins at 5 p.m., with prizes awarded for first, second and third place overall best costumes.

DENVER ARTS WEEK

WHEN: Nov. 5–13, 2021
WHERE: Throughout Denver

Denver Arts Week is a celebration of all things art in The Mile High City, featuring events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls.

FREE MUSEUM DAYS

FREE DAYS AT DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE

WHEN: Nov. 6, 2021
WHERE: Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Satisfy your science curiosity in a safe environment during free days at this kid-friendly science and nature museum! Reserve your tickets in advance.

FREE DAYS AT DENVER ART MUSEUM

WHEN: Oct. 24, 2021
WHERE: Denver Art Museum
Explore the Denver Art Museum's galleries for free! 

FREE FIRST SATURDAYS AT MCA DENVER

WHEN: First Saturdays of the month
WHERE: MCA DENVER
Enjoy the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver for just a penny (on the museum)!

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DENVER ZOO FREE DAYS

WHEN: Oct. 21, 2021
Say hello to the animals for free two times this fall. Denver Zoo, located in City Park, spans over 75 acres and is home to more than 4,000 animals, including rare Amur leopards, okapi, black rhinoceros, elephants, vampire bats, orangutan, Komodo dragons and more! Free days currently work on a lottery system due to COVID-19. Reserve your free ticket online in advance. 

CLYFFORD STILL MUSEUM FREE DAYS

WHEN: Oct. 19, Nov. 18 and Dec. 8, 2021
Enjoy nine beautiful galleries of Clyfford Still’s art, historic photos and letters from the Clyfford Still Archives, an interactive timeline, dozens of videos and books and a pair of tranquil outdoor terraces.

FOUR MILE FREE DAY

WHEN: Nov. 12 and Dec 10, 2021
Travel back in time ... for free! Enjoy historic demonstrations, take a tour of the Four Mile House Museum and meet our many farm animals. Every second Friday of the month from 12 to 4 p.m.

COLORADO RAILROAD MUSEUM FREE DAYS

WHEN: TBA 2022
Travel back in time at this 15-acre railyard and museum in nearby Golden. The Colorado Railroad Museum feature over 100 engines, cabooses and coaches, a garden railway and a library and roundhouse restoration facility with working turntable. 

MORE FREE ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS

SKI FACTORY TOURS

WHEN: Thru April, Tuesdays–Saturdays
WHERE: Meier Skis

Meier Skis offers two free tour options to learn about how trees are turned into skis. Grab a seat at the bar, made from ski core wood with windows looking onto the factory floor. Enjoy a complimentary locally brewed beer while a friendly skitender explains the ski-building process. Or reserve a 5 p.m. happy hour tour and go behind the scenes and learn about each step in the ski-making process.

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALKS

WHEN: Every First Friday
WHERE: Denver's Art Districts
Discover Denver's thriving creative community during a First Friday celebration, held every first Friday of the month. Galleries in Denver's creative art districts stay open late. 

FREE DENVER PUBLIC ART TOURS

Denver Arts & Venues invites art and architecture lovers to participate in free Public Art Tours — available on foot, bike and scooter. These free guided tours focus on small segments of the city’s public art collection and give citizens and visitors the opportunity to venture inside venues such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Colorado Convention Center to view works and hear the details of their creation and installation. 

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER 

Night Lights Denver features rotating content designed by local artists and the community and projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower. See it for free every Tuesday through Sunday evening.

DENVER SKATEPARK

The expansive Denver Skatepark — one of the most renowned skate parks in the country — is filled with bowls for all levels of skating skill. Admission is free. Helmets are required.

FARMERS' MARKETS

Denver may be a major city, but there are hundreds of nearby farms across the Front Range, meaning there's no shortage of fresh produce to fill The Mile High City's multiple farmers' markets. You'll also find humanely-raised meats, baked goods, prepared foods, fresh flowers and artisanal personal care products, and many markets also include live music, food vendors and flea markets. Most markets begin in May and extend into the fall. 

DENVER STORY TREK

Ever wonder about the stories of the places you pass? On Denver Story Trek, you'll explore the stories behind Denver's historic landscapes and landmarks on an interactive, self-guided tour of the city. It's simple to use and free! 

DENVER FREE WALKING TOURS

See and experience downtown Denver the green way, on foot! Denver Free Walking Tours offers daily walking tours that start in Civic Center Park, wind through downtown past more than a dozen of Denver's distinctive landmarks, and end in front of Coors Field. The daily tour showcases the history, architecture, landmarks and businesses of The Mile High City.  

DENVER'S CITY PARKS

No matter where you find yourself in The Mile High City, you’re likely only a few steps away from a lush and relaxing green space. Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to explore Denver's more than 5,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, as well as an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks in neighboring counties that are maintained by the City and County of Denver.

DENVER STREET ART

Denver street artists have been busy brightening (and enlightening) the urban landscape for decades by making canvases of the city’s alleyways, building exteriors, warehouses, garage doors and storefronts. Grab your camera and take a stroll past some of the city's favorite murals. 

DENVER BEER TRAIL

The Denver Beer Trail provides a sampling of Denver’s top microbreweries. Follow the suggested routes or pick and choose from the list of featured breweries.

GREAT DIVIDE BREWERY TOUR 

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Denver's craft beer world on a free tour at the Great Divide Brewery in Downtown Denver or the new Barrel Bar in RiNo. Tours at both locations take place at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., Mon.–Fri. and each hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

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