I love fall in Colorado. Everything about it brings me a steady and unwavering feeling of excitement. During the summer, I crave the time when I’ll be able to wake up in the morning and drink non-iced coffee while I enjoy the chill in the air. I love that I get to pull out my boots, hoodies and scarves and increase the layers of my daily wardrobe. I cherish my traditional drive through the mountains to see the change in foliage and I absolutely adore anything pumpkin flavored. Since the change of seasons is only a few cooler degrees around the corner, I’ve decided to compile a list of my most anticipated 2016 Colorado fall activities and events. Enjoy!
Celtic Harvest Festival – Sept. 17 & 18
Located right outside Denver is the Celtic Harvest Festival in Edgewater, CO. There will be beer and scotch (I’d sure hope so!), cultural vendors, kids activities, a farmers market and more!
Denver Oktoberfest – Sept. 23-25 & Sept. 30-Oct. 2
If you love festivities in LoDo and beer, this is for you. It’s taking place in the Historic Ballpark area of Denver and the activity line-up sounds unforgettable. Eating contests, stein hoisting, a long dog derby and even keg bowling, just to name a few Count me in!
Punkin Chunkin Fest – Oct. 8-9
Head on down to Aurora and see which person in your group “can lob a gourd” the farthest. Aside from chucking pumpkins, there will be food, music and more. Sounds like a messy kind of fun!
The Lantern Fest – October 15th & 16th
Releasing lanterns into the sky is considered a good luck charm and to some people, releasing a lantern is a symbol of letting go of worries. Let go of your problems at the Denver Lantern Fest! Regular registration tickets are $30 and get you event entrance, a lantern, a marker, a lighter and even a s’mores kit! You can arrive before sundown to enjoy food, face painting, live music and more!
Harvest Farms Fall Fest - Oct. 1-30
Harvest Farms is a men’s rehabilitation center and has the ability to work with up to 72 men at a time who are trying to break away from addiction and homelessness. I love that by visiting Harvest Farms, it means I can help in a small way. Not to mention how fun it is! They have corn mazes, bonfires, food trucks, corn canyons and more!
Elitch Gardens Fright Fest - Sept. 30 – Oct. 30
I love haunted houses and I’m sadly more disappointed than I’d like to be after visiting them. The haunted houses at Elitch Gardens are an exception. The years I’ve been able to go, Fright Fest has always been able to make me scream. If you like roller coasters and monsters, make sure to reserve a day and night for the Elitch Gardens Fright Fest.
These are just a few of the countless Colorado fall activities. Make sure to comment below with your favorite fall activities in Colorado!